House of Commons Hansard #52 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was industries.

Topics

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Conservative

Dave MacKenzie Oxford, ON

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the chief of our air force appeared before the Senate defence committee and revealed that our air force has been stretched beyond its capability.

Senator Kenny later commented by saying:

We have a really stressed air force that is being asked to do more than it's capable of doing.

My question is for the Minister of National Defence. If Senator Kenny understands this, then why does the government not understand it?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, we work very closely with the Senate committee on defence. We are very interested in having its input into our thinking. It is very valuable.

The fact is that we recognize that our air force has been performing tremendous duty under exceptional circumstances, and we really felicitate them on that.

I want to say that when we look at the CF-18 modernization, the Aurora incremental modernization program, measures to enhance the availability of our Hercules fleet and our programs to procure new maritime helicopters and fixed wing search and rescue aircraft, we are providing our air force with the capacity to do the job that it needs to do.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Conservative

Dave MacKenzie Oxford, ON

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, when the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Foreign Affairs answered my question regarding the Prime Minister's “pizzazz-like” foreign policy review, his answer was absolutely absurd. He said:

--the world has changed in the past 35 to 40 days. There was the situation that occurred in Ukraine and of course the tsunami.

We all know the world has changed but it has not stopped. Just how long will the world have to stop turning in order for the government to have enough time to complete its foreign policy review?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Pickering—Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Dan McTeague Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, if the hon. member had asked me two questions, I could have elaborated on the first. Let me tell the hon. member that an example of just how much the world is changing is the unprecedented end of hostilities that we are seeing in the Middle East today, showing the leadership of the foreign affairs minister.

The hon. member knows very well that there is a different world out there. He may not accept that but the reality is that a foreign policy review will take time. It is a collaboration of comprehensive discussions, discussions that took place in this country last year. We will continue, not to meet the hon. member's deadline, but to meet the deadline that puts Canada first in foreign policy--

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Mississauga—Brampton South.

Marriage
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, the opposition campaign against equal rights for civil marriage has taken another turn for the worst.

The Leader of the Opposition recently stated that extending civil marriage to same sex couples “is a threat to any Canadian who supports multiculturalism and is a threat to a genuinely multicultural country”. With wild claims such as this, it is no wonder so many Canadians are wondering why the Leader of the Opposition is using the charter to divide this country as opposed to uniting it.

Could the Minister of Justice clarify what the government's legislation will do and how extending--

Marriage
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Marriage
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. Could we have a little order? It is very hard for the Chair to hear the question. What if it were out of order? Then there really would be howls. As it is, I cannot tell. I could not even hear most of the question.

The hon. Minister of Justice now has the floor for an answer and we will listen to the answer.

Marriage
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the legislation extends rights to minorities and does not take away rights from anyone else. It protects equality. It protects against discrimination. It does not take away any rights regarding multiculturalism.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which gives us the protection of equality and freedom of religion, also protects multiculturalism, unlike the fear-mongering of the Leader of the Opposition, who undermines multiculturalism, undermines the charter and undermines this multicultural country that we call Canada.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health.

I can understand why George Bush and big pharma in the United States are embarrassed by the availability of lower priced Canadian drugs, but I cannot understand why the Minister of Health is so eager, particularly after President Bush's visit, to alleviate their anxiety by appearing to want to get rid of the Internet pharmacy industry no matter what the cost.

Why will the minister not do some of the things that would actually save the industry, like bringing in a ban on the bulk export of drugs? Why will he not consider and do that?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver South
B.C.

Liberal

Ujjal Dosanjh Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, I am actually surprised the member is not embarrassed by the unethical and unprofessional practices that create bad medicine in Canada. It is important for us to remember that the Canadian pricing regime is for the good of all Canadians. Good medical ethics produce good medicine for all Canadians.

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, if the Minister of Health has legitimate concerns about best practices in terms of medicine, why will he not bring all the stakeholders together? Why is he refusing to even meet with some of them? Why will he not bring everybody together and solve the legitimate concerns that he brings to the table, instead of threatening the entire industry and doing George Bush's bidding instead of the Canadian people?

Health
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver South
B.C.

Liberal

Ujjal Dosanjh Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, I do not know what the hon. member has been listening to. The Canadian Medical Association supports what we are trying to do. The Ontario Pharmacists' Association today issued a press release supporting what we are trying to do to ensure there is good medicine, good ethical practices in Canada and that the supply is protected for Canadians at affordable prices.

Human Resources and Skills Development
Oral Question Period

February 8th, 2005 / 2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Diane Ablonczy Calgary—Nose Hill, AB

Mr. Speaker, the government's dithering on the recognition of international credentials harms our country and betrays newcomers who offer skills Canada needs.

Well over a year ago the Liberal throne speech once again promised to act but no credentials program has ever yet seen the light of day. In fact, according to one source, “It's been cancelled about seven times; it's totally out of control”.

Why has the Liberal government betrayed its promises to Canada's immigrants?

Human Resources and Skills Development
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

Lucienne Robillard President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

Absolutely not, Mr. Speaker. We have said firmly that we would make a commitment, along with our provincial partners, to accelerate the recognition of credentials earned abroad, especially for our immigrants.

At present, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration is holding talks across the country, consulting the provinces and everyone who has concerns about this issue. That will enable us to speed up the recognition of credentials even more.