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

Budget Implementation Act
Government Orders

11 a.m.

The Speaker

There will be five minutes for questions and comments for the hon. Minister of National Revenue when debate is resumed on this bill.

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

Mr. Speaker, this month marks the 25th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. The magnificent commitment of this heroic Canadian is being honoured from coast to coast to coast.

As part of this celebration, the Terry Fox Foundation in cooperation with Strait Crossing Bridge Limited have announced a very special event. On Sunday, September 18 of this year, Confederation Bridge will be closed to traffic and will be the site of the 25th anniversary Marathon of Hope. From 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. people will be able to walk or run on this unique bridge, which is some 13 kilometres long.

I encourage all Canadians to come to P.E.I. and experience this event for Terry Fox. Everyone will find this unique event to be an experience of a lifetime. The Confederation Bridge is pledging $1 for every participant to commemorate the event.

Volunteerism
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Conservative

Gary Schellenberger Perth—Wellington, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate National Volunteer Week which begins on April 17 and runs until April 23. This year's theme is “Volunteers Grow Community”.

Volunteers are indeed the backbone of our communities, both in my riding of Perth—Wellington and across Canada. By sharing their skills and knowledge with others, volunteers make an enormous contribution to improving our quality of life. We are all grateful that 6.5 million of our fellow Canadians choose to become active citizens in this way. It is therefore only fitting that we recognize our volunteers every year with a week dedicated to paying tribute to them.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of volunteers in my riding of Perth—Wellington who give so freely of their time and talents and make such a difference in our communities. Please join me in saluting our volunteers.

National Wildlife Week
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Liberal

Yasmin Ratansi Don Valley East, ON

Mr. Speaker, during the week of April 10 to 16, Canadians will be celebrating National Wildlife Week in communities across Canada.

Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, for nearly 40 years, National Wildlife Week has been a useful tool to raise awareness among Canadians about our precious environment for nearly. This year the federation is encouraging people to think about wild places where they connect with nature. It could be a busy bird feeder in one's own back yard or an officially protected area like a national park.

As part of this year's campaign, the federation will be distributing National Wildlife Week educational kits to schools across the country. Thousands of young Canadians will be encouraged to learn more about wildlife conservation issues and to take an active part in protecting the environment.

Françoise Dallaire and Alfred Gaudreault
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Bloc

Robert Bouchard Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, QC

Mr. Speaker, two residents of my riding who have worked hard all their lives are about to take up another challenge. Tomorrow, before their families and friends, they will be uniting their destinies in the church of Saint-Alphonse.

What makes the wedding of Françoise Dallaire and Alfred Gaudreault so exceptional is the fact that that they are 86 and 96 respectively.

Counting just their sisters, brothers, children and grandchildren, their family numbers over 100. Theirs is an exceptional gesture that fosters hope and is a model for both current and future generations.

On behalf of the Bloc Québécois, myself and the people of the riding of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, I want to congratulate them and wish them many wonderful years together. Your determination and mutual trust are refreshing, and they move us.

Archbishop Iakovos
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Eleni Bakopanos Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, we were deeply saddened to learn of the death, last Sunday, of the former archbishop of the Greek Orthodoxarchdiocese of North and South America, His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos.

The enthronement of Archbishop Iakovos in 1959 ushered in a new era for Greek Orthodoxy in North America and South America. Deeply respected by all religious leaders when he retired in 1996, Archbishop Iakovos offered 37 years of service, which were distinguished by his leadership in furthering religious unity, revitalizing Christian worship and championing human and civil rights.

In the 1960s he had the courage to walk hand in hand with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at a time when few others in the outside world did, standing up for both civil and human rights when it was not in vogue to do so, courageously supporting the freedom movement and continuously supporting the non-violent movement against poverty, racism and violence throughout his life.

Archbishop Iakovos was an admirable role model for Greek Orthodox Christians on the American continent, myself included, further affirming the importance of my faith, in my daily actions--

Archbishop Iakovos
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Okanagan--Shuswap.

Vernon Vipers
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Conservative

Darrel Stinson North Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am proud and pleased to congratulate from my riding a local junior A hockey team and four-time winners of the Royal Bank Cup, the Vernon Vipers, for donating to the Okanagan University College Foundation more than $10,000 from fifty-fifty raffle proceeds from their games between January and March of this year.

The money will be used to fund student awards, including a $2,000 scholarship for a student enrolled in full time studies, as well as bursaries for students enrolled in adult basic education, certificate, diploma and degree programs.

The mandate of the Vernon Vipers organization has always been to promote excellence in both hockey and education. With the cancellation of the NHL season, and with the Vernon Vipers' spirit of community mindedness and investment in the region's youth, I strongly recommend that the Vernon Vipers receive the Stanley Cup.

May I add that the Vipers did this without one cent of sponsorship money.

Commissioner of Nunavut
Statements By Members

April 15th, 2005 / 11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Nancy Karetak-Lindell Nunavut, NU

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate Ann Meekitjuk Hanson on her appointment as commissioner of Nunavut. I know her previous experience as deputy commissioner in the Northwest Territories will be a great foundation for her new role.

Under the Nunavut Act the commissioner of Nunavut is the chief executive officer of the territory. The responsibilities and duties of a commissioner mirror those of a provincial lieutenant governor.

I would also like to extend my warmest thanks and appreciation to Peter Irniq who served Nunavut as commissioner for almost five years as an effective and thoughtful spokesman. I wish him all the best and thank him for his hard work on behalf of Nunavummiut.

I am confident Ann Hanson will be an effective ambassador for the north in promoting our issues and achievements.

Paul-Émile Ottawa
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Bloc

Pierre Paquette Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, during the Bloc Québécois annual general meeting in Joliette, Chief Paul-Émile Ottawa of the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan was elected vice-chair of our executive committee.

I am extremely pleased with Mr. Ottawa's decision to join our team because his knowledge will be extremely helpful to our Joliette executive committee and to the entire Bloc Québécois.

As chief of the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan, Paul-Émile Ottawa is extremely well placed to understand the needs and concerns of the people of Manawan, and is also very familiar with all the Quebec first nations claims. Furthermore, his past experience as director of social services in Manawan has also made him familiar with the daily problems of the people in his community.

To Chief Ottawa, the sovereignty of Quebec is inevitable, and the best way to represent the interests of the Atikamekw is to deal directly with Quebeckers, equal to equal, nation to nation. Congratulations to Mr. Ottawa.

Jean-Marc Lalonde
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Don Boudria Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, this year the community of Glengarry—Prescott—Russell is celebrating the dedication of one of their own. The local MLA, Jean-Marc Lalonde, began his political career 35 years ago and has never looked back.

He was elected mayor of Rockland in 1976 and held that position until 1991. He made the leap to provincial politics in 1995. Among his many accomplishments, he was the driving force behind the adoption of the Franco-Ontarian flag as an official emblem. He was also the founding vice-president of the Association francophone des municipalités de l'Ontario.

Politics aside, Jean-Marc Lalonde is also dedicated to young people. For many years he was a hockey coach in Rockland, which has produced some great players including a certain Guy Lafleur, whom we all know became a hockey legend.

Congratulations to Jean-Marc Lalonde.

Alberta Scene
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, from April 28 to May 10 the nation's capital and Canada's National Arts Centre will come alive for Alberta Scene, a celebration of the best Alberta's arts community has to offer. Over 600 artists will perform in more than 95 events at 19 venues across the city.

As the member of Parliament for Macleod, I am particularly proud to invite all Canadians to attend the Thursday, April 28 or the Saturday, April 30 performance of Filumena , a truly Canadian opera based upon the romantic life and the tragic death of a young Italian immigrant to the Crowsnest Pass region.

In celebration of Filumena and all the great Alberta Scene performances, I invite hon. members from this chamber and the other place, Albertans and all Canadians who will be in Ottawa April 28 to May 10, to join me for a reception to be held in Room 200 West Block on Friday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Ken Boshcoff Thunder Bay—Rainy River, ON

Mr. Speaker, the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an important milestone for persons with disabilities.

This equality rights provision represents the Government of Canada's commitment to build communities in which everyone is fully included. It emphasizes that what we all want as Canadians is to have the opportunity to contribute to the economic and social life of our country.

The charter puts into words what we believe as Canadians. The guarantee of equal rights under the charter for individuals with a mental or physical disability is an important achievement and a major driver in helping Canadians with disabilities become full participants in our society.

As chair of the subcommittee on persons with disabilities, we remain committed to the goal of full inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Toronto Port Authority
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, Toronto needs control of its waterfront. Today a single federal institution stands between Toronto and the development of a vibrant and exciting waterfront, and that is the Toronto Port Authority.

The Toronto Port Authority was set up by the Liberal government against the wishes of the city of Toronto. It is unnecessary and worse than unnecessary, it undermines the work that needs to be done for Toronto's waterfront.

Without the port authority, the city would never have had to go through the fight that it did about the expansion of the Toronto Island Airport. Without the port authority the city would not have had to wait for the Liberals to actually pass a draft regulation to prohibit the building of a bridge to the Toronto Island Airport. That draft regulation was published shortly before the last federal election and still has not been enacted.

Perhaps the Prime Minister is waiting for another federal election in the vain hope that his party will win a majority and he can abandon this empty promise. Well, it is not going to happen. The power to decide the fate of Toronto's waterfront must be in the hands of the people of Toronto and the port authority must be abolished.

Zimbabwe
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Scott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, ON

Mr. Speaker, leading up to the recent rigged elections, Zimbabwe was the international community's cause du jour. Now that the elections are over, Robert Mugabe has manufactured himself an increased majority and the international community is doing what the international community does best, turning its attention elsewhere precisely when Zimbabwe needs it the most.

Bolstered by his increased majority, Mr. Mugabe is preparing to amend the constitution to entrench his party permanently and has started arresting opposition members of parliament. Nelson Chamisa, the courageous MP and opposition youth leader who is my parliamentary twin, was arrested for distributing pamphlets. Others have been detained on similar pretexts.

Meanwhile, in a country where food is in desperately short supply, Zimbabweans who are known opposition supporters have been ordered to leave the food lines where corn is being distributed. Only the worst monsters in human history have employed hunger as a weapon. International pressure could stop the use of this weapon in Zimbabwe.

Now of all times is the moment when the world must not forget the suffering people of Zimbabwe.