House of Commons Hansard #75 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was amendment.

Topics

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, the rules governing the labelling of agricultural products are absurd. To determine the origin of a product, the rules take into account the processing and packaging costs, which, in terms of agri-food, makes no sense. Thus, it is possible to buy olives at the grocery store marked “product of Canada”.

Will the minister admit that the current rules governing the labelling of food products are misleading to consumers and deprive farmers of some share of the market?

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Battlefords—Lloydminster
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Gerry Ritz Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, I would agree with the genesis of the question. We are moving on that file. We will get things done. We have begun the process for the consultations with industry. A product of Canada, of course, is a product of Canada. Made in Canada covers the lump of products that are brought in here, remanufactured, repackaged and sometimes exported back out. We are very cognizant of what industry is looking to be done in this area and we are moving ahead on the file.

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, QC

Mr. Speaker, at this time, farmers and consumers are being deceived by food product labelling rules. A UPA study shows that 70% of people believe that products labelled “product of Canada” are grown and processed here, but that is not always the case.

Will the minister promise to help the agricultural industry remain competitive by quickly revising the labelling rules to ensure that only agricultural products that are really produced here can be labelled “product of Canada”?

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Battlefords—Lloydminster
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Gerry Ritz Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, of course we intend to move quickly, but it certainly would be a lot easier if we did not have the Bloc voting against our throne speech where this was highlighted, if we did not have the Bloc voting against our budgets where $113 million was allocated. If the Bloc members were really serious about this, they would get onside with our program and support it moving ahead.

Ethics
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government is ordering the chair of the justice committee to violate the rules of Parliament and refuse to have a vote. The Conservatives who phonily wrap themselves in accountability would rather shut down the committee than be forced to explain what the Prime Minister meant when he referred to “financial considerations” with respect to their offer to Mr. Cadman.

Why are the Conservatives so afraid of that question?

Ethics
Oral Questions

3 p.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, of course, we are not afraid of the question. We have answered it a number of times in the past month here in the House of Commons. As a matter of fact, when we reflect on the kind of language that we are seeing from the Liberal Party, we have to think that the outrage from the Liberals on this is maybe a little synthetic.

The fact is over the past couple of years, as I said yesterday, the Liberals either through abstentions or ineffectiveness helped us pass three budgets, two extensions to the Afghan mission, our crime package, our environment plans, and probably tonight in a confidence vote we are going to be able to pass our immigration reforms or be on our way to doing it.

I would like to thank my colleague from Beauséjour on behalf of my constituents for sitting down so we can stand up for Canadians.

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Patricia Davidson Sarnia—Lambton, ON

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced our new measures to restore Canada's trust in the safety of the goods and products they buy and use. Part of this announcement proposed a new life cycle approach to the regulation of pharmaceutical drugs, which will, for the first time, ensure drugs are monitored constantly as they enter and remain in the health care system.

Could the Minister of Health please update the House on this new approach to pharmaceutical regulation and explain to Canadians how this new system ensures their safety?

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

Mr. Speaker, the announcement yesterday and the legislation that is before the House has the same stringent standards for licensing of drug products as was there before and, in fact, we have expanded it by allowing the minister the opportunity to attach conditions post-market to those products as well.

This is what the life cycle approach is all about. It will be additional health and safety for Canadians. That is why we encourage members to back this legislation.

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

NDP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, federal government agencies, like the Canada Revenue Agency, are reducing services in our communities.

In the past, CRA has arranged for volunteers to help low income constituents with income tax returns. These clinics were in places like community centres and libraries. In the past two years, I have hosted CRA clinics in my constituency office. This year, we helped more than 100 people, many of them seniors.

Volunteers have now been told that CRA no longer can facilitate these clinics. Volunteers are on their own. Why is CRA undermining this service?

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Ontario

Conservative

Gordon O'Connor Minister of National Revenue

Mr. Speaker, it is anything but. CRA sponsors over 25,000 volunteers to help people of low income and seniors fill out their tax returns. In fact, I was in Almonte a week or two ago, where one of the seminars was held with CRA support. CRA is supporting these all through the country.

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

April 9th, 2008 / 3 p.m.

NDP

Catherine Bell Vancouver Island North, BC

Mr. Speaker, an urgent situation is developing in Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. This is a critical habitat for British Columbia's northern resident orca whales which are listed as threatened under species at risk legislation.

Last August a barge spilled its load, causing an oil spill contaminating Robson Bight. An underwater investigation shows the fuel tanker to be intact at this time but it will not be indefinitely. Time is running out.

Does the minister have a plan to remove the tanker full of diesel oil before the orcas' return in June, yes or no?

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

St. John's South—Mount Pearl
Newfoundland & Labrador

Conservative

Loyola Hearn Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, let me assure the hon. member that, first of all, we have worked very closely with the minister of the environment from British Columbia. We originally carried out a very successful plan to survey the damage that had been caused. We will make sure that we will continue to monitor and do the right thing.

Sometimes trying to remove things such as the tanker can do more harm than good and we are not going to do that.

Ethics
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Mr. Speaker, why are the Conservatives not allowing the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to add three additional meetings to its schedule in order to study a matter of criminal law?

Why was the Criminal Code not enough to prevent what appears to be an obvious attempt to bribe an MP? What do they have to hide?

Ethics
Oral Questions

3:05 p.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, we have nothing to hide in this matter. As I stated several times in the past months, there is no scandal. The Liberals have said that Mr. Cadman was offered a $2 million life insurance policy, but that is utterly untrue. Anyone who examines the facts will realize that the Liberal accusations are false.

Human Rights
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

Rick Dykstra St. Catharines, ON

Mr. Speaker, this coming weekend the minister of trade for the province of Ontario will be travelling to China to open up an Ontario trade office in Beijing.

When questioned on this issue, the premier of the province of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, said that it is not the province's role to get involved in issues of human rights. Trade Minister Pupatello actually agreed with her boss and stated, “We do defer to the federal government in matters of human rights”.

Can the justice minister please tell the House what this government is doing with respect to human rights?