House of Commons Hansard #123 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was marriage.

Topics

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Randy Kamp Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, last week the David Suzuki Foundation released a critical report questioning DFOs ability to fulfill its conservation mandate in the Pacific region. The report states that:

Lack of properly funded, trained and located staff has led to a “selective or targeted enforcement” approach. Violators, aware of this attitude, become more willing to take risks.

Will the minister finally admit that DFO's model of selective enforcement has not worked in the Pacific region and that he needs a different approach to ensure a better result in 2005?

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague should be aware that I recently announced an additional $5.2 million in funding for the Pacific region. This will help in terms of enforcement and compliance on the Fraser River and in terms of the science, habitat and fisheries management.

On Friday I had the pleasure of announcing the wild salmon policy, the purpose of which is to protect habitat and biodiversity. We have provided an additional $1.1 million for this year to support science, habitat and fisheries management. This will go a long way to conserve salmon on the west coast.

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Randy Kamp Dewdney—Alouette, BC

Mr. Speaker, it only took DFO 14 years to come up with the wild salmon policy that commits a mere $1.1 million and has no implementation plan.

The so-called improvements announced by the minister amount to temporarily shuffling enforcement officers from other parts of B.C. to the lower Fraser River at peak periods apparently. That will just result in new enforcement problems elsewhere in the province.

Why will the minister not accept the recommendations in all the reports that are currently on his desk and permanently assign more enforcement officers to the Fraser River?

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Halifax West
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend apparently failed to understand when I spoke to the fisheries committee. The additional money we have put into our program on the west coast will allow us to have the officers we have do more overtime, more patrols and more overflights in helicopters. In short, there will be much more enforcement.

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Richard Marceau Charlesbourg, QC

Mr. Speaker, a newly published book reports that in 2003 more than half of all federal judicial appointees were likely Liberal supporters. The study found that the political affiliation of the candidates is still a significant consideration in the choice of the committee responsible for appointing judges, which was created in 1988.

In light of these revelations, which confirm our worst fears on the lack of neutrality in the process, does the Minister of Justice intend to cooperate fully in overhauling the judicial appointment process started by this House?

Justice
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Mount Royal
Québec

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I have said that the current judicial appointment process is excellent. However, I have initiated a review process. I had a meeting with all the chairs of all the advisory committees, and we will continue to have such meetings.

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to ask the Minister of Transport about the request for proposal issue between the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Airport Taxi Cab Association.

Last week a protest caused disruptions for the airport users at Pearson International Airport. The airport and highways surrounding the greater Toronto area are vital for the local economy, especially tourism, at this time of the year. Is the minister aware of the issue and what is being done to help resolve this situation?

Transport
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Outremont
Québec

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his continuing interest in this file. Obviously we are not responsible for the daily administration of the airport. The GTA is responsible. We are following this file very closely because we want the airport to function normally and we want it to see the free flow of traffic.

We are in touch daily with the GTA to ensure that this deal comes to an end. Frankly, we want it to be amicable. We want it to work between the taxis, limos and the airport authority.

Telecommunications
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Carole Lavallée Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC

Mr. Speaker, in 1999, Telus and BC Tel merged. In 2000, renegotiation of the collective agreement began between the new entity and the telecommunications workers union. Since then, Telus has refused to bargain in good faith, leading the Canada Industrial Relations Board to conclude that Telus was guilty of unfair labour practices and in violation of federal law.

Will the Minister of Labour and Housing, who has the authority, appoint an arbitrator to resolve the impasse?

Telecommunications
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

London North Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Fontana Minister of Labour and Housing

Mr. Speaker, I would agree with the member and others who have brought this matter to my attention. Four years is much too long for any two groups to come together.

The parties met on June 22 to June 24. Unfortunately, they did not come to an agreement. I urge both parties to continue to meet. The mediators are ready, willing and able to assist in this. It is absolutely necessary that we do it. There are certain matters before the CIRB and the Federal Court that also have to be taken into account, but we are urging all parties to get to the table and negotiate so we can finally have an adjudication--

Telecommunications
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Churchill.

International Aid
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Bev Desjarlais Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, last week the Liberal members of the foreign affairs committee seemed to think they had a plan for Canada to reach its decades old goal of 0.7% of GDP to go to developmental assistance. It soon became clear that either the Liberals do not have a plan to reach the 0.7% or they do and they have not told the finance minister.

The Prime Minister said that he would not make a commitment even though he believed in 0.7% and would very much like to see Canada get there. However, the finance minister signed on to the Commission for Africa report, which called on developed countries to reach 0.7% by 2015.

Does anyone in the cabinet know if there is a plan to reach 0.7% by 2015?

International Aid
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Barrie
Ontario

Liberal

Aileen Carroll Minister of International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has made it eminently clear, as I have, as has the finance minister, that we recognize how important the 0.7% is as a benchmark. It is a benchmark that Canada wishes to attain and is committed to do so.

Until we can in a very responsible and fiscal manner lay out exactly how we will do so and give that plan, we will not commit to something until we can accompany that commitment with exactly what Canadians would expect of us.

Certificates of Nomination
Routine Proceedings

June 27th, 2005 / 3 p.m.

Beauséjour
New Brunswick

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour pursuant to Standing Order 110(2) to table a certificate of nomination with respect to the National Gallery of Canada. This certificate would stand referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3 p.m.

Beauséjour
New Brunswick

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) to table, in both official languages, the government's response to eight petitions.