House of Commons Hansard #68 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was standing.

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Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Oral Questions

October 24th, 2006 / 2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister tried to convince us that the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Michael Fortier—who still has not run for office—is useful.

Why did the Minister of Public Works and Government Services prevent his departmental staff from testifying before a House committee this morning?

Minister of Public Works and Government Services
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2:25 p.m.

An hon. member

He is scared.

Minister of Public Works and Government Services
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2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

The minister is refusing to be accountable to the public. He is refusing to be accountable to this House. Furthermore, he is refusing to let his departmental staff be accountable to the committee.

What is the Minister of Public Works and Government Services trying to hide?

Minister of Public Works and Government Services
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2:25 p.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, we are proud of what Mr. Fortier is doing for the city of Montreal and for the province of Quebec.

What the member for Hull—Aylmer just said about the committee this morning is not at all true. I know because I was at the committee meeting; the member for Hull—Aylmer was not.

Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, it seems the Minister of Public Works can hide, but he will not run.

The Minister of Public Works, in support of his Prime Minister, is still avoiding being accountable to the people, perhaps because his record so far is a bit thin. What has he done besides preventing his officials from testifying before a committee of the House this morning?

Is that what is stopping him from defending his record before Quebeckers in a byelection? When will the minister answer to this House?

Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity from my colleague to tell him and the Liberal side what in fact Minister Fortier is doing on behalf of this government. In comparison to the Liberals, he has done an incredible amount on behalf of Canadian taxpayers in doing procurement reform and finding value for taxpayer dollars.

Let us look at the Liberals. When it comes to Public Works Minister who are Liberals, let us look at what they did for Canadian taxpayers. We do not have to look any further than Alfonso Gagliano, the theft of taxpayer dollars and the rotten record of Liberal corruption that we suffered for 13 years.

Michael Fortier is getting results for Canadians and results for Quebeckers and we are proud of his work on behalf of Canadians.

Government Programs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, late yesterday, officials from Human Resources, Public Works and Treasury Board were ordered by government officials not to appear before the government operations committee. These public servants had been scheduled to testify about the meanspirited budget cuts of the minority Conservative government.

Why are the ministers preventing public servants from testifying on the impact of the government's ideologically driven attack on adult literacy and the court challenges program?

Government Programs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, we are proud of the federal budget that we passed this past spring and we are proud of the budget decisions we make.

We are not muzzling anybody. The President of the Treasury Board was before the committee with his officials. Minister Fortier is going to be before the committee.

Any minister that the committee wants to have before the committee will be there to proudly talk about the fiscal record of this Conservative government. We found $1 billion in responsible savings and we are going to pay down the federal debt by $13 billion, giving my generation an opportunity to have a brighter future, because the Liberals were racking up the debt and that is irresponsible. We are going to fix their mess.

Government Programs
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2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, that is just pathetic. Those members are proud of government cuts.

First the Conservatives muzzle cabinet ministers, then they muzzle their own caucus, and now they are muzzling public servants. It gets worse, as my colleague mentioned. The Minister of Public Works, who cannot answer questions in the House of Commons, is not allowing government officials to answer questions in committee.

Has the reaction to the cuts by the President of the Treasury Board been so negative that he had to muzzle government officials?

Government Programs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, as I said, nobody has been muzzled. The Minister of Public Works will be at committee. We will be at committee. We will be proud to talk about our government's accomplishments. The President of the Treasury Board has been there. Other ministers are going to be there. We are proud of what we have accomplished. Who should be ashamed? The Liberals should be ashamed for 13 years of corruption, for racking up the debt, and for ignoring the interests of the next generation of Canadians.

Our fiscal plan, which was just announced by the Minister of Finance and the President of the Treasury Board, is going to pay down $13 billion of the public debt, saving $650 million this year, the next year, and the year after that, so we will have the resources to give Canadians the services they need.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Marc Lemay Abitibi—Témiscamingue, QC

Mr. Speaker, in the coming days, aboriginal peoples will hold a major socio-economic forum in Mashteuiatsh, near Roberval, Quebec. The federal government will certainly take part in it.

How will the Prime Minister explain to them that Canada is the only country in the world other than Russia to have voted against the Declaration on Indigenous Peoples' Rights at the United Nations Human Rights Council and that it is getting ready to do the same at the UN General Assembly?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Jim Prentice Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to co-chair the First Nations socio-economic forum in Mashteuiatsh together with my counterpart from Quebec. I would also like to congratulate Chief Ghislain Picard for all his hard work and for organizing this forum. Our government will be well represented by hon. members of this House: the hon. member for Louis-Hébert, the hon. member for Lévis—Bellechasse, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec will be there.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Marc Lemay Abitibi—Témiscamingue, QC

Mr. Speaker, I think the minister did not understand my question. I will reword it.

Is the minister not embarrassed to go to Mashteuiatsh when he is against the Declaration on Indigenous Peoples' Rights and the Kelowna accord?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Jim Prentice Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the hon. member's question. He mentioned the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples' Rights. We would have supported that declaration if it had been clear, effective, responsible and fair. That is what this government wants.

Canada Labour Code
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Carole Lavallée Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Labour and member for Jonquière—Alma says that he cannot vote for the anti-strikebreaker bill, although he voted for it in 1991, because eight out of 10 provinces have no anti-strikebreaker legislation.

Can the Minister of Labour explain to us what connection he sees between the fact that eight provinces of Canada have no anti-strikebreaker legislation and the Canada Labour Code? He is the person responsible for the Canada Labour Code. Why is he refusing to act?