May 5, 2003

CA

Chuck Cadman

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Chuck Cadman (Surrey North, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, 18 months ago Mothers Against Drunk Driving released a 19 point checklist of federal legislative measures that would make Canada's impaired driving laws more effective. To date, the Liberal government has only adopted one of the recommendations, the one that provides for the use of an ignition interlock system to prevent convicted drunk drivers from starting their vehicle if they are intoxicated.

MADD has recommended eight measures to enhance police enforcement powers. It has recommended four measures to clarify and redefine impaired driving offences, four measures to address administrative issues and two measures to rationalize sentences.

British Columbia's Helen Hoeflicker, who lost a child to an impaired driver, will join MADD Canada's national president, Louise Knox, and other MADD representatives from across Canada on Parliament Hill this week. I urge all members to make some time to meet with them and to learn about the importance of taking action on the 18 recommendations not yet implemented.

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Subtopic:   Mothers Against Drunk Driving
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LIB

John Maloney

Liberal

Mr. John Maloney (Erie—Lincoln, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to express my support for the continued funding of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Niagara River remedial action plan through Environment Canada's Great Lakes sustainability fund.

Through the use of the Niagara River remedial action plan, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has undertaken many projects to improve water quality in urban and agricultural areas and to protect and restore natural habitat.

Some projects include: habitat rehabilitation and assessment; testing potentially contaminated sediment locations for assessment and remediation; identification and classification of physical barriers to fish migration; education and encouragement of voluntary removal of such barriers; classification and identification of areas of need for stream buffers; and pollution control.

Projects like these would not be possible without funding from the Great Lakes sustainability fund, a fund dedicated to providing support for initiatives that seek to improve water, sediment and habitat quality.

I urge the government to continue funding this worthwhile project to ensure future and continued success in water quality improvement efforts in the Great Lakes region.

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Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Charles Caccia

Liberal

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Environment Canada has just published the national pollutant release inventory. It is the only national, legislated, publicly accessible inventory published for Canadians.

The inventory requires companies to report yearly on releases and transfers of pollutants. According to the inventory, the top five polluting industries in Canada are: petroleum and natural gas; chemical products; utility industries, such as power generating industries; paper products; and metal products.

The largest polluter is the petroleum and natural gas sector. It increased its pollution in 2000 from 140,000 tonnes in 1999 to 170,000 tonnes. Also, lead pollution is up from 1,534 tonnes in 1998 to 3,727 tonnes in 2000, an increase of 143%. These statistics are alarming. They point to a rise in industrial pollution.

I urge the government to take action by enforcing the Canadian--

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Environment
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The Speaker

The hon. member for Peterborough.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Peter Adams

Liberal

Mr. Peter Adams (Peterborough, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have spoken on literacy before. Normally, I stress the importance of reading in everyday life for children, immigrants and others. This is a society in which one almost has to read in order to survive, let alone live a productive life.

We need to improve literacy levels in all parts of our society. However, studies show very low and often declining literacy skills in the elderly, especially those over 80 years. This is a group which is growing. These findings are a cause for concern as illiteracy affects seniors' ability to understand instructions for prescribed medications and other health care needs. It also affects their quality of life.

It is my hope that the National Literacy Secretariat, which does such fine work on these matters, develops a strategy to deal with the growing problem of seniors' literacy.

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Subtopic:   Literacy
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CA

James Moore

Canadian Alliance

Mr. James Moore (Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I was among the over 11,000 fans at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York for the National Lacrosse League Championship game between the Rochester Knighthawks and the Toronto Rock on Saturday night.

I am pleased to report to the House that for the fourth time in five years the Toronto Rock has won the National Lacrosse League Championship. The Rock held the Knighthawks scoreless for nearly 23 minutes in the second half and fought off a late rally to win the Champion's Cup.

Bob Watson was named the championship game MVP, racking up 40 saves, including many key saves down the stretch. With six different players scoring the Rocks' eight goals, their victory was a true team effort.

On behalf of the Canadian Alliance and the Parliament of Canada, congratulations to Colin Doyle, Blaine Manning, Jim Veltman, Kevin Finneran, Steve Toll, Aaron Wilson, Pat Coyle, Todd Richard, Darryl Gibson, Sandy Chapman, Glenn Clark, Tom Montour, Bob Watson, Patrick Merrill, Chris Driscoll, Anthony Cosmo, Carter Livingstone, Dan Ladouceur, Kim Squire, Ian Rubel, Pat Jones, Wayne Burke, Jon Low and Scott Stapleford, as well as coach and general manager Les Bartley and all of the Toronto Rock organization on their championship season.

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Subtopic:   Lacrosse
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LIB

Alan Tonks

Liberal

Mr. Alan Tonks (York South—Weston, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the week of May 4 to 10 we are celebrating National Forest Week. It is a time to reflect on the vital role forests play in our daily lives as well as their significant benefits.

Canada as a forest nation depends on our forests for needs that range from economic to environmental to cultural.

The Canadian Forestry Association has chosen this year's National Forest Week theme, “Canada's Forests, Source of Life”, to echo that of the World Forestry Congress that later this year for the first time will be held in Canada from September 21 to 28 in Quebec City.

We must remember that humanity and forests are interdependent. For forests to remain the source of life, we must find a balance between our needs as humans and the ability of the forest to fulfill its ecological role.

This week, Mr. Speaker, please take the time to think about the ways that we as Canadians can protect our forest wealth and health so we can ensure that the full range of forest values is safeguarded for future generations.

I encourage all members to join me in celebrating National Forest Week.

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Subtopic:   National Forest Week
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BQ

Christiane Gagnon

Bloc Québécois

Ms. Christiane Gagnon (Québec, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal leadership campaign is having a very disturbing effect on the government's activities: the Ministers of Finance and Canadian Heritage are passing the buck back and forth over the Canadian television fund.

The Minister of Finance says he will not be putting any new money into the fund, while the Minister of Canadian Heritage said last week that an announcement was imminent. But nothing has been announced yet, and this hesitation two-step is sending contradictory signals to the industry.

The chair of the board of directors of the APFTQ, Jacquelin Bouchard, said on Friday, “Thousands of jobs are at stake. The urgency of the situation puts a large part of next season's television programming in jeopardy”.

I urge the Prime Minister to put an end to this dilemma and announce to the House that the $25 million cut from the last budget will now be reinvested in the Canadian television fund.

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Subtopic:   Canadian Heritage
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LIB

John O'Reilly

Liberal

Mr. John O'Reilly (Haliburton—Victoria—Brock, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. Under the theme “Prepare Now! Learn How!” the Government of Canada is working with the provincial and territorial governments, private sector and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness of the need for emergency preparedness.

This week will showcase the progress we have made in enhancing the safety and security of our nation. All levels of government are working toward their emergency response effectiveness and capabilities. They are working in a more coordinated manner to react to and recover from emergency situations.

I encourage everyone to take the time during Emergency Preparedness Week to learn what they can do to prepare ourselves for any emergency.

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Subtopic:   Emergency Preparedness
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CA

Jason Kenney

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Jason Kenney (Calgary Southeast, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, today is a significant moment in Canadian political history for what is not happening.

Today the President of the United States was scheduled to visit us in Ottawa to cement our most vital foreign relationship. He was to meet with the Prime Minister, opposition leaders and address the House to build on the largest trading relationship in world history, one that amounts to $1.8 billion of daily trade and which is responsible for nearly 40% of Canadian jobs and income.

The Prime Minister fooled no one with his pathetic suggestion that the summit was cancelled because the president was stuck in Washington due to the war in Iraq.

Instead of visiting Ottawa, President Bush is coming off a weekend summit at his private ranch with the Australian prime minister and is flying to Arkansas for a speech.

No, the president is not in Ottawa today for only one reason. It is because the government has brought Canada-U.S. relations to their lowest level in decades. By siding with France and Russia rather than the U.S. and Britain in the war to liberate Iraq, by inciting hate speech directed at our American friends and by plain neglect, the Prime Minister has given himself a shameful legacy which will not soon be forgotten.

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Subtopic:   Canada-U.S. Relations
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LIB

Gérard Binet

Liberal

Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to salute Nicolas Macrozonaris of Laval, Quebec, who won the men's 100-metres on Saturday night, at the Mexican Grand Prix track meet held in the Mexico City Olympic Stadium.

With a time of 10.03 seconds in his first Grand Prix meet of the season, this victory is the biggest so far in his career, his personal best and second fastest time this year. Nicolas finished ahead of the record holder in this event, Tim Montgomery of the United States.

Nicolas Macrozonaris is trained by Daniel St-Hilaire, who worked for many years with Bruny Surin. Nicolas was first noticed by the track world during the 2000 Olympic trials, when he ran the 100 metres in 10.19 seconds.

With this significant victory come numerous invitations to prestigious meets on the international track calendar. Nicolas has become an athlete to watch in coming months, and we hope to see him race against the best in the world at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

I know that all Canadians join with me in congratulating Nicolas on his remarkable performance and in wishing him many more in the coming months.

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Subtopic:   Nicolas Macrozonaris
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NDP

Brian Masse

New Democratic Party

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, as Mother's Day approaches, I and my colleague from Windsor—St. Clair would like to identify the selfless act of one mother to save the life of her unborn son. Susan Westmoreland, who served as a reporter in Windsor for what is now the New WI, lost her life to breast cancer last Monday.

Susan was diagnosed with cancer three months into her pregnancy and immediately began low level chemotherapy to prevent any harm coming to her unborn child. As the disease spread to her liver, she delayed her treatments even further and she gave birth to her son Myles.

On the job Susan always served with the highest degree of professionalism and, no matter the circumstances, always seemed to have a smile on her face. The sacrifice and bravery displayed by this mother will not be forgotten.

Susan is survived by her son Myles and her husband John Magidsohn. I would like them and all her friends and loved ones to know that she will be greatly missed.

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Subtopic:   Susan Westmoreland
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BQ

Benoît Sauvageau

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Benoît Sauvageau (Repentigny, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, last Friday, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration was shirking his responsibilities with regard to the language instruction for new Canadians program, in congratulating the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs on his official languages action plan and leaving out Quebec.

However, I told him that, out of a $94 million budget, $93.5 million was allocated to English language courses and only $333,000 to French language training for newcomers.

This disproportionate budget allocation for English and French language courses is another shocking example of the inconsistency of this government, particularly when it comes to the official languages.

This government has proven, once again, that its official languages policy is just about propaganda, policy statements and image.

I would remind the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that there are words, propaganda and policy statements, but there are also facts.

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Subtopic:   Official Languages
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LIB

Art Eggleton

Liberal

Hon. Art Eggleton (York Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with the unfortunate duty of informing the House that the hon. member for Oshawa has been hospitalized in the United Kingdom as a result of an apparent heart attack. He is in stable condition and resting comfortably. He is in good spirits, with his wife Beverley at his side.

As a testament to my colleague's commitment to the people of Oshawa, he continues to be in frequent contact with his constituency office and to serve the people of his riding.

I ask all hon. members to join me in sending our best wishes to the member and his wife. We look forward to his full recovery and quick return to Parliament.

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Subtopic:   Member for Oshawa
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PC

Rick Borotsik

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rick Borotsik (Brandon—Souris, PC)

Mr. Speaker, this past weekend saw two leadership debates for the candidates seeking to lead both of Canada's national parties.

The Liberal debate was described as a “lacklustre Liberal lovefest”. The three candidates debated for less than an hour and agreed on virtually every issue. As the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage have complained, their debate did not even allow them to challenge the member for Canada Steamship Lines.

In contrast, the PC leadership debate featured six candidates who debated each other vigorously for two full hours on the future of their party and the future of Canada. The real PC debate was a far more democratic process than the token Liberal event designed to protect the image of the heir apparent and stifle dissent. It is yet another example of a government adrift.

Even within the confines of their internal party race, major issues are ignored and old ideas are repackaged and spun as new. The Liberal Party is so bitterly divided that not even the member for LaSalle—Émard will be able to put humpty dumpty back together again.

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Subtopic:   Leadership Debates
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LIB

Sarmite Bulte

Liberal

Ms. Sarmite Bulte (Parkdale—High Park, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Polish Canadians and in particular to the Polish community in my riding of Parkdale—High Park who marked the 212th anniversary of the Polish constitution on Saturday, May 3. The constitution was passed on May 3, 1791. It is the oldest constitution in Europe and the second oldest in the world.

The Polish constitution is an important contribution to the development of parliamentary traditions. In fact, it not only contributes to the proud heritage of all Canadians of Polish descent but it also confirms the basic values and freedoms of our own society.

On the occasion of Poland's national day, I wish to express the hope that the excellent relations that exist between Poland and Canada will further strengthen and grow for the benefit of our two nations.

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Subtopic:   Poland
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CA

Roy H. Bailey

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Roy Bailey (Souris—Moose Mountain, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, curling championships are not new to Saskatchewan. We have for years been recognized across Canada as a great curling province.

Today I ask the House to help me recognize a young lady from Maryfield, Saskatchewan. Maryfield is not a large centre but it is huge in hospitality and particularly in paying tribute to one of their own.

Last Saturday night I was pleased to join my constituents in paying tribute to Janelle Lemon, who is one of the members of the world's junior curling champions. Indeed, Janelle is a true champion and a delightful young lady.

I ask the House to join with me in recognizing the tremendous pride that Maryfield, Saskatchewan has in this memorable achievement of Janelle Lemon, a member of the world's junior curling championship team.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Saskatchewan Curling
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LIB

Tony Tirabassi

Liberal

Mr. Tony Tirabassi (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to inform all Canadians that May is Cystic Fibrosis Month.

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal, inherited disease that affects the lungs and the digestive system. Virtually everyone with cystic fibrosis will die from lung disease. One in every 2,500 children born in Canada has this disease and today over 3,300 Canadians have cystic fibrosis. There is no known cure.

In May, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its partners generate awareness and support for the cystic fibrosis cause. Volunteers from 52 chapters will hold events across the country. On May 3, community based fundraising events were held by the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs to launch the National Kin-Cystic Fibrosis Day. May 25 marks the Zellers Family Walk for Cystic Fibrosis.

I wish to extend congratulations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and best wishes for a successful Cystic Fibrosis Month.

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Subtopic:   Cystic Fibrosis Month
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CA

Stephen Harper

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Stephen Harper (Leader of the Opposition, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, today is the day that many Canadians were expecting to have a visit and a speech here in the House from the President of the United States. The president was apparently unable to attend, although he has been able to host Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

My question to the Prime Minister is simple. Has the visit from President Bush been rescheduled, and if so, what is the date of this event?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canada-U.S. Relations
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LIB

Jean Chrétien

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it was agreed that the president wanted to visit Canada. He said he wanted to postpone it to the fall. We are in discussion about some dates. I was disappointed that he did not come, but he said that he will be coming.

I have said in the past that every president who has managed to come to Canada in his first mandate has managed to be re-elected, so he has an incentive to come.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canada-U.S. Relations
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May 5, 2003