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 liberal.

Topics

The Prime Minister
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Where is he?

The Prime Minister
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

They ask where he is. Today he is in Alberta announcing $1 billion for Canadian farmers. That is where he is.

The Prime Minister
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, there will be nothing left after they take all the sponsorship money, so it is good they found a few dollars.

Neither one of those two people read the 2000 audit. Neither one of them noticed the scandal and corruption that was going on right under their noses.

How does the Prime Minister justify firing Gagliano for the same level of neglect that he displayed as both the finance minister and the vice-chair of the Treasury Board?

The Prime Minister
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman is drawing an awfully long bow in trying to tar the Prime Minister. That is obviously the strategy of the opposition.

What the record shows is that on the very first day the Prime Minister took office he cancelled the sponsorship program. Within five minutes of the publication of the Auditor General's report he expedited the work of the public accounts committee, he called a public inquiry and he appointed a counsel to recover money.

Since then he has taken action to deal with the crown corporations. He has taken action to change the appointment process. He has reduced the advertising budget and has established a whole new set of rules.

The Prime Minister is acting--

The Prime Minister
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Calgary Southeast.

Fundraising
Oral Question Period

March 22nd, 2004 / 2:30 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Jason Kenney Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, Liberal corruption just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

Last year the Liberals promised to clean up the mess they had created in fundraising by creating the $5,000 contribution limit in the election finance law. However now we have caught the Liberals red-handed breaking their own law.

I have here a fundraising letter signed by the Prime Minister soliciting donations in the amount of $7,000 for the Liberal Party.

Why is the ethically challenged Prime Minister inviting Canadians to break the law to benefit the Liberal Party?

Fundraising
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

The Speaker

Tempting as this may be, I am not sure that the fundraising of political parties falls within the ministerial responsibility for which members answer in the House. I have serious doubts that this question is in order.

Perhaps the hon. member, in his supplementary, will put the question in a way that is in order.

Fundraising
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Jason Kenney Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, in this fundraising letter the Prime Minister invites people to make their illegal contribution of $7,000 using their MasterCard. Giving tax dollars to Liberal ad firms, $100 million; funnelling tax dollars to the Prime Minister's shipping empire, $161 million; breaking the finance law, priceless.

Why is the Prime Minister asking Canadians to break the law in order to benefit the Liberal Party?

Fundraising
Oral Question Period

2:30 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, the goal for funding, which appears on the website of the Liberal Party, makes very clear that what is in the letter is, at most, a typo. I think--

Fundraising
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Fundraising
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member for Calgary Southeast asked the question. He must want to hear the answer but I cannot hear a word that is being said. The hon. government House leader has the floor and we will hear the answer.

Fundraising
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Jacques Saada Brossard—La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have difficulty hearing myself.

The Liberal Party website is very clear. There is nothing in this that is outside the law of course. If my colleague has a copy of the letter I would ask him to table it so we can have a close look at it to see where it comes from.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Réal Ménard Hochelaga—Maisonneuve, QC

Mr. Speaker, last Wednesday, the Prime Minister rejected out of hand a unanimous motion by the National Assembly calling on the federal government to recognize the fiscal imbalance and demanding that it transfer funds for health in particular. He explained that there would not be any new money for health before this summer's first ministers conference.

How can the prime minister reject this unanimous motion and refuse to invest new funds in health care, when health is the top priority for all governments and the public?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Papineau—Saint-Denis
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, it is obvious that this government is deeply committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our health care system. That is why the Prime Minister already called a preliminary meeting of the first ministers in January. He asked the provincial premiers, the finance ministers and the health ministers to sit down together and make recommendations for the next first ministers' conference to be held this summer.

As for some of the other aspects of the health issue, we must wait for the Minister of Finance to table his budget tomorrow. Health, the number one priority, will no doubt garner considerable interest—

Health
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Hochelaga—Maisonneuve.