June 2, 2008

BQ

Johanne Deschamps

Bloc Québécois

Ms. Johanne Deschamps (Laurentides—Labelle, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, in Montreal on Sunday, some 1,500 people demonstrated against Bill C-484. Despite what the Conservatives say, this bill opens the door to the recriminalization of abortion. Everyone in Quebec is critical of it, and the National Assembly adopted a unanimous motion asking that this bill be withdrawn.

Will the government shed its ideological straitjacket and vote against this regressive bill that threatens women's rights?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Bill C-484
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CPC

Rob Nicholson

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the government has made it very clear that it has no intention of re-opening this debate. Apparently the hon. member is upset that private members can introduce private members' bills, but those are the rules that we have and each member can vote accordingly.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Bill C-484
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BQ

Johanne Deschamps

Bloc Québécois

Ms. Johanne Deschamps (Laurentides—Labelle, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec, Dr. Gaétan Barrette, has also criticized this bill, in an attempt to avoid returning to a time when abortions were illegal and dangerous to women's health.

Will the Minister of Justice admit that this bill is nothing but an underhanded attack on women, and that it threatens their right to free choice?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Bill C-484
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CPC

Rob Nicholson

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, again I guess the Bloc does not understand. Maybe it does not like the rules of the House, but all members are entitled to introduce private members' bills. If it really upsets the Bloc, why does it not introduce a private member's bill to get rid of private members' bills, if that is what it does not like?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Bill C-484
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LIB

Sue Barnes

Liberal

Hon. Sue Barnes (London West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, two months ago, the member for Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre promised to make amends for his regrettable homophobic remarks caught on videotape.

The gay and lesbian community, specifically in Regina, accepted the member's apology on the condition that he was serious and that he showed concrete evidence of his sincerity. However, to date they are still waiting. There has been no response to their letters, no meeting, nothing in two months.

Could the Prime Minister tell us exactly what the parliamentary secretary will be doing to make amends and when he will do it?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Human Rights
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CPC

Peter Van Loan

Conservative

Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, when those comments came to light in what was, I think, a 19-year-old videotape, the hon. member took responsibility for his words and apologized. We heard it in this House and I believe we all agree that it was a heartfelt, sincere and genuine apology and this government has accepted that apology.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Human Rights
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CPC

Luc Harvey

Conservative

Mr. Luc Harvey (Louis-Hébert, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, last Friday, the Minister of the Environment was in Montreal to launch the Montreal Climate Exchange to help Canada move forward on the road to a low carbon economy.

Can the Minister of the Environment tell the House how we are providing tangible results to Canadians who want us to take action to deal with climate change?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

John Baird

Conservative

Hon. John Baird (Minister of the Environment, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the minister responsible for Montreal and I are working very hard with Luc Bertrand, the president of the Montreal Exchange. We were very pleased that he launched a new climate exchange, which was a very important part of our plan to reduce greenhouse gases.

We have a tough plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 20% and we are very proud that the former premier of Quebec said a few words about it.

Pierre Marchand wrote in La Presse, earlier this year, that “Canada entered the era of climate change in 2007.”

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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NDP

Nathan Cullen

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister seems to be the only leader on the planet who would look at our Arctic's melting icecap and see an opportunity to drill for even more oil, putting more fuel on the climate change fire.

Imperial Oil, with a record $3.2 billion profit last year out of the tar sands, is now turning its eyes to the far north.

The Prime Minister has the legislation, the power and the responsibility to finally defend the environment. In 72 hours, he will make the decision on Imperial Oil's Kearl oil sands development. Will he do the right thing and finally stand up for our planet?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

John Baird

Conservative

Hon. John Baird (Minister of the Environment, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, when I became the Minister of the Environment, there was only one rule in place: a big fat tax subsidy brought in by the Liberal Party for the oil sands.

Not only have we eliminated that but we are actually doing something that is remarkable. We are actually forcing the big polluters to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Never before in Canadian history have they been required to do that.

We came forward with further mandates requiring carbon capture and storage, leading edge technology that is already at work in Saskatchewan.

We will ensure that every environmental law is respected so we can do the right thing for our planet and our future.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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NDP

Nathan Cullen

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I can hear the oil executives quaking in their boots after a spin like that.

The Dene and the Cree in Fort Chipewyan are living with the consequences of irresponsible development of what happens when the impacts are considered only after the oil starts flowing rather than before, as it should be.

In Alberta, it means disappearing drinking water for first nations and local communities, while greenhouse gas emissions spin out of control, all this while the Conservatives continue to grant obscene billion dollar subsidies to the most profitable sector in Canada's economy.

Will the government use all its powers at hand and stop this crime? Will it stop the dangerous plans of Imperial Oil that would put 800,000 more cars on the road?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

John Baird

Conservative

Hon. John Baird (Minister of the Environment, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we will ensure rigorous environmental assessments are done before any sensitive ecosystems take place.

I want to thank the NDP for being brave enough to stand with those of us in the government against the Liberals' carbon tax plan. Why are the NDP against the carbon tax plan? They know it would hurt seniors living on fixed incomes. They know it would hurt people in Atlantic Canada who have to use home heating fuel for their homes. It would be the death nail of rural Canada. It would be a new tax on heating hot water.

Thank goodness the NDP is finally standing up against a new tax.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Joyce Murray

Liberal

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the health minister falsely claims that the science on Insite is mixed and, therefore, we should get rid of it. This gives me a bad feeling of déjà vu.

Was this not the tactic of big tobacco and Conservative climate change deniers to block needed action for so long: claim there is a scientific debate when, in fact, the scientists agree there is none?

Will the minister stop imposing his right wing ideology on Canadians, respect the court ruling and let Insite continue to save lives?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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CPC

Tony Clement

Conservative

Hon. Tony Clement (Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the expert advisory committee was very clear. It found that only 3% of those who attend Insite actually get referred to treatment and that only 10% of those who use Insite use it for all their injections.

The expert advisory committee insisted that Insite only saved one life, and that life is important but I want to save more than one life. I want to save hundreds of lives around the downtown eastside, which is why we are focused on treatment and on professionals. Not one life should be lost.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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CPC

Brian Storseth

Conservative

Mr. Brian Storseth (Westlock—St. Paul, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, last Friday, the international community formally recognized the grave consequences that inhumane cluster munitions cause to innocent civilians around the world. This was an historic day for countries such as Canada that have never used these weapons and also for the victims who have had to live through the adverse effects of the irresponsible use of cluster bombs.

It should be recognized that once again Canada has demonstrated leadership by being one of the original signatory states in leading the fight for victim assistance within this treaty.

Would the Minister of Foreign Affairs tell us what Canada's position is regarding the outcome of this new treaty?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Cluster Bombs
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CPC

David Emerson

Conservative

Hon. David Emerson (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Westlock—St. Paul for his many years of diligent work on this very issue.

Canada is proud to join over 100 countries in welcoming the text of this very important treaty that addresses the humanitarian and developmental costs of cluster munitions. This text, endorsed unanimously by the participating countries, includes language to prohibit the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. It requires existing stocks to be destroyed--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Cluster Bombs
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LIB
LIB

Mark Eyking

Liberal

Hon. Mark Eyking (Sydney—Victoria, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, The Economist states that the tourism industry worldwide has increased 6% and yet Statistics Canada states that the number of travellers to Canada has fallen to a record low, a 12.5% drop over last year.

Many tourist operators are facing a crisis and feel they are on their own with no help from the government. Many recommendations were brought forward to the House but no action has been taken.

Why is the government not showing any leadership in helping this vital industry?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Tourism
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CPC

Jim Prentice

Conservative

Hon. Jim Prentice (Minister of Industry, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the member is not correct in his facts. Tourism continues to be a thriving industry in this country. The secretary of state continues to work on this file. We will continue to make progress.

Throughout the country, we will continue to welcome people from overseas and from the United States, and that will be the success of the industry.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Tourism
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LIB

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

It is with great pleasure that I draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of 12 members of the Canadian Forces who are taking part in Canadian Forces Day today.

Canadian Forces Day is an opportunity for Canadians across the country to recognize the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform make on our behalf.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Presence in the Gallery
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June 2, 2008