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.

Topics

Taxation
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, another tax season is going by and still the government refuses to plug the outrageous tax loophole where businesses can write off fines as tax deductions. Does it not see how fundamentally wrong this is? Has the Liberal Party completely lost its ability to tell right from wrong? This situation is offensive to the sensibilities of any thinking Canadian.

My question is for the finance minister. By what warped reasoning does he continue to give tax breaks for breaking the law?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, hon. members will know that this is not the first time that the hon. gentleman has raised this matter. In response to him on previous occasions, I have indicated that I would take his question as a representation, as part of my consultations with Canadians.

Obviously, if there is something to be said on this matter, it would have to be said a week from Tuesday.

Health
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gurmant Grewal Surrey Central, BC

Mr. Speaker, when the government decided to compensate only the victims infected between 1986 and 1990, it claimed that earlier infections were not preventable and that nothing could have been done to protect transfusion recipients before 1986. Now we know that this travesty was preventable and there was a test, yet the government still refuses to administer justice.

Why has the Prime Minister not shown compassion for the suffering and the dying?

Health
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Health, the government has shown great compassion and has great compassion for those suffering with Hepatitis C. In fact, as I indicated earlier, it has committed $525 million for individuals infected with this grave disease.

In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, the government will help to ensure that these victims do not incur out-of-pocket expenses. The government is very compassionate to those concerned.

Canadian National Railway
Oral Question Period

Noon

Bloc

Monique Guay Laurentides, QC

Mr. Speaker, CN employees have been on strike for roughly 20 days now and, according to the union, the employer has hired scabs from the United States in order to maintain operations.

Will the Minister of Labour commit to ending this unacceptable situation immediately, and can she tell us what solutions she intends to put forward?

Canadian National Railway
Oral Question Period

Noon

York West
Ontario

Liberal

Judy Sgro Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for the question. Our policy is quite clear. We do not issue work permits to illegal strikebreakers.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Oral Question Period

March 12th, 2004 / noon

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

Mr. Speaker, the president of ACOA has been out on the lecture circuit promoting a Liberal Party document called “The Rising Tide”. She has clearly stepped outside her bounds as president of ACOA. She should be neutral, supporting all members of Parliament and all parties.

Has the minister spoken to the president to cease that type of action and will he ask her for an apology to all parties in the House and all citizens. She is clearly outside her bounds.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Oral Question Period

Noon

Egmont
P.E.I.

Liberal

Joe McGuire Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mr. Speaker, the deputy minister of ACOA was merely doing her job as deputy minister. She is speaking out on government policy. The implementation of ACOA policies is her mandate, and is my mandate. She is simply doing what I have asked her to do.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Oral Question Period

Noon

The Speaker

I am afraid that terminates question period today. I would like to point out to all hon. members that we got in six extra questions today which is the first time this week. Is it because members were relatively quiet? But the questions and answers were all very short. Congratulations.

National Defence
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Liberal

David Pratt Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons and on behalf of the Government of Canada, I have the pleasure to table, in both official languages, two copies of the government's response to the recommendations contained in the standing committee's 23rd report based on chapter 7 of the April 2003 report of the Auditor General of Canada: “National Defence—Environmental Stewardship of Military Training and Test Areas”.

Parliament of Canada Act
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Brossard—La Prairie
Québec

Liberal

Jacques Saada Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister responsible for Democratic Reform

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-24, an act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Parliament of Canada Act
Routine Proceedings

Noon

The Speaker

When shall the bill be read a second time?

Pursuant to order made Thursday, March 11, 2004, later this day.

Parliament of Canada Act
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Progressive Conservative

Joe Clark Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I have no intention to prevent the introduction of this bill in the House of Commons, but I wonder by what process was there deemed to have been consent given to adoption at first reading.

Was it on the basis of consultation with House leaders? If that was the case, why was there not consultation with members of the House who are not affiliated with parties recognized by the House?

Parliament of Canada Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

The Speaker

First reading of a bill does not require consent from anyone. I am assuming the right hon. member means the motion in respect of second reading of the bill which is to take place later this day by special order adopted yesterday, which no doubt the right hon. member has seen in the Journals of yesterday.

However, perhaps someone else can answer the question as to who was consulted. Like the hon. member, I hear about these things when they are presented in the House.

Parliament of Canada Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Brossard—La Prairie
Québec

Liberal

Jacques Saada Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister responsible for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, there is a process that is perfectly normal. Meetings are held every week with all the leaders of the recognized parties in this House. There was an agreement between the party leaders. This agreement requires consent of the House. I have sought consent for the motion to telescope the entire process for this bill.

I cannot comment on the presence or absence of members in this House, but all those present could object if they wanted.