Mr. P. B. Rynard (Simcoe North):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege in respect of question No. 1,443, the answer to which appears at page 5768 of Hansard for April 13. On March 5 I placed this question on the Order Paper:
1. How many companies, building plants in designated areas, are controlled outside of Canada?
2. How many are Canadian companies?
3. What was the cost in dollars for machinery and equipment purchased outside of Canada by companies controlled outside of Canada?
4. What was the cost in dollars of machinery and equipment purchased in Canada by foreign subsidiaries?
5. What percentage of machinery and equipment was obtainable in Canada at competitive prices?
The purpose of the first part of the question was to elicit information concerning the number of foreign-controlled subsidiaries qualifying for assistance in designated areas. This is a question of extreme importance to the Canadian people who are supplying the money to these designated areas.
Next I wanted to know the number of Canadian companies so that we would have a comparison between foreign-owned subsidiaries and Canadian-owned companies qualifying for assistance. The third part of the question concerned how much machinery and equipment for these industries was purchased outside Canada which could have been purchased in this country at a competitive price from Canadian factories employing Canadian workers.
I would have thought the government would be pleased to furnish this information to the Canadian people. The curt answer given on April 13 in effect was that the information is denied because no Act of Parliament makes the government give this information, and it is then stated in the answer that the information is not available. I believe this published answer to be false.
Why is this information hidden from the Canadian people? As the humble servant of my riding I ask that this information be made available to the Canadian people.
Subtopic: MR. RYNARD-ADEQUACY OF ANSWER TO ORDER PAPER QUESTION