House of Commons Hansard #102 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was change.

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National Defence
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Noon

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to improving the state of the military, the navy, the army and the air force, unlike the previous government that just did not get it done. No decisions whatsoever have been made with respect to the future of the armed forces.

Everything one reads in newspapers and hears on TV is sheer speculation.

Western Economic Diversification
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February 2nd, 2007 / noon

Conservative

Leon Benoit Vegreville—Wainwright, AB

Mr. Speaker, for 13 years, while the Liberal government funnelled the money of hard-working Canadians into its pet projects, often through political friends, the needs of western Canadians were neglected. Now we see the leader of the official opposition being critical of the west and particularly critical of Alberta.

Could the new Minister of Western Economic Diversification to tell us how the Conservative government supports and encourages development in the west?

Western Economic Diversification
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Noon

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

Mr. Speaker, Canadians finally have a government that respects the entire country, while Liberals have continuously ignored and disrespected the interests of western Canadians, and the new Liberal leader is nothing new.

How does the new Liberal leader talk about hard-working Albertans? He said, “All these workers living too fast for the easy money in the north”. These are proud people who have worked long, hard hours to build their communities and they deserve our respect.

What is doubly insulting is that this lecture came from a man who sat at the cabinet table, while hard-earned tax dollars turned into real easy money for Liberal insiders. That is something western Canadians will never forget.

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Noon

Conservative

Dick Harris Cariboo—Prince George, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order concerning a question of the member for Bourassa earlier. I bring this point of order up because I fear there may have been an intention to mislead the House and perhaps the viewers of this by television, whether they be young Canadians or new Canadians.

In his question, the member for Bourassa used the phrase “whether from Quebec or Canada”. This is important. The last time I looked the province of Quebec was a part of Canada. I am concerned that maybe new Canadians, who would be studying for their citizenship, would be confused by the reference.

Did the member intentionally mean to say that, or was it was an unintentional slip?

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Noon

Liberal

Denis Coderre Bourassa, QC

Mr. Speaker, I have been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada for 25 years and I have fought the separatists, so I do not need any lessons in patriotism. I said that the problem exists all over Canada, not just in Quebec.

However, what I find worrying is that we have a Minister of Foreign Affairs who has done nothing in the negotiations to protect Canada's interests. He will have—

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Noon

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I am having trouble following a point of order in all this. It sounds to me like vigorous debate and it seems to be ongoing. I have grave doubts that this is a point of order. This might provoke more reaction and I am not sure this is helpful.

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Noon

Conservative

Dick Harris Cariboo—Prince George, BC

Mr. Speaker, I would ask you to check the Hansard and you will see the words, the quote. What the member for Bourassa said was not consistent with his words earlier in the day.

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Noon

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I will review the Hansard and if there is something that has been raised today by either hon. member that appears to contradict what is there, or leads me to believe that there has been a breach of the rules of the House, naturally I will get back to the House at once. I am sure the hon. member will be relieved to know that I will make that review.

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

Mr. Speaker, the parliamentary secretary, in his answer to my question, failed to provide proper information to the House on an organization that he has responsibility over.

He quoted from an article in the French press that has been since clarified by the CEO of the Canadian Wheat Board, an appointment of theirs, and I will quote into the record what he said:

Mr. Kacem has advised us that some of his comments in the original article in the French daily were not properly interpreted by the journalist...A review of the original press article in French clearly shows that at no point does Mr. Kacem say that they enjoy 'very low prices'. The main message in the—

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I think we really are getting into a debate. The hon. member quoted the article. The member for Malpeque could send him another, and if there was an error made, he could stand up and correct it. However, I do not think we can have a debate about what was said by somebody else outside the House as a point of order. I do not think it is a point of order, what other people have said.

What has happened here, from what I have heard, is the member quoted something that was improperly translated. These things can happen. There are sometimes errors in translation of our debates.

I will hear briefly from the hon. parliamentary secretary on this point.

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12:05 p.m.

Cypress Hills—Grasslands
Saskatchewan

Conservative

David Anderson Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, I think what we can do, if you like, is to provide the article in French and translate it into English. I think we will find that it says basically what I said, which was the Algerian grain buyer was quoted as saying that the Canadian Wheat Board's “selling prices in Algeria are very low since our country benefits from preferential prices. This preferential price saves Algeria several tens of dollars per tonnes purchased. No other country gives us such benefits”. I think that is clear.

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Might I suggest that we have already heard this one. Might I suggest the hon. member for Malpeque put his question on the late show and have a more extended debate then. It will ensure that he has four minutes to read whatever text it is that was there and have it translated by our own translators, so he has the benefit of excellent translation services right here in the House. I think that might be the useful one for this.

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Maria Minna Beaches—East York, ON

Mr. Speaker, I withdraw the words “intentionally mislead,” but the minister could not have stated the opposite of the truth with greater precision. I refer to the Hansard of yesterday's question period where the minister referred to my question as “misleading and deception”.

The groups received the very first phone call last night at 5:50 eastern time, a full three hours after she answered my question. In effect, she is still misleading the House today and misled the--

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I stress that this seems to be all debates arising out of questions and answers that are given in question period, which is not the normal subject for debate, except on the late show. Members are free to raise these issues there.

Is the minister seeking to respond to this in some way? I am not sure there is a point of order her.

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12:05 p.m.

Durham
Ontario

Conservative

Bev Oda Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, I have responded with the information. If I might say, I think the important thing for us to do to help women is to ensure that there is a meeting. We are enabling to make myself available to listen to the women who would like to speak to me.