House of Commons Hansard #63 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was elected.

Topics

Agriculture
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

NDP

Malcolm Allen Welland, ON

Mr. Speaker, when consumers buy organic, they expect these products to be actually pesticide-free. Organic farmers want customers to be confident the food they buy has not been cross-contaminated. This undermines the confidence of consumers and puts organic farmers and the industry seriously at risk.

What is the government doing to protect organic produce from cross-contamination and to ensure consumers have confidence in this great organic industry?

Agriculture
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Battlefords—Lloydminster
Saskatchewan

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian organic industry is world-class. We have new organic standards that this government put in place that, of course, protect the integrity of the organic sector moving forward. There is constant testing being done to ensure the efficacy of the organic label is intact. We will continue to do just that.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

December 8th, 2011 / 2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux Winnipeg North, MB

Mr. Speaker, Attawapiskat is not alone. Sadly, housing conditions on many reserves in the province of Manitoba are deplorable. Whether it is vulnerable children or vulnerable seniors alike, something needs to be done.

I often wonder whether or not the minister has a comprehensive understanding of the housing conditions and the stock on the reserves across our country. I look to the minister and ask the minister today to share with this House the actual condition of housing on our reserves in Canada.

Does he have any sense of the severity of the problem? Will he table those--

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

The hon. Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Vancouver Island North
B.C.

Conservative

John Duncan Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, I have a good sense of housing across Canada. I have been on many reserves across Canada.

That is why we have been working with willing partners and making major investments to improve the quality of life for our aboriginal people. We have made targeted investments in priorities, like education, water and housing. We build over 2,000 homes and renovate over 3,000 more every year on reserves. We continue to work in collaboration to invest in practical and innovative solutions.

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

John McKay Scarborough—Guildwood, ON

Mr. Speaker, the minister's story on the search and rescue taxi keeps changing. First, the Minister of National Defence told the House it was a pre-planned demonstration. Not true.

Then he said the flight was needed to get him to an urgent announcement, or more accurately a re-announcement, which the Minister of Public Works and the member for London West were apparently not fit to do by themselves. Also not true.

Four days is plenty of time to arrange for a boat and a car to an airport. Will the government be dispatching a search and rescue mission to Brussels to find yet another story or will it just let the lawsuits fly?

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, we are very pleased that the Minister of National Defence will be representing Canada at this very important NATO meeting. He has a lot of skills, expertise and experience in this regard, and he will do an honourable job representing the country.

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Geoff Regan Halifax West, NS

Mr. Speaker, there are two inaccurate versions of the same helicopter search and rescue story. The first, a preplanned exercise. No.

The second, a last-minute trip to get to an urgent announcement. No.

The travel request was made in time to arrange transportation by boat and car to get to the airport.

Is the government going to dispatch another search and rescue mission to come up with a third version for the minister or will it finally admit the truth?

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Vaughan
Ontario

Conservative

Julian Fantino Associate Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, the truth is that we are going around and around, and people are piling on, but the story has not changed.

One more time and as has been said many times, the minister was—

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, order. The hon. associate minister has the floor.

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

Julian Fantino Vaughan, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is ironic that Liberals ask the question and then they are hypocritical about hearing an answer.

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, order. I would encourage the minister to avoid using words such as that, which obviously cause disorder.

The hon. associate minister has the floor.

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Conservative

Julian Fantino Vaughan, ON

Mr. Speaker, one more time and as has been said many times, the minister was called back from a personal vacation to go to work.