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

Agriculture
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Central Nova.

The Prime Minister
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

Peter MacKay Central Nova, NS

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister went from his Dr. Heckle to Mr. Hyde by refusing to answer questions about his involvement in ad scam. Instead, he dodges and deflects attention with outrageous claims about Conservative health policy.

The Conservatives' real agenda is to stop the illicit flow of tax dollars to Liberal Party friends, to end the shady practices of cash-stuffed envelopes for government contracts, money laundering, kickbacks to the Liberal Party to run campaigns.

Canadians know it is the Liberals who have the real hidden agenda on health.

In 2003 the Prime Minister said, “In terms of private delivery, I think it has to be judged on a case by case basis”. The Deputy Prime Minister said that she had no problem with the introduction of private hospitals, or this dandy from the Minister of Foreign Affairs,“The Canada Health Act does not preclude delivery of services by private elements”.

Under the Prime Minister's watch, credit card health care expanded in Quebec. He himself is the patient at one of the most successful private clinics in the country.

It is high time this high-handed hypocrisy ended. It is time for the Prime Minister to come clean on his hidden agenda on health and to come clean with Canadians on his involvement in ad scam.

Replacement Workers Bill
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Bloc

Carole Lavallée Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Quebec Liberal members who voted against the replacement workers bill yesterday voted against Quebec workers. Only 12 additional votes were necessary, and these Liberal members could easily have provided them.

An election campaign is approaching and the Liberals will have to provide explanations and justify their position to Quebec workers who were asking for such legislation.

As for the Minister of Labour and Housing, he missed a prime opportunity to shorten the length of labour disputes, avert violence on the picket lines, restore the balance of power between employers and employees, and also put an end to the discrimination suffered by those Quebec workers who come under the Canada Labour Code.

Health Care
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

Jeff Watson Essex, ON

Mr. Speaker, I like reading. This is a report on a health care trilogy.

Book one, “The Liberal Red Book”, written and later cursed by the Liberal Prime Minister. Here the self-proclaimed captain of the Canada Health Act promises to defend millions of Canadians with stable funding for public health care.

Book two, “The Liberal Reality Show”. The Liberal superhero reins in bloated Liberal spending on the backs of Canadians by slashing 25 billion health care dollars. Twelve years of declining public care for all, while the Liberal Prime Minister visits a private clinic with his well-heeled chequebook well in hand.

Book three, “Thaddaeus Waits”. My wife and I recently took our infant son to a Windsor emergency room. We wait in line, and wait and wait, a full 12 hours with fellow Canadians, while Thaddaeus struggles to breathe.

It is time for the Liberal Prime Minister to get honest with Canadians about health care under his watch.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Eleni Bakopanos Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am rising today to mark the 20th anniversary of the coming into force, on April 17, 1985, of section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This section, which has 110 words in French and 92 in English, has helped make Canada a great place to live.

For women, section 15 has a particular significance. Twenty years ago, a solid and united women's network was formed and contributed to assure that all women and men would be protected equally by the charter.

This fundamental principle played an important role in the forming and the orientation of our nation over the years. Today, with my female colleagues from all parties, I am proud that we have a strong female representation in politics and in our universities, business corporations and judicial system.

Section 15 of the charter puts Canada in the front ranks of nations dedicated to protecting fundamental human rights.

Let us all celebrate this commitment to equality.

Ascot en Santé
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Bloc

France Bonsant Compton—Stanstead, QC

Mr. Speaker, for the past 14 years, the Ascot en santé group has been playing a major social role in the former municipality of Ascot.

This is one of poorest areas in the new municipality of Sherbrooke. Many single-parent families and immigrants from over fifty different countries live there. Ascot en santé has a mission to reinforce the social fabric, break through isolation and strengthen solidarity.

Ascot en santé recently unveiled a calendar chock full of activities for the coming months: a bazaar, seedling distribution, a community newspaper, creation of a youth cooperative and establishment of purchasing group so people can save money and eat better.

Congratulations to the organization's president and principal of the École du Phare, Mr. André Lamarche, and to Ms. Marie-Thérèse Lushima, Ms. Marie-Chantal Goulet and the other volunteers. They are making Ascot a great place to live.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, this morning the Prime Minister told the media, “I can't recall having had lunch with him”--Claude Boulay--“since we formed the government”. However, according to sworn testimony at Gomery, over lunch the Prime Minister discussed Attractions Canada with Claude Boulay. Attractions Canada only came into existence in 1997 after the Liberals formed government.

Could the Prime Minister explain this contradiction?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, as I said the first time this question came up, that is nonsense. I have never discussed any contract of any kind with Mr. Boulay. I do not play that kind of politics, and I have not played that kind of politics from the beginning.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, that was not the question I asked. I would ask the Prime Minister to bear with me.

It has been testified before the Gomery commission, under sworn testimony, that the Prime Minister had lunch and discussed Attractions Canada with Claude Boulay. Did that lunch, did that discussion of Attractions Canada ever take place?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

No, Mr. Speaker.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

April 14th, 2005 / 2:15 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, that turns out not to have been so difficult. I want to ask the Prime Minister another question.

In the same scrum and today the Prime Minister said he has never interfered with the government contracting process. I want to ask the Prime Minister a more precise question. As Prime Minister and as the minister of finance, did he ever receive advice on the contracting process that he did not follow?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I most certainly did receive advice from the Department of Finance. The Department of Finance's position on contracting was exactly the same as mine, which is that all contracts should be open to open bidding and that there should be competitions in every case.

In fact, what makes the hon. member's question all the more ludicrous is that one of the first contracts that we sought to open up to open bidding was one from Groupe Everest and Mr. Boulay.

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, I want to clarify this.

The Prime Minister said that he took the advice of his own ministry. The question is this. Did the Prime Minister ever receive any advice on government contracting from any agency of the government, from the Prime Minister's Office or the Privy Council Office, any advice that he did not follow?

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, what is truly shocking here is that the Conservative leader--

Government Contracts
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

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