House of Commons Hansard #199 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was immigration.

Topics

Mali
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Joe Daniel Don Valley East, ON

Mr. Speaker, the situation in Mali continues to cause us great concern. The number of internally displaced people continues to rise and the humanitarian situation continues to worsen.

Canada has been among the most generous countries in the world in its humanitarian work in Mali over the past few years. Could the Minister of Foreign Affairs please give the House an update on our government's most recent announcement to help the people of Mali?

Mali
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I commend the member for Don Valley for his interest in this issue.

As we speak, the Minister of International Cooperation is in Ethiopia at meetings of the African Union. Earlier today he pledged $13 million to support the people of Mali in their humanitarian needs during this crisis.

Since last year, Canada has provided more than $75 million in humanitarian aid. The people of Mali can continue to count on Canada's support during this crisis, and we will help them move towards stability, security and prosperity.

The Environment
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Etobicoke North, ON

Mr. Speaker, a recent Conference Board of Canada report has again ranked Canada as scraping the bottom of the barrel in environmental performance, ranking 15th out of 17 countries. This is another embarrassing grade for the government on the environment.

The Conservatives could help improve their negative performance by changing their reckless decision to close the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area.

Would the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans do the right thing and restore funding to this valuable scientific facility?

The Environment
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Conservative

Keith Ashfield Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway

Mr. Speaker, over the past five years our government has provided significant funding in new investments in research and science. Economic action plan 2012 continues that trend by committing to cleanup efforts for Lake Winnipeg and Lake Simcoe and supporting research, education and training with new funding for universities, granting councils, and leading research institutions, such as Genome Canada.

Co-operatives
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

NDP

Hélène LeBlanc LaSalle—Émard, QC

Mr. Speaker, in response to the Special Committee on Co-operatives, all the Conservatives did was transfer responsibility for co-operatives to Industry Canada. That is worrisome.

They have already gutted the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat and cancelled the Co-operative Development Initiative. Industry Canada is also facing major cuts.

In light of this, can the minister tell us what additional resources he will provide to help co-operatives flourish?

Co-operatives
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)

Mr. Speaker, a parliamentary committee studied this issue and one of its key recommendations was to transfer the secretariat to Industry Canada. That is what we did. It was a key recommendation that we followed through on because we are listening.

We know that co-operatives help drive the economy. I would remind my colleague that the Business Development Bank of Canada created an investment fund to boost economic activity for co-operatives.

Workplace Safety
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Phil McColeman Brant, ON

Mr. Speaker, each year at this time we hear stories of workers losing their life in a workplace accident due to winter conditions. Such tragedies exemplify that as much as snow and ice bring joy to sports fans and outdoors enthusiasts, these same conditions present a real danger for workers.

Would the Minister of Labour provide the House with an update on the government's efforts to ensure that workers return home safely at the end of their workday?

Workplace Safety
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Halton
Ontario

Conservative

Lisa Raitt Minister of Labour

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Brant for bringing up a very timely question.

Indeed, employers and employees all have to work together to ensure that they protect themselves particularly during this winter season. However, we are becoming more aware, because I am very pleased to report that the rate of disabling injuries in federally regulated workplaces dropped 33% between 2000 and 2010 and again is trending downward for 2011. These are positive results and everybody involved should be very well proud of them.

The Government of Canada is committed to preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

January 29th, 2013 / 3 p.m.

NDP

Sadia Groguhé Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, a country as rich as ours should not deny health care services to pregnant women, people with cancer or children. Yet that is what has happened to hundreds of refugee claimants who have sought asylum in Canada.

Because of confusion about the new rules, some doctors even refused to help people who were actually eligible for services. This restrictive policy is at odds with the Canadian values that thousands of immigrants cherish.

Will the minister change his mind before lives are lost?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Minister of Citizenship

Mr. Speaker, once again, it is clear that the NDP wants Canadian taxpayers to be on the hook for health care for illegal immigrants who have no right to be in Canada. These illegal immigrants are bogus and failed refugee claimants who are delaying their deportation from Canada.

Taxpayers are under no obligation to pay for health insurance for visitors, illegal immigrants or failed refugee claimants. We are here for legal immigrants. We will support genuine refugees.

Environment Canada
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Green

Elizabeth May Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a genuine concern and I hope the Prime Minister can allay my fears.

I have heard from credible sources within the government that there is a proposal to eliminate Environment Canada by merging it with Natural Resources Canada.

If it had not been from credible sources, I would not be putting this question to him. I would like assurances that no such plan is under consideration.

Environment Canada
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I would be delighted to meet any of these credible sources to correct any misinformation they may be giving the hon. member.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, we were all on this side very happy to see the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on his feet today in question period.

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Bob Rae Toronto Centre, ON

Perhaps it is appropriate from time to time that we take note of colleagues who have undergone some challenges. Although I do not often agree with what the minister has to say when he is here, we are delighted to see him back. It is great to have the hon. member for Fredericton back in the House.