House of Commons Hansard #41 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was sentence.

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Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, the last two Liberal solicitors general talked the talk but failed to walk the walk when it came to contraband in federal prisons. As a result, an alarming amount of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and alcohol and weapons continue to endanger the lives and the security of our correctional officers.

My question is for Minister of Public Safety. What does she plan to do exactly that will stop this illegal activity, or will she too simply talk the talk?

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member raises a very serious question. I know, because of the hon. member's interest in this area, he understands that every correctional system in the world has a problem with drugs and contraband in general.

CSC's approach is a comprehensive one. We are controlling the supply of drugs through interdiction activities. We are reducing the demand for drugs through prevention and treatment. We are also putting in place and have in place harm reduction approaches, including bleach and immunization programs for hep A and B.

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Mr. Speaker, inmates demanding the right to vote, bleach kits to clean illegal needles, drugs, government tattoo parlours and pornography. It would appear that the only solution the government has is to give in to the inmates' demands. It is a little different when the needs of the correctional officers are brought forward: improper level of staffing, handcuffs, inadequate security measures.

My question is for the Minister of Public Safety. Why are the criminals getting a better deal than our correctional officers?

Correctional Service Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Edmonton West
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Speaker, obviously correctional officers are a very important part of our law enforcement and safety system in this country. Correctional officers do a very important and very dangerous job on a daily basis.

Let me go back to the hon. member's overall comment around contraband in prisons. As I say, this is a problem that has been identified by every correctional system around the world. We have to take sensible long term approaches to this. I wish there were a quick fix but I think the hon. member is intelligent enough to know there are no quick fixes.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Gary Pillitteri Niagara Falls, ON

Mr. Speaker, the plum pox virus is a serious plant disease that threatens the tender fruit growing, processing and nursery industry in parts of Canada.

Could the Minister of Agriculture tell us what efforts the government is taking to eliminate the virus from Canada?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk—Brant
Ontario

Liberal

Bob Speller Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, the plum pox is a very serious disease for the tender fruit processing and nursery industry across the country. That is why I was pleased today to announce, with the member for Niagara Falls and the member for Erie—Lincoln, a contribution by the Government of Canada of some $80 million to help eradicate the virus.

The Government of Canada takes very seriously its responsibilities to eradicate viruses such as that and will continue to work with the provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia to do exactly that.

Heritage Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gary Schellenberger Perth—Middlesex, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

There are many cultural and recreational projects that are planned for my riding. These include the living life project in St. Mary's, the Mitchell Arena, the Discovery Centre in Stratford and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Our communities support these projects and volunteers are bearing the burden of fundraising. They are forced to watch the Prime Minister doling out money to vulnerable Liberal ridings.

Why is it not possible to treat all Canadians equally?

Heritage Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Louis-Hébert
Québec

Liberal

Hélène Scherrer Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I have to tell my hon. colleague that every riding is treated equally and that we are looking at all requests.

I have had calls and meetings with my colleagues on the other side of the House. I have treated each and every one exactly the same way.

Infrastructure
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gary Schellenberger Perth—Middlesex, ON

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

Several municipalities in my riding need to improve their water sewage infrastructure to meet current standards and regulations.

The Liberals announced $1 billion for rural municipal infrastructure last year. The province has committed the money. The clock is ticking.

If the federal government does not commit its share, the projects will be lost. When will the government keep its commitment to our rural communities?

Infrastructure
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Minister of State (Infrastructure)

Mr. Speaker, the member's question gives me the opportunity to say how optimistic I am that there will be an agreement on the municipal rural infrastructure fund with the province of Ontario very soon.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

April 26th, 2004 / 2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Roger Gaudet Berthier—Montcalm, QC

Mr. Speaker, in addition to softwood lumber and the missile defence shield, there is another matter that deserves special attention: mad cow.

During his upcoming visit to Washington, will the Prime Minister spread the word that there was only one case of mad cow in Canada and that the Americans can open their borders not only to young animals but also to animals over 30 months of age? This affects cull cattle producers, most of whom are in Quebec.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Minister of International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for this question. Obviously, many issues will be discussed in Washington. It is also an opportunity for the two leaders to get to know one another.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Paddy Torsney Burlington, ON

Mr. Speaker, National Immunization Awareness Week and the Pan American Health Organization's Vaccination Week begin in the Americas today. Immunization, as the member for Crowfoot knows, is a very important public health issue.

I wonder if the Minister of State for Public Health could tell us what the government is doing to ensure that Canadian children are adequately immunized.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

St. Paul's
Ontario

Liberal

Carolyn Bennett Minister of State (Public Health)

Mr. Speaker, in the most recent budget the Government of Canada provided $300 million to the provinces and territories for the new vaccines as was recommended by the national advisory committee on immunization.

During this National Immunization Awareness Week, and as a family physician and Minister of State for Public Health, I add the voice of the Government of Canada to encourage all Canadians to ensure that their children receive the immunizations they need against these truly preventable diseases.

Industry Canada
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Lorne Nystrom Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

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

The Competition Bureau charges a flat fee of $50,000 to review a merger. It is the same $50,000 fee for reviewing a big bank merger worth billions of dollars in assets or two small credit unions that might be worth only a few million dollars.

Would the minister now review this unfair practice of a flat fee that discriminates against small credit unions, such as Dysart in my riding, and come up with a progressive fee scaled on ability to pay?