House of Commons Hansard #94 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was autism.

Topics

Post-secondary Education
Oral Questions

October 9th, 2009 / 11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Thierry St-Cyr Jeanne-Le Ber, QC

Mr. Speaker, Quebec's minister of Education is calling for the federal government to respect Quebec's jurisdiction over education and pay Quebec directly its “fair share” of the $507 million earmarked for the Canada student loan program, and to do so, “as soon as possible”. This way, the Government of Quebec could limit the student debt load and increase its financial support.

Why does this government insist on imposing its program on the people of Quebec, who are asking for the unconditional right to opt out with full financial compensation instead?

Post-secondary Education
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Souris—Moose Mountain
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour

Mr. Speaker, the government is negotiating with the Government of Quebec with respect to student assistance. However, we have put a number of programs together for students to put more grants in their hands, $250 a month to low-income Canadians and $100 a month to middle-income Canadians. There are 100,000 more students benefiting than under the previous Liberal government and the Bloc has voted against those proposals and against students across the country.

Canadian Heritage
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Chris Charlton Hamilton Mountain, ON

Mr. Speaker, 420 workers have been on strike for almost three weeks at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. The impact of the strike is of national significance.

The museum has just announced the cancellation of its most important fundraising event and programs have been seriously curtailed, all because the museum's CEO will not negotiate the same job security protections that are already in place at other federal museums and institutions.

Will the Minister of Canadian Heritage go beyond the lip service offered earlier by the parliamentary secretary and take real action to pressure the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation to get back to the bargaining table?

Canadian Heritage
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Souris—Moose Mountain
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour

Mr. Speaker, as I indicated in my first answer, if the member was listening, we are monitoring the situation. We are urging the parties to get back to the bargaining table.

We have appointed a federal mediator. He has been working with the parties. It is important that the parties work in the best interests of all Canadians.

Justice
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Bruce Stanton Simcoe North, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are fed up with a justice system that puts the rights of criminals ahead of law-abiding citizens.

Too often, the sentences of offenders simply do not correspond to the serious nature of their crimes. That is exactly why our government introduced a bill to end the practice of reducing criminal sentences at a ratio of 2:1 for time served in pretrial custody. The bill has the broad support of victims groups and the law enforcement community.

My question is for the Minister of Justice. Why would Liberal senators gut the bill, despite it being passed unanimously by the House?

Justice
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Conservative

Rob Moore Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice

Mr. Speaker, today there has not been one question from that side of the House about victims of crime. I thank the hon. member for Simcoe North for his interest.

Canadians have told us loud and clear that they want criminal sentences to reflect the seriousness of a crime. We on this side of the House have always known that the Liberals have been soft on crime. Canadians know that and they have proved it yet again.

The Liberals are gutting our truth in sentencing legislation by passing an amendment that continues the practice of two for one or three for one sentencing. Now they are threatening to do the same—

Justice
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

The hon. member for LaSalle—Émard.

Official Languages
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Lise Zarac LaSalle—Émard, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Quebec Community Groups Network has informed us that organizations that receive official language funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage are informed upon submitting their applications that they will not receive funding for their projects before August. These applications are for the period starting in March. Ten-month projects must be compressed into five months.

What does the government plan on doing to ensure that organizations will have the funding they need to complete projects that are very important to promoting our official languages?

Official Languages
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Lemieux Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture

Mr. Speaker, this Conservative government is a strong supporter of our country's linguistic duality. It has delivered the goods. We allocated a record $1.1 billion in funding for the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality. This money will strengthen francophone and anglophone communities throughout the country, and will bring language and culture to new communities across Canada.

Museums
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Bloc

Richard Nadeau Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, employees of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum have been on strike for several weeks now. They held a demonstration today to denounce the government negotiators' attitude and to demand employment security as protection against subcontracting.

Why are museum employees being denied the protection enjoyed by other public employees? Why is there a double standard?

Museums
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Souris—Moose Mountain
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour

Mr. Speaker, so the member can understand, and as I said previously, we have urged the parties to come together and work to reach an agreement in the interest of all Canadians.

We have appointed a federal mediator. He had been working with the parties even before the strike began. He continues to work with them to bring them to the point of solution.

Health
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Niki Ashton Churchill, MB

Mr. Speaker, H1N1 should not be about politics. It should be about the health of all Canadians.

According to the latest information, vaccines will be coming out sooner rather than later. While it is good news for some Canadians, first nations are not heard in this report. We have been asking for months to put aboriginal people as a priority on the list of recipients of the H1N1 vaccine.

Will the government confirm that all first nations, not just remote ones, will be seen as a priority for the vaccine?

Health
Oral Questions

Noon

Nunavut
Nunavut

Conservative

Leona Aglukkaq Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, the Chief Public Health Officer, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, has established the guidelines that will be applied for the H1N1 vaccine. We rely on the expert advice of the medical community in developing the guidelines that will be used to roll out the vaccine when it is produced.

National DNA Data Bank of Canada
Routine Proceedings

Noon

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to subsection 13.1(2) of the DNA Identification Act, I have the pleasure to submit, in both official languages, the 2008-09 annual report of the National DNA Data Bank of Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Routine Proceedings

Noon

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, I also have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 2008 annual report on the RCMP's Use of the Law Enforcement Justification Provisions. This report addresses the RCMP's use of specified provisions within the law enforcement justification regime, which is set out in sections 25.1 to 25.4 of the Criminal Code. It also documents the nature of the investigations in which these provisions were used.