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

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Brian Pallister Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, that is illuminating. The government is choosing bureaucracy ahead of aboriginal Canadians.

Aboriginal Canadians face serious challenges, welfare dependency and a teen suicide rate that is eight times the national average. Yet the government has chosen to create a new, duplicate, expensive, separate aboriginal institution to keep statistics.

The Auditor General points out that the government is wasting scarce resources measuring the problems, rather than solving them. We are asking, why is the government investing in keeping statistical track of aboriginal teen suicide instead of preventing it?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Oxford
Ontario

Liberal

John Finlay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said, steps have been taken to reduce the number of reports needed.

We are committed to improving the current reporting structure with first nations, while ensuring a balance is maintained between the accountability to Canadians on the use of public funds and coherent and consistent federal government reporting.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, when an individual owes the federal government money, it comes after him for it, along with a fine and interest, if you please.

How can the government explain that, having gone after the unemployed for benefit overpayments, and ordinary individuals who owe it a couple of hundred dollars, it suddenly becomes so tolerant of large corporations benefiting big time from tax havens in Barbados?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Liberal

Elinor Caplan Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, we are not tolerant or sympathetic at all to those who try to evade taxes or those who engage in fraud against Canadian taxpayers.

We are doing everything that we can to recruit university graduates who have shown an interest in auditing, particularly in the international foreign audit area which is very complex.

We agree with the Auditor General that it is an area where we can do better and we will.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, the minister cannot claim that the government is not tolerant, when we have been speaking out against this government and the matter of tax evasion for years. It took the Auditor General to point out the one and one-half billion dollar advantage these companies have enjoyed.

Is not this tolerance on the part of the government, this inexplicable tolerance, related to the fact that the former finance minister and prospective Liberal leader himself owns no fewer than ten companies in Barbados? That might explain such sudden tolerance on the part of the government.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Liberal

Elinor Caplan Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, that preamble is unbecoming to the member opposite.

I would say to him that it is the role of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency to ensure that the tax laws of this country are enforced in a fair way. We do that. We ensure that all Canadians are expected to pay their fair share. We know that over 95% of Canadians comply with the law.

When we find an area such as the international tax audit where we need additional auditors who are highly experienced, we recruit them and train them.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, Chinese student Wei Amanda Zhao was murdered on October 9. Her boyfriend, Ang Li, reported her missing to the Burnaby RCMP the same day. The missing person report was not issued publicly until a week after her reported disappearance. A few days later, her boyfriend fled to China.

The RCMP believe that he killed Ms. Zhao. Canada does not have an extradition treaty with China. We cannot get him back.

Why did it take a week before launching an investigation? Why did the government let him leave the country? How are we going to get him back from China?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, all I can do is assure the hon. member that the RCMP has done its work in this particular area. There is a due process that takes place.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, in 1995 Darcy Bertrand murdered his wife. He also murdered his wife's mother and father. He was convicted of three counts of second degree murder and sentenced to three life terms in jail. Two weeks ago, it was announced that Bertrand will be transferred to a minimum security prison 15 minutes away from a Port Coquitlam family member of the murdered victims. The prison does not even have a fence.

Why is it that a person convicted of three counts of murder, convicted to three life sentences, is now going to a comfy minimum security prison after seven years of being in hard time?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, Correctional Service Canada always has the safety of the citizens of Canada at stake. There is a process established through the Parole Board and through Correctional Service Canada. The safety of Canadians is the bottom line and that is what we consider.

Canada-U.S. Border
Oral Question Period

December 4th, 2002 / 2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Yolande Thibeault Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the PQ government recently questioned the importance attached to the Lacolle border crossing as far as the new accelerated border crossing systems for travellers and shipments, namely NEXUS and FAST, are concerned.

Could the Minister of National Revenue reassure this House that the Lacolle border crossing is, and will continue to be, a priority for the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency?

Canada-U.S. Border
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Liberal

Elinor Caplan Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, the Lacolle crossing is and will continue to be a priority for the government. Here are the facts. The fact is that the FAST program will be implemented at Lacolle at the end of this month. The fact is that there will be a registration centre opened in January for the registration of both the FAST program and the NEXUS program. We expect the NEXUS program to be implemented at Lacolle in September 2003.

As I said, some people are playing political games with this and are misinforming Quebeckers, but the facts speak for themselves.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minster of Justice. It concerns the tragic death of Amanda Zhao, the young Chinese student who was found murdered in Burnaby last month. Now the RCMP have named her boyfriend, Ang Li, as the murderer.

In view of the fact that Li has returned to China, if an arrest warrant is issued by the RCMP, what action will the minister take to request that China return Li to Canada to stand trial for the murder of Amanda Zhao? What action will he take to make sure that the trial of Ang Li takes place in Canada?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I answered a similar question previously. As I indicated previously, a due process will take place and we will follow that due process according to the law.

Economic Development
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, we already know that the Brunswick mine in northeastern New Brunswick will shutting down in five or six years, leaving 1,000 people without jobs.

Yesterday we learned that the Noranda smelter in Belledune will lay off 70 workers in July and cut back its operations to eight months of the year. Some people are talking about salary losses of over $3.5 million a year.

My question is for the Deputy Prime Minister. Is the government prepared to invest in infrastructure such as roads and natural gas pipelines to offset the effects of job losses and the economic repercussions in northeastern New Brunswick?