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

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Canadian Television Fund
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, he is absolutely correct, the Conservatives have learned nothing.

There is a reoccuring theme when it comes to conflict of interest. The Minister of Canadian Heritage is responsible for the Canadian Television Fund. Does the minister recognize that every time Alliance Productions Limited obtains funding from the government, it appears as though she is using taxpayers dollars to enrich herself?

My question is simple. Does the minister plan to disqualify Alliance Productions Limited from receiving any government funding as long as she remains the Minister of Canadian Heritage?

Canadian Television Fund
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker--

Canadian Television Fund
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Canadian Television Fund
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order. The hon. government House leader has the floor.

Canadian Television Fund
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Niagara Falls, ON

Mr. Speaker, my colleague has made a complete disclosure to the Ethics Commissioner and has followed all the rules. But if the hon. member wants to get upset about it, why does he not talk to one of his colleagues who has been hitting up kids for donations down in Toronto? Why does he not talk to him?

Chinese Canadians
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Conservative

Laurie Hawn Edmonton Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, for years the previous Liberal governments refused to do the right thing by apologizing for the Chinese head tax. In the Speech from the Throne, Canada's new government committed to an act in Parliament to offer an apology for the Chinese head tax.

Can the Minister of Canadian Heritage inform the House when this historic apology will take place?

Chinese Canadians
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Durham
Ontario

Conservative

Bev Oda Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, during the election campaign, the Prime Minister committed to working with the entire Chinese Canadian community to establish consensus for reconciliation and redress.

We have kept our word by holding an unprecedented series of grassroots national consultations on redress. I want to thank all of those who participated.

I am pleased to announce that the Prime Minister will keep his word by righting this historical wrong when he makes the formal apology in this House on Thursday, June 22.

Aeronautics
Oral Questions

June 13th, 2006 / 2:40 p.m.

NDP

Peter Julian Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

Mr. Speaker, Canadians demand nothing less than a totally safe transportation system. Yesterday, four Air Canada Jazz mechanics were suspended for daring to reveal the fact that roughly once a week a Jazz plane flies with serious mechanical irregularities. In the meantime, the minister wants to eliminate all transparency and give the airlines carte blanche. It is unbelievable.

Will the minister change his policy and withdraw Bill C-6?

Aeronautics
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, as my colleague mentioned, I was indeed informed of this situation this morning. Transport Canada officials are verifying whether these allegations are founded. If so, we will see to taking the appropriate action.

Aeronautics
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Peter Julian Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

It is clear, Mr. Speaker, with that minister, it is safety last.

We learned last week that more than 80,000 Canadians have been put at risk over the last five years due to near misses. Fatal aircraft accidents have increased almost 50% in Canada. What is the response from the minister? More secrecy, less responsibility and fewer flight attendants to evacuate passengers in an emergency. It is unbelievable.

Canadians want to see better flight standards, not this foolish attempt to push lower American standards.

Will the minister commit today to reject this irresponsible plan to reduce flight attendants and the margin of safety on Canadian flights?

Aeronautics
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, Canada has one of the safest aviation systems in the world and the accident rate continues, basically, on a downward trend. That has been the case over the last several years.

Transport Canada constantly monitors the safety of the aviation environment and does not hesitate to take the appropriate action to protect the safety of the travelling public.

Airbus
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

David McGuinty Ottawa South, ON

Mr. Speaker, this morning we read for a second time an editorial in the Montreal Gazette about former Prime Minister Mulroney and his relationship with Karlheinz Schreiber. The editorial refers to three questionable $100,000 payments to Mr. Mulroney, something the former PM has acknowledge receiving.

All parties involved and all Canadians would like to see the facts on the table. The Prime Minister has had months to deal with the situation.

The Gazette states that his government would be expected to have some interest in the airbus affair, no matter where it might lead.

In light of this powerful editorial, is the Prime Minister prepared to call a public inquiry into this matter?

Airbus
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, the last time a Liberal spoke to this issue, there had to be a million dollar plus settlement, which cost taxpayers literally hundreds of thousands, well in excess of a million dollars.

The member opposite should be ashamed by asking that question. If he feels so strongly, why does he not repeat it outside?

Airbus
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

David McGuinty Ottawa South, ON

Mr. Speaker, this morning for the second time in the Montreal Gazette there was an editorial on the links between former Prime Minister Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber. Without a doubt, it is high time to answer the questions surrounding this relationship, questions that have remained unanswered thus far. All parties concerned, and all Canadians, would like the facts to be made clear. The Montreal Gazette talks about $2.1 million taken from taxpayers' pockets. It says the Prime Minister should address the Airbus affair, whatever the outcome.

The Prime Minister has had months to give us an update. Will he finally set up an independent inquiry?

Airbus
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, I note that the hon. member from Ottawa asked the exact same question in French.

The last time a Liberal member said anything about the matter, $2 million was spent on charges of false accusations. The Liberals had 13 years to make this request and they never did during their 13 years in government. The real reason they did nothing is because there is nothing to discuss.