House of Commons Hansard #40 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was firearms.

Topics

Terrorism
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I would suggest that the hon. member is having an out of body experience. The fact of the matter is that he is talking about the latest headlines that he reads in the papers. We have heard those latest headlines before.

We have a responsibility as a government to base the listing of entities on criminal and security intelligence information. We will do that. We will not be pushed to do it hastily. We will do it in the proper fashion in the proper order and we will do it timely and soon.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food was at the UPA congress but said nothing about any progress in connection with the École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe. With three days left until its deadline to report to the American association, Ottawa has all but abandoned the school and Quebec will no longer be able to train accredited veterinarians in French.

Will the federal government stop treating Quebec with contempt and immediately free up the necessary money to allow the only French language school of veterinary medicine in North America to regain its full accreditation?

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is asking questions on a daily basis on this issue, but I can tell you that he is not working anywhere near as hard as the member for Shefford on this side, as the backbenchers and all of the government who approached this. They have been leading the way.

I also want to make one thing very clear. December 9 is a date that has been set by some people in Quebec, but it is not the final date. December 9 is the date on which the board and the university are starting to prepare their presentation to the accreditation body, which they must provide to that accreditation body by the end of December this year.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is not just a date set by some people. It is a date set by the American association, and the dean must present a final report and say that the federal government is not giving one red cent to the school of veterinary medicine to modernize its equipment and to keep its accreditation.

The countdown is starting, you might say. It sends a signal to students who are thinking of enrolling in the school of veterinary sciences in Saint-Hyacinthe in the near future not to go, because the school may very well lose its accreditation in the end.

I am asking the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to stop the waffling and party politics and to make a commitment today to support the modernization of the school's equipment so that it can continue—

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I remind the hon. member that we are fully aware of the situation approaching as far as the review of the accreditation of the college at Saint-Hyacinthe, and there are three other university colleges that are approaching similar reviews across this country and--

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

No, it's the only one. Liar.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

--I can repeat again that the government is working very hard and we will continue to work very hard in order to do all that we can to ensure that no veterinary college, whether it be in Saint-Hyacinthe--

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Liar. You are a liar.

École de médecine vétérinaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

--whether it be in Prince Edward Island, whether it be in Ontario or Saskatchewan, loses its accreditation.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

December 6th, 2002 / 11:35 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ken Epp Elk Island, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has a dark cloud of scandal hanging over him. It is alleged that when he was junior minister for amateur sport he interceded on behalf of his friends at Groupe Everest to ensure that they were awarded a half million dollar contract.

The minister denies his involvement, but his former executive director, Roger Farley, confirms it.

Could we get the ethics counsellor to investigate this immediately and to clear the air by making the report public?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, some weeks ago, before the November break, this matter was debated in the House in question period.

The ethics counsellor said that he was looking into the matter and that he would make that report public at the appropriate time.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

That is right, Mr. Speaker, and a month ago, as requested by the Deputy Prime Minister, I wrote to the government's so-called ethics counsellor, Howard Wilson, regarding this very issue. To date he has not replied.

When I tried to raise this issue with Mr. Wilson yesterday in the procedure and House affairs committee, the Liberal chairman would not allow my questions.

What good is an ethics counsellor if he does not even reply to requests to investigate? Why do the Liberals' ethics not require them to get to the truth?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, when we are dealing with accusations of this magnitude and when we are dealing with people's reputations, we have to be extremely careful.

I note that Mr. Wilson is quoted today in the newspaper as saying that he wants his officials to make sure that the hon. member's complaint “is not vexatious and frivolous...”. He is doing his job to protect everyone's reputations.

Health
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, QC

Mr. Speaker, this week the Auditor General brought out into the open the administrative fiasco of the firearm registry program. At the same time, we had the government indicating its intention to meddle in the administration of the health care system. There is a bit of of a paradox here.

Should the government not use today's meeting of ministers of health to show its concern for the well-being of patients by announcing the immediate and unconditional transfer of the funds to Quebec?