January 23, 1968

QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE

MR. CHOQUETTE-REQUEST THAT FLAG DISPLAYING FLEUR-DE-LIS BE FLOWN ON PARLIAMENT HILL

LIB

Auguste Choquette

Liberal

Mr. Auguste Choquette (Lotbiniere):

Mr. Speaker, at the risk of being out of order, I wish to point out that the Quebec fleur-de-lis will be celebrating within the next few days the twentieth anniversary of its official recognition. That flag is more than the emblem of the province of Quebec. It is a rallying symbol for the French speaking community in Canada.

In closing, I say it would be desirable that, in certain circumstances, it be flown on parliament hill, beside our unifoliate, as a symbol of the harmony between the two great linguistic communities of Canada.

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. CHOQUETTE-REQUEST THAT FLAG DISPLAYING FLEUR-DE-LIS BE FLOWN ON PARLIAMENT HILL
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RA

David Réal Caouette

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Real Caouelie (Villeneuve):

Mr. Speaker-

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. CHOQUETTE-REQUEST THAT FLAG DISPLAYING FLEUR-DE-LIS BE FLOWN ON PARLIAMENT HILL
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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I presume the hon. member for Villeneuve wishes to raise a different question, because there is no question of privilege in the case of the hon. member for Lotbiniere.

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. CHOQUETTE-REQUEST THAT FLAG DISPLAYING FLEUR-DE-LIS BE FLOWN ON PARLIAMENT HILL
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MR. CAOUETTE-PROTEST AGAINST FORWARDING OF INCOME TAX FORMS

RA

David Réal Caouette

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Real Caouelie (Villeneuve):

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker.

I am sorry that the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Chretien) is not here, but as a member of this house and a French Canadian, I must protest against the fact that officials of the Department of National Revenue are sending me 1967 income tax forms in English only, addressed as follows:

Master Real Caouette

Parliament House

Ottawa

I even wonder if the official in question did not deliberately send me that form in English only in an envelope also endorsed entirely in English:

Taxation Data Center

P.O. Box 456

Ottawa 2, Ontario

Mr Speaker, I protest against this fact, and I think it is a question of privilege, because last year, I asked the department to send French forms to French speaking people in the province of Quebec. I was then told that errors had been made.

I maintain that no English speaking member would accept to receive a French income tax form, and I have the right to pay my federal taxes in French, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   MR. CAOUETTE-PROTEST AGAINST FORWARDING OF INCOME TAX FORMS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MR. CAOUETTE-PROTEST AGAINST FORWARDING OF INCOME TAX FORMS
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FINANCE

GATT-TABLING OF RESULTS OF NEGOTIATIONS RESPECTING CHEMICALS

LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, hon. members will recall that as of July 1 next our tariff schedule relating to chemicals will be revised extensively along the lines recommended by the Tariff Board and that it is the intention to introduce legislation on the matter in the coming months.

To pave the way for this legislation it has been necessary to renegotiate certain existing commitments under the general agreement on tariffs and trade. I have had prepared a list showing the results of these negotiations and with the permission of the house I should like to table this list.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   GATT-TABLING OF RESULTS OF NEGOTIATIONS RESPECTING CHEMICALS
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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Has the minister leave to table the document to which he has referred?

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   GATT-TABLING OF RESULTS OF NEGOTIATIONS RESPECTING CHEMICALS
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed, o (2:40 p.m.)

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Subtopic:   GATT-TABLING OF RESULTS OF NEGOTIATIONS RESPECTING CHEMICALS
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HEALTH AND WELFARE

MEDICARE-REQUEST FOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING PROVINCIAL REPRESENTATIONS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roberi L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister. In view of the Prime Minister's statement last week indicating that the government was considering representations made by the provinces on the subject of the medical health and services program, and in view of the importance of the government's decision on this

January 23, 1968

Inquiries of the Ministry matter to the country, and particularly in view of its importance to provincial governments which are now trying to settle their budgets for presentation to their legislatures for the current fiscal year, can the Acting Prime Minister tell the house when the government will announce the results of its review of the representations made by the provincial governments on this subject?

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   MEDICARE-REQUEST FOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING PROVINCIAL REPRESENTATIONS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister said on Friday last at his press conference that he would make a statement after hearing the provinces when the review was completed. He also indicated, as I said yesterday, that parliament, with the support of all parties, had passed the medicare act; that it is permissive legislation, and that its implementation is a matter for the provinces. He further indicated, of course, that it was the duty of the federal government to hear the provinces.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   MEDICARE-REQUEST FOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING PROVINCIAL REPRESENTATIONS
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Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

In addition to recognizing its duty to hear representations from the provinces and consider those representations, is it not also the duty of the government to render a decision and to inform the house when a decision on this matter will be made known?

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   MEDICARE-REQUEST FOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING PROVINCIAL REPRESENTATIONS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

It is the duty of the government to inform the hon. gentleman that the government is giving attention to the representations made by the provinces. This has to be read together with the statement of the legal fact as given by the Prime Minister.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   MEDICARE-REQUEST FOR ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING PROVINCIAL REPRESENTATIONS
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January 23, 1968