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 amendments.

Topics

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, what we have is better than loan guarantees, it is a permanent agreement with the United States. We are therefore working to ensure that this agreement is signed. It will probably not be this week, but we are doing the work that is needed for signing this agreement, which will give rights to Canadian companies.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of International Trade tells us that it will not be before next fall. In the meantime, the softwood lumber industry is having cash flow problems, jobs are being lost, sawmills are closing and the government is doing nothing.

If they are this sure that the agreement is good and that we are going to recover billions of dollars, what is stopping them, in the meantime, from helping the softwood lumber industry and saving jobs in all of the regions of Quebec? Why are they not doing something? There is no excuse for doing nothing. How can they explain it? I want just one answer.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we are hoping to move forward before the fall on the agreement that is supported by the industry in Canada and Quebec. I hope that the Bloc Québécois is going to start listening to the industry, which wants to finalize this agreement.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre Paquette Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Industry has stated on several occasions that loan guarantees were subsidies, that this was illegal and that they had to be included in the government’s budget expenditures. All of these notions are completely false.

Can the Minister of International Trade tell us what the real reasons are for the government to be obstinately refusing to grant loan guarantees to forestry companies? Those companies will have to go without their own money for several more months, and he is perfectly aware of this.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Vancouver Kingsway
B.C.

Conservative

David Emerson Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, the real reason is the one given by the Prime Minister. We are very close to finalizing an agreement that will be very good for the softwood lumber industry.

It will accelerate the payment of deposits to the companies under the softwood lumber agreement. It will restrain the United States from launching more attacks on the Canadian softwood lumber industry. It will ensure investment, growth and employment in a healthy softwood lumber industry in Canada for the next nine years at least.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre Paquette Joliette, QC

Mr. Speaker, if the government continues to deny companies loan guarantees, as the minister has just reminded us, it must be because there is a very good reason that we are unfortunately not yet aware of.

Might the Prime Minister, out of naivety or inexperience—or both—have made a personal commitment to President Bush not to grant loan guarantees to Canadian forestry companies? Would that not be the real reason why there are no loan guarantees?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Vancouver Kingsway
B.C.

Conservative

David Emerson Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, I can assure the hon. member that the Prime Minister made no such commitment to the President of the United States. We are very close to a very good softwood lumber agreement that will accelerate the return of deposits to Canadian companies. It will ensure the health of the industry far better than any conceivable loan guarantee program would.

Canada Border Services Agency
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, literally a flood of illegal guns is making its way into Canadian cities virtually every single day. The only way to stop that is to put a block on illegal guns coming across the border.

Yesterday the president of the Canada Border Services Agency shocked Canadians when he said that over 300 cars in six months ran right through our borders and the agency has no idea of where they are.

It turns out that for the government new uniforms for the border agents is more important than any kind of plan. Where is the Prime Minister's plan to stop the torrent of killer guns coming across the border?

Canada Border Services Agency
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member should know because his party supported the budget, the budget contains significant new funds to improve security at our border. That will go into things such as arming border guards and providing more resources to prevent the very kinds of problems that he refers to.

I will tell the House what we will not be doing. We will not be trying to control guns by thinking that these criminals who are bringing guns across the border are going to run down and register them in Miramichi.

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

The fact is, Mr. Speaker, that this Prime Minister has been in power long enough that we should have seen some progress on safety at the border by now. He cannot use that excuse forever.

Speaking of which, two months ago he was announcing another big border item. He was announcing an historic agreement, as he called it, on softwood. It is now falling apart and his own minister had to admit as much yesterday. Now we have home builders in the U.S. saying that even with this sellout deal producers in Canada are going to be competing for a smaller share of the American market.

Will the Prime Minister finally at least admit that his softwood sellout is going down the tubes?

Softwood Lumber
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, as I have said before, our negotiators, ambassadorial personnel and others are hard at work finalizing the legal text of this agreement.

The opposition in one breath decries the fact the agreement is not done yet and in another breath says it should never happen, so I do not know what its position is. What I do know is that this is a good deal for Canadians. That is why we want to get it done.

I can also correct the error of the hon. member for Toronto--Danforth. The fact of the matter is that no Canadian province is obligated to accept any quota or any quantity restriction under this agreement.

Child Care
Oral Questions

June 20th, 2006 / 2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Oakville, ON

Mr. Speaker, during the election, the NDP claimed to put children before politics, but since then the NDP has spent more time cozying up to the Conservatives than they have fighting for child care. If it had not been for the NDP sellout on child care, we would not have a government that is calling a monthly cheque a child care program.

Today there is a new poll out that shows most Canadians favour the Liberal child care plan. Canadians get it. When will the social development minister get it and admit that she needs more than a tax incentive to create the spaces this country needs?

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, far be it from me to understand the NDP and its child care policy. However, we offered Canadians a child care plan. They voted for it. We offered it and we will deliver it.

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Oakville, ON

Mr. Speaker, today's new poll demonstrates that Canadians believe government has an important role in child care. In other words, they reject the “fend for yourself” approach that the government calls a plan.

The Environics poll showed that support for a national child care system was high across Canada in both urban and rural areas and even among families with a stay at home parent. Liberals do not object to increasing family allowances, but we do want to know why the government insists it must be at the expense of child care programs that Canadians need.

Child Care
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, we do not believe in taking from the children. We believe in giving to the children.