February 18, 2004 (37th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Rex Barnes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rex Barnes (Gander—Grand Falls, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, this is not a new government and it has no vision.
As a minister of this government, the Prime Minister has allowed $1 billion of taxpayers' money to be wasted through the HRDC department, $2 billion to be thrown away on a controversial gun registry program, and now, $250 million to be squandered through the sponsorship program.
All this while rural Canada suffers.
This may be his vision for Canada, but it is not the vision of the people of Gander—Grand Falls.
The weather station is important to Gander and coastal regions of Newfoundland and Labrador. Not only is this service vital but so are the jobs that will be lost. Why did this government permit the downgrading of this important service without an impact study?
As I said before in the House, is there a conflict of interest for the CEO of Pelmorex Communications, who is a member of the advisory board to the Meteorological Service of Canada, which owns and operates the broadcasting licence for the weather network?

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Rural Canada
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