House of Commons Hansard #27 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was countries.

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2:25 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, the government's words are saying that, but its actions are speaking a lot louder than its words.

I have a straightforward and simple question. We are going to re-table this motion at the next committee meeting. I want to know from the Prime Minister, will he instruct his members to pass this motion, get to the bottom of this scandal and have full disclosure, yes or no?

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Ottawa—Vanier
Ontario

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, the committee is master of its destiny. If it requests information pertinent to getting to the bottom of this matter, that information will be provided as it has been provided in the past.

For the first time in memory, cabinet documents have been presented at committee at the committee's request. That indicates the wish of the government to provide all pertinent information.

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Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, this is unbelievable. During one question period, we witnessed a Deputy Prime Minister state 18 times that the government had nothing to hide, but the government is hiding things.

Why are Liberal members hiding information from the public by voting against this motion at committee?

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Brossard—La Prairie
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it is absolutely—

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

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The Speaker

Order, please. It is impossible to hear the answer from the hon. government House leader.

The hon. member for Edmonton Southwest asked a question. He is going to ask a supplementary. How can he ask it if he cannot hear the answer? I cannot hear it either. We want to hear the answer.

The hon. government House leader has the floor. We will hear the answer.

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Liberal

Jacques Saada Brossard—La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, if I put myself in the place of those who are watching us here in this House, I would say that the childish behaviour opposite does not honour the House of Commons.

This is the first time I have heard someone in opposition ask the Prime Minister to overturn a decision made by a standing committee, which is master of its own destiny. It makes absolutely no sense to want to go against the rules of the House and ask the Prime Minister to go further than what the committee itself—

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The Speaker

The hon. member for Edmonton Southwest.

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Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, a mature government would get to the bottom of the fact that $100 million of taxpayers' money was wasted and laundered. That is what a mature government would do, not cover it up.

The motion itself says that based on the evidence presented by former minister Gagliano and reference to briefings, all pertinent documents be tabled and made available to the committee for examination in these deliberations. This is a serious motion intended to get to the bottom of this mess. What is the government trying to hide by defeating this motion?

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2:30 p.m.

Ottawa—Vanier
Ontario

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, five motions were adopted by the committee this morning, four of them I gather from the copy of the motions that I have received, pertain to documents which will be provided.

It seems those members do not believe in the committee process, however, we do. If the committee asked for pertinent documents to this matter, as in the past, the government will provide the information.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Francine Lalonde Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday's reactions by the Canadian government to the helicopter attack which took the life of Sheik Yassin were contradictory, depending on whether they came from the Prime Minister or the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Prime Minister merely referred to Israel's right to defend itself, while his minister spoke out against Israel's attack on international law.

What exactly is the official position of the Government of Canada on this assassination?

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2:30 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, there is no contradiction whatsoever. What I said yesterday was that Israel was entitled to defend itself, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs also said. I added that murder was certainly not the best way to achieve peace.

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2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Francine Lalonde Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, is not the duty of the Prime Minister and his government to be clear, very clear, as he is likes to put it, and to follow the lead of the European Union in denouncing “this extrajudiciary killing” which “undermines the concept of the rule of law, which is a key element in the fight against terrorism”? This assassination cannot help but worsen the atmosphere of violence and move the world further away from any resolution of this conflict. The Prime Minister has to be very clear.

Foreign Affairs
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2:30 p.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has just made himself very clear. There is no contradiction whatsoever in what we each said. We both said the same thing, condemning the killing on the one hand, while on the other hand saying that Israel has the right to defend itself. What is more, we feel that such acts do not contribute to peace.

Canada is always seeking to further peace. That is what we all want for that region. We therefore call upon all parties to stay calm and to focus again on a peace plan for both parties.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

March 23rd, 2004 / 2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Louis Plamondon Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, when it announced in western Canada its aid package for beef producers, the government indicated that this program did not include cull cattle.

How can the government explain that the assistance given to beef producers does not extend to dairy producers, who are also directly affected by the mad cow crisis, since the federal government is providing compensation for only two-thirds of their slaughtered animals?