House of Commons Hansard #68 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

Transportation
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, as usual, the hon. member has gotten it wrong.

The fact is we have a congestion problem in Canada's largest cities, including his own, the greater Vancouver area. Many of the cities are looking at innovative ways to deal with the congestion. Other cities around the world have implemented certain measures. They certainly should be regarded and perhaps considered by Canadian cities at some point in the future.

Transportation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, on transportation, Canadians are getting ripped off: gas taxes, air taxes, no rail strategy and no infrastructure strategy. The transport minister's blueprint offered nothing but fluff. After failing in federal politics, he now wants to dictate to cities on what they should do. He likes what the city of London, England is doing. It is imposing a $12 toll to get into the city and now he wants Canadian cities to do the same thing.

Why is it that the transport minister has nothing to offer on transportation infrastructure except for the one, two punch of raising taxes and bullying cities?

Transportation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member obviously has not read the document that I tabled yesterday, because if he had he would have had some meaningful questions about rail policy and about airline policy. This is the result of two years of consultation with stakeholders. He says there is nothing in it. He is reflecting on all the stakeholders we consulted with, members on both sides of the House and the Senate. What does this say about the opposition?

Iraq
Oral Question Period

February 26th, 2003 / 2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, the deadline suggested by Canada is so imminent that it could be rejected by those who are our partners, that is those who want peace.

That might mean the United States could decide to go to war solely on the basis of resolution 1441, supported by Canada, which means war in the very near future.

In this event, will the government commit to call back the House, since we will be off for two weeks, before any irrevocable decision is made?

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, as far as consulting Parliament is concerned, the Prime Minister has made it very clear in the House that he would offer, at the first available opportunity, that an opposition day be designated, at which time the opposition could debate the theme of its choice, whether Iraq or something else.

During the recess, House leaders will consult if necessary, as we always do.

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, what the Bloc Quebecois wants, to make it perfectly clear, is for no Canadian troops to be sent to fight in Iraq without the House having voted on it first.

Since we will be on vacation for two weeks, I am asking the government whether it can guarantee that this House—

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. It is hard to hear the hon. member for Roberval. All hon. members will need to be a little quieter so that we can hear.

The hon. member for Roberval.

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval, QC

Mr. Speaker, this Parliament will not be sitting for two weeks. Instead of cracking bad jokes, could the government commit with the greatest possible seriousness to allowing Parliament to have a say before our soldiers are sent off to war? That is what we want to know.

Iraq
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has made a commitment. I will not trivialize this matter by questioning the hon. member's reference to vacation in his question. We all know that is not what a recess is all about.

The hon. member is well aware that a commitment has been made for a debate to be held as soon as possible when the House returns. If there are developments during the recess, House leaders will consult, as is always the case. That is what happened after the events of September 11, and there was unprecedented cooperation. It has always been done that way. Consultations are held.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, the softwood negotiations in Washington broke down because the U.S. lumber lobby has not reduced its demands for 11 months. In addition, it is calling for a border tax and U.S. retention of the billion dollars in Canadian cash deposits. It is insisting that the WTO and NAFTA legal challenges be dropped by Canada.

In pursuit of free trade in lumber, I again ask the minister, will he pledge not to withdraw Canada's legal challenges?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I can be absolutely clear that as long as the Americans will have that punitive 27% tax against Canadian exporters of softwood lumber, we will be going both to the WTO and NAFTA. We are there with six cases. We have a good chance of winning.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister for International Trade has not answered my question. By refusing to answer my question he is sending the opposite message.

The only reason the Americans entered the negotiations was that they lost at the World Trade Organization last year. Important softwood rulings from WTO and NAFTA are expected in three months.

In pursuit of free trade in lumber I ask again, will the minister pledge not to withdraw Canada's legal challenges?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I have answered exactly that question. This has been at the heart of our strategy, gaining leverage against the American administration with our strong cases before NAFTA and the WTO.

We will maintain our action both at the WTO and at NAFTA as long as the Americans are harming our exports. We want free trade in softwood lumber and unfettered access for Canadian exporters to the American market.

Kyoto Protocol
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont—Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of the Environment said that appointing a negotiator to reach a bilateral agreement with Quebec for implementing the Kyoto protocol was not urgent. Yet, the federal government is exempting the automobile industry, and has reached an agreement with the oil and gas industry on its reduction requirements.

How can it be urgent to reach agreements with certain industries active in the rest of Canada but not with Quebec?