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 kyoto.

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Health
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Madawaska—Restigouche
New Brunswick

Liberal

Jeannot Castonguay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to inform the House that the provincial health ministers are meting today in Toronto with the federal Minister of Health.

In a spirit of collaboration and cooperation, they will be examining ways to develop and improve a health care system that will meet the needs of Canadians and reflect the contents of the very significant reports available to us, namely the Romanow, Kirby and Clair reports—

Health
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Hochelaga—Maisonneuve.

Health
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, QC

Mr. Speaker, in order to ensure control over the funding it provides to the first nations, the government requires 168 reports of them, and nothing is done with them. Yet the government insists on enforcing a reporting process for health expenditures, when the public knows very well that it is the one that has the last word on this.

Does the minister not agree that the only real accountability is when governments go to the people?

Health
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Madawaska—Restigouche
New Brunswick

Liberal

Jeannot Castonguay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, our reception of the Auditor General report was highly positive. It is always a pleasure to receive her reports. It is, in the end, this information that will enable us to work together to improve the situation of all Canadians.

We are well aware of the point my colleague is raising. We are equally aware of the fact that there is room for improvement when it comes to the reporting required of these people. This is why we wish to sit down with representatives of the various departments in order to ensure—

Health
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam.

Finance
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, an illegal Russian immigrant is charged with using three privately owned automatic teller machines to steal more than $1.2 million, but there is a twist. He did not steal the money from the machines. He owned the machines.

He used the ATMs to gather bank information and PIN numbers from unsuspecting customers and robbed their accounts later. These machines were authorized by the federal Competition Tribunal but because they are not operated by a chartered bank, they are unregulated.

When will the government act to protect both consumers and legitimate owners of private ATMs?

Finance
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Oak Ridges
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, if someone is defrauding the banks' customers from ATM machines, he or she is subject to prosecution by the law. Obviously they will go to court and they will be dealt with.

Now if there is in fact a widespread problem in this particular industry, it will be reviewed by the government and appropriate actions would be taken.

Finance
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Dick Harris Prince George—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the problem is that no one really regulates these white label ATMs and as a result consumers are not protected from fraud artists. The federal laws that govern the same operations of ATMs of the financial institutions do not apply to white label ATMs.

We have to ask the question, why is the government making it so easy for ATM fraud artists to operate in Canada?

Finance
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Oak Ridges
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, of course we are not making it easy. First, it is a Criminal Code offence and it will be dealt with. If someone steals something, whether it is from a bank or a store, the same principle applies under the Criminal Code.

Sometimes in the House props might be useful, in this case to draw the member a picture: Criminal Code, people steal, they get prosecuted and go to court, and we will deal with it.

Job Creation
Oral Question Period

December 6th, 2002 / 11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Sarkis Assadourian Brampton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, the employment figure for the month of November has just been released. It is not 4,000, it is not 14,000, it is not 40,000, but 42,300 new jobs.

Could the Minister of Finance give us any new information on the employment front for the year 2002?

Job Creation
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Oak Ridges
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, first let me point out that the unemployment rate for this month is down to 7.5%. Most of the 42,000 new jobs are in the manufacturing sector.

The total for the year, and I will say this very slowly, is 502,000 new jobs, of which almost 100,000 were created among young Canadians. What is important is that this shows that the prudent policies of the government have created the economic climate for this type of job growth.

Persons with Disabilities
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Wendy Lill Dartmouth, NS

Mr. Speaker, the government likes to pat itself on the back on the improvement of jobs situation.

The fact is persons with disabilities have a 50% unemployment rate in this country and the government is about to let expire a very important disability support and wage subsidy program for vulnerable Canadians. The employment assistance for persons with disabilities program is said to expire in March. The current recipients need to know if the program will be renewed.

Will the government let that $193 million per year program continue into 2003-04 or should these groups--

Persons with Disabilities
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I have tried to be very generous, but the hon. Minister of Human Resources Development.

Persons with Disabilities
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, this is a very timely question and I thank the hon. member for her interest in this file.

Indeed last week I met with the ministers of social services and we talked about expediting the new replacement program for employment assistance for people with disabilities.

I can tell the hon. member that I was most optimistic coming out of that meeting. Ministers right across the country want to work with the Government of Canada to ensure that these moneys, $193 million today, will continue to flow for the benefit of Canadians with disabilities.

Persons with Disabilities
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Wendy Lill Dartmouth, NS

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the minister's comments.

The government has promised a labour market strategy for the one in six Canadians with a disability in the last two throne speeches. It still has not happened and we still see the largest employment support program getting ready to expire.

I appreciate the minister's sentiment but I need to know as well as the groups that are working in this area, when will it happen? Will it happen before March, does the anxiety continue forever, or will we know ASAP?