House of Commons Hansard #22 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was pornography.

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Jeune Chambre de commerce de Québec
Statements by Members

2:15 p.m.

Liberal

Claude Duplain Portneuf, QC

Mr. Speaker, last Friday Quebec City's junior chamber of commerce held its Gala des jeunes personnalités d'affaires. The purpose of this event is to highlight the entrepreneurship and drive of accomplished young professionals who are making a name for themselves in the world of business.

One of these talented individuals is Guildo Griffin, president and general manager of Studio Party Time. Mr. Griffin is a native of the Lower St. Lawrence and in 1994, at the age of 18, he started his own business. Today he owns four dance schools, teaches 5,000 students and employs 60 people.

I would like to congratulate all the young people who were honoured at the gala, not to mention all those who persevere to achieve their dreams. Congratulations to the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Québec and its president, Patrick Gosselin, and his team for their remarkable work.

Thousands of young Canadians are ready to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Griffin. Let us support them.

Agriculture
Statements by Members

2:20 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Leon Benoit Lakeland, AB

Mr. Speaker, Canadian livestock producers are facing their worst crisis in 30 years but what is the Liberal government doing about it? Very little. And what it is doing is not helping much.

The Conservative Party has stepped in to do the job that the government should be doing, by tabling a plan. The short term plan involves $900 million to be targeted to cattlemen and other affected livestock producers. This will be delivered through existing programs, plus a mature livestock rationalization program and borrowing aid.

The mid-term plan includes solving the North American trade problem, establishing testing regimes for all non-North American markets and establishing integrated North American rules on processing. It also includes educational and promotional programs for Canadian beef.

The long term program involves becoming less dependent on the American market by developing new markets.

This plan will cost a billion dollars but it will save a multibillion dollar annual livestock industry.

Our cattlemen deserve this protection.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Canadian Alliance

Grant Hill Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister stood in the House and repeated over and over that the government had nothing to hide. We now know that is not true. The communications committee meeting of cabinet met with, guess who, Groupaction back in 1998.

Why did the Prime Minister hide this meeting from the Canadian public and from cabinet?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, in fact, the materials that were provided were provided in full compliance with the motion that had been passed.

Now if what the hon. member is saying is that he would like to see further materials, as long as there is a motion from the committee or from the inquiry, and as long as they are in conformity with the Auditor General's report, I am sure the government will do its best.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Canadian Alliance

Grant Hill Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister very specifically promised in the House that he would release the minutes of the communications committee meeting.

So I ask the question again. Why has the Prime Minister broken his word to the Canadian public and to the House of Commons?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the motion called for all cabinet documents pertaining to the sponsorship program. That is what was done. If the member would like to bring forward another motion then let him do so.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

March 9th, 2004 / 2:20 p.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Canadian Alliance

Grant Hill Leader of the Opposition

What a weasel, Mr. Speaker. Here are the words, “I was asked by the Leader of the Opposition--”

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

The Speaker

I do not know what the hon. Leader of the Opposition was referring to a weasel, whether it was the answer or somebody else, or somebody, but I do not think he wants to use language that would be inappropriate and perhaps he could refrain from suggesting, although I do not know exactly what he was suggesting, and I would not want to speculate, but to suggest that weaseling was going on would not be perhaps a polite suggestion.

The hon. Leader of the Opposition might continue without that suggestion.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Grant Hill Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, the words of the Prime Minister are pretty specific. He said:

I was asked by the Leader of the Opposition if the pertinent cabinet documents could be made available.

--I believe the communications committee documents, be made available.

He promised to do that. Why did he not do what he said he would do?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I just finished saying in the House that if the committee would like to pass a motion asking for documents, as long as they are in conformity with the Auditor General's report, those documents will be tabled. All they have to do is pass the motion.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

Mr. Speaker, it appears the Prime Minister conveniently forgot to table those documents of a meeting with Groupaction, a central recipient that is currently under investigation by the RCMP for the Liberal looting of the public purse.

It begs the question: Were notes of the meeting kept or shredded?

When will the Prime Minister simply keep his word and table all the pertinent documents pertaining to the Liberal sponsorship scandal?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I have already answered that question. I said that if a motion is passed, which is the way it should be, they will be.

I would like to raise another issue. It is passing strange that on a day in which the Secretary General of the United Nations comes to this House, and in a week in which we are sending troops to Haiti, that not one time can the opposition make any reference to the fact that our men and women are going off to defend this country.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Peter MacKay Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, NS

Mr. Speaker, it is pretty sad when the Prime Minister of Canada hides behind the brave troops of the Canadian Forces to avoid accountability in the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister has blamed everybody and their dog for the sponsorship scandal. During his time spent overthrowing his predecessor, he desperately tried to distance himself from his own responsibility.

He coined the phrase, “Who do you know in the PMO?” Well, that has been replaced by a new phrase, “How much dough did they blow in the PMO, and when did the Prime Minister know?”

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:25 p.m.

Winnipeg South
Manitoba

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the member for incomplete documents once again accuses the Prime Minister of hiding. In fact, we have every possible tool one could imagine: a wide open public process, a public accounts committee investigation, and an unprecedented release of information.

The Prime Minister has said and we have said we have undertaken that as the committee requests information, it will be made available. I am not sure what the problem is.