December 12, 2001

LIB

David Collenette

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the standing committee said that Canadians need to be provided with the security of knowing that we have a national, single, accountable, consistent and seamless system of transportation security. That was what the Minister of Finance announced in the budget: the Canadian air transport security authority will provide just those guarantees for the travelling public.

The hon. member then said that the committee's report reflects his own thinking absolutely. Once again we have the hon. member in a political contortion act in the House of Commons, arguing against his own logic.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Budget
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BQ

Caroline St-Hilaire

Bloc Québécois

Ms. Caroline St-Hilaire (Longueuil, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has the annoying habit of blindly exonerating his ministers, even when they blunder badly.

Sometimes, he calls it an error in good faith, other times, he says it was the fault of subordinates. In short, the Prime Minister always has good reasons. Now, he is submitting the case of the Minister for International Cooperation to the ethics counsellor, which is not going to reassure anyone.

Will the Prime Minister agree this is not a matter for the ethics counsellor, but more a matter of judgment and morality on which he himself can decide?

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

Jean Chrétien

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have answered this question at least six times in two days.

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

Elsie Wayne

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Elsie Wayne (Saint John, PC/DR)

Mr. Speaker, last week the auditor general said that the government's claim that our Canadian forces have never been more combat ready “should be taken with a grain of salt”. Despite this critical report, this week the finance minister allocated a measly $300 million to purchase and maintain the equipment needed for our forces for combat.

Has the government made a major policy reversal and decided that our Canadian forces will no longer be a combat ready force and is--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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The Speaker

The hon Minister of National Defence.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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LIB

Art Eggleton

Liberal

Hon. Art Eggleton (Minister of National Defence, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, in the Christmas spirit I must say, however, that the auditor general to my knowledge has not had military service, but the chief of defence staff has and he says that we are more combat capable than we were a decade ago.

Furthermore, what we put into the budget was, yes, $300 million for new equipment, but we have put in $1.2 billion, including additional money to help in the campaign against terrorism, over $200 million, and we also put in some $400 million in counterterrorism measures and in critical infrastructure protection and emergency preparedness, some $80 million. A lot of money was put--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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The Speaker

The hon. member for Windsor--St. Clair.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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NDP

Joe Comartin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Joe Comartin (Windsor—St. Clair, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Industry. Pensioners, unsecured creditors and Sault Ste. Marie city council have overwhelmingly endorsed the plan of arrangement in order to keep Algoma Steel in operation. The majority bondholders have also agreed to the plan. The United Steelworkers, which represents 4,000 workers at Algoma, is in the process of finalizing its part of the plan. The only player missing is the federal government.

Will the minister provide assurances that loan guarantees will be available so that Algoma will have sufficient liquidity when it comes out of creditor protection?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Steel Industry
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LIB

Brian Tobin

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, members on this side of the House have worked very hard on this file and have indeed brought it to the attention of the Prime Minister and the members of the cabinet who have the appropriate responsibility. It is a question we are looking into today, tomorrow and in the next few days. We hope to respond one way or another very soon.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Steel Industry
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BQ

Richard Marceau

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Richard Marceau (Charlesbourg—Jacques-Cartier, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, on November 28, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development told the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs that nothing would stand in the way of his determination to implement his initiatives for the development of aboriginal communities.

In light of the most recent federal budget, in which billions have been earmarked for security, how does the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development intend to address the many problems affecting aboriginal communities with the meagre $185 million set aside for him by the Minister of Finance?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Aboriginal affairs
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LIB

Bob Nault

Liberal

Hon. Robert Nault (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, first I would like to thank the Minister of Finance for recognizing that the most important part of any aboriginal agenda is the agenda dealing with aboriginal children.

It might be of interest to the member to know that $185 million year after year which goes toward programs dealing with special education, early childhood development and issues of poverty in the communities is not something to sneeze at. In fact, to thank the--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Aboriginal affairs
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The Speaker

I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of Her Excellency Dr. Sima Samar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Women's Affairs in the transitional government of Afghanistan, which will take up its duties on December 22, 2001.

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

Hear, hear.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Presence in Gallery
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CA

Myron Thompson

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Myron Thompson (Wild Rose, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It is very important that I point out to the Minister of Foreign Affairs that one does chase foul balls when one thinks one can catch them.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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LIB

John Manley

Liberal

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

Not if they are grounders, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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The Speaker

As umpire in this game, I will say that neither one is a point of order.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Points of Order
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LIB

John Manley

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, with the leave of the House, I take this opportunity under Standing Order 32(2) of the House to table, in both official languages, the 2000-01 report on the Canadian Landmine Fund.

The report confirms that significant global progress is being made in eradicating anti-personnel landmines and assisting communities affected by these weapons. Through the Canadian Landmine Fund, Canada has been supporting mine action programs in more than 25 countries in 2000-01. Under Canadian leadership, the world has turned a corner in the fight against anti-personnel landmines.

While recognizing that our efforts should continue, we can all be very proud of this achievement.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Canadian Landmine Fund
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

Mr. Geoff Regan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's responses to 10 petitions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response to Petitions
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LIB

Sheila Copps

Liberal

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

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-48, an act to amend the Copyright Act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Copyright Act
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LIB

Andy Scott

Liberal

Hon. Andy Scott (Fredericton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the tenth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, October 3, the committee has considered Bill C-30, the courts administration act, and has agreed to report it with amendments.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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December 12, 2001