January 25, 1966

ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES READJUSTMENT ACT

OBJECTION RESPECTING PROPOSED DISTRICT OF LIMOILOU, QUEBEC

LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

It is my duty to inform the house that an objection, signed by the hon. member for Quebec East (Mr. Duquet) and ten others, has been filed with me pursuant to section 20 of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, chapter 31, statutes of Canada, 1964-65, to the report of the electoral boundaries commission for the province of Quebec relating to the proposed electoral district of Limoilou.

If the house will agree, I suggest that the text of the objection be printed as an appendix to Votes and Proceedings for this day.

Topic:   ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES READJUSTMENT ACT
Subtopic:   OBJECTION RESPECTING PROPOSED DISTRICT OF LIMOILOU, QUEBEC
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

[DOT] (11:10 a.m.)

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PRIVILEGE

MR. LAING-DISTRIBUTION OF BILL AMENDING PRESENT LEGISLATION

LIB

Arthur Laing (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Arlhur Laing (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. Yesterday the Leader of the Opposition and the hon. member for Yukon asked me whether in fact a distribution had been made to the council of the Northwest Territories, now in session in Ottawa, of a bill, then in draft form, to amend the Northwest Territories Act. My reply was that I would be extremely surprised if this proved to be the case.

I have to acknowledge that I have been more than extremely surprised, and that distribution was made. I think there may be some small extenuating circumstance in the fact that the bill contains provisions which in effect involve amendments to the constitution of the Northwest Territories, but I would ask no consideration of the house on this basis. I make an apology to the house for this distribution, and I assure hon. members that this sort of thing will not happen again.

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PC

Erik Nielsen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Erik Nielsen (Yukon):

On the question of privilege may I simply say that it is always desirable to make the fullest possible

information available to the members of the councils of both territories, a practice which has been followed only too infrequently in the past. However, in this case a distribution was made prematurely. It may even be that the hon. member for the Northwest Territories might have knowledge of the bill. I make no suggestion that he does, but the possibility is ever present.

In the circumstances, and because of the circulation which the bill has received, I think the minister or the Prime Minister or the leader of the house might give hon. members an assurance that this legislation will now be introduced and tabled at the earliest possible moment so that all in this house might have the same information that has been made available to others, because after all it is a federal statute that we are concerned with.

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INDUSTRY


AUTOMOTIVE PARTS-LOSS OF CONTRACTS BY CANADIAN STAMPING COMPANIES On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Finance and ask him whether the government has received complaints from officials of some 70 Canadian stamping companies relating to the lack of opportunity for Canadian firms to bid on the supply of automobile parts for this year's production, and also whether he has reason to believe that the automobile companies-the big three-are not giving Canadians the right to bid but are in fact transferring this work to American companies in the United States.

What is the government's position in this regard? Will the minister do what he can to assure that the big three, who benefit so greatly from this agreement, will have it made clear to them that Canadian companies should have the opportunity to retain what has been described as millions of dollars worth of contracts as has been the case in the past?

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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minister of Finance):

I have received representations from the automobile parts manufacturers along the lines outlined by the Leader of the Opposition. These representations related to my

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Inquiries of the Ministry portfolio in so far as they would affect the budget. They were among the representations made to me by a large number of people and organizations relating to the budget itself and, as usual, I have promised them the most careful consideration.

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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquillam):

May I address a supplementary question to the Minister of Industry and ask him whether the assessment of the situation as contained in this morning's paper to the effect that 90 per cent of the metal stamping companies in Canada which have done this business in the past are now being deprived of it by the big three. Is this a proper assessment of the situation, and will the minister tell us whether millions of dollars of business will be lost to these Canadian companies. If so, what action does the Department of Industry propose to take, since this is the department largely responsible for preparing and submitting to parliament the United States-Canada auto agreement?

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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (Minister of Industry):

Mr. Speaker, the house will be aware that there is a resolution on the order paper which will provide a better opportunity than orders of the day for a complete discussion of this question. In reply specifically to the hon. gentleman's question, in my view the newspaper account and the figures he has given are overstated and exaggerated.

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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

As a further supplementary question may I ask the minister whether his department is taking any action in order to assure itself and the country that there will be no large scale loss of orders for metal stamping in Canada?

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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

Mr. Speaker, I can give the hon. member that assurance. No one is more concerned than the Department of Industry that the very substantial expansion which is taking place in the automobile manufacturing sector in Canada shall be accomplished with a minimum of dislocation and a minimum of hardship, and daily we are directing all our efforts toward that end.

Inevitably, in a process of change, a process of expansion, there will be some hardship, but it is our intention to keep it to a minimum.

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PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbitt (Oxford):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a supplementary question to the Minister of Industry. Will he undertake to bring the Canada-United States automobile agreement before the house as soon as possible and agree to have it submitted to one of

the committees, such as banking and commerce, to enable the members of the house to get all the facts, or as many facts as possible, on this whole matter?

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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

Mr. Speaker, I would hope this would come before the house at the earliest possible opportunity.

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SC

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson

Social Credit

Mr. H. A. Olson (Medicine Hat):

Mr. Speaker, I want to ask the Minister of Finance a supplementary question arising out of the report that President Johnson has asked congress to cancel the proposed reduction in import duties on automobiles and automobile parts. Would this action in any way affect the Canada-United States agreement we heard so much about recently?

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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Sharp:

I would like to take notice of that question, Mr. Speaker.

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January 25, 1966