House of Commons Hansard #175 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was wto.

Topics

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I doubt whether this question is in order but the hon. minister of state may answer.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Gerry Byrne Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Mr. Speaker, what was also pointed out on several occasions was that the project had a very substantial and positive impact on the community. It was supported by the province of Prince Edward Island. It was supported by the community.

I would simply ask the hon. member to listen to his own words for one moment. He said that no one was questioning the fact that this was a viable and valuable project. In fact the hon. member for St. Albert acknowledged that he was “not worried about where the money ended up because I think in the end it was not a bad deal”.

United Nations
Oral Question Period

April 24th, 2002 / 3 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre Paquette Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, last Friday, Shimon Peres agreed to allow a UN fact-finding mission into Israel to shed light on the military intervention in the Jenin refugee camp. Yesterday, we learned that the Israeli government had changed its mind and now wants to delay the arrival of the UN investigators.

Will Canada add its voice to that of the UN secretary general and issue a clear statement to Israeli authorities that it feels that the arrival of the UN fact-finding mission in Jenin is necessary and urgent?

United Nations
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, as I said in the House today, Canada supports the UN secretary general's efforts to get a fact-finding mission under way in Israel and in the Palestinian territories. We support these efforts and have clearly said so to the Israeli authorities, as well as the UN. We will continue to support these efforts and we are confident that Kofi Annan will have this investigation under way by the end of the week.

Privacy
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, Canadians value their privacy. Protection of their privacy as it relates to their dealings with government is of particular importance.

With the growing influence of the government's online initiative, what assurances could the President of Treasury Board give the House that the privacy of Canadians is being protected?

Privacy
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to report that Canada has become the first national government in the world to make privacy assessment mandatory for departments and agencies. This policy will ensure that privacy protection is a core consideration in the initial framing of programs and services. All those assessments will have to be sent to the privacy commissioner for his advice.

This is a strong signal to Canadians that the Government of Canada is committed to protecting their personal information.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, the solicitor general has evaded our questions regarding CorCan's incentive payments to prisoners.

As he continues to evade the question and appears so confident that this was an isolated case, will he commit to tabling in the House Correctional Service Canada's findings regarding how much money was paid and how many inmates received those payments? This is very simple. How many and how much?

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, as I said before, what took place was inappropriate. My hon. colleague is fully aware that we will be appearing before the standing committee tomorrow. He is also fully aware that Correctional Service Canada has indicated that this will not happen again.

Member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca

House of Commons
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Pursuant to order made Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Mr. Martin is ready to appear at the bar of the House.

Mr. Martin, I invite you to address the House pursuant to special order.

House of Commons
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, it is with regret that I find myself standing here before the House at the bar but it is understandable that I find myself here.

It was wrong for me to take the Mace, the symbol of the dignity and authority of the House, into my hands as a gesture of protest. I have reflected on my actions and have had the benefit of hearing my colleagues speak eloquently about this place and about the respect that must be accorded to it.

I apologize to you, Mr. Speaker, and to all members of the House for my actions. I ask that you accept this apology in the spirit in which it is afforded.

House of Commons
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I invite the hon. member for Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca to resume his seat.

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 consideration of the business of supply is as follows:

That this House condemn the government for its inability to defend the workers at the General Motors plant in Boisbriand and thus allowing the vehicle assembly sector of the auto industry to disappear.

This motion, standing in the name of the hon. member for Laurentides, is not votable.

Copies of the motion are available at the table.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Kitchener Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Karen Redman Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to six petitions.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Sue Barnes London West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 14th report of the Standing Committee on Finance regarding its order of reference of Tuesday, April 9 in relation to Bill C-47, an act respecting the taxation of spirits, wine and tobacco and the treatment of ships' stores.

The committee has considered Bill C-47 and reports the bill with amendment.

Canada Business Corporations Act
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-448, an act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce this private member's bill which seeks to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act to require the auditor to divulge to shareholders whether he or she is providing other, non-audit services to the same company.

This is an issue of increasing interest after the Enron scandal which was one of the factors in the collapse of Enron. We do not believe the auditor should provide non-audit services to the same company he or she is auditing. Bill C-448 would oblige the auditor to divulge in his or her annual report whether that was the practice.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

(Bill C-42. On the Order: Government Orders:)

Second reading and reference to Standing Committee on Transport and Government Operations of Bill C-42, an act to amend certain acts of Canada, and to enact measures for implementing the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, in order to enhance public safety