House of Commons Hansard #56 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was post.

Topics

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:25 a.m.

Bloc

Bernard Bigras Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, the scientific consensus is clear. To avoid catastrophe, we must hold the increase in global temperature below two degrees, which requires a 25% to 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990. Reaching these objectives requires a co-ordinated, credible and effective plan.

To control the climate crisis, does the government intend to make the environment a priority at the G8 and G20 meetings, in order to set the stage for the Cancun summit, which is quickly approaching?

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:25 a.m.

Langley
B.C.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, this government is not just making the environment a priority at an international conference, it has always been a priority. We are getting it done.

What else have we been doing? We have allocated $100 million for the next generation renewable power initiative and an additional $80 million for the eco-energy retrofit homes program.

The fact is that since we became government the national parks system has increased by 30%. That is huge.

We are committed to a clean environment.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

June 4th, 2010 / 11:25 a.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, Conservative confusion reigns over our mission in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister will not come clean on Canada's role in Afghanistan after the full withdrawal post-2011. His parliamentary secretaries and some Liberals are calling for an extension, instead of finding a path to stability and peace.

I will ask a very simple question. What is the government's plan post-2011 in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

11:25 a.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)

Mr. Speaker, there is absolutely no confusion on this side of the House about our position in Afghanistan. We have made it eminently clear that this government will respect the parliamentary resolution of 2008 and cease our military mission to Afghanistan in 2011. It will become a civilian and a development mission.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

11:25 a.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, without a plan, confusion will continue to reign. What we heard is no plan for the future.

The government should support negotiations and reconciliation in Afghanistan, and the neighbourhood. The government should be there to ensure those commitments are solid. We have not heard those commitments. There have been no dollars put on the table and no serious commitments.

We need to have a debate in this House of Commons on what is going to happen post-2011. We need to clear up the confusion.

Will the government join us in asking for all parliamentarians to have a debate in this House on Afghanistan post-2011?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

11:25 a.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)

Mr. Speaker, let me very clear. For the past several months, despite foot dragging by members of the Afghan committee, we have been putting forward motions to consider the post-2011 mission in Afghanistan. We urge opposition members of the committee to participate and to forward their suggestions to Parliament.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I did not know Parliament was a suggestion box.

The lack of commitment to peace and human rights is not limited just to Afghanistan. We learned today the Conservatives have cut funding for human rights and protection of civilians under the global peace and security fund from $1.1 million down to a paltry $30,000.

Why is the current government cutting support for peace and human rights at a time when it is so fundamentally needed?

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)

Mr. Speaker, once again, my colleague has his facts wrong. I come back again to his suggestion that members of the Afghan committee should accept the motion put by the government to consider exactly and to discuss and debate the post-2011 mission, and to forward those suggestions to the government.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, the people of Toronto are known for their hospitality, but the current government has taken advantage of the goodwill of Torontonians. By refusing to commit to paying for protest-related property damage, the federal government is acting more like an unruly house guest than a responsible senior government.

Why can the government find $1 billion to ensure its G8 and G20 photo op goes off smoothly, but cannot find the money to protect the businesses and ratepayers of Toronto from property damage?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Oxford
Ontario

Conservative

Dave MacKenzie Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, in fact, this government is taking its responsibilities seriously. That is why we do have the security that is in place in the city of Toronto to host this summit.

I think if the member was watching the press, she would see the police forces that are going to be involved in that were actively out yesterday, indicating to the public just what is going to happen in the city of Toronto.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, residents and businesses in the city of Toronto are facing significant costs because of the G20 summit. Despite its out-of-control summit spending, the current government has refused to fairly compensate the people of Toronto, again, for things such as lost tourism revenue, city staff time, and property damage.

Does Toronto have to start building gazebos on Front Street, or steamboats to nowhere, to get fair treatment from the Conservative government?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)

Mr. Speaker, as this House has been informed a number of time of times in recent weeks, the Government of Canada will in fact consider any costs associated with loss of business during the G20 summit.

At the same time, the expenses which will cover security precautions during the G20 summit are intended to prevent the damage which the hon. member anticipates.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Liberal

Marc Garneau Westmount—Ville-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, they can deny it all they want, but Canadians are not blind. They see what the Conservatives are up to and they are outraged.

Let the Conservatives explain why they are asking taxpayers to pay $100,000 for a gazebo located 100 km from the site.

Why are they paying $400,000 for a 1910 steamboat that will not even be in the water during the summit?

Why are they wasting Canadians' money?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, the opposition Liberals seem to have steamboats on their minds.

The fact of the matter is, and let me state this for the record without fear of contradiction, that the steamboat is not being restored as the result of any G8 funding whatsoever.

They are wrong. Their research is wrong. They do not know what they are talking about. That is why they are in the opposition.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Liberal

Marc Garneau Westmount—Ville-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, $400,000 for a steamboat in the riding of the ShamWow minister is scandalous but there is worse: $275,000 in public money for washrooms and a stage located 20 km from the meeting site.

That will be a long walk to get to the washrooms. Everyone will miss the official photo this time.

Except for the Prime Minister's director of communications who can hide out there to avoid the bailiffs, who is going to use these washrooms?