December 10, 2001

LIB

Jean Augustine

Liberal

Ms. Jean Augustine (Etobicoke--Lakeshore, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, often as we focus on one conflict others fall off our radar screen.

Could the Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa update us on the situation on the Eritrea-Ethiopia border and on how that conflict is being resolved? What is the peace process at this time?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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LIB

David Kilgour

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the situation remains quite stable. Only last week the Eritrean ambassador to Canada and I discussed the question of the status of the forces' agreement.

The boundary commission is expected to demarcate the boundary between the two countries in February. We all hope that both countries will agree to respect that boundary in advance.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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CA

Joe Peschisolido

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Joe Peschisolido (Richmond, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, last week the auditor general painted a stark and grim picture of the government's waste and mismanagement. Now we learn that the government is ready to continue that waste in today's budget.

It seems as if there is always money for the industry minister's Internet scheme and money for the heritage minister's film industry friends.

Could the Deputy Prime Minster explain how these are the priorities of Canadians when we are facing a recession, a health care crisis and a war on terrorism?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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LIB

Herb Gray

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, in a little more than an hour the House will have the budget and the facts of its content.

If the hon. member knows exactly what is in the budget at this point he ought to submit himself to investigation by the authorities because he is clearly in breach of a constitutional and parliamentary principle. He ought to get up and admit that he either does not know what he is talking about or, if he does, why he has broken the law.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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CA

Joe Peschisolido

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Joe Peschisolido (Richmond, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, it seems that the deputy minister is the only one who has not read today's papers.

The government needs to eliminate wasteful spending and mismanagement but instead we read in the papers that there will be legacies for these wonderful ministers of the crown.

How can the Deputy Prime Minister, given the government's waste and mismanagement, make sure these legacies will not turn into a Liberal deficit?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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LIB

Herb Gray

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am not a deputy minister and I do not expect ever to be one, although it is a distinguished position.

I want to say to my hon. friend that he is speaking with such certainty on assertions in the newspapers that I really want to know what, beyond that, is the basis for those assertions. If they turn out to be factual, will he submit himself immediately to not just investigation but conviction the way his colleagues have called for, for the Minister for International Trade?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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BQ

Ghislain Fournier

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Ghislain Fournier (Manicouagan, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the people of Sept-Îles have had enough; the beaches sector has no drinking water because the federal government has polluted the water table. Corrective measures would cost $2.5 million.

Will the Prime Minister require his Minister of Transport to do justice to the people of Sept-Îles and pay the $2.5 million required to clean up the mess of which we are the victims? He is the polluter and he is the one who must pay.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Water Quality
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LIB

David Collenette

Liberal

Hon. David Collenette (Minister of Transport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we have offered the people of Sept-Îles some options. This is a regrettable situation, but I have given an answer, two or three years ago, and that same answer still stands. Transport Canada is assuming its responsibilities.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Water Quality
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PC

Bill Casey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Casey (Cumberland—Colchester, PC/DR)

Mr. Speaker, customers and insurance agents are reporting that everyone over 70 years old will now be prevented from seeking competitive automotive insurance rates and will be required to remain with their present insurer.

This unwritten policy by some companies means that everyone over 70 will effectively be forced to pay whatever premium their insurer demands.

Will the Minister of Industry intervene now to stop this discriminatory policy toward seniors and ensure that there is no price fixing against any group, especially seniors?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Automobile Insurance
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LIB

Brian Tobin

Liberal

Hon. Brian Tobin (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, apparently one of the members opposite, in anticipation of being able to access competitive insurance rates, is enthusiastic about the answer I am about to give.

I thank the hon. member for bringing the matter to the attention of the House. I promise to look into the matter and report back to both him and to the House.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Automobile Insurance
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NDP

Svend Robinson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Svend Robinson (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The 23 million people of the independent sovereign state of Taiwan were just admitted to the World Trade Organization and participated recently in a vigorous national election campaign which led to a historic victory by President Chen's democratic progressive party.

Will the Canadian government now recognize reality and support Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization and other international bodies? When will the government lift the visa requirement for visitors from Taiwan?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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LIB

John Manley

Liberal

Hon. John Manley (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is quite right, it was a very vigorous election campaign with a very interesting result, I think, for everybody observing it.

However Canada's policy has been consistent for many years. We recognize one China and we recognize the need for the government elected in Taiwan to work within the context of a policy, which is held in common by most countries, of recognizing a single China. That was accommodated in order to see its entry into the World Trade Organization.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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BQ

Pierre Paquette

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Pierre Paquette (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the federal government has just entered into negotiations for a free trade agreement with four Central American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Canada did over $600 million in trade with these four countries last year. It is therefore a lucrative market for our exporters.

In the interests of transparency, will the Minister for International Trade promise to involve parliamentarians and civil society in the negotiating process, or will he present us with a done deal, as happened with Costa Rica?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   International Trade
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LIB

Pierre Pettigrew

Liberal

Hon. Pierre Pettigrew (Minister for International Trade, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted that the member for Joliette is interested in these negotiations with four Central American countries. I am glad to note that he sees them as a positive and constructive development in our government's international policy.

We will certainly work closely with the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with which I have excellent relations, throughout the trade negotiations, whether they are bilateral or regional, and whether they involve the free trade area of the Americas or the World Trade Organization. I would certainly appreciate the opposition's co-operation in these very important negotiations.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   International Trade
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CA

Ken Epp

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Ken Epp (Elk Island, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, since 1993 the Liberal government has added $75 billion to our national debt. It has now reduced it by a cumulative $36 billion, which is good news, but that happens to be exactly the amount by which the EI surplus has been overcharged. The parliamentary secretary says that this is a fictional amount.

Over that period of time, when the government had so much more additional income from income tax revenue, other revenue and the $30 billion it took from the employees' pension fund, I would like to know where the money went.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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LIB

John McCallum

Liberal

Mr. John McCallum (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the revenue went to the consolidated revenue fund. If the member wishes to hear more, he has approximately 60 minutes and 30 seconds to wait.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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CA

Chuck Strahl

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Chuck Strahl (Fraser Valley, PC/DR)

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister said that in the case of the CIDA minister's improper voting in an improper ward in her area, we just have to wait for due process.

The facts seem to be on the table. The minister herself has admitted that she voted incorrectly. She has tried to blame her staff for it. It does beg the question: “Are you going to write a letter, Maria, and send it to the right judge?”

What is required? What facts are necessary before this minister resigns?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Minister for International Cooperation
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LIB

Herb Gray

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it would be very nice if the hon. member based his question on facts. Only one fact in his question is correct: she did vote in this municipal ward byelection.

However it is not a fact to say that she voted incorrectly or that she admitted to voting incorrectly. Her position is that what she did was correct and so far nobody at the judicial level has concluded otherwise. The hon. member ought to withdraw his unwarranted remarks.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Minister for International Cooperation
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NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister is awfully busy doing damage control for the Minister for International Cooperation. I wonder if he has had an opportunity to investigate the conduct of the health minister in Winnipeg two weekends ago.

Could he inform the House about the results of any review into allegations that some Health Canada staff have been working on government time to advance the health minister's leadership campaign rather than the health care needs of the country?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Minister of Health
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LIB

Allan Rock

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to tell the member that there was a very successful convention in Winnipeg two weeks ago on the part of the Liberal Party of Manitoba, which is more than I can say for the convention held by the NDP in Manitoba a few weeks ago.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Minister of Health
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December 10, 2001