House of Commons Hansard #113 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was quebec.

Topics

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, last year the government announced a national air quality health index pilot project. This year we are taking it right across the country. We believe we have an important responsibility to inform Canadians and to help ensure that the air they breathe is of much better quality than it is now.

The response of stakeholders has been great. The Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation have said that our announcement is good news for Canadians.

Court Challenges Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, ever since the court challenges program was eliminated, communities have been fighting this government to get it fully restored. The NDP will fight to the finish. We will not accept some second-class program patched together to keep the official language minority communities quiet.

Did the government negotiate some agreement on the cheap semi-restoring the court challenges program? When will it be made public?

Court Challenges Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Louis-Saint-Laurent
Québec

Conservative

Josée Verner Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, our government is very proud of the agreement concluded with the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada. When the terms and conditions of the agreement can be announced, we will be pleased to do so.

That being said, the two parties have agreed to keep the terms and conditions confidential.

Court Challenges Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives got the communities on the ropes, bowled them over and beat them. They tried to force a cheap agreement down the throats of minorities.

Did the government negotiate an agreement restoring the court challenges program for the official language minority communities but intentionally excluding other minorities such as the disabled, women, and gay men and lesbians? Why do the Conservatives want to create second-class citizens?

Court Challenges Program
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Louis-Saint-Laurent
Québec

Conservative

Josée Verner Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, in addition to growing red from shouting, the hon. member for Acadie—Bathurst should blush from shame because the agreement between the FCFA and our government was mutually agreed to by the parties.

In addition, our government announced another $30 million for the communities—that is $30 million for the communities and their particular projects.

Canadian Heritage
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation has submitted a funding application to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and is willing to contribute 25% of the total funding needed. Furthermore, a site has been identified for this memorial at LeBreton Flats. The foundation will be holding its fifth memorial ceremony on September 14.

Will the heritage minister, who has been sitting on the application for over a year, work with the foundation to announce the planned monument before the 2008 memorial ceremony?

Canadian Heritage
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, it is impossible to say enough about our firefighters all across Canada. They do very important work for our communities and our country. I know that my colleague, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages has received an application. She will await the fine work that our public servants do to provide their views and work together with them on this matter.

Human Resources
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

James Rajotte Edmonton—Leduc, AB

Mr. Speaker, we know the nature of the job market is changing in Canada and our demographics are changing dramatically as well. We see certain sectors of our economy struggling while other sectors are booming, with labour shortages in almost every region of the country.

Clearly we need to prepare our young people to become the highly skilled and flexible workforce that will be critical to Canada's economic success in the coming years.

Last week the OECD released a report on jobs and youth. Could the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development tell us how Canada compares to other countries with respect to training and education for youth and what our government is doing to further advance these critical issues?

Human Resources
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Medicine Hat
Alberta

Conservative

Monte Solberg Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Mr. Speaker, the OECD lauded Canada for its efforts to help young people enter the workforce. Today they are employed at record levels. The incidences of long term unemployment are at record lows.

The good news is that, because of the new Canada student grant, no student in the future will ever be denied the chance to go to college, tech school or university. This government is getting the job done for Canada's young people.

Not for Profit Industry
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Independent

Louise Thibault Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, many Quebec stakeholders, the UMQ, Minister Bachand and the two federal ministers responsible for the western and Atlantic economic development agencies believe that NPOs have a role to play in the development of the regions and should be funded by Economic Development Canada. The Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec believes that his government should stop funding NPOs and even believes—he has said it loud and clear—that they just get in the way.

Will the Prime Minister make his minister listen to reason and ensure that he stops digging in his heels?

Not for Profit Industry
Oral Questions

3 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, once again, I would like to remind this House that we will be maintaining funding for economic development organizations for their one-off projects. The funding we will be providing will remain in the region concerned and will allow us to contribute to the development and diversification of the economic activity in those regions.

I would like to remind my colleagues that, after the budget, the Government of Quebec had an additional $1.6 billion, which generated $242 million for the Quebec minister of economic development. He is in a position to make the appropriate decisions in this regard.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

June 16th, 2008 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Todd Russell Labrador, NL

Mr. Speaker, one of the painful facts flowing from the sad legacy of residential schools is that some of the victims have never been included in any settlement or apology.

The schools at Île-à-la Crosse and Timber Bay in Saskatchewan are clear examples. There are many others across the country like those in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Despite which government may have originally created them, federal or provincial, the Prime Minister specifically promised compensation. He did so explicitly and repeatedly and then denied it.

When, specifically, will the government deliver specifically what the Prime Minister promised to do for Île-à-la Crosse and others?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon
B.C.

Conservative

Chuck Strahl Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Mr. Speaker, we were delighted last week with the apology on June 11. This will go down as a very historic day in Canada. It was the first time ever that a full, sincere and meaningful apology was given by the Prime Minister of this country on behalf of the nation for this sad legacy of residential schools.

The residential schools agreement that preceded this, which is something this government signed but which was never signed by any previous government, enforced a court ordered procedure about which schools were in and which schools were out. It also has an appeals process so other residents could add schools or appeal the process as they wish.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

There have been discussions among representatives of all parties in the House.

I invite the hon. members to stand to observe a moment of silence in memory of the Canadian soldier who lost his life recently in Afghanistan.

[A moment of silence observed]

Government Response to Petitions
Routine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Blackstrap
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Lynne Yelich Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8) I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's responses to six petitions.