November 28, 2005

LIB

Ralph Goodale

Liberal

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, first, let us be clear. There is no evidence of a leak. There is an allegation on this, particularly from the opposition.

The hon. gentleman asked if I inquired within my staff and within my department. Indeed I did, and I am satisfied that all requirements were met. Beyond that, if there is further study that is required here, that is the prerogative of the Ontario Securities Commission without any political advice from across the way.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Income Trusts
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CPC

Steven Fletcher

Conservative

Mr. Steven Fletcher (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are still waiting to see real action on the health care wait times. The benchmark should have been announced ages ago. The government is going to die in a few hours. The promised fix for a generation has turned out to be the biggest broken promise in a generation.

Will the government finally announce the health care waiting benchmarks or will it be another promise made, promise broken?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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LIB

Ujjal Dosanjh

Liberal

Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is quite ironic that we were going to announce those wait times benchmarks in December. All opposition parties now want to go into an election campaign and then they ask where are the wait time benchmarks. They are coming.

For the hon. member, we shall take no lessons on health care from a party which interest is to maximize private health care. The member himself is on record saying that we should not be hung up on universality. We are going to stand up for universality in public health care in Canada.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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LIB

Ruby Dhalla

Liberal

Ms. Ruby Dhalla (Brampton—Springdale, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Canada is one of the very few countries in the world to show leadership and to offer compassionate care benefits for workers. The government recently recognized the opportunity to address the issue of the definition of caregiver and to offer hope to those Canadians in time of need.

Could the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development please tell the House the update as to the expected changes for this very important program?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources and Skills Development
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LIB

Belinda Stronach

Liberal

Hon. Belinda Stronach (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the government has recognized that we can make improvements to compassionate care to reach more Canadians.

I am pleased to inform the House that we have made significant improvements to the compassionate care benefit. The benefit will be expanded beyond immediate family members. Starting next January, Canadians will now be able to designate a person of their choice to care for them. This means not only temporary income support, but also job security. This is great news for Canadians.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources and Skills Development
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CPC

Paul Forseth

Conservative

Mr. Paul Forseth (New Westminster—Coquitlam, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the government designed and executed ad scam for the benefit of the Liberal Party. At least 565 individuals and groups were involved in the scheme over many years. The Liberals claimed that they made a down payment on the money stolen from taxpayers, with a $1.14 million pay back cheque to the Government of Canada.

To be sure that the Liberals are telling the truth this time, will the government release a copy of both sides of the cancelled down payment cheque that is supposed to have been received from the Liberal Party?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Sponsorship Program
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LIB

Scott Brison

Liberal

Hon. Scott Brison (Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, members have reached a new low over there. The fact is the Liberal Party of Canada has paid every penny received inappropriately back to the Canadian taxpayer, based on an analysis of Justice Gomery's report. At the end of the day, we Liberals stand with Canadians who believe in the work and the analysis of Justice Gomery who heard from 172 witnesses and reviewed over 28 million pages of documents.

Justice Gomery is interested in getting to the truth. That is what Canadians want. They do not want to go to the polls, which is all the Conservatives want.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Sponsorship Program
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CPC

Helena Guergis

Conservative

Ms. Helena Guergis (Simcoe—Grey, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, on top of its culture of entitlement, the government has earned a reputation for its culture of secrecy.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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LIB
CPC

Helena Guergis

Conservative

Ms. Helena Guergis

The access to information commissioner has noted that the federal government remains seized with a culture of distrust and resistance to the law that is supposed to give the public access to government documents. Canadians want to get to the bottom of Liberal corruption.

Could the current government assure us that should Canadians vote for a change of government in the next election, there will be no systematic shredding of documents and destruction of records?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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LIB

Reg Alcock

Liberal

Hon. Reg Alcock (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, should such a--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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The Speaker

Order, please. I am trying to get a little order so we can all hear the minister. The President of the Treasury Board has the floor. The hon. member for Simcoe—Grey is anxious to hear the answer. I cannot hear the answer and he is sitting closer to me than he is to her. We will have a little order.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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LIB

Reg Alcock

Liberal

Hon. Reg Alcock

Mr. Speaker, I am sorry, I missed the reference to jewellery. Let me repeat my comment, should such an unlikely circumstance come to pass, the government will respect all policies as it always does.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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BQ

Réal Ménard

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Réal Ménard (Hochelaga, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Health announced on November 18 that his government and the legal representatives of individuals infected by the hepatitis C virus before 1986 and after 1990 had reached an agreement. The agreement concerns only the submission of technical data, and nothing conclusive has been negotiated with regard to compensation.

Will the Minister of Health admit that his November 18 press release is nothing more than hokum, that no victim of hepatitis C has been compensated and that no significant agreement has been signed to date?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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LIB

Ujjal Dosanjh

Liberal

Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the agreement we have reached with the lawyers for the class of pre-1986 and post-1990 is substantial. That agreement says two things. Here are some steps that we need to take to get the evidence to determine the class, the size of the class, the status of the class. Then, at the end of that process there shall be compensation for that class. That is absolute advancement from the previous propositions that we had.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Hon. Don Boudria (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on November 17, the House passed Bill S-3, which confirms the Government of Canada's obligations to promote linguistic duality. On November 22, the Senate did likewise.

My question is for the Minister responsible for Official Languages. When will Bill S-3 come into effect in order to protect Canada's language minorities? Could he answer my question, as this is likely the last question I will ever ask in this House?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Official Languages
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LIB

Mauril Bélanger

Liberal

Hon. Mauril Bélanger (Minister for Internal Trade, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister responsible for Official Languages and Associate Minister of National Defence, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question and for sponsoring Bill S-3.

It is my pleasure to inform the House that the bill received Royal Assent last Thursday. It is now law.

Our support of this bill signals our government's ongoing commitment to Canada's linguistic minorities. This is in contrast to the attitude of the Bloc, which claims to be supporting anglophone and francophone minorities and then turns its back on Bill S-3. A sorry sight.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Official Languages
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IND

Carolyn Parrish

Independent

Mrs. Carolyn Parrish (Mississauga—Erindale, Ind.)

Mr. Speaker, on this my last day in the House, I would like to ask when will Canadians, particularly the 10% who support smaller parties and independent candidates, see their votes really count in a modern system that includes proportional representation and fixed election dates?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Electoral Reform
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LIB

Mauril Bélanger

Liberal

Hon. Mauril Bélanger (Minister for Internal Trade, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister responsible for Official Languages and Associate Minister of National Defence, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as the member will know, the government called for proposals to engage Canadians in a very thorough process of consultation so we will know what Canadians expect from their institutions and what values they wish reflected in their parliamentary institutions.

Only when we know what Canadians want to see, will this government move on that. We will then take the time to do it right.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Electoral Reform
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November 28, 2005