House of Commons Hansard #28 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was environment.

Topics

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Conservative

James Bezan Selkirk—Interlake, MB

Mr. Speaker, at a recent agriculture committee meeting, the parliamentary secretary said about the CAIS program:

I guess...it's a policy problem, but...part of the problem with CAIS is...it really wasn't designed...to deal with a disaster, and we're trying to have it cover a disaster at the moment.

The agriculture minister has ignored MPs and he is ignoring his own parliamentary secretary. The minister is not listening nor is he designing farm programs that respond to disasters like BSE. I ask the minister, what alternatives is he considering to get emergency cash to the farm gate right now?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Liberal

Andy Mitchell Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the reality is that under the CAIS program $400 million has gone to producers. That is what has happened this year.

As I said to the committee, there is a need for things to be done in addition to CAIS. We had an announcement on September 10 of an additional $488 million to assist specifically with the BSE issue, bringing our investments in respect of that particular problem to somewhere over $2 billion. This government cares about Canadian producers and it acts on that.

Aerospace Industry
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, management and unions agree that there is an urgent need for action in the Bombardier case and that the federal government must disclose the conditions for its support. The president of the Conseil du patronat, Mr. Taillon, said that Bombardier was not asking for a blank cheque and that it was up to the government to set its conditions. In the past, Bombardier has always adhered to any conditions imposed.

Does the government intend to accept the arguments from all stakeholders, both union and management, restating the urgent need for the government to put its offer on the table and make its conditions known, so that Bombardier can respond appropriately?

Aerospace Industry
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I would like the hon. member to know that the government is in daily contact with the people from Bombardier. I talk to the president of Bombardier every day.

We will act on the details. We will act within deadlines, but we will make sure that we are doing the responsible thing, both for the company and for the employees, as well as for the taxpayers.

We will do this in a reasonable way, under a national aerospace policy, a national policy that has supported the aerospace industry in Quebec and that has ensured that aerospace is still—

Aerospace Industry
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Minister of Transport. The hon. member for Drummond.

Aerospace Industry
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, the president of the FTQ, Henri Massé, has confirmed that, in his opinion, Montreal was the only logical place in Canada to build the factory to produce Bombardier's new aircraft.

In view of the unanimity of the stakeholders that action is urgently needed, what is the government waiting for before revealing its conditions and putting its offer on the table right now?

Aerospace Industry
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I must tell the hon. member that if she were aware of what is in this file, she would know that we are in preliminary discussions; that Bombardier has not yet chosen a location; and that it is waiting for some pieces of the picture. Bombardier is not expecting an immediate offer, so long as the discussions continue.

Therefore, the government and the company are working hand in hand to ensure that Canada is chosen as the site for developing this new aircraft. We are going to—

Aerospace Industry
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Minister of Transport. The hon. member for Calgary East.

Canadian International Development Agency
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, the CIDA minister issued news justifying CIDA aid to communist China. This is a nation that can take care of itself. It has the world's largest foreign reserves.

People in Africa are dying. They need our help.

Why can CIDA not get its priorities straight? Why?

Canadian International Development Agency
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Barrie
Ontario

Liberal

Aileen Carroll Minister of International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, CIDA has its priorities straight. We do an enormous amount of development aid with Africa, but at the same time we are very cognizant of the importance of China and our relationship with China.

China is a country in an economic and socio-political transformation that is indeed quite uneven. We have the opportunity to provide China with the expertise that is required to build governance and also to input reforms so that China, which is a world power, continues to be so in the right direction.

Canadian International Development Agency
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Randy Kamp Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, in October the government of Vietnam demolished a Mennonite chapel as part of an intensifying campaign against independent religious groups. From banning religious freedom to torture and persecution, the Vietnamese government is blatantly violating basic human rights.

At the same time, Canada continues to provide aid to the Vietnamese government, close to $50 million in recent years. Canadians want to know why the government is giving millions of dollars in aid to communist Vietnam, which is shamelessly violating human rights.

Canadian International Development Agency
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Barrie
Ontario

Liberal

Aileen Carroll Minister of International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, first and foremost let me advise the hon. member that the Government of Canada through CIDA does not give money directly to the government of Vietnam. What it does is enable that country to reduce its poverty, to grow in governance, and we assist in a variety of initiatives to do just that.

If the hon. member and his colleagues are concerned about the human rights records of these countries, allow us to assist these countries by building their rule of law capacity so they are able to change exactly what the member and his colleagues are not happy about. Also, I might add that the standing committee is looking at this issue.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

November 19th, 2004 / 11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Labour and Housing.

In the throne speech, the government reiterated its commitment to comply with the Kyoto protocol.

Since 17% of greenhouse gases are the result of households heating with polluting energies, what is the government prepared to do about replacing pollution-producing residential heating systems with cleaner energy sources?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Liberal

Judi Longfield Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Housing

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Labour and Housing was pleased to announce two new federal housing initiatives that will help meet Canada's climate change objectives and provide cleaner air and healthier cities, communities and homes.

Effective immediately, CMHC, Canada's national housing agency, will offer a 10% refund on its mortgage loan insurance premium when a borrower buys or builds an energy efficient home or makes energy saving renovations to existing homes.

The second initiative will allow repair work under the residential rehabilitation assistance program, or RRAP, to include energy saving renovations and retrofits that will help improve the energy performance of housing units.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, since 1993 the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement commits Canada to reducing the amount of cancer-causing chlorination by-products from entering the Great Lakes watershed. The government, together with the Province of Ontario, is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on water treatment systems that use a cancer-causing toxic chemical.

Why are they doing so when environmentally friendly alternative water treatment systems are available and have been in use in other countries for years?