House of Commons Hansard #143 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was veterans.

Topics

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Rick Borotsik Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, this one might be a little tougher. The Minister of Agriculture promised producers that the BSE recovery program would ensure that cattle priced by August 17 and slaughtered by August 31 would be covered by the program. Producers in my riding were promised compensation in good faith. They have slaughtered their animals in good faith but they are still waiting for their money. They have been told that the program has to have an audit first.

Is this just another broken promise by the minister, and if not, when can my producers expect their money?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I am very disappointed that the hon. member is indicating that we should not do an audit. The opposition sits over there and tells us that we should mind and be careful of how moneys are spent.

Unfortunately, we found there had been some applications for cattle that were slaughtered that were paid twice. The applications came in twice.

There was an unlimited amount of money and everyone in the industry knew that there was a bookend, if I could put it that way, on the end of the program. As applications continue to come in after that, the applications will be reviewed. I can assure the hon. member that after the audit to ensure that the money was paid out properly, all the applications applicable--

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Brandon—Souris.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Rick Borotsik Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, the minister cannot speak out of both sides of his face, unfortunately. The problem is when he was asked in this House if it was a matter of money, he said “no, under the APF program there is $5.5 billion and we can bring that forward”.

We know there is a $7 billion surplus, so money cannot be the problem. The problem is not the audit. The problem is the minister has lost all confidence at the cabinet table. He has no influence at all. If that is not the case, then Mr. Speaker, show me the money, Mr. Minister.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Brandon—Souris knows he must address his remarks to the Chair and although it was a clever ploy to call both Mr. Speaker and Mr. Minister, he knows he only intended to address one of us. However, the question is directed to the minister and he will now be able to reply.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, if the hon. member wants a briefing on the difference between the BSE recovery program and the business risk management program, I would be pleased to give him one.

The BSE recovery program was an additional support to the beef industry on top of the business risk management program of another $312 million from the federal government. That will go to the producers.

The other program that is there for producers to apply on an interim basis, because his province has signed the implementation agreement, and at the end of the year is still there as the business risk management program and it has an unlimited amount of money.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Musquodoboit Valley—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, woodlot owners in the Halifax regional municipality have been suffering for over three years because of the quarantine placed on them by the CFIA on the brown spruce longhorned beetle. Now after hurricane Juan, thousands of these trees must be commercially harvested immediately to have any viability at all when it comes to economics for those woodlot owners.

My question for the minister responsible for the CFIA is this. Will he now work with the province to designate a mill that can handle the quarantined lumber so these woodlot owners can gain some economic viability from all the trees that have been blown down?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, in eradicating this insect, the hon. member I think is aware of the fact that hardwood trees, with a certificate, can be moved out of the ministerial quarantine zone. Softwood trees must be processed within that zone.

However, if the outside of those logs are removed and the inspection shows that the core of that log is not infected, with a certificate, they can move those out and we will work with the province on this. We have and we will continue as well to assess any alternate or suggested process of doing this with the province of--

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Windsor West.

Canada-U.S. Relations
Oral Question Period

October 24th, 2003 / 11:45 a.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, a Canadian was held in jail for many months without trial because he crossed the U.S. border to get gas with a hunting rifle in his trunk.

Meanwhile this past summer we had two incidents in Windsor where American Detroit police officers came across the border and in the plaza of Canada Customs discharged their weapons. One incident actually had a victim.

What has happened over there is that both the Minister of National Revenue and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have ignored this American gunplay, not even asking for an apology.

I ask the Deputy Prime Minister, why the double standard? Why not stand up for Canadians? Is it acceptable to have Windsor as a gun range for American officers?

Canada-U.S. Relations
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, if there is one thing the Canadian government is very proud of is the moves we have made since September 11.

We have set up 12 out of a potential 14 integrated border enforcement teams which work with local police forces with jurisdictions on both sides of the border, and with customs and immigration. We are continuing through those IBETs to ensure that there is compatibility on both sides of the border.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday I asked the minister why the government continues to allow children to go to schools that are in appalling condition on some remote reserves.

These schools would be closed until fixed if they were anywhere else. The minister wondered why I had not given him a heads up.

How about a three year heads up of formal inspections by Health Canada that have repeatedly pointed out these problems? When will the government stop discriminating against our children on reserves?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Miramichi
New Brunswick

Liberal

Charles Hubbard Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I am again really surprised with the tone of the hon. member's question.

Our government works very closely with first nations people to see that there is an adequate system of education.

He is asking about a small remote community in northern Ontario, of some 300 people, who have a chief and a council. They attempt to operate a band and a school in the best interest of their community.

I am sure that if the hon. member would work with first nations people that we would have more progress in their educational system.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, why do any inspections at all if Health Canada is going to fail to enforce anything?

Health Canada has been giving performance bonuses to corrupt officials who are now charged with fraud, bribery, waste and corruption, and yet we cannot get the basics right for our children.

When will the minister get the priorities right for our children?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Miramichi
New Brunswick

Liberal

Charles Hubbard Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I was a principal of a school for years. I know that Health Canada can close a school and it has not closed this school.

I am surprised. We are dealing with education. We are dealing with a band council. The chief and council have not, as of this date, brought this matter to our attention in terms of Health Canada.

I am surprised that the member has the information. I hope that he will table it with our minister and we will certainly look into the issue.