May 19, 2000

PC

Norman E. Doyle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Norman Doyle (St. John's East, PC)

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister is well aware of the devastating problems brought about by drought and famine in Ethiopia. We know that Canada has made its contribution.

Could the minister tell the House if Canada will be providing further aid to Ethiopia over and above what the Canadian government has done given the fact that the crisis is increasing daily? Perhaps he could tell us what Canada is doing to make sure that starving Ethiopians get the relief that they desperately need in a timely way.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethiopia
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LIB

David Kilgour

Liberal

Hon. David Kilgour (Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for raising that extremely important subject.

To date, Canada has given approximately $16 million. We know there is a catastrophe going on there and we intend to continue to play a role on behalf of all Canadian people.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethiopia
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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 Western Economic Diversification.

It has been almost two years since the Western Economic Diversification Agency signed partnership agreements with the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Can the minister tell us why such an agreement has not been signed with British Columbia?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Western Economic Diversification Agency
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LIB

Ronald J. Duhamel

Liberal

Hon. Ronald J. Duhamel (Secretary of State (Western Economic Diversification)(Francophonie), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the agreement was just signed today. There were difficulties with the previous administration but the new premier has shown an openness to do business. We are really pleased with that.

I also want to mention that there has already been significant activity in fuel cells, new media. Those kinds of results are not unlike what we have seen in the partnership agreements with the other provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba: leading edge science, high technology, $20 million from each level of government in each of the four provinces.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Western Economic Diversification Agency
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REF

Chuck Cadman

Reform

Mr. Chuck Cadman (Surrey North, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, over a year ago I tabled a motion in the justice committee regarding home invasions, suggesting that it be made an aggravating factor at sentencing when robberies, et cetera, are committed at a residence when the victim is at home. The member for Winnipeg South referred to my initiative as silly and implied that I was playing politics.

This past week the Minister of Justice announced that she is considering this very thing. Is the minister just playing politics, and if not, then why did she not respond to my suggestion over a year ago?

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, at our last provincial and territorial meeting of attorneys general, I had the opportunity to put this issue on the table for discussion. A number of my provincial colleagues felt that the matter of home invasion required further consideration on my part.

We are looking at a number of options, one of which does include the possibility of ensuring that judges have the ability to take into account, as an aggravating circumstance on sentencing, the fact that a home invasion has taken place.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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BQ

Maurice Dumas

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Maurice Dumas (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Minister of Industry said the files of the smart communities had been analyzed by an independent committee. That is all very well. However, he set up the committee, chose its members and set the criteria for Groupe Forces of Shawinigan.

Will the minister acknowledge his responsibility in this matter and reveal the criteria set and the results obtained by each of the finalists?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Smart Communities
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LIB

John Manley

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, each member received an explanation of the criteria and of the selection of each of the winners from the committee.

I would call this a very positive situation. We are the first country in the world to have 12 projects like that representing the best ideas of communities throughout Canada. This is something to celebrate, not criticize.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Smart Communities
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NDP

Gordon Earle

New Democratic Party

Mr. Gordon Earle (Halifax West, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, recent newspaper headlines read, “Racism alive and well in the forces”. There are 25 racist incidents documented between 1995 and 1999 involving military personnel from coast to coast. These were reportedly after the forces instituted in 1994 zero tolerance regulations concerning racist behaviour.

What is being done today to ensure the enforcement of zero tolerance regulations and to create an appropriate environment for our Canadian forces?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Forces
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LIB

Robert Bertrand

Liberal

Mr. Robert Bertrand (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to say to the member and the House that racism is not acceptable in the Canadian armed forces and anywhere in Canadian society. We have completed a racism awareness program and prevention training for all CF members through our SHARP program. Such training is now given during basic training and leadership development training.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Forces
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PC

Peter MacKay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Peter MacKay (Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough, PC)

Mr. Speaker, this week's revelation that HRDC is keeping files on every single Canadian was disturbing enough. Coupled with that, the fact that some computer hacker could get in and get access to that type of information is further worry for Canadians.

According to Martine Nantel, the legal adviser for the privacy commissioner, CSIS and RCMP can legally access that information without a warrant, without any authorization and even without the knowledge of Canadians.

I ask the government, where are the safeguards for Canadians in this state run computer information sieve?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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LIB

Jane Stewart

Liberal

Hon. Jane Stewart (Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I responded to that question earlier today. Indeed CSIS and the RCMP do not have direct access to this database. If they were to ask for information, it would only be with the support of a court order. The privacy commissioner himself has indicated that there have been no such requests and it has not been used for administrative work in this regard ever.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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LIB

Carolyn Parrish

Liberal

Ms. Carolyn Parrish (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, it is a good thing I was not going for a million dollar question today. I have to correct two errors in the record.

In my answer to the question from the member for Vancouver East I said that CMHC was insuring 650,000 units last year. It is 475,000 units.

In my answer to the question from the member from New Westminster, there is no such thing as tax free loans, but in this case I was referring to low interest loans for B.C.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Points Of Order
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LIB

Robert Bertrand

Liberal

Mr. Robert Bertrand (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence, Lib.)

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

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response To Petitions
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LIB

Robert Bertrand

Liberal

Mr. Robert Bertrand (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, a number of order in council appointments made recently by the government.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Order In Council Appointments
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REF

Myron Thompson

Reform

Mr. Myron Thompson (Wild Rose, Canadian Alliance)

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to present two petitions today on behalf of the residents of the Airdrie and Crossfield district of my riding. They call upon the government at its earliest opportunity to invoke section 33 of the charter of rights and freedoms, the notwithstanding clause, to override the B.C. Court of Appeal decision in order to make it absolutely clear across the country that child pornography will never be acceptable anywhere in the country.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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REF

Myron Thompson

Reform

Mr. Myron Thompson (Wild Rose, Canadian Alliance)

Madam Speaker, the second petition is presented on behalf of the people of the area surrounding the town of Cochrane.

The petitioners pray that parliament withdraw Bill C-23 and affirm the opposite sex definition of marriage and ensure that marriage is recognized as a unique institution.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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BQ

Hélène Alarie

Bloc Québécois

Ms. Hélène Alarie (Louis-Hébert, BQ)

Madam Speaker, I have the pleasure of presenting a petition bearing 1,155 names. This petition calls for the mandatory labelling of genetically engineered foors.

In order to label them, it must be known whether they are modified or not, and this would avoid the disaster they are facing in Europe. It is therefore my pleasure to submit this petition.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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LIB

Robert Bertrand

Liberal

Mr. Robert Bertrand (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, Question No. Q-99 will be answered today. .[Text]

Question No. 99—

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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PC

Norman E. Doyle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Norman Doyle

Concerning the vessel Stena Challenger purchased by Marine Atlantic: ( a ) what was the price paid for the vessel; ( b ) was the normal public procurement process followed and if not, why not; ( c ) who were the brokers on both sides of the transaction; ( d ) what is the date of construction of the vessel; ( e ) where was it built; ( f ) what facilities will be used to upgrade the vessel; ( g ) what is the extent of the upgrading; ( h ) how much will the upgrading cost; and ( i ) has the vessel been registered under any other names?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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May 19, 2000