House of Commons Hansard #94 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

December 8th, 2006 / 11:30 a.m.

Liberal

Anthony Rota Nipissing—Timiskaming, ON

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Canadian Press reported that three ministers, including the Minister of Public Safety, had asked the Prime Minister to fire the RCMP commissioner earlier this fall.

Furthermore, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs refuse to comment on the matter.

Was the Prime Minister pressured by his ministers to fire Mr. Zaccardelli, yes or no?

RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, as I said yesterday, that story is a complete and utter fabrication.

RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Liberal

Anthony Rota Nipissing—Timiskaming, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are being asked to swallow a buffet of nonsense on this issue. Not only that, even after the commissioner discussed his desire to correct the public record on such a sensitive matter, the minister expects Canadians to believe he did not ask what needed to be corrected and why.

How on earth could the commissioner hold the confidence of this government through all this, if the minister had done his job?

RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, the entire government has done its job related to the Arar mess that was created by and presided over by the federal Liberals. They did nothing.

We have accepted all 23 recommendations of the O'Connor report. We have also given instructions to deal with the question of compensation for Mr. Arar, which according to Justice O'Connor should also include an apology. The 23 recommendations have led to enhanced capabilities between the RCMP and CSIS and other agencies. Our situation in terms of safety and security for our citizens is better now than it was under the Liberals.

RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Liberal

David McGuinty Ottawa South, ON

Mr. Speaker, if there is one thing this Prime Minister is good at, it is the excessive control he has over communications. Whether it be speeches, announcements or travel allowances, everything is controlled by the Prime Minister's Office.

Now he would have us believe that he learned that the RCMP commissioner was going to change his testimony just this week, when his Minister of Public Safety knew about this more than a month ago. Who is telling the truth?

RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, it is becoming increasingly obvious to Canadians that the reason members opposite continue to go on senseless fishing expeditions on items that are absolutely obvious is to try to hide the fact that when they had this file, they had a situation where Mr. Arar was suffering in a Syrian prison.

Members opposite had a situation where one of their ministers was even raising the question of whether or not Mr. Arar was tortured. They had a situation where their solicitor general would not write a letter to the Syrians to say that the man should be out of jail. It was horrifying how they mishandled this file. That is why they are trying to hide that fact.

RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Liberal

David McGuinty Ottawa South, ON

Mr. Speaker, the commissioner's original testimony did not hold water and each witness who came to the committee subsequently poked more holes in it. The commissioner and the committee knew there were problems, but what Canadians are concerned about is why the Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Safety did not.

Does the Prime Minister, a practising information czar, really expect Canadians to believe he knew nothing of this matter until Monday of this week? How is it that this one particular file slipped through his iron grip, and why is he now desperately distancing himself from it?

RCMP Commissioner
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Okanagan—Coquihalla
B.C.

Conservative

Stockwell Day Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, I assume the member opposite knows that the commissioner has submitted his resignation and that will be effective as of the 15th. What he told all of us on Monday was that he wanted to correct some contradictions. He realized there was some risk in him doing so with regard to some errors he had made. I do respect the fact that he did the honourable thing after clearing up the contradictions, which everybody found out about on Monday.

We still do not know why one of the former Liberal government's ministers, according to Justice O'Connor, raised doubts in the minds of Canadians that Mr. Arar was even tortured, and why its former solicitor general would not write a letter to the Syrians to get him out of jail. We do not know that.

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Bloc

André Bellavance Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, at the 82nd UPA convention yesterday, like me, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food heard farmers' requests to adapt programs to the needs of Quebec farmers, especially in the grain, pork and dairy sectors.

In this context, does the minister intend to change the Canadian agricultural income stabilization program, or CAIS, so that it can truly meet the needs of farmers, as he has so often promised?

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière
Québec

Conservative

Jacques Gourde Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, I would like to assure this House that this new government will always listen to farmers and that Quebec will always have its fair share.

This goes for the potato farmers of Saint-Amable, as well as the pork producers, beef farmers, dairy farmers and so on.

In fact, Quebec will receive over $400 million.

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

André Bellavance Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member and his colleagues should have read their press review this morning.

In the wake of recognizing Quebeckers as a nation, UPA president Laurent Pellerin is calling on the minister to be consistent, open and flexible, and to recognize the distinct nature of Quebec agriculture.

Does the minister not agree, in order to prove that the recognition of Quebeckers as a nation was not just meaningless words, this recognition must be acted on, with specific programs that reflect the distinct nature of Quebec agriculture?

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière
Québec

Conservative

Jacques Gourde Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind my hon. colleague that, in 16 years of existence, his party has done absolutely nothing to help Canadian farmers.

This new government listens to our farmers and is committed to helping farmers across Canada, including those in Quebec.

Aeronautics Industry
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Robert Vincent Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Quebec government released its research and innovation strategy, more specifically as it regards the aeronautics industry. However, according to Bell Helicopter's director of development, Michel Legault, this is not enough to compete against foreign competitors, and the federal government must announce its plan at the earliest opportunity.

The Minister of Industry made a commitment to review the technology partnerships Canada program. Considering that the aeronautics industry is anxious, what is he waiting for to make his plans public?

Aeronautics Industry
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, this is obviously an issue we are very concerned about and I know the member opposite shares our concern. What we are trying to do is build an economy in Canada with low taxation and with low regulation that will help encourage economic development and create more jobs.

Aeronautics Industry
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Robert Vincent Shefford, QC

Mr. Speaker, delaying the announcement of the federal plan is creating insecurity among decision makers, and this is bad for the future of the aeronautics industry. “We are stamping our feet”, says Mr. Legault.

Will the minister hear this call from the aeronautics industry, and will he put an end to this uncertainty by implementing the plan developed and proposed by the Bloc Québécois?