House of Commons Hansard #127 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was impaired.

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Canada-United States Border
Oral Question Period

Noon

Vancouver Kingsway
B.C.

Liberal

Sophia Leung Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, yesterday at the Windsor border crossing the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of National Revenue announced a new program called customs self-assessment. It is a pre-approved program for carriers and importers for the smooth flow of goods across the border.

American carriers told me that they not only think it is a wonderful program but they also praised Canada for being a leader--

Canada-United States Border
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

The hon. member for South Surrey--White Rock--South Langley.

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

Canadian Alliance

Val Meredith South Surrey—White Rock—Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, in the last two years during the transport minister's watch we have seen an almost total collapse of Canada's airline industry.

Recently the minister was too late in amending the Air Canada Public Participation Act. He still refuses to change foreign ownership limits. He was caught off guard by the sudden demise of Canada 3000. He now refuses to consider Air Canada's proposal to expand open skies, instead thinking that he will save the industry by personally taking control.

Is the minister totally incapable of developing a strategy for the airline industry or is he--

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

The hon. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport.

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

Chicoutimi—Le Fjord
Québec

Liberal

André Harvey Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Transport has repeatedly said that he is prepared to do anything to increase competition here.

The member may be assured that we will continue to do everything to make the competition real, within the country, despite the public proposals that are sometimes made rather strangely.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

December 7th, 2001 / noon

London—Fanshawe
Ontario

Liberal

Pat O'Brien Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, for clarity, I may have inadvertently indicated that the Minister for International Trade will speak with Mr. Racicot in Washington today. Indeed, he will have a conversation but it will be on the telephone.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Progressive Conservative

Joe Clark Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, as someone acquainted with the work that gremlins can sometimes do to amend the record of Hansard , I would like to ask the Speaker to pay particular attention to ensure that the Hansard report for today reflects accurately the response of the Minister of Industry with respect to the recession in Canada.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I am sure the Speaker, who will have some oversight on these matters, will be ably assisted by hon. members on every side of the House.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Canadian Alliance

John Williams St. Albert, AB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 13th report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the Advisory Committee on Labour-Management Relations in the Federal Public Service.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Liberal

Ovid Jackson Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, ON

Mr. Speaker, as the chair of the Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations, I have the honour to present the ninth report of the standing committee entitled “Building a Transportation Security Culture: Aviation as the Starting Point”.

At the outset, I would like to thank all the members of the parliamentary committee, as well as the staff, June Dewetering and John Christopher, and Paul Cardegna, the clerk of the committee.

Pursuant to Standing Order No. 109, the committee would like a comprehensive response to the report.

The core of the report says that we should have a new transportation act which has as its focus a secretary of state for transportation security. Within that framework, all the elements such as immigration, customs, police officers and all the stakeholders, including the air carriers and the staff of the air carriers, will work extremely hard to make sure that our airlines are safe.

It was a wake–up call on September 11 when an aircraft was used as a cruise missile. We do not ever want our aircraft to be not secure. Included in the recommendations are a stronger cockpit door with ISO standards, up to date screening systems, with the appropriate sniffing devices, using dogs, and improved technology, a better list—

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I know the hon. member is a diligent chair of his committee and is fully conversant with the report but the presentation of committee reports is limited. I think that perhaps he is giving a longer than necessary summary at this point.

Criminal Code
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

David Pratt Nepean—Carleton, ON

moved for leave to introduce BillC-419, an act to amend the Criminal Code (firefighters).

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to introduce into the House an act to amend the criminal code (firefighters), which would increase the severity of punishment for criminal acts, such as arson, that injure or kill a firefighter. Specifically, the bill would create two new criminal offences of aggravated assault and first degree murder when the victim is a firefighter acting in the line of duty.

When I think back to the bravery shown by firefighters on September 11, I believe we have a legislative duty to protect our protectors.

I wish to thank the International Association of Fire Fighters for its support of the bill and for its ongoing efforts on behalf of our firefighters.

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

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Val Meredith South Surrey—White Rock—Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition from over 542 constituents in the lower mainland. They are upset with the amount of sex and violence that is presently on the television stations. They humbly request the House of Commons to urge the CRTC to reduce the sexual and violent content contained on television.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I ask that all questions be allowed to stand.