House of Commons Hansard #128 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was bankruptcy.

Topics

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Wascana, SK

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman is inviting me to pre-empt a legitimate public consultation process that is in place to find out exactly what are the right answers in terms of public policy for Doug and Kay and all of the other investors in this country, whether they invest in income trusts or in other dimensions of the Canadian economy.

I would invite all Canadians to participate in that process. They can do so through the Finance website at www.fin.gc.ca. They can call 613-992-1573 and we do accept collect calls.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Gary Lunn Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday we asked the Minister of Public Works whether the RCMP had recently seized documents relating to the sponsorship scandal. The minister responded by claiming the RCMP had asked Public Works for a single invoice.

For the third time, is the minister aware that the RCMP attended the Public Works offices in Gatineau, Quebec on September 14 and seized over 100 boxes of documents from the records management group? Can the minister confirm or deny that this in fact happened?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands actually claimed that Public Works provided information to the RCMP that had been withheld from the Gomery commission. I said yesterday in the House and I will repeat again today in the House that the information provided to the RCMP to help cooperate with their ongoing investigations was provided in fact twice to the Gomery commission.

That hon. member ought to rise in the House and correct what he said yesterday because he was wrong when he tried to bring disrepute on the work of Justice Gomery.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Jim Prentice Calgary North Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, today the Auditor General reported that the government has spent $2 billion on aboriginal drinking water and it is still failing first nations people in this country. The government is proposing to spend another $2 billion in the next three years without any performance standards, without any regulatory framework, without providing accurate information to Parliament, zero accountability.

The government's record is one of 12 years of failure. Why are first nations citizens still waiting for clean drinking water and where did the $2 billion go?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

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 join with the Minister of Health and the Minister of the Environment in saying that the government accepts the report of the environment commissioner. We are acting on the recommendations now, in fact. We are working with first nations communities to put the regulations in place that are necessary to make sure that we deliver good water to first nations communities.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

September 29th, 2005 / 2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Francine Lalonde La Pointe-de-l'Île, QC

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs applauded the announcement that Canada was to resume nuclear cooperation with India. But this means that he is lifting the strict moratorium he had imposed on India following the nuclear testing it conducted in 1974.

What message is Canada sending to those countries that have complied with the non-proliferation treaty? Does the minister realize that he is rewarding the delinquent countries and compromising international non-proliferation efforts?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Pickering—Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Dan McTeague Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, Canada recognizes that India recently undertook to take a number of measures to adhere, so to speak, to long-standing nuclear non-proliferation standards and applauds this commitment. This is where matters stand.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Francine Lalonde La Pointe-de-l'Île, QC

Mr. Speaker, let us face it; this is a 180 degree turnaround in the Canadian non-proliferation policy.

Could the minister tell us why no debate on this issue is taking place in the House of Commons, when the American Congress could, if it so decides after consideration, stop a similar agreement signed between the United States and India in July from being implemented?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Pickering—Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Dan McTeague Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows full well that, if the Bloc Québécois wants a debate on this issue, it can always use its opposition days for that purpose.

I must say and point out to the hon. member that things have changed. We acknowledge the fact that India is expanding and becoming a major political and economic player on the international scene. This is a reality that has obviously eluded Bloc members.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Jason Kenney Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, in response to a question from me about the apparent seizure of documents from the Department of Public Works, the minister said, “I am informed that last week the RCMP contacted Public Works [which] provided an invoice to the RCMP...”.

Is it the position of the minister that the invoice ran over 100 boxes long? Is it not true and will he not confirm that over 100 boxes of information were taken from the offices of his department by the RCMP related to the sponsorship inquiry?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, yesterday that hon. member said on the floor of the House of Commons that in fact the information that was voluntarily provided by Public Works to the RCMP in full cooperation with the ongoing investigations of the RCMP was in fact withheld from the Gomery inquiry.

He was wrong. In fact, that information had been provided to the Gomery inquiry on at least two occasions previously. In fact, over 28 million pages of documents have been provided by the Government of Canada to the Gomery commission.

That hon. member should rise and apologize to the House.

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Jason Kenney Calgary Southeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, is that not interesting? The minister will not deny that he claimed yesterday that an invoice was seized when in fact, by all appearances, over 100 boxes of evidence were taken from the offices of his department.

We are not going to accept the transparent diversions of the minister. We would like a straight answer. Were over 100 boxes of information seized by the RCMP from his department and were those boxes of information relevant to the sponsorship inquiry, yes or no?

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Kings—Hants
Nova Scotia

Liberal

Scott Brison Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, the fact is that there are several ongoing RCMP investigations and Public Works has cooperated fully with the RCMP.

Beyond that—

Sponsorship Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Sponsorship Program
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The Speaker

Now we have to have pity on the member for Calgary Southeast. He asked this question but how can he possibly hear the answer? I cannot and I am sure he cannot.

The Minister of Public Works and Government Services has the floor and we will have some order so we can hear the answer that the minister is giving to the question.