House of Commons Hansard #195 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-55.

Topics

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, Groupe Everest was already there. It had won an open competition long before the memo.

The simple fact is that we now see the difference between the Alliance members and ourselves. We are recommending an open process, a transparent process with as many bidders as possible right across the country from coast to coast to coast. That is how we would award contracts. They would let their fingers do the walking.

Hells Angels
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Francine Lalonde Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, we have just learned to our astonishment that the Hell's Angels are being invited to take part in a cavalcade marking the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. As people know, this criminal gang is now embroiled in a sensational trial in Quebec. This morning, the House rejected a motion put forward by the Bloc Quebecois House leader asking that this decision be reviewed.

I ask the Deputy Prime Minister if the Canadian government intends to intervene officially to protest this unacceptable decision.

Hells Angels
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I was made aware of the proposal made by the hon. Bloc Quebecois House leader earlier this morning. We are now looking into what took place to determine whether the allegations in the media are true.

If I understood what went on this morning, the refusal did not come from this side of the House.

Hells Angels
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Francine Lalonde Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, would the government therefore agree to vote in favour of the Bloc Quebecois motion and allow the House of Commons to take an official stand against this decision, or does it intend to make the representations requested in the motion of its own volition?

Hells Angels
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

Don Boudria Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, the question is a hypothetical one, because we have still not been able to verify the allegations as they were presented by the media this morning. Until we have established what took place, it is hypothetical to wonder whether a motion should originate on one side of the House or the other. We will look into this. I consult several times a day with the Bloc Quebecois House leader and also with all the other House leaders.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Diane Ablonczy Calgary—Nose Hill, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister stonewalls questions about the immigration minister's ties to Boulay but the minister has a long history as a Liberal porkmeister.

The ethics counsellor revealed that the government had all grants in Quebec approved by Liberal political bosses.

The minister as Quebec organizer had a heavy hand in doling out political pork. Then he tried to deny he bedded down at the home of a major beneficiary. He owes Canadians straight answers. Why does he keep hiding behind the skirts of other ministers?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Crown Corporations

Mr. Speaker, when we talk about stonewalling, I think really it is time for that glass house to be careful where it is throwing stones. After all, who exactly did contribute to the leadership campaigns on the other side?

We have heard that the Leader of the Opposition denounces Canada's advocacy of a landmines treaty because the Americans might not like it. Were his contributors all Canadians? We do not know who contributes to the National Citizens Coalition. We do not know.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Diane Ablonczy Calgary—Nose Hill, AB

Mr. Speaker, that was a pretty pathetic diversionary tactic.

Canadians believe that integrity means being truthful. The minister strenuously denied staying at chez Boulay and then changed his story when the facts came to light. His credentials as an honest minister are in question. Instead of facing people openly, he cowers over there in his seat. Is this because he has something to hide?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Crown Corporations

Mr. Speaker, interestingly in the byelection campaign the Leader of the Opposition refused to attend public debates, an example that he followed from the member for Calgary--Nose Hill in the last general election. They refused to stand in front of their people and answer questions in open debate with other candidates for election. What is it about their views that they want to hide?

Middle East
Oral Question Period

May 30th, 2002 / 2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Sarkis Assadourian Brampton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During his recent trip to the Middle East the minister had the opportunity to meet with the leadership of both sides involved in the ongoing conflict. Can the minister share with the House his observations on the current situation and outline the position of the government in regard to assisting in the creation of a lasting and durable peace in the region?

Middle East
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I know the House will be following this question with a great deal of interest. I had an opportunity to speak about it at committee this morning. It is obviously an extremely complex issue.

What Canada is seeking to do is allow the two parties who came very close to an agreement some time ago to restore some confidence which will enable them to once again begin a political dialogue which will end this terrible dispute. It is not capable of being ended by a military solution. We urge the parties and Mr. Arafat to find a way to stop the violence. We urge the Israeli government to make the life of the Palestinian people such that they will have hope and that we can go forward and turn the page on a past which has been terrible for everybody in that country.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister is forever telling us to file an access request if we want more information about his scandal plagued government.

Since March 2000 the human resources minister has been sitting on an access request that involves an RCMP investigation dealing with a $165,000 job grant awarded to a Bloc MP that all of a sudden got diverted into the Prime Minister's riding.

Can the human resources minister explain why she has been stonewalling the information commissioner's legal demands for information for over two years now?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, what I can explain is that my department has a stellar record when it comes to responding to access to information requests. In fact, it was the hon. member's own party researchers who applauded my department for its work in that regard.

It is clear there was a point when our responses were slowed down because there was a ten times increase in the requests that we received. In working with the privacy commissioner and the access to information experts we have restored our integrity in this process. We will continue to provide the information as it is requested.

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, then why does the minister not make a commitment right now to give us that report? It has been sitting on her desk for two years. I take it she is going to do that.

According to the former head of Liberal research, the PMO has now set up a committee whose sole purpose is to block and stall the release of this type of information. There is a 4,000 page report sitting on her desk that the information commissioner has demanded be released. Why will the minister not release that information? Why will she not make that commitment now?

Human Resources Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, as I indicated we respond to these requests. The hon. member himself has identified that many of these requests are expansive and there are thousands and thousands of pages that have to be reviewed. Let me confirm to the hon. member and to the House that our commitment to access to information requests is firm and strong. We will respond with information as is appropriate.