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

Motions in amendment
Federal Accountability Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Nepean—Carleton, ON

Mr. Speaker, an improved Access to Information Act is precisely what this government has delivered. We have delivered amendments in the accountability act that extend access to information far beyond where they have ever gone before. This is the greatest expansion in the history of Canada of access to information. We are opening up the drapes, letting in the sunshine and opening up government for all Canadians taxpayers to see.

Motions in amendment
Federal Accountability Act
Government Orders

2 p.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, I agree to withdraw Motions Nos. 17 and 19 and to keep Motion No. 18.

Motions in amendment
Federal Accountability Act
Government Orders

2 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Andrew Scheer

Perhaps the member could seek unanimous consent for that after question period.

Government Policies
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Zed Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister keeps saying that Canadians voted for change. They got change, but they certainly did not vote for the following:

The Liberal government's commitment for new tactical airlift fleet, at least 16 new aircraft, for the Canadian Forces has been scrapped.

The $3.5 billion promised for labour market partnership agreements with the provinces has been put in fiscal limbo.

Instead of $1.6 billion in funding for affordable housing, which we delivered under the Liberals' Bill C-48, the Conservatives have promised only $1.4 billion.

The Conservatives have cut the $1 billion for housing and infrastructure for aboriginals. They have cut the $1.3 billion for aboriginal health. They have cut the $200 million for aboriginal economic development. They have cut the $170 million for aboriginal accountability infrastructure. They have refused to uphold $400 million in extra funding for water treatment on reserve.

Canada's north has been ignored as the Liberals' northern strategy has not been implemented.

There is no new money for harbour cleanup for Saint John.

Food for Friends
Statements By Members

June 20th, 2006 / 2 p.m.

Conservative

Dave MacKenzie Oxford, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to acknowledge a wonderful initiative in my riding. Operation Sharing, an ecumenical ministry with widespread support started the Food for Friends program last fall.

Four major grocery stores in Woodstock encourage customers to donate 25¢ or more when they check out. The money is then put on food cards for those in the community who need assistance. This allows them to make choices that meet their dietary needs and more important, maintains their dignity.

The program is the brainchild of Chaplain Stephen Giuliano who serves as the program coordinator. Stephen is a wonderful advocate who builds confidence and brings hope to those who need a helping hand.

Oxford's residents have responded with great generosity. The program raised over $30,000 in its first three months.

Thanks go to IGA, Food Basics, Zehrs and Sobey's for facilitating the program, along with Stephen Giuliano and Operation Sharing.

I congratulate the residents of Oxford for demonstrating their generous spirit once again.

The Movie Duo
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Guimond Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the cast and crew of the movie Duo, which was filmed almost entirely in the Charlevoix region. This romantic comedy starring actors who are well known in the artistic community received a standing ovation from the audience at the world premiere in Charlevoix.

It is always nice to see Quebec films that put our own actors in the spotlight and showcase magnificent images. The film reveals the beauty of Charlevoix, where the mountains meet the sea. Duo's production team fell in love with the region's imposing scenery during filming of what is sure to be one of the summer's biggest hits.

I invite Quebeckers and Canadians to come discover the beauty of Charlevoix's enchanting scenery, its tourist attractions, its unique landscapes, and the hospitality of the people who live there. Above all, remember to go see Duo, the Quebec film that will certainly be a success.

Refugees
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

NDP

Bill Siksay Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, today is World Refugee Day, a good day to note concerns about Canada's refugee program.

The refugee appeal division still has to be implemented. Justice demands a merit based appeal. The government should obey the law.

Refugees continue to seek sanctuary in churches. The government must solve these particular situations that drive religious communities to this difficult step.

A time limit must be imposed so that failed refugees from countries to which a moratorium has been placed on deportations do not have their lives put on hold indefinitely.

Application fees charged to in-Canada refugees must be eliminated.

Canada must review the safe third country agreement with the U.S. The number of refugee arrivals at our land borders has been cut in half and many question the fairness of the hearing that some receive in the U.S.

The private sponsorship program, the basis for our international reputation on refugee issues, is backlogged and must be revived. Canadians remain ready to do their part and the government must respond.

Refugee issues demand our attention. World Refugee Day would be a good day for the government to announce action on these issues.

Stanley Cup Championship
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Laurie Hawn Edmonton Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, Cinderella is alive and living in Edmonton. Unfortunately, on the way to the Stanley Cup championship last night, the Edmonton Oilers' victory chariot turned into a pumpkin as they lost a heartbreaking game seven to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Despite that loss, the Edmonton Oilers defied all odds and can be extremely proud of the hard work, determination and undauntable warrior spirit that took them to the brink of hockey's holy grail.

As inspirational as the Oilers were on the ice, the fans gave us another real and important lesson. Fans in both cities were an appropriate metaphor for respectful international relations as they showed us how two rival teams, cities and countries can still respect each other despite fierce competition.

In both cities the fans sang and cheered the other team's national anthem with gusto. It brought a tear to my eye and a shiver to my spine.

I am sure that everyone in the House and across Canada will join in congratulating the Stanley Cup runner-up Edmonton Oilers, the champion Carolina Hurricanes and the fans from both cities.

Government Policies
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Stephen Owen Vancouver Quadra, BC

Mr. Speaker, to continue with the list of change for the worse, in the riding of Thornhill alone, funding to Kids Come First, a new day care facility with 56 spaces, has been cut.

In Saskatchewan federal support to farmers has been cut by about $200 million this year compared to last year.

Saskatchewan families have lost about $125 million for early learning and child care.

Money to upgrade and expand the RCMP's training facilities at the Depot Division in Regina has been reduced by more than 60%.

Strategic investments in energy, science and research have disappeared.

The promise for icebreakers in deep water ports has been broken.

The construction of two schools on first nations reserves in Alberta has been postponed, despite the $21 million in funding being committed to the two projects.

The national caregiver agenda, a five year $1 billion commitment to improve the lives of unpaid caregivers has been iced.

There is more, unfortunately.

Saskatchewan Centennial Medal
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Souris—Moose Mountain, SK

Mr. Speaker, today I had the privilege of presenting a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal to Captain Patrick Shawn Cosgrave Heebner, who was accompanied by his wife Nicole. It is a commemorative medal that marks Saskatchewan's 100th birthday and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to society. It recognizes leadership, volunteerism and community involvement and honours outstanding achievement.

Captain Heebner was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, raised in Pelican Narrows, and attended school in Kennedy, Saskatchewan. Following a highly successful high school program of academics and provincial level sports, and having graduated from Canada's Royal Military College, Captain Heebner was selected for the leadership team assigned to plan and open the Canadian Forces operation in the combat in Afghanistan. Captain Heebner led the maintenance efforts to adapt Canadian equipment to the rigours of the Afghan environment. His team's effort reduced the risks to Canadians overseas.

Captain Heebner continues to serve in a leadership role in Canadian operations and is to be commended through this citation.

Canadian Dollar
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Bloc

Paule Brunelle Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, the rising Canadian dollar is a major economic obstacle for exporters. This factor is wreaking havoc in the riding of Trois-Rivières and elsewhere.

The rising Canadian dollar cuts into our factories' profit margins, which results in job losses and a local economic slowdown.

For example, Kruger announced job cuts at its main plant in Trois-Rivières. Over the next two years, restructuring will result in the elimination of 80 jobs.

Job losses are having a direct negative effect on consumption, as well as repercussions on small and medium-sized businesses who must also cut jobs.

This situation is very troubling. The Bloc Québécois urges the federal government to implement energy measures to support the manufacturing sector, which is such an important source of jobs in the regions.

Veterans Walls of Remembrance
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Art Hanger Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Speaker, on Sunday, June 11 I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the Veterans Wall of Remembrance in Calgary.

Arbor Memorial Services and Memorial Gardens have erected 11 such memorial walls across the country. The 1,500 names of deceased and living soldiers that are written on each granite wall represent and honour what these brave men and women of this country have done to ensure our freedom. Not only do these walls pay tribute to our military heroes, they also serve as a physical reminder to future generations of what true freedom costs.

We can never repay our veterans for what they have given to us. Through their courage, bravery and ultimate sacrifice, death, they have won our freedom. These 11 walls across our great nation will be a constant reminder that freedom must be fought for and must be protected.

To the veterans who have fought and died and to the soldiers who are still fighting, we honour them and we will remember.

Government Policies
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Diane Marleau Sudbury, ON

Mr. Speaker, here are some other changes that Canadians did not vote for.

They did not vote for an end to provincial agreements on child care.

They did not vote to end financial support for innovation in Canada.

They did not vote for an agreement on softwood lumber that will cause at least 20% of the industry to fold.

They did not vote to cancel loan guarantees to forestry companies.

They did not vote to cancel the advisory committee on the disabled. This committee was to report on gaps in services.

To have five priorities is all well and good, but to hear and serve all Canadians would be much better.

Child Care
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

Joy Smith Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, even out of government, the Liberal culture of entitlement and arrogance continues to fester like a sore spot on Canada.

While attacking the Conservative choice in child care, the member for York West said, and I quote, “The Liberals invest in opportunities for our children while the Conservatives are busy building jails”.

Earlier this year the Liberal leadership candidate from St. Paul's launched spurious attacks upon parents who choose to raise their own children. Once again yet another Liberal trumpets the Liberal choice for child care instead of listening to everyday Canadian parents. What parents tell us is that they want the democratic right and support to make their own choices about their own children's child care.

On July 1 Canadian parents from all walks of life can look forward to receiving $100 for every child in their family under the age of six years. Clearly, this is a Canada Day celebration, a time to celebrate the right of parents to choose and to have the financial support to do that.

Children's Respiratory Health
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

NDP

Joe Comartin Windsor—Tecumseh, ON

Mr. Speaker, last week Health Canada officials released preliminary results of an ongoing study on air pollution and children's respiratory health. The initial results from the Windsor children's respiratory health study seem to indicate what to date no other more detailed study has, that there is no link between traffic emissions and our children's health.

Numerous studies, including those conducted by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the United States National Center for Environmental Health, have concluded that there are in fact a variety of health related problems for children exposed to ground level air pollution. These studies have examined border areas in the U.S., Mexico and Canada where there are similar problems of truck traffic.

It has been clearly and scientifically demonstrated that children living in areas with high levels of truck traffic are at an increased risk of developing asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.

Before we rush to conclude that truck traffic in the Windsor-Detroit area has no impact on our children's health, we should look carefully at the process of this study and wait for the full findings due out in the spring of 2007.