House of Commons Hansard #49 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was workers.

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Committees of the House
Routine Proceedings

10:05 a.m.

Liberal

Paul Steckle Huron—Bruce, ON

Mr. Speaker, I move that the third report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, tabled earlier this day, be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

May 6th, 2004 / 10:10 a.m.

NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis Winnipeg North Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to table a petition pertaining to Canada's international obligations vis-à-vis the situation in Burma.

The petitioners point to the repressive regime in Burma which continues to inflict terrible atrocities and indignities upon its citizens. The petitioners point out that Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected leader of Burma has been under house arrest for most of the past decade.

They call upon Parliament to recognize the committee representing the People's Parliament of Burma, and they request Canada's foreign affairs minister to use all diplomatic means to end repression in Burma.

Questions on the Order Paper
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Sarnia—Lambton
Ontario

Liberal

Roger Gallaway Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, Question No. 81 will be answered today.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore, NS

With regard to income tax deferrals for woodlot owners affected by hurricane Juan, what actions has the Minister of Finance taken in relation to: ( a ) the minister’s statement in the House of Commons of February 4, 2004; and ( b ) the government’s response to Question No. 44 on the Order Paper tabled on March 22, 2004?

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

In response to the question put forward to the Minister of Finance concerning woodlot owners affected by hurricane Juan, the minister requested that officials from the Department of Finance examine the proposal by the hon. member for South Shore of allowing woodlot owners to defer, over a 10 year period, income tax on revenues obtained from having to sell timber felled by hurricane Juan.

In its analysis, the department identified a number of concerns with that proposal. The measure could lead to inequities in the treatment of other taxpayers who experience other forms of economic loss from natural disasters, for example, forest fires, droughts, hailstorms, tornadoes and floods, or who experience income fluctuations from other causes. As well, providing a 10 year income tax deferral for woodlot owners would require the development of a number of complex rules to ensure that the measure functions correctly.

In the past, program spending approaches have been used instead of the tax system to address the effects of natural disasters such as the 1998 ice storm. Consistent with that approach, on March 4, 2004, the Government of Canada announced payments to the province of Nova Scotia through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements, DFAA, including $4 million for the effects of hurricane Juan. Under the DFAA, the Government of Canada cost-shares with provinces eligible expenses incurred to repair the damage from a disaster. Provinces choose how to direct assistance to disaster victims through their programs and the Government of Canada makes payments to the provinces for a portion of the expense of those programs.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Liberal

Roger Gallaway Sarnia—Lambton, ON

Mr. Speaker, I ask that all remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Question No. 81
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10:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bélair)

Is that agreed?

Question No. 81
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10:10 a.m.

Some hon. members

Agreed.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

Mr. Speaker, I do not believe Question No. 81 refers to the question that I put on the Order Paper. But through you, Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the government.

The government, as we all know, is allowed to go 45 days without answering questions. The point I want to make is the fact that we are waiting patiently for the answers to some of these questions. I am afraid the clock is going to run out.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

An hon. member

Point of order, point of order.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Greg Thompson New Brunswick Southwest, NB

No, Mr. Speaker, I have a right to stand in my place and speak, and if he does not like the message, that is his problem.

The fact is that we want answers to some of these questions on the aboriginal fisheries before the election is called. Everyone is entitled to those answers, including the aboriginal community, which would indicate the impact to them on some of these policies which the government has yet to define in terms of how much the program would cost.

I am asking the government to please move on some of these questions so that we will know what the answers are and we can actually talk intelligently about it. I know that the Liberals do not like to do that during a campaign period on these particular issues.

Mr. Speaker, can we get some--

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bélair)

Order, please. The hon. Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Sarnia—Lambton
Ontario

Liberal

Roger Gallaway Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

The member, if he would read the rules, instead of decrying against what he does not like, would understand that the question he is saying the government is avoiding or evading in response was only tabled by him in or about mid-April. It is a very complex question. In fact, he was so anxious to get a response he did not star it, in other words mark it urgent for response within 45 days.

This is the second day that he has risen on this point. If he were to look at the rules, he would know that it was his delay in tabling this question. He is making political statements around this. This is a matter of the rules of the House and he ought to be told that he cannot persist in this way.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bélair)

It would seem to me that the rules have been followed.

Question No. 81
Routine Proceedings

10:10 a.m.

Yukon
Yukon

Liberal

Larry Bagnell Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Yesterday in the debate on Bill C-23, when I listed a number of first nations that were in support of the bill, I listed the Union of Ontario Indians which has 43 first nations.

I received a phone call from Grand Chief Commanda this morning saying this was not true, there was no such resolution supporting Bill C-23.

I want to apologize to the House. I had no intention of misleading the House. I want to set the record straight that there was no resolution as far as I have now been informed by Chief Commanda, and I apologize for any misinformation I might have provided.