House of Commons Hansard #128 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

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Transportation
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Transportation
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order. We will have a little calm in the House please while we proceed with the next question.

The hon. member for Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert has the floor.

Transportation
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Carole Lavallée Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC

Mr. Speaker, Pratt & Whitney in Longueuil is seeing its engine test flight operations in Saint-Hubert compromised, because the Saint-Hubert airport needs to extend its runways. Without such an extension, those operations face the risk of being exported.

Does the Prime Minister realize that, by refusing to commit to improving the Saint-Hubert airport, the federal government could be directly responsible for the loss of many jobs on the south shore, across from Montreal?

Transportation
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I had the opportunity to meet with executives from that company last week. We examined the various programs available from the Canadian government through the Department of Transport. In that regard, none of these programs meet their needs.

However, we are still examining the file, in cooperation with the company. My colleagues, the Minister of Industry and the Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, are taking action.

Transportation
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Carole Lavallée Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC

Mr. Speaker, in the Boeing file, the Bloc Québécois made a suggestion to the government that would be fair to the Quebec aerospace industry, namely, to guarantee a percentage of the spinoffs that reflects the importance of the Quebec industry. The government rejected our suggestion.

Will the Prime Minister agree, this time, to our suggestion to invest in the improvements to the Saint-Hubert airport in order to maintain Pratt & Whitney's operations at that airport? This is crucial to the greater Montreal region and to Quebec's aerospace industry.

Transportation
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Jonquière—Alma
Québec

Conservative

Jean-Pierre Blackburn Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Mr. Speaker, the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec was asked to contribute some $70 million to rebuild this airport runway. You will agree that, in view of our total budget of approximately $200 million, it is a considerable sum of money.

Nevertheless, we shall see what we can do and what all the parties involved will contribute. A serious analysis will be undertaken once the formal application is submitted.

Securities
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Paule Brunelle Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance insists on interfering in Quebec's and the provinces' jurisdictions by establishing a pan-Canadian securities commission. Quebec, the territories and all provinces except Ontario already have a mechanism for facilitating securities transactions and they reject the minister's proposal.

How does the minister reconcile his position with his government's commitment to respect the jurisdictions of Quebec and the provinces?

Securities
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, this is an area of discussion in which the provincial ministers and the federal minister have engaged over the period of some 14 months or so. There are a number of studies.

One of the key concerns is that having 13 securities regulators in Canada creates a great deal of red tape and a great paper burden without much benefit. If we are going to look at making our economic union function better, it is one area in which we might well gain some ground. It is a continuing matter of discussion. I look forward to having more discussions with the finance ministers about this in Quebec in June when we meet again.

Securities
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Paule Brunelle Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the minister that Quebec is against his plan and has said so loud and clear. A passport mechanism already exists to facilitate inter-jurisdictional transactions. According to a recent OECD study, it is a model of efficiency.

Why does the minister insist on wanting to change a mechanism that works and impose another that would strip Quebec of an area of exclusive jurisdiction?

Securities
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is right. There has been significant progress among the provinces in working toward a system that will work better for all Canadians and work better for Canadian businesses. That is exactly where we want to go.

We think we can go further together in terms of a common securities regulator for Canada. I emphasize to the member, this is not a federal securities commission; this is a securities commission for all of the governments in Canada. That is what we have been discussing. It certainly would not be a national regulator.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

March 26th, 2007 / 2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Jennings Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives used the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission as a shield, claiming to have funded it when in fact they have paid it nothing. The director of the commission in the Kandahar region says he cannot monitor all the prisoners and that torture and abuse are rife in Afghan prisons.

The defence minister is either grossly incompetent or he callously disregards human rights. He is not fit to run the Canadian armed forces.

When will the Prime Minister start supporting our troops, do us all a favour and fire the defence minister?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, contrary to what the member says, I spoke with the representative in the Kandahar area. He personally assured me that he could do the job, and that is he will monitor our detainees in the Afghan system and if he finds any fault, he will report it to us. He has personally confirmed that.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Marlene Jennings Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC

Mr. Speaker, I do not know why we should believe him when he has already misled the House and has had to apologize for it.

He has misled us once again with regard to the Afghans. Last week he stated that his department was not attempting to interfere in the investigation into the condition of detainees. However, a letter confirms that DND is actively attempting to block the Military Police Complaints Commission.

When will the minister own up to his political interference?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, on three or four other occasions I have said specifically that all four investigations, that is, the National Investigation Service, the board of inquiry and the two Military Police Complaints Commission investigations will proceed.

Minister of Public Safety
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Mark Holland Ajax—Pickering, ON

Mr. Speaker, on Friday former MP Jim Hart said that an offer of compensation was made to all Alliance MPs by the public safety minister at his first caucus meeting as leader. The minister has claimed that there was no such deal or discussion prior to Mr. Hart's decision to leave.

Not only does this contradict Mr. Hart's statement, the facts fly in the face of new documents which point to a negotiated compensation package in advance of Mr. Hart's resignation, an action that would be illegal.

Given the allegations are now before the RCMP, can the minister responsible for the RCMP confirm that his agency is investigating their own minister?