House of Commons Hansard #83 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Richmond Hill
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, Quebec is not a victim. Quebec is a partner in terms of the plan. It is because of the good work in Quebec and in the other provinces and the partnership fund. It is in our work with Quebec, Ontario and the other provinces that we will be able to advance this plan. Fortunately, the Minister of the Environment has more confidence in the people of Quebec than the hon. member.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

André Bellavance Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the minister said in committee that he plans to sign bilateral agreements with each province. Does the minister intend to change his approach and can he commit to signing an agreement with Quebec, giving it full authority to implement the plan on its own territory?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Richmond Hill
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, in this federation we all work collaboratively together. The minister is working with his counterpart in Quebec, I know very effectively. In fact, the minister in Quebec has more faith in what is going on than the Bloc, but I would expect that. What I do not expect is that the party across the way, which is supposedly concerned about climate change, continues to shoot hot air rather than talk about the real facts on this subject.

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

11:50 a.m.

Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's South, NL

Mr. Speaker, individuals who apply for employment insurance benefits have now been informed that from now on they will have to apply online. No more report cards will be sent out and, in the words of one office manager, “These will be paperless offices”.

Could the minister inform us how individuals who have no access to or knowledge of the appropriate technology will be able to apply for employment insurance benefits?

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, we worked on the transformation of services to give citizens the choice as to which channel that they wanted to use to be in contact with the Government of Canada. It could be by phone, by the web, in person or by mail. All the services are designed right now to answer those choices.

Marriage
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Rob Moore Fundy, NB

Mr. Speaker, despite a Supreme Court of Canada decision that clearly said otherwise, the Liberal government continues to falsely claim that it can change the definition of marriage and also protect freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

Now Bishop Henry of Calgary is facing complaints before a human rights commission for speaking out on marriage.

The government and the Prime Minister have been a total failure at protecting Canadian freedoms. Will the Prime Minister simply admit that he will not and cannot protect Canadian freedoms?

Marriage
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Northumberland—Quinte West
Ontario

Liberal

Paul MacKlin Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, we have spoken about this matter in the House on numerous occasions and clearly the charter is very important to each and every one of us. Within the context of federal law and federal jurisdiction, we are protecting everyone who would be affected in that regard.

Within the provincial structure, we recently held provincial-federal meetings where Ontario was one of the provinces that had conducted many of these marriages. It has not had any problems whatsoever.

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

April 15th, 2005 / 11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of International Trade involving Canada's dairy policy.

Canadian milk producers want better controls at the border on imports of dairy ingredients. However, for the last number of weeks now the Canadian International Trade Tribunal has been making certain changes that will dramatically affect the industry.

Will the minister now initiate, under article 28 of GATT, measures that could stop the erosion of our supply management system?

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Minister of International Trade

Mr. Speaker, I want to commend the hon. member for the very strong stand he has taken on behalf of our agricultural producers and in particular our milk producers.

Let me assure the House that the Minister of Agriculture and I will work as hard as we possibly can, leaving no stone unturned, to protect supply management and our milk producers. The number one thing that we have to get through is the WTO negotiations where we have worked to date, along with the supply management, to protect those industries.

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Souris—Moose Mountain, SK

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Revenue.

The President of the Treasury Board stated that there was no policy to close rural post offices. That is small comfort to my constituents when, in an audit by Deloitte & Touche, it was found that Canada Post failed to comply with its policies in 355 of 599 cases that were reviewed.

The workers' union president said that the corporation was more interested in paring down post offices than building them up.

In a year of record profits, will the minister state on the record in the House for the constituents of Souris--Moose Mountain that there will be no closure of rural post offices in 2005?

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Markham—Unionville
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, I am acutely aware that the post office is the most important face of the federal government in much of rural Canada. That is why the government has for many years had a policy of not closing post offices in rural Canada.

I do not know how many times I have to say this. The only time when there may be temporary closures is if there is a small building with conditions that are not subject to the health rules and nobody willing to run the post office. Other than that, the post offices stay open.

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Brian Pallister Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, without a doubt that minister is the Forrest Gump of the postal service. Stupid is as stupid does.

Despite his denouncement--

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member is smart enough to know that we do not use that word in the House, and twice at that. The hon. member for Portage—Lisgar will want to withdraw that after question period but he can continue now.

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

Noon

Conservative

Brian Pallister Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, despite the fact the minister denies it, post offices are closing across Canada. Canada Post has closed three post offices in Manitoba alone in the last four months and ten have been closed in Saskatchewan in the last two years. While that is happening, the minister makes excuses and denies it in the House. No more denials.

When did the government decide to end the moratorium on post office closures and when will it be restored?

Canada Post
Oral Question Period

Noon

Markham—Unionville
Ontario

Liberal

John McCallum Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should know the difference between urban and rural. Urban means cities. Rural means countrysides and small places. The moratorium applies to rural, countrysides and small places. No moratorium assessed the conditions and in fact the number of urban post offices has increased.

Rural: country; urban: city. Please get that clear.