House of Commons Hansard #33 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:20 a.m.

Bloc

Monique Guay Rivière-du-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, what lies behind the government's refusal to act and lack of goodwill is a pro-industry bias.

If the minister is as determined as he says, then why is he reluctant to announce the plan to implement the Kyoto protocol based on the territorial approach, which is far more in line with the polluter-pay principle?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:20 a.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, we continually need to do more because this is an extremely important issue. This very week I was in Iceland at the Arctic Council, and all the council members agreed to work together to help this part of the world, which is directly affected by climate change. I must point out that our American friends signed this agreement along with all the members of the Arctic Council.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week the Minister of the Environment expressed his complete confidence that the Minister of Natural Resources would implement an effective and equitable plan to meet the Kyoto objectives.

As Minister of the Environment responsible for sustainable development, can he explain how a company like Ford, which has received $100 million in assistance, has not been required to meet stricter pollution emission standards in its manufacturing process?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, we are currently negotiating with the auto industry in order to improve automobile energy efficiency by 25% and we are determined to get results. The Minister of Natural Resources and I have said very clearly that there will be a reduction in auto industry greenhouse gases. The industry will do its part.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, the technology exists and all that remains to be done is for Canada to adopt stricter regulations, as California did earlier this month.

Will the Minister of the Environment agree to quickly bring in regulations on vehicle manufacturing aimed at reducing vehicle pollution by 25%? If the federal government wants to be serious about Kyoto, let it take action right now.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Natural Resources and I have each had occasion to say how excellent we think the California initiative is in this matter. Other American states are also considering adopting California's regulations, which are along the lines of what we want to do in Canada. I have said that I will be going to California soon for more detailed discussions with the state government.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence.

Canadians are increasingly opposing George Bush's star wars project in missile defence. Now, incredibly, we learn that the Prime Minister will not even raise the issue with the president when he is here in Canada. This is shocking.

The fact is that this program will put weapons into space. The Prime Minister likes to pretend that he does not know this fact.

Will the Prime Minister at least ask the President what the facts are when they meet here in Ottawa next week?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and the government has made it very clear that discussions are going on in Washington, but there is no pressure from either side to engage in a political discussion around this at this time.

I want to assure the House and tell the hon. member that I was present when the Prime Minister raised it in his meeting with Mr. Bush earlier this year. He made it very clear that Canada will never participate in any system of any kind that means the weaponization of space. The United States knows that is our policy and the Prime Minister has made that clear on many occasions.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, ignorance of the facts does not make them go away. The evidence is absolutely there and incontrovertible.

My next question is for the Minister of the Environment.

It is very interesting that we find Canada supporting the George Bush administration in Iceland in agreeing finally that the facts of climate change are incontrovertible.

However, why did Canada side with the U.S. in making sure that the recommendations of the scientists for an action plan were not adopted, once again, offside with Canadians?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:25 a.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, indeed, we have been able to convince our American friends to be with the other members of the Arctic Council for the first time in a long time. I want to say to the member that all four countries have agreed to act on it.

We have an action plan where each country will choose what it wants to do in order to address the issue. We will work with the other countries in order to have well coordinated action.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

November 26th, 2004 / 11:25 a.m.

Conservative

Carol Skelton Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, SK

Mr. Speaker, every year thousands of women apply to come to Canada to escape persecution. The line is long but they patiently wait.

Women from around the world are trying to escape war, famine and disease but they must wait in line while exotic dancers get preferential treatment by the minister.

Why do some women get special treatment while the rest are treated so unfairly?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

York West
Ontario

Liberal

Judy Sgro Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, someone referred to me yesterday as the minister of hopes and dreams, and that is exactly what I intend to be. We on this side of the House are working toward helping people to realize those dreams. We are looking at our immigration system and looking at bringing it into the 21st century. We are proud of the work we are doing on this side of the House.

I look forward to working with all parliamentarians as we move forward to an even more successful immigration plan in this country.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore—St. Margaret's, NS

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, at the request of the Deputy Prime Minister, evidence was tabled proving that information was altered on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration's website. However the minister continues to state that the information is accurate when we know her website was altered to cover up double billing by her chief of staff.

The Deputy Prime Minister asked for and received the evidence. Now it is up to the Deputy Prime Minister to explain this ridiculous and juvenile behaviour.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

York West
Ontario

Liberal

Judy Sgro Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, it amazes me that this sacred House is used to throw such allegations all over the place.

I want to read the following, which I will table in the House. It states:

Following questions raised with respect to the former Chief of Staff's trip...the Finance Branch realized that the destination and purpose regarding this trip had been incorrectly reported on the departmental web site. The trip was reported on the English language web-page as a trip to Toronto and on the French language web-page as a trip to Ottawa.

If they had clearly looked and used their bilingualism and their efforts to improve their French language they would have read that correctly.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

11:30 a.m.

Conservative

Charlie Penson Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, while the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration's chief of staff was rendezvousing with an owner of a strip club, other members of her staff were busy intimidating opposition MPs.

The message from the minister's staff was clear: opposition MPs would not want something unfortunate to happen to the applications from their ridings. It would be much safer for them to sit down and shut up.

Should all MPs who criticize misconduct by the minister and her staff expect to be put on a ministerial hit list?