House of Commons Hansard #38 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was million.

Topics

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, in the next two years Ontario faces the possible closure of four major auto assembly and component plants. Last week the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada released its blueprint for Canadian automotive prosperity. It said:

It is not rational to ratify the Kyoto Protocol Accord if the result is simply to ensure that more automotive assembly and parts plants will be built in the United States and Mexico rather than Canada.

Could the Minister of Industry explain why the government is willing to jeopardize investments in an industry that is so essential to the life of Ontario and Canada?

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should look a little further in his analysis of the automobile industry and the possible impact of Kyoto than he has done.

The automobile industry is so efficient in terms of reducing the amount of energy used to produce a vehicle, that it is now using less than half the amount of energy that was used 15 years ago to produce each vehicle. That is the type of energy efficiency which, if applied elsewhere in our economy, would make it easy for us to meet all our Kyoto targets.

U.S. Embassy
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question deals with the cement barricades around the U.S. embassy. I have asked the Solicitor General this question and debated with his parliamentary secretary, yet cannot get an answer to the question.

Last year cement barriers were put up to prevent or push back a car or truck bomb attack, an attack we all hope will never happen. Should it happen however, the point of impact would be five metres further away from the embassy, and by the same token, five metres closer to our own citizens who work and live across the street.

Are we not putting our own citizens at greater risk with these barriers?

U.S. Embassy
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I certainly recognize the member for Ottawa--Vanier's interest and concern over this matter. Our objective is to ensure that there is safety for residents of the area as well as the people who work in the U.S. embassy. I understand that the RCMP and local police are still working with the community and the residents in the community, as well as the U.S. embassy, to reach a satisfactory solution for all who are involved.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, while the government cannot find any new money for the Canadian armed forces before next year's budget, it has quietly spent $11 million to build the Afghan national army. Why do our troops continue to go without while she funds the Afghan troops?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Essex
Ontario

Liberal

Susan Whelan Minister for International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, we are not providing any direct support to the Afghan armed forces. In fact we are providing support for peace and security in Afghanistan of which $4 million has been transferred through the UNDP to support disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; $3.8 million has been transferred to the UN law and order trust fund to support Afghan police reform; and $3.5 million has been committed to the United Nations to support the Afghan government's reform of the judicial system.

We are clearly not supporting and not funding the Afghan armed forces directly.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, we all agree we need to help in the rebuilding of Afghanistan, but the minister has not answered the question. The question still remains: Why are Canadian taxpayers paying for security for somebody else while we are not paying any money for our own armed forces?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, the governments of the western countries do not want to be in Bosnia, Afghanistan and other difficult places forever. It makes eminent good sense for western governments to devote funds to train the militaries of these people so they can ensure their own security.

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Louis Plamondon Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister for International Trade. Contrary to what he said yesterday, the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec contends that the reserves of medium cheddar cheese are at unprecedented levels, to the point where, last spring, in the central Quebec region, they had to dump 460,000 litres of milk. Therefore, the imports were unjustifiable.

How does the minister explain his decision to allow an additional 500 tonnes of medium cheddar cheese to be imported from the United States, unless it is that he yielded to the pressure from Ontario?

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

London—Fanshawe
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the reality is that every other option was looked at by the minister and this was done on an emergency basis only. The supplemental imports were allocated to the Canadian Dairy Commission. It will do the allocation on a fair and equitable basis.

Economic Development
Oral Question Period

December 4th, 2002 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Gérard Binet Frontenac—Mégantic, QC

Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, the Agropur plant in Chambord, which used to process millions of litres of milk produced by farmers in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region, has shut down.

Does the Secretary of State responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada intend to come to the assistance of stakeholders in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, so that they can keep production and processing operations in their region?

Economic Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Beauce
Québec

Liberal

Claude Drouin Secretary of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his excellent question.

On Monday, I met with the employees of the Agropur plant, and with stakeholders from the region's dairy industry. At that time, I confirmed that the Economic Development Agency of Canada would help them with their recovery project for the processing plant, and I assured them of our financial participation in a study to determine the best options to promote the plant's recovery.

We on this side of the House are looking for solutions, not people to blame, as the other side is doing.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Musquodoboit Valley—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Deputy Prime Minister. Last week in committee Mr. MacNaughton, the CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said very clearly that the pension dollars of Canadians were going into supporting tobacco companies. The reason this is done is because there is no ethical screen at the pension board.

Will the Deputy Prime Minister invoke his cabinet to tell the Canada Pension Investment Board to put in an investment screen so that Canada's pension dollars do not go to aiding and abetting the killing of thousands of Canadians on a yearly basis?

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member will know that we do not direct the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's investments. Any policies of that nature that would be adopted would need to be agreed upon by all ministers of finance, including provincial ministers, prior to any such policy being adopted.

This is a matter which can be discussed among ministers when we next review the Canada pension plan investment policy.

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

It is my duty, pursuant to Standing Order 81(14), to inform the House that the motion to be considered tomorrow during the consideration of the business of supply is as follows:

That the federal government give the provinces the additional money for health unconditionally, with the promise of the provinces to use all of it for health care.

This motion, standing in the name of the hon. member for Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, is votable. Copies of the motion are available at the Table.