House of Commons Hansard #82 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was liberal.

Topics

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

Rahim Jaffer Edmonton—Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, it seems it was a selective Liberal scope.

Forensic auditor and corporate fraud expert Al Rosen has damned the Liberal Party review as nothing more than “wishy-washy and useless”. The public works minister tried to pass them off as audits. Mr. Rosen's response to this was that the minister's reviews were “half-baked”.

The books were cooked, the reviews were half-baked and Canadians got burned.

Is the real reason the books were cooked so that the Liberals could use the dirty money for their fourth election campaign?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, that is pretty flowery language for an accountant. That sounds more like a partisan to me.

The fact is that today's Chronicle-Herald said:

The case [the Prime Minister] laid out in his own defence is stronger than any case mounted against him. He is the one who cancelled the sponsorship program on Day 1 of his tenure. He is the one who set up the Gomery inquiry, who fired those whose fingerprints were on this fiasco, and who is taking steps to recover misspent money. What more could the opposition reasonably expect him to do that he has not already done?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Christian Simard Beauport, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of the Environment has tabled his plan for achieving the Kyoto targets and the least we can say—

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Beauport—Limoilou.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Christian Simard Beauport, QC

When we are 28% behind on the targets, there is no reason to applaud.

The least that we can say is this plan is totally unacceptable to the Quebec government. Minister Mulclair said, “It is much biased in favour of western Canada and Quebec will be penalized”. He is a federalist. He is not a member of the Parti Québécois. He is Quebec's Liberal environment minister.

How can the federal Minister of the Environment justify that he has produced a plan that is so unfavourable to Quebec?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, this plan will allow us to work hand in hand with the Government of Quebec. We must do great things in Quebec to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to make Quebec's economy more competitive in the sustainable economy and to decrease polluting emissions from other sources, like mercury, for example.

We will have a partnership fund that will allow us to rely greatly on hydroelectricity. Hydro-Québec is one of the champions in the world. Canada is very proud to have so much ability in the province of Quebec.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Christian Simard Beauport, QC

Mr. Speaker, these are fine words, but there is no action. Minister Mulcair also said that, by producing half as much greenhouse gas emissions as other Canadians, Quebeckers are helping lower the Canadian average, but are not compensated for that.

What does the Minister of the Environment have to say to his Quebec counterpart, who says that his approach is unfair and completely ignores Quebec's efforts in the area of greenhouse gas emissions?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the plan is very fair. Hydroelectricity will play a major role in it. Hydro-Québec has just begun looking into wind power. We will rely heavily on this new direction to improve the opportunity to have more and more renewable energies.

Since I first became the Minister of the Environment, I have received many projects, innovations and inventions from Quebec. Quebeckers will play a major role to help their country, Canada, achieve the Kyoto objectives.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, despite the fact that big polluters account for 50% of greenhouse gas emissions, the plan presented by the Minister of the Environment only bills them for 13% of the costs involved.

Why did the minister not adopt the polluter pay principle, which respects the equity principle, instead of the polluter paid principle, which is unfair since it does not force big polluters to do their fair share when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, large final emitters will have to deliver 45 million tonnes under the Kyoto plan. They will have to, because it is a firm commitment. Regulations to this effect will be in place.

I know that in order to achieve that objective, large final emitters will have to find new ways to produce, to reduce their energy bills and thus become more competitive. Putting the environment and the economy together, which is our Prime Minister's vision, will be Canada's great strength.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, does the Minister of the Environment realize that his plan makes taxpayers directly responsible for most of the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Consequently, the federal government is ultimately subsidizing the major polluters, as the former environment minister has stated.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, first, I want to thank my predecessor at the department, as well as the former Liberal Prime Minister, who ratified the Kyoto protocol, and the current Prime Minister, who has given us the plan to reach the Kyoto objectives.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

April 14th, 2005 / 2:40 p.m.

Conservative

James Moore Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Prime Minister did not answer my question, and I think that it is important he do so.

When the sponsorship scandal was in its heyday, Lucie Castelli, known as the Prime Minister's eyes and ears in his riding, sat on the Quebec Liberal Party's finance commission with Alain Renaud and Jacques Corriveau, who allegedly obtained almost $500,000 from Groupaction and the sponsorship program without doing the work.

How are Canadians to believe the Prime Minister's statement that he knew nothing?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I have already answered this question many times. Lucie Castelli was responsible for selling tickets to the big Liberal Party fundraising dinner in Montreal. That is what she did.