House of Commons Hansard #83 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was madam.

Topics

National Defence
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Ajax—Pickering
Ontario

Conservative

Chris Alexander Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence

Madam Speaker, it is impossible to know if the Liberal Party wants to replace the CF-18s or not. It wanted to 10 years ago, but based on today's statements, it no longer wants to do so.

We have a plan. We are working with nearly 10 allies and we will ensure that the Royal Canadian Air Force has the equipment it needs to carry out its missions. We have faith in the future in that regard.

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Etobicoke North, ON

Madam Speaker, after six years, the government's sorry record on the environment stands alone.

At the World Economic Forum, the Prime Minister said, “Canada's investments in science and technology had produced poor results”. What a cheap shot at our hard-working scientists.

Now international scientists are slamming our government for turning its back on science and international agreements.

Why is the government muzzling Canadian scientists and destroying the reputation of Canada for environmental leadership?

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Michelle Rempel Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Madam Speaker, that is very rich coming from a party whose former leader said that his party did not get the job done on climate change.

We are so proud of our team of scientists at Environment Canada and the work that they do. In fact, last year I believe they conducted over 1,000 interviews with the media. We continue to support the work they are doing at Environment Canada. We are proud of our international leadership in this area.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Madam Speaker, we know the Department of Veterans Affairs says no a lot to its veterans.

I would like the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs to stand in her place and look in the camera at 90-year-old Bedford veteran, Ted Shiner. All Mr. Shiner is asking from the Government of Canada is for a little help with housekeeping and with his feet.

The government can find $50 million to sprinkle like pixie dust through the riding of Parry Sound—Muskoka but it cannot find enough shekels in the pot to help a 90-year-old veteran with housekeeping so he can stay in his own home with a little more dignity.

The government is fully aware of this file. There is no privacy to be concerned about as Mr. Shiner has given his permission to talk about it.

I would like the parliamentary secretary to stand in this place and tell Mr. Shiner why he was denied VIP service.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Mississauga—Brampton South
Ontario

Conservative

Eve Adams Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Madam Speaker, while I cannot comment on a specific case, I can assure the member that veterans and their families are a priority for our government.

The veterans independence program provides disabled veterans with housekeeping assistance so they can remain in their homes longer.

Perhaps the member opposite might want to commence voting in favour of some of our government measures on behalf of veterans. For instance, the member opposite might be ashamed of himself for voting against ex gratia payments for agent orange. He might be ashamed of himself for not voting in favour of doubling the number of post-traumatic stress disorder clinics for our veterans. He might--

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

Order, please. The hon. member for Sackville--Eastern Shore.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Madam Speaker, with respect to the veterans independence program, the Prime Minister promised in 2005 that immediately upon forming government, every widow and widower of a World War II and Korean war veteran would get VIP, but less than 10% of that promise was fulfilled. That is why we vote against these budgets that do not meet the mandate and do not get the job done.

Harold Leduc is an honoured veteran and a member of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. His medical and psychiatric information was scattered throughout the department in an illegal manner. My question for the government is, if it has happened within the Veterans Review and Appeal Board that medical information--

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

Order. The hon. parliamentary secretary.

Veterans Affairs
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Mississauga—Brampton South
Ontario

Conservative

Eve Adams Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

Madam Speaker, our government believes that any violation of our veterans' privacy is completely unacceptable. That is why over a year ago we took action to introduce a 10-point privacy action plan that ensures there are strict disciplinary measures if anyone breaks the law, and increases monitoring and access controls.

We are committed to ensuring the continued success of the privacy action plan. We will make sure that the veterans' privacy remains a priority for the government.

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Laurin Liu Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, QC

Madam Speaker, yesterday the Minister of the Environment took part in another photo op in the U.S. and made a modest announcement to draw attention away from the Conservatives' inaction. In the last budget, the Conservatives pledged $35 million to make up for cuts to university research into weather and climate. That money never materialized.

Why do the Conservatives lack ambition and why are they not keeping their financial commitments?

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Michelle Rempel Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Madam Speaker, in the last budget we committed almost $870 million to Canada's clean air agenda, including $252 million to support regulatory activities to address climate change sustainable development technology, but my colleague opposite voted against it.

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

NDP

Laurin Liu Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, QC

Madam Speaker, the parliamentary secretary's answer does not hide the fact that yesterday's announcement with the U.S. was just another sideshow. Even Secretary of State Clinton admits this effort is not an answer to the climate crisis, that it is meant to complement, not supplant, the other actions we must be taking.

Instead of action, the government has killed the eco-energy program, pulled us out of Kyoto, and lobbied for its oil and gas buddies. When will the minister take science seriously and take real action on climate change?

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Michelle Rempel Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Madam Speaker, what the no development party has done is voted against the eco-energy retrofit program. It has voted against any sort of measure that makes sense to support our energy sector from a sustainable development perspective, and it lobbies against Canadian jobs.

We have a sector by sector robust regulatory program for greenhouse gas emissions. We also support the over 500,000 people who work in our energy sector. That is something my colleague opposite cannot say.

Natural Resources
Oral Questions

February 17th, 2012 / 11:45 a.m.

Conservative

Bob Zimmer Prince George—Peace River, BC

Madam Speaker, I understand that the NDP has sent the leadership candidate from Skeena—Bulkley Valley to the northern gateway hearings today. I am disappointed by its anti-trade, anti-jobs agenda. The no development party is bad for jobs and economic growth.

Could the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment please tell the House what the government's position is on diversifying trade and Canada's role as a stable, secure and reliable energy source for the world?

Natural Resources
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Michelle Rempel Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Madam Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for his understanding of the importance of the over 500,000 jobs in this country and what that means for social programs, what that means for having Canada as a world leader in the global economy.

Our government is committed to the sustainable development of our resource sector and ensuring that we have a robust environmental protection plan in a time of economic growth. Our government is committed to making the investments necessary to grow trade in the Asia-Pacific countries. We will, unlike our colleagues opposite, stand up for our energy sector.