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.

Topics

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

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

Mr. Speaker, in February, on the French CBC program Le Point , the Prime Minister said, in reply to a Tadoussac resident, Marc Loiselle, who is a seasonal worker affected by the spring gap, that the employment insurance reform had been completed.

How can the Prime Minister state that the reform has been completed, considering that he has taken billions of dollars from the employment insurance fund, thus forcing thousands of seasonal workers to face the spring gap?

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Eglinton—Lawrence
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Volpe Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, nothing could be further from the truth. We already have in place many funds to help seasonal workers.

I would like to point out to the hon. member that, every year, we put more than $600 million at the disposal of the provincial government to help seasonal workers and others in specific communities and specific industries.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, six years ago public works wrote a cheque for $2.3 million for the Bluenose. Yesterday, the Minister of Public Works stated that they were in litigation with Lafleur Communications who received the $2.3 million. Public works knew this money disappeared and did nothing until it was caught this past weekend.

Why did the minister take six years to take legal action?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the government became aware from the Bluenose foundation over these past few days that there was money apparently allocated for it that it did not receive.

I have spoken with the chairman of the Bluenose trust this morning and requested that he bring all information forward, both to the RCMP and to the public inquiry, and to us, so we can follow through on the concerns that have been raised.

That is true of every other situation where money allocated for some reason did not seem to have been fully received. So I put it to all people who are in this situation, bring the information forward.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, all you had to do was look in your own department. The media has--

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. I do not have a department. The hon. member will want to address his remarks through the Chair.

The hon. member for South Shore has the floor. It would be helpful if there was one question instead of 20 and when the minister is answering, it is helpful if it is a little quiet.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, the media has printed that CCRA records filed by the Bluenose trust in 1997-98 claimed only $294,000 in income, yet public works shows three separate Bluenose contracts for $2.3 million, $245,000 and $278,000.

How can the Minister of Public Works justify these discrepancies, or does he just look the other way when high profile Liberals are involved?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, far from looking the other way, I phoned the president of the Bluenose trust this morning to discuss with him the concerns that he has raised. We are looking into it. We are not hiding anything.

In fact, nothing could be more open than this ministry in terms of dealing with these types of problems. So, if anyone has information which suggests impropriety or allocated funds that were not received they should bring it forward and we will deal with it.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, the President of Bluenose has indicated that $2 million may have disappeared out of the $3 million or more allocated to the Bluenose corporation.

Eighteen criminal investigations are ongoing, but none of them is looking into the role of Lafleur Communications in the Bluenose contracts.

Can the minister explain what it is that justifies investigation in other cases, but not in the case of the Bluenose contracts?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, in fact, I have suggested to the chair of the Bluenose trust that information of misappropriated funds should be brought to the attention of the RCMP, to the inquiry that has been set up, and to us as well. We are awaiting those details. This issue has just arisen.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, in 1997-98, when the Bluenose contract was issued, only prominent Liberals had access to the Liberal slush fund--a prominent Liberal such as Senator Moore, chair of the Bluenose trust foundation.

Is the real reason that the Bluenose contract is not under criminal investigation because it involves prominent Liberals, such as this senator?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure, but I think I may have heard the hon. member make an accusation of perhaps criminal conduct against a member from the other place.

If he has any evidence of such misconduct, he should bring it forward to the RCMP who are investigating anything to do with these matters. That is what we are doing. That is what the Auditor General has done. That is what the hon. member should do.

Research and Development
Oral Question Period

March 9th, 2004 / 2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

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

What is the government doing to ensure that Canadian universities have the means to attract and retain the best researchers and the most gifted students in order to train the highly qualified labour force that our economy needs so much?

Research and Development
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Mr. Speaker, our government has made huge investments in research in recent years. Yesterday, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation announced more than $580 million in 126 projects for 57 universities across the country.

From Okanagan University College in Kelowna to Memorial University of Newfoundland, by way of the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, these investments in research will contribute to the economic and social development of all Canadians.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, this morning the Prime Minister urged the House to pass Bill C-9 to get generic drugs to developing countries.

Why then does he urge the House to pass a bill that would prevent at least 18 UN member states from accessing those drugs? Why is the government preventing countries like Vietnam, Algeria, Iran and Iraq from dealing with the health emergencies in their countries, such as HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria?

Will the Prime Minister commit to changing the bill and help all developing countries of the world access cheaper drugs and generic medications? What does he have against those UN member nation states?