House of Commons Hansard #197 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was animals.

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Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, I was quoting the Ottawa

Citizen.

Government Contracts
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Some hon. members

Withdraw.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I do not care. The hon. member cannot do indirectly what he cannot do directly. He must withdraw the words. I invite him to do so immediately.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

I am sorry, Mr. Speaker. I withdraw.

Government Contracts
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The Speaker

Does the right hon. Prime Minister wish to respond to the question?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

With pleasure, Mr. Speaker, because this file is extremely well known. The reality is that 20 jobs were created in my riding where we had 18% unemployment. The loan was made six years ago and the loan is still in operation, so it is a sign that the risk was pretty good if the payments are still made after six years.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, in a reply a little while ago, the Prime Minister deliberately stated that I was asking for the sponsorship program to be continued, whereas the letter stated “We are calling for the sponsorship program to be ended and converted immediately into a true support program in order to put an end to these commissions to cronies of the regime”.

Does the Prime Minister realize that, with dishonest replies such as this, he is making it all the more necessary to—

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

This is exactly the type of question that is causing problems at this time. I would invite the hon. member for Laurier--Sainte-Marie to withdraw the word dishonest. He knows that such a word cannot be used to describe government actions in the House.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, I was repeating the exact language used by the Prime Minister about myself last week, when he spoke of a dishonest question. If he can get away with it, so can I. Make up your mind.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I am reading the letter sent to the minister of public works on May 30. It states “A number of organizations anticipating funding from the sponsorship program have already included this considerable amount in their budgeting. Depriving them of this source of funds in the short term would, without a doubt, be disastrous for a number of them”. These are his words, not mine.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I wish to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of Mr. Halldor Blöndal, the President of the Althingi of the Parliament of Iceland.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

I wish to inform the House that, because of the debate on the time allocation motion, government orders will be extended by 30 minutes.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

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

National Child Benefit
Routine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I am pleased to submit two copies, in both official languages, of the national child benefit progress report for 2001.