House of Commons Hansard #29 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre Paquette Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, creating yet another federal bureaucracy is not the way to solve this kind of problem.

How does the Prime Minister reconcile the content of his Speech from the Throne with the fact that he wants to impose an equalization formula and, now, to impose the creation of a Canadian securities commission? That is a strange kind of partnership.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, with respect to the equalization payment, as the hon. gentleman will know, this is about a $10 billion program. It will be rising by $1.5 billion over the next five years and 45% of the benefit of that program flows to the province of Quebec. Quebec is the largest single beneficiary of Canadian equalization.

With respect to securities regulation, I would correct the hon. gentleman. The wise persons' committee did not recommend a federal solution. It recommended a single Canadian solution.

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, as I have worked with the authorities on the issue of child pornography, I have viewed some of the most abhorrent pictures of young children, even babies being sexually abused. These pictures would haunt any normal person. They sicken me as they do all Canadians.

After 100 days on the job, it is obvious to me that the Prime Minister does not take this issue seriously. The best legislation he came up with to protect our children is a recycled bill that allows for the defence of public good.

Will he scrap this useless legislation and protect our children properly by eliminating all defences for the possession of child pornography?

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, we have the strongest child protection legislation. The question is not whether we will scrap it but whether the opposition will allow us to enact the legislation.

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, John Sharpe and all pedophiles think it is great.

On October 28, 2003, the House unanimously passed a motion that our children will be protected from sexual assault and exploitation by immediately eliminating all defences for the possession of child pornography.

I know the Prime Minister is completely paralyzed defending himself over scandal but he could do one good thing this session. He could bring forward new legislation that reflects the unanimous view of the House.

When will the minister act on the motion?

Child Pornography
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the legislation is exactly in accordance with that motion in the House and the definition of public good is exactly in accordance with the definition as set forth by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Transport
Oral Question Period

March 25th, 2004 / 2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Janko Peric Cambridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

Exports from Canada's technology triangle, including my riding of Cambridge, rose 20% from 2000 to 2002. The main mode of transporting the region's exports involves roads.

What is being done to support and enhance a seamless transportation system across the Canada-U.S. border to protect Canadian jobs?

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Stoney Creek
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Valeri Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, members know that Canada depends on trade. One truck full of goods crosses our borders every three seconds.

With regard to the member's region, the recent federal-provincial investment of $300 million for the Windsor gateway is critical to the economy of Ontario, in particular, very important to the automotive sector.

It is clear to me that members on this side of the House and certainly members in that corner are very much committed to ensuring that uninterrupted trade flows continue to come across our borders to ensure that we can continue to trade with our neighbour to the south.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, I have a very simple question. Did the President of the Privy Council meet with Pierre Tremblay, the leader of the sponsorship program, yes or no?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I think relevant to this question and to the earlier question is the misquoting by hon. member's opposite of Ms. Tremblay's evidence before the public accounts committee.

If I can repeat. This morning Ms. Tremblay said “I do not know because it was not me who they were calling. Therefore if they said to me that it was the Office of the President of the Privy Council calling it would not mean that it was him. It could mean that it was someone else. I can't tell you”.

That was her evidence. It should not be misrepresented by that side of the House.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, we know his legs are not broken because he was standing and speaking before, so I am going to ask the question very simply and perhaps the minister can get up and defend himself rather than having the minister from British Columbia do it.

Did the President of the Privy Council meet with Mr. Tremblay and talk about the sponsorship program, yes or no? It is his obligation to answer. Did he talk to him, yes or no?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member has answered no.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Serge Cardin Sherbrooke, QC

Mr. Speaker, the government is preparing to sell all its shares in Petro-Canada and hopes to pocket at least $2 billion in the process. This money must not go to help the oil and gas industry, but rather to meet the Kyoto objectives.

I am asking the government if it is prepared to take advantage of this opportunity to make a significant gesture in favour of Kyoto and to commit to allocating its profits from this sale to projects to encourage wind power?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the proceeds from the sale of Petro-Canada will, first, help to re-establish the principles of fiscal prudence, and second, $200 million will go toward the sustainable development technology fund which is directed toward environmental purposes.

We have made the commitment that over the next seven years we will invest at least $1 billion in those environmental technologies of the future.

Federal Economic Development
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Sarmite Bulte Parkdale—High Park, ON

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

The task force on women entrepreneurs released its report in October 2003. The task force report found that one of the greatest challenges facing women entrepreneurs still today is access to capital. However this challenge is magnified in rural areas throughout Canada.

Could the minister advise us how the budget will help women entrepreneurs in northern and rural Ontario address this challenge?