House of Commons Hansard #57 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was airbus.

Topics

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo
B.C.

Conservative

Betty Hinton Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, we are now allocating almost $800 million a year more than what the Liberals budgeted for in their last year in office. In three budgets the Conservative government has allocated $1.6 billion more for our veterans.

We have also delivered on our promise to implement the new veterans charter, establish a bill of rights for veterans, appoint a veterans ombudsman, and resolve the long standing agent orange issue.

I might also note that the member who has just spoken did not support any of those initiatives.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, that is rather hypocritical coming from that bunch of political sycophants. When the NDP moved the veterans first motion, which would have helped every veteran and his or her family in this country, that was the only party to vote against it. Shame on the Conservatives.

The reality is that they denied many people agent orange compensation. They changed the rules. They promised everyone and they misled them. They said the system of clawbacks would end when they formed government. Now they have misled 70% of these widows. These widows were the caregivers of our greatest heroes.

Why did this government deliberately mislead Mrs. Carter and all the widows in this country?

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo
B.C.

Conservative

Betty Hinton Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I am very proud of the fact that last year we added 12,000 veterans and their widows to the VIP. This year we have added another 12,000 with the $282 million we have put forward in the budget.

The sad record of the NDP is quite clear. Those members voted against the ex gratia payments for agent orange. They voted against doubling our operational stress injury clinics. They voted against hiring front line staff. They voted against funding for the veterans ombudsman and they voted against the veterans bill of rights.

That gentleman should sit down.

Ethics
Oral Questions

February 29th, 2008 / 11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. We are looking for more information about a meeting held on May 17, 2005, between two Conservative staff members and Mr. Cadman.

Will the government confirm that Mr. Finley and Mr. Flanagan met with Chuck Cadman in his office on May 17, and will it confirm, as the Prime Minister did on a recording, that he knew about the $1 million bribe?

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, there was a meeting because we wanted Mr. Cadman to join our political party. That is all that was discussed. My colleague and the Liberal Party are fabricating this story. It is clear that there was no financial offer. Mr. Cadman himself said that no offer was made. Mr. Cadman said so himself and we should take him at his word.

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, when a journalist asked the Prime Minister about the $1 million insurance policy offered to Chuck Cadman, he did not reply, “What insurance policy?” He did not say, “There was no insurance policy.” Instead, the Prime Minister confirmed that he knew there had been discussions and then asked whether his comments would be published.

If there was no bribe, why did the Prime Minister not just say so? Why did the Prime Minister not simply deny that fact?

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, talking about media interviews on this file, there were in fact two media interviews for which there is video and they are clear. They are unedited. They are out there and available for my colleague to view.

There were three people who were at this meeting: Tom Flanagan, Doug Finley and Chuck Cadman. All three of them have said that no offer was made that was in any way inappropriate.

In fact, one of the interviews was done by Global National's Tara Nelson where Chuck Cadman said, “There was never any deal offered”. The other interview was on CTV's Mike Duffy Live on May 19, 2005 where he said, “There were no offers”. That was from Chuck Cadman and those were his words.

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Garth Turner Halton, ON

Mr. Speaker, when I was a Conservative member of Parliament before that party threw me out, I heard the Prime Minister--

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Ethics
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11:45 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order. Order. I am sure the hon. member for Halton appreciates all the help with his question, but we have to be able to hear it and not the other questions. The hon. member for Halton has the floor.

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Garth Turner Halton, ON

Mr. Speaker, when I was a Conservative member of Parliament, I heard the Prime Minister call Chuck Cadman a poor MP. The Prime Minister said Mr. Cadman was more concerned with ethics and with the country than he was with political organization.

I have always wondered why the Prime Minister was so angry at the late Chuck Cadman, but now we know a lot more. Was it simply because he could not be bribed?

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics

Mr. Speaker, how dare he? The member for Halton never served with Chuck Cadman. He did not know Chuck Cadman.

Chuck Cadman supported the Prime Minister when he was leader of the opposition and supported him in his leadership races. The Prime Minister wanted him to rejoin the Conservative Party.

Chuck Cadman was a dear friend of mine from a neighbouring riding and we always supported Chuck Cadman. He was a fantastic human being, a great member of Parliament and a dear friend.

The member has no proof. He has no evidence that the Prime Minister ever said that about Chuck Cadman. That is outrageous. We honour Chuck Cadman's memory. He was a dear friend. The member for Halton should withdraw that ridiculous question and those statements.

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Garth Turner Halton, ON

Mr. Speaker, if that is how they treat their dear friends, I am glad I am not on that side of the aisle any more.

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Ethics
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11:45 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order. The hon. member for Halton has the floor for a question. We had better get on with the question.