June 15, 2007

LIB

Marcel Proulx

Liberal

Mr. Marcel Proulx (Hull—Aylmer, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, since the Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec obtained his portfolio, he has come up with no new money, no strategy and no vision for the regions of Quebec. In addition, in his last two budgets, the Minister of Finance has completely ignored regional economic development. We have lost count of all the blows small communities in Quebec have suffered.

Can he name a single tangible measure he plans to take?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Forest Industry
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CPC

Jean-Pierre Blackburn

Conservative

Hon. Jean-Pierre Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the forest and softwood lumber industry is restructuring. Quebec is in the midst of a serious crisis. As the government, we took real action by settling the softwood lumber dispute, which allowed companies in Quebec to receive $1 billion. That said, stakeholders are discussing stumpage fees and royalties with the Government of Quebec.

We are continuing to support secondary and tertiary processing in this sector. We have introduced six new tools to help the different regions of Quebec.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Forest Industry
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LIB

Blair Wilson

Liberal

Mr. Blair Wilson (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the member for Delta—Richmond East has once again come out against treaty rights for aboriginal peoples. The member has spoken out against a potential deal between the B.C. government and a B.C. band, even though the federal government has nothing to do with this proposal.

Why has the Prime Minister stood by in silence while the member for Delta—Richmond East campaigns aggressively against virtually all treaties that have been struck with B.C. first nations?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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CPC

Rod Bruinooge

Conservative

Mr. Rod Bruinooge (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, this government has moved forward on land claims throughout Canada. Treaties have been signed in B.C., which is historic. We look back to a process that was initiated early in the nineties, of course suspicious timing relative to the previous government, $1 billion spent and nothing accomplished.

Thankfully, our government has moved forward with the signing of treaties and is looking forward to continuing to do that.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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LIB

Blair Wilson

Liberal

Mr. Blair Wilson (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the member for Delta—Richmond East is not just opposed to land claims. He is also opposed to aboriginal fisheries. The sad fact is that the Prime Minister has not condemned the member because, shamefully, he agrees with it himself.

After more than a year of cutbacks and broken promises from the government, aboriginal people expect more than empty promises on specific claims.

Will the Prime Minister show Canadians that he takes treaty and aboriginal rights seriously and condemn the member for Delta—Richmond East today?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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CPC

Rod Bruinooge

Conservative

Mr. Rod Bruinooge (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to further highlight from earlier this week the fact that the Prime Minister announced a new process which will extend $250 million a year to settle specific claims.

Further to that, right now we have the opportunity to extend human rights to first nations people with Bill C-44. The only thing standing between first nations people and human rights on reserve is the Liberal Party, the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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BQ

André Bellavance

Bloc Québécois

Mr. André Bellavance (Richmond—Arthabaska, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, in the WTO agriculture negotiations, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is trying to place the blame for Canada's appalling inaction on the producers working under the supply management system, because they are calling on him to respect the Bloc Québécois motion passed unanimously on November 22, 2005.

The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food himself voted in favour the motion, as did his colleague, the Minister of International Trade. How does he explain his accusatory speech today, blaming the producers who work under supply management?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Agriculture and Agri-Food
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CPC

Christian Paradis

Conservative

Hon. Christian Paradis (Secretary of State (Agriculture), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we have to go beyond words and look at the action being taken here by the Conservative government. I will repeat this again slowly. Just this week, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food said that we would defend supply management and that we would fight for it. We are not touching the tariff quotas and we are not touching tariffs.

What language should I use to make this clear? What we are doing at the WTO is defending supply management. We support it and we will always defend it.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Agriculture and Agri-Food
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BQ

André Bellavance

Bloc Québécois

Mr. André Bellavance (Richmond—Arthabaska, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, it would be nice if the parliamentary secretary read his news summary in his limousine because he is forgetting some things. For example, he forgets that the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food described the GO5 coalition position as a stupid tactic. He should maybe be aware of that before he gives us any old answer.

The Bloc Québécois motion that the minister voted in favour of does not in any way stop the government from negotiating.

Norway and Japan are getting satisfactory results for their producers, so what is stopping the government from truly defending the interests of Quebec and Canadian producers who only want two things: protection for the supply management system and better access to the market for exporters?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Agriculture and Agri-Food
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CPC

Christian Paradis

Conservative

Hon. Christian Paradis (Secretary of State (Agriculture), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, for the past 14 months, unprecedented measures have been taken to defend supply management, something that had never been done in the last 13 years: invoking article XXVIII of GATT, the regulations governing cheese composition standards.

Again this week we could not have been any clearer on our intentions that we will defend supply management; we will support it; and we will not touch tariff quotas or the tariffs.

The Bloc can try to create yet another drama to show how useless it is here in Ottawa, but we on this side are taking action in favour of supply management.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Agriculture and Agri-Food
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LIB

Colleen Beaumier

Liberal

Ms. Colleen Beaumier (Brampton West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the previous Liberal government budgeted for an action plan to address the injustices suffered by Canadians of Italian and Ukrainian origin. The plan involved three elements: it acknowledged the injustices; it commemorated these regrettable events; and it aimed to educate all Canadians to ensure that these kinds of injustices never occur again.

The government has no such plan. Why is the Conservative government ignoring the concerns of the Italian and Ukrainian communities?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Jason Kenney

Conservative

Hon. Jason Kenney (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the government is doing no such thing. It was the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney that began the historic process of redress with Japanese Canadians regarding second world war internment.

It is this government and this Prime Minister who have continued it with the Chinese community, with official apologies in the House a year ago this week, where half the Liberal caucus did not even bother to show up.

It is this government that has continued negotiations in good faith with people in other communities whose ancestors were victims of either immigration restrictions or wartime internment measures.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Harold Albrecht

Conservative

Mr. Harold Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Liberal senators continue to ignore their leader and openly admit that they will defy his order to pass the budget without amendment.

This budget contains increased funding for science and technology research, but if this budget is not passed that funding will be lost. The Perimeter Institute for research will lose $50 million if this is not passed. This loss would be devastating to Kitchener—Conestoga, southwestern Ontario and to all of Canada.

Would the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry inform the House what other research funding will be lost if he does not get his Liberal senators under control?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Budget
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CPC

Colin Carrie

Conservative

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to respond to the member Kitchener—Conestoga's question about our excellent S and T strategy. I thank him for all his good work on this file.

Canada's new government understands its science and innovation is key to a strong economy. We are committed to turning knowledge into innovation and innovation into greater wealth and well-being for all Canadians.

However, if the budget does not pass the Liberal Senate, the research development sector in Canada stands to lose: $120 million for CANARIE, this is research broadband; $100 million for Genome Canada; and $30 million for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Our government is giving Canada a true competitive advantage that will—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Budget
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LIB
NDP

Bill Siksay

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Burnaby Lake is an urban lake, making it subject to incredible pressure from the surrounding city. The city of Burnaby has submitted an infrastructure funding application for the Burnaby Lake rejuvenation project, supported by the B.C. government and the GVRD. Funds have been committed by both the city and the province to dredge the lake, maintaining open water, protecting wildlife and plant habitat and ensuring recreational uses.

Will the Minister of Western Economic Diversification support this important environmental project and, before it is too late, confirm federal funding for Burnaby Lake?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Infrastructure
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CPC

Lawrence Cannon

Conservative

Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the government has committed to a top up of new funds to help provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to go forward with new programs. These programs are administered in partnership with the provincial governments and the communities. Surely in this whole process, this project will be viewed.

Until such time as we have a new program in place, this is the program that is there. Everybody knows the parameters. When we are able to announce the project, we will look at it and if need be, will do so.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Infrastructure
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NDP

David Christopherson

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my constituency office in Hamilton Centre has been inundated with complaints about changes at Service Canada. In the past my senior and disabled constituents could receive expert help from staff who specialize in CPP, OAS or GIS. Now Conservative changes mean people can only receive general information about these critical and complex programs. It is just not worth the trip, or maybe that was always the plan.

It seems Service Canada was created to cut services, not improve them. When will the Conservatives begin to provide real services to my constituents?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Service Canada
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CPC

Lynne Yelich

Conservative

Mrs. Lynne Yelich (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the member speaks contrary to what Service Canada is all about. Service Canada delivers very good service to all seniors and to all Canadians. In fact, it has expanded its services.

I am very surprised he would make that comment in the House. It is simply not true.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Service Canada
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LIB

Francis Scarpaleggia

Liberal

Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, North Dakota opened the tap at Devils Lake and water from the lake, which is too polluted even for irrigation, began flowing toward Lake Winnipeg. On May 30, the environment minister had said in the House that everything was under control.

Given the scientific resources available at Environment Canada and given the experts at the U.S. desk at the Department of Foreign Affairs, whose job it is to be on top of what is going on south of the border, the government must have known well in advance that the tap would be opened.

When did the government know the gates would be opened and why did it not raise the issue publicly prior to the event?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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June 15, 2007