House of Commons Hansard #149 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-46.

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Minister of Finance
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, does the Minister of Finance not find it odd that, in March, he was in the Caribbean aboard the same boat as a member of the Brewers Association of Canada, when just one week earlier, his budget supported its recommendation at the expense of the microbreweries?

All we are asking the minister is to tell us how much it cost for him and his family to stay on the boat, and to produce all the receipts.

Minister of Finance
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Once again, this question does not concern government business.

Minister of Finance
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Minister of Finance
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member for Peace River.

Gasoline Taxes
Oral Question Period

November 3rd, 2003 / 2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Charlie Penson Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, last month members of this House passed a Canadian Alliance motion onthe federal gas tax. It called on the government to initiate immediate discussions with the provinces and to provide the municipalities with a portion to the gas tax.

Could the Minister of Finance tell us today when the federal government will start these negotiations with the provinces?

Gasoline Taxes
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the motion did not call for negotiations. I can tell him that the discussions commenced on October 10 when I met with the finance ministers from the provinces.

Gasoline Taxes
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Charlie Penson Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, it called for discussions that would hopefully lead to negotiations.

When he was the finance minister, the new Liberal leader had eight years to make this a priority and failed to do so. Given his track record, Canadians cannot count on him to follow through.

When will the present Minister of Finance correct this foot dragging and start these discussions with the provinces?

Gasoline Taxes
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Ottawa South
Ontario

Liberal

John Manley Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

As I said, Mr. Speaker, we already discussed it. Certainly I did with several of the ministers when we met. I think the ability to put a formal arrangement together will require a great deal of work.

In the meantime, I remind the hon. member of the $3 billion of additional funding that was made available for infrastructure in the February budget. Much of this is flowing to Canada's municipalities to take care of important needs.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Randy White Langley—Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Speaker, Shawn Mackinaw killed his daughter Chassidy then buried her. He claimed he was drunk so the lawyers plea bargained the murder. They are saying that community service and an aboriginal sentencing circle should be adequate punishment.

Why does the justice minister not put limitations on plea bargaining so that such murderers cannot get away with just simply house arrest?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Martin Cauchon Minister of Justice

Mr. Speaker, the member refers to indeed a tragic event. He raises in his question many questions.

The first item that I would like to talk to is the sentencing circle. That has taken place in some provinces in western Canada and I would just like to say that so far what I have seen within the justice system it has proven to work properly, based on their culture.

Second, we know there is discretion existing in the criminal justice system. For example, they have raised the point of conditional sentencing, which is under review by the justice committee.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Randy White Langley—Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Speaker, this is exactly why the justice minister does not understand such situations, because the Sto:Lo nation does not have sentencing circles, yet it was plea bargained in. Chassidy's grandfather and other family members were never told this terrible crime was being plea bargained away.

Why has this government devalued the justice system to the point where the victim is a non-entity and children can be murdered without serious consequences?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Martin Cauchon Minister of Justice

Mr. Speaker, he has been to a sentencing circle himself. That is why I raised the point.

The second point, if the member would know exactly what is taking place at Justice Canada and in the justice system, he would know that at this very moment there is a national conference on victims taking place Ottawa. It is the very first one of its kind, sponsored by Justice Canada. I was there this morning to meet with those people, who will provide the justice department and our country with valuable comments that we will be using in our future legislation.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Yves Roy Matapédia—Matane, QC

Mr. Speaker, when questioned about Belledune, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans twists our words by saying that we are asking him to intervene in provincial jurisdictions, which is completely untrue and he knows it.

I will read the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, section 35 of the act that he is in charge of administering:

No person shall carry on any work or undertaking that results in the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat.

If the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans refuses to use this section in Belledune, can he tell us when he does use it?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

West Nova
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Robert Thibault Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, we use this section when a project request is submitted and there is evidence that destruction could occur.

We are not going to use it for zoning at the provinces' expense for projects that we may or may not approve of.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Last year a young Chinese student living in Burnaby, Amanda Zhao, was brutally murdered. Her boyfriend, Ang Li, fled to China and was charged in May of this year with her murder.

With no extradiction treaty in force with China, what action is the government taking to seek the return of Ang Li to stand trial in Canada for this terrible crime? The RCMP has done its job. When will the minister do his?