House of Commons Hansard #17 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was appointments.

Topics

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, when we first started questioning the government about its aid package for the victims of the softwood lumber crisis, it was not the Minister for International Trade who answered, but the Minister of Industry.

Now that the weakness of this aid package is becoming clear and the Liberal leadership campaign is getting underway, the Minister of Industry will not answer.

My question is simple. Does the Minister of Industry intend to take steps to help the softwood lumber industry, by granting loan guarantees among other things?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Vancouver South—Burnaby
B.C.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, we have already made commitments to the industry on two occasions. We invested in terms of looking for new markets. We looked at investing in research and development and investing to make sure we have a strong advocacy program. We also announced $240 million recently. This is more than $340 million to help the forest industry.

I want to tell the hon. member that we will stand behind our industry and our workers in the forest industry. We will make sure that the Americans do not bankrupt them and we will be there again if they need more support.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, I can understand the Minister of Industry for not rising to defend the indefensible. Does the Minister of Industry plan to tell workers and companies that, after having been hit by arbitrary duties by the Americans, they are about to fall victim to the Liberal Party's leadership race?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, I have been very proud of working together with my colleagues, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Minister for International Trade and the Minister of Finance, to develop efficient measures not only to help the communities but also to make our forest industries more competitive.

We are going to keep working together for our industry, here in Canada.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, only a short while ago the Minister of National Defence was deriding additional defence spending as buying “toys for the boys”, but this past weekend he seems to have had a Damascus road experience of sorts and says that he will call for additional funding now for the Canadian Forces.

I realize that Hallowe'en is in the air but this sudden morphing of the minister is nothing short of spooktacular.

Would the real minister please stand up and just simply admit that his government has been just plain wrong in its decisions?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, of all the people in the House I am surprised that the hon. member speaks of roads to Damascus because, of all the people in the House, she took the greatest road to Damascus in Canadian history when she went from no pension to pension.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Mr. Speaker, I might admit that I am certainly not the only one in here. The government has talked about 25% cuts.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. I realize the hon. member for Edmonton North is a very popular member but we have to be able to hear the question and when members cheers for her it is very difficult for the Chair to hear the question. The hon. member for Edmonton North has the floor.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deborah Grey Edmonton North, AB

Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and a tremendous cheerleader you are.

Since 1993 the Liberal government has slashed the defence budget by 25% in real terms. It will brag that it has invested $5 billion but it is such small amounts going to such specific operations it leaves next to nothing to address the huge shortfall in defence budgets.

Given the government's abysmal record, we are pretty much assured the minister will walk away from the cabinet table with an empty loot bag.

When it comes to budget time, what will be the fate of our forces, trick or treat?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, it is not my decision but I very much hope it will be treat.

As for the cuts since 1993, the hon. member should realize that just about every department in government had major cuts post-1993 because the government was determined to eliminate the $42 billion deficit that we inherited from the fifth party.

Now that we have had several years in a row of surpluses we are rebuilding the investment in selective areas. I hope it will be time for treat for defence but only time will tell.

Currency
Oral Question Period

October 29th, 2002 / 2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions.

A growing number of businesses are refusing to accept $100 bills and even $50 bills even though these bills are legal tender. In one case in particular that was brought to my attention, the refusal was from a postal outlet, an agent of a crown corporation, from the same government issuing these legal bills.

My question is simple. What is being done to put an end to this aggravating situation?

Currency
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Vaughan—King—Aurora
Ontario

Liberal

Maurizio Bevilacqua Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, the current legislation provides flexibility for merchants and consumers. Neither party is required to accept any particular denomination notes.

I understand that some merchants are not accepting $50 and $100 notes because they would bear the loss of course if the bills are counterfeit.

Customers can choose the merchants with whom they want to deal and merchants may lose customers if their practices are unreasonable. I would also note that it would be unfair to require small merchants to accept a large bill for small purchases.

I do want to make it very clear though that one isolated counterfeit operation involving $100--

Currency
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Palliser.