May 5, 2000

REF

John Reynolds

Reform

Mr. John Reynolds (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, Robert Fahlman, former RCMP criminal intelligence officer, said, “The Mounties were disappointed with CSIS stopping sidewinder ”. Robert Proulx, director of RCMP criminal intelligence, wrote the director of CSIS arguing that the original sidewinder report was altered, sometimes incorrectly, and in some cases some information was completely removed.

Is the solicitor general still standing by his story that sidewinder was not shut down, or is he saying that statements of RCMP officers are untrue?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Organized Crime
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LIB

Lawrence MacAulay

Liberal

Hon. Lawrence MacAulay (Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to clear up this subject once and for all. First, sidewinder was not an investigation, it was a study. Second, it was not shut down, it was completed. In fact the RCMP and CSIS both indicated it was an excellent report.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Organized Crime
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Chuck Cadman

Reform

Mr. Chuck Cadman (Surrey North, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, two days ago a man got three and a half years in prison and an eight year driving ban for killing a man while impaired. Yesterday another drunk driver went home with a two year conditional sentence for killing Ellen Katarius, a single mother of four.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has complained for years about conditional sentences for impaired driving causing death. Parliament is considering a maximum life sentence for the offence while the courts continue to impose conditional sentences.

What does the Minister of Justice have to say to four motherless children? Where is the justice in all of this?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Anne McLellan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows the Supreme Court of Canada recently rendered a judgment that provides guidance to lower courts in relation to the use of conditional sentences. In addition, I know the hon. member is aware, since he is a member of the justice and human rights committee, that I have asked that committee to do a thorough review of the use of conditional sentences within this country. I look forward to receiving that report from the committee.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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BQ

René Laurin

Bloc Québécois

Mr. René Laurin (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Canadian Heritage promised to get to the bottom of the CINAR affair. But the Minister of National Revenue is refusing to answer questions and, according to an RCMP officer, investigators' hands are tied, which was not contradicted by the RCMP yesterday.

Has the solicitor general received an internal investigation report from Revenue Canada on the basis of which he could decide whether or not to lay charges?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Cinar
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LIB

Lawrence MacAulay

Liberal

Hon. Lawrence MacAulay (Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as I have said a number of times in the House, there is excellent co-operation between Revenue Canada and the RCMP. In fact, yesterday a media advisory was put out by the RCMP that there exists a strong co-operative relationship between the two organizations. I do not know how it could be much clearer.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Cinar
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LIB

John Richardson

Liberal

Mr. John Richardson (Perth—Middlesex, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, next week is Forestry Week in Canada. I ask the Minister of Natural Resources, how is the government planning to recognize the important role that forestry plays in the lives of many Canadians in this country?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Forestry
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LIB

Ralph Goodale

Liberal

Hon. Ralph E. Goodale (Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, next week is indeed Forestry Week across Canada. Activities will be planned right across the country. We are kicking it off this afternoon on Parliament Hill. The Deputy Prime Minister and I will be planting Canada's new millennium tree within the precincts of parliament.

We will also be honouring five young Canadians who are the winners in an essay contest about the future of Canada's forests. They are Marie-Hélene Basque of Rouyn, Quebec; Alison Stacey of Vernon, British Columbia; Iva Veukin of Mississauga, Ontario; Jay Potter of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; and Krysta Noseworthy of Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. I know all hon. members will want to join me in congratulating them.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Forestry
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Bill Gilmour

Reform

Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, recently Stephen Truscott cleared his name on a wrongful murder conviction. During that inquiry the justice minister said that she takes allegations of wrongful conviction very seriously.

Two months ago the minister denied a new trial for Patrick Kelly, despite the fact that the key witness admitted she lied on the stand and one judge from the Ontario Court of Appeal called for a new trial for Kelly.

Given that the key witness lied on the stand, why did the minister choose to deny Patrick Kelly a new trial?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Anne McLellan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member is probably aware, my predecessor provided Mr. Kelly with a section 690 remedy in referring the case to the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Ontario Court of Appeal rendered its judgment some months ago.

I have reviewed that judgment as well as information and submissions made on behalf of Mr. Kelly. After a thorough review of that information and the judgment of the Ontario Court of Appeal, I concluded that there was no basis to seek a retrial or referral of Mr. Kelly's case to any other judicial body.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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Philip Mayfield

Reform

Mr. Philip Mayfield (Cariboo—Chilcotin, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, the 1993 Liberal red book stated “We will establish strict guidelines for merit in government appointments”. It is seven years later and nothing has happened, nothing has changed. Bill C-31 dictates that members of the Immigration and Refugee Board will continue to be appointed by the minister, that is, through patronage.

Will the minister explain to Canadians why she refuses to move to a system of open competition and merit in choosing members of the IRB? Why does she continue this disreputable system?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Immigration And Refugee Board
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LIB

Anne McLellan

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, let me say on behalf of my colleague the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that we have every confidence in the quality and ability of those who are appointed to the IRB. I will take the opportunity to raise the concern that you have brought up today with my colleague upon her return.

Let me reiterate. We have every confidence in the ability and integrity of those who serve on the IRB.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Immigration And Refugee Board
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The Speaker

I remind hon. members to please always address the Chair.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Immigration And Refugee Board
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NDP

Nelson Riis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson Riis (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Deputy Prime Minister.

Earlier this week the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced a sweeping review of foreign ownership rules for newspapers. Later this week the Prime Minister's office informed the public that the minister's announcement had not been planned and assured Canadians that it was not the intention of the government to actually conduct a full review of the newspaper industry.

Who is speaking for the government, the Prime Minister or the minister? Is there a review actually taking place? Was the minister simply making it up? Who is in charge?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Newspaper Industry
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LIB

Mauril Bélanger

Liberal

Mr. Mauril Bélanger (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the government speaks with one voice. In this instance—

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Newspaper Industry
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Newspaper Industry
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LIB
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An hon. member

It will be the first one we ever got.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Newspaper Industry
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LIB

Mauril Bélanger

Liberal

Mr. Mauril Bélanger

Mr. Speaker, in this instance—

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Newspaper Industry
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The Speaker

Order, please. I know the hon. member was addressing me and yes, I would like an answer.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Newspaper Industry
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May 5, 2000