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

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for this important question. I am proud of our history and linguistic duality, which are among Canada's best features and assets internationally.

We constantly strive to improve the delivery of our services in both official languages. We have in excess of 160 missions throughout the world, and over 5,000 employees in those missions, so this is a major challenge.

Our foreign missions all provide services in both official languages, sometimes in difficult conditions. Consular services are always provided in French and English. Web pages for Canadians are always available in English and in French—

Official Languages
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Calgary East.

Provincial Centennial Projects
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, we have another example of the Liberal government ignoring the west.

In the past, the federal government has allocated funding to promote provincial centennial projects. Next year Alberta and Saskatchewan will be celebrating their centennials. As of today, there has been no allocation of funds to Alberta and Saskatchewan. Why?

Provincial Centennial Projects
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, we are preparing a very thoughtful plan in consultation with the people in those two provinces. I am very pleased to reassure the hon. member that the Government of Canada will be participating vigorously in the anniversaries of those two provinces.

Drug Strategy
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Randy Kamp Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, in the communities I represent, lives are being ruined. In fact, lives are being lost from the use of crystal meth. Hundreds of concerned citizens are participating in local campaigns to do something about this drug that is poisoning our children, but we are frustrated because of the lack of an effective drug strategy.

I know the government is focused on funding injection sites and decriminalizing marijuana. Can the Minister of Justice tell us what programs he has in place to help us combat the use of crystal meth?

Drug Strategy
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the drug strategy is the responsibility of the Minister of Health. With respect to the Ministry of Justice, any matters that constitute a health hazard or are prejudicial to health, and constitute a criminal matter in that regard, we will fully explore those issues.

Regional Economic Development
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Bloc

Sébastien Gagnon Jonquière—Alma, QC

Mr. Speaker, leaders in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region are setting up a major regional investment fund. There is strong support in the region for this initiative, in which the Government of Quebec is participating.

Instead of insisting on implementing a new structure that does not bring anything concrete to our region, as is the case with Bill C-9, will the government finally listen to the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region and participate in this brilliant initiative?

Regional Economic Development
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I am sure my colleague from regional economic development always has the interests of all the regions of Quebec, especially those of Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, very close to his heart. He will certainly look into this matter when he gets back from the summit of the Francophonie.

Seniors
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Mario Silva Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, as members of the House know, the number of seniors is growing in our country. Seniors within my riding of Davenport and indeed across the country will want to know what the government plans to do to address issues of concern to them.

Could the Minister of State for Families and Caregivers assure seniors what action plan he plans to put in place?

Seniors
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Trinity—Spadina
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Ianno Minister of State (Families and Caregivers)

Mr. Speaker, first of all I would like to thank the hon. member who has been working on this issue for many years.

The government has proclaimed in the Speech from the Throne that it will be working toward increasing the guaranteed income supplement for low income seniors. Social Development Canada will be taking the lead on issues related to seniors and working with other departments to ensure seniors live the kind of life that we all can dream of. Seniors have contributed tremendously to our country and we owe them that much.

Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

NDP

Joe Comartin Windsor—Tecumseh, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Deputy Prime Minister. We know the Chinese government wants to buy up our resource industries, a government with a terrible workers rights and environmental protection record. The Noranda mining company is a likely acquisition and now we learn that Husky Oil is coming next. The Prime Minister has said he thinks it is great that foreign governments are buying up our resource industries.

When it comes to a government with the kind of record that China has, does the Prime Minister still hold that same position?

Industry
Oral Question Period

Noon

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, Canada is a world leader in human rights. We will continue to be a world leader in human rights. We are committed to that. That is part of our social fabric as a country. It is a Canadian value that we promote around the world.

At the same time, we believe in fair and free trade with our trading partners. Canadian companies and investors continue to invest around the world. In fact, Canadian investors are taking leadership roles in countries around the world. We are proud of that.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

November 26th, 2004 / noon

Conservative

James Rajotte Edmonton—Leduc, AB

Mr. Speaker, the government has still not clarified to companies and industries across Canada its plans on the Kyoto accord. Many companies in fact took early action to reduce their emissions to take environmental leadership on this issue. They deserve credit for their leadership.

I want to ask the Minister of the Environment very clearly, and to be very specific to these companies and industries, will those companies that took early action before this House ratified Kyoto deserve credit for their emission reductions, yes or no?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

Noon

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, this is a very important issue. The Government of Canada, especially the Minister of Natural Resources, for two years has been discussing this issue with the industry in order to have targets decreased, and that we will adjust with each industry, with the overall goal to have a decrease in the intensity of emissions by 15%. In doing so, Canada will play its role in order to decrease those gas emissions as a partner in the Kyoto protocol.

Arts and Culture
Oral Question Period

Noon

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, in November 2003, the Minister of Canadian Heritage said in my riding that discussions would be conducted with the executives of the Légendes fantastiques and the problem resolved, because this production is very important to Drummondville. And she added that the federal government has many envelopes and many subsidies unknown to the public in general.

One year later, in spite of repeated requests by the executives of the Légendes fantastiques, the problem remains unresolved and the subsidies remain unknown.

When does the minister plan to resolve this problem?