House of Commons Hansard #144 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was veterans.

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Persons with Disabilities
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Noon

Conservative

Maurice Vellacott Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, SK

Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to rise today to recognize the first anniversary of our Conservative government's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Our Conservative government is committed to removing barriers for persons with disabilities, who play a vital role in the success of our economy and our communities.

Can the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development please inform this House about the important investments our government is making toward this goal?

Persons with Disabilities
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Noon

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, through the RDSP, the enabling accessibility fund, and unprecedented investments in training, our government continues to break down barriers to ensure that all Canadians can participate fully in and contribute to our great country and economy. We are delivering for Canadians with disabilities.

I would quote Al Etmanski from the Plan Institute, who said:

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

Electricity
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Noon

Liberal

Mark Eyking Sydney—Victoria, NS

Mr. Speaker, the development of the Lower Churchill transmission line to Cape Breton has the potential to create thousands of jobs. The proponents of this project want the federal government to provide a loan guarantee to help make this project move forward. All three parties in Nova Scotia endorse this project.

Will the Prime Minister stop delaying and provide this loan guarantee so that we can move this critical project forward?

Electricity
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Noon

Macleod
Alberta

Conservative

Ted Menzies Minister of State (Finance)

Mr. Speaker, discussions are indeed continuing between officials from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada.

I agree with the hon. member that this is a very important project for Atlantic Canada. We encourage those discussions to continue.

Human Resources and Skills Development
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Noon

Bloc

Josée Beaudin Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities adopted a motion calling on the government to increase the budget for the Canada summer jobs program to account for the higher cost of living and minimum wage. Since we are talking about the regions, this program allows thousands of young students to gain valuable work experience in their region.

Will the minister immediately increase that program's budget so that it reflects today's reality, as called for by hundreds of organizations and municipalities across Quebec?

Human Resources and Skills Development
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Noon

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, that is exactly what we did two years ago. Two years ago, through Canada's economic action plan, we added $10 million to that program, and last year, we made it permanent. We did so in order to create 3,500 more jobs for students who need them. But the hon. member and her colleagues voted against that.

Retirement Congratulations
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Noon

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

I'd like to draw the attention of members of the House to the presence in the back of the House of our Assistant Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms, Monsieur André Boivin. Today is his last day. He will be retiring after 37 years of service, 31 of which were in Parliament.

Retirement Congratulations
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Noon

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

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March 11th, 2011 / noon

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, during question period, I made reference to a number of documents, and I am very pleased to table them.

The first document is a press release entitled, “Paul Martin government announces...budget.” The sub-headline says, “Budget 2004, announced today by the Paul Martin government—”. Then the first paragraph says, “The budget today announced by the Paul Martin government—”. In the second paragraph, it mentions, “Minister of Finance [the member for Wascana]”. I cannot mention his name, but I believe that if members went to www.ralphgoodale.ca, they would find the name. It also has the government website at the end, www.fin.gc.ca.

I want to assure the House that some press releases were saying the “H” government because if we called it the Paul Martin government, people would be very confused.

I will table that.

In response to a question by the member for Repentigny, I talked about a Bloc press release.

It is about a fundraising cocktail party for the Bloc Québécois in Chambly—Borduas. For more information, there is a number to call. I will table this press release in the House.

I am also pleased to table a story by the Canadian Press dated March 11, 2011, 11:51 a.m., about a senator appointed by the Liberal Party. It reads, “Liberal Senator Raymond Lavigne guilty of fraud.”

I will table all three of these documents in the House.

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12:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

I would like to thank the hon. government House leader for tabling those documents, but I would also caution him that we are not allowed to do indirectly what we are not allowed to do directly. So when it comes to mentioning members by names, even if he thinks he is doing it in a roundabout way, I think the House would appreciate it if he remembered not to mention them by name.

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Rob Oliphant Don Valley West, ON

Mr. Speaker, during question period, it was quite obvious that the Conservative government's dark ops teams have been working very hard to dig up some kind of information. They may be digging it up, sir, but the reality is that they are digging up inaccurate, incorrect and misleading information.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration used a document in his response to my question that is not from my website, has never been on my website and never would be on my website. It was an email that was sent from a political account with no parliamentary resources used. Several weeks ago, the whip on this side of the House told the whip on that side of the House that this has nothing to do with that.

It is an intentional misleading of the House on something that is beyond and above them, and I would hope that they would actually have some—

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12:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, order. I have not heard anything that is a point of order. It sounds like there is a dispute about facts.

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12:05 p.m.

Conservative

John Baird Ottawa West—Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite said that a member of the government intentionally misled the House. That is completely unparliamentary. The government requests that you require that member to withdraw his comments.

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12:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Deputy Speaker Andrew Scheer

The hon. government House leader is making a good point. The term “intentional misleading of the House” is unparliamentary in referring to a member of the House.

I would ask the member for Don Valley West to withdraw those comments.

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12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Rob Oliphant Don Valley West, ON

Mr. Speaker, there is something interesting about this. Somehow I am being told that calling something unparliamentary is worse than actually misleading the House.

My concern is that someone on that side of the House actually already knew that this document was never on my website and that it was from a sophisticated program called email. It uses a thing called constant contact—