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

Olympic Games
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. The hon. member for Toronto Centre has the floor. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has to be able to hear the question if he is to answer. We will now hear the question from the hon. member for Toronto Centre.

Olympic Games
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, we have the position of the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism. We have the position of the Minister of National Defence. We have what you told the Minister of Foreign Affairs in China.

What is the position of the Canadian government?

Olympic Games
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I do not think he meant the Speaker told the minister anything.

The hon. government House leader.

Olympic Games
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2:35 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, I have the utmost respect for the intellect of the member for Toronto Centre, but it should not be that hard to figure out the government's position. It has been stated clearly.

In terms of the games, there will not be a boycott. That would only punish the athletes. In terms of the opening ceremonies, we have not made an announcement in particular on how we will deal with that. We have been very clear where we stand on human rights and our concerns about the Chinese government.

The real question is, where does the Liberal Party stand on this or any other issue? A thoughtful guy once said, “We do not have a clue where the Liberals stand because they do not know themselves”. Who said that? The member for Toronto Centre.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Bernard Patry Pierrefonds—Dollard, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Afghan motion passed by the House is not a blank cheque. It is a contract for change, explicitly for the Canadian mission to change in 2009.

When the Prime Minister was in Bucharest did he tell NATO that specifically?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Central Nova
Nova Scotia

Conservative

Peter MacKay Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mr. Speaker, clearly anyone who has been following this story for some time would know that the message coming from Canada has been very clear.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Carolyn Bennett St. Paul's, ON

Did you tell them, Peter?

Afghanistan
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2:40 p.m.

Conservative

Peter MacKay Central Nova, NS

The member should calm herself.

Mr. Speaker, the message has been very clear. We have spoken to our NATO allies consistently, including the Secretary General of NATO. We have been in constant contact with our NATO allies on the issues of troop deployments and equipment.

The motion before Parliament was communicated very clear. The member should clue in.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Bernard Patry Pierrefonds—Dollard, QC

Mr. Speaker, for the term "transparency" to be truly meaningful, one must practice what one preaches. Why then, despite a motion passed by this House calling for the principle of transparency to be applied to our mission in Afghanistan, is the government not putting this principle into practice?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Beauce
Québec

Conservative

Maxime Bernier Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, we are putting our principles into practice and into action. That is clear. A motion was passed in the House with the support of our Liberal friends opposite. We are working to implement the motion.

I would like to congratulate the Prime Minister on the success of the Bucharest meeting; it was a huge success. We have the troops we need, and we will soon have the equipment we need to ensure the success of the mission and to end it, as planned, in July 2011.

Manufacturing Sector
Oral Questions

April 9th, 2008 / 2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Mr. Speaker, day after day, the Minister of Finance can see the results of his failure to act. Manufacturing jobs are disappearing by the thousands in all regions of Quebec. In a display of acute inefficiency, the minister has set up a $1 billion trust and is spending $20,176 per job lost in Alberta and only $2,276 per job lost in Quebec even though Alberta has lost just 2% of jobs to Quebec's 34% over the past three years.

When will the minister put an end to this unfairness by investing money where jobs have actually been lost?

Manufacturing Sector
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

In 2007 alone, Mr. Speaker, Quebec had a 2.4% job growth rate above the national average. It is Quebec's best showing in five years in terms of new job creation. Since our government came to office over 813,000 new jobs have been created, over 14,000 new jobs in the month of March alone. We stand on that record. We are proud of the sound economic fundamentals in Canada.

Manufacturing Sector
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Yves Roy Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec was tooting his own horn about phase two of his eponymous plan. Phase one of his plan was so effective that since he took the job two years ago, Quebec has lost nearly 45,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Is the minister aware that two times zero is zero, and that if the second phase is anything like the first, the manufacturing jobs crisis will only get worse in the regions of Quebec?

Manufacturing Sector
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Jonquière—Alma
Québec

Conservative

Jean-Pierre Blackburn Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Mr. Speaker, since the Bloc Québécois appeared in this House 17 years ago, the only thing they have done—and I was here in 1991—is ask question after question after question, without ever achieving any results for Quebec.

To date, over 150,000 jobs have been created in Quebec since we came to power two years ago. And the tools are in place to support the economic development of the regions.

Aerospace Industry
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Paule Brunelle Trois-Rivières, QC

Mr. Speaker, RADARSAT-2, a state-of-the-art satellite that was paid for with more than $400 million of public money, is at risk of being sold to American interests. But, even if the company says we will have the same access to the data, that is not what the United States' law says. For example, if there are floods in Quebec and the United States at the same time, American interests could come before our own safety.

Will the Minister of Industry stop this sale, or will he put the interests of the United States before those of Quebec?