House of Commons Hansard #137 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

Energy
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Laval Centre.

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral Laval Centre, QC

Mr. Speaker, if refugees are hiding in churches, it is because the minister will not implement the Refugee Appeal Division provided for by the Immigration Act.

In a letter dated September 24 addressed to me, the minister conceded that the appeal division would provide asylum seekers whose claims are dismissed with a right to appeal.

When will the minister do justice to refugee status claimants? When will he comply with his own legislation by implementing the Refugee Appeal Division?

Immigration
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bourassa
Québec

Liberal

Denis Coderre Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I think a distinction must be made between those who engage in civil disobedience and those who come under the purview of the appeal board. I agree with the hon. member. I said that we will eventually have such a process.

In light of the current structural situation, I have asked cabinet to examine various options. We want to implement such a process, but I do not think that we should mix these issues of refuge and appeal.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

October 9th, 2003 / 2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Charles Caccia Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

In British Columbia's Broughton Archipelago the wild salmon stocks have declined by 70% to 90% because of the harmful impacts of sea lice outbreaks from fish farms. The federal sea lice action plan has managed to reduce the lice infecting wild salmon. Wild salmon stocks have begun to replenish.

Is the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans willing to extend the sea lice action plan to next year to ensure the restoration of wild salmon stocks?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

West Nova
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Robert Thibault Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, I wish thank the member for his question.

The sampling phase of DFO's $1.3 million wild salmon action plan is complete and is entering the data analysis phase.

DFO has been regularly reporting its progress to the public on the department's website. I wish to remind my colleagues that it is premature to draw any conclusions from the data until it can be properly analyzed.

Scientists will publish a detailed report of their findings at the earliest possible opportunity. I am confident that the results of this initiative will enhance the public's understanding of this issue and will contribute to the decisions affecting wild Pacific salmon.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Claude Bachand Saint-Jean, QC

Mr. Speaker, last May, the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced a series of legislative and regulatory measures concerning the veterans independence program, among other things. Regulations passed quietly on June 18 exclude 23,000 widows from this program.

At last week's Liberal caucus meeting, the Prime Minister reportedly promised to go to bat for these widows overlooked in the June 18 regulations. Could the Prime Minister tell us today how he intends to correct this unacceptable injustice to women?

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Oshawa
Ontario

Liberal

Ivan Grose Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the subject to which the member refers is one that we have gone over and over in the House. Rather than exclude 23,000 widows, we added 10,000 within the budget at that time.

I would remind the member that the department looks after $1.6 billion a year in pensions and allowances to veterans. I know the member is not from the same generation that I am from, but I remember when a dollar was a lot of money, and $1.6 billion is a heck of--

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Brandon--Souris.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Rick Borotsik Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, today I received a self-serving communications package from the Minister of Agriculture telling us how wonderfully he has been handling the BSE file, but hello? The border is still closed to live cattle. It is not open.

The agriculture committee was making arrangements to go to Washington. Unfortunately, the minister decided to cancel that trip. He made the chairman cancel the trip to Washington. I want to ask the minister, why is that? Is he threatened or is it the fact that he just does not like a proactive initiative?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Portneuf
Québec

Liberal

Claude Duplain Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the committee cannot go; however, I will ask the hon. member to check whether the Canadian Cattlemen's Association could have requested that the committee not travel to the United States.

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Musquodoboit Valley—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, last week at our fisheries committee the commissioner of the Coast Guard indicated to our committee that it is not the mandate of the Coast Guard to guard the coast. My question quite simply to the government is this: Who is guarding our three oceans and our Great Lakes waters at this time?

Coast Guard
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

West Nova
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Robert Thibault Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, the Coast Guard performs an admirable job in making sure that we have maritime safety, that we have pollution control, that we have aids to navigation, and that we serve as a platform to all federal agencies when they are in need. The Departments of Transport, National Defence and all the agencies combined contribute all the services required.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Rob Merrifield Yellowhead, AB

Mr. Speaker, the World Health Organization is preparing for another SARS outbreak this winter. The Naylor report said that Canada is not adequately prepared for a true pandemic. With the fall flu season upon us, the Naylor report urged Health Canada to issue national recommendations for SARS surveillance by next week.

Will these guidelines be in place and why have they not been here by now?

Health
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Minister of Health

In fact, Mr. Speaker, I am fully aware of the recommendations made by Dr. Naylor. We know that influenza season will be soon upon us. We also know that there may be some confusion in the minds of Canadians around whether that which they are suffering from is influenza, or perhaps they might be concerned about SARS.

That is why we are working with chief public health officers and medical officers across the country to ensure that we have the systems in place, the surveillance systems and the data information and collection which will in fact ensure that we are protecting the health and safety of Canadians.

Business of the House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Dale Johnston Wetaskiwin, AB

Mr. Speaker, could the government House leader inform us as to what the business would be for the rest of the day, for tomorrow and for the week following?