House of Commons Hansard #139 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was arrest.

Topics

Public Safety
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Oxford
Ontario

Conservative

Dave MacKenzie Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, that is the third good question from this side of the House.

The Liberal Party is not being honest with Newfoundlanders. Led by their soft on crime spokesman from Ajax—Pickering, it has made it clear that the Liberal Party opposes our Conservative government plans to construct necessary prison cells. It is also clear that the Liberals oppose tougher prison sentences for criminals. They even went so far as voting to release fraudsters and drug traffickers into our communities after a mere one-sixth of their sentences.

When it comes to standing up for the rights of victims and law-abiding Canadians, the Liberal Party simply cannot be trusted.

The Environment
Oral Questions

March 4th, 2011 / 11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Gerard Kennedy Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, what the environment minister simply does not get is that his abdication on retrofits is not only killing an environment program that people were using, but also killing the green investment it encouraged Canadians to make, and eliminating a green industry that Canada needs at the same time.

The energy efficiency industry reports the loss of 75% of its business already. People are being laid off, much-needed home retrofits are not getting done and Canadians are paying more than they need to for energy.

Is the minister proud of his mess, or will he now agree to fight to save this program and protect Canadians?

The Environment
Oral Questions

Noon

Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, I have done that. The home retrofit program was immensely successful for the purpose that it was designed, as an interim measure to help keep our economy turning over, to protect jobs and to help Canadians make some environmentally smart decisions. We also had the very successful Retire Your Ride program, which took more than 126,000 polluting vehicles off the road and removed 4,000 tonnes of pollutants from the atmosphere.

However, as the economy recovers, temporary programs must come to an end.

Government Communications
Oral Questions

Noon

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, to avoid key words that are often used by feminist organizations and other advocacy groups, the Conservatives are imposing a whole new lexicon on the diplomatic apparatus.

The Conservatives do not speak of “gender equality” but rather of “equality of men and women”. They do not speak of “child soldiers” but rather of “children in armed conflict”.

Does the government not realize that it is not necessary to change the whole lexicon used at the Department of Foreign Affairs since there is no chance that the government will ever be confused with a progressive organization?

Government Communications
Oral Questions

Noon

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, what we are talking about is simply a matter of semantics.

If the Standing Committee on the Status of Women wants to move beyond semantics to initiatives and more serious issues, it could worry a little more about, for example, the issue of UN resolution 1325, on which Canada stood up and exerted its leadership. It is too bad that the members on the other side of the House are not doing the same.

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

Noon

NDP

Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC

Mr. Speaker, our fruit growing industry is indeed troubled. Apple growers are losing money and current farm support programs are just not working. Cheap subsidized U.S. apples are undercutting prices for farmers and more apples from China will soon be flooding our market.

Will the Conservatives commit to ensure that agristability actually works for fruit growers and that current trade agreements do not harm farmers trying to earn a decent living and provide us with good quality food?

Agriculture and Agri-Food
Oral Questions

Noon

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Lemieux Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture

Mr. Speaker, farmers are a first priority of this government. We stand on their side.

Our business risk management programs are delivering for farmers. Under agri-invest, $1.8 billion was paid out to farmers. Agristability, the program that the member just mentioned, paid out $2.1 billion. Agri-insurance paid out $3.2 billion. Agri-recovery paid out $460 million.

We have worked very hard to support farmers and we continue to do so.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

Noon

Liberal

Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like you to call the member for Nepean—Carleton to order for some of his comments, which were far from the truth. A number of times he said that the Conservative Party had notified Elections Canada about what it was doing.

I tend to differ from his opinion. The Conservatives knew about it because there were 67 false invoices. They waited until the RCMP raided their offices. He should apologize and withdraw his comments about the Conservative Party notifying Elections Canada about what they were doing.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

Noon

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I will take a look at the statements that were made. I know that sometimes there are disagreements as to facts. If that is what it is, it is not a point of order. However, I will look at it in case there is something more substantive to it.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

Noon

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I think you would find that would be a matter of debate, with respect to my friend from Hull—Aylmer.

Tabling of Documents
Points of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I would like to table in the House an advertisement from the Guardian, Charlottetown, issue of February 19. It is an advertisement by the Liberal Party, the Charlottetown Federal Liberal Association. It has a rather smart looking picture of the Minister of State for Democratic Reform at the top of it.

What I am tabling is an advertisement where people are invited to get memberships in the Liberal Party and they can be either purchased or renewed. It is not just at the P.E.I. Liberal Association. The first place people are supposed to go is to the office of the Liberal MP. The address is 75 Fitzroy Street, Suite 201. I referenced this during question period, and I would like to table it.

Standing Committee on the Status of Women
Points of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs to retract his statements that the work done by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women is not serious. The government made changes to terminology. In reference to rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the word “impunity” was replaced with “prevention”. These are serious changes and we had serious reasons to invite government officials to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women

Standing Committee on the Status of Women
Points of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I am one of the people who is amazed by the work done by this committee. However, I must say that I would have appreciated it if the committee had focused more on the work that had been done, particularly to promote resolution 1325.

Standing Committee on the Status of Women
Points of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, I demand that the Minister of Foreign Affairs retract his statement that the work being done by the committee is not serious.

Standing Committee on the Status of Women
Points of Order
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Pontiac, QC

Mr. Speaker, sometimes the work is serious and sometimes it is not. This is a question of semantics.