House of Commons Hansard #106 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was industries.

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Member for Newton—North Delta
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Vancouver South
B.C.

Liberal

Ujjal Dosanjh Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said, the member approached us. We rejected his demands. The fact is that we are dealing with a serial taper who has had 14 days to possibly manipulate those tapes. The translation is not authenticated. The tapes are hard to hear. The English is badly transcribed. The Punjabi is badly translated. There is no stock that can be placed in those tapes.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Conservative

Jim Prentice Calgary North Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, on April 11 of this year the House of Commons implored the Deputy Prime Minister to take immediate action on the residential schools file. The Deputy Prime Minister's response has been a political agreement and a year long study, no settlement money, no apology, no national truth and reconciliation commission, no budgetary envelope, and no changes to the ADR process.

After five years and $700 million, why is the government offering nothing more than empty promises and more delay?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Edmonton Centre
Alberta

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, as I think the hon. member is aware, the residential schools unit in my department actually funded a report done by the AFN. We encouraged the AFN to study the approach that we were taking to residential schools. In fact, it published a very thorough report, the recommendations of which the federal representative will take up, among other recommendations, with claimants, with claimants' lawyers, with the churches and with the churches' lawyers.

I would hope that we all have the same objective here, which is to reach a timely, just and fair conclusion.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Jim Prentice Calgary North Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, the House asked for immediate and urgent action, in consideration of the life expectancy of the former students at Indian residential schools. They are dying at a rate of five per day. Judge Iacobucci is a negotiator, not a mediator or an adjudicator. He is only required to make a recommendation next year. The former students deserve an immediate, fair and decent resolution.

Why is the government continuing to mismanage this file?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Edmonton Centre
Alberta

Liberal

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

In fact, Mr. Speaker, we are very aware of the concerns, especially of the aged and the sick, in relation to the resolution of their claims. In fact, the national chief and the AFN are very aware of that, which is why dealing with those claims in a timely fashion is one of the principles that the national chief, the AFN and this government agreed to on Monday.

I really do not understand the hon. member. I do not doubt his motivations. I have no doubt that he cares about the resolution of these matters, but I do not understand why he does not accept the fact that the national chief, the AFN and this government are working together to--

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Provencher.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Vic Toews Provencher, MB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the public works minister stated that no deal had been made with former Prime Minister Chrétien regarding the Gomery commission, yet Mr. Chrétien's lawyers state, “Arrangements have been made with the government by which Mr. Chrétien will suspend the proceeding which he has launched”.

When will the minister disclose the specific nature of the arrangement to the House?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chrétien made a decision. He has the right to pursue a course of action before an independent judicial inquiry. He is exercising that option.

Let us be clear. This government and this Prime Minister have supported and continue to support the work of Justice Gomery because we want Canadians to have the truth.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Vic Toews Provencher, MB

Mr. Speaker, the fact remains that Mr. Chrétien's lawyers have stated, “Arrangements have been made with the government by which Mr. Chrétien will suspend the proceeding which he has launched”.

Canadians have a right to know. What is the nature of these arrangements? Why will the government not tell Canadians the real facts about the deal it has made with Mr. Chrétien in the backroom?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, it is ironic that after months of the Conservative Party demanding that the Prime Minister in fact intervene and try to convince Mr. Chrétien to pursue a course of action, when Mr. Chrétien by his own volition makes a decision to pursue a course of action, for which the member for Port Moody--Westwood--Port Coquitlam has in fact congratulated him, they are somehow upset with that.

They in fact are not being very consistent, because the course of action that Mr. Chrétien has taken is the course of action that they have been asking Mr. Chrétien to take for some time. They cannot have it both ways.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Nancy Karetak-Lindell Nunavut, NU

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask a question of great national importance.

Last night the Prime Minister concluded an unprecedented cabinet committee meeting with the national aboriginal leaders. He said that the meeting marked a new beginning in the relationship with Canada's first nations, Inuit and Métis.

Could the Minister of Indian Affairs explain how yesterday's meeting marks a new beginning for us?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member and members of the aboriginal affairs committee for their work on this file. Yesterday's meeting did in fact mark a historic new beginning. We agreed on specific policies in housing, education, health and negotiations and we have signed political accords to build on that success.

This could not have happened without the leadership of the Prime Minister and the vision of the five national aboriginal leaders. It is a tribute to their faith in this government and in this country that these deals were signed.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

June 1st, 2005 / 2:55 p.m.

NDP

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, a recent report shows that greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are growing even faster than the rate of our economy. Little of the money that has been promised has been spent and what has seems to have been wasted.

The government should be ashamed of its record. The so-called green plan demands that ordinary Canadians who are responsible for only one-quarter of these emissions are meant to clean up 75% of them. When will the government demand that the big polluters, the final emitters, do their fair share to clean the air?

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Minister of the Environment

In fact, Mr. Speaker, among all the Kyoto countries, Canada alone has regulated targets for industry. Europe has only transitory targets. Our targets are very demanding but they are achievable. In 2012 we will have a greener Canada and we will be more competitive. This action plan for climate change will help a lot with that.

The Environment
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, the minister says they have plans and they have money, but the money has not gone out and the plan is not working. On a day when a national magazine has lauded former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as the greenest PM, the competition seems to be too fierce for this current administration.

The NDP has a plan that will work and will put Canadians back to work while cleaning up the environment. After so many years of failures, how does the minister expect Canadians to trust that the money promised will actually be spent and that pollution will finally go down?