House of Commons Hansard #79 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was cmhc.

Topics

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

November 8th, 2006 / 3 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Public Safety says he consults the advisory committee. It seems, though, that he has gotten rid of all the committee members who were in favour of keeping the firearms registry. He has replaced them solely with people who share his ideological approach and are in favour of eliminating the registry.

Will the minister admit that in doing this he has just transformed the advisory committee into a pro-firearms lobby?

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, I consult many groups on firearms. Different groups have different ideas: some are in favour of a long-gun registry and others are opposed.

I have a question too: since we are trying to prosecute people who use firearms illegally, why does the Bloc Québécois not support us on this when we want to prosecute criminals?

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, the question is not about whom the minister meets. We are talking about the make-up of the committee, which is there to provide advice. This committee consists of an arms merchant, a hunters’ association and some police officers who have said, speaking as individuals, that they oppose the firearms registry.

How much credibility does the Minister of Public Safety think he has when he systematically packs the advisory committee with people who think like him?

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Once again, Mr. Speaker, I consult people and have meetings with many groups and individuals who have a variety of views and standpoints.

The question remains, however: why will the Bloc not support Bill C-10 to prosecute criminals who kill and use firearms in criminal, dangerous ways. Why will it not support us?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Jim Karygiannis Scarborough—Agincourt, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canada has been built by immigrants.

Yesterday at committee the minister indicated that he and his officials were reviewing the matter of dual citizenship. Will the minister do the honourable thing and abandon this ludicrous plan?

He is showing his true colours by reviving the Reform position that immigrants are taking advantage of Canada. He knows better. When will the government stop pitting Canadians against each other?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Medicine Hat
Alberta

Conservative

Monte Solberg Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, actually, it is the Liberals who took advantage of Canada. Many Canadians have concerns and opinions about the issue that the member has raised. Obviously, we are listening to them and we are considering our options. It is the position of the government that if people want to have the privilege of holding a Canadian passport, they have to accept that they have some obligations as well.

Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Steven Blaney Lévis—Bellechasse, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have an article from Le Droit stating that the new Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, is concerned about French television coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010. Mr. Fraser indicated that “a solution must be found to ensure that broadcasts of the Games will be available and of comparable quality in both official languages, for the benefit of all Canadians”. This is a legitimate concern.

I would like to know what the minister responsible for the 2010 Olympic Games will do to ensure that francophones have comparable service throughout the country.

Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Vancouver Kingsway
B.C.

Conservative

David Emerson Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his concern on this issue.

Under the multi-party agreement, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will observe Canada's official languages policy. This morning I spoke to the CEO of the Vancouver Olympic organizing committee. He has committed to both the letter and the intent of Canada's official languages policy. This morning my office was informed by CTV that it will make available its French language sports network free of charge for the duration of the games.

Our commitment is to ensure--

Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. member for New Westminster--Coquitlam.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Dawn Black New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, when it came to support for his war in Iraq, George Bush told fellow Americans, “You are either with me or against me”. After last night's mid-term election results, it looks like the Americans are against him, with Republican after Republican getting booted from office for their support for this unpopular war.

When it comes to Afghanistan, will the government learn any lessons from last night, or will it stay the course and meet the same fate as its American cousins?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I consider that basically a silly question.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. The Minister of National Defence has the floor.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Carleton—Mississippi Mills, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is the equivalent of me asking the NDP if the election of Daniel Ortega will have changed its policies.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Dawn Black New Westminster—Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, I can tell him that Donald Rumsfeld does not think it is very silly or funny.

Senior Republicans blamed their resounding defeat yesterday on retribution for the Bush administration's unwillingness to listen to them when it came to Iraq. The mission we have in southern Afghanistan is unbalanced. There are no improvements to electricity, to water. Afghan people are starving in Afghanistan. At the same time the government spends $150,000 on one Excalibur shell, one shell.

I want the minister to commit today, will he stop the--