March 3, 2000

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Hon. Don Boudria (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the increase is not at all as the hon. member says it is. As a matter of fact, the overall increase in expenditures over last year is a little over 1% different.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Budget
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NDP

Lorne Nystrom

New Democratic Party

Hon. Lorne Nystrom (Regina—Qu'Appelle, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the estimates have an increase of $47 million to $52 million in the government's blue book. Maybe I could put it a different way. That $5 million increase is equivalent to about $48,000 per senator, and the extra $20 million in health care in Saskatchewan is about $20 per person.

I want him to explain why the government would make that tremendous increase in allocation for the Senate and only a few dollars for people in Saskatchewan and Manitoba for health care. Please come clean on this.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Budget
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LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Hon. Don Boudria (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would not want to give the House inaccurate information. Let me be even more precise. The actual increase over actuals for last year is 1.32%. I know I said that it was a little over 1% and it is 1.32%. I am sure most people will understand that.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Budget
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PC

Gerald Keddy

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gerald Keddy (South Shore, PC)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

Truckers are protesting in Ottawa today. Yesterday I stated that high diesel prices, along with high gas and fuel oil prices, are hurting Canadians.

What is the minister prepared to do to ensure that diesel, gasoline and fuel oil prices are lower for all Canadians.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Gasoline Prices
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LIB

Brent St. Denis

Liberal

Mr. Brent St. Denis (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the member knows that oil prices are traded on world markets and, in that vein, Canada is an active member of the international oil energy agency.

We are actively working with our fellow members to push the OPEC nations to increase production so that we can regain some stability in the world's oil markets.

These measures are effective and I would ask the member to be a little more patient.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Gasoline Prices
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PC

Mark Muise

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mark Muise (West Nova, PC)

Mr. Speaker, the federal government will spend $160 million over two years to help the natives integrate into the fishery.

Can the minister of fisheries tell us how much money it will cost to fully integrate natives into the fishery? Does the department have a detailed outline of the strategy and can he provide us with a copy? Does this strategy address the serious issue of the summer food fishery?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Hon. Don Boudria (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member has asked us a detailed question about the aboriginal fishery. I will gladly bring the issue to the attention of the minister of fisheries and provide a full response for him in the House.

Needless to say, the government is committed to ensuring, pursuant to the decisions of the court, that the aboriginal fishery is properly taken care of and in a way where everyone lives in harmony and participates in the activity.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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LIB

Ian Murray

Liberal

Mr. Ian Murray (Lanark—Carleton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism.

Tonight, with children from my riding, I will attend an anti-racism concert in Kanata which is sponsored by the Government of Canada.

I applaud the minister for this initiative but would she explain what she hopes this concert will accomplish and why she believes it is necessary?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Multiculturalism
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LIB

Hedy Fry

Liberal

Hon. Hedy Fry (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism)(Status of Women), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this concert will perhaps be the biggest initiative put on by any country in the world, both nationally and internationally, to deal with the issue of racism.

Tonight in Ottawa, young people from about seven countries in the world and Canadian youth will join with Dubmatique, Monica, Bif Naked and Juliette Powell in a concert in which youth will speak out in the language they know best, music. This is Canada's step to what is creating a world of peace and human security.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Multiculturalism
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REF

Philip Mayfield

Reform

Mr. Philip Mayfield (Cariboo—Chilcotin, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, I realize the minister does not want to hinder any HRD investigations, and today I heard the parliamentary secretary say that making known who is being investigated may hinder or perhaps jeopardize these investigations.

I ask the parliamentary secretary, does that mean that those known investigations are already tainted and that those individuals who are under investigation, including those in Shawinigan, will be getting off scot-free?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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LIB

Herb Gray

Liberal

Hon. Herb Gray (Deputy Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I do not think one should read that into any answers given. These are matters for the police. Whether it is the RCMP or a local police force, they will do their duty and, in consultation with crown attorneys, will decide what steps are to be taken. The premise of the member's question is totally off base, as usual.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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BQ

Jean-Guy Chrétien

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Jean-Guy Chrétien (Frontenac—Mégantic, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, in a release dated February 23, the Minister of Human Resources Development boasted that a telephone line had been reserved for members of parliament interested in getting information.

I submitted a request for information by following the suggested procedure. Four days later, I received a letter telling me to go through the access to information process.

Can the minister tell me why I cannot obtain information, even when I follow her own guidelines?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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LIB

Bonnie Brown

Liberal

Ms. Bonnie Brown (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the member is justified in his complaint if the telephone line did not give him the information he wanted. I apologize for that. I will see what I can do to fix it.

However, I would remind the member that there are 18 binders, five and a half inches each, of paper. His House leader and his Whip I believe are in charge of them. Those papers have been provided by the department for his perusal. I am sure he can find it in there.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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NDP

Yvon Godin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Yvon Godin (Acadie—Bathurst, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the federal government must assume its responsibilities in health care.

Monday's budget would give the Province of New Brunswick only $60 million over four years. This is not even enough to cover the debts of New Brunswick's hospital corporations.

Will the government listen to the Premier of New Brunswick and to all the other premiers and pay for 50% of the cost of the health care system in this country, in order to keep it from being privatized?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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LIB

Yvon Charbonneau

Liberal

Mr. Yvon Charbonneau (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Health and the government have indicated that they increased public health funding to the unprecedented sum of $31 billion this year. One step has therefore already been taken.

The Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance said that they were open to additional funding, provided that the provinces and the federal government discuss priorities for renewing the health care system. We hope this will be done as soon as May.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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PC

Diane St-Jacques

Progressive Conservative

Ms. Diane St-Jacques (Shefford, PC)

Mr. Speaker, Paul Lemire, the director of CITEC, was under investigation in 1997 for $1.4 million in tax fraud involving Abattoir A.L. Bellerive.

This same abattoir gave $1,200 to the party in power, $500 of it for the Prime Minister's personal election campaign. Abattoir Bellerive received a CIDA contract worth $117,400.

What were the Minister for International Cooperation's criteria in awarding a contract to this company?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian International Development Agency
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LIB

Maria Minna

Liberal

Hon. Maria Minna (Minister for International Cooperation, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I must say that I do not have that information with me. I will take notice and report back to the House on that particular question. I am not familiar with that at this point.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian International Development Agency
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LIB

Irwin Cotler

Liberal

Mr. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for the Status of Women.

There has been concern expressed that the budget is a good budget for business and corporate taxes but it does not address directly the needs of women.

Can the minister tell us whether she has made a gender analysis of the budget and what are its implications for women?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Budget
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LIB

Hedy Fry

Liberal

Hon. Hedy Fry (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism)(Status of Women), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the reindexation of personal income taxes will benefit low income families, many of whom are women.

The increase in the child tax benefit will ensure that those benefits are no longer eroded, nor the GST tax credit. Senior women will also benefit from this reindexation.

Small businesses will get a lower tax, which will go down to 21%. We know that women are starting businesses right now at twice the rate of men. These are small and micro businesses. That will benefit them.

I could go on and on but I do not have the time.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Budget
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REF

Gurmant Grewal

Reform

Mr. Gurmant Grewal (Surrey Central, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, 10,000 pages of inaccurate files, 15 days of non-answers from this weak government, two image consultants, nine police investigations and over $13 million spent with zero jobs created. All this equals one incompetent minister.

Can the Prime Minister give Canadians just one good reason why this incompetent HRD minister should not resign today?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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March 3, 2000