House of Commons Hansard #135 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was ukraine.

Topics

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Etobicoke North
Ontario

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science

Mr. Speaker, as I have said, our government values science and scientists and the important work they do. As I have said, the granting council is an arm's-length organization. It has the ability to issue contracts below a certain value. This contract fell below that value and the decision was made by the council. I cannot repeat it enough. Our government will not politicize science the way the previous government did.

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Jacques Gourde Lévis—Lotbinière, QC

Mr. Speaker, at a time when thousands of Canadians are looking for work, the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Justice are giving patronage jobs to their cronies.

As if finding jobs for their friends were not enough, the Liberals are also giving them money. They are also giving truckloads of it to Canada 2020, an organization made up of well-known friends of the Liberal family.

Rather than constantly rewarding his friends, will the Prime Minister take his job seriously and stop with this poor show of elastic ethics?

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Etobicoke North
Ontario

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science

Mr. Speaker, we are so proud in this government that we value research, science, scientists, and the important work they do.

As I have repeated many times in the House, the granting council is an arm's-length organization. It has the ability to issue contracts below a certain value. This contract fell below that threshold and the council took a decision.

We are proud of our commitment to science.

Transport
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Terry Sheehan Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Mr. Speaker, recently, the Minister of Transport made an announcement in my riding of Sault Ste. Marie about our government's investments in regional airports. In my region of northern Ontario alone, the airports of Sault Ste. Marie, Bearskin Lake, Fort Albany, Deer Lake, Lansdowne House, Moosonee, and Sachigo Lake all received important investments this year.

Would the Minister of Transport please update the House on how he is helping to improve connectivity in rural Canadian communities?

Transport
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount
Québec

Liberal

Marc Garneau Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hard-working member from the Sioux. We deeply care about transport connectivity in our regions.

That is why we are investing $58 million in our regional airports, including the Rouyn-Noranda airport in Quebec, the Gods River airport in Manitoba, the Points North Landing airport in Saskatchewan, the Terrace-Kitimat airport in British Columbia, the Red Sucker Lake airport in Manitoba, the Magdalen Island airport in Quebec, the Wabush airport in Labrador, and the Yellowknife airport in the Northwest Territories. It is a long list.

Justice
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Michael Cooper St. Albert—Edmonton, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Justice has lamely tried to justify the Liberals' opposition to Wynn's law on the basis that it was not recommended in the Alberta bail review. Jonathan Denis, Alberta's former justice minister who ordered the review, says that Wynn's law actually complements the review, a review that was limited to provincial jurisdiction.

Now that the minister's lame excuse has clearly been debunked by the very minister who ordered the review, will she do the right thing and support Wynn's law?

Justice
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Vancouver Granville
B.C.

Liberal

Jody Wilson-Raybould Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I am happy to stand to again underscore that we are doing a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system, including bail reform. The report of the study that the member opposite is referring to was conducted or put in place after the tragic death of Constable Wynn. None of the 31 recommendations from the report spoke to the legislative changes that are proposed in the private member's bill.

Having said that, I will continue to work with my counterparts in the provinces and territories to ensure that we provide safety to Canadians, through the justice system, and ensure that we move forward with the comprehensive reform that has not occurred in over 20 years.

Status of Women
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Sheila Malcolmson Nanaimo—Ladysmith, BC

Mr. Speaker, one in five sexual assault allegations are dismissed by the police as unfounded. Rape victims are being told that their experiences did not happen. In some places, the unfounded dismissal rate is as high as 30%. This is the result of a culture that continues to spread sexist myths about rape. It is exactly why many women are reluctant to report sexual assault in the first place. We need a system that believes survivors.

When will the government ensure rape victims get the support they deserve?

Status of Women
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Peterborough—Kawartha
Ontario

Liberal

Maryam Monsef Minister of Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, one in five unfounded cases of sexual assault is too many. One is too many. People should not live in fear of violence, regardless of their gender, where they live, or who they love.

We have heard the call for federal leadership. That is why I am looking forward to releasing the federal strategy on gender-based violence in the coming weeks.

Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Lloyd Longfield Guelph, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canada is growing and as we grow, the needs of Canadians also grow. The increased cost of rent in our larger cities is squeezing lower-income Canadians out of urban areas.

Would the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development please update the House on the progress of the government's national housing strategy, and how it will benefit low-income Canadians?

Housing
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Québec
Québec

Liberal

Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Families

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Guelph for his hard work on behalf of his constituents.

Our government believes that all Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford. Budget 2016 invested an additional $2.3 billion over two years, which will directly help 200,000 Canadian families.

We will also be launching this year the first national housing strategy in four decades. This strategy will give our communities and our housing partners the long-term support they seek to meet the housing needs of our families.

Democratic Reform
Oral Questions

February 7th, 2017 / 2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Scott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, ON

Mr. Speaker, last weekend not one but several anonymous sources reported details of the cabinet meeting in which it was decided to change course on electoral reform. Any cabinet leak is prohibited by the policy on security of cabinet confidences. By law, such breaches require immediate investigation.

Given the existence of two anonymous sources, this does look a bit like a coordinated effort to allow the Prime Minister to spread the blame for changing course to the entire cabinet. However, I could be wrong about the source of leaks. Therefore, has a PCO investigation been launched into these leaks from cabinet?

Democratic Reform
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Waterloo
Ontario

Liberal

Bardish Chagger Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Mr. Speaker, no, it has not.

International Trade
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Rhéal Fortin Rivière-du-Nord, QC

Mr. Speaker, in recent years, every time Ottawa has negotiated an agreement, it has used supply management as a bargaining chip. When it wanted to open the European market to western beef producers, Quebec paid the price. When it wanted to open the trans-Pacific market to grain producers, our Quebec producers paid the price. The worst part is that Ottawa cannot even be bothered to give them appropriate compensation.

With the Minister of Finance on his way to Washington, can the government guarantee that, for once, supply management will not be used as a bargaining chip?

International Trade
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Cardigan
P.E.I.

Liberal

Lawrence MacAulay Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, as my hon. colleague is well aware, we have and will continue to support the agricultural sector in our country, including supply management.

My hon. colleague is well aware that we put a $350 million fund in place for innovation in the dairy farming processing sector. What the government is doing is making sure the farmers and the processing sector have the tools in order to do the job.