House of Commons Hansard #68 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was claims.

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Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Okanagan—Coquihalla.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, the indication is that we only have three troops in the area.

China is once again showing aggressive action toward Taiwan through its anti-secession law, threatening military action as a possibility. Some of Taiwan's allies, Japan, the United States, have publicly raised their voice of concern.

When a democracy is threatened by a dictatorship, should we not be speaking up for the democracy? Why the silence?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I do not know what my colleague refers to when he talks about the silence. We have never lost an opportunity of engaging with the Chinese leadership. The Prime Minister was just in China and raised the issue of the human rights situation.

The government has been committed to the promotion of democracy and human rights around the world. We are a country that believes in the rule of law. We are a country that supports democracy everywhere. We never shy away from our responsibilities, engaging the actual leaders in it.

I did exactly the same thing when I was in Syria last week, and in Lebanon at the same time. We always do it.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, next Monday, China will pass a law authorizing the use of its massive military, including 700 missiles pointed at Taiwan, to enforce its one-China policy.

In the past decade the Liberal government has spent a billion dollars in foreign aid to China, despite its violent human rights record and authoritarian regime. This does not reflect Canadian values of good governance or respect for human rights.

Will the minister promise to remove China from CIDA's list of targeted countries today?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Barrie
Ontario

Liberal

Aileen Carroll Minister of International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, no I will not. The reason I will not is China is the force that the hon. member has described. China influences hugely and will continue to influence the international scene. As such, it is very much incumbent on Canada to continue to work with the groups to build freedom in that country, to develop human rights and to develop a rules based society. We are doing that with the Canadian Bar Association. We are helping China grow and influence it in the right way.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, that concerns me greatly that missiles play into international aid policy.

The government also argues that China should not take responsibility for its own poor. Even the UN says China is eliminating poverty on its own. China is a nation that can and should take responsibility for its own development efforts.

Will the minister take the hint and promise to remove China from CIDA's list of targeted countries today?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Barrie
Ontario

Liberal

Aileen Carroll Minister of International Cooperation

I believe, Mr. Speaker, that the Chinese government is becoming more and more responsible to the fact that 25% of the world's poor live in China.

However, the Canadian government, through its development programs, is able to assist China to deal more and more with those issues by helping it, through sending experts, to improve its judicial and legislative system and to enable that government to build the capacity to accomplish the objectives the hon. member would have it accomplish.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Denise Poirier-Rivard Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, QC

Mr. Speaker, grain producers are suffering huge losses following the collapse of world prices. Our producers are faced not only with the federal government's withdrawal, but also with European and American governments' generous subsidies to their own producers. As a result, our producers are at a clear disadvantage and have been for years.

Does the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food intend to review the Canadian agricultural income stabilization program in order to provide support for our grain producers as rival countries do for theirs?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Liberal

Andy Mitchell Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, assisting our grains and oilseeds sector is a priority for the government. That is why we have in place an income stabilization program. That is why we have a spring and fall advance program. That is why we are working within the World Trade Organization to create a level playing field between the various trading partners so that our producers have an opportunity to compete in a fair and equitable situation.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Denise Poirier-Rivard Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, QC

Mr. Speaker, the government cannot remain indifferent to the financial drama in which grain producers find themselves. They are victims of unfair competition and they need our support.

Why does the minister refuse to help them compete with producers who receive assistance from their governments?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Liberal

Andy Mitchell Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, since it obviously was not heard the first time, let me say it clearly the second time.

The Government of Canada does help our producers, including grains and oilseeds producers. We have an income support program. We have production insurance. We have a spring advance program. We have a fall advance program.

We are working within the WTO to deal with the structural issues, so that our producers can compete on a level playing field in the international market.

Canadian Space Program
Oral Question Period

March 9th, 2005 / 3 p.m.

Conservative

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, in December 2002 changes were made in the way the United States and Canada structured North American defence. The Prime Minister unilaterally decided not to have ballistic missile defence debated openly in Parliament as agreed to in the throne speech. Canada may no longer have privileged access to the U.S. space program.

Has the government received assurances that Canadian companies will still be able to bid on contracts for the United States space program?

Canadian Space Program
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, we have a very strong defence procurement arrangement with the United States which has been working for many years. I am sure that with the very strong Canadian technology that exists in this country that the Americans will always go and get the best possible technology that is available, some of it being in Canada.

We are confident that with the defence procurement arrangement that has served our industry and the defence realities in North America very well over the last few years, we will be there.

Canadian Space Program
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Conservative

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, the United States space command, SPACECOM, was merged with strategic command, STRATCOM, which is integrated with its missile defence program. The Prime Minister's broken promise to have a full discussion on ballistic missile defence prior to a decision being made may have ended joint Canada-U.S. outerspace development.

Can the Minister of Industry guarantee that no Canadian jobs will be lost?

Canadian Space Program
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Vancouver Kingsway
B.C.

Liberal

David Emerson Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, our trade relationship with the United States has hit a few bumps along the road, but it is stronger than ever. NAFTA has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in this country. It continues to do so and it will continue for years to come.