House of Commons Hansard #48 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was nations.

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Air Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Stoney Creek
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Valeri Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, with respect to Air Canada, Transport Canada continues to meet with Air Canada on a regular basis as it has done throughout the entire CCAA process. Air Canada provides updates on the restructuring operations and its planning. We have not received any formal request with respect to Air Canada.

I would encourage the company, its unions and creditors to continue to work through this CCAA process that would facilitate a private sector solution for this company so that it can come back and compete effectively.

Air Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, Air Canada, its workers, its unions and its management have done a lot, but the fact is that if the transport minister did nearly as much as Air Canada has done, we would be a long way to having this problem solved.

In fact, if the transport minister put half as much effort into the air industry and Air Canada as he did to putting the boots to Sheila Copps, this problem might be a long way to being solved.

There is a lot of things the government can do. It can cut aviation fuel tax, help with rents, and it can raise the foreign capital contributions from 25% to 49%. However, the government has done nothing.

We want to know, why has the government done nothing on the air industry, nothing at all?

Air Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam will know he must not refer to hon. members by name and will want to repent of that activity. The hon. Minister of Transport.

Air Canada
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Stoney Creek
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Valeri Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I can tell you that the air sector continues to be top of mind for me as a transport minister.

We continue to build and look to build a competitive air industry. We have seen the entry of WestJet, Jetsgo, and CanJet. We have seen domestic airlines taking hold here in Canada.

We have seen a competitive market. Effectively, we will continue to pursue policies that will provide and ensure a competitive environment.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, the ongoing documented atrocities in Sudan include the mass execution of civilians, the killing of children, the systematic rape of women, destruction of villages, and the forced displacement of thousands of civilians.

In referring to Sudan's election yesterday to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Joanna Weschler, who is the UN Human Rights Watch representative, said:

A government that engages in wholesale abuses of its citizens should not be eligible for a seat at the table--

Does the Prime Minister agree with that statement?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is very knowledgeable about how the UN Commission on Human Rights works. He has spoken about it in the House many times. He knows very well that African delegates are put up by African countries, and that Canada, Europe and other countries do not control those elections.

We have made it very clear when we voted against Libya to be the chair the last time that we take a strong stand. We believe strongly that we are working toward the reform of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

This is a very important institution of the United Nations. It does need improvement. We will be working toward that and at this time I am proud to say that CIDA is making significant contributions to the helping of refugees in the region.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, this issue goes beyond politics. It is time for the Prime Minister to show leadership.

Yesterday, at least one country at that delegation had the good sense to protest by walking out. Our Canadian representatives sat silently on their hands, staring at the floor.

Today, in the human rights committee of this Parliament emergency action will be discussed. We will be asking that a monitoring committee of MPs and others join other countries in going to the Sudan with the hope of having some effect on stemming the tide of this genocide.

Will the Prime Minister simply take leadership and announce that this should go ahead immediately?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Toronto Centre—Rosedale
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I met today with Senator Jaffer, who is a member of our Parliament, not of this House, and our special envoy to the Sudan peace process. She will be going there next week. She has been actively pursuing the peace process on behalf of the government and Canadian people.

We have been active not only in encouraging the peace process, but we have been active in helping the people of Sudan who are in very difficult circumstances.

The hon. member knows that and he need not try to portray it as if it is a surprise. It may be a surprise to his party; it is not a surprise to the government, which has been working on these issues--

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Québec.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, after cuts in Quebec City, Rimouski, Matane and Sept-Îles, now employees at Radio-Canada radio station CBJ in Chicoutimi are also going through a round of cuts.

Can the Minister of Canadian Heritage tell us whether having public television and radio in the regions is still a priority for this government and for the CBC?

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Louis-Hébert
Québec

Liberal

Hélène Scherrer Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, first, I would like to remind the hon. member—and she probably knows this too—that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation manages its own daily operations.

I would also like to remind the hon. member that the government is definitely committed to the CBC and provides it with $1 billion in annual funding.

Furthermore, I also think it is important to recall the Speech from the Throne in which the government stated its intention—in all its activities—to develop communities.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, to the people from the Saguenay worried about these cuts, the member for Chicoutimi—Le Fjord confirmed having received every assurance that they just might be cancelled over the coming weeks.

Can the minster promise, before the election is called, to maintain services at the level they were before the cuts, not only in Chicoutimi but in all the regions where there were cuts?

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Louis-Hébert
Québec

Liberal

Hélène Scherrer Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Québec for allowing me to reiterate the government's promise in the throne speech, and subsequently, to promote and be very present in communities.

This was not just for the past few weeks. This has been going on for the past few months and will continue in the coming weeks.

Public Works and Government Services
Oral Question Period

May 5th, 2004 / 2:55 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Bill Casey Cumberland—Colchester, NS

Mr. Speaker, the government always claims that it wants to encourage competition in the telecommunications business, but when it outlined the terms required to provide telephone service to its own offices in Atlantic Canada, the conditions made it impossible for new entries to compete with the incumbent.

Will the Minister of Public Works just open up the bidding system and give all contenders a level playing field?

Public Works and Government Services
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Vancouver Quadra
B.C.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the member for Cumberland—Colchester for raising this important question and for providing me with a letter last week outlining his concerns, to which I have been able to respond.

For all members of the House, let me say that members of my department put out a draft request for proposals in January so that it could have discussions on that draft with members of the industry with respect to the best possible service for these two provinces. The barriers that the hon. member refers to are being worked out. The final request for proposals has not been issued, but certainly the concerns of the industry will be fully considered.