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

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the Leader of the Bloc has it all wrong. With our plans, we will cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.

I admit that our task will be much easier with the cooperation of the United States government. We are watching with interest the debate in the United States and we are hoping for a government that could work with us in the future on a plan not only for this hemisphere, but for the entire planet.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, either the Prime Minister has just misled the House, or he does not consult his files. According to the documents he gave us, the oil sands will increase their emissions from the current 25 megatonnes to 50 megatonnes in 2020. This is in the documents provided by the government. This will happen as a result of intensity targets and because oil production will increase from one million barrels to five million barrels a day.

Could the Prime Minister give us an answer and tell us that what I am saying—the increase from 25 megatonnes to 50 megatonnes—is found in the documents he provided us? If not, then we were provided with the wrong documents. It has to be one or the other; it cannot be both.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the targets for the economy are clear. According to our plans, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 20% by 2020. In the meantime, in the regulatory system proposed and detailed by the Minister of the Environment, it is clear that we are calling for efforts to be made in terms of carbon sequestration, specifically for the oil sands. These are special measures for that sector to help us achieve our results.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, the CIBC World Markets report calls for a new carbon tariff on countries that do not do enough to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions. This tariff, and I quote the CIBC, “will tax the implicit subsidies on the carbon content of imports that come from carbon non-compliant countries.”

Does the Minister of the Environment realize that, by refusing to implement Kyoto, he is exposing our exporters to such a tariff? That is totally unacceptable.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, for the first time in the history of Canada we are taking action and regulating major polluters. Last week it was with great pride that we unveiled the details of our action plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 20%.

The first person to talk about it was the head of the Montreal Exchange who announced the opening of a carbon exchange in Montreal. We congratulate him for his actions and we support him. Together, we are taking action.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, the reality is that Quebec companies will end up paying for the Conservative plan, which puts the oil sector ahead of Quebec exporters. To prevent our companies from having to pay such a tariff, we need a real plan to reduce greenhouse gases based on the 1990 reference year and absolute targets.

What is the Minister of the Environment waiting for to adopt such a plan?

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the facts are clear. In the past 18 years, since the Bloc Québécois has been in this House, greenhouse gases have increased by 33%. That is not acceptable.

Canada must have a plan to reduce greenhouse gases. This plan targets an absolute reduction of 20%. The Bloc has done nothing for 18 years. We are taking action.

Committees of the House
Oral Questions

April 9th, 2008 / 2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister is making an effort to stall committee work.

His whip and House leader are threatening to call an election over this standstill, caused by the Conservatives themselves.

The government members are the ones obstructing and filibustering during discussions on the environment. Their committee chairs are adjourning meetings and ignoring the rules.

Why is the Prime Minister preventing parliamentarians from doing their job? Does he have something to hide?

Committees of the House
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Mr. Speaker, that is not accurate at all. In fact, in the case of the justice committee, it is not the chair of the justice committee who has been adjourning the meetings. The chair of the justice committee has been turning it over to the vice-chair, who happens to be a Liberal, who has been adjourning the meetings. The fact that he is the one who brings the meetings to an end and does not allow a vote to proceed should tell members something about the way the Liberals approach these committees. They are simply using them for political grandstanding.

You, Mr. Speaker, gave good advice when you told the House that there was a tyranny of the majority happening at the committees. It matters not that the minority for whom the rights are to be protected happens to be the government.

Committees of the House
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, this kind of inanity shows why things are not getting done around here.

For 25 years Canadian families have been waiting for action on the environment. They were told the big polluters were going to be taken on. All they got was dithering and inaction.

We see the same thing now. The big polluters were the first to celebrate the so-called action by the government on the environment. That is why we put forward Bill C-377, which would get Canada on track to deal with the crisis of climate change, yet the government is filibustering and delaying.

Will the Prime Minister tell them to stop today so we can get some results?

Committees of the House
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, for the last 18 years greenhouse gas emissions have been skyrocketing. The Liberals did absolutely nothing. In that effort, while the planet burned, the Liberals were propped by the NDP and that member.

We are finally taking real action, requiring the big polluters to take real action to reduce their greenhouse gases. We are working hard, we are getting the job done and we are going to deliver.

Olympic Games
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs about China, Tibet and the Olympic Games.

Recently, his colleague, the Minister of National Defence, opened the door to a potential boycott of the Olympics.

At the same time, or just before, the minister spoke with China's foreign affairs minister and said the complete opposite.

I would like to give the minister the chance to set the record straight and to state the position of the Government of Canada.

Olympic Games
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Beauce
Québec

Conservative

Maxime Bernier Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question and for giving me an opportunity to clarify this. Canada's position is very clear. We do not plan on boycotting the Olympic Games. That said, we also have a clear position on China's activities as they affect human rights.

We urge the Chinese government to respect the freedom of expression of Tibetans and to stop the violence against these people. We have a policy and we want to see talks between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama to bring an end to the violence, so that the situation there complies with international human rights standards.

Olympic Games
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, there is clearly a need for mediation with respect to the situation of human rights in China. Certainly everyone in the House can agree on what needs to happen with respect to the leadership in Tibet.

However, the other big mediation that needs to happen in Canadian foreign policy at the moment is within the Conservative Party. We have all sorts of different factions saying all sorts of different things. It is absolutely imperative.

I want to ask the minister—

Olympic Games
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

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