House of Commons Hansard #44 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was information.

Topics

Government Policies
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Massimo Pacetti Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, QC

Mr. Speaker, here are some more changes that we know Canadians did not vote for.

The funding set aside for the Manitoba Literacy Partners, beginning in March 2007, will be cancelled.

Mail delivery was suddenly interrupted for 53,000 homes in rural areas of Canada.

Credits of $1.8 billion set aside for Aboriginal education programs have been abandoned.

Popular programs such as the one tonne challenge and EnerGuide have been cancelled.

Billions of dollars to help fund post-secondary education have been reduced to an $80 tax credit for textbooks.

Funding for the Canadian Unity Council has been cancelled to help the separatists.

Funding for the National Literacy Secretariat has been cancelled.

Annual appropriations for immigration have been cut by $145 million.

And that is not all.

Official Languages Commissioner
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Bloc

Vivian Barbot Papineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, on July 31, the term of office of the fifth Official Languages Commissioner, Ms. Dyane Adam, will come to an end.

A psychologist, teacher, exceptional administrator and woman of conviction, Ms. Adam has worked throughout her career to promote recognition of the rights of the francophone linguistic minority, the status of women, health and education.

From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Adam promoted the French language. She was able to update the minority status of French as a language of service and language of work. With integrity, authority and determination she made equality of the French and English languages a reality.

The Bloc Québécois notes with pleasure that Ms. Adam will be living in Île d'Orléans, Quebec.

Good luck, Ms. Adam. We thank her for her good and faithful service.

Government Policies
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Liberal

Maria Minna Beaches—East York, ON

Mr. Speaker, to continue with the list of changes for the worse, the Kyoto protocol has been rejected. Project green has been dropped. A made in Canada solution that would have resolved 80% of the problem two years ahead of schedule has been eliminated.

A promise to provide the Canada Council with $300 million has been broken.

A promise to speed up the foreign credential recognition process has been broken.

The right of same sex partners to marry is being threatened.

The part time ACOA minister uses blatant political pork-barrelling for his provincial PC friends. This is unaccountable.

Child care spaces destined for Toronto families where mothers are crying out for affordable day care have been cut.

The justice minister will not take unscreened questions at a town hall meeting because he does not like the answers he would have to give. This is unaccountable.

We know that Canadians are not naive as the Prime Minister seems to think. They have noticed all these changes for the worse.

Firearms Registry
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Lemieux Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, ON

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Liberal member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine said that an overwhelming majority of her caucus would support the wasteful billion dollar long gun registry.

Let me remind her what members of her own caucus have said. The Liberal member for Outremont said, “The gun registry is a disaster. It is a living, breathing scandal”.

The Liberal member for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River said, “I have advised my Liberal colleagues that I'll be voting with the Conservatives to dismantle the Firearms Act”.

The Liberal leadership hopeful, the member for Kings—Hants said, “Over one billion dollars has been wasted for this misguided, poorly designed long gun registry program that from the beginning was destined for failure”.

Unlike the Liberals, the government is committed to keeping its promises and delivering real results to Canadians. The government is committed to effective gun control. We need to target criminals, not duck hunters and farmers.

Government of Canada
Oral Questions

June 20th, 2006 / 2:15 p.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, we are one day shy of the summer solstice. As the poet might say: strange things are done under the midnight sun, but none stranger than the Tories and the NDP as one.

The NDP have put the success of the Conservatives ahead of the values of progressive Canadians. It has cost our country early learning and child care agreements with the provinces, the Kelowna solution to the problems of aboriginal Canadians, and Canada's participation in the fight against global warming, the Kyoto accord.

Why does the Prime Minister continue his alliance with the NDP to compromise the values and priorities of progressive Canadians?

Government of Canada
Oral Questions

2:15 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I think that question must have been written under a full moon and probably on a different planet.

The reality is that the previous government was so bad on these issues and had so little to show for 13 years of achievement that even its friends in the NDP abandoned it.

We are now moving forward making real progress on the environment, child care, aboriginal issues, and of course all the things the Liberals forgot about, such as tax reduction and crime control.

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:15 p.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, we know all about this planet because of the government's environmental plans to destroy it.

Ordinary Canadians are beginning to see through this government's child care payment scheme and realize that it will not sustain the program put in place by the Liberal government.

Supporters of the payments without places approach must be alarmed at the newest trend. Cash strapped day care providers are eating up the government's payouts like the one that is presently adding $4 a day as a toy fee. They will soon learn that the Prime Minister's payment plan works out to less than $4 a day after taxes.

Can the Prime Minister or even his numerically nimble finance minister explain to Canadians that the Conservative plan will cost families more money and still give them fewer spaces to choose from?

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:15 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, our plan will give some money, whereas the Liberal plan gave no money. Our plan will create spaces, whereas the Liberals created no spaces. I guess that is why they supported the budget in the end.

The most important thing about our plan is that we will be sending money to children, not taking money from children as the Liberals are doing in their leadership race.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, among all the bad news for the government we again find the Minister of the Environment. The Sierra Club gave the government the worst possible marks on its environmental record and that is an F. Today the minister's executive assistant had to abandon ship, no doubt before it sank.

Will the Prime Minister finally listen to Canadians, who understand that the Kyoto protocol is an opportunity not to be missed?

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the worst environmental record in the world is that of the former Liberal government. Our minister is working very hard to fix it.

When it comes to Kyoto, I am amazed to hear that kind of comment coming from the Leader of the Opposition because his apparent successor, the member for Etobicoke—Lakeshore, says the following:

I think our party has got into a mess on the environment. As a practical matter of politics, nobody knows what (Kyoto) is or what it commits us to...We think Kyoto has been an asset for us. It's actually been a huge political liability.

It is a liability for that party. It will be an asset for us.

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Outremont, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the following of the Prime Minister: how can the Conservative government, with the support and complicity of the Bloc Québécois, deprive Quebec of the $807 million allocated to compensate for child care and to help Quebec families?

Is the real change that Quebec will receive less money under the Conservative regime than it did under the Liberal regime?

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, charging that the universal child care benefit is a tax grab, when it will put millions of dollars in the hands of Canadian families, is a very odd and unsupported assertion. The numbers of the member opposite are speculative. I assure the House that our plan works.

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Lapierre Outremont, QC

Mr. Speaker, $807 million was cut in Quebec for child care, but there is another amount that the Conservative government cut with the complicity and support of the Bloc Québécois and that is the $328 million that Quebec was supposed to receive for respecting the Kyoto protocol.

Is the real change for the government the fact that the Conservatives are giving less to Quebec than the Liberals did?

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I want to point out that this government signed an historic agreement with the Government of Quebec for UNESCO, which the former government refused to do.

We are spending twice as much on child care than the Liberals did. More importantly, this money is for the parents and not money for Liberal ad agencies.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, on April 27 the Prime Minister announced, with much fanfare, that a preliminary softwood lumber agreement had been reached with the American government. Since then, we have been waiting for the final agreement and the government is refusing to grant loan guarantees, claiming that the final agreement is imminent. While we wait, the industry is having cash flow problems and some sawmills are being forced to close down.

Why is the Prime Minister being so obstinate about not granting loan guarantees to the softwood lumber industry, which has been calling for those guarantees for a long time?