March 6, 2014

NDP

Romeo Saganash

New Democratic Party

Mr. Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives keep telling us that they are doing something, but it is clear that what they are doing is not working.

Over 800 women have been murdered or gone missing since 1990, but the government is refusing to shed light on the situation. We waited too long to shed light on what happened in Indian residential schools.

Can the government avoid making the same mistake and launch a public inquiry into the murders and disappearances of aboriginal women?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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CPC

Peter MacKay

Conservative

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, again I say to my hon. friend, with the greatest respect, the biggest mistake that we could make on this issue would be to spend more time studying it. Those studies have told us we need stronger criminal justice initiatives. We need more substantive tools for police to investigate violent crime, to hold offenders accountable. We need more programs directly on-reserve to help with aboriginal justice issues. We need to do more to protect women and girls in this country. That is exactly what this government is doing and I sincerely urge the hon. member to support those initiatives rather than to simply talk about the issue.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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CPC

Wladyslaw Lizon

Conservative

Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East—Cooksville, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Canada and our G7 partners and other allies have spoken with one voice in condemning President Putin's military intervention in Ukraine. We are resolute in our view that Ukraine's territorial integrity must be respected.

Could the Minister of Foreign Affairs please provide the House with an update on the latest developments in Ukraine?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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CPC

John Baird

Conservative

Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, today we learned the troubling news that in just 10 days, the Crimean parliament wants to hold a referendum on leaving Ukraine and joining the Russian federation. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a clear act of aggression. It is a clear violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and a clear violation of its territorial integrity.

Canada will not recognize any so-called “referendum” in a region that is under military occupation. It is wrong and we will not stand for it.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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NDP

Megan Leslie

New Democratic Party

Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, after calling for emission regulations for the oil and gas sector earlier this week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recommended yesterday that his Conservative friends impose a carbon tax.

Clearly, Brad Wall understands that the federal government is not doing enough when it comes to the environment.

What do the Conservatives have to say to this radical environmentalist who wants a carbon tax?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Leona Aglukkaq

Conservative

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our government is taking strong actions against climate change, and I am proud of a government that is getting things done. We have a sector-by-sector regulatory approach that allows us to protect both our environment and our economy. This is way different than when the leader of the official opposition was environment minister for Quebec, when Greenpeace actually named June 13, “Thomas Mulcair Smog Day”.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

Order. The Minister of the Environment has been in this House long enough to know that even when quoting something, we are not allowed to do indirectly what we are not allowed to do directly.

The hon. member for Halifax.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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NDP

Megan Leslie

New Democratic Party

Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NDP)

Well, Mr. Speaker, it is not just Brad Wall who is calling out the federal government. Jim Prentice now has the very difficult task of selling the problematic Northern Gateway pipeline to B.C. first nations, after Conservatives utterly failed to meaningfully consult before they approved the project.

Will the government now act, or have Jim Prentice and Brad Wall just become the newest members of the environmental radical club?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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CPC

Joe Oliver

Conservative

Hon. Joe Oliver (Minister of Natural Resources, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our government will thoroughly review the joint panel report and consult with first nations who are potentially impacted by the Northern Gateway proposal. We will complete the consultations and then we will make a decision.

Our government will only allow projects to go ahead if they are safe for Canadians and safe for the environment.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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NDP

Randall Garrison

New Democratic Party

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has confirmed that funding is being cut for all 18 of Canada's Circles of Support and Accountability.

These volunteer-based programs hold high-risk sex offenders accountable for their behaviour in the community when they are out of the parole system. Their success rate is extremely high. Circles of Support and Accountability work. They protect our kids and make our communities safer, and yet the Conservatives are cutting them.

Will the minister please explain this short-sighted decision that puts kids at risk?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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CPC

Roxanne James

Conservative

Ms. Roxanne James (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform the House that the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is asking Correctional Service Canada to reconsider that particular decision.

Right across this country, Canadian families know that they can count on this Conservative government to make sure that our children are kept safe from sexual predators.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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NDP

Rosane Doré Lefebvre

New Democratic Party

Ms. Rosane Doré Lefebvre (Alfred-Pellan, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I sincerely hope that the minister does not think that his responsibility to protect our communities ends when offenders are released.

The circles of support and accountability program has a proven track record. It helps reduce recidivism among sex offenders and makes our communities safer.

This program is so effective that other governments have decided to use it as a model in developing their own programs.

Why did the minister decide to eliminate the program and why not simply reverse that decision immediately?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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CPC

Roxanne James

Conservative

Ms. Roxanne James (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure if that member was listening to my last answer, but the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is asking Correctional Service Canada to reconsider that decision.

However, this does give me an opportunity to talk about our record on keeping children safe. In fact, we just introduced another bill to keep children safe, and that is going to include measures to end the two-for-one sentencing for child sex offenders. No more two-for-one specials when it comes to our children. We are also establishing the high-risk child sex offender database. We believe parents have the right to know where sexual predators are.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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LIB

Kevin Lamoureux

Liberal

Mr. Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and the Conservative government have failed to meet the needs of our prairie farmers.

The Canada Transportation Act must be amended. We need the changes, but the Minister of Transport does not even have the courage to answer questions to meet those needs.

We are challenging the Minister of Transport to stand in her place and make a commitment to make the changes that are necessary to protect our farmers out west.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Rail Transportation
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CPC

Lisa Raitt

Conservative

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Minister of Transport, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the crop this year has been quite large: 76 million tonnes, which is 33% more than we have experienced before in this country. This is great for farmers, but right now farmers have a serious issue: they need to get their product to market. That is why what members will see from this government and from this side of the House is not empty rhetoric, it is not temper tantrums; it is action.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Rail Transportation
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LIB

Joyce Murray

Liberal

Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we have just learned that there is not one single uniformed clinical psychologist employed by the Department of National Defence—not one. The minister's gross incompetence has led to a tragic failure in providing mental health services to injured soldiers.

The minister has been forced to apologize for insulting a grieving family, with a one-cent cheque. How many more tragedies and failures must military families endure before this minister listens to his own mental health experts about the needs of armed forces members?

When will he stop making excuses and act?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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CPC

Rob Nicholson

Conservative

Hon. Rob Nicholson (Minister of National Defence, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, what is insulting is the Liberal Party's inability to support any of the measures to help our ill and injured men and women, or our veterans, for that matter.

That said, we have increased the budget in health care. We are hiring more mental health professionals. We are making this a priority. We have made it a priority, and we will continue to do so.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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NDP

Glenn Thibeault

New Democratic Party

Mr. Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, just last month credit card companies and banks assured the finance committee that customers will be reimbursed if their credit cards are used for fraudulent online transactions, but now they are reneging on their so-called zero liability policy. The banks' complex electronic access agreements do not match what they are saying.

Will the minister make sure that Canadians are not left on the hook for other people's fraud? When will the Minister of Finance stop allowing the banks and credit card companies to take advantage of Canadian consumers?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Consumer Protection
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CPC

Jim Flaherty

Conservative

Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our government takes the issue of fraud very seriously. We have been consulting with Canadians to update the consumer protection code. It is very important. I am meeting with various bank executives tomorrow and on Monday in Toronto. It is a subject that we need to pay a lot of attention to, including the issue of identity fraud.

I am more concerned, actually, with the Liberal leader's idea of being able to balance the budget automatically. I know that we are taking a break and that St. Patrick's Day is coming up, so I hope that he catches that little person, that little leprechaun.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Consumer Protection
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NDP

Annick Papillon

New Democratic Party

Ms. Annick Papillon (Québec, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, some credit card companies seem to be reneging on their commitment concerning their zero liability policy. The zero liability policy does not apply in cases of fraud committed with a PIN, nor does it apply when people give their security code for online purchases. Once again, the Minister of Finance must recognize that voluntary measures simply do not work.

When will the minister bring in binding regulations to fix the flaws in the zero liability policy?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Consumer Protection
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March 6, 2014