November 19, 2007

CPC

Rob Nicholson

Conservative

Hon. Rob Nicholson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the answer to both those questions is: no.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Joy Smith

Conservative

Mrs. Joy Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, in Saudi Arabia, there have been disturbing reports that a woman who was the victim of a multiple rape has now been convicted by the Saudi courts and sentenced to 200 lashes.

Could the Minister for the Status of Women advise the House of the government's reaction to this news?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Josée Verner

Conservative

Hon. Josée Verner (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for this very important question. On behalf of the government and, I am sure, all Canadians, I would like to express our deep dismay at seeing a victim of multiple rape being sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail.

It defies belief that a woman who had been raped would be further violated by such a barbaric sentence. Our government will express our condemnation of this event to the appropriate Saudi authorities.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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NDP

Dawn Black

New Democratic Party

Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the NDP has obtained documents which prove our soldiers are under orders to hand over all captured Afghans to local prisons, including children.

Last week's forced release of documents reported on the trial of the Sarpoza prison warden who had been accused of raping a child. The judge determined the official was innocent because it would be “impossible for a drunken man in his 50s to commit an act of rape”.

When did the minister order Canada to stop transferring--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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LIB
CPC

Peter MacKay

Conservative

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I said in response to an earlier question in the House, my understanding is that there are current provisions within the Afghan detention system to segregate or to keep juvenile prisoners separate from others.

With respect to detainees or prisoners taken by Canadian Forces, we take a similar practice. They are not housed in proximity to other detainees.

Under this new arrangement, we have increased ability to monitor and to track detainees. Similarly, we have taken steps to improve the prison system through contributions to the independent Afghan--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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LIB
NDP

Dawn Black

New Democratic Party

Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, some say the first casualty of war is truth. The second casualty must be accountability.

The Conservative government marches in lockstep with the Bush White House. Jailing children and mismanaging reconstruction funds are the hallmarks of the Bush doctrine.

In the haste to try to prove to Canadians that this war is being won, money is being handed out with zero accountability, so much so that Afghan warlords are lining up for Canadian government subsidies, and they are getting them. Will the minister confirm today in the House that our government is handing out money to warlords?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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CPC

Peter MacKay

Conservative

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC)

Certainly not, Mr. Speaker. I guess the first casualty of the NDP is to immediately resort to torquing and smearing and going to great lengths to somehow try to cast aspersions upon this mission.

The member talks about money being well spent. I think Canadians are very much behind efforts to improve education and health care. Eighty per cent of Afghans now have access to basic health services, when only 9% had it before. Millions of children are now in school, where they were not before. Microfinance is available and democracy improving--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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LIB
LIB

Colleen Beaumier

Liberal

Ms. Colleen Beaumier (Brampton West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, while the Conservative government tries to mislead the House about its position on the death penalty, the facts are clear. The government has decided that our country will no longer co-sponsor a United Nations motion calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, a motion Canada has supported for years.

Why would the government not support this motion for a moratorium, which is in accord with the values of Canadians? Will the government change its position and co-sponsor the UN motion?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Rob Nicholson

Conservative

Hon. Rob Nicholson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

In fact, Mr. Speaker, we do support the UN motion. The member can be assured of that.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Chris Warkentin

Conservative

Mr. Chris Warkentin (Peace River, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government is listening to farmers right across this country. More importantly, we are acting. We are opening borders, defending farmers' interests at the WTO, and working with the provinces to get farm families the help they need.

Just last week, Canada's agriculture ministers held a meeting to discuss elements of Growing Forward, the new policy framework for Canada's farmers. Can the Secretary of State for Agriculture tell us how farmers will benefit from this Conservative government's actions?

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, I want to thank the hon. member for his excellent question. January will be a good month for all Canadians. They will pay less GST and less tax, but farmers need more.

Farmers are struggling with the high dollar and high feed prices. Fortunately, last week, following a most successful FPT meeting, the agriculture minister announced that come January livestock producers and others will start getting $600 million in federal assistance. Members heard that right: 600 million big ones.

A $600 million boost, that is what is means to keep promises, something the Bloc and the Liberals do not understand.

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

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

I would like to return to the exchange between the hon. member for Scarborough Centre and the hon. Minister of Veterans Affairs during question period on November 1, 2007. I have had an opportunity to review the Debates of that day.

The hon. member for Scarborough Centre used the words “intellectually dishonest” in reference to the minister, who in response used the word “hypocrite” in reference to the member for Scarborough Centre.

It is the duty of the Speaker to ensure that all debates in the House are conducted with a certain degree of civility and mutual respect in keeping with established practice of the House.

Standing Order 18 specifies:

No Member shall speak disrespectfully of the Sovereign, nor of any of the Royal Family, nor of the Governor General or the person administering the Government of Canada; nor use offensive words against either House, or against any Member thereof.

In addition, House of Commons Procedure and Practice states at page 526:

In dealing with unparliamentary language, the Speaker takes into account the tone, manner and intention of the Member speaking; the person to whom the words were directed; the degree of provocation; and, most importantly,--

I stress “most importantly”.

--whether or not the remarks caused disorder in the Chamber.

In my opinion, the remarks made by the hon. members quite clearly created disorder in the chamber.

Therefore, I would ask that the hon. member for Scarborough Centre and the Minister of Veterans Affairs withdraw their remarks.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Speaker's Ruling
Sub-subtopic:   Unparliamentary Language
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CPC

Greg Thompson

Conservative

Hon. Greg Thompson (Minister of Veterans Affairs, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I will withdraw my remarks because we always do our very best to be parliamentary. It was unparliamentary. I withdraw my remarks.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Speaker's Ruling
Sub-subtopic:   Unparliamentary Language
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LIB

John Cannis

Liberal

Mr. John Cannis (Scarborough Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I also wish to withdraw my remark. In the heat of debate, we tend to release, so I withdraw my remark.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Speaker's Ruling
Sub-subtopic:   Unparliamentary Language
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LIB

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all hon. members that the Canadian public watches the proceedings closely and that I regularly receive communications from members of the public concerned about decorum in the Chamber.

I therefore encourage members to refrain from making offensive or disrespectful remarks directed at one another. All members may disagree with one another from time to time, but such disagreement need not be manifested by the use of offensive names or personal insults that can only create disorder and lessen the respect that is due to all hon. members.

I want to thank the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the hon. member for Scarborough Centre for withdrawing their remarks today.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Speaker's Ruling
Sub-subtopic:   Unparliamentary Language
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LIB

Borys Wrzesnewskyj

Liberal

Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. During question period, the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine quoted from a document dated last week in which the Prime Minister praises Mr. Mulroney. I would request that this document be tabled in the House.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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LIB

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

Does the hon. member have the unanimous consent of the House to table this document?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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November 19, 2007