House of Commons Hansard #155 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was chair.

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Income Trusts
Private Members' Business

6:25 p.m.

Conservative

Garth Turner Halton, ON

No, Mr. Speaker, I am on debate.

Income Trusts
Private Members' Business

6:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Royal Galipeau

You have less than a minute to finish.

Income Trusts
Private Members' Business

6:30 p.m.

Conservative

Garth Turner Halton, ON

I thank the member for Peterborough for eating up some time uselessly.

As I was saying, Mr. Speaker, my fifth point here is that we have an unfairness this week that is overwhelming.

This past Monday, the Minister of Finance went to Bay Street and at the modest urging of corporate Canada did a flip-flop and all of a sudden eliminated a $1 billion tax loophole from his budget. Yet, he does not have the decency to stand in this House and even apologize to investors from whom he stole twenty-five--

Income Trusts
Private Members' Business

6:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Acting Speaker Royal Galipeau

The time provided for the consideration of private members' business has now expired and the order is dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the order paper.

When this matter returns, the hon. member for Halton will have another four minutes.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the House will now go into committee of the whole for the purpose of considering votes under Canadian heritage in the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008.

I now leave the chair for the House to resolve itself into committee of the whole.

(Consideration in committee of the whole of all votes under Canadian Heritage in the main estimates, Mr. Bill Blaikie in the chair)

Canadian Heritage--Main Estimates, 2007-08
Business of Supply
Government Orders

6:30 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Bill Blaikie

I would like to open this committee of the whole session by making a short statement on the evening's proceedings.

Tonight's debate is a general one on all of the votes under Canadian Heritage. Each member will be allocated 15 minutes. The first round will begin with the official opposition, followed by the government, the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party. After that, we will follow the usual proportional rotation.

As provided in the order adopted earlier this week, parties may use each 15-minute slot for speeches or to question the Minister. The Chair would appreciate it if the first member speaking in each slot would indicate how the time will be used, particularly if it is to be shared by one or more members.

In the case of speeches, members of the party to which the period is allotted may speak one after the other. When time is to be used for questions and answers, the Chair will expect that the minister's response will reflect approximately the time taken by the question since this time will be counted in the time originally allotted to the party. However, in the interest of a full exchange, I am prepared to exercise discretion and flexibility in the application of these rules.

Although members may speak more than once, the Chair will generally try to ensure that all members wishing to speak are heard before inviting members to speak again, while respecting the proportional party rotations for speakers. Members need not be in their own seats to be recognized.

I would remind hon. members that, according to the special order, during this evening's debate, no quorum calls, dilatory motions or requests for unanimous consent shall be entertained.

As in the House, ministers and members should be referred to by their title or riding name and of course, all remarks should be addressed through the Chair.

I ask for everyone's cooperation in upholding all established standards of decorum, parliamentary language and behaviour.

At the conclusion of tonight's debate, the committee will rise, the estimates under Canadian Heritage will be deemed reported, and the House will adjourn immediately until tomorrow.

We may now begin tonight's session. The House in committee of the whole pursuant to Standing Order 81(4)(a), the first appointed day, consideration in committee of the whole of all votes under Canadian Heritage in the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008.

Just to clear up any confusion such as existed on a previous evening, we will start the clock now.

For the first 15 minutes, the hon. member for Churchill.

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6:35 p.m.

Liberal

Tina Keeper Churchill, MB

Mr. Chair, I will be splitting my time with the members for Laval—Les Îles and Beaches—East York. I will be asking five minutes of questions, as will each of those two members.

After inheriting the best financial picture in Canadian history, a $13 billion surplus from the previous Liberal government, this minister has not made a commitment to her portfolio.

She has failed artists. She has failed women. She has failed youth. She has failed museums. She has failed volunteers. She has failed to protect the integrity of the Canadian identity.

Why could she not protect her programs from her cabinet colleagues when they decided to “trim the fat”?

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6:35 p.m.

Durham
Ontario

Conservative

Bev Oda Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

Mr. Chair, I would suggest that we have accomplished a great deal in a year and a half.

In fact, I would ask members across the way to stand up for programs and stand up for Canadians. I would suggest that they ask themselves when it was their responsibility to take care of taxpayers' money and to make sure that it was utilized effectively, where did $40 million go? It went into the Liberal Party.

I would also suggest that--

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6:35 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Bill Blaikie

Order, please. I am sorry, but the answer can only take as long as the question.

The hon. member for Churchill.

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6:35 p.m.

Liberal

Tina Keeper Churchill, MB

Mr. Chair, the minister has no voice at the cabinet table. The fact that her government had $160 million of aboriginal language funding is reprehensible. It reeks of the misguided and racist residential school policy.

Where has the minister redirected these funds?

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6:35 p.m.

Conservative

Bev Oda Durham, ON

Mr. Chair, how can that member and that party question us on aboriginal school policy? We actually settled the aboriginal school agreement.

Where was that member? Where were the women in that party who stood by and did nothing about matrimonial property rights for aboriginal women? Where were they when we saw that Canada was on a watch list for human--

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6:35 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Bill Blaikie

Order, please. The hon. member for Churchill.

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6:35 p.m.

Liberal

Tina Keeper Churchill, MB

Mr. Chair, I will remind the minister that her government actually cut back the residential school package.

This minister sat back and watched the Canadian television fund nearly collapse. Now the Conservative appointed CRTC chair is calling for lighter regulation and increased dependence on market forces.

When it comes to arts and culture, all this government provides is rhetoric, no commitment. Why is the Conservative government committed to the Americanization of our Canadian identity?

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6:35 p.m.

Conservative

Bev Oda Durham, ON

Mr. Chair, first of all, let us have the actual facts. There was no cutback in the aboriginal school agreement. There was no agreement.

We know the importance of the Canadian television fund. That is why I made a $100 million commitment not only for one year as the previous government always used to do but for two years because Canadian content is important and our production industry is very important.

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6:35 p.m.

Liberal

Tina Keeper Churchill, MB

Mr. Chair, in the 2006 election the Conservatives promised to introduce a new national museums policy. This is another example of a Conservative broken promise. Since then, they have cut $4.6 million to the museums assistance program.

I asked the minister this the other day and I will ask it again. Why does the minister care so little about heritage in rural Canada?