House of Commons Hansard #77 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was authorities.

Topics

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Bill Blaikie

The hon. member for Burnaby--Douglas.

Arts and Culture
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Bill Siksay Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages is reported to have said that she hates Bill C-10. I hope she has finally joined the club.

Others continue to call on the government to use this tax measure to censor film and video production. Just yesterday, Charles McVety, the lobbyist who claims to have influenced the Conservatives to put this controversial guideline into law, said “decency trumps freedom”.

Given the concerns raised by the arts community and producers, will the minister withdraw this amendment and develop guidelines that fully respect the freedom of expression and directly address the serious concerns about censorship?

Arts and Culture
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Kootenay—Columbia
B.C.

Conservative

Jim Abbott Parliamentary Secretary for Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, it is very important that we take a look at some facts. The facts are that many of the people who were witnesses yesterday were of the 33 organizations that, on March 19, 2001, received the following from the Liberal government.

In a request for their response, they were told by the Liberal government in 2001, “The existing public policy and acceptable share of revenues test, which is presently found in the draft regulations, will be incorporated in the act”. Those organizations wrote back in June saying, “We would agree with the technical amendments outlined in the 2001 discussion paper”. What is the issue?

Arts and Culture
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Bill Siksay Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, today, outside CBC facilities, listeners will raise a ruckus for Radio 2 to express serious concerns about the cuts to classical music programming and the disbanding of the CBC Radio Orchestra.

CBC Radio-Canada is key to the development and promotion of classical music in Canada. The CBC Radio Orchestra, based in Vancouver, is an important national cultural institution, one of the few in the west.

Will the government adopt the unanimous heritage committee recommendations and provide increased stable, multi-year funding to CBC Radio-Canada?

Arts and Culture
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Kootenay—Columbia
B.C.

Conservative

Jim Abbott Parliamentary Secretary for Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, the response is twofold.

First, that report is now being considered by the minister and she will respond in due course.

Second, with respect to the decisions of the CBC, as the member well knows, as he is a member of the committee, we have invited the executives of the CBC to come before the committee to explain to us their future plans with respect to the CBC.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Brian Murphy Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, NB

Mr. Speaker, legal experts in Mexico point out, contrary to statements coming from the Mexican Embassy, that the Mexican government could legally send Brenda Martin home at any time, but will not do so unless Canada makes it a major political issue.

When will the Prime Minister show that he actually cares about the fate of Canadian citizens? Make the call, make this a major political issue in Mexico today so Brenda Martin can be free tomorrow.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)

Mr. Speaker, I do not know of a single consular case in recent memory which has received more attention from a government. This has been raised with the Mexican foreign minister on at least four separate occasions. It has been raised at the very highest levels.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs had meetings with senior officials right across the board in Mexico on this matter. I did as well two weeks ago.

I am pleased to see, since my trip there, that the process seems to be moving quite quickly. We hope that it will have a resolution very soon and that Ms. Martin will come home to Canada as soon as possible.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Brian Murphy Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, NB

Mr. Speaker, obviously that secretary of state thinks a cocktail party is at the highest level.

Brenda Martin's Conservative MP abandoned her and even said she deserved to be in prison. What is more, the secretary of state attended a cocktail party in Mexico instead of meeting with her.

Has a doctor visited Ms. Martin? Will the Prime Minister take steps today to bring Brenda Martin back to Canada tomorrow?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has already taken diplomatic steps with the Mexican authorities. The Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) has had some 20 meetings with Mexican government officials. It is true that she met with Canadians while she was in Mexico. Ministers often meet with Canadians when they are abroad.

We have raised this issue at the highest levels of the Mexican government. Currently, the process is in the hands of—and I hope that—

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Bill Blaikie

The hon. member for Egmont.

Natural Resources
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

Joe McGuire Egmont, PE

Mr. Speaker, in a speech given in Quebec City on October 2, 2007, the Minister of Natural Resources said:

I have no doubt that the [Wind Energy Institute of Canada] will play a key role nationwide in accelerating the development of wind energy in Canada through research, testing, innovation and collaboration.

How can this be when he just cut the funds for the institute?

Natural Resources
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Saanich—Gulf Islands
B.C.

Conservative

Gary Lunn Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, we do not have to take any lessons from Liberals in our commitment for clean, renewable energy for this country. We have put $1.5 billion for wind energy, 4,000 megawatts of absolutely clean energy. We are announcing these projects in every single corner of this country.

We are very proud of our record. We are getting the job done. We are delivering. The Liberals should be ashamed of their record after 13 years of inaction.

Natural Resources
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Liberal

Joe McGuire Egmont, PE

Mr. Speaker, the funding for the institute is cut. It is good to have that confirmed by the minister.

I have a supplementary for the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The minister of ACOA told me that the wind institute would be the first in line for the next round of centres of excellence projects. How will this happen when the funding is cut?

Natural Resources
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Saanich—Gulf Islands
B.C.

Conservative

Gary Lunn Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, we are delivering action. We are delivering more energy from wind, from renewable energy, and the member should recognize that our government is taking action.

The Liberals allowed greenhouse gases to rise by 35% in their 13 years in office. Their record is abysmal and they should be ashamed of it. We are getting the job done. We are delivering results for Canadians in every single corner of this country.

Official Languages
Oral Questions

April 11th, 2008 / 11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Richard Nadeau Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, francophone athletes and media representatives with the Canadian mission will be welcomed by bilingual volunteers during the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, by bilingual, the Canadian Olympic committees mean mastery of English and Mandarin. They have forgotten one of Canada's official languages, our language: French.

Is that yet more proof that nobody really cares about the Quebec nation or its language, and that French has no place in the Canadian Olympic delegation even though it is the official language of the Olympics? Will the government intervene to ensure that French is also required?