November 7, 2003

LIB

Allan Rock

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I want to reassure the hon. member and the House. The minister will act, as always, in a fair and equitable way, not only according to Canadian law but also according to humanitarian principles.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Palestinian Refugees
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CA

Peter Goldring

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Peter Goldring (Edmonton Centre-East, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, hundreds of boys were sexually abused and thousands of assaults inside and outside of Kingsclear Training School in New Brunswick.

Victims have named 14 assaulters yet only Karl Toft was charged criminally. Millions were paid in hush money, including to RCMP Staff Sergeant Clifford McCann's victims. Victims who have come forward have been told by the RCMP not to make complaints.

Will the Solicitor General seize the pre- and post-Kingsclear files, conduct an independent review and report back to Parliament?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Marlene Jennings

Liberal

Mrs. Marlene Jennings (Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I do not have information about this file. Therefore, I will bring it to the attention of the Solicitor General for him to review and to provide a clear answer to the member opposite.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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CA

Peter Goldring

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Peter Goldring (Edmonton Centre-East, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, Kingsclear boys were taken with the knowledge of New Brunswick Corrections and the RCMP into the back seat of RCMP patrol cars, and to the house of senior RCMP officer Clifford McCann.

If the Solicitor General cannot act on this, will the Prime Minister of Canada have the Kingsclear and post-Kingsclear files seized and conduct an independent review of the entire investigation?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Marlene Jennings

Liberal

Mrs. Marlene Jennings (Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as I stated, I do not have any particular information on this issue. I will seize the Solicitor General of the concerns of the member opposite and have the Solicitor General respond to him in full when he is in the House.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

John O'Reilly

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, we know the Canadian economy has experienced some unique challenges during 2003.

Could the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources Development provide the House with an update on the latest job numbers published today by Statistics Canada?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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LIB

Diane St-Jacques

Liberal

Ms. Diane St-Jacques (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources Development, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his excellent question and especially for referring to the good news we announced this morning.

Despite the problems we have had this year, our market performance has been very good. In October, 65,000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate dropped from 8% to 7.6%. A total of 164,000 jobs have been created in Canada since January and nearly 3 million since 1993.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Economy
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PC

Greg Thompson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Greg Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest, PC)

Mr. Speaker, one of the busiest trade corridors in the country is the trade corridor between the State of Maine and the province of New Brunswick.

There is presently an application to address two of those border crossings: one, in Woodstock, New Brunswick, to upgrade the highway leading to the border; and the other is the construction of a third bridge in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

Could the minister give us an indication of where those applications are and how the negotiations are proceeding with the Province of New Brunswick on those two projects?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Infrastructure
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LIB

Allan Rock

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal members from New Brunswick have brought to my attention the need for border infrastructure improvements at both Woodstock and St. Stephen. I know it is a matter in which the member has an interest as well.

We have been in discussion with our partners in the Government of New Brunswick. We believe we are close to agreement with them, with respect to investments there. We want to upgrade both those crossing. We recognize their importance to the economy and to the local population.

I am working with my colleagues in the New Brunswick caucus, and we hope to announce real progress very soon.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Infrastructure
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PC

Greg Thompson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Greg Thompson (New Brunswick Southwest, PC)

Mr. Speaker, I guess we would call that all-party agreement. I appreciate the minister's response. I want to move on to the Minister of External Affairs.

Yesterday, as we all know, the minister denied any need for a public inquiry into the William Sampson case, indicating that he would be meeting with William Sampson.

Has that meeting taken place and has the minister reviewed the testimony that William Sampson gave yesterday before the committee, indicating complete displeasure at how the Government of Canada conducted itself during his incarceration? Has the minister changed his mind or has he in fact met with William Sampson today?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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LIB

Bill Graham

Liberal

Hon. Bill Graham (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, like the hon. member, and other hon. members in the House, we take this case extremely seriously.

I have not had the opportunity, unfortunately, to meet Mr. Sampson. I have an appointment with him this afternoon and I will be meeting with him then

I want to assure the hon. member that I, and I have already asked my department to do this, will looking at everything we do in our department in light of not only this case, but other cases which have come to our attention.

Our object is to secure the security of Canadians abroad in often very difficult circumstances.

I come back to the fact that extraordinary efforts were made on behalf of Mr. Sampson, and I will be discussing that with him. We are certainly more than willing to learn from him how we could do better.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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NDP

Alexa McDonough

New Democratic Party

Ms. Alexa McDonough (Halifax, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the government insists that the presumption of innocence remains firm under the Liberal's watch. The horrifying ordeals of Maher Arar and William Sampson indicate otherwise.

The government hides behind the RCMP review, while other Canadians languish in jail, such as Almalki, in Syria, Maati, in Egypt and who knows how many next door, in the U.S.

Why will the government not launch the comprehensive public inquiry that is needed and that Canadians want now?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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LIB

Marlene Jennings

Liberal

Mrs. Marlene Jennings (Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this Parliament created an independent agency called the Public Complaints Commission Against the RCMP. That commission, which is impartial and has authority over the RCMP, is conducting a review as we speak. I would urge the member to let the commission do its work.

If the member has information about other cases where she is alleging, or others are alleging, wrongdoing on the part of the RCMP, she should bring those allegations to the commission. If the member has allegations against SIRC, she should bring it to the SIRC--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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The Speaker

The hon. member for Winnipeg Centre.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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NDP

Pat Martin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the NDP fully supports the creation of the National Health Council as an integral aspect of health care reform. However, as Roy Romanow has now pointed out, the province of Alberta is blocking its creation.

It seems Premier Klein was happy to take the extra cash last February, but he has reneged on the rest of the deal to establish this critically important institution.

What concrete steps is the Minister of Health taking in her home province to get Premier Klein on board and what is she doing to ensure the National Health Council gets up and running without any further delay?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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LIB

Anne McLellan

Liberal

Hon. Anne McLellan (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, obviously we expect all premiers to live up to the commitment that they made in the health accord of February 2003.

My officials continue to work very closely with the officials in all provinces and territories. We are in the process of determining who will chair this new body. We are in the process of determining our own federal government representatives on this body, and a number of the provinces are working to determine their representatives.

Within the next few weeks I obviously would like to see the health council up and running.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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CA

Betty Hinton

Canadian Alliance

Mrs. Betty Hinton (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday Calgary police apprehended criminals who were smuggling Asian women and girls into Canada to sell them as sex slaves. Calgary police should be applauded for this small victory against Canada's sex slave trade.

However, city police forces cannot do this alone. This is an international crime against humanity and they need help from the federal level. RCMP and Calgary police spokesmen said that this reprehensible crime is actually on the rise in Canada.

When will this Liberal government give police the resources they need to eliminate the sex slave trade in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Organized Crime
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LIB

Marlene Jennings

Liberal

Mrs. Marlene Jennings (Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it allows this government, through me, to again talk about the initiatives that we have taken to strengthen our law enforcement to provide new financial resources to the RCMP to create integrated investigative teams.

The sex trade is abominable and our law enforcement, the RCMP, and provincial and municipal police forces will work together and are working together to see that it is eradicated in Canada.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Organized Crime
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CA

Betty Hinton

Canadian Alliance

Mrs. Betty Hinton (Kamloops, Thompson and Highland Valleys, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, they should speed up the process. Canada should be leading the world in the fight to protect women and children. Instead, this year's trafficking in persons report states that Canada has made “uneven efforts to prosecute traffickers” and “no specific efforts to work with and rehabilitate trafficking victims”.

Traffickers need to know that Canada will not tolerate this despicable activity, but convictions are rare.

Why are victims and witnesses so often deported before justice can be served?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Organized Crime
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LIB

Martin Cauchon

Liberal

Hon. Martin Cauchon (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, with regard to such a crime, which is indeed an awful crime, I would like to draw the attention of the hon. member to what we are doing as a country at the international level.

For example, lately we had a meeting in Paris among G-8 colleagues and talked about the question of child pornography and protection of our children, not only in Canada but anywhere in the world.

We have Bill C-20 as well, which is before the House. At the international level we know that people are using more technology and we need more international cooperation. It works well and--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Organized Crime
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November 7, 2003