House of Commons Hansard #25 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was products.

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Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Brian Pallister Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, the list of subjects that the Prime Minister claims not to know anything about grows longer by the day. The billion dollar HRDC boondoggle, “I did not know”. The billion dollar gun registry, “Who me?” Now we have the hundred million dollar ad scam scandal and $160 million in DND contracts. It just keeps going.

Billions of dollars have been thrown away under his watch, which begs the question, how can the Prime Minister really expect Canadians to believe that anyone could know so little about so much?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman reminds me of the adage that one is taught in law school. When one is weak on both the law and the facts, all one can do is pound the table. There is a lot of table pounding going on here.

Again, I refer to the documents to which the people across the floor are referring. The memo from Ms. O'Leary was about more competition, not less competition. The memo with respect to Mr. Littler was to him, not from him. They have inverted all of the evidence completely on its head and have come up with a mismatch.

Justice
Oral Question Period

March 12th, 2004 / 11:40 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Chuck Cadman Surrey North, BC

Mr. Speaker, today's Vancouver Province newspaper states:

We say it's time politicians passed Surrey North MP['s]...bill to make street racing an aggravating factor in sentencing.

The media and the public want Parliament to act on Bill C-338. The House has shown support by sending the bill to the justice committee, but we all know time is running out on this Parliament. It is time to deter this irresponsible criminal behaviour.

Will the minister show some leadership by supporting Bill C-338 so it can become law before an election is called?

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the matter has been referred to the committee, as my hon. colleague has mentioned, and that matter is now before the committee for examination.

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Chuck Cadman Surrey North, BC

Mr. Speaker, this week in Surrey an 18 year old who has already had his licence suspended twice lost control of his car at 140 kilometres per hour. He smashed a bus shelter, injuring 71 year old Sarjeet Dhillon. Everything points to yet another tragic result of a street race. Spring will bring an increase in racing with nothing more than house arrest for those who injure or kill.

Bill C-338 sends a message to the courts to treat these crimes more seriously. The minister could pass it in a day. Why will he not support it?

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, because this minister respects the approach to the democratic process and parliamentary review legislation, to which it has been referred.

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, Air Canada is preparing to cancel the purchase of 15 Bombardier regional jets and go with Embraer instead.

Can the government assure us that the Minister of Industry will intervene with Air Canada so that its choice will produce the maximum possible benefit for Quebec's aeronautics industry?

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Bramalea—Gore—Malton—Springdale
Ontario

Liberal

Gurbax Malhi Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, Air Canada has indicated that it may change its strategy regarding the purchase of Bombardier regional aircraft. The government recognizes how important the Air Canada purchase is to Bombardier and the Canadian aerospace industry.

We are continuing to review the request for the sales financing support. Any decisions will be made with consideration to the Government of Canada priorities and with the utmost respect for public funds.

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, can the government assure us that it will act quickly and not give Air Canada any excuse to buy elsewhere? Is it going to let Embraer boast that it outsmarted Bombardier even with Air Canada?

Airline Industry
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Bramalea—Gore—Malton—Springdale
Ontario

Liberal

Gurbax Malhi Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned earlier, we are continuing to review the request for the sales financing support. Any decision will be made with consideration to all Government of Canada priorities and with the utmost respect for public funds.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, the government continues to add to the democratic deficit. Due to objections from China, democratic Taiwan has been denied World Health Organization status.

Last spring Parliament passed an opposition motion that called for Canada to support the admission of Taiwan as an observer at the World Health Organization.

Why is the government refusing to support Taiwan at the World Health Organization?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, as the House knows, because we have discussed this many times before, participation in the World Health Organization requires the support of all members of the World Health Organization.

We have told the Taiwanese government, and many others have done, and offered complete help for World Health Organization issues through other means. We inform and participate with the government of Taiwan. We recognize their legitimate interest in these issues. We wish to work with them, but we cannot control completely ourselves what happens in other international organizations.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, this is the same tired anti-Taiwan mantra that the minister used nine months ago in the House and failed to convince his own caucus members who supported the opposition motion to support Taiwan's application for observer status.

The democratic deficit continues. How can the government justify ignoring the expressly stated will of Parliament?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, sometimes the expressed will of politicians runs up against some hard facts which they cannot change. This happens to be one of them.

In this case we cannot change the WHO by ourselves. To suggest that we are anti-Taiwan is completely erroneous. The fact of the matter is the House, the members of the House, all of us wish to work with the Taiwanese government and the Taiwanese people to ensure that they get the best health organization help they can.

We are doing that, and we are working through the international channels that we can. We support their ability and their wishes to have good health organization information. We will continue to do that.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

It has now been one year since our country was struck by mad cow disease. One of my constituents recently told me that he had sent 13 cows to the abattoir and received $882 for them, instead of the $10,000 he would have got a year ago, and, in one very tragic instance, a cheque of $2.01 for 2 animals.

What is the government prepared to do to help farmers in my riding and elsewhere?