House of Commons Hansard #26 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was new.

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Question No. 21
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Since 1993, and for each fiscal year since, with respect to advance tax rulings made by the government: ( a ) what departments make advance tax rulings; ( b ) which departments make policy on advance tax rulings; ( c ) what advance tax rulings were made as a result of a submission by the holdings of the “blind trust” of the Prime Minister; ( d ) what was the name of the company; ( e ) what was the value of the tax ruling; ( f ) did these ruling involve countries other than Canada; and ( g ) was there any correspondence between the Minister of Finance and/or anyone in his office concerning these rulings?

Return tabled.

Question No. 25
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Pertaining to the recusal process for the Prime Minister by the Ethics Counsellor and put into place December 12, 2003, considering the current activities of Canada Steamship Lines and its holdings, in what specific matters involving which companies and holdings is the Prime Minister required to recuse himself to prevent a perceived or actual conflict of interest as outlined in the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders?

Return tabled.

Question No. 28
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

How many times did the Finance Minister correspond with the Big Six Banks, (BMO Financial Group, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada Financial Group, Bank of Nova Scotia and Toronto Dominion Bank Financial Group) and/or the small business loans branch at Industry Canada related to the Small Business Loans Act program, between 1997 to 2002, and of these exchanges, how many were related to individual loans, what companies were involved, and what was the value of each loan, its purpose, and its date?

Return tabled.

Question No. 29
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

How many times did the Finance Minister correspond with the Export Development Corporation between 1997 to 2002, and of these exchanges, how many were related to individual loans, what companies were involved, and what was the value of each loan, its purpose and its date?

Return tabled.

Question No. 31
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

How many times did the Finance Minister correspond with the Business Development Bank of Canada between 1997 to 2002, and of these exchanges, how many were related to individual loans, what companies were involved, and what was the value of each loan, its purpose and its date?

Return tabled.

Starred Questions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Sarnia—Lambton
Ontario

Liberal

Roger Gallaway Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, would you be so kind as to call Starred Questions Nos. 1, 2, 5, 32 and 33. I ask that the answers to Questions Nos. 1, 2, 5, 32 and 33 be printed in Hansard as if read.

Starred Questions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Is it agreed?

Starred Questions
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

*Question No. 1
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Guy St-Julien Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik, QC

Further to the filing by the Cree of Eeyou Istchee—James Bay, Quebec, under the dispute resolution provision of their 1995 Agreement with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs for the ongoing subsidization of the cost of operating the Cree local governments under the Cree/Naskapi of Quebec Act, of a request to have a panel created to adjudicate the renewal of the terms of the agreement, when will the minister appoint his nominee to this panel?

*Question No. 1
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Liberal

Andy Mitchell Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Jim McCarthy has been appointed as Canada’s representative. Furthermore, the parties have agreed to appoint Justice Réjean Paul as the third panel member and its chair. Justice Paul intends to have an initial meeting with the parties in late March 2004. This panel must review the Cree complaint and submit recommendations to each party, pursuant to the provisions of the 1995 agreement between Canada and the James Bay Cree.

*Question No. 2
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Liberal

Guy St-Julien Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik, QC

With regard to the 1995 agreement with the Cree of Eeyou Istchee—James Bay, Quebec on operations and maintenance funding: ( a ) when will the minister honour his undertakings regarding the implementation of this agreement; ( b ) what measures does the minister intend to take to satisfy the financial obligations set forth in the agreement?

*Question No. 2
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Liberal

Andy Mitchell Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

The 1995 agreement with the Cree provided that Canada would allocate annual subsidies for operation of the Cree local governments under the Cree-Naskapi of Québec Act and this has been done since 1995 according to the agreement provisions. This agreement expired in 2001 but Canada has continued to provide the annual subsidies according to the terms of that agreement. Renewing the agreement was delayed in the last few years due to other negotiations and the extent of the new financial demands from the Cree, but the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development will make this renewal a priority during 2004-2005.

*Question No. 5
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Casey Cumberland—Colchester, NS

With respect to the transit of HMCS Victoria from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the reports of heat-related problems: ( a ) why did the engine room experience such high temperatures; ( b ) was the high temperature in the engine room related to environmental conditions; ( c ) was the submarine on the surface or was it submerged during these extreme heat readings in the engine room; ( d ) are the heat-related issues a fleet-wide problem; ( e ) was the crew of HMCS Victoria ever in danger because of these high engine room temperatures; ( f ) what additional cooling equipment is required to allow the Victoria-class submarine to operate in tropical waters; and ( g ) what is the estimated cost to rectify extreme heat build-up in the engine rooms of the Victoria class submarines so that they can operate in warmer climates?

*Question No. 5
Routine Proceedings

3:50 p.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Liberal

David Pratt Minister of National Defence

The answer is as follows: a) The engine room in the Victoria class submarines contains large diesel engines that operate, when required, in a confined space that receives minimal cooling air. Like all the machinery rooms in Canadian warships operating under tropical conditions, the peak temperatures were uncomfortable. Submarines pose the greatest challenge in this regard, since, by design, they do not have regular access to outside air. For this reason, along with most modern machinery spaces, the Victoria class submarines have an automated engine room and the need for the continuous presence of engine room operators is limited.

b) This was the Canadian Navy’s first experience of operating a Victoria class submarine under tropical conditions. The data collected to date suggests that the environmental conditions, tropical or temperate, do not significantly influence the engine room temperature since the majority of outside air introduced to the space is devoted to supporting combustion in the diesel engines. Thus, the cooling and heating effects of outside air is limited.

c) The highest temperatures were recorded in the tropical environment immediately after the diesel engines were stopped and the submarine dived to its operational depth. The peak temperatures were also recorded in the highest part of the compartment adjacent to the hot engine exhaust manifold.

d) The temperatures experienced within the engine room in tropical conditions are not unique to the Victoria class submarines. They are consistent with temperature levels experienced in many diesel-electric submarine engine rooms.

e) Safety of the crew was of paramount importance for the commanding officer and crew exposure to the engine room temperatures was managed by the submarine’s physician assistant. There were no heat stress related injuries during the transit.

f) The transit demonstrated that, although at times uncomfortable, the Victoria class submarines can safely operate in a tropical environment. The Navy will continue to examine options for improving localized equipment cooling, air conditioning, and living conditions within the submarines as future deployments may include operations in tropical areas of the world.

g) Since the engine room is automated, it is not a priority for major modifications to reduce the temperature under either temperate or tropical conditions. Options for improving the comfort in the accommodation spaces and operating stations are currently being considered. Working conditions in the engine room will be monitored and the crew’s exposure to high temperatures will be managed in the same manner applied to many of our Canadian Forces members serving around the globe under similar conditions.

*Question No. 32
Routine Proceedings

March 22nd, 2004 / 3:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Casey Cumberland—Colchester, NS

With regard to the refit that HMCS Preserver is currently undergoing: ( a ) how long will it take to complete the refit; ( b ) when do the Canadian Armed Forces expect HMCS Preserver to begin operations again; ( c ) what is the total cost for the repainting, valve work, mechanical inspections and other associated work; and ( d ) does the government plan to replace all of Canada’s logistic re-supply vessels and, if so, what is the expected cost to taxpayers?