House of Commons Hansard #93 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was liberal.

Topics

Airports
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Andrew Scheer Regina—Qu'Appelle, SK

Mr. Speaker, because of Liberal dithering, airports across the country have seen their rents hiked to record levels. The finance minister has known for years that the rent formula is unfair. His delays are costing travellers millions. Taxpayers already paid to build the airports. Now they are being gouged by having to pay exorbitant rents.

The Regina airport has already lost Air Canada's service and will see its rent soar to over half a million dollars next year.

When will the member for Wascana stop the gouging, or maybe I should ask the new NDP finance minister instead?

Airports
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the nature of the question is rather ludicrous. The hon. gentleman knows there is no scheduled increase in rental arrangements at any airport in Canada until next January 1, that is, January 1, 2006.

The Minister of Transport and I have been working very hard on the file and we expect to have an announcement to make within the next few days.

Airports
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Conservative

James Rajotte Edmonton—Leduc, AB

Mr. Speaker, the reality is they have had years to deal with this. The recent federal budget completely ignored airports across the country by not providing any relief from their exorbitant rents.

For example, the Edmonton airport next year will see its rent soar by 447% to $18 million. These rents are simply taxes on an industry that is struggling to regain its footing and taxes on travellers.

Why have the finance minister and transport minister not acted to help this industry relieve its tax burden and help Canadian travellers by reducing the taxes?

Airports
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to say that both the Minister of Transport and I have met with virtually all airport authorities across the country, including the airport authority in Edmonton. We have been working with them toward a constructive solution.

As I have indicated, we believe that the formula presently in place, which has existed for the last 12 or 15 years, is inequitable. It needs to be fixed. There has to be a consistent formula from airport to airport to airport. The rental charges need to come down compared to the existing formula, and that will happen.

Human Resources and Skills Development
Oral Question Period

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Mario Silva Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Many community organizations, including some in my riding of Davenport, have raised concerns about the minister's call for proposal process. They indicate that it disregards the quality of service already in place. It creates instability for community service agencies as well as putting them at considerable disadvantage.

Could the minister indicate what she is trying to do to address these concerns?

Human Resources and Skills Development
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Westmount—Ville-Marie
Québec

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, transparency and value for money are the objectives for the call for proposal process. Let me say very clearly that the volunteer sector accepts those principles. The problem was and is with the implementation of the process.

We all know that right now the standing committee on human resources is looking at the issue. It is doing valuable work. It is working on the report and I will look for the recommendations.

More than that, we have already improved the process. I met with volunteer sector members. We hope we will be able to do something soon.

Housing
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, there are at least 250,000 Canadian homes contaminated with Zonolite insulation. This deadly substance contains asbestos which has been proven to be deadly to those exposed to it.

The government used Zonolite in military bases and in first nations communities. The federal government also subsidized its use under CHIP, leading thousands of Canadians to use it in their attics and walls.

Will the minister commit today to a removal program which includes the full disclosure of Zonolite in all home sales under CMHC mortgages?

Housing
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

London North Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Fontana Minister of Labour and Housing

Mr. Speaker, as I have said to the House before and to many of the members who have raised the issue, one needs to be very careful with the language that we want.

One is that it is not a health hazard if left undisturbed. We have and will continue to tell people that if they are looking at renovating their own homes, they ought to talk to professionals before they touch anything to ensure there is no hazard.

We continue to provide the information to all Canadians through our website and through other organizations to ensure that they seek professional advice.

Housing
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, the minister should feel great shame for that kind of response to Canadians. The Liberals are once again ignoring a growing health crisis. It is only a matter of time before we see more Zonolite induced cancers.

Why is the government once again risking the health and lives of Canadians? Has it not learned anything from the tainted blood scandal?

Housing
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

London North Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Fontana Minister of Labour and Housing

Mr. Speaker, again it is the government's view and my view that we want to ensure, and always have, the safety of people. We want to ensure that their homes are as safe and healthy as they possibly can be.

We have indicated to anyone, through websites and information, that if they are doing any renovations, they should call on the professionals who should know what they are doing. Therefore, we would advise that is what Canadians should do as opposed to setting off the alarm bells, as the hon. member would do. To suggest that 250,000 people are at health risk is irresponsible.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's South, NL

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans knows that there is a major dispute going on in Newfoundland and Labrador in relation to the crab fishery. This is strictly a provincial problem.

Will the minister ensure that his officials have up to date data in relation to the condition of the stock and the soft shell problem, so that he can adjust the dates to ensure that all those affected can maximize any benefits from a change in the season?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Winnipeg South
Manitoba

Liberal

Reg Alcock President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans I would simply say that he is working on that very question today. I know he has a deep interest in this issue. He wants to do what he can to ensure that the people making these decisions have all the information they need. I have every confidence that he will.

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Conservative

Rob Moore Fundy, NB

Mr. Speaker, the transparent attempt by the Liberals to buy votes around the country is spinning out of control. This week the Prime Minister confirmed that he gave the political minister for New Brunswick instructions to deliver a one-off deal for the province of New Brunswick to offset the Atlantic accord.

Now we find that the minister is backtracking and that he had not even consulted the finance minister on what political operatives were saying was another billion dollar deal. No details were given on the plan to spend money that the finance minister claims we do not have.

Will the minister admit that this has nothing to do with New Brunswick's needs and everything to do with an upcoming election?

Natural Resources
Oral Question Period

11:45 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Not at all, Mr. Speaker. The premier of New Brunswick was here two or three weeks ago. He had a very good conversation with the Prime Minister about certain issues with respect to New Brunswick. Those issues were not yet sufficiently advanced to be responded to.

The Prime Minister, quite logically, has asked ministers in his government, including the minister who represents the province of New Brunswick, to pursue these issues and to see if we can arrive at a successful conclusion.

Labour
Oral Question Period

May 6th, 2005 / 11:50 a.m.

Conservative

Joy Smith Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, a major scam is being played out by a Liberal-NDP partnership in Manitoba. The government is trampling on the rights of individuals working on the expansion of the Red River floodway. Manitoba construction workers are being forced to pay $2.91 per hour per day in union dues even though they are not unionized. This adds millions of dollars to the union coffers with no benefit to the project or to the taxpayer.

When the President of the Treasury Board was approached by the Manitoba construction companies for assistance, why did he refuse to act?