House of Commons Hansard #32 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was sentence.

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Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Lynne Yelich Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Mr. Speaker, this pilot project was more focused than the former one. The regions that have seen significant improvement in their labour market situations since the launch of the previous one are the regions that have been included in this new pilot project.

Mirabel Airport Property
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Mario Laframboise Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, QC

Mr. Speaker, during the last election campaign, the Conservative Party promised to give back to the farmers of Mirabel 11,000 acres of expropriated land. This is in line with the motion they had supported one year earlier. However, we have reason to fear that the Conservative government is about to renege on that promise by returning only a portion of that land.

Can the minister make a firm commitment, to the Mirabel farmers and former owners of expropriated land, to give back all of the 11,000 acres promised?

Mirabel Airport Property
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, before the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, I had the opportunity to answer my hon. colleague's question. I indicated at the committee that we are in the midst of discussions, not only with Montreal airport authorities, but also with the people affected.

I also said that we would make our announcements and conclude these discussions by the end of the summer.

Mirabel Airport Property
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Bloc

Mario Laframboise Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to point out to the minister that the promise made by the Conservatives was that no more and no less than 11,000 acres would be returned to the farmers.

Can the minister promise here today that he will go ahead and return the 11,000 acres, in good faith and without any tricks, to the Mirabel farmers and former owners of expropriated land, as promised by the Conservative Party?

Mirabel Airport Property
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I understand my colleague's eagerness to get things done. Obviously, in the course of his term and that of the Bloc Québécois, he asked many questions on this topic. We are working very hard on this file in an attempt to bring it to a successful conclusion. The Canadian government has taken on this role and it is the mandate of the Conservative members from Quebec. We resolve files, which is something the Bloc Québécois has never managed to do.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, after trying to dismiss the Kelowna accord as a fiction during the public accounts committee meeting yesterday, the member for Prince Albert insinuated that the first nations' quality of life was not an issue of resources or in his words “money”. First nations' problems were that they were living in some sort of “Marxist paradise”.

Will the Prime Minister, whose office is called “The Kremlin” by his own members, send the member to the gulag to join his fellow spewer of degrading comments toward our first nations, the member for Saskatoon—Wanuskewin?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the government is not going to accept another smear on a member with comments taken out of context. If that member reads in context the remarks of the member in question, he may realize that he was speaking sarcastically out of frustration in a comment about 13 years of Liberal failure of our aboriginal people.

I would invite him to show a little contrition for the total failure of his government to deliver for Canada's aboriginal men and women.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Liberal

Borys Wrzesnewskyj Etobicoke Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, we are not buying those glass beads. With the slash and burn of Kelowna, the Conservatives showed their true faces.

The member for Saskatoon—Wanuskewin blamed natives, who died of exposure when dumped outside of city boundaries. Now the member for Prince Albert shows what Conservatives take for sarcastic humour with his “Marxist paradise” and “you can't scalp me, I haven't much hair” comments. It is time the Saskatchewan neo-cons learned that our first nations are deserving of respect, not derision.

When will the Prime Minister instruct his Saskatchewan Conservatives to stop acting like Harperians?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member said yesterday, “The aboriginals don't have things that everybody else takes for granted, like freedom of choice to do things in life, ownership of property and so on”. He was speaking out of frustration about the former government's total failure.

However, speaking of scalping and glass beads, perhaps that member could apologize for former Prime Minister Chrétien who said in 1990, “I was the only Minister of Indian Affairs to have survived six years while managing to keep my scalp”.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Denis Coderre Bourassa, QC

Mr. Speaker, I think that the hon. member comes nowhere near to measuring up to former Prime Minister Chrétien when it comes to aboriginal affairs.

The Conservatives, including the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, are making a pathetic attempt to rewrite history by denying that funding for the Kelowna accord was already granted. The member for Edmonton—St. Albert went so far as to deny that the accord even existed. Now, to make matters even worse, the member for Prince Albert has made an unacceptable comment to the effect that aboriginal people are living in a “Marxist paradise”. None of the Conservative members has condemned these remarks.

Are we to understand that the Prime Minister agrees with these disgusting remarks, and is this the Conservative government's new policy?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, what we do not agree with is the Liberal government's total failure with respect to Canada's aboriginal peoples, a failure that has left thousands of people living in deprivation and poverty. That is why the hon. member used strong language, because of his frustration with the Liberal Party's failure with respect to aboriginal peoples.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Denis Coderre Bourassa, QC

Mr. Speaker, there is absolutely no reason for intolerant remarks and for considering people as second-class citizens. Aboriginal Canadians are first-class citizens and deserve our respect.

Will the Prime Minister do the honourable thing? We know that he is stubborn and arrogant. He has an opportunity to prove to use that he learns from his mistakes. Will he insist that, at the next meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the vice-chair do the only honourable thing and resign?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we do not need lessons in civility from Alfonso Gagliano's mini-me.

Nevertheless, let me be clear. This government supports the improvement of aboriginal Canadians' living conditions. That is why, thanks to an incredibly talented minister, we are reversing the Liberals' total failure to improve the living conditions of aboriginal Canadians.

Darfur
Oral Questions

June 2nd, 2006 / 11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Peter Goldring Edmonton East, AB

Mr. Speaker, citizens of Darfur have faced years of war, strife and hardship. The international community has an obligation to contribute aid to the innocent victims of the ongoing war in that region. Canada has a long history of providing humanitarian aid to people in crisis.

Could the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation tell us what contributions the government will make to the people of Darfur?

Darfur
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Conservative

Ted Menzies Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Edmonton East for his longstanding compassion and support for the people of Darfur.

The government was quick to respond after the Darfur peace agreement was signed. In fact, on May 23, the Prime Minister, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Cooperation, announced a further $20 million for the peace process as well $20 million for humanitarian aid for the folks in that region.