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 health.

Topics

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Mr. Speaker, the government, which talks so much about industry support, is abandoning the industry completely. That is what is unacceptable.

Why is the government refusing to grant loan guarantees to the forestry industry when that is the solution while we wait for a final agreement to be reached? Is it going to let the companies die with no agreement?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Colin Carrie Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, as I said, we are working on guaranteeing the industry, not guaranteeing loans. As this moves forward, we are very confident that we are going to have a great agreement for the Canadian softwood lumber industry and a great agreement for all Canadians.

Official Languages
Oral Questions

June 13th, 2006 / 2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Vivian Barbot Papineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, regarding the Canadian Forces' lack of compliance with the Official Languages Act, the Minister of National Defence attempted yesterday to justify the Canadian Forces' practices, which have been criticized by the Commissioner of Official Languages.

Does the Minister of National Defence not feel that he is in a very delicate position since, starting in the 1980s, he held senior positions in the Canadian Forces that require bilingualism, when he is clearly not bilingual?

Official Languages
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I do not understand the purpose of the question from the member opposite.

However, the Canadian Forces will be developing an official languages plan. It will be out within the next two months and will meet all the needs of the Canadian Forces and the language commissioner.

Official Languages
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Vivian Barbot Papineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the minister stated, and I quote: “In fact, in the military, francophones are represented in a higher proportion than in the overall population”.

How can the minister say that francophones are represented in a higher proportion in the military and justify that 68% of positions designated as bilingual are held by anglophones who are not bilingual? Does he not realize that his statement makes the situation even worse than what has been criticized?

Official Languages
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, as I said before, a strategic plan will be coming out to adjust positions and identify bilingual positions in the Canadian Forces. When this adjustment comes out, I think members will find a dramatic improvement in the defence department.

Health
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Ruby Dhalla Brampton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadians from coast to coast are waiting for doctors in emergency rooms, waiting for home care services, waiting for a national pharmaceutical strategy, and waiting for CT scans and MRIs. Meanwhile, the only thing that the minister is waiting for is his next dividend cheque from his drug company. Owning a drug company, when the health minister is responsible for the drug approval process in this country, is a conflict of interest.

Canadians want to know, when will this minister do the right thing, stop waiting, and sell his shares in his drug company?

Health
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, that is a nasty comment by the hon. member. She should be ashamed of herself. She should be applauding individuals like this who have effortlessly served Canada. She should withdraw her question.

Health
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Ruby Dhalla Brampton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, the person who should be ashamed is the minister, who is letting his mouthpiece do the talking.

In the last five months the minister has put forward no plan to ensure that wait times are reduced in this country. He has taken no action to ensure that Canadians receive safe and affordable access to medications.

Why can the minister not stand and admit that his ownership in a drug company is compromising his ability to do his job? Let the minister plan to get to work and introduce a national pharmaceutical strategy.

Health
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Health's ethical commitment to this province, to this country, and to the Crown is second to none. Any members who question that should be ashamed of themselves.

Canadian Television Fund
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Mississauga—Brampton South, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Canadian Heritage is responsible for the Canadian Television Fund to which the government and Canadian companies allocate funding to television producers to develop original programming. One such content producer, which has in the past benefited from the Canadian Television Fund grant, is Alliance Productions Limited.

According to documents filed by the Minister of Canadian Heritage with the Ethics Commissioner, she holds a financial interest in Alliance Productions Limited.

Is the minister not in a conflict of interest?

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. Despite the popularity enjoyed by the government House leader in the House, we must have some order so that we can hear his response to the question that was asked.

Canadian Television Fund
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Niagara Falls, ON

Mr. Speaker, nothing could make me more proud than to stand with my colleagues on this side on the question of ethical behaviour. We have nothing to learn from the Liberal Party.

I suggest the Liberals look at themselves in the mirror and be ashamed of the way they conducted government in this country. We have nothing to apologize for.