House of Commons Hansard #124 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was copyright.

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Environment—Main Estimates, 2012-13
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9:30 p.m.

NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, I will use my allotted time right now to jump right into things and start with questions. I have a number of questions for the minister concerning Rio Plus 20. They will be short questions and I look for some straightforward answers.

As we know Rio Plus 20 is coming up in June, will the minister attend?

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Thornhill
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Kent Minister of the Environment

Madam Chair, yes. I will attend with a delegation of representatives from the federal government, with representatives of business and industry and with representatives of the provinces and territories.

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NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, will the minister include the opposition in his official delegation?

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Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Madam Chair, the answer is simple and it is short, no.

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NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, will the minister extend government accreditation for members of Parliament from the opposition?

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Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Madam Chair, as I did at the United Nations framework convention on climate change in Durban, we will assist in the accreditation of opposition members, but they will not be an official part of the Canadian delegation.

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NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, what is the budget for the delegation?

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Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Madam Chair, it is premature to set a precise figure on the budget as we are still deciding on the numbers involved and the eventual size of the federal delegation.

The provinces and territories and industry will pay their own expenses. In the fullness of time, I will be glad to share that number with my colleague.

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NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, the minister has alluded to my next question. How many representatives will we be sending? Also, what departments will be represented in the Canadian delegation?

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Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Madam Chair, I can tell my hon. colleague that those numbers and that representation is still under consideration.

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NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, does the minister have the answer now to what the budget is for the delegation?

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Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Madam Chair, I thought I was quite clear about that. That will be determined as we determine the shape of the delegation and the timing of the attendance in Rio. I will be glad to share those figures with my colleague and with the official opposition in the fullness of time.

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9:35 p.m.

NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, could the minister give us a rough ballpark of what the budget will be for the delegation? Surely he has a lot of resources at his fingertips, and I am sure that there must at least be an estimate.

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Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Madam Chair, I have abundant resources at my fingertips, but many attending delegations are still in the same situation that we in Canada face.

There are last minute determinations of exactly what panels will be necessary to attend. The size of our delegation could vary by as much as 50%.

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NDP

Megan Leslie Halifax, NS

Madam Chair, would the minister clarify about accreditation to opposition members of Parliament? When it came to Durban, that courtesy was not extended to the opposition.

Would he clarify that he will assist members of Parliament from opposition parties who wish to attend.