House of Commons Hansard #134 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was health.

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Technology Partnerships Canada
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the fact is that there is an ongoing audit process. The Minister of Industry and the government support that process. We will continue to support that audit process. We look forward to that process being completed. In the interim, I would remind the members of the House how important it is that we let the auditors do their work.

Technology Partnerships Canada
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Conservative

Michael Chong Wellington—Halton Hills, ON

Mr. Speaker, eight times in the last two weeks I have asked the government the same question, yet it refuses to reveal the 11 names.

Since it will not, I will. Spectrum Signal Processing based in British Columbia is one of the 11 involved. I got this information from the company's public website.

The Prime Minister's tenure started with lofty promises of accountability and transparency. Why do we in this House have to get this information about Industry Canada from a private website? When will the government reveal the other 10?

Technology Partnerships Canada
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, once again, the industry minister is the minister who supports fully this audit process, to get the facts that Canadians deserve, and to get the information that the government needs to make a good decision.

Let us recognize that Technology Partnerships Canada has made important investments on behalf of the people of Canada in industries that are making a real difference in the prosperity and the standard of living of Canadians. We are investing in the future.

However, I do want to congratulate the hon. member or a member of his staff on their ability to use the Internet.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Guy Côté Portneuf, QC

Mr. Speaker, instead of resolving the fiscal imbalance by transferring some of its surplus to Quebec and the provinces, once again the government, true to form, is getting ready to interfere in a provincial jurisdiction with a new post-secondary education aid program.

If the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development wants to work with Quebec and the provinces as she claims, then will she respect Quebec's authority over education and transfer money to Quebec with no strings attached pursuant to existing agreements?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Newmarket—Aurora
Ontario

Liberal

Belinda Stronach Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted that the provinces also recognize the importance of investing in people and learning, and promoting the skills learning agenda. I am working very closely with the CMEC chair, minister Jean-Marc Fournier, and looking at ways that we can collaborate to make progress toward our mutually shared agenda.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Guy Côté Portneuf, QC

Mr. Speaker, during the last election campaign, the Prime Minister promised to transfer between $7 billion and $8 billion for post-secondary education. He even promised that this money would be transferred to Quebec and the provinces with no strings attached.

In light of the Prime Minister's promise, how can the minister justify what seems to be another intrusion by her government into post-secondary education?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Newmarket—Aurora
Ontario

Liberal

Belinda Stronach Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal

Mr. Speaker, let me be clear again. I am working closely with minister Fournier, the Quebec minister of education and chair of CMEC. We are evaluating our shared priorities. The areas that we are looking at are the areas that we have traditionally occupied with respect to access and research. There is no intention to infringe on provincial jurisdictions.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Roger Clavet Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, as the meeting between Quebec and Ottawa on the respect of Quebec's jurisdictions in international relations is about to begin, the positions of the two governments seem irreconcilable. For Jean Charest, “what is a Quebec jurisdiction at home is a Quebec jurisdiction everywhere”, whereas for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to consult Quebec is specious.

Can the minister tell us what he intends to propose, so that Quebec can finally have full control over its jurisdictions, including abroad?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, this afternoon, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and myself will be meeting with our counterparts from the Quebec government.

I am surprised to hear the Bloc member claim that I would refuse to consult the provinces. I have been a member of Parliament and a minister of this government for 10 years. I am the minister who transferred manpower training to the Quebec government. I negotiated the national child benefit. I was the Minister of International Trade. Moreover, I have always included the ministers from the Quebec government and from the other provinces who took part in negotiations. My colleague, the Minister of Canadian Heritage has also been doing that.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Roger Clavet Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the minister's answer leaves me speechless, somewhat like Quebec right now. I did not ask for the minister's resume. I just want him to comment. Even minister Benoît Pelletier said, “The federal government's position does not even meet the needs of contemporary Quebec”.

How can the Minister of Foreign Affairs reconcile his position with that of his own Prime Minister, who said in May 2004 that the door must be wide open to Quebec, no ifs, ands or buts?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, currently, my mandate is to implement the international policy statement that we tabled in this Parliament on April 19. We were very clear in that statement. The Prime Minister of Canada, my colleague and myself must ensure that the partners of our country, namely the provinces and Quebec, are fully represented under our foreign policy and through our presence at the international level.

Next week, we will pursue the same objective, under the theme of cultural diversity. The Minister of Canadian Heritage succeeded, with Quebec's support, in having the Canadian text adopted by 53 of the 54 UNESCO members.

Campaign Financing
Oral Questions

October 7th, 2005 / 11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Scheer Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, we learned that the Minister of State for Multiculturalism funnelled $4,900 from his 2004 election campaign into one of his own companies. Thirty-four hundred dollars was paid to Greenwood Academy for advertising. The minister's own conflict of interest disclosure states that he is the sole owner of Greenwood Academy through a holding company called Grand Canadian Academy, which he also owns.

Could the minister tell us why he funnelled election funds into one of this own companies?

Campaign Financing
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Ottawa—Vanier
Ontario

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Minister for Internal Trade

Mr. Speaker, I wish that the member opposite would not smear reputations without checking his facts.

Here are the facts. My colleague reimbursed campaign expenses for two mail drops and paid the rent for his campaign office, as per the law, and reported it, as per the law.

The member opposite is essentially accusing my colleague of following the law. Does he not feel a bit ridiculous?

Campaign Financing
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Scheer Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, this disregard for taxpayers is ridiculous.

Let me make this very simple. The multiculturalism minister took donations to his campaign, turned around and paid his own company for invoices. He takes tax deductible donations, which he benefits from, pays his own company, which he benefits from, and then receives a taxpayer subsidized rebate from Elections Canada, which he benefits from.

Could the minister tell taxpayers why they should have to pay rebates for election expenses that were paid to his own companies?

Campaign Financing
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Ottawa—Vanier
Ontario

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Minister for Internal Trade

Mr. Speaker, I have already explained the facts. They are absolutely the opposite to what the member is saying.

However, I have here the statement of electoral campaign expenses of the leader of the official opposition. If I were to accept the logic of the member, and I am not, how would he explain that the June campaign election report declares paying over $3,000 for his leader's leadership campaign expenses in March? Again, if we were to accept that member's logic, which we do not, how would he explain that?