House of Commons Hansard #153 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was parties.

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Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

November 7th, 2003 / noon

Canadian Alliance

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

Mr. Speaker, we were assured by the government that the Mackenzie Valley pipeline would proceed as normal despite the allegations of the Deh Cho first nation about a conflict of interest with a senior bureaucrat from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

We now know that the actions of the aboriginal affairs minister have put the project timeline at risk. A lawsuit is being prepared which could tie up the pipeline for years. All of this is because the minister has refused to meet with this group.

Why has the Prime Minister allowed the childish actions of this minister to put the pipeline project at risk?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

Noon

Kenora—Rainy River
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Nault Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, first of all, there is no court case.

Second, we are meeting on a regular basis with the Deh Cho. We have been at the table for a number of years and we continue to negotiate with that group.

The pipeline and the process in the cooperation agreement are not at risk. If, through the process, first nations decide that they want to intervene either through the environmental assessment process or through the courts, nothing that I say here can stop them from doing that.

BioChem Pharma
Oral Question Period

Noon

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, the meeting yesterday with Industry Canada was crucial for the unemployed researchers from BioChem Pharma.

As proof, Shire's head of finance came from London in preparation for negotiations with Ottawa.

Can the Minister of Industry tell us if he ensured that the revitalization of BioChem Pharma would be part of the agreement with Shire to compensate for the closing of this laboratory and save several dozen jobs in research?

BioChem Pharma
Oral Question Period

Noon

Beauharnois—Salaberry
Québec

Liberal

Serge Marcil Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, the main concern of the Minister of Industry is to save existing jobs and investments that have been made.

We are awaiting the results of the discussions currently underway.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I would like to draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of His Excellency Pavel Dostál, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

Noon

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Message from the Senate
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I have the honour to inform the House that a message has been received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following bill: Bill C-48, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (natural resources).

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table in the House the government's response to the report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade entitled “HIV-AIDS and the Humanitarian Catastrophe in sub-Saharan Africa”.

I would like to thank the Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the members of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development for their work on this important report.

As the response sets out, the government has already taken, and continues to take, significant actions and has increased financial resources consistent with the report's recommendations. These recommendations highlight the tremendous problems in Africa and other places where people are suffering because of HIV-AIDS.

Yesterday in the House, we introduced a bill that has been pointed out as being a historic moment in providing the opportunity for Canada and Canadians to help deal with this issue. I think we can be proud of that bill.

I want to thank the committee for this important report and helping our ability to understand how we can deal with this terrible problem.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Bras D'Or—Cape Breton
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 16 petitions.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Oshawa
Ontario

Liberal

Ivan Grose Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Madam Speaker, I have the honour of tabling, in both official languages, the government's response to the third report of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs entitled “Honouring the Pledge: Ensuring Quality Long-Term Care for Veterans”.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Beauharnois—Salaberry
Québec

Liberal

Serge Marcil Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, entitled “Gasoline Pricing in Canada”.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères—Les Patriotes, QC

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the tenth report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

The committee has examined the case of Dr. Wang Bingzhang, and calls upon the Chinese government to free him and allow him to rejoin his family and colleagues.

I also have the honour to present, in both official languages, the eleventh report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Internal Trade.

The committee has examined the matter of the tensions along the Eritrea-Ethiopia border, and suggests that the Government of Canada offer incentives in the form of development aid or other forms of aid to the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea, if they respect their obligations under the Algiers comprehensive peace agreement, particularly those related to the recommendations of the Independent Boundary Commission.

I also have the honour to present, in both official languages, the twelfth report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on strengthening economic relations between Canada and the Asia-Pacific region.

This report was prepared by the Subcommittee on International Trade, Trade Disputes and Investment. It heard a large number of witnesses in Ottawa, as well as undertaking two fact-finding missions in the Asia-Pacific region.

The subcommittee recommends that the government make this region a higher priority as far as trade relations outside the North American continent are concerned. A sustained long term strategy to strengthen economic and trading relations with the region ought to be developed, and the necessary resources put in place to achieve that goal.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 12th report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates regarding process issues that arose during the review of the proposed appointee to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

If the House gives its consent, I intend to move concurrence in this 12th report later this day.

Madam Speaker, just to give an indication of what a busy committee we are, I also have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 13th report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates entitled “Disclosure of acts of wrongdoing against the public interest and the protection of whistleblowers: Canada must now adopt a more specific legal framework”.

I should point out that the work of the government operations committee regarding whistleblowers stemmed from the Radwanski scandal. We are seeking to act in the interests of public servants who had the courage to come forward to give evidence regarding wrongdoing in this regard but who, under the current legal framework of Canada, have no protection whatsoever.

I am very proud to present this report, which accurately reflects the work of the committee in trying to protect whistleblowers in Canada's public service.

If the House gives its consent, I move that the 12th report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, presented to the House earlier this day, be concurred in.

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Is it agreed?

Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.