Debates of Oct. 8th, 2009
House of Commons Hansard #93 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was grain.
- Question Period
- Chief Electoral Officer
- Committees of the House
- Excise Tax Act
- Defence of Canada Medal Act (1946-1989)
- Criminal Code
- Bill C-311--Climate Change Accountability Act
- Mental Health
- Global Relief Outreach
- AbitibiBowater Workers in Dolbeau-Mistassini
- Cowichan Sweaters
- Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
- Toronto International Airport
- Community Futures Development Corporations
- Canada Post
- Credit Unions
- Rotary International
- Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
- International Plowing Match and Rural Expo
- Minister of Finance
- Bill C-25
- Employment Insurance
- Tax Harmonization
- Foreign Affairs
- Democratic Reform
- Government Advertising
- Federal Appointments
- Foreign Affairs
- Intergovernmental Relations
- Post-Secondary Education
- Fisheries and Oceans
- The Environment
- Aboriginal Affairs
- Aboriginal Affairs
- 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- International Aid
- Business of the House
- Points of Order
- Canada Grain Act
- Search and Rescue Helicopter
Fisheries and Oceans
Gerry Byrne Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte, NL
Mr. Speaker, that is not an answer from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. That is no answer at all.
What is troubling here is that NDP members are asking for more time. What is it that they need to know about this convention? What is more important is that Conservative members are about to vote against the policy established by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the House. They are about to vote non-confidence, not only of the policy but in the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Is the Minister of Foreign Affairs prepared to announce to the House that he will change his policy on the tabling of treaties before Parliament to allow a 42 day period for consultation? Is he or is he not?
Fisheries and Oceans
Gail Shea Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Mr. Speaker, some reasonable members with no political agenda have expressed a desire to call additional witnesses before the fisheries committee. This is a reasonable request and we are reasonable people. Therefore, we will delay ratification for another few weeks so that the fisheries committee can hear from more stakeholders. That is reasonable.
The Liberal Party should start standing up for fishers in Atlantic Canada and Quebec even if it is unpopular in Toronto.
Megan Leslie Halifax, NS
Mr. Speaker, according to a Conference Board of Canada report, Canadian companies are falling behind when it comes to developing emission reduction plans.
Why is Canada not a leader on alternative energy technologies and emission reductions?
The Nova Scotia government introduced hard caps this summer, and my premier, Darrell Dexter, is going to Copenhagen. Canadian premiers are filling the void left by the federal government.
When will the minister announce his long promised regulations and avoid embarrassment in Copenhagen?
Jim Prentice Minister of the Environment
Mr. Speaker, for the benefit of the hon. member, we now have a North American target that is comprised of minus 20% by 2020.
We must continue, as North Americans, to work with our North American partners toward those targets. That is why we have been making progress on tail pipe emissions, on aviation standards, on regulations surrounding carbon capture and storage, a smart grid for North American electricity, as well as a North American approach to cap and trade.
On the other hand, we have the Bloc, the Liberals and the NDP who are in this together. They would isolate us, damage the economy and endanger the environment as well.
Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC
Mr. Speaker, the government has misspent billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing the production of corn ethanol and offering rebates to folks buying E85 vehicles. It claimed that it would be cutting greenhouse gas emissions but now Canadians have learned from a briefing note to the minister herself that her own department does not even believe the spin.
With only 14 E85 stations, most Canadians would need to drive hundreds of kilometres just to fill up. These vehicles are being filled with regular old gasoline. Emissions continue to rise and taxpayers are being taken along for the ride.
Could the minister explain why the government continues to pour billions into a failed idea when its own officials are telling them it does not work?
David Anderson Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board
Mr. Speaker, at every turn the NDP has opposed every initiative that we have taken, including the things we have done for the biofuels industry that have affected producers in positive ways with respect to the industry.
We put $1.5 billion into an eco-energy initiative for biofuels, $500 million into next generation biofuels and $200 million into an eco-agriculture biofuels initiative, and the NDP opposed every one of those initiatives.
Earl Dreeshen Red Deer, AB
Mr. Speaker, the Liberal leader has finally come clean on his plan to raise taxes. This is not surprising, as he proudly calls himself a tax and spend Liberal.
He wants to hike the GST, and he was the first Liberal out of the gate to call for a carbon tax on everything.
Could the award-winning finance minister of the year inform the House on the latest news of the Liberal leader's tax hike agenda?
Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance
Mr. Speaker, finally the Liberal leader has come clean and said that he thinks Canadians are not paying enough taxes and that they should be paying more.
Canadians do not need tax hikes and that is why our Conservative government has reduced taxes across the board: reduced the GST, personal taxes, business taxes and much more.
As the Liberal leader begins his adult conversation with Canadians, I would suggest that the Liberal leader get ready to hear some adult words.
October 8th, 2009 / 2:55 p.m.
Anita Neville Winnipeg South Centre, MB
Mr. Speaker, every day this week we have asked for a national investigation into the missing and murdered aboriginal women and every day this week the government has avoided this question.
We need more than Sisters in Spirit. We need more than research. We need to move to the next step. The time for action is now. Families need justice and they need closure.
Does the government not care? Does it not believe the numbers? When will it launch a comprehensive public investigation?
Helena Guergis Minister of State (Status of Women)
Mr. Speaker, our government takes the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women very seriously.
Sisters in Spirit is a five year project that is in its fifth year. It is a research project. It is a public awareness and education project. It is helping to inform policy recommendations, as well as identify future directions for further investigation.
I would encourage the member to support the work that is spearheaded by the Native Women's Association and allow it to finish this important work.
Carole Lavallée Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC
Mr. Speaker, it was not just Claude Robinson who was duped by CINAR. According to CINAR's motion filed with the Court of Appeal, taxpayers were also cheated because CINAR now acknowledges that it lied about the extent of its participation in the Robinson Sucroé project in order to fraudulently increase government contributions.
Given that Telefilm is today considering taking legal action against CINAR, why does the Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State for Agriculture not take steps to recover the money fraudulently obtained by CINAR?
Rob Nicholson Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Mr. Speaker, again, this is something that took place years ago under the Liberal watch.
I have indicated to them already, and again I appreciate the fact that they are new to the justice file, that we now have a director of public prosecutions. If they have any evidence about Liberal corruption, or corruption about anyone else or any evidence of relevance, they should turn it over to the proper authorities.
Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON
Mr. Speaker, on this Thanksgiving weekend the children of Attawapiskat have very little to give thanks for because we have flu and the winter season quickly approaching. Yet on the James Bay coast we have families who are living now in unheated tents without running water, tents because four months ago their homes were flooded with sewage.
Indian Affairs and the government have nickeled and dimed this community over the most basic reconstruction, health and sanitary aid.
I am pleading with the minister. Will he show leadership? Will he come to Attawapiskat and see the misery that these families are living in?
Chuck Strahl Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Mr. Speaker, I can report to the House that the first nation in Attawapiskat has agreed to an action plan to repair the homes damaged by the waste water backup.
It is responsible for the tendering of the projects, for the supervision of the contracts and so on. We have provided some $700,000 to help repair that sewage problem. In the meantime, people who are in those homes have been taken out and put in safe facilities, if that is where they would like to stay.
The hon. member has nothing to offer to the House. He has voted against every single piece of assurance we can give to first nations on housing, on waste water and on water facilities across the country.
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Leon Benoit Vegreville—Wainwright, AB
Mr. Speaker, in a few months Canada will be hosting the world at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Whistler and Vancouver.
During previous games in Montreal and Calgary, the Government of Canada purchased tickets to events, but we all know that Canadians are watching their pocketbooks during these tough economic times.
Could the Minister of State for Sport explain to Canadians who will be paying for these tickets and how they will be used?