June 4, 2003

LIB

John Bryden

Liberal

Mr. John Bryden (Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, the third petition has come to me, oddly enough, from people in British Columbia. They pray that Parliament pass legislation to recognize the institution of marriage in federal law as being a lifelong union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Madam Speaker, as you know, that legislation already exists. The problem is that some courts have challenged that legislation. I can assure the petitioners that it is the law of the land now. I sincerely hope it will continue to be so.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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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.)

Madam Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 212, 215, 216, 218 and 235.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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CA

Ted White

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Ted White

With regard to the fact that the Minister of Natural Resources has been granted permission to bypass the normal public security line-ups at Ottawa airport and to proceed directly to security inspection via the airline staff entrance: ( a ) under what authority was this done; ( b ) does this permission extend to the bypassing of the normal public security lines at other airports in Canada; ( c ) does this permission extend to all other ministers of the Crown; ( d ) does this permission extend to members of the House who are not ministers; and ( e ) if not, why not?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 212
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LIB

Marcel Proulx

Liberal

Mr. Marcel Proulx (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Lib.)

With regard to (a), air carriers may offer priority service to Executive and VIP customers or passengers who are late for their flight. No authority is required since this is a customer service provided by air carriers and no bypassing of security occurs.

Concerning (b), (c) and (d), as indicated in (a) above, this practice does not involve bypassing security, and therefore, requires no special authorities or permissions. Further questions with respect to each air carrier’s customer service policy should be directed to the airlines.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 212
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PC

Peter MacKay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Peter MacKay

Concerning the RCMP Airbus investigation terminated on April 22, 2003: ( a ) what was the duration of the investigation; ( b ) how many investigators (full or part-time) were involved in the investigation on a yearly basis for its duration; ( c ) what is the financial cost related to the investigation on a yearly basis; ( d ) how many transatlantic flights were taken by persons pursuing the investigation; ( e ) were any payments made to informants for information provided to the RCMP, the Department of Justice, the office of the Solicitor General or any other government department and, if so, what was the total paid?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 215
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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.)

I am informed by the Solicitor General of Canada that with respect to

(a) the current investigation began in 1995 and continued to 2003.

With respect to (b) our systems do not collect this information for individual investigations. A brief manual search gave a result for investigators who were exclusively assigned to this investigation which is as follows:

This investigation includes an ongoing criminal prosecution that has been before the court since October 2002.

With respect to (c) RCMP’s systems track financial information by parent or organizational unit, and not usually for individual investigations. A financial tracking mechanism was put in place for this investigation, for fiscal year 1997-98 onwards, that allows for the capture of the majority of costs, but not all. Salary and some expense costs associated to several of the investigators were not captured. To provide more complete figures would require a manual search of financial data that would be excessively time consuming. Overall cost for investigators assigned to this investigation and for related investigational expenses, which can be tracked without a manual search, are as follows:

These costs include expenses incurred for an ongoing criminal prosecution that has been before the court since October 2002.

With respect to (d) our systems track overall travel cost, not destination. To respond to the question as asked would require a manual search of data that would be excessively time consuming.

With respect to (e) the RCMP does not confirm nor deny the existence of, or payment to, any informant. Under RCMP policy the identification of informants must be protected in accordance with decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, which grants privilege to informants that their identity will not be disclosed.

I am informed by Justice Canada that

in answer to question (e), there were no payments made to informants for information provided to the Department of Justice.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 215
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PC

Peter MacKay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Peter MacKay

Following the April 22, 2003 closure of the Northern Cod Fisheries in Zones 2J, 3K and 3L and the Gulf Fisheries in Zones 3P, 4R and 4S and the South Coast Fishery in Zone 3Ps, what measures has the government taken to preserve cod stocks in Zones 3M and 3N, zones containing the nose and tail of the Grand Banks and the Flemish Cap?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 216
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LIB

Robert Thibault

Liberal

Hon. Robert Thibault (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Lib.)

Cod stocks in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) area, Division 3NO (Tail of the Grand Banks) and Division 3M (Flemish Cap), are under NAFO moratoria. Bycatches of these cod stocks in fisheries directed at other stocks in the NAFO area are restricted to 5%. A new definition of directed fishery was adopted at the 2002 NAFO annual meeting that will help to deter vessels from exceeding this bycatch limit and reduce bycatches of these stocks.

As the coastal state contracting party to NAFO, Canada contributes to the development of conservation and management measures in the regulatory area. These measures include 100% observer and satellite tracking coverage on all vessels as well as mandatory dockside inspections for every vessel fishing. Vessels fishing in the regulatory area are subject to inspection by NAFO fisheries inspectors.

All vessels fishing in the NAFO regulatory area are also subject to strict conservation measures designed to promote effective management of stocks.

DFO continually monitors the activity of foreign vessels in the regulatory area through the NAFO inspection program and analysis of observer reports. It assesses vessel compliance within NAFO measures and continues to highlight instances of non compliance by NAFO members in order to reduce bycatches of moratoria species, misreporting and exceeding of quotas.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 216
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PC

Joe Clark

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Joe Clark

Between March 17 and April 24, 2003: ( a ) to which foreign leaders did the prime minister speak by telephone on the issue of the ongoing crisis in Iraq; ( b ) who initiated each call, and what was its duration?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 218
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LIB

Rodger Cuzner

Liberal

Mr. Rodger Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Lib.)

Between March 17 and April 24, 2003, the Prime Minister made 13 telephone calls to foreign leaders. All of them included at least some reference to Iraq, but few were limited exclusively to that subject, since personal contact between leaders is an essential component of both bilateral relationships and multilateral cooperation.

Disclosure of information about these calls, their content and length, and which in fact constitute diplomatic exchanges with foreign states, would be injurious to the conduct of Canada’s international affairs.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 218
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CA

John Reynolds

Canadian Alliance

Mr. John Reynolds

Pertaining to the Commonwealth Day that took place Monday, March 10, 2003 and the 1.7 billion people in the Commonwealth countries, can the government please indicate the amount, in dollars, spent by it on all activities and undertakings in Canada to recognize this day and our membership in the Commonwealth, and what was the breakdown of the costs?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 235
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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.)

See the reply to Question No. 173 that was answered on June 2, 2003.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 235
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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.)

Madam Speaker, if Question No. 179 could be made an order for return, the return would be tabled immediately.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Is that agreed?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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CA

Gerry Ritz

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Gerry Ritz

For the past five years, can the government provide a breakdown of federal research funding, including research projects and infrastructure, by university, including the name of the recipient, a brief description, the type of funding and the amount?

Return tabled.

(Return tabled)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 179
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

Mr. Geoff Regan

Madam Speaker, I ask that all remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 179
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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Is that agreed?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 179
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Some hon. members

Agreed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Question No. 179
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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.)

Madam Speaker, would you be so kind as to call Notice of Motion for the Production of Papers No. P-30 in the name of the hon. member for Laurentides.

Motion No. P-30

That an Order of the House do issue for copies of the study commissioned by the Minister of Labour regarding the provisions of the Labour Code concerning pregnant or nursing women, to which the Minister of Labour referred during his presentation to the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities on May 7, 2002.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Motions for Papers
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June 4, 2003