House of Commons Hansard #60 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was health.

Topics

Government Appointments
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Conservative

James Bezan Selkirk—Interlake, MB

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister said it was no longer going to be a matter of asking who one knows in the PMO and that he would put an end to cronyism.

He soon appointed John Harvard as Lieutenant Governor to make way for his star candidate Glen Murray who failed to win. However, Murray has been given a plum patronage position. It is time to get the scores of defeated Liberals and their friends' heads out of the trough and off the gravy train.

If the Prime Minister is as serious as he said last year about condemning to history the practice and politics of cronyism, will he allow Parliament to select the best people for the job?

Government Appointments
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, this is the challenge. What is wrong with Mr. Murray's curriculum vitae?

He has been a great mayor of the city of Winnipeg. He has a great background regarding environmental policy. He will do a great job helping us at this time when Canada faces tremendous challenges in order for us to do our share for the planet.

I am very pleased to work with Mr. Murray. I am sure every colleague of good faith will be pleased as well.

Post-Secondary Education
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Conservative

Peter Van Loan York—Simcoe, ON

Mr. Speaker, Bob Rae's recent report on post-secondary education brought to light the government's lack of support for higher learning.

We now know that program funding to colleges and universities has been cut in half by the Liberal government. Students are paying the price with higher tuition fees and student debts, and this amazingly, when every credible authority is telling us that higher education is fundamental to economic growth and personal prosperity. The government pretends it cares about education, but its actions show exactly the opposite.

Will the minister commit to establishing a dedicated transfer committed solely to higher education?

Post-Secondary Education
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Adams Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, the government has delivered more in the area of post-secondary education than any federal government in history. Indirectly, through transfers to the provinces, it is in the order of $8 billion or $9 billion.

Directly through scholarship programs and research programs, which help students and universities to cover the indirect cost of research, last year for the first time, it was possible to say in Canada that the federal and provincial governments equally supported the colleges and universities of this country.

Youth Programming and Animation
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Maka Kotto Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, a major study by SARTEC and UDA was released this week. It indicates that federal government actions have contributed to the decline of French language youth and animation series. According to the report, out of the $1.4 billion that went to animation, only 11% was for French language series. I should point out that these were often Canada-France co-productions and that many programs are dubbed abroad.

I would therefore ask, most calmly and politely, what the Minister of Canadian Heritage intends to do to remedy this situation.

Youth Programming and Animation
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Jeanne-Le Ber
Québec

Liberal

Liza Frulla Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. I am indeed concerned about the findings of the report by SARTEC and the Union des artistes. I have asked my officials to work with the Canadian Television Fund board of directors to come up with some solutions by June 1.

Youth Programming and Animation
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Maka Kotto Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, had the usual ratio been respected, the youth and animation sector would have received $207 million in 2004, rather than the meagre $17 million that it did receive.

Does the Minister of Canadian Heritage intend to take the necessary steps to put an end to the shameless pillaging of funds earmarked for French language youth and animation series?

Youth Programming and Animation
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Jeanne-Le Ber
Québec

Liberal

Liza Frulla Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women

As I said, Mr. Speaker, the answer is yes.

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Conservative

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, in 1982 David Dobson murdered 15 year-old Darlene Prioriello. He sexually assaulted her, committed unspeakable atrocities on her person, and finally ended her suffering by dropping a cinder block on her head. He then sexually assaulted her again.

Dobson taunted the police. He tried to contact the victim's family. Dobson was convicted of first degree murder and is currently eligible for day parole. If he is successful in gaining his freedom, his DNA will not be in the databank.

Can the minister once again please explain why his government does not believe David Dobson should be in the DNA databank?

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the whole issue with respect to legislation regarding DNA and the expansion of databanks and the like is before the justice and human rights committee. The hon. member is a member of that committee. That is an appropriate forum where this matter can be dealt with as a matter of principle and policy.

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Conservative

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, this is something that should have been dealt with long ago.

In 1981 repeat offender Ralph Power beat Sheryl Gardner to death with a hammer. When he was arrested after a failed attack on another woman, Power had a list of 10 women he was intending to attack. Power was convicted of first degree murder and is eligible to apply for day parole as we speak. Power has only one murder conviction and therefore he is not in the DNA databank.

Will the Prime Minister please explain, for the sake of protecting Canadians, why his government does not believe Ralph Power should be in the DNA databank?

Justice
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I respect the hon. member's concern with cases which involve tragic victimization. We are reviewing the legislation now. If there is a category that should be enhanced, it can be enhanced through the legislative process.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Liberal

Françoise Boivin Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, the spouses and common-law partners of permanent residents are currently facing uncertainty during the review of their immigration applications. In the past, they had to leave Canada.

At the end of this magnificent St. Valentine's week, and with all the love in the House, can the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tell us if he will stand by love to ensure the rapid reunification of these families?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Eglinton—Lawrence
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Volpe Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to give the hon. member really good news and the House as well. I hope they will rejoice in it.

Consistent with our streamlining process in reducing backlog and reuniting families, effective today, all spouses and common law partners in Canada, regardless of their immigration status, are now able to apply for permanent residence from within Canada under the spouse or common law partner in Canada class.

At the same time, all spousal applications from abroad will be prioritized and accelerated in their process. I hope the member will also celebrate this news.

International Trade
Oral Question Period

February 18th, 2005 / 11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, the government just concluded a trade mission to China and close to 300 companies participated. These companies obviously know that it is a market with huge opportunities, yet CIDA has poured over $1 billion in aid money into China since the government took power. Yemen is a poor country in the Middle East that is a beacon of democracy and needs our help.

Clearly the government's foreign and trade policies are in an awful mess. Why these misplaced priorities? Why?