House of Commons Hansard #98 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was vote.

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The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, some of these pensioners noticed that the party that just tried to represent itself on this issue actually voted in favour of the NDP bill. The Liberals are speaking out of both sides of their mouths to the working people of this country. That is exactly the kind of thing that has people so upset at the Liberal Party right now.

Let us turn to the issue of smog. There are people out there who are very concerned about air quality right now. They cannot breathe, for heaven's sake. They are finding themselves with their children in emergency wards. Yet the government claims to be taking action, even though after 12 years in office, pollution has gone dramatically up.

When will the government take action to prevent smog?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Richmond Hill
Ontario

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows, we now have the most aggressive plan of the G-7 to deal with climate change.

As the member should know, this government established a partnership fund to work with provinces. This government established the fund to deal with technology.

Unfortunately, that party over there still thinks the ice age has not occurred. That party over there only wants things for Quebec. And the party over there which should be supporting it in fact is not supporting the budget.

If they want to deal with climate change, members should support the budget and we will move forward on this important policy.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

May 13th, 2005 / 11:35 a.m.

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Niagara Falls, ON

Mr. Speaker, earlier the House leader said that he was worried about the investment of both Saskatchewan and Alberta in a visit next week.

I can assure the House leader that both those provinces would be delighted to see a confidence vote defeating the government on Monday evening.

If he is worried about those provinces, indeed if he is worried about Canadians, why not do the right thing and put the vote on Monday?

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Valeri Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, does the member now speak for Saskatchewan and Alberta?

Once again I find it somewhat ironic that yes is not an acceptable answer. There are many groups with many activities that are going on in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. What is most important is that Thursday is a very reasonable date for a vote.

It is a clear question. It is a confidence vote. I am not sure why hon. members will not accept the fact that Thursday is the date for a budget vote.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Niagara Falls, ON

Mr. Speaker, the only reason the Liberals believe it is reasonable is that is the date the Prime Minister has decided he wants to be in town.

We are here to work every day. If the member wants to be reasonable with the people of this country, why does he not do the right thing and do it on Monday when everybody can be here?

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Valeri Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have to take some exception to the hon. member's saying that members of his party are always here. They took a taxpayer paid afternoon off yesterday. I expect they will do the same today. If in fact they have a date--

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:35 a.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

The Speaker

Order. The government House leader has the floor. We have to be able to hear the answer.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Tony Valeri Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is quite obvious I have struck a chord of truth.

Again, I say that Thursday is a very reasonable date for a vote, and constitutional experts agree.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Bill Casey North Nova, NS

Mr. Speaker, let us talk about yesterday, because all of us came to the House to talk about what was on the projected order of business. The projected order of business said that we would talk about the budget, both budgets, the Liberal budget and the NDP budget. We came here with members prepared to debate the budget and what did the Liberals do? They pulled the budget and put on a concurrence motion.

Why will the Liberals not stop playing games and have a vote on Monday?

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Valeri Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I actually had the opportunity, and I know many members in this place oftentimes do have an opportunity, to watch CPAC. I think it was very clear on that particular program that if the hon. members wanted to debate the budget, they would have adjourned the debate, not adjourned the House to have the afternoon off at taxpayers' expense.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Bill Casey North Nova, NS

Mr. Speaker, if the Liberals really wanted to debate the budget, there would be more than only less than half of them here today.

If Canadians want to see how interested the Liberals are in debating the budget, all they have to do is look at the legislative calendar for last month and this month to see the priority the budget debate has had. It is behind the border services debate, the debate on statistics, the debate on patents and the debate on the quarantine bill.

The Liberals do not want to talk about the budget. They do not want to vote on the budget. Let us have a confidence vote on Monday.

The Budget
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Hamilton East—Stoney Creek
Ontario

Liberal

Tony Valeri Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, let us point to some of the accomplishments in the House just in recent days. The DNA bill has passed. The veterans bill has passed. The WTO ruling with respect to agriculture has come through. There is the aid to Africa which has also been passed.

What I might want to say to the hon. member is that Bill C-48 is before the House today. It is a budget debate. I would like to know how many members across the way will get up on this debate.

By the way, Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome all of the members across the way here on a Friday. I have never seen so many of them here. It has to be the first time that they have actually shown up on a Friday.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Charlevoix—Montmorency, QC

Mr. Speaker, people no longer have any confidence in this tainted government that no longer has a shred of credibility. Every day, the Gomery inquiry reveals more about the involvement of the entire Liberal Party in the schemes of the sponsorship scandal.

How is that last year, before the Gomery inquiry began, the Prime Minister was able to justify holding an election by saying Canadians knew enough about the sponsorship scandal, but now that we know the extent of the corruption in the Liberal Party, he is claiming Canadians do not yet know enough?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

London North Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Fontana Minister of Labour and Housing

Mr. Speaker, our Prime Minister had the courage and conviction to put the Gomery commission in place to get to the truth.

We have been witnessing today and in the past number of days that people have been coming forward. Judge Gomery is doing a very, very good job on behalf of Canadians to get to the truth.

We are not afraid of the truth. You might be afraid of the truth, but we definitely are not afraid of the truth.