House of Commons Hansard #131 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Kenora—Rainy River
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Nault Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, if the member were aware of the Indian Act, he would know that this is a custom band. The band, because it is custom, is allowed to run its elections in the way it feels appropriate under its own customs. It is not the intention of the minister to interfere with custom band elections.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Mario Laframboise Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, QC

Mr. Speaker, by refusing to get involved, the minister is endorsing the actions of those who are destabilizing the community. While he is watching the situation, violence is setting in. Shots were fired at police officers and the chief was removed.

Will it take another long investigation to convince the minister to get involved and use his fiduciary power to put the band council under trusteeship?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Kenora—Rainy River
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Nault Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, let me clarify for the member how the process works.

If the chief or any other member of the band feels that there have been some irregularities in the election structure, they can seek legal remedy like any other Canadian would if an election did not go the way it was supposed to go or if it was done inappropriately.

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Deputy Prime Minster. How long will he hide the Minister for International Cooperation? She needs to clean up her improper working record. She admitted she voted last week. Now she says she cannot remember if she voted twice in last week's municipal election.

No one believes a professional politician cannot remember if she voted or not. Did the minister vote twice?

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, once again the hon. member is misusing the question period with inaccurate facts in his question.

The hon. minister was talking about her voting during the last federal election. She said with respect to the recent byelection, which I thought was the basis for the question from the hon. member, that she voted once and based on the information her staff received from the Toronto municipal government, she did so properly.

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, editorials across Canada are calling for the minister to step down. They do not believe an ethics counsellor's review is adequate and neither do we. Even the Liberal daily newspaper the Toronto Star is calling for her to step aside.

As the evidence against her mounts, will the minister do the right thing and resign?

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, there is no basis in what the hon. member said for any resignation by the hon. minister. Perhaps he should resign for wasting the time of the House with these senseless questions.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Bernard Patry Pierrefonds—Dollard, QC

Mr. Speaker, our government's objective has always been to create a framework of excellence to improve the Canadian context for research.

My question is for the Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development.

In order to preserve what has already been achieved and secure the future, what did the Canadian government provide in the 2001 budget for university research?

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bellechasse—Etchemins—Montmagny—L'Islet
Québec

Liberal

Gilbert Normand Secretary of State (Science

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question.

In the last budget, not only did we allocate new money to research councils to promote research and development in Canada, but we also earmarked $200 million to cover indirect costs in universities and hospitals.

These measures show first and foremost that the government realizes the importance of research for our economic development. These initiatives were welcomed by universities and the scientific world.

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

December 13th, 2001 / 2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is clear that the Minister for International Cooperation voted improperly. Even the person who oversees the elections in Toronto told the Toronto Star today “There is a difference between commercial tenants and residential tenants and that's key”.

Now that the city of Toronto's own election officials are saying that she was not entitled to vote, will she admit her error, step aside and resign?

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I do not think the hon. member's question states a conclusion. That is a press report. It is not a court ruling. The hon. minister voted in good faith in a municipal ward byelection in a ward where she was a tenant. I submit that on the basis of that, she voted in good faith on the grounds of information obtained for her by her staff.

Literary Works
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister says that Mr. Saul's views are simply those of a private citizen, but Mr. Saul bears the title of his excellency, performs many of the official functions on behalf of the crown, and is prominently featured on the Governor General's website.

Will the government communicate to his excellency that he should either give up these roles and perks or keep his opinions to himself?

Literary Works
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, what happened to the belief of the Alliance Party in the right of a citizen to have free speech? I guess that is out the window now. What happened to the fact that we are now in the 21st century and it is widely understood that a spouse is not simply an extension of another spouse?

Mr. Saul is a private citizen. He is entitled to express his opinions. He does not have an official position from the government or from the crown. The hon. member ought to recognize that and apologize to the House for wasting its time with a question like this instead of asking about something important like jobs, or health, or the budget, or the--

Literary Works
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Berthier--Montcalm.

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, the government has prepared a list of associations identified as terrorist groups. We have learned that members of the Jewish Defence League, a Jewish organization banned in Israel, plotted to blow up a mosque in Los Angeles and to attack a member of the U.S. congress; one of Arab origin. We have also learned that this same group was to meet in Montreal on the weekend.

Does the solicitor general intend to add the name of the Jewish Defence League to the list of terrorist groups banned in Canada?