House of Commons Hansard #130 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, in the Christmas spirit I must say, however, that the auditor general to my knowledge has not had military service, but the chief of defence staff has and he says that we are more combat capable than we were a decade ago.

Furthermore, what we put into the budget was, yes, $300 million for new equipment, but we have put in $1.2 billion, including additional money to help in the campaign against terrorism, over $200 million, and we also put in some $400 million in counterterrorism measures and in critical infrastructure protection and emergency preparedness, some $80 million. A lot of money was put--

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Windsor--St. Clair.

Steel Industry
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Joe Comartin Windsor—St. Clair, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Industry. Pensioners, unsecured creditors and Sault Ste. Marie city council have overwhelmingly endorsed the plan of arrangement in order to keep Algoma Steel in operation. The majority bondholders have also agreed to the plan. The United Steelworkers, which represents 4,000 workers at Algoma, is in the process of finalizing its part of the plan. The only player missing is the federal government.

Will the minister provide assurances that loan guarantees will be available so that Algoma will have sufficient liquidity when it comes out of creditor protection?

Steel Industry
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bonavista—Trinity—Conception
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Brian Tobin Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, members on this side of the House have worked very hard on this file and have indeed brought it to the attention of the Prime Minister and the members of the cabinet who have the appropriate responsibility. It is a question we are looking into today, tomorrow and in the next few days. We hope to respond one way or another very soon.

Aboriginal affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Richard Marceau Charlesbourg—Jacques-Cartier, QC

Mr. Speaker, on November 28, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development told the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs that nothing would stand in the way of his determination to implement his initiatives for the development of aboriginal communities.

In light of the most recent federal budget, in which billions have been earmarked for security, how does the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development intend to address the many problems affecting aboriginal communities with the meagre $185 million set aside for him by the Minister of Finance?

Aboriginal affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Kenora—Rainy River
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Nault Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, first I would like to thank the Minister of Finance for recognizing that the most important part of any aboriginal agenda is the agenda dealing with aboriginal children.

It might be of interest to the member to know that $185 million year after year which goes toward programs dealing with special education, early childhood development and issues of poverty in the communities is not something to sneeze at. In fact, to thank the--

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of Her Excellency Dr. Sima Samar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Women's Affairs in the transitional government of Afghanistan, which will take up its duties on December 22, 2001.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It is very important that I point out to the Minister of Foreign Affairs that one does chase foul balls when one thinks one can catch them.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Foreign Affairs

Not if they are grounders, Mr. Speaker.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

As umpire in this game, I will say that neither one is a point of order.

Canadian Landmine Fund
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, with the leave of the House, I take this opportunity under Standing Order 32(2) of the House to table, in both official languages, the 2000-01 report on the Canadian Landmine Fund.

The report confirms that significant global progress is being made in eradicating anti-personnel landmines and assisting communities affected by these weapons. Through the Canadian Landmine Fund, Canada has been supporting mine action programs in more than 25 countries in 2000-01. Under Canadian leadership, the world has turned a corner in the fight against anti-personnel landmines.

While recognizing that our efforts should continue, we can all be very proud of this achievement.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's responses to 10 petitions.

Copyright Act
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Minister of Canadian Heritage

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-48, an act to amend the Copyright Act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

December 12th, 2001 / 3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the tenth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, October 3, the committee has considered Bill C-30, the courts administration act, and has agreed to report it with amendments.