October 28, 2003

BQ

Louis Plamondon

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Louis Plamondon (Bas-Richelieu—Nicolet—Bécancour, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, farmers do not want words, they want action. This is an urgent situation. The minister does not seem to understand that. Yet, the minister from Quebec understands, people in the opposition understand, and producers of cull cattle understand.

Will the minister take his blinders off and respond to this urgent situation with an emergency program?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Agriculture
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LIB

Lyle Vanclief

Liberal

Hon. Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the opposition members want government to have discussions with the provinces and with the industry before taking action and that is exactly what we have been doing right from May 20 with regard to this issue.

The federal government has put millions of dollars forward. The provinces have been there. We have been there together. We have worked with the cattlemen, the dairy industry, the processors and the manufacturers. Canadians have supported the situation in Canada.

We will continue to take that approach because it is working.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Agriculture
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CA

Brian Pallister

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Brian Pallister (Portage—Lisgar, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, for many Canadians $200 is a lot of money. According to Canada's Auditor General and our chief actuary, this year Canada's working poor will be overcharged by more than $200 on their EI premiums.

Has the Minister of Human Resources Development Canada ever received an undeclared gift in excess of $200?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Jane Stewart

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, to the best of my knowledge, all my gifts have been declared appropriately under the ethics guidelines.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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CA

James Moore

Canadian Alliance

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

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

Has the minister ever received an undeclared gift worth more than $200?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Stéphane Dion

Liberal

Hon. Stéphane Dion (President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the answer is no. One thing is certain, the questions from the opposition today are not worth $200.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Julian Reed

Liberal

Mr. Julian Reed (Halton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking with Wendy Crewson who last week received a well deserved Gemini Award for best actress in a TV movie. As she said, “Canadian drama is in a rough spot right now”.

Could the parliamentary secretary tell the House when we can expect more support for Canadian television and film?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Arts and Culture
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LIB

Carole-Marie Allard

Liberal

Ms. Carole-Marie Allard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question.

I can tell him that he is not the only one concerned about the dissatisfaction of the public in English-speaking Canada with respect to English-language Canadian drama. The CRTC is also concerned and has just issued a public notice to gather comments from Canadians. Those who have opinions and observations to offer have until November 14 to do so.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite all the members of this House to respond to the CRTC's request.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Arts and Culture
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PC

Gerald Keddy

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gerald Keddy (South Shore, PC)

Mr. Speaker, my question is simple. Canadians deserve to know how many undeclared gifts in excess of $200 are still out there. A couple of weeks ago there were none and today there are a lot of them.

Has the Minister for International Trade ever received any undeclared gifts in excess of $200? Canadians deserve to know.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Pierre Pettigrew

Liberal

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

No, Mr. Speaker. Every gift I would have accepted or received would have been declared. I do not think anyone has been that generous with me.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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PC

Gary Schellenberger

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Middlesex, PC)

Mr. Speaker, the ministers are the ones who set policies and the ministers are the ones who are influenced. That is why guidelines are in place.

Has the Minister of State responsible for ACOA ever received any undeclared gifts in excess of $200?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Gerry Byrne

Liberal

Hon. Gerry Byrne (Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my answer is exactly the same as the answer given by the Minister for International Trade and other colleagues. To the best of my knowledge I have complied with all the guidelines.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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NDP

Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, even as the Liberals again lowball the surplus and then apply every penny of it to the national debt, cuts are in the air.

Even as Canada's debt to GDP ratio goes down the fastest in the industrialized world, we are told to spend more on debt repayment and less on trains.

And even without any innovation in medicare or a Kyoto plan that really fights climate change, we are told tax cuts are the order of the day.

Why on earth would Canada make another hard right turn? Could we get some answers from the member for LaSalle—Émard?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Budget Surplus
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LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Hon. Don Boudria (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, there has been no question to the government.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Budget Surplus
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NDP

Wendy Lill

New Democratic Party

Ms. Wendy Lill (Dartmouth, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals broke their promise to the CBC by cutting $10 million this year on top of the hundreds of millions of cuts since this government took over. Ten million dollars could produce a program like Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion , which over one million Canadians watched last weekend.

I could ask the government to commit today to stable multi-year funding as the heritage committee recommended, but the member for LaSalle—Émard could nix it.

The CBC operates three to four years ahead in programming. What guarantees can the Minister of Finance give that the CBC will receive the funding it needs to carry out its mandate?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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LIB

Carole-Marie Allard

Liberal

Ms. Carole-Marie Allard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform this House that this morning, CBC officials appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. They answered a barrage of questions, but their answers confirm that they are fully capable of fulfilling their national broadcaster mandate with the $1 billion the government gives them each year.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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CA

Gerry Ritz

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Agriculture has a dismal record of getting cash out to primary producers and I am sure they would be interested to know how many undeclared gifts of over $200 the minister has accepted in the last little while.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Lyle Vanclief

Liberal

Hon. Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I can assure the hon. member, the House and all Canadians that I have declared every gift certainly within the knowledge that I have and that I received.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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CA

Dave Chatters

Canadian Alliance

Mr. David Chatters (Athabasca, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that after two weeks of scandal every minister over there has had ample time and ample reason to search their recollection, search their records and search their conscience on this issue.

Has the natural resources minister received any undeclared gifts over $200?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Herb Dhaliwal

Liberal

Hon. Herb Dhaliwal (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am amazed at members of the Alliance Party. Is this what Canadians elected them to do, ask questions for $200? No. They were elected to debate the issues most important to Canadians and that affect Canadians. That is why they are at only 13% in the polls and going down further.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Ethics
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October 28, 2003