House of Commons Hansard #47 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was energy.

Topics

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, let us sum up this week in politics. A Conservative MP is directly implicated in a massive real estate fraud. A Liberal MP is advertising that he will sell his loyalty to foreign interests, and well-connected lobbyists are holding so-called fundraisers for the very ministers that they are lobbying. This is not exactly the same as handing over a bag full of cash but it is pretty close.

Why does the Prime Minister not call in Derrick Snowdy to make the world safe for democracy again? We know he takes swift action on the flimsiest of allegations from Magnum B.S. Why does he not call in Mr. Snowdy?

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, our friend from Winnipeg Centre has certainly demonstrated why this week in Parliament in The Hill Times newspaper he was named the most quotable member of Parliament. I am very pleased on behalf of all members of the government caucus to congratulate the member opposite.

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Luc Malo Verchères—Les Patriotes, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week, drug manufacturer sanofi-aventis announced that it was laying off 70 workers. The company lamented the fact that the federal government provides inadequate support for innovative companies' research activities. It also noted that, unlike generic drug companies, innovative companies have no meaningful right of appeal when their intellectual property is challenged.

When will the minister provide the kind of balanced intellectual property protection that is critical to Quebec's economic development?

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Nunavut
Nunavut

Conservative

Leona Aglukkaq Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, this government continues to remain committed to supporting the provinces and territories in the delivery of health care, which is why we continue to increase the budget transfers by 6% and each jurisdiction will allocate those funding resources accordingly.

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Luc Malo Verchères—Les Patriotes, QC

Mr. Speaker, I will give the minister a second chance. I would ask her to listen carefully to my question. The Government of Quebec is trying to attract biotech investment and make the sector a stronger component of our industrial development, but the Canadian government is discouraging that kind of investment.

When will federal ministers implement a plan to support Quebec's biotech industry?

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Cambridge
Ontario

Conservative

Gary Goodyear Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to point out for the member opposite that this government has supported Quebec industry second to none in the history of this country. In fact, the NRC IRAP provided $61 million alone to Quebec businesses and other groups. Quebec Drug-Discovery Consortium in Montreal received $8 million. It goes on and on.

The point is that if the Bloc members had their way, none of this funding would go into their province of Quebec because they voted against it. Every time there is a vote concerning businesses, students and investment, they vote no.

Government Programs
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, in light of the government's decision to change Canada's long-standing policy on maternal health, yesterday's words from a Conservative member speak volumes.

The member for Winnipeg South spoke of “small steps in scaling back the rights of Canadian women”. This helps to explain the so-called small steps like killing the court challenges program, attacking pay equity, cutting funding for 22 women's groups this year alone.

What other small steps do the Conservatives intend to do to Canadians next?

Government Programs
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my colleague's comments but we are listening to what World Vision is telling us on maternal health. It is telling us that 24,000 children under the age of five will die today in the developing world.

Our government has a responsibility to act. We have made a decision to bring our G8 partners to the table to address this issue with the goal of saving the lives of millions of women and children. Development leaders are supporting this. They are telling us that every year, nine million women around the world watch as their children die from painful, preventable illnesses that cost dimes, not dollars, to treat.

We have a responsibility to act and I ask the member to support us.

Government Programs
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, what about Planned Parenthood? Funding for groups throughout Canada only goes to the ones that share the very narrow ideology of the Conservative government. Women's rights groups have been cut, along with literacy advocates, cultural events and, as I said earlier, Planned Parenthood.

There is no hiding it. A few words from the Conservative member for Winnipeg South explain the government's true bias and its real agenda.

Which Canadians will be next to get trampled on by the government's so-called small steps?

Government Programs
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, the member knows that our government has increased the funding for women's groups to the highest level ever in the history of this country. However, we are also listening to the presidents and CEOs of World Vision, UNICEF, Results Canada, CARE Canada, Plan Canada and Save the Children. They have all told us:

It's time to focus on the hope and opportunity that this G8 Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health presents and end the suffering of millions of families around the world.

In fact, Sharon Marshall from World Vision Canada said that World Vision was outraged that this debate was being raised.

Child and Maternal Health
Oral Questions

May 14th, 2010 / 11:55 a.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, last year, the international community contributed $5.3 billion to a multinational fund to help tackle child and maternal health in developing nations. However, not a single dollar of that $5.3 billion was Canadian.

We have heard a lot from the Conservatives about their intent to tackle the issue of child and maternal health. We have heard a lot but we have not seen the fundamentals.

I have a very simple question for the government. How much money will it contribute to fight for child and maternal health? What is the dollar figure?

Child and Maternal Health
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, what the member does know is that the leadership of the Prime Minister is evident. He has invited the G8 leaders from around the world to come here to deal with a pressing issue, which the developing world has been asking to be dealt with for years, and that is the issue of child and maternal health.

We have a huge opportunity this June at the G8 to make a difference in the lives of women and children. This initiative will save millions of children under the age of five. Obviously, when the G8 leaders get together we will see those plans. In the meantime, however, I am sure we have the member's support.

Child and Maternal Health
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I think I was very straightforward. I just asked about how much money. We have seen $5.3 billion contributed by other partners. We donated zero last year. Looking at it, we need to do more. The Global Fund's initiative is a good place to start. It saves the lives of over five million people.

The fund's representatives were here in Ottawa at the foreign affairs committee and they asked for Canada to contribute more. We would like to see the government stand with those who want to make a difference on child and maternal health and put aside all the rhetoric we have heard from it.

Will the government help and will it double the funding to the Global Fund?

Child and Maternal Health
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, I am very glad to hear from the member opposite that he wants to end the rhetoric and that he wants to help because that is exactly what we have been asking all of the opposition parties to do with us. We have a historic opportunity in June with our partners from the G8 who are all coming to the table with the same goal of saving the lives of women and children.

I am very pleased to hear that the NDP is now supporting this initiative. It is a laudable initiative, an honourable initiative and it is the right thing to do. This is a historic opportunity.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Blaine Calkins Wetaskiwin, AB

Mr. Speaker, all week the Liberals have been bragging about their sad, sorry and pathetic record of the 1990s. Their confusion about this dark era must be because their leader was far, far away from Canada at the time.

Would the Minister of Transport remind the House just what the Liberal record from the 1990s is and why, perhaps, the Liberals should not be quite so boastful?