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

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, clearly this is a responsibility for the Israeli government. We believe that it is sincerely committed to the peace process and it is working very hard. We congratulate Prime Minister Sharon and the efforts that he is making, along with all the parties in the Middle East, to try to come around to the road map and make sure it works.

This is a specific issue that relates to international legal obligations of Israel in respect of individuals who will be going into Gaza. We are sure that it can be worked out by them consistent with international law and other legal principles which govern their occupation there.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

June 6th, 2003 / 11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gurmant Grewal Surrey Central, BC

Mr. Speaker, the process for granting a temporary resident permit, also called a visitor's visa, is unfair, mismanaged and full of irregularities.

The government allows for front line locally hired staff in our foreign missions who are under-resourced, underqualified, poorly trained and who compromise the honesty of the system.

Often genuine visitors are rejected while others get through. When will the weak government restore credibility, integrity and fairness in the visitor's visa process?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Bourassa
Québec

Liberal

Denis Coderre Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, this type of comment is completely unacceptable. It is completely unacceptable because these people are doing extraordinary work to ensure a certain level of well-being for society.

I will never accept such an individual, who—to top it off—comes and asks us for Minister's permits, telling us that we are not doing our job. These employees do their jobs well, end of story.

Firearms Registry
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, we have just made another damning discovery about the government's firearms fiasco. In an effort to push out a pile of paper called gun registrations, the Liberal government failed to complete the background checks and call character references before issuing firearms licences.

Talk about straining at a flea and swallowing a camel. If the Solicitor General is trying to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, why did he not do the reference checks? Why?

Firearms Registry
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, we have for a while discovered the benefits of the gun registry program. In fact, the registry program provided assistance with 347 investigations in the month of April alone. We conducted 113 firearms traces. We provided assistance with 17 search warrants through the Canadian Firearms Centre. We provided 19 training and/or presentation sessions to ensure that guns are stored safely and used appropriately.

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Pierre Paquette Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, many Canadian postage stamps are printed in the United States, despite the fact that there are companies here with the skills and capacity needed to do the job. The United States, on the other hand, forbids foreign production of its stamps. Furthermore, the stamps made in the United States are not labelled, “Made in the U.S.A.”.

Is the minister responsible for Canada Post aware that the lack of such a statement of origin constitutes a violation of labelling regulations under the North American Free Trade Agreement?

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Mississauga West
Ontario

Liberal

Steve Mahoney Secretary of State (Selected Crown Corporations)

Mr. Speaker, I want to assure the House that Canada Post will in fact be soliciting tenders for the production of definitive postage stamps this spring.

The corporation is pleased to consider the application of any Canadian printer who is qualified to meet the standards that Canada Post has for the rolled stamps and the high quality of stamps that we continue to produce for all Canadians.

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Pierre Paquette Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, Canada Post asked the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency for an exemption to the labelling regulations for Canadian stamps produced in the United States. Normally, the statement, “Printed in the U.S.A.” should appear on the stamps, but it does not.

Rather than contravening NAFTA, should the government not require Canada Post to have its stamps made in Quebec or in Canada, which would be the proper thing to do?

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Mississauga West
Ontario

Liberal

Steve Mahoney Secretary of State (Selected Crown Corporations)

Mr. Speaker, the first priority of Canada Post is to ensure that we have the quality that Canadians expect in the stamps that are sold right across the country.

We have met and talked with representatives of the printing industry to discuss their concerns. I have assured them that Canada Post, which is an arm's length corporation, will take into consideration their concerns and give Canadian companies who can meet the standards every opportunity to print stamps in Canada.

Health
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Ted White North Vancouver, BC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday at the request of the Canadian Alliance health critic, Health Canada officials provided MPs with a briefing on E.M. Power Plus, a vitamin and mineral supplement developed in Alberta which some Canadians claim combats the effects of bipolar disease.

Since Health Canada officials were unable to identify a single harmful effect from the product, could the minister tell the House why she has imposed a ban on the importation of E.M. Power Plus, a product which apparently harms no one but could be helping thousands of Canadians?

Health
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Madawaska—Restigouche
New Brunswick

Liberal

Jeannot Castonguay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, I should begin by saying that this product is being promoted as a treatment for certain conditions. Thus, Health Canada considers it a drug.

When we look at the ingredients in this product, and the claim that vitamins present no risk to health, I am sorry but I have to say that astronomical quantities of vitamins can be fatal to patients. Obviously, a product whose ingredients are considered to be drugs should be treated as a drug. We must abide by the law, and that we shall do.

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, Julian Fantino, the chief of police for Toronto, stated in a letter to me his many concerns about the government choosing to decriminalize marijuana. He referred to research indicating that the number of drivers less than 25 years of age under the influence of marijuana may increase by as much as 400%. Police Chief Fantino spoke of the added hazard that this would create on our roadways.

Does the minister not care about the carnage caused by such impaired drivers each year?

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Paul MacKlin Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, we certainly do care about everyone driving on our highways and we are concerned about the safety of Canadians. We are interested and a modernized drug strategy is coming forward to reduce the harm for Canadians generally. If we look at the Criminal Code right now, it is and has been in place to protect the public from those who drive while under the influence of drugs.

Member for Saskatoon--Humboldt
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Liberal

John Harvard Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia, MB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the chief government whip.

The hon. member for Saskatoon—Humboldt has produced and distributed a pamphlet that raises serious concerns about hate mongering. In it aboriginal leaders are sharply attacked and even smeared as racists. He has done this with House of Commons mailing privileges.

Will this matter be addressed by the House leaders of all parties? I think members would want to know whether any House rules have been broken.

Member for Saskatoon--Humboldt
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Marlene Catterall Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am spokesperson for the Board of Internal Economy. I certainly take the member's concerns very seriously and will be sure that the board addresses this issue at its meeting in the coming week.