House of Commons Hansard #20 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

Health
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member has pointed out, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, kidney failure and cardiovascular disease, share many common causes, risk factors, treatments and prevention strategies. That is why I am very pleased to announce today in the House that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, working with the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Kidney Foundation of Canada, will fund a $6.9 million chronic disease research initiative. This joint initiative will help us better understand the common aspects of these diseases. More important, this new research can help us to prevent--

Health
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Charlevoix.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Bloc

Gérard Asselin Charlevoix, QC

Mr. Speaker, Everest denies that it made a $1 million bid to organize the tour of the then Secretary of State for Amateur Sport, while the Department of Canadian Heritage says that it brought the amount of the bid down to $500,000. Obviously, the two versions contradict each other.

Could the Minister of Canadian Heritage tell us if she has made the necessary checks? I would like her to tell us who is telling the truth in this matter.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman raises the issue of value for money in this matter. Let me quote an independent expert:

--I want to congratulate the government for consulting with the sport community, whether it be athletes or coaches, as well as with other levels of government. I think these consultations were necessary--I even took part in several of the meetings--and I just wanted to congratulate the government on taking this initiative.

That quotation is from the BQ member for Châteauguay.

Automobile Industry
Oral Question Period

November 1st, 2002 / noon

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, two weeks ago the Minister of Industry responded to my question on the need for an auto policy by saying he “convened a sector council”. That meeting was in June. His answer to how he was protecting one in seven Canadian jobs, he said not to worry, that he had talked to some people four months ago.

People are worried. In fact more than 20 Ontario mayors have called on the minister to meet with him to discuss a new auto policy. The mayors have joined the CAW and the big three and it seems that everybody is on side. In fact the list of those who do not understand seem to have dwindled to one, the industry minister himself.

Will the minister commit today to finally taking some real action and agree to meet with the mayors in December? Yes or no.

Automobile Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

Etobicoke Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Allan Rock Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, I welcome the letter from the mayors and would be happy to find some way to ensure that they have a voice in the process.

However the member should know that the answer to developing a long term strategy for the success of the auto sector lies not in empty NDP rhetoric. It lies in the hard work of bringing all the interests to the table, getting the right environment for that investment, the tax system, environmental and transport standards, ensuring we have the infrastructure we need and getting governments to work together with the industry to ensure it remains a strong sector in Canada.

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, Air Canada committed to government to continue to provide services to all the communities served by Air Canada and Canadian Airlines for a three year period. That commitment is now up and Air Canada is cutting routes.

The minister might say he cannot interfere but he can do something about the reasons, which are increased costs because of security charges, airport fees and fuel taxes. Will he?

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is correct. Under Bill C-26, Air Canada was obliged to serve those communities served by Canadian Airlines and Air Canada on December 21, 1999. That expires January 4, 2003, and it has given notice to terminate service to some communities.

Our experience has been that when an airline leaves a community with the sufficient notice as provided for in Bill C-26, other carriers come in. In his own province, Provincial Airlines and Air Labrador have immediately announced that they will fill the vacuum. That shows the airline policy is working.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

Noon

Canadian Alliance

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, due to the government's mismanagement of our west coast fishing stocks, our commercial and sport fisheries have become increasingly dependent on hatchery fish to survive. Now the minister is going to make a colossal mistake. He will be slashing hatchery funding programs, despite the fact that it receives $20 for every dollar invested.

Will the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans halt these destructive cuts to our hatcheries and start standing up for our west coast fisheries instead of trying to destroy them?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

Noon

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I know that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is very concerned. He is very conservation minded and knows the importance of the role of fish hatcheries. He will do all he can to ensure, through his ministry and through his department, that their work is properly done.

House of Commons
Routine Proceedings

Noon

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

I have the honour to lay upon the table the performance report of the House of Commons administration for 2001-02.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Oak Ridges
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 10 petitions.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Leeds—Grenville
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Jordan Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to table the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the selection of votable items in accordance with Standing Order 92.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Pursuant to Standing Order 92(2) this report is deemed adopted.

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-283, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (deduction of property taxes paid in respect of a principal residence).

Madam Speaker, this bill is an important one as we are taxed to death in this country. My bill could actually be called the freedom from double taxation bill because we all have to pay income tax on money that we then subsequently use to pay our property taxes. The bill would permit homeowners to deduct from their taxable income the amount of money spent on their municipal taxes.

This is a much overdue bill, and I hope all members will support it when it comes before the House.

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