House of Commons Hansard #28 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Eglinton—Lawrence
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Volpe Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, it is clear that, under this administration, the jobless rate has dropped. The unemployment rate in Quebec is currently 8.1%.

So, the government has created jobs. At the same time, the government is enabling Quebec and the regions to help other people who have lost their—

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Rimouski—Neigette-et-la Mitis.

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski-Neigette-Et-La Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, one has to be really heartless to let people in our regions suffer from a crisis for which they are not even responsible. The aid package proposed by the Bloc Quebecois includes special measures for workers hit by the softwood lumber crisis.

How can the government explain to those suffering that it does not have any money for them after raiding the EI fund year after year, to the tune of $45 billion?

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Eglinton—Lawrence
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Volpe Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, I say again, on the contrary.

The government has announced aid of almost $246 million for workers, communities and companies affected by the softwood lumber crisis. This amount includes $71 million to extend employment insurance benefits and $110 million to create national adjustment funds, and there is an additional $450 million to help all workers in the forestry sector.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, since taking office, the Prime Minister has promised to do more for Canada's military, but I guess actions speak louder than words.

When faced with the opportunity to help deserving veterans' widows with the VIP, the Prime Minister has turned a blind eye.

When will the Prime Minister follow-through on his promises and help these brave women and give them the VIP?

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, a bit of history might be useful here.

In 1990 the Conservative government introduced legislation which cut off widows after one year after their husbands died. In the last session, this government improved that program so that now those widows have the program for the rest of their lifetime. We clearly made a substantial improvement over what had previously been done which benefited 10,000 widows.

My department is looking into other groups which might wish to have access to this program.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, this government lost more than $100 million in the sponsorship scandal, then $160 million from DND, and has put over a billion dollars in that boondoggle useless gun registry.

Yet, at the same time, it says that it cannot afford to give much needed help to Canadian war widows whose hero husbands died before 1990.

I want to know and the Prime Minister should be telling us, why does his government always have the money for waste, but never the money for war widows.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Markham
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, as I explained, the government took the Conservative legislation in 1990 and made substantial improvements which benefited 10,000 additional widows that were not previously eligible.

There are other groups in society who would benefit from that program. My department is looking in a more general fashion at this program as we speak.

Regional Economic Development
Oral Question Period

March 24th, 2004 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of State for Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.

Eastern Ontario needs more effective economic development. We were pleased to see our region mentioned in the budget with regard to a strengthening of the Community Futures Development Corporation.

Can the minister give us some idea of plans for strengthening the CFDC?

Regional Economic Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Thunder Bay—Superior North
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Comuzzi Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question.

Since assuming this portfolio, we were pleasantly surprised by the high degree of acceptance that all community futures programs had throughout Canada. In fact, rural Canada supports all community futures very much.

I might add that with the recommendations made yesterday by the Minister of Finance, finding innovative ways in which to bring diversity to our economy in rural Canada will be added to enhance the community futures program.

Human Resources and Skills Development
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

John Duncan Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government has found a new way to destroy jobs in high unemployment areas of British Columbia.

In December 11 foreign workers under HRDC permits issued in Delhi and rubber stamped in Vancouver began to dismantle part of the pulp mill in Gold River. Bids by Canadian companies using Canadian workers were earlier rejected and told their price was too high.

Why is the government hiring foreign workers to undercut Canadian jobs?

Human Resources and Skills Development
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Eglinton—Lawrence
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Volpe Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, I reject outright the allegation.

Under our system any employers that cannot fill a job with local employees and workers must submit an application for job validation to HRSD before they can submit for a minister's permit in order to bring these workers over. That situation is always temporary.

In other words, the moment that a Canadian worker can fulfill that position, then that job lapses.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I believe that you would find unanimous consent, based on discussions among the House leaders, to put the following motion which is supported by all parties. I move:

That this House condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent anti-Semitic attacks in Toronto on Jewish houses, synagogues and schools, and support the call in the 2002 OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Declaration on anti-Semitic violence for strengthening mechanisms to combat the scourge of anti-Semitism in Canada and globally.

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have unanimous consent of the House to propose the motion?

Points of Order
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.