House of Commons Hansard #132 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was nuclear.

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Research and Development
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, human life should not be created in order to be destroyed.

The health minister himself said that just because we can do something, does not mean that we should. Yesterday we heard him say that we should have embryonic stem cell research because it was allowed in other countries. That is very shaky ethics.

Will the minister ensure that embryos are protected through legislation?

Research and Development
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, we undertook the most democratic, indeed unprecedented procedure known to parliament in putting before the health committee, on which all parties were represented, draft legislation that included embryonic research.

The committee spent eight months listening to many witnesses. It came back with a report recommending that embryonic stem cell research be permitted under certain circumstances.

We intend to pay close attention to the recommendations of the report. We are now preparing legislation. We will introduce it at the earliest possible date.

Infrastructure Program
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, under the existing infrastructure program, there are hundreds of projects in Quebec all ready to start. The only thing missing is the funding to carry them out.

Does the Minister of Finance realize that the only thing he did in announcing his foundation was reveal to us his latest discovery for holding up investments in infrastructure until 2003?

Infrastructure Program
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, there is no agreement on the infrastructure program with Quebec at the moment. We are prepared to work with the province, especially in the field of transportation.

Infrastructure Program
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Jocelyne Girard-Bujold Jonquière, QC

Mr. Speaker, this is the third time since 1993 that the government has announced an infrastructure program.

The first two times, the programs were managed by the governments. Now the minister is establishing a foundation.

Since the process worked well for the first two programs, why, all of a sudden, with the third program, is the Minister of Finance creating a foundation? What has changed to cause them to function differently now?

Infrastructure Program
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, a look at the demand for infrastructure throughout Canada indicates an enormous demand.

What is needed is a vehicle for private sector and governments to plan. This continuity is very important. This is why we established the foundation.

Now, in response to the member's first question, perhaps she could suggest to her friends in the PQ government that they stop delaying and sign the agreement so things can get under way?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, for the last five months the minister created an agenda whereby softwood exporting provinces have made proposals to the U.S. with no actual return proposal from the U.S. until last Friday.

From a negotiating standpoint, this poorly represents provincial interests, tips the scales in favour of the U.S. and has allowed his department to follow the 1996 softwood lumber bad bargaining handbook.

When will the minister accept that a deal at any cost is not a good deal?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I do not know where the member has been for the last few months but that is exactly what we have been trying to avoid, the 1995-96 scenario.

We will negotiate a very good trade deal with the United States for our Canadian producers. That is the objective of our government.

We have been able to work with all the provincial governments and with industry. Indeed, for the first time the Americans have even tabled a written document, which they had not done in the earlier difficulties we have had with them. That is progress.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, after five months of one-sided negotiations where the Canadian provinces have done all the talking, we now find out that the first U.S. proposal contains no guarantee of market access or protection from harassment.

If the long running script orchestrated by the minister requires all provinces to buy in, good luck. When will the minister stop being a cheerleader and start being a real negotiator?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, we are having a federal-provincial conference on Monday morning. I have been very impressed by all the provinces' expression of appreciation for the leadership provided by the Government of Canada in the discussions with the United States.

For once the United States has not been able to divide and conquer us. This is the kind of leadership we have been providing. We are going places because we will have free trade in softwood lumber in the United States.

Government Services
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Liberal

Hélène Scherrer Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada's toll free 1-800-O-Canada number has been featured in government publicity for several years now.

Could the minister responsible for communications on behalf of Canada give this House a progress report on this initiative to meet Canadians' information requirements?

Government Services
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that this evening 1-800-O-Canada will be receiving the 2001 award of excellence, Service Quality Measurement, for customer services.

Close to 40,000 Canadians dial 1-800-0-Canada weekly to get quick and accurate information on the Government of Canada's programs, policies and services.

My congratulations to all of the employees in the 1-800-0-Canada call centre for their excellent work.

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

December 14th, 2001 / 11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday a representative of the city of Toronto said “After the city receives a voters' list there is a revision period during which an elector may delete his or her name or otherwise correct information on the list pertaining to an elector”.

Clearly the fault lies with the CIDA minister. Will she take responsibility for her own actions and resign?

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have addressed this question a number of times in the past week. I think the hon. member should allow the ethics counsellor to do his work which is to see what, if any, problems there were with the alleged conduct of my colleague, the Minister for International Cooperation, rather than dredge up individual details here in the House of Commons.

Minister for International Cooperation
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, we do not have any confidence in the ethics counsellor at this time.

Let us look at the facts. The CIDA minister attended a terrorist fundraising dinner against the advice of officials. She handed out $75,000 in bogus contracts to campaign cronies. Now we know she voted illegally to assist a friend in Toronto.

The record of bad judgment may be acceptable to the Prime Minister but Canadians demand a higher standard.

Again, will she resign or not?