House of Commons Hansard #49 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was aboriginal.

Topics

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Brome—Missisquoi
Québec

Liberal

Denis Paradis Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa) (Francophonie)

Mr. Speaker, I was in contact earlier with our Ambassador to Ivory Coast, Mr. Émile Gauvreau, who assured me that all 500 Canadians there are safe. The embassy has drawn up an evacuation plan to cover all possible situations. However, this morning, calm was restored. Our embassy is open again and our ambassador tells us that Ivorians expect the president to reassure them in the coming days.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, the closer we get to next week's first ministers meeting, the more Canadians worry that the Prime Minister will drop the ball and ignore Roy Romanow's recommendations.

Premier Klein is leading the charge to put public money into private health care and already the Prime Minister is backing down. Canadians want Romanow, not another chequebook deal with no real accountability and no way to keep privatization out of the system.

Why will the government not side with Romanow instead of the Alliance Party and support publicly funded and publicly operated health care services?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, I think we all know what Canadians want when it comes to health care. They want publicly financed, accessible, high quality health care. That is what the Prime Minister and the premiers are working to provide. That is what the Prime Minister showed leadership on in September, 2000.

Canadians have every right to be confident that next week their first ministers will enter into an agreement to renew their--

Health
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Burnaby--Douglas.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific.

Sikh Professor Davinder Pal Singh Bhuller faces execution in India on a bombing charge after having been illegally deported from Germany and tried under the draconian TADA act. Bhuller's wife is a Canadian citizen in Surrey.

Will the minister join with Amnesty International, Sikh groups and many other organizations in calling upon the Indian government to commute this death sentence and order a new, fair trial for Professor Bhuller?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Edmonton Southeast
Alberta

Liberal

David Kilgour Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific)

Mr. Speaker, it was not just members of the Sikh community, it was leaders of the Hindu and Muslim communities from the lower mainland who, with Mrs. Bhuller, came to see no doubt my friend but myself as well.

We are taking this matter very seriously. The member has suggested some of the reasons that we are taking it very seriously. We will do our best to do what is proper and what are the correct reasons for Mrs. Bhuller who is a Canadian citizen.

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, the defence minister has stated that our troops are prepared in the event that Canada joins a military operation against Iraq.

Could the minister provide the House with answers to three simple questions? Do our troops have uniforms suited for the Iraqi landscape? Have our troops been vaccinated against possible biological attack? Do Canadian troops have chemical protection suits like those used by the American forces?

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, the troops have not been vaccinated but we do have the facilities to do so if required.

As to the uniforms, I can assure the House that the uniforms are appropriate.

As my hon. colleague knows very well, we have taken no decision. We are undertaking consultations with the Americans as to the potential participation of Canada, but it is in the hands of the United Nations and no decision on military participation has been taken.

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, we in the House are all aware that Canada has no strategic airlift capacity for our military.

If Canada is prepared for a deployment to Iraq, could the Minister of National Defence inform the House today what arrangements have been made to get our troops to the theatre of operations should that need arise?

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, it might not be prudent to go into too much detail on military actions.

However I can say that while it is true that Canada has no strategic lift, neither does any other NATO country except the two largest, the U.K. and the U.S.

We are at this moment working with our other NATO allies to find a cost sharing, cost effective way in which we can have an effective strategic airlift on a shared basis with our NATO allies.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, Correctional Service Canada has absolutely no problem confirming that sex offenders in Warkworth and Kingston penitentiaries have complete access to channels that play movies with explicit sexual content.

In fact, a Correctional Service Canada spokesmen readily and adamantly defended the commissioner's directive that inmates were entitled to the same cable access as all other Canadians.

Does the Solicitor General agree and support inmates, including some of Canada's most dangerous sex offenders, having access to sexually explicit movies?

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the movies that are available within the correction system are only the airings that are allowed by the CRTC, which are available to the member opposite as well.

I am aware of the specific matter as it relates to this institution. CSC has identified the problem and has taken action.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, according to numerous media reports, it would seem that everything a person can get outside prison can now be obtained inside. Just ask killer Karla Homolka who allegedly has been having sex with another inmate.

I ask the Solicitor General, is an investigation underway to determine whether or not Canada's most notorious sex offender was in fact engaged in a sexual relationship with a male inmate?

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I will investigate this matter but I will not get into commenting on alleged allegations that the member opposite seems to have pulled from some newspaper story somewhere.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

January 30th, 2003 / 2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Marcel Gagnon Champlain, QC

Mr. Speaker, in the negotiations for the agricultural policy framework agreement, the Minister of Agriculture is trying to impose a single model for all the provinces. Faced with opposition from some of the provinces, including Quebec, the minister is even threatening to cut their funding; this could cost Quebec farmers roughly $100 million a year.

Will the minister admit that an agricultural policy that does not take into consideration the reality of the provinces is doomed to failure?