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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Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is well aware that the parliamentary leaders of each party in the House discussed this issue a few days ago. They indicated their general support for such measures, subject of course to the text of the bill he will introduce, in an attempt to assist developing countries, while fully respecting the positions of all the stakeholders.

Musée Laurier
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

André Bachand Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question has to do with a matter of great concern to me. In a letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, among others, the Director of the Musée Laurier in Victoriaville, in my riding, stressed that although Sir Wilfrid Laurier's personal residence has been recognized as a national historic site, it does not receive federal funding, which causes many people to question its importance.

On the eve of the museum's 75th anniversary, can the minister ensure that, finally and officially, the museum's request for approval under Parks Canada's national historic sites of Canada cost-sharing program will be granted and that it will get the necessary funds?

Musée Laurier
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Laval East
Québec

Liberal

Carole-Marie Allard Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, the interest of the hon. member for Richmond—Arthabaska in honouring the memory of the great Sir Wilfrid Laurier is praiseworthy. Let him rest assured that the Department of Canadian Heritage has already invested over $16,000 since 1996 in this historic site. We are certainly very open to the possibility of celebrating its 75th anniversary, and await the Musée Laurier's proposals.

Interest Rates
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Lorne Nystrom Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the acting Prime Minister.

As he knows, the prime interest rate now is at 4.5%. Yet the interest rates on most credit cards in the country are over 18%, in other words, about four times the prime rate.

What I want to know from the acting Prime Minister is what will the government do to bring down the exceptionally high rates on credit cards and help people who are locked into them?

Interest Rates
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Vaughan—King—Aurora
Ontario

Liberal

Maurizio Bevilacqua Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, the government has done quite a good job in educating Canadians about the fact that there are over 500 products in the credit card business which means that the best way to protect the consumer is to create a competitive environment. That competitive environment exists here in Canada.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, Petro-Canada has announced that it will be shutting down the refinery in Oakville by 2004, importing 45,000 barrels of oil per day from Europe and elsewhere to supply its gas stations in Ontario, possibly via Canada Steamship Lines. Let us hope it does not dump it into the ocean again.

The reason for the shutdown is the government's decision to promote cleaner gas use in Canada by January 2005. The company has decided it will not invest in clean technology.

The government remains a 20% investor in Petro-Canada. How does the government expect other Canadian companies to follow new environmental guidelines and keep investment, jobs and maintain secure energy supplies with this example? What is the minister responsible for crown corporations doing about this?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

York South—Weston
Ontario

Liberal

Alan Tonks Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the thrust of the question really is aimed at understanding better the government's rational plan with respect to climate change and the restructuring of our economy in a sustainable way.

As the member will know, in the last budget we spent $1.7 billion on new technology, $2 billion was announced in the last budget, $1 billion investing through initiatives that are looking at alternative fuels. All of this is to take our dependence off those resources that are not renewable. In fact, I am sure that is a step in the direction the member would--

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, last week the government incredibly tried to retroactively cut the danger pay of our armed forces personnel who are working hard in the war against terrorism in the Middle East. This week the government announced that it is going to increase the rents on their private married quarters up to $100 a home, which completely neutralizes the 2.5% pay increase they received. This is absolutely disgraceful.

Will the Minister of National Defence do the right thing and stop this shameful money grab against our armed forces and freeze the rents on their private married quarters?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, in the interest of stopping misinformation with regard to the preamble, there was absolutely never any clawback. Let us get that point straight first.

Second, on the members question, the Canadian Forces, my department and myself are devoted to the provision of affordable housing to all members of the Canadian Forces. At the same time it is government policy that we not subsidize those who occupy government owned houses. The Canadian Forces have 70% of their people in privately owned houses and 30% in government owned houses. It would be inappropriate that one group be subsidized at the expense--

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, the minister needs to come to my riding in Esquimalt and see the substandard housing that my military families are living in. It is absolutely disgraceful.

It is completely unfair for the government to give our armed forces personnel money with one hand and then yank it back with the other.

I ask once again. Will the minister do the right thing and stop the shameful increases in the rents on the private married quarters and freeze those rents today?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I have visited the hon. member's riding many times.

I would repeat that quality of life initiatives are a top priority for the government. Indeed I would give my predecessor credit. He always made quality of life for members of the Canadian Forces his top priority. He achieved many successes in terms of salaries, resource centres, health expenditures and many other initiatives.

In terms of this rent issue, as I said before, it is an equity issue. The government certainly limits the annual increase that is permissible and also limits the percentage of any individual's income that is devoted to housing.

Cinar
Oral Question Period

October 3rd, 2003 / 11:45 a.m.

Bloc

Mario Laframboise Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, QC

Mr. Speaker, at the beginning of the week, the question to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons was clear: did the Minister of Justice receive a report from the RCMP with respect to the CINAR case?

Instead of answering our question, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons tried to cloud the issue by saying that he would not comment on whether or not there had been RCMP investigations. We know that CINAR was investigated. That was not the question and the government House leader knew it.

We want to know whether the RCMP submitted its report or not. Can the Minister of Justice enlighten us?

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, I answered the question yesterday. I thought it was a thorough answer. A question was asked in the House. Someone wanted to know whether there was a report. I said that I would inquire. Later, upon rereading the question, I noticed that it implied that it was about a police report. Of course, we do not comment on whether or not there is a police report, let alone on its content and even less so on who submitted it to whom.