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House of Commons Hansard #121 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-35.

Topics

Bill C-35Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Bill C-35Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

I know all hon. members want to hear the supplementary question.

Bill C-35Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Brian Pallister Canadian Alliance Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, what is cheap is that response. There were 90 victims in the last five years. There is nothing cheap about that, nothing cheap about Canadians being raped, nothing cheap about Canadians being assaulted, nothing cheap about their being seriously injured, nothing cheap about drafting legislation as a result of the actions of someone above Canada's law, and nothing cheap about expanding those laws to include hundreds more people.

The Canadian Alliance wants to prevent future actions like this. The minister has the chance to choose to prevent future actions or just to continue to cry crocodile tears.

Bill C-35Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Ottawa South Ontario

Liberal

John Manley LiberalMinister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, evidently the Canadian Alliance would like to withdraw from the Vienna convention. Evidently the Canadian Alliance would like to suspend diplomatic relations with every civilized country in the world. Evidently the hon. member seems to think that most diplomats are committing crimes, which simply is not true.

We have taken unprecedented steps to provide entire transparency with respect to the incidents that involve foreign diplomats. We have taken the necessary steps in order to ensure that those who do break Canadian laws do not remain in the country. We have put adequate pressure to ensure that in the case of MacLean and Doré the perpetrator is brought to justice.

Bill C-35Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Bill C-35Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Bill C-35Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. The Chair has to be able to hear the questions and answers. It is clear that some hon. members do not like the questions and others do not like the answers, but the Chair has to hear them all. I would appreciate some co-operation.

Natural ResourcesOral Question Period

November 29th, 2001 / 2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Serge Cardin Bloc Sherbrooke, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister is reassuring Americans and promising them that the oil from Canada's tar sands will be available to them in the years to come, yet the government is dragging its feet when it comes to the natural gas off Sable Island in Nova Scotia.

How can the Prime Minister's eagerness to make our oil available to the U.S. be justified when he continues to refuse to do anything to make the natural gas off Sable Island available to New Brunswick and Quebec?

Natural ResourcesOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Wascana Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale LiberalMinister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, Canada is blessed with very rich natural resources: gas in the north; yes, gas off Sable Island; yes, oil, heavy oil, tar sands, nuclear renewable power and a whole range of others.

The policy of the Canadian government is to ensure that those resources are developed according to the principles of sustainable development to meet the market requirements of all Canadians and to take advantage of export opportunities wherever they exist. To the enormous advantage of the country, last year there were $50 billion worth of exports from Canada.

Natural ResourcesOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Serge Cardin Bloc Sherbrooke, QC

Mr. Speaker, that is not the right answer.

The federal government provided more than $1 billion in tax credits to support exploration off Sable Island.

Why is the government not giving Quebec or New Brunswick access to this natural gas when Gas Métropolitain is prepared to build the required gas pipeline, even without a subsidy? When will the federal government stop dragging its feet?

Natural ResourcesOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Wascana Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale LiberalMinister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, again the hon. gentleman misunderstands the procedure. If there is a complaint that can be legitimately sustained that an energy development is not providing proper access to Canadians, that complaint can go before the National Energy Board and the National Energy Board will adjudicate upon it. That is what the National Energy Board is for.

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Canadian Alliance Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, the Minister of Natural Resources and as the senior minister from Saskatchewan.

As Saskatchewan's only member of the federal cabinet I am wondering what steps he is taking to ensure that WestJet, which provides the only jet competitor to Air Canada, does not suffer the same fate as Canada 3000. What steps is he taking at the cabinet table to ensure that WestJet does not die and that air competition does not die in his province for which he is responsible?

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Deputy Prime Minister.

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. Once again, we do want to hear the answer.

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Windsor West Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray LiberalDeputy Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should not try to mislead the people of Saskatchewan or Canada through television from the House.

Questions cannot be placed to ministers in their capacity as regional ministers. I can assure the people of Saskatchewan and all Canadians that the Minister of Natural Resources is very actively involved in ensuring competitive services for the people of his province and all of Canada. He is doing a great job. He deserves our applause.

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Canadian Alliance Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, the senior minister from Saskatchewan is really involved. He will not even get on his feet in the House of Commons to defend his own province. If the senior minister from Saskatchewan--

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member will put his question directly and will perhaps omit some of the preamble. It seems to be getting a little footloose and fancy free this afternoon on both sides.

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Canadian Alliance Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, this is the minister's chance to prove that he is the senior minister for Saskatchewan. Defend your province in the House of Commons. If the minister--

Airline IndustryOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Peterborough.

MulticulturalismOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Adams Liberal Peterborough, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women has been meeting with various communities to monitor serious concerns they have had since September 11.

Could the secretary of state tell the House what plans she has to alleviate those serious post-September 11 concerns?

MulticulturalismOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Vancouver Centre B.C.

Liberal

Hedy Fry LiberalSecretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)

Mr. Speaker, since September 11 I have been meeting across the country with ethnocultural communities, police, municipalities and other levels of government to monitor the concerns of communities.

As a result we have developed a plan of action to partner with institutions such as the police, municipalities, provinces and communities to create educational tools to assist in developing intercultural and interfaith understanding and to strengthen communities.

Forest IndustryOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Dick Harris Canadian Alliance Prince George—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, British Columbia's forest industry provides billions of tax dollars to the coffers of the federal government and is now in a crisis because of a massive pine beetle infestation. There are 25,000 jobs at stake in that forest industry and the government has refused to live up to its obligations to help the province in this time of crisis.

I want to ask the government and the minister from Saskatchewan: Will they recognize their obligation to help in this natural disaster and immediately commit to joining the province in this fight against the pine beetle?

Forest IndustryOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Wascana Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale LiberalMinister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, we have already joined the province in the fight against the mountain pine beetle. Indeed it was in 1995 that scientists from the Government of Canada alerted the province of British Columbia to the problem.

Since then we have continued to provide scientific assistance. In terms of the most recent situation in British Columbia, I understand it is under review by the provincial government which has the responsibility for forest management. To the best of my knowledge it has not yet made a request.