House of Commons Hansard #14 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was health.

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Place des aîné(e)s de Laval
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, founded in October 1994, Place des aîné(e)s de Laval is a not for profit organization that has rapidly become a place of belonging and a support centre for individuals 50 and over, a place where they can have a sense of their own worth.

This is a resource centre with a focus on improving the quality of life of seniors and managed in such way as to promote active participation on their part. It is also a place for involvement, growth and living which provides each individual with a special opportunity to remain active, fulfill their potential, find and explore new interests and widen their social circles.

The success enjoyed by Place des aîné(e)s de Laval is a reflection of the active involvement of its 5,000 members, about 250 dedicated volunteers, including Raymond Monette, a founding member of the centre who has been its president since the beginning, and 15 employees under the supervision of Carmelle Lefebvre.

Happy 10th anniversary and long life to all the members, directors and employees of Place des aîné(e)s de Laval.

Automotive Industry
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Mark Holland Ajax—Pickering, ON

Mr. Speaker, I had occasion this summer, along with the hon. member for Whitby—Oshawa, to tour General Motors, to take a look at its new facility and to talk about the Beacon project. I want to start my comments by commending the member for Whitby—Oshawa on the leadership role she has played in advocating the Beacon project.

This dynamic and innovative project represents a $2.5 billion investment in Canada's automotive sector. It is of vital importance to our economy. It will bring research and development, and design and engineering capacity to the Durham region. I look forward to our government supporting this project.

I know there have been discussions between our government and General Motors about a potential partnership. I have confidence that will materialize. It is something that will ensure that our automotive sector remains relevant on a go forward basis.

The Environment
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Mr. Speaker, on October 28, busloads of citizens from greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will be heading down to Washington state to speak at a public hearing on whether a U.S. power plant called SE2 should be granted an extension of its air emission permit.

SE2 plans to build a polluting power plant less than 500 meters from the Canadian border, which will become the largest air polluter into the Fraser Valley air shed. This must not happen.

There has been unanimous opposition to SE2 from local citizens, local governments and the province of B.C. The only one not actively opposing SE2 has been the federal Liberal government. If it does not take this opportunity to oppose this environmental polluter, its support for Kyoto is nothing more than a political ploy to deceive Canadians.

Will the environment minister agree to go down to Washington state on October 28 to make a stand for our environment and help fight this Goliath?

The Environment
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Richmond Hill, ON

Mr. Speaker, on September 22 and 23, I participated in two meetings of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development round table on sustainable development for the Minister of the Environment. Also attending the meetings were ministers from around the globe, as well as innovative thinkers from world-class institutions and the private sector.

During the meeting on renewable energy, it was clear that there was no silver bullet to ensure that renewable energy technologies are deployed in the marketplace, but we all agreed that the right financial incentives need to be in place. Canada is poised to play a global leadership role in renewable energy technologies.

During the meeting on sustainable mobility, we also discussed the important role for financial incentives and the challenges we face within urban communities.

These meetings only reaffirm the important role that Canada plays and will play as a global leader in renewable energy technologies and sustainable communities.

Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

NDP

Peter Julian Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

Mr. Speaker, since 1997, “Navigating the Waters”, a national employment initiative of the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres, has supported over 5,000 persons with disabilities by helping them upgrade their skills and find jobs at a cost of only $950,000 per year. It does not take a lot of math to see that this is a very good deal for the public purse.

With an unemployment rate for persons with disabilities of more than 50% and a fiscal surplus exceeding $9 billion, I cannot imagine why the government is cutting the funding to such a program as of December this year.

“Navigating the Waters” is on death row and has had so far two stays of execution. This is a real scandal.

This program is restoring equality and dignity to thousands of Canadians. I ask that the minister immediately revoke this death sentence.

Abitibi Consolidated Inc.
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Bloc

Robert Bouchard Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share sad news concerning my riding of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord.

On Wednesday, officers of Abitibi Consolidated announced that the plant at Port Alfred would remain closed indefinitely, which confirms that the 640 workers affected will be losing their jobs. Hon. members will understand that this announcement will have a heavy economic impact on my riding, as well as major social consequences for all the families concerned.

I wish to tell the workers that I am with them all the way and to recognize the professionalism they have been showing ever since they were forced off the job on December 10. Hang in there. I hope that a recovery plan is a possibility in the medium term for the plant at Port Alfred and that the government will be involved in it.

Fixed Incomes
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, recently I have heard from many of my constituents on fixed incomes. Seniors and people with disabilities are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet as the cost of living goes up and their incomes do not. I met a number of people who were really struggling with basic necessities. I visited a number of homes where there was no food in the fridge and they did not know where their next meal would come from.

One major area of concern is the high cost of drugs. Our seniors and disabled people not only have to pay for daily needs with their income but also medications. We live in an affluent country where these people should not have to worry about their next meal or how they will heat their homes and pay for their medications.

Both levels of government need to work together to ensure that those seniors having difficulty can look forward to a comfortable retirement.

Etobicoke Rotary Club
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, this week the Etobicoke Rotary Club was recognized by the Trillium Health Centre for its 50 years of continuous support of the hospital.

The Etobicoke Rotary Club was established in 1930 and has accomplished an exemplary amount of community service, including raising $1 million in the last 15 years for various charitable causes that are essential to the fabric of our community.

To mark this important event and in keeping with the club's commitment to the Trillium Health Centre, Rotary Club president Sue Foley presented a $50,000 cheque for the new Kingsway Financial Spine Institute which will open in January 2005.

I would like to commend the Etobicoke Rotary Club and its membership for its vision and longstanding commitment to the community. I join all members of the House in congratulating the club on its 75 years of active and exceptional community service.

Prime Minister
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Dick Harris Cariboo—Prince George, BC

Mr. Speaker, you just gotta love the headlines in some of the papers this morning as Sheila Copps blasts the current Prime Minister for his doublespeak.

In this House we have heard the Prime Minister say one thing when, before coming here as the Prime Minister, he said another thing. And now he is accused by Sheila Copps of widespread organized crime, wanting to abolish the Canada Health Act and old age pensions, and privatize the CBC.

These allegations are not coming from the opposition, they are coming from Sheila Copps. You gotta love her, Mr. Speaker, on days like this.

What we have seen in the House over the last several weeks, in answer to questions from the opposition, has been the Prime Minister just simply refusing to stand up and answer questions. Maybe Ms. Copps has--

Prime Minister
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Davenport.

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
Statements By Members

October 22nd, 2004 / 11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Mario Silva Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, in 1998 the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was created by an act of Parliament. The objective of the foundation was to assist Canadians to meet the challenges posed by an economy that is changing ever more quickly.

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation provides, among other things, financial assistance to students to assist them as they pursue post-secondary education.

I am very pleased to recognize two constituents in my riding of Davenport who have been named as millennium excellence award laureates for the year 2004. On behalf of the residents of Davenport, I am pleased to congratulate Vera Bieber and Julia Popova on their receipt of the Canada millennium scholarship award.

The millennium excellence award is recognized across Canada as one of the most prestigious national scholarships.

In being chosen for the award, laureates have to be successful in a nationwide competition that recognizes achievement in four key areas: academics, community service, leadership and innovation.

The people of Davenport are justifiably proud of Vera and Julia, and I am pleased to extend to them the best wishes on behalf of their community.

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, after opposing the spirit of the Atlantic accord for years, the Prime Minister did one of his famous complete about-faces in the election campaign and promised that he would end the clawback in offshore resources. In fact, he promised Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia that they would get 100% of the revenue from offshore oil resources.

Given that there are now mixed signals in negotiations, my question is for the Minister of Natural Resources. Is this still a 100% commitment from the Prime Minister that these provinces will get 100% of their offshore resource revenue?

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Scarborough—Guildwood
Ontario

Liberal

John McKay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I can confirm for the hon. member that there are in fact discussions ongoing between the Minister of Finance and the respective ministers of finance. As to the result of those negotiations, they have not been finalized.

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, that was nothing less than a complete assurance. The government should have let the Minister of Natural Resources, who also made these commitments, answer the question directly.

I will ask again. Yesterday and again today this government suggested it would reach an agreement if possible, but that was not the promise. The promise was that they would get 100% of their offshore resource revenues and there would be a deal by October 26. I ask the Minister of Natural Resources, is that still a commitment of this Prime Minister and this government?

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

11:15 a.m.

Scarborough—Guildwood
Ontario

Liberal

John McKay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

The only commitment that is made, Mr. Speaker, is that this issue will be resolved in the shortest time possible. As to how those negotiations take place, I would ask the hon. member to defer until such time as the provincial ministers and the federal minister resolve their negotiations.