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

Government of Canada
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to attend the hockey game with many other Oiler fans. We are obviously all disappointed at the outcome of last night's game, but I think all Canadians, and particularly Edmontonians, can be proud that a team that finished in eighth place, that had its backup goalie in net, almost got the Stanley Cup. They deserve the applause of all members.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Joy Smith Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, for 13 years the Liberals dodged and dithered and ultimately did nothing to address aboriginal housing, education, health and matrimonial real property.

Could the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development please tell the House what he is doing to address the very important issues on matrimonial real property on reserves?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Jim Prentice Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her work on this important subject. The government believes in action to protect aboriginal women, children and families.

Over the past 15 years there have been repeated calls for the federal government to enact matrimonial real property legislation to protect women on reserve. The Liberals would not act. Today, we did.

This morning I announced the appointment of a respected aboriginal woman, a former chief, Miss Wendy Grant-John, as my ministerial representative. She will head up the consultation process so legislation to project aboriginal women can be introduced in the House next spring.

Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, today in Vancouver the United Nations has brought together affordable housing advocates to stress the dire need for affordable housing in Canada and around the world.

The Conservative government has no plan for housing in Canada. The one-time payment will not put a dent in the housing crisis. Families are being evicted. People are forced to live on the streets. The need for decent housing only grows.

Will the minister commit today to funding a national housing strategy that would give all Canadians access to safe, affordable housing?

Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the minister has confirmed that she has reached an agreement with the province of British Columbia to transfer the administration of federal resources for existing social housing from CMHC to the Government of British Columbia.

The new agreement will better integrate social housing clients and make efficient use of tax dollars. Savings will be realized through streamlined administration and efficiencies. Under the terms of the new agreement, federal funding will continue to be used for low income housing.

Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, that is one province. This is a big country. The Conservative government refuses to commit to continue funding projects for emergency shelters and homeless people. Shelters are the last line of defence for preventing homelessness and many will be left with no choice but to close down this fall.

Will the minister stand up for Canada, invest in a federal homelessness strategy and protect the most vulnerable people in this country?

Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the member must have forgotten that she helped pass the budget in which the Government of Canada allocated up to $1.4 billion for affordable housing. This is a one time investment that indicates $800 million to increase the supply of affordable housing, $300 million to the provinces to address immediate pressures on the off reserve aboriginal housing and $300 million to address the particularly acute housing situation in Canada's north.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

June 20th, 2006 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, an essential component to the success of our mission in Afghanistan is the ability of the Afghan security forces to provide security within their own country and yet we have heard nothing from the government in terms of how many Afghan security forces are needed and how many will be trained.

My question for the government is simple and it is important for the exit strategy for our troops. Over the next two and a half years how many Afghan security forces will be trained by the government and how many will be needed for the Afghan people to provide their own security?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question but I must point out that the member voted against our troops in Afghanistan.

Our forces and a number of countries are involved in training the Afghan military and the Afghan police. We do our portion in Kabul. We have a training team training large numbers of the Afghan army but this is in concert with other countries.

National Revenue
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Luc Harvey Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, in Quebec, thousands of investors lost their savings in the Norbourg scandal. We know that the Minister of National Revenue cannot comment on specific cases, but perhaps the minister could tell the House what the federal government's position on this issue is. Does the federal government intend to take any action that might eventually harm these investors?

National Revenue
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Carol Skelton Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Western Economic Diversification

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Louis-Hébert for his excellent question and my Quebec colleagues have made very passionate representations to me. I cannot go into the specifics of any case but I am pleased to say that this government does not intend to retain funds identified as properly belonging to investors. This will be determined through court proceedings.

The Environment
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

Claude DeBellefeuille Beauharnois—Salaberry, QC

Mr. Speaker, in August 2004, a ruptured pump at CEZ Inc. in Valleyfield resulted in the release of a toxic cloud that travelled as far as downtown Montreal and affected thousands of people. Today we learn that, at the time, Environment Canada had not double checked some information provided by the company; certain compromising documents had even been disregarded.

Will the Minister of the Environment agree to reopen the investigation to shed light on this incident?

The Environment
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, as reflected in my earlier comments, protecting the health of Canadians is extremely important to this government and Environment Canada. I am not aware of this oversight but I will look into it and I will get back to the member. I can assure her that any exposure I have had to Environment Canada investigative processes is done with the full integrity and adherence to the process of the law.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order to correct the record. I should have said let us move to accountability from corruption.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

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

Mr. Speaker, last week you intervened twice on matters of decorum in this House. Again today, a disgraceful gesture was made by an hon. member of this House. When the hon. member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine asked a question, the hon. member for Winnipeg Centre made a disgraceful gesture toward her. More specifically, he gave her the finger. Accordingly, I would ask, in the name of decorum and in order to maintain discipline in this House, that you ask the hon. member for Winnipeg Centre to apologize for making this disgraceful gesture.