House of Commons Hansard #133 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was human.

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Cinar
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Mario Laframboise Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question was for the Minister of Justice. Why is he so afraid to confirm the existence of a report? What is the government trying to hide? The question is simple: did the Minister of Justice receive a report from the RCMP concerning CINAR and does he intend to follow up on its recommendations? It is simple; he should be a man about it.

Cinar
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, as I indicated earlier in my first answer, we do not comment on whether or not there is an RCMP report, let alone on its content or to whom it was submitted. We did not comment on a such a case in response to a first question, nor will we comment in response to a supplementary question.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, the government has failed to answer my questions regarding BSE so I will try a question from Beth, a constituent of mine. Beth writes “My family operates a cattle hauling business that has been at standstill since BSE hit. Twelve families depend on this business. We have no cash coming in. The aid program that is being offered has not filtered down. What about the spinoff businesses that are collapsing as a result of this? We need help”.

My question on behalf of Beth is, who in the government is prepared to step forward and help businesses like Beth's? Who will do that?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the way to recover for the beef industry is to get beef moving and then Beth and her employees will have an opportunity to truck cattle again.

As I have said, we have the American border open partially. We have the Mexican border open now and a majority of the product that we have sent to Mexico, to our second largest customer, will now be eligible, can I say, to go there.

We are moving very well as far as opening the border to the United States for live cattle under 30 months of age. We anticipate that in the not too distant future that is the way Beth and everyone in the beef industry will start to recover even more so from the situation that we are all in.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, that border is only open a crack and the minister knows it.

Beth is 68 years old and she is watching a lifetime of hard work, sweat and tears slip away. She went on to say that she has been in contact with the government and she was told there were other things more important on its agenda. BSE was third on the list behind SARS and the definition of marriage. It is unbelievable.

Her question is straightforward. How can the most devastating issue facing our industry be third on the list of the government's priorities?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, maybe the hon. member could give me a copy of the letter from whoever responded on behalf of the government.

We have a number of issues and that party over there wants us to address all of them. The reaction of the government within 30 days of announcing we had BSE was to come forward with $260 million, followed up with $36 million more. Two weeks ago I announced $600 million in transition funds. We signed implementation agreements. There is over $500 million in business risk management for Canadian farmers.

We have made that money flow. We have shown we are there to support.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

October 3rd, 2003 / 11:50 a.m.

Liberal

Carmen Provenzano Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Mr. Speaker, we know that skills development and learning are crucial to an individual's success and to Canada's labour market and economy as a whole.

The government has made skills and learning a priority and Canada's labour market performance shows the positive results of this approach.

However, aboriginal people, especially in remote and northern regions, do not have the same opportunities for skills development or employment as other Canadians.

Will the Minister of Human Resources Development tell the House what the government is doing to help aboriginal Canadians develop the skills they need for the workforce and to participate in economic opportunities?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Jane Stewart Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, indeed in Canada today we have a concerning paradox. On the one hand we anticipate a shortage of up to a million skilled workers by the year 2010. On the other hand we know that many aboriginal workers are not fully integrated into the labour force.

The gap here is skills. That is why today I am pleased to announce the aboriginal employment and skills partnership, an $85 million program that will assist aboriginal people in gaining the skills that they need to participate in the economic development and activities in communities in and around where they live.

We hope through partnership to build 7,000 jobs for aboriginal people so that they can make a vital contribution to the Canadian economy.

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, last week Canada's top cop, Toronto police chief Julian Fantino admitted to an international conference on child exploitation that he was “embarrassed and ashamed by the performance of our criminal justice system that in essence has put the rights of pedophiles ahead of the rights of children”. He went on to say “Canada lacks both the vision, determination and the moral courage to address this issue”, words I have heard from many parts of this country.

When will the government obliterate conditional sentences and house arrest for these horrific crimes against children?

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Martin Cauchon Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker--

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

An hon. member

Do you want to dance?

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I no longer referee so please make it easier for the Speaker. The hon. Solicitor General.

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, in fact the reason the Minister of Justice and I were both trying to get up to answer this question was that we just had a federal-provincial-territorial ministers meeting in which we did announce the centre established by the RCMP for child protection services. That comes from the coordinating committee that we announced last January or February between the OPP and the RCMP.

We are moving forward on the issue of child pornography and we are continuing to take on that challenge.

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, Tweedledum or Tweedledee, it does not matter. I am looking for an answer to the question.

I will now ask the Solicitor General. He is now reconsidering changing the sex offender registry to include convicted pedophiles and that is a good improvement. Does the Solicitor General agree with me that child pornography is a vile crime and should be stamped out altogether? If he does not agree, why not?

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Of course, Mr. Speaker, I agree with him on that point. Of course I do. That is why we have been moving ahead as we are.

The member should be congratulating us for some of the success coming from the federal-provincial-territorial meeting. We are moving ahead on child pornography. We are gaining greater consensus for our national sex offender registry. We are taking on the challenges that are before the country in terms of making our streets safer.