House of Commons Hansard #92 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was copyright.

Topics

Justice
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member might want to check the records. The Prime Minister has already spoken on this.

We always know when there is an election or a byelection in this country. That is when the Liberals discover the justice agenda. I say to them that we need support at all times of the year, not just when there is a byelection in Vaughan or other places in Canada.

Arts and Culture
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Carole Lavallée Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the survey done by the International Exchange for the Performing Arts shows that the Conservative cuts are purely ideological and make no economic sense. According to the president of CINARS, Alain Paré, “For every dollar … cut, the … companies had to absorb $6.30 in lost revenue.” The cuts are weakening the entire cultural industry. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, for example, may not be able to travel to Beijing, even though the Chinese government is funding a similar tour in Canada.

Is the government going to restore the funding for international tours and transfer it to the Canada Council?

Arts and Culture
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam
B.C.

Conservative

James Moore Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Mr. Speaker, frankly, the member is not really familiar with this situation, because if she knew the facts, she would know that the Canada Council already has 11 programs to assist artists on the international scene. Do we really need a 12th or 13th or 14th program? The Canada Council's budget has been increased so it can assist artists, help them directly with the funds our government has provided, the taxpayers’ money. The budget has been increased by 20%. They have 11 programs to assist artists on the international scene. They do not need a 12th program.

Persons with Disabilities
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Tony Martin Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and I attended a conference last night on disabilities and poverty where we heard Cindy Blackstock say that what government does is more important than what government says.

Given that the disabled are three times more likely to live in poverty than anybody else, this is what they want the government to do: implement the international covenant on the rights of the disabled; bring in a guaranteed annual income for the severely disabled; and make the disability tax credit fully refundable.

Will the minister do this?

Persons with Disabilities
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, I was delighted to the see the hon. member at the conference last night. He is finally showing an active interest, unlike the rest of his party, in helping the disabled in our communities.

Our government has done phenomenal things to help the disabled, including introducing the registered disability savings plan and our enabling accessibility fund. Unfortunately, the NDP voted against it.

Take my word for it? No, listen to Al Etmanski at the Plan Institute:

I believe [this] Government is hands down the most effective Federal champion people with disabilities and their families have ever had.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Lois Brown Newmarket—Aurora, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are outraged by Iran's treatment of Sakineh Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who faces execution following a process that was completely at odds with international standards and the rule of law. She has been the victim of harassment by judicial authorities, denied due process, and false or coerced confessions have been used against her. Today there are reports that she could be executed as early as Wednesday.

Could the minister elaborate on these troubling reports?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, our government is deeply troubled by reports that Iran may be moving forward with its plans to execute Ms. Ashtiani. The appalling treatment of Ms. Ashtiani is completely out of line with international standards and the rule of law.

Once again this year our government has spearheaded a resolution at the UN General Assembly to call out Iran for its egregious human rights violations. Iran's wanton abuse of the rights of its own citizens is completely unacceptable to our government.

Justice
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Joe Volpe Eglinton—Lawrence, ON

Mr. Speaker, the rhetoric, delay and grandstanding of the Prime Minister and his Conservatives on victims of crime is absolutely shameful. It has been 14 months since the immigration minister made the government's first promise during a photo op in Toronto. At great personal expense, Mr. David Chen was dragged through the court system just for protecting his property from a career criminal.

How do Conservatives justify to hard-working Canadians and families that crimes against them are not a priority for this government?

Justice
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the hon. member's position. If the Liberals just had that fifth term in office, they were just about to stand up for victims; just that one more election was all they would have needed.

I appreciate that the hon. member is new to the file. He is a couple of plays behind the action. If he tunes in to what we are doing he will see we have the most ambitious fighting crime agenda in the history of Canada and I and my colleagues are proud to be part of that.

Infrastructure
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Bloc

Jean-Yves Laforest Saint-Maurice—Champlain, QC

Mr. Speaker, the City of Shawinigan is asking the government to postpone the deadline for completing infrastructure projects to the summer of 2011, in view of the fact that the grants were not made until May and June 2010 and it is unrealistic to require that the projects be completed by March 31, 2011.

Will the minister say yes to the request by the City of Shawinigan and by the municipalities of Quebec, which are unanimously calling for the deadline to be postponed so that all of the projects can be completed?

Infrastructure
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon
B.C.

Conservative

Chuck Strahl Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, what is clear, especially with the Preco projects in Quebec, is that Quebec itself put a December 31 deadline on it. I do not know exactly why. We always thought it should go to March 31.

I have corresponded with the ministers in Quebec and talked about my willingness to move the deadline to March 31, which I think would work well. We are getting more details and I am hopeful. At least, I have asked for more details from Quebec ministers so that we can be fair and reasonable, as we have said all along, as we address the problem. Without those details, it is hard to know the scope of the problem, so I am hoping those details are forthcoming.

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, it does not take the Treasury Board eight weeks to get initial payments to grain producers except when the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Gerrymander himself, does not want big cheques from the Canadian Wheat Board winding up in the mailbox at the same time as the ballots for the election of directors of the Canadian Wheat Board.

Why will Minister Gerrymander not give up his ideological crusade to crush the Canadian Wheat Board and stop interfering with free and democratic elections and get those initial payments out to farmers so they can pay their bills?

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Battlefords—Lloydminster
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Gerry Ritz Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, of course, we would like to do just exactly that. We actually had a bill come before this House, which the NDP and Liberals decided, in their coalition way, to hoist. They said if we brought it forward they would hoist it, which effectively would take it out of play.

That said, the Wheat Board did apply for an increase to the initial prices. We have looked at that. The first application was done improperly, so a good portion of the blame for the delay goes right back to the Wheat Board itself.

Presence in the Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I would like to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of His Excellency Trajko Veljanoski, the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia.

Presence in the Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!