House of Commons Hansard #33 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Battlefords—Lloydminster.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gerry Ritz Battlefords—Lloydminster, SK

Mr. Speaker, it turns out that the Prime Minister's so called 100 days of action have really been all hype and no substance. Let me be clear: 21 regurgitated bills; invoking closure in record time, even for a Liberal; and whipped votes on the gun registry in the first month.

What he has not done is resolve the crisis in the livestock industry which has dragged on for over 10 months. Could the Prime Minister tell us why he refuses to do his job and go to Washington?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Speller Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I am surprised the hon. member has finally asked a question on this, rather than asking all these other questions when he has had an opportunity. He has not done so, I am sure, because he knows the Prime Minister is heavily involved in this issue.

He has spoken with the President. We have spoken with the different provinces and with the premiers, who have also gone to Washington. We have a coordinated group within Canada that is working very hard on this issue and we are making progress.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Gerry Ritz Battlefords—Lloydminster, SK

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's legacy will be very clear. Let us run down the list: a crisis in national security, a crisis in infrastructure, a crisis in health care, a crisis in agriculture, and a crisis in the lumber industry. This is all pretty damning stuff.

They have all been bubbling for years under the former finance minister as he did his clear eye for the Grit guy leadership make-over.

When will the Prime Minister drop this pretense that he actually knows what he is doing?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Speller Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member forgot to mention the crisis in the opposition. In fact, the opposition is not addressing the issues that Canadians want them to address.

We have taken agriculture very seriously, the area that the member is responsible for. We have consulted with Canadians, we have worked with the cattle industry, and we have brought forward a program of close to $1 billion to help address their needs.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

That will bring to a conclusion the question period for today. Hon. members will know very well why there were so few questions.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I would like to draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of the Hon. Geoff Plant, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations for British Columbia.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Message from the Senate
Oral Question Period

March 31st, 2004 / 3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I have the honour to inform the House that messages have been received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following bills: Bill C-27 and Bill C-260 without amendment.

Message from the Senate
The Royal Assent

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

I have the honour to inform the House that a communication has been received as follows:

Government House

Ottawa

March 31, 2004

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform you that the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, will proceed to the Senate chamber today, the 31st day of March, 2004, at 3:45 p.m., for the purpose of giving royal assent to certain bills.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Uteck

Secretary to the Governor General

The House resumed from March 30 consideration of the motion that this House approves in general the budgetary policy of the government.

The Budget
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

It being 3:07 p.m., pursuant to order made on Tuesday, March 30, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on ways and means motion No. 1.

Call in the members.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

The Budget
Government Orders

3:15 p.m.

The Speaker

I declare the motion carried.

The Budget
Government Orders

3:15 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, before the vote I understood there was going to be a 15 minute bell. I guess I missed that idea, but I want you to know if I had been here, I would have voted against this awful bill.

The Budget
Government Orders

3:20 p.m.

The Speaker

I thank the hon. member for that clarification.