House of Commons Hansard #50 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Papineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, I had prepared a question for the Minister of the Environment about this troubling memo and the contradictions in his responses. These political non-answers lead me to ask a basic question on the minister's knowledge of this important issue.

Could the minister explain to the House what ozone is and what is the difference between its impact at low altitude and high altitude? I just need to know that he understands the issues.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, if there are any shortcomings in this House, it is in the quality of the questions from the Liberal opposition.

This government would gladly compare our record on the environment, in all its dimensions, to--

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Papineau, QC

You don't know what ozone is.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order. The Minister of the Environment has the floor. We will have a little bit of order.

The hon. Minister of the Environment.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Mr. Speaker, to complete my answer, again, the opposition is using a questionable media source quotation of one of my staff that has been taken out of context.

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Ryan Cleary St. John's South—Mount Pearl, NL

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has finally admitted what the rest of us already know, that the fishery is broken.

The five years of Conservative mismanagement after a decade of Liberal negligence cannot be reversed. By tearing up the Fisheries Act, firing scientists, laying off fisheries staff and turning out the lights will not put fish back in the sea or food on fishermen's tables.

The fishery is broken. Will the Conservative government finally support our fishing communities and put forward a concrete plan to fix it?

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Conservative

Keith Ashfield Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway

Mr. Speaker, we know that the average age of our fishers is increasing, the same for our plant workers and a declining number of new entrants into the fishery.

It is a serious situation, one that we can change through modernization and efficiencies in the Department of Fisheries and in the fishery itself. If we are to make any difference in the future of the fishery, we need to make changes today.

Employment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Yvon Godin Acadie—Bathurst, NB

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Madawaska—Restigouche and Minister for ACOA is basically calling seasonal workers in the Atlantic provinces lazy by saying that they work only the minimum number of hours required to receive employment insurance benefits. And, despite all the job losses, the government has no concrete plan to help workers.

Rather than insulting workers, will the minister withdraw his statement and force the Conservative government to adopt concrete measures to create employment? What the minister said was shameful.

Employment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, that is completely untrue.

During the global recession and as a result of that recession, the workers and skills required by the industry were still in short supply. That is why, in our economic action plan, we introduced training for workers who have lost their jobs. Through this training, we have helped over 1,000 workers to acquire the skills they need today and in the future. The NDP voted against these initiatives. We also extended the initiative for older workers to help them to return to the labour market. The NDP voted against this as well. Why is the NDP voting against workers?

International Co-operation
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Tilly O'Neill-Gordon Miramichi, NB

Mr. Speaker, our government has placed unprecedented focus on the health of mothers, newborns and children.

A major partner of the government in improving the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable people has been the World Health Organization.

At the request of the WHO, our Prime Minister agreed to co-chair the UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children's Health, which recently released a series of recommendations.

Could the Minister of International Cooperation please update the House on progress being made?

International Co-operation
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Durham
Ontario

Conservative

Bev Oda Minister of International Cooperation

Mr. Speaker, Canada continues its leadership on maternal, newborn and child health under the Prime Minister's leadership and the head of the WHO, who we are pleased to host here in Canada today, along with the top health experts in the field of maternal and child health.

We are about accountability. We are about getting results. We are about better health for children and saving more lives.

Canadians can be proud of our continued leadership to ensure that every MNCH dollar counts.

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Hedy Fry Vancouver Centre, BC

Mr. Speaker, the critical shortage of prescription drugs worldwide has now become a real problem.

In the U.S., the FDA set up a special committee to deal with the problem. Congress has held hearings. President Obama ordered an investigation into the pharmaceutical industry.

The Liberals have been trying to get the health committee to hold similar hearings but the government blocks it, preferring to let the pharmaceutical industry warn us as shortages arise.

This information will do nothing to get drugs to patients. Already certain cancer patients cannot get the drugs they need.

Why is the government so complacent--

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, please. The hon. Minister of Health.

Pharmaceutical Industry
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Nunavut
Nunavut

Conservative

Leona Aglukkaq Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Mr. Speaker, our government is taking a leadership role when it comes to dealing with drug shortages.

This summer, I told the drug companies that if they did not take action our government would look at regulations to require action. I am pleased to report to the House that these companies have responded positively to my request.

Amateur Sport
Oral Questions

November 21st, 2011 / 3 p.m.

NDP

Glenn Thibeault Sudbury, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that we will all get to watch Canada's Sidney Crosby get back on the ice tonight. It took Crosby 320 days to recover from a concussion he suffered during a hockey game.

While the NHL, NFL, CFL and other leagues are getting serious about concussions, experts say that the government could do a lot more to protect our children playing sports.

When will the government finally agree to work with the New Democrats on a national strategy to reduce serious injuries in amateur sports?