November 24, 2010

CPC

Stephen Harper

Conservative

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I just said, the reductions that various countries have committed to under the Copenhagen accord are apparently three times larger than those foreseen in the Kyoto protocol. Therefore, there is a success that Canada was a part of last year. I hope at Cancun this year the world will continue to build on that success.

Our position is clear. All major emitters have to make reductions. I know that is not the position of the Liberal Party, but we think countries like China have to contribute.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Michael Ignatieff

Liberal

Hon. Michael Ignatieff (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is the opportunities we are missing that are staring us in the face. We could be leading in clean energy. We could be leading in emissions control. We could be leading in energy efficiency. Instead we are falling behind because the government does not have a plan, does not have an environmental vision. We are losing the chance to be green energy leaders to all the other countries.

When will the government understand that its indifference to the environment is costing Canadian jobs and costing our kids their future?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Stephen Harper

Conservative

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, in all of these things, in the development of clean energy and clean technology, this government is spending a lot of money as a world leader. It is only the Liberal Party and its allies that have voted against these investments.

Canada is moving ahead. It is only the Liberal Party that is falling behind.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Marc Garneau

Liberal

Mr. Marc Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister lost all fiscal credibility with Canadians when he sole-sourced the biggest Canadian military contract ever without giving a single credible reason for not holding a competition. This new anti-tendering habit will waste billions of Canadian taxpayer hard-earned dollars and cost Canadians thousands of jobs, and the price of the fighter jets is still rising with no end in sight.

Could the Minister of Finance think of a better example of a risky scheme involving taxpayer dollars?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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CPC

Peter MacKay

Conservative

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows full well, it was his party that started this process. We will continue to pursue what is the best aircraft on the planet with tremendous benefits to the Canadian aerospace industry, including in and around the city that the hon. member purports to represent.

I would encourage him, as a former member of the Canadian Forces, to support what is the best thing for the Canadian Forces, our aerospace industry and our economy, bringing thousands of jobs and great benefits to our country.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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LIB

Marc Garneau

Liberal

Mr. Marc Garneau (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would recommend that the Minister of National Defence learn how to do his job properly.

According to the Pentagon, the economic spinoffs for Canada are two-thirds lower than what the Bloc-Conservative coalition claims. Furthermore, we are no longer talking about 5,000 planes, but rather 3,000. The Prime Minister and the Bloc Québécois are misleading Canadians and cannot guarantee any spinoffs from those contracts.

Does the coalition know that it is going to waste $3 billion of Canadian taxpayers' money and lose thousands—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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LIB
CPC

Peter MacKay

Conservative

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we all appreciate the histrionics and the feigned indignation from the member opposite, but as I have already indicated, this is the best way to proceed for the air force.

Certainly it has great benefits for the aerospace industries. Yesterday they said this will allow them to compete for the production of roughly 3,000 to 5,000 aircraft, which represents, from their estimates, more than $12 billion in opportunities, for the partners' fleets.

Does the member, as a former astronaut, want the Canadian air force to go forward in antiquated aircraft? Would he go up in Sputnik now as an astronaut?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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BQ

Gilles Duceppe

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, on Sunday, an offshore oil production platform off the coast of Newfoundland was evacuated in secrecy. Since Thursday, toxic sour gas has been building up in the storage tanks and the platform is having ventilation problems.

Did the Prime Minister receive a report about this? If not, will he require one, knowing full well that incidents on such oil platforms off the coast of Newfoundland can have very serious consequences for the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Oil and Gas Industry
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CPC

Christian Paradis

Conservative

Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Natural Resources, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we will look into this situation with the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board and make decisions accordingly.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Oil and Gas Industry
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BQ

Gilles Duceppe

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the minister is therefore saying that he did not receive a report. Clearly, that is his answer.

The Prime Minister should know that oil spills know no borders.

Accordingly, does the Prime Minister agree that such incidents can have devastating repercussions on the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence, and that he should therefore join his voice to that of the National Assembly of Quebec and order a moratorium on oil and gas exploration and development in the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Oil and Gas Industry
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CPC

Christian Paradis

Conservative

Hon. Christian Paradis (Minister of Natural Resources, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, first, there is the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board. An agreement has been reached with Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Discussions are being held with Quebec as well. We have faith in our independent regulators. The National Energy Board is also addressing the matter with regard to federal lands.

The Bloc is just trying to instil fear and stop everything from moving forward; we will end up going backward when it comes to energy.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Oil and Gas Industry
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BQ

Bernard Bigras

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, here is a perfect example of a minister who does not know his own file.

We learned that in 2009, greenhouse gases reached their highest levels ever since the pre-industrial era, yet the Minister of the Environment is heading off to Cancun with no plan and no objectives. If there is no plan, we can only assume that the oil lobby will represent Canada in Cancun.

Will the government finally decide to present to the House a detailed plan to effectively fight climate change before the summit in Cancun, as the European Union and the African Union have done?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

John Baird

Conservative

Hon. John Baird (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of the Environment, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, once again, for the member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, we have established absolute targets to reduce greenhouse gases by 17%. We are working with the Obama administration and our United Nations partners to flesh out the Copenhagen accord. All major emitters must participate in reducing greenhouse gases.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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BQ

Bernard Bigras

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, since they want to head to Cancun to undermine the climate change negotiations and since the Conservatives have nothing constructive to offer, more and more observers think that the Minister of the Environment should stay home.

We want to know whether the minister will be a spokesperson for the oil companies in Cancun or whether he will defend the interests of Quebec, which wants to see an effective plan for reducing greenhouse gases.

When will we see this plan?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

John Baird

Conservative

Hon. John Baird (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of the Environment, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we all have a great interest in coming to an agreement focused on absolute greenhouse gas reductions in the fight against climate change. Our position in Cancun will be to work with all the major emitters and to negotiate an agreement that will reduce greenhouse gases in all countries.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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NDP

Jack Layton

New Democratic Party

Hon. Jack Layton (Toronto—Danforth, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, everybody used to agree that there had to be a vote in the House before there was an extension of the mission in Afghanistan. It was in the Conservative platform and it was in the throne speech.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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CPC
NDP

Jack Layton

New Democratic Party

Hon. Jack Layton

As recently as last March, the leader of the official abdication asked—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Afghanistan
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CPC

November 24, 2010