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 tariffs.

Topics

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères—Les Patriotes, QC

Mr. Speaker, the softwood lumber crisis does not only affect the industry; it is also a direct attack that threatens the survival of many regions. In Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean alone, for instance, 2,948 jobs have been lost, which is the equivalent of 30,000 jobs in a region like Montreal.

Does such a bleak picture not demand energetic action by the government and the announcement of phase two of the aid package for softwood lumber?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Minister of International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for this very important question, because many jobs are involved.

This is a key industry for Canada. That is why we have concentrated our efforts in two areas, namely the WTO and NAFTA. In addition, the negotiations are our priority and we will continue with them.

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, fishing vessel insurance has skyrocketed and is threatening the viability of many enterprises.

When the federal government dismantled the fishing vessel insurance plan, it assured fish harvesters that the insurance market would be competitive. That is not the case.

Will the Minister of Fisheries reverse this decision and re-establish a new fishing vessel insurance program immediately?

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, I would be happy to discuss this matter with him after question period perhaps. It is a new matter that we have not discussed before and I look forward to having a chat with him later.

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, that means he knows nothing about it. Let me ask him something else.

Last week the minister announced some extra funding for air and water surveillance. What this means is that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will be able to issue more citations to vessels raping our stocks.

In the last 10 years, 300 citations have been issued. Will the minister give us one concrete example of where a sufficient penalty was imposed to keep these rogue vessels from raping our stocks on the nose and tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap?

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for noting the fact that last week the government committed to $51 million of additional new funds for aerial surveillance and $17.5 million for additional sea patrols. This will provide effective surveillance of the nose and tail of the Grand Banks, throughout our fisheries, and we will take whatever options are required.

Public Service
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Eugène Bellemare Ottawa—Orléans, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the President of the Treasury Board.

He will recall that the government's program review, which took place in the mid-1990s, meant significant job cuts. Approximately 55,000 public service jobs were either cut or transferred to agencies. Recently the government announced that there would now be an expenditure review. This risks undermining the morale of the public service if not clarified.

Will this expenditure review be another unwanted job cutting exercise in the public service?

Public Service
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Winnipeg South
Manitoba

Liberal

Reg Alcock President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for what I believe is his fourth question on this topic since we took office, which is four more than the opposition.

Expenditure review is about one thing. It is about modernizing public management by going through every single line of expenditure, every program and every management system with the express goal of supporting the best public service in the world.

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, a Canadian Wheat Board director recently admitted that organic grain producers could be exempted from the Canadian Wheat Board. The Wheat Board does not even market organic grains, but instead the Wheat Board makes a quick buck off organic grain producers because they are required to buy back their own grain from the board at inflated prices before they can even sell it to their buyers. This is an unnecessary restriction that applies only to western Canada.

When will the Liberal government correct this huge problem and give organic producers on the prairies the same choice as eastern farmers have?

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Winnipeg South
Manitoba

Liberal

Reg Alcock President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, I had the pleasure of being out across the prairies during the last break talking to farmers. I can tell the member that the farmer owned Wheat Board--10 of the 15 directors are directly elected by farmers--have control of the management of the board. They are doing an exceptionally good job, and they will make the decision on this issue in consultation with their brethren.

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Garry Breitkreuz Yorkton—Melville, SK

Mr. Speaker, it does not even sound like the minister knows what he is talking about either, because of the very issue I am talking about. In order to make the appearance that the Canadian Wheat Board is getting a good price for the farmers' wheat that it markets, it adds $10 per tonne to the price paid, but later it deducts an extra $10 in freight from the pool account.

In 2002-03 this amounted to about $86 million that was taken out of the wheat pool account and $57 million that was taken from the durum pool. This was done after the grain was taken from the board's possession.

Why were farmers made to pay an extra $10 to $15 for--

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. the President of the Treasury Board.

Canadian Wheat Board
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Winnipeg South
Manitoba

Liberal

Reg Alcock President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, thanks to the progressive actions by the current Minister of Finance, when he was minister responsible for the Wheat Board, management of the board has been given over entirely to farmers. Farmers are making these decisions on behalf of farmers. They are managing the board. They have just gone through quite a modernization of the management of the board.

Frankly, when I was talking to farmers across western Canada, they by and large were very pleased with the changes in the board. Why does he not trust farmers to manage their own business?

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Oral Question Period

March 23rd, 2004 / 2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Yvan Loubier Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, two RCMP officers in dress uniform took part in the nomination meeting of the Liberal member for Portneuf last Friday. According to the RCMP, the activities of its members should normally be related to one of its five priorities: youth, aboriginal communities, international police services, terrorism and organized crime.

Can the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness tell us under which of these priorities the partisan activity of the member for Portneuf falls?

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member is undoubtedly aware, the commissioner is responsible for the management of the RCMP. As I understand it, there are procedures that permit RCMP officers to participate in special events. They have to be approved under those procedures.

I would suggest that if the hon. member has any questions or concerns, he take them up with the commanding officer in question.