November 4, 1997

BQ

Suzanne Tremblay

Bloc Québécois

Mrs. Suzanne Tremblay (Rimouski—Mitis, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, my question if for the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Despite years of austerity and cuts, the propaganda budget for Canada Day and heritage celebrations has increased by 1,000% in two years.

Can the minister explain to us why she has served Quebec so well this time by giving it 56% of the Canada Day budget? Is it because Quebec is a distinct society, a unique society, or because it is sovereignist?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Government Spending
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LIB

Sheila Copps

Liberal

Hon. Sheila Copps (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to thank the heritage critic for the Bloc Quebecois for her first question.

I will just point out to her that I recently read in La Presse , I think, that the budget for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebrations was higher than the Canada Day budget.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Government Spending
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NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the health care community in Canada, including the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Public Health Association and I might point out to members on my far right in the Reform Party, the Alberta Medical Association, all agree that global climate change presents serious health, environmental, economic and social risks.

To protect the health of Canadians and in support of health care professionals all across the country, will the Minister of Health support a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2005?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Environment
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LIB

Allan Rock

Liberal

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this government recognizes that health is indeed one of the considerations that should figure in the development of environmental policy. It is for that reason that my colleague the Minister of the Environment has engaged me along with all of our colleagues in cabinet and caucus in developing the government's position.

The hon. member can rest assured that when this government announces the position, it will reflect not only the best interests of Canada but health considerations as well.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Environment
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PC

Scott Brison

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Scott Brison (Kings—Hants, PC)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister. When the current Minister for International Trade was Minister of the Environment, he mismanaged Bill C-29 resulting in the $350 million Ethyl Corporation lawsuit against the Canadian government. This is one of three lawsuits against the government under chapter 11 provisions of NAFTA.

MAI expands on the scope and definition of the investor provisions of NAFTA as well as geographically expanding it to 29 OECD countries. This exponentially increases the ability for foreign investors to sue the Canadian government—

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Trade
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The Speaker

The hon. member for Essex.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Trade
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LIB

Susan Whelan

Liberal

Ms. Susan Whelan

Mr. Speaker, Canadians want to know that this government—

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Trade
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The Speaker

Excuse me, I did not see the parliamentary secretary rise. The hon. parliamentary secretary.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Trade
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LIB

Julian Reed

Liberal

Mr. Julian Reed (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for International Trade, Lib.)

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

One of the reasons for pursuing MAI is to strengthen Canada's position in world trade. We are going to go to the bargaining table in January and we will not back away and fight for those things that the hon. member is most concerned about. MAI has a great future, if we can get 29 countries together singing from the same hymn book.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Trade
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LIB

Susan Whelan

Liberal

Ms. Susan Whelan (Essex, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians want to know that this government is building a modern, innovative economy. What steps has the Minister of Industry taken to encourage support for innovation and risk taking in the science and technology industry in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Science And Technology
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LIB

John Manley

Liberal

Hon. John Manley (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I could hear the end of that question.

Clearly innovation and knowledge are the keys to Canada's participation in a knowledge based economy of the 21st century. Therefore we have invested in supporting research and development in the universities through the extension of the networks of centres of excellence and the $800 million Canada Foundation for Innovation. We have supported research in the private sector through the Technology Partnerships Canada program.

There have been 11,000 jobs created and maintained through the extension of the industrial research and—

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Science And Technology
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The Speaker

The hon. member for Macleod.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Science And Technology
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REF

Grant Hill

Reform

Mr. Grant Hill (Macleod, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, Judge Horace Krever is about to make his report on November 21 and he will surely say that the federal government shares the blame in the tainted blood tragedy.

Will the health minister commit that he will also share the compensation package with those victims who got hepatitis C?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Krever Inquiry
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LIB

Allan Rock

Liberal

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I think instead of anticipating the recommendations the judge will make, it is best to await the delivery of the report. It will be in our hands within a few weeks. We will make it public and then we can all have a look at it and go from there.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Krever Inquiry
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BQ

Benoît Sauvageau

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Benoît Sauvageau (Repentigny, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Prime Minister.

We all know that the Canadian government wishes to exclude culture from the multilateral agreement on investment. To achieve this, however, the negotiators must agree on the wording of a clause whereby cultural industries will be exempted.

Is the Prime Minister willing to make a commitment to the cultural industries that their recommendations will be considered for adoption and that a clause worthy of the name providing for a general exception for cultural industries will be negotiated?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Cultural Industries
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LIB

Jean Chrétien

Liberal

Right Hon. Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, yes, whatever the forum we have been involved in. We have always acted to protect Canada's cultural industries. We did this when NAFTA was signed and we have always done this in our multilateral negotiations, always.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Cultural Industries
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PC

Diane St-Jacques

Progressive Conservative

Ms. Diane St-Jacques (Shefford, PC)

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Justice, who was kind enough to reply to my question yesterday, even if it was directed to the Minister of National Revenue.

Bill C-41 authorizes Cabinet to establish guidelines on child support payments. The courts refer to these when making child support orders, for instance to determine the amount to be paid to the parent with custody.

If the government has authority to establish guidelines governing orders, why are judges awarding today smaller benefits than those that were awarded after taxes under the old law? How can the government accept and justify such practices?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Child Support Payments
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LIB

Anne McLellan

Liberal

Hon. Anne McLellan (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned to the hon. member yesterday in response to her question, the support guidelines were enacted by the government. In fact we believe those support guidelines will ensure that the children of divorced couples will be better off.

If the hon. member has any indication that these guidelines in any part of their application are not working well, I would be very happy to discuss it with her.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Child Support Payments
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The Speaker

I would like to draw members' attention to the presence in our gallery of Marc Fischbach, the minister of justice, minister of the budget and minister of parliamentary relations for Luxembourg.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Presence In The Gallery
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Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Presence In The Gallery
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November 4, 1997