March 6, 2014

CPC

Jim Flaherty

Conservative

Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I would listen more closely to the member opposite and the other members opposite in the official opposition if they had not voted against every consumer protection initiative that was brought before the House over more than eight years, including the consumer protection code.

It is easy to say these things, but it is not easy to do them. We have been doing them, and we will continue to consult and to improve them.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Consumer Protection
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CPC

Earl Dreeshen

Conservative

Mr. Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Canadian veterans are admired for their leadership and their teamwork. They are well trained and hard-working, and they have an important role to play in Canada's workforce.

Will the Minister of Veterans Affairs please update the House on how our government is leading by example by placing veterans ahead of the pack for jobs in the federal government?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Veterans Affairs
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CPC

Julian Fantino

Conservative

Hon. Julian Fantino (Minister of Veterans Affairs, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for his question. We are helping retrain injured soldiers with up to $75,800 for university or college training programs. We are opening private sector career opportunities with programs within the public service, such as Helmets to Hardhats and Hire a Veteran. For the first time in generations, veterans with three years of honourable service will have preferential treatment for entry into the federal public service.

This government is breaking new ground for veterans' benefits, while the other parties are breaking their promises by voting against them.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Veterans Affairs
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LIB

Ralph Goodale

Liberal

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is good to see that the Minister of Transport has finally doffed her muzzle and is prepared to answer some questions about western grain transportation. She accuses the opposition of empty rhetoric, but the fact of the matter is that we are concerned about empty railcars, empty ships, empty terminals, and empty bank accounts for farmers.

There is a $5-billion hole in farmers' bank accounts this winter. The government said it is going to act. When will that be? Will it be before the weekend?

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

Lisa Raitt

Conservative

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Minister of Transport, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that the hon. member did not try to call me a dog in the House of Commons by assuming that I have a muzzle or anything like that.

I will get past that and answer that we have real concerns with respect to what is happening in the movement of grain in our logistics chain. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has been working with his people and I have been working my stakeholders, but we are at a point where we understand that action must be taken, and that is what we will do.

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

Pierre Nantel

New Democratic Party

Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians can be ashamed of this type of behaviour.

Community organizations that help the less fortunate, such as Entraide chez nous in my riding, in Longueuil, are struggling. Communities have a great need for these groups, which are putting on fewer and fewer tax preparation clinics because of the Conservatives' cuts to the Canada Revenue Agency. These clinics are vital, however.

We have learned that the main estimates contain new cuts to the agency.

Will the government stop targeting the vulnerable and the organizations that help them and reverse these ill-considered cuts?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Revenue
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CPC

Kerry-Lynne Findlay

Conservative

Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay (Minister of National Revenue, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, CRA's volunteer tax preparation clinics are essential because they help seniors and low-income Canadians prepare their income tax returns.

There have been no cuts to this program's budget.

However, in Quebec the program is delivered jointly with Revenu Québec. CRA works diligently with Quebec to ensure that the differences in our delivery models and training models do not impact the support provided to these important community organizations.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Revenue
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CPC

Harold Albrecht

Conservative

Mr. Harold Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have always been a huge proponent of palliative care supports in Canada and I am pleased to see the level of investment that our government has made in this area to help Canadians receive the compassionate end-of-life care they need.

Can the Minister of Health please update the House on some of the investments that our government has made recently in this area?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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CPC

Rona Ambrose

Conservative

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Minister of Health, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Kitchener—Conestoga for that question and for his commitment to this very important issue.

In fact, since 2006, our government has invested $43 million to support palliative care research, and today I was very pleased to deliver an additional $3 million to the Pallium Foundation of Canada to support training in palliative care for front-line health care workers.

Our government remains committed to delivering support to Canadian families who are caring for loved ones in need of palliative care at their end of life in a compassionate and high-quality way.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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NDP

Réjean Genest

New Democratic Party

Mr. Réjean Genest (Shefford, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the people of Shefford do not understand Canada Post's reckless decision to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery.

Once again, the Conservatives are targeting seniors and people with disabilities—the most vulnerable people in our society. However, Canada Post is not offering them any alternatives.

When will the government work to improve services to the public instead of doing away with them?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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CPC

Lisa Raitt

Conservative

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Minister of Transport, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I have said before in the House, Canada Post is facing a real crisis in terms of the lack of mail that is being put through: one billion pieces. In the past, it has taken the decision not to deliver directly to houses. In fact, two-thirds of Canadian households are like that. Canada Post is going to be moving in its plan to removing that from the other one-third of Canadian households, while of course working with concerns that people have regarding seniors and the disabled.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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IND

Maria Mourani

Independent

Mrs. Maria Mourani (Ahuntsic, Ind.)

Mr. Speaker, during the 2006 crisis in Lebanon and after the 2009 earthquake in Haiti, the government issued guidelines allowing non-Canadian parents to accompany their Canadian minor children to Canada. Again last week, two Canadian children—Gabriel, 3 and Laya, 4—were unable to come to Canada because their Syrian mother was denied a visa. The only reasons provided were the war in Syria and the possibility that they may not be able to return home. I should add that this file was followed by the minister's office.

Why is there still no special guideline for Syria?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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CPC

Chris Alexander

Conservative

Hon. Chris Alexander (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we were not aware of the situation of the parents of these two young children. We are keen to know the details and investigate this matter.

Canada is very proud of its role in Syria. We have invested more than $6 million to address the needs of the millions of refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. We will continue to monitor their situation, their humanitarian needs, and their needs as potential immigrants.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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CPC

Peter MacKay

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I wonder if I could get unanimous consent from the members opposite. To an issue arising in question period today, I would like to table the initiatives that we have taken as a government to address murdered and missing women, the 40 reports that have now been completed in the last number of years and the over 30 justice and public safety bills that relate specifically to violence against women and girls. Do I have unanimous consent?

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

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

The minister may well know that as a minister he does not need to ask for consent from the House, as long as they are in both official languages and as long as they are here. If they are, then he can table away.

The hon. member for Winnipeg North is rising on a point of order.

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

Kevin Lamoureux

Liberal

Mr. Kevin Lamoureux (Winnipeg North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I see that the minister is busy at his desk looking for some possible papers to table. Now that he has made the commitment to table the documents, when can we anticipate that they will in fact be tabled?

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

Peter MacKay

Conservative

Hon. Peter MacKay

Mr. Speaker, they will be tabled in five minutes.

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

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

I would just like to draw the attention of the Minister of Justice to the pages who are conveniently located in front of the Chair. There are several pages in the room at most times of the day, especially during question period, and rather than having to throw papers on the floor or walk across while the Speaker is trying to proceed, the pages would be happy to help the minister.

It being Thursday, how about we move on to the Thursday question.

The hon. member for Winnipeg North has another point of order.

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

Kevin Lamoureux

Liberal

Mr. Kevin Lamoureux

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Justice provided me with copies, but they are all in English. I would ask if—

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

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

Order, please. I am going to stop the member there.

In order to be tabled, the documents need to be in both official languages. In order to be handed from one member to another they can be in any language they happen to be in. The minister has made a commitment to come back to table them, and I am sure that at that time, we can all trust they will be in both official languages. If not, we will take appropriate action.

To the hon. member for Hull—Aylmer, I certainly cannot wait for her to put the Thursday question.

I apologize to the hon. member for Hull—Aylmer, but the Minister of Finance is rising on a point of order.

The hon. Minister of Finance has the floor.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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March 6, 2014