House of Commons Hansard #139 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was vehicle.

Topics

Disaster Relief Funds
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Conservative

Helena Guergis Simcoe—Grey, ON

Mr. Speaker, when the government held its photo ops it gave the distinct impression that any NGO raising money for disaster relief in Pakistan would be eligible to receive matching funds.

Now we are learning that is not how it is going to work. Instead, the Liberals will be putting all the money in one pot before allocating it to groups of their choosing. So, indeed, very few groups raising money will actually receive matching funds.

Why has the government misled Canadians who have given so generously?

Disaster Relief Funds
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, we appreciate the generosity of Canadians and we have been encouraging Canadian generosity. This is precisely why we have this time again proposed to match every dollar that will be donated.

However we have learned from the tsunami experience and we realize that it is better to keep some flexibility in the way we actually match Canadian dollars to ensure it goes to where it is needed most. There are humanitarian emergencies at the beginning and then we have to begin reconstruction and we need to be where—

Disaster Relief Funds
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

The Deputy Speaker

The hon. member for Niagara West—Glanbrook.

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Conservative

Dean Allison Niagara West—Glanbrook, ON

Mr. Speaker, CARP, an organization representing over 400,000 seniors, has recently sent a letter to the Minister of Finance regarding his mishandling of income trusts. This letter states that Canadian seniors are enraged, frightened and panicked, not supportive as the minister may suggest.

In the letter from CARP one senior states:

Many seniors have been hurt by the uncertainty caused by the government’s insensitive handling of the Income Trust situation.

Another senior writes:

The government has taken the solid platform from under our feet and replaced it with an open shaft.

When will the minister stop giving the shaft to Canadian seniors?

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, we are conducting a consultation process in a calm and unfrenzied way to ensure that the public policy on this issue is correct. I am encouraged to see that we have the support of a number of provinces in that regard.

I would also point out that with respect to senior citizens we have raised the RRSP limits. We have removed the foreign property rule. We are increasing the GIS. We are reducing taxes. We are removing 240,000 from the tax rolls. We have rendered the CPP actuarily sound for 75 years. We have also indexed the entire tax system and the social security system.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Sébastien Gagnon Jonquière—Alma, QC

Mr. Speaker, the government does not realize that the softwood lumber crisis has, in the past three years, cost the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region 3,000 jobs. The equivalent in Montreal would be 30,000.

What is the government waiting for before creating a real assistance program to support the businesses and workers in our region affected by the softwood lumber crisis?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Brossard—La Prairie
Québec

Liberal

Jacques Saada Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie

Those figures strike me as absolutely incorrect, although I will not challenge them today. Nevertheless, Quebec's forestry sector is suffering for many reasons, among them the softwood lumber crisis, reduced access to the resource, and international competition.

We have already taken action on one front, with mitigation measures to help the Government of Quebec following the adoption of Bill 71, in response to the Coulombe report. We intend to continue our efforts to assist Quebec's forestry sector, as we are trying to do Canada-wide.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Sébastien Gagnon Jonquière—Alma, QC

Mr. Speaker, the government's recent actions have no connection whatsoever with the softwood lumber crisis, as the minister has said. It is all very well to create support programs for secondary and tertiary processing, and there is nothing bad about these in themselves, but the urgency right now is to save the companies and workers affected by the softwood lumber crisis.

What is the government waiting for before at last making available the loan guarantees the industry has been calling for?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Brossard—La Prairie
Québec

Liberal

Jacques Saada Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie

Mr. Speaker, with all respect for the proposal by the Bloc Québécois, I feel we have an obligation to make sure that any potential measures would not confirm the Americans in their position of imposing duties. Extreme prudence is therefore required concerning this initiative.

That said, the main problem we have to address in connection with forestry is not the softwood lumber issue. There is a whole series of problems. We started with one of the key elements, which is Bill 71. We will then address the others in conjunction with the other provinces.

Forest Industry
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Conservative

Brian Fitzpatrick Prince Albert, SK

Mr. Speaker, a recent $50 million forestry program is restricted to forestry communities in Quebec. The problems of the forestry industry affect hundreds of communities in all regions of Canada.

Excluding hundreds of communities like Prince Albert is just plain wrong. It is not standing up for Canadians.

Why is the Liberal-NDP coalition government designing forestry programs which exclude forestry communities like Prince Albert?

Forest Industry
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Winnipeg South
Manitoba

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the reality is that this is a very difficult issue, as the member knows. The Minister of International Trade is at the WTO today. Canada's position is that countries should stand by their agreements, as we do.

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

October 21st, 2005 / 11:50 a.m.

Conservative

Gerald Keddy South Shore—St. Margaret's, NS

Mr. Speaker, on February 23 the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Government of Canada announced a $30 million Atlantic salmon endowment fund. It has now been eight months and not one penny of this money has been delivered.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation and other organizations needed this money 10 years ago. When can they expect to receive it?

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his support of the Atlantic salmon endowment. I am very pleased that the government approved this. We are working with the provinces and officials on getting this completed. Obviously it takes time to put in place the proper procedures. I expect that they will be finished very soon.

I appreciate the fact that members recognize the importance of the $30 million investment this government is making to protect Atlantic salmon.

Canadian Coast Guard
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Cape Breton—Canso, NS

Mr. Speaker, on September 6, as part of Canada's hurricane Katrina aid mission, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel the Sir William Alexander left Halifax harbour destined for the gulf coast region.

After the crew playing an important role in the disaster relief efforts and being asked to stay for another month, I ask the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, when will the crew members of the Sir William Alexander be returning home to family and loved ones?

Canadian Coast Guard
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, I spoke with the captain yesterday. They are about four days from Halifax. The crew is anxious to be home. They are tired, but proud of the job they have done.

Canadians are also proud of their work and their assistance is deeply appreciated by the U.S. In fact, the commander of the U.S. Navy's northern command has written a letter to thank the officers and crew for this historic operation.

I know that all members of this House will join me in expressing our pride and thanks to the crew of the Sir William Alexander for a job well done.