February 1, 2011

LIB

Marcel Proulx

Liberal

Mr. Marcel Proulx (Hull—Aylmer, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, during the 2006 election campaign, the Prime Minister promised, swore up and down and kept saying that he would never, ever appoint unelected senators. The Prime Minister appointed Larry Smith to the Senate just to bankroll his next election campaign. He is not even in cabinet, contrary to what my colleague would have us believe.

Poor Mr. Smith. As he pointed out, he will have to make do with a paltry senator's salary.

Will the Prime Minister get his hands out of taxpayers' pockets and tell Mr. Smith to finance his campaign himself?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Senate Appointment
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CPC

Steven Fletcher

Conservative

Hon. Steven Fletcher (Minister of State (Democratic Reform), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it seems that the Liberal member has Senate appointment envy.

The Conservative Party has appointed outstanding Canadians to the Senate. Because they happen to be Conservative does not make them unqualified to be in the Senate, unlike what the Liberal member is suggesting. The Liberal Party has in the past appointed members to the Senate and to cabinet in order for them to run in the next federal election.

If those members were serious about democratic reform, they would support our Senate reform agenda.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Senate Appointment
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NDP

John Rafferty

New Democratic Party

Mr. John Rafferty (Thunder Bay—Rainy River, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, northern Ontario's forestry industry continues to bleed up to 1,000 jobs a month under the Conservative government. Over five years the black liquor subsidy in the U.S. has shovelled more than $12 billion directly into the pockets of American mill operators. Now a new subsidy has taken its place and is set to last another 13 years.

Staggering job losses are devastating small rural communities throughout northern Ontario. The government has failed to defend our forestry sector. Why is it refusing to negotiate an end to these unfair U.S. subsidies?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Forestry Industry
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CPC

Christian Paradis

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the government is making unprecedented investments to support the renewal of Canada's forestry sector. In fact, in the last two years our government has put more resources towards Canada's forestry sector than the previous government spent in five years.

Our economic action plan funding has created real results, with more than 13,500 more jobs in the forestry sector, a 600% increase of softwood lumber exports to China and new and innovative plans like the one I was happy to announce in Windsor and Quebec.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Forestry Industry
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NDP

Peter Julian

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, in 2006 the Conservatives hung out the “mission accomplished” banner after signing the softwood lumber agreement, yet Canada's softwood industry has been under assault ever since. The sellout has cost Canadians over $125 million in penalties and thousands of jobs. The latest attack has been hundreds of millions of dollars more against B.C. forestry communities.

When the sellout was signed, Canada had more than one-third of the U.S. market. Now it has around one-quarter. It expires in two years. Is the government planning to renew the agreement and continue the sellout of our softwood lumber communities, or will it stand up for Canadian softwood communities right across this country?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Softwood Lumber
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CPC

Peter Van Loan

Conservative

Hon. Peter Van Loan (Minister of International Trade, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we are very pleased with the progress of the softwood lumber agreement. In fact, we just recently had a decision where the U.S. contested some programs in Quebec and Ontario and the arbitration ruled that 97% of those American claims were rejected.

I do not know about the member, but when I was a lawyer, any client I had who won 97% of the cases was pretty darn happy. That is because of the softwood lumber agreement, which is providing stability, jobs and certainty for our Canadian industry.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Softwood Lumber
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CPC

Bernard Généreux

Conservative

Mr. Bernard Généreux (Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, while the Conservative government is focusing on the economy—the real priority of Quebeckers and Canadians—and is continuing to address crime and illegal immigration, the leader of the Bloc Québécois is giving in to pressure from his Plateau Mont-Royal friends and is entering into election mode before having even read the budget.

Could the Minister of Natural Resources tell the House what the Conservative government has done for the economy of Quebec's regions?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Economy of Quebec's Regions
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CPC

Christian Paradis

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, our Conservative government, under the leadership of this Prime Minister, is defending the values and interests of all the regions of Quebec. We firmly believe that Quebeckers in the regions should have the same opportunities as those in large cities. That is why we are investing in the forestry industry, the mining industry, the aerospace industry and infrastructure projects across Quebec.

The Bloc's opposition will not keep our Conservative government from generating economic opportunities for families all across Quebec.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Economy of Quebec's Regions
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LIB

Kevin Lamoureux

Liberal

Mr. Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, while the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party give billions of dollars of corporate tax breaks, they have decided to stop financing programs that help keep kids out of gangs. This prevents crimes from happening. If the government were serious about preventing crimes from happening, it would invest in these types of programs.

My question is for the Prime Minister. Why is the government not committed to fighting crime by getting tough on what causes crime?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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CPC

Vic Toews

Conservative

Hon. Vic Toews (Minister of Public Safety, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I know the member opposite likes to talk about crime prevention measures, unlike his colleague from Winnipeg South Centre who consistently votes against those measures.

Our Conservative government has created the national crime prevention strategy and the youth gang prevention fund. I hope the members opposite will stop the double-talk and talking out of both sides of their mouths and get serious about supporting these programs rather than joining their coalition partners to force a needless and opportunistic election. If that member is really interested, let him support it.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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BQ

Carole Freeman

Bloc Québécois

Mrs. Carole Freeman (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the proliferation of telecommunications antennas and the cavalier attitude of certain telecommunications carriers are frustrating some cities and towns. That is certainly true in Châteauguay. For two years now, we have been trying to stop Rogers from installing a tower just 35 metres from residences.

Does the government agree that Industry Canada should respect the wishes of residents at all times before allowing the construction of any telecommunications towers?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Telecommunications Industry
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CPC

Tony Clement

Conservative

Hon. Tony Clement (Minister of Industry, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I understand it, there is a process of public consultation with municipalities that all providers must go through. We do not pass any opinion about where the right tower should be. We leave that to the local municipality in consultation with the provider. That is what should be done throughout the country.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Telecommunications Industry
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NDP

Bill Siksay

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, last week gay rights activist David Kato was murdered in his own home. He was one of 100 Ugandan GLBTT activists targeted by a hateful newspaper campaign inciting vigilantes to “hang them”.

How has Canada responded? Has the Minister of Foreign Affairs called in the Ugandan high commissioner to express our outrage? Have Canada's diplomats in Kampala called for respect for human rights and protection for gay, lesbian, bi and trans Ugandans?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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CPC

Lawrence Cannon

Conservative

Hon. Lawrence Cannon (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as a government, we have called upon the Ugandan government to conduct a thorough investigation into the death and to increase the human rights protection of all Ugandans.

Members will recall we passed a unanimous motion in the House and have been very forceful in our determination to ensure that we do protects the rights of all these individuals.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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CPC

Rick Norlock

Conservative

Mr. Rick Norlock (Northumberland—Quinte West, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, last November an academic from Australia came to Port Hope to conduct a drive-by smear of our community. She raised irrational fears and, incredibly, suggested that everybody pack up and leave town. Her comments are attempting to undo all of the good work of local officials to show that Port Hope is a safe, thriving and proud community. Everyone knows that Health Canada has conducted eight health studies in Port Hope in the past 20 years.

Could the minister tell us what the government is doing for Port Hope and why everyone in the House should stand up in support of Port Hope?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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CPC

Christian Paradis

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, as the president of the CNSC, this individual's reckless comments are not credible and not founded. I applaud the community for standing up to her.

Thanks to the work of the member for Northumberland—Quinte West, great things are happening in Port Hope. The government is committed to achieving a sound, long-term solution for the residents of the area. We are working with local officials to build the safe and prosperous community they want to see.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Kevin Lamoureux

Liberal

Mr. Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the need for food banks goes beyond Winnipeg's poorer areas. It includes areas like Winnipeg south and Saint Boniface. Over 29,000 children need to go to food banks in the province of Manitoba on a monthly basis.

Why is the government giving up on the children of Canada in favour of giving huge corporate tax breaks into the billions of dollars?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Priorities
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CPC

John Baird

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, we care deeply about the plight of all Canadian families. That is why we have brought in significant tax reductions for families. That is why we have increased transfers to municipalities to support important social services.

The very best thing we can do is help get these parents jobs, help them get employment. That is what our economic agenda is all about. Raising taxes will hurt job creation and the economy. That is the last thing we would want to do in these difficult times.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Priorities
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LIB

Peter Milliken

Liberal

The Speaker

I would like to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Presence in Gallery
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Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Presence in Gallery
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February 1, 2011