House of Commons Hansard #83 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was united.

Topics

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, involving the people of Canada in the security of our nation does not mean divulging state secrets.

Even though the Prime Minister has fallen short during this crisis, the people of Canada have not.

When will the minister table a plan in the House to respond to the concerns of all Canadians whom we all want to help?

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, we said many times what we are going to do. We are going to walk every step with the United States on this issue. We are going to take what measures need to be taken to increase security in this country.

The Minister of Finance has indicated quite clearly that financing will be made available for extra security measures. The Minister of Transport has indicated extra measures are being considered. All appropriate measures are being taken by the government to make sure this country remains one of the safest countries in the world in which to live.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Rick Laliberte Churchill River, SK

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Extreme weather was evident during the 2001 growing season worldwide. Drought in particular is having a serious impact on Canadian farmers.

Can the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food tell the House what the extent of the drought is and whether the government has programs in place to help farmers through this crisis?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, there is no question that many farmers in Canada are going through one of the most severe droughts in decades.

We are monitoring that. However I remind everyone that we have a range of programs and safety nets. More farmers purchased crop insurance coverage for more acres. There is a total coverage of over $6.5 billion. We estimate that after farmers' 30% of the premium, crop insurance alone will pay out over $1 billion.

There is the net income stabilization account. There is the Canada farm income program. We estimate at this stage that between the federal and provincial governments there will be close to $4 billion in--

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Elk Island.

Standing Committee on Finance
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister told us on Monday that committees would be informed and involved in finding solutions to the present threat by terrorists.

We gave notice and had motions prepared to call the Minister of National Revenue and the commissioner of Canada Customs and Revenue Agency to the finance committee. However instead of receiving, debating and voting on our motions, the government pulled all Liberal members away so that quorum was lost.

Why does the government not want these officials at committee?

Standing Committee on Finance
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, we have indicated our full co-operation insofar as committee structures are concerned. The hon. member will know that.

I do not know when the incident he referred to specifically occurred. I know yesterday we adjourned committees. We even suspended the House in order to attend a ceremony that members organized. Perhaps that is when the event occurred. If it occurred otherwise, I will endeavour to work with him and indeed all members.

Finally, we even asked for a vote in the House to refer a particular issue to committee earlier this week and unanimous consent was denied.

Standing Committee on Finance
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, this was not a case of members not knowing where the committee room was. They were already there. This was a case where well before the time of the gathering in room 200, west block, committee members walked out. It was quite clear that it was at the call of the whip or some other official from the government.

My question is very simple. The Liberals defeated our supply day motion to produce anti-terrorist legislation. Now they will not let us work through committees. How and when will Canadians ever get some answers to this serious issue?

Standing Committee on Finance
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have indicated to the hon. member and indeed all hon. members that I would work in co-operation with them to do everything we could to make the committee work available.

We are in the process. I even had an informal consultation with the hon. member's House leader about the restarting of committees, because under the standing orders they do expire 10 days after the House comes back in September.

To the extent that we can co-operate, get them fully going and studying all issues relating not only to this but anything else, the hon. member will get my full co-operation.

Stock Market Speculation
Oral Question Period

Noon

Bloc

Michel Bellehumeur Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, a number of countries are currently looking into the movement of capital and dubious stock market speculation orders made shortly before the September 11 strikes. Terrorists might have speculated knowing the events that would occur.

Could the solicitor general tell us whether such an investigation was undertaken in Canada as well and specifically at the Toronto stock exchange?

Stock Market Speculation
Oral Question Period

Noon

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, yes, we had discussions with the stock exchanges on this.

We also had discussions with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Discussions are now taking place between it and our financial institutions in order to obtain their full co-operation in working with the authorities of our two countries to combat terrorism.

International Aid
Oral Question Period

September 21st, 2001 / noon

Liberal

Carolyn Parrish Mississauga Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, there are still hundreds of thousands of human beings on the verge of starvation all over the world. Recently the Minister for International Cooperation consulted with over 1,000 groups and individuals across Canada on how we could make our foreign aid more effective.

Could she report to the House on how at the G-8 conference this year she will be able to present a more effective plan to help these people?

International Aid
Oral Question Period

Noon

Beaches—East York
Ontario

Liberal

Maria Minna Minister for International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, I have held consultations in 10 Canadian cities and met with 1,100 organizations and individuals across Canada.

Some of the issues we discussed that will help us to prepare our position for the G-8 are strategic co-ordinated local ownership, which is very important to many NGOs and countries, and stronger democratic sustainable governance, another issue which was discussed and is very important.

There is also the importance of education in developing countries to assist them to lift themselves out of poverty, especially education for women and girls, and of market access and economic development. These were some of the very major issues discussed which will help us tremendously.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

Noon

Liberal

Lynn Myers Waterloo—Wellington, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. In a statement prior to question period today the member for Vancouver Island North said, among other things, that last night the Prime Minister was at a Liberal fundraiser in Toronto. This is totally false.

I know the hon. member would not want to mislead the House and give false information. I would ask that he withdraw that comment.

Privilege
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

Perhaps the hon. member for Vancouver Island North would like to say something in response. I am not sure this is a question of privilege, but we will hear from the hon. member for Vancouver Island North.