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 energy.

Topics

Economic Development
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Gerry Byrne Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Mr. Speaker, we are aware that in several years hence there will be significant economic repercussions in northeast New Brunswick due to the closure of mines.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is already engaged in working with stakeholders trying to find mitigation in terms of its economic development strategies. We are doing grassroots, bottom level economic development in northeast New Brunswick. I would be pleased to continue to work with the hon. member and most important, with economic development groups from the area to rebuild that economy.

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

December 4th, 2002 / 2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

John Herron Fundy Royal, NB

Mr. Speaker, under the latest Kyoto implementation plan, the government falls short of Kyoto targets by 60 megatonnes in the first reporting period of 2012. According to the compliance accord under the Kyoto protocol, Canada will have to make up for any shortfalls in the second reporting period plus a penalty of 30%.

Can the minister advise how much of a reduction of the 240 megatonnes will be deferred and what the cost of that deferral will be, or is this something else the government has not figured out yet?

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

None, Mr. Speaker.

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

John Herron Fundy Royal, NB

Mr. Speaker, the leader of the government in the other place confirmed that the federal government will use federal environmental statutes to implement the Kyoto Protocol.

Could the government confirm precisely what statutes it will use and how it will use them? Specifically, is it considering the use of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to declare greenhouse gases toxic, or is this something else the government has not figured out yet, or is trying to keep secret from the provinces?

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, we are looking at the full range of legislation in the government arsenal because we fully intend to ensure that we meet the targets of the Kyoto agreement.

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, we now have new public threats from terrorist mastermind, Hezbollah Sheik Nasrallah. In a recent speech to reportedly a crowd of some 10,000 gun wielding fighters, including several hundred suicide commandos, he said, “Suicide bombing should be exported outside Palestine”. It is crystal clear that Hezbollah is committed to attacks beyond Israel and on to western countries.

Will the Minister of Foreign please end his defence of Hezbollah and demand that the Solicitor General ban all Hezbollah activities in Canada? Will the foreign minister answer?

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to see the hon. member opposite reads the latest headlines in the press because he comes forward with a new headline every day. We do take this matter very seriously. We do note what the hon. member says.

In terms of the legislation and our responsibility in the government, we have to make our decisions based on the facts. It is spelled out very clearly that we must take into consideration the criminal and the security intelligence reports. That is what we will do and we will come forward with other listings in the future.

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, why will he not take into consideration what Nasrallah further stated on Lebanese TV. He said, “I encourage Palestinians to take suicide bombings world wide”. Add that to a report in the Washington Times today, which says:

Of concern for anti-terror agencies is the stronghold Hezbollah has established in Canada, which is seen as a springboard for future actions...

Never mind press reports, what about the reports from CSIS? Has the minister received reports of concern from CSIS about Hezbollah and why has he not acted on them?

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I can assure members that this country will not be a staging ground for future actions. Although a list is important from the broader perspective, as indicated, we are working on the information for that list. CSIS does not need an organization to be on a list to do its work in terms of the national security of this country.

Finally, the military wing of Hezbollah is on Canada's United Nations suppression of terrorism regulations.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, I saw Liberal ministers and members from Quebec applaud the answer given by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food when I asked a question about the École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe. They were clapping for a non-answer.

Does the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food seriously think that when the dean of the École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe meets with the American Association of Veterinary Medicine on December 9 he will tell them “Oh, by the way, I do not have a cent to invest, but I can guarantee that the minister is considering my file”? Does the minister think that is how we are going to save the school's accreditation?

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Hastings—Frontenac—Lennox And Addington
Ontario

Liberal

Larry McCormick Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, long before the Bloc raised this issue, the member for Shefford and other caucus colleagues brought this to the attention of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

The minister continues to work very hard with the deans of the veterinary colleges and with provincial education officials to explore all options for increased funding.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, we have been raising this issue here in the House since April. If they are really so efficient, how is it that four days before the deadline they have not solved the problem?

The Liberal ministers and members from Quebec constantly drone on about how they are defending the interests of Quebec. If that is the case, then let them defend the interests of Quebec in the case of the École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe, and ensure that the $59 million are found for the school to keep its full accreditation next week. We are simply asking the government to save the only school of veterinary medicine that is at risk in Canada right now. The three others are not.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Hastings—Frontenac—Lennox And Addington
Ontario

Liberal

Larry McCormick Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, let me assure the hon. member that the Liberal members from Quebec have been at this issue every possible chance they get.

The member for Shefford and other members have brought it up to us continually, to all the ministers on this side, and our minister continues to work to explore every avenue possible to fix this situation.

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, industries from across Canada have serious reservations about the Kyoto accord. Oil and gas industry in Atlantic Canada is concerned that the accord will choke off much needed investment. Approximately 100,000 jobs in the automotive, steel and mining industries in 20 Ontario ridings will be adversely affected by the accord.

Could the Minister of Industry explain why he has failed to address any of the concerns of these industries and why he has failed to voice any of their concerns?

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, this is similar to the incorrect analysis put forward by the hon., member a couple of days ago about exploration in Alberta. The fact is Alberta exploration has gone up dramatically this year and the plan calls for a quadrupling of oil production on the offshore areas of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.