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.

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Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Guy Côté Portneuf, QC

Mr. Speaker, the money in personal trusts was not subject to any control and, at midnight on December 31, 2003, it was automatically transferred without any explanation being provided as to where that money came from.

Will the minister at least admit that it is very possible that this is where part of the dirty money is and that it is necessary for the government to establish a trust into which to deposit this dirty money?

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Denise Poirier-Rivard Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, QC

Mr. Speaker, farmers have long been aware that despite rules to ensure the proper functioning of the supply management system, control of imports can easily be gotten around by all sorts of products specially designed by the industry. Imports of butter oil and milk proteins account for $70 million a year in losses for dairy farmers in Quebec.

What is the government waiting for to take action?

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Willowdale
Ontario

Liberal

Jim Peterson Minister of International Trade

Mr. Speaker, we certainly respect the supply management system. It is very important for our farmers and all Canadians. We will continue to work very closely with them to protect the supply management system.

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Denise Poirier-Rivard Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Québécois has introduced a motion to strengthen the three pillars of supply management. The government has a duty to support it with concrete action.

What is the minister waiting for to limit the import of butter oil and other products designed specifically to get around trade barriers?

Dairy Industry
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (Rural Development)

Mr. Speaker, as the Minister of International Trade has said, we defend supply management and we aggressively promote it. What I am surprised the member did not say in her preamble is what the loss to dairy producers in Quebec could be if they ever separated from the country like that party wants them to do. This is a national supply management system in which we defend and promote the rights of farmers.

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Belinda Stronach Newmarket—Aurora, ON

Mr. Speaker, today a CIBC World Markets report says that Ontario's gap now stands at $23 billion, 10 times what it was just a decade ago. It says:

Its sheer magnitude weighs on an already burdened economy, taxing the Ontario government's ability to invest in a strong, vibrant provincial (and hence national) economy.

When will the Prime Minister meet with the premier of Ontario to address the Ontario gap?

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Scarborough—Guildwood
Ontario

Liberal

John McKay Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, Ontario enjoys the status of a relatively wealthy province. As a consequence, on a per capita basis, relatively more moneys do generate from Ontario and go to the national government.

On the other side of the equation, Ontario does not have as many poor seniors. On a per capita basis, Ontario does not have as many unemployed people, the consequence of which is those transfers do not come back into Ontario.

I do not understand the argument. Should we be asking that Ontario be less wealthy, have more poor seniors and more unemployment?

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Belinda Stronach Newmarket—Aurora, ON

Mr. Speaker, the government should stop taking Ontario voters for granted.

Glen Grunwald of the Toronto Board of Trade said that the government's failure to address the Ontario gap has resulted in “crumbling infrastructure, declining service levels and increasing municipal and provincial taxes. It has also seen Ontario squeezed financially towards deficits and tax hikes that kill prosperity”.

When will the Prime Minister meet with the premier of Ontario and address the Ontario gap? When will he give us a firm date?

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Edmonton Centre
Alberta

Liberal

Anne McLellan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that we are willing to work with the province of Ontario, department by department, minister by minister, on issues of substance. We have been doing that. We will continue to do that.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

April 15th, 2005 / 11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Rick Casson Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, we in the official opposition have been calling on the government to use all the legal tools at its disposal in the fight to open the U.S. border to our live Canadian cattle. The Canadian cattle industry now is calling on the government to do the same.

The second anniversary of the border closure is fast approaching and prices paid for slaughtered cattle in Canada are once again in free fall. The adverse effects of this dramatic fall in prices is being felt in the trucking, grain and other related industries as well.

For the sake of all those affected, will the government finally initiate the NAFTA and WTO dispute mechanisms available to it.?

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (Rural Development)

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite knows full well the efforts of all members of the cabinet on this side of the House, especially the Minister of Agriculture and the Prime Minister. In fact, the U.S. administration is onside with Canada that the border should be open to cattle coming from Canada. We have aggressively gone out there and we have in fact achieved that. The only reason the border is closed is because of the decision of one judge in the state of Montana.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

James Bezan Selkirk—Interlake, MB

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Agriculture has continued to announce band-aid solutions for farm families. The agriculture industry has its jugular severed and is bleeding red ink, and the band-aid being offered will not stop the hemorrhage. The latest flawed program is just another in a long Liberal lineup of flawed agricultural programs. It is based on outdated data. The money farmers get will be clawed back in the CAIS program.

What farmers really need is a minister with the backbone to challenge our trading partners and fight for market access. Why has the government not challenged the U.S. and other countries under the WTO and NAFTA--

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Agriculture
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Malpeque
P.E.I.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (Rural Development)

Mr. Speaker, what the farm community really needs is a party in opposition that would at least be reasonably straightforward and honest with the facts instead of saying that this is a band-aid solution. Do those members call $1 billion to the farm community a band-aid solution? Do they think Canadian taxpayers call $4.8 billion last year from federal and provincial governments band-aid solutions?

The minister is negotiating hard. The government continues to negotiate hard at the WTO, and we will stand with farmers in their time of need.

Health
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Yasmin Ratansi Don Valley East, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of State for Public Health. Last fall the first ministers agreed to establish health goals in order to improve the health of Canadians and reduce the pressure on the health care system.

Could the minister update the House on progress in implementing this part of the accord?