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House of Commons Hansard #130 of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

The BudgetOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Don Valley East Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette LiberalMinister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the standing committee said that Canadians need to be provided with the security of knowing that we have a national, single, accountable, consistent and seamless system of transportation security. That was what the Minister of Finance announced in the budget: the Canadian air transport security authority will provide just those guarantees for the travelling public.

The hon. member then said that the committee's report reflects his own thinking absolutely. Once again we have the hon. member in a political contortion act in the House of Commons, arguing against his own logic.

Minister for International CooperationOral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Caroline St-Hilaire Bloc Longueuil, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has the annoying habit of blindly exonerating his ministers, even when they blunder badly.

Sometimes, he calls it an error in good faith, other times, he says it was the fault of subordinates. In short, the Prime Minister always has good reasons. Now, he is submitting the case of the Minister for International Cooperation to the ethics counsellor, which is not going to reassure anyone.

Will the Prime Minister agree this is not a matter for the ethics counsellor, but more a matter of judgment and morality on which he himself can decide?

Minister for International CooperationOral Question Period

3 p.m.

Saint-Maurice Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien LiberalPrime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I have answered this question at least six times in two days.

National DefenceOral Question Period

December 12th, 2001 / 3 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Elsie Wayne Progressive Conservative Saint John, NB

Mr. Speaker, last week the auditor general said that the government's claim that our Canadian forces have never been more combat ready “should be taken with a grain of salt”. Despite this critical report, this week the finance minister allocated a measly $300 million to purchase and maintain the equipment needed for our forces for combat.

Has the government made a major policy reversal and decided that our Canadian forces will no longer be a combat ready force and is--

National DefenceOral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon Minister of National Defence.

National DefenceOral Question Period

3 p.m.

York Centre Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton LiberalMinister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, in the Christmas spirit I must say, however, that the auditor general to my knowledge has not had military service, but the chief of defence staff has and he says that we are more combat capable than we were a decade ago.

Furthermore, what we put into the budget was, yes, $300 million for new equipment, but we have put in $1.2 billion, including additional money to help in the campaign against terrorism, over $200 million, and we also put in some $400 million in counterterrorism measures and in critical infrastructure protection and emergency preparedness, some $80 million. A lot of money was put--

National DefenceOral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Windsor--St. Clair.

Steel IndustryOral Question Period

3 p.m.

NDP

Joe Comartin NDP Windsor—St. Clair, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Industry. Pensioners, unsecured creditors and Sault Ste. Marie city council have overwhelmingly endorsed the plan of arrangement in order to keep Algoma Steel in operation. The majority bondholders have also agreed to the plan. The United Steelworkers, which represents 4,000 workers at Algoma, is in the process of finalizing its part of the plan. The only player missing is the federal government.

Will the minister provide assurances that loan guarantees will be available so that Algoma will have sufficient liquidity when it comes out of creditor protection?

Steel IndustryOral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bonavista—Trinity—Conception Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Brian Tobin LiberalMinister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, members on this side of the House have worked very hard on this file and have indeed brought it to the attention of the Prime Minister and the members of the cabinet who have the appropriate responsibility. It is a question we are looking into today, tomorrow and in the next few days. We hope to respond one way or another very soon.

Aboriginal affairsOral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Richard Marceau Bloc Charlesbourg—Jacques-Cartier, QC

Mr. Speaker, on November 28, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development told the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs that nothing would stand in the way of his determination to implement his initiatives for the development of aboriginal communities.

In light of the most recent federal budget, in which billions have been earmarked for security, how does the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development intend to address the many problems affecting aboriginal communities with the meagre $185 million set aside for him by the Minister of Finance?

Aboriginal affairsOral Question Period

3 p.m.

Kenora—Rainy River Ontario

Liberal

Bob Nault LiberalMinister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, first I would like to thank the Minister of Finance for recognizing that the most important part of any aboriginal agenda is the agenda dealing with aboriginal children.

It might be of interest to the member to know that $185 million year after year which goes toward programs dealing with special education, early childhood development and issues of poverty in the communities is not something to sneeze at. In fact, to thank the--

Presence in GalleryOral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of Her Excellency Dr. Sima Samar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Women's Affairs in the transitional government of Afghanistan, which will take up its duties on December 22, 2001.

Presence in GalleryOral Question Period

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Points of OrderOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Canadian Alliance Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It is very important that I point out to the Minister of Foreign Affairs that one does chase foul balls when one thinks one can catch them.

Points of OrderOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

Ottawa South Ontario

Liberal

John Manley LiberalMinister of Foreign Affairs

Not if they are grounders, Mr. Speaker.

Points of OrderOral Question Period

3:05 p.m.

The Speaker

As umpire in this game, I will say that neither one is a point of order.

Canadian Landmine FundRoutine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Ottawa South Ontario

Liberal

John Manley LiberalMinister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, with the leave of the House, I take this opportunity under Standing Order 32(2) of the House to table, in both official languages, the 2000-01 report on the Canadian Landmine Fund.

The report confirms that significant global progress is being made in eradicating anti-personnel landmines and assisting communities affected by these weapons. Through the Canadian Landmine Fund, Canada has been supporting mine action programs in more than 25 countries in 2000-01. Under Canadian leadership, the world has turned a corner in the fight against anti-personnel landmines.

While recognizing that our efforts should continue, we can all be very proud of this achievement.

Government Response to PetitionsRoutine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Halifax West Nova Scotia

Liberal

Geoff Regan LiberalParliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's responses to 10 petitions.

Copyright ActRoutine Proceedings

3:05 p.m.

Hamilton East Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps LiberalMinister of Canadian Heritage

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-48, an act to amend the Copyright Act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Committees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Andy Scott Liberal Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the tenth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, October 3, the committee has considered Bill C-30, the courts administration act, and has agreed to report it with amendments.

Committees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Liberal Malpeque, PE

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present in both official languages the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee completed a study on problems facing Newfoundland shrimpers and related activities.

Committees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Liberal Oakville, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present in both official languages the second report of the Standing Committee on Health.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee has completed its study on the draft legislation on assisted human reproduction and now tables its report. Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Committees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Preston Manning Canadian Alliance Calgary Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise to add a brief opposition comment on the report just tabled.

First I want to commend to all members the process which produced this report. It was one case where the draft bill went to a committee prior to first reading. The degree of agreement that was reached as a result is worth noting.

The opposition supports many of the major recommendations of the report, particularly the ban on reproductive and therapeutic cloning, the proposals for a new regulatory body and the mechanisms to hold that body accountable to parliament.

The one major difference between ourselves and the government that is noted in the minority report is an ethical concern about any research, such as embryonic stem cell research, which results in the destruction of the embryo. We would commend to members our recommendations that there be a prohibition on such research subject to a three year moratorium and a much stronger emphasis on supporting adult stem cell research.

In conclusion I would like to remind all members that this field of assisted human reproduction involves complex issues of science, health and ethics. There are two things that this report recommends to the House in order to resolve those things: first, to establish a regulatory arena where all those interests and conflicts can be represented and adjudicated openly; and second, for the House to give direction to that body, just a simple directive that where there is a conflict between what is ethically acceptable and scientifically possible, the ethical perspective would prevail.

I join the chair of the Standing Committee on Health in commending this report on building families to every member of the House.

Committees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Bloc Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, like the Canadian Alliance member—

Committees of the HouseRoutine Proceedings

3:10 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. Is there unanimous consent to allow the hon. member for Drummond to reply to this report?