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CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My question is, are there any other countries in the G-8 that currently have provisions to prohibit patenting life forms?
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CPC (MB)
Is your bill definitive enough and broad enough to answer all the questions? I'm sure there's quite a scope of life forms. I haven't seen your bill; I'm just reading from your summary.
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CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
When you talk about appointing a committee, would it be a new committee? Is it not possible to do this within the justice committee?
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CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My concern is twofold. First, I agree with my colleague from the Bloc that there is no federal legislation to establish an ombudsman across the board.
The other issue is the Indian Act, and the minister is going to bring down a new bill. It would be easier to comply. I agree with the intent of the bill, but how do you deal with the legalities and enforcement? There's probably a greater chance of application to the Indian Act amendment than through an independent act such as this.
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CPC (MB)
Having sat on that committee, I understand the cumbersome nature of it. The question I have is, even with, you're saying, this disallowance legislation, and despite the recommendation of the committee for disallowance of, say, a regulation, it still may not necessarily pass the committee stage.
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CPC (MB)
Even though there's agreement at the scrutiny of regulations committee, when it's referred to the standing committee of the House and that doesn't go anywhere, where's the beef--even with the legislation?
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CPC (MB)
If you have the support of the government, the support of the minister, can't the minister just designate the day and it's done?
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CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The motion's intent is honourable, no doubt about it, and I think most of us would agree that what belongs to another country should go back.
As a case in point, most of us have been to Taiwan. Half the cultural artifacts of mainland China are in Taiwan. What if the mainland wanted their treasures back? That's the problem. We're opening a can of worms, and where do you end? Does that mean Canada is getting involved in the middle with every country in the world that has heritage problems? That's my concern.
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CPC (MB)
Just for verification, Mr. Chair, how would this affect federal disability pensions? Are federal disability pensions included right now with CPP?
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CPC (MB)
What about the people receiving a federal disability pension? Is that accounted for?
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CPC (MB)
I have another point for clarification, Mr. Chair. I know people who are on short-term disability. Are they currently paying into CPP?
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CPC (MB)
Yes. It's a fairly open motion in the sense that it doesn't target any one area or department. I know there are numerous other areas where the public pays through the nose, where they increase fees.
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CPC (MB)
I'd say national park users are heavily impacted in your area.
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CPC (MB)
Thank you. Mr. Chairman, I look forward to working with you again. When I first came to the Hill, you and I worked together in the same committee.
Welcome, Mr. Minister and staff.
Just to put in context my own background, this is my first formal meeting representing the PC Party as their critic.
I have 13 reservations in my own riding. For many years I've worked with the aboriginal community, long before I came to the Hill.
Anyway, I'll make a few comments and I'll ask you some questions.
There's no doubt that the aboriginal history in Canada is a sad one. I believe Canadians want to see this come to an end. History has shown that the paternalistic approach, which we've read about and discussed--certainly reading the minutes from the last several meetings--has failed miserably under both the British and Canadian governments.
Mr. Minister, I agree with you that we need a debate, a fresh start on this whole issue of aboriginals becoming the masters of their own fate. I believe Canadians want to see this happen as well. Certainly I believe self-government is really the goal, self-government that would bring about aboriginals being the masters of their own fate and getting away from this paternalistic approach, but within the context of being members of this country and citizens of Canada. This morning you talked about the basic needs being the same needs that all Canadians have, which are education, infrastructure, the ability to feed ourselves, and to make sure our kids go to school and become contributing members of society.
I recently communicated with the leadership in Manitoba, who I know very well--Grand Chief Dennis Whitebird, Grand Chief Francis Flett, and Grand Chief Margaret Swan. I was puzzled last summer because you had two meetings scheduled in my riding and neither of them took place. They were both cancelled. I was looking forward to actually attending your meetings.
My first job is to bring up some of the concerns the grand chiefs have. They represent the aboriginal community in Manitoba. They consider your governance act a top-down process. The proposal is not based on first nations support. In fact, they tell me the JMAC didn't even reach a consensus. I wonder if you can address that. They feel the government's basis of support is faulty. Maybe you can start with those concerns they have.
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CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
I certainly agree with you, Minister, when you say accountability is the key to self-government. I know your aboriginal constituents and mine will certainly be happy to hear if your new legislation makes the local governments more accountable--not only to them but also to non-aboriginals. I think you mentioned comments in that vein the last time you came to this committee.
There are too many bands--and certainly in my own riding--under third-party management. My first question is, how will this legislation--what kinds of checks and balances will there be--ensure third-party management will be reduced?
The leadership at the provincial and national levels has been critical of your consultation process--I guess that's the correct way of putting it. My last question, therefore, is whether you have any strategy or new plans on how to re-engage the provincial and national leadership on the issue of this legislation.
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