House of Commons Hansard #113 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was amendment.

Topics

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, the industry committee is currently studying the patent medicine notice of compliance regulations in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Minister of Industry has an interesting history with the pharmaceutical industry, in particular when he broke the Patent Act to order Cipro, a generic drug not yet on the market.

Will the minister take the opportunity today to set the record straight for his government? Does he support the current notice of compliance regulations or not?

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Beauharnois—Salaberry
Québec

Liberal

Serge Marcil Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, for now, the minister plans on reading and analyzing what is happening in the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, which is hearing from representatives of the generic and patent drug industries and from Health Canada and Industry Canada officials.

Following these hearings, we will see if the committee makes any recommendations and at that time, we will consider the report.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

June 6th, 2003 / 11:40 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Dave Chatters Athabasca, AB

Mr. Speaker, the existing farm safety net programs cannot work for the current animal health crisis. The feedlot and packing industries need an immediate aid package that is bankable in days, not months. If it takes the government as long to get aid to the feedlots as it did to the lumber producers they will all be bankrupt and gone.

When will the government announce an aid package to cover the BSE disaster?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I have already answered that question twice in the question period today. The industries have put proposals to us and we have had those discussions. The discussions have been ongoing and they are ongoing today.

I am very optimistic that we will be able to not only use the new business risk management program, which is far more effective than we have had in the past, but also be able to put forward some additional help in order to help the industry get through this situation.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Charles Caccia Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Given the ratification of the United Nations convention on the law of the sea, a promise made in the 1993 election, and given the importance of this convention and the fact that two former ministers of foreign affairs had expressed, in recent years, their intent to ratify, could the minister indicate when Canadians can expect the ratification of the law of the sea to take place?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for his interest in this subject which he has pursued with the intensity with which we are familiar. I think it is very important that we do.

I recognize that this is an obligation of the government, which was in fact in the Speech from the Throne some years ago. It is something for which I am personally committed. The hon. member and all members of the House know that there are serious political issues here in Canada. We wish to work with our colleagues in the Atlantic provinces to ensure the fishing issues are addressed.

I believe that when the straddling stocks convention is signed with the Europeans this fall that opportunity will be done and we will be working both domestically and--

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The right hon. member for Calgary Centre.

International Trade
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Joe Clark Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, in an April 9 letter to the American Bayridge Corporation, the Minister for International Trade promised he would “continue to seek an exclusion for independent remanufacturers in any future negotiations”.

Then, in a May 22 proposal to the United States, he threw the independent remanufacturers into a quota regime that could devastate the industry.

Did the minister know about the May 22 proposal when he wrote the April 9 letter? Could he explain why he explicitly said one thing and then did the reverse? Will he give us a commitment today that he will honour the clear promise that he made on April 9?

International Trade
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister for International Trade

Mr. Speaker, let me be quite clear that this government has always believed that remanufacturers should have been exempted from day one by the department of commerce of the United States.

We have gone to the WTO and we were very pleased that a key element of the WTO decision last week, on the final determination of the United States, is that the Americans had failed to demonstrate that there was any pass through of alleged subsidies to the remanufacturers. Therefore we were right to ask for their exemption and we continue to demand their exemption from the department of commerce actions.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gary Schellenberger Perth—Middlesex, ON

Mr. Speaker, the beef farmers of Perth--Middlesex are facing serious threats to their livelihood. Livestock disposal, laid off workers and financial hardships are big problems.

Some of my constituents are facing bankruptcy. At $11 million a day, the cost of industry inaction is approaching $200 million. The borders are still closed.

Will the Minister of Agriculture inform the House when Perth--Middlesex farmers and plant workers can expect financial assistance from the government?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, for the fourth time in this question period I will repeat that we are having excellent discussions with the industry.

The government understands fully the effects of the finding of one cow with BSE and the fact that the one cow did not get into the food chain. We know we need to complete the science so that we can demonstrate, not only to our customers, to Canadians who are being very supportive, I must say, but to our international customers and to the world that we have a good system.

In the meantime we will be there with existing programs and with other support to help the industry.

Canadian Television
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Lorne Nystrom Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, in his budget, the Minister of Finance cut $25 million in annual funding for Canadian television producers, and increased support for American producers by $25 million per year. Yesterday, the government slashed a further $12.5 million from next year's budget.

Instead of making cuts, will this government announce stable and appropriate funding for Canadian television?

Canadian Television
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Oak Ridges
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

I am sure, Mr. Speaker, that somewhere in that question was congratulations to the government on the fact that the government extended the Canadian television fund by $150 million over two years.

He should congratulate the government on the fact that the minister advanced $12.5 million yesterday. The minister was listening to the stakeholders. The minister, within the fiscal framework, has advanced this money. It is good for the industry and it is good for Canadians.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Svend Robinson Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. It concerns the decision of the Israeli government to demand that peace activists entering the occupied Gaza area sign waivers that absolve Israel from any responsibility should they be injured or killed.

This has targeted groups such as Amnesty International, the International Solidarity Movement and Christian Peacemakers, including a number of Canadian citizens.

Blocking the peace monitors will lead to more deaths of innocent civilians and violations of international law.

Will the minister call on Israel to rescind this repressive, illegal policy which is clearly a breach of the fourth Geneva convention--

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The Minister of Foreign Affairs.