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 treaties.

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Pierre-Luc Bergeron and Xavier Fugère
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Raymonde Folco Laval West, QC

Mr. Speaker, recently Pierre-Luc Bergeron and Xavier Fugère were the first and second place winners respectively of the Laval chess league's junior chess tournament.

I would like to draw hon. members' attention to the courage and determination of these young residents of Laval. Their victories did not only involve skill on the chess board, they have also had major victories over illness.

Xavier Fugère has had a lengthy battle with Wilms' tumour and is now in total remission. Pierre-Luc Bergeron has recently survived a battle with flesh-eating disease.

These two miracle children are veterans of a lengthy battle with illness. They have come out of it with the patience and perseverance that are essential to being a champion.

I join with all the residents of Laval in congratulating Pierre-Luc Bergeron and Xavier Fugère on the great things they have accomplished, now that they have been given back their life. They are an example to us all.

Hazardous Materials
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, now more than ever we must recognize the need for advanced training in the handling and treatment of hazardous materials for our firefighters who are the first to respond to emergencies such as terrorist attacks.

The International Association of Fire Fighters in the United States has spent millions of dollars developing an excellent curriculum on hazardous materials and it is generously offering to share it with its Canadian counterparts free of charge. It is estimated that by using a train the trainer methodology this valuable life saving information could be distributed to every firefighter in Canada for as little as $500,000.

Our brave men and women, who are the first to respond to emergencies, put their lives at risk to save our lives. They deserve the best protection that we have to offer and sometimes that protection is information, training and knowledge. I urge the government to find the resources to fund the delivery of the IAFF HazMat training curriculum and to do it without delay.

René Lévesque
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Bloc

Yves Rocheleau Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, the former Premier of Quebec, René Lévesque, died on this day 15 years ago.

A symbol of Quebec's Quiet Revolution, René Lévesque was the incarnation, for a quarter century, of a nation's daring decision to affirm its existence and promote its identity through a series of reforms that modernized Quebec, socially, culturally, economically and politically.

Two parts of his legacy I would like to particularly emphasize are the nationalization of hydroelectric power culminating in the creation of Hydro-Québec, and the political reform that has made Quebec democracy a model for the world.

René Lévesque passed on his conviction of Quebec's nationhood and his pride in that nation to an entire people.

I pay tribute to the memory of this great democrat, to the courage, generosity and integrity that characterized his actions throughout his entire career, to build a modern Quebec with an awareness of its dimension as a nation with the potential to participate in the community of nations.

St. John's Harbour
Statements By Members

November 1st, 2002 / 11:10 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, overlooking the harbour in St. John's, the Prime Minister is finally going to announce that the federal government will participate in funding the clean-up of St. John's Harbour.

This project has been on the agenda for several years. Finally, with the help and the great work done by: the ACAP group; the member for St. John's East, who has been an avid supporter; the three levels of government; and shall I say myself, the project is about to become a reality.

Despite the fact that the former Newfoundland minister constantly stated that funding for clean-up must come from regular infrastructure funding, it is on the record that our party suggested that a special project fund was needed. We are glad to see that the previous finance minister agreed and that the new Newfoundland minister supported this new direction.

It shows what cooperation can do. It is a good day for St. John's.

Diabetes Awareness Month
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Lynn Myers Waterloo—Wellington, ON

Mr. Speaker, November is Canadian Diabetes Awareness Month. Since the discovery of insulin in the 1920s, at the University of Toronto by F.G. Banting and C.H. Best, Canada has been recognized as a world leader in the search for a cure for diabetes.

Today, Canada is once again on the leading edge of diabetes research. The Edmonton Protocol has the medical world abuzz as a possible new treatment for this terrible disease. Diabetes afflicts more than two million Canadians, both young and old.

During November a number of events, fundraisers and educational activities will be taking place to highlight the fact that diabetes is a major health care issue in Canada. Celebrations include World Diabetes Day which occurs on November 14 and marks the birthdate of Dr. Banting.

Hopefully one day soon Diabetes Awareness Month will be a thing of the past because by then we will have found a cure.

Arts and Culture
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Werner Schmidt Kelowna, BC

Mr. Speaker, every once in a while something extraordinary happens in this place. Such an event occurred Wednesday night of this week.

The rare event was an exciting musical expression of Serbian and Balkan music performed by the Teofilovic Twins. Their rendition of traditional Serbian and Balkan music helped participants to discover some of the mystery of the musical art of the Balkans. The twins have an extraordinary expression of music. They have solved the mystery of the second voice and found long lost harmonies of traditional singing. The twins have made recordings for national radio and television stations and were part of all the great spiritual and secular festivals and music gatherings in Serbia. The twins were the guests of the Speaker and performed in the Hall of Honour in this place.

I wish to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Speaker for his contribution to culture and art for parliamentarians and many other guests.

Sports
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Oak Ridges, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise in the House to recognize the leadership that has been shown by Athletes CAN in developing its six point manifesto for sport in Canada.

Athletes CAN is a 10 year old organization representing national team athletes whose mission is to work with partners in leadership, advocacy and education to ensure a fair, responsive and supportive sport system for high performance athletes in Canada.

At its annual forum in Quebec City last month, it further refined its declaration, which was recently announced to the public. The manifesto calls for the federal government to invest in a comprehensive sports development program from playground to podium and beyond, for the provincial and territorial governments to increase sport and physical activity in schools, and for the creation of a national infrastructure program to assist in developing sport and recreational facilities.

The Government of Canada appreciates the dedication of our high performance athletes in their athletic achievements and congratulates them for the leadership that they continue to demonstrate in trying to improve the sport system in Canada.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, for days now the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has denied that he pulled any strings to give his friends at Everest a lucrative federal advertising contract.

Yesterday, however, a former executive director under the minister confirmed, yes, confirmed, that the allegation was true and that the minister did give his friends at Groupe Everest half a million dollars in federal contracts.

Why did the minister give his Everest friends a lucrative contract and then try to cover it up?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, it was not and is not the prerogative of the secretary of state to decide. The matter came under the contracting procedures of the Department of Public Works and the choice with respect to the firm to be selected off the pre-qualified list was made by officials within the Department of Public Works.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, as if rewarding friends was not bad enough, the minister compounded the wrong by trying to cover it up. Instead of owning up to his wrongdoing, the minister tried to discredit his former executive director. Fortunately Mr. Roger Farley would not be bullied by the minister and insisted that the allegations were true.

My question: Why does the minister not simply come clean and admit that he did get involved in this contract?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, again let me explain the process here. This occurred a number of years ago under the process in place at that time. The department wishing to have a certain advertising service set up a requisition. That requisition, as is the normal case, included a suggestion, but it was not the prerogative of the requisitioning department to make the decision. The prerogative rested with the Department of Public Works and the officials in that department at that time.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Reynolds West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, BC

Mr. Speaker, no matter whose prerogative it was, there are e-mails out there that were denied. The minister insisted that Mr. Farley's e-mail was untrue. The minister's director of communications used even more creative language and told reporters to check with Mr. Farley. They did and Mr. Farley said exactly this, that he stood behind his e-mail which said that “The Secretary of State wants to hire Everest as the agency”.

To clear this up, will the minister turn this over this afternoon to the ethics counsellor and tell him to talk to all sides and get to the bottom of this so that we do not spend another few weeks in Parliament going around contracts? To get to the bottom of it, that is what the ethics counsellor is for--

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the issue here is who had the authority to take the decision. Under the processes existing at that time the decision was taken by the Department of Public Works, not by the Department of Canadian Heritage, not by the secretary of state, but by the Department of Public Works. The officials who had the responsibility at that time exercised their judgment and made a choice, but it was their decision, not one resting with some other minister.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Dale Johnston Wetaskiwin, AB

Mr. Speaker, this is not the first time that the immigration minister has tried to convince us that he has no close ties to Groupe Everest. In May he admitted being a guest in a Groupe Everest luxury condo after denying it in an interview in 2000.

Given his history, it is not hard to understand that we do not believe what is going on here. We think this should be turned over to the ethics counsellor. We have a contradiction here between the minister and his top bureaucrat. Let us find out who is telling the truth.