April 23, 1970

ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

CONSUMER AFFAIRS

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs who is, of course, the watchdog for the protection of the consumers of the country. Is he able to assure the House that the reported reduction by an automobile company in certain safety features does not constitute a hazard to the Canadian consumer in his capacity as a user of automobiles?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SAFETY FEATURES BY MANUFACTURER
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Ron Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I think the question should properly be directed to the Minister of Transport who is the minister responsible for the legislation on car safety to which the House gave approval only a few weeks ago.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SAFETY FEATURES BY MANUFACTURER
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. May I explain to the minister that I put the question to him because I do not believe that the Minister of Transport has any regulations in effect yet under that act, and I was wondering whether the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, as protector of the consumer, had ordered any investigation into this reported reduction in safety features on automobiles. Has the minister ordered any such investigation, is he prepared to order such an investigation, or is he just going to sit back and say that it is somebody else's job?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SAFETY FEATURES BY MANUFACTURER
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

As usual.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SAFETY FEATURES BY MANUFACTURER
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Speaker, I will consult with my colleague the Minister of Transport, who is responsible for the administration of the automobile safety program in Canada, so as to assure that there is no weakening of consumer protection.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SAFETY FEATURES BY MANUFACTURER
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

Mr. Speaker, I have a further supplementary question. Would the minister 22218-46

himself also make an inquiry or have somebody else make an inquiry into the report that this cutback in safety features was ordered by the United States head office of the company in question?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SAFETY FEATURES BY MANUFACTURER
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Speaker, I will be happy to check that out.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   SAFETY FEATURES BY MANUFACTURER
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PRICES AND INCOMES COMMISSION

GOVERNMENT POSITION ON STATEMENTS IN BROCHURE, "FIGHT INFLATION"

NDP

David Lewis (Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

Mr. Speaker, I also have a question for the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Has the minister seen the brochure entitled "Fight Inflation" issued by the Prices and Incomes Commission, and has the commission consulted him, or to his knowledge any other department, as to the contents of the propaganda in the brochure?

Topic:   PRICES AND INCOMES COMMISSION
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION ON STATEMENTS IN BROCHURE, "FIGHT INFLATION"
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Ron Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

No, Mr. Speaker. The brochure was prepared by the commission and issued by it.

Topic:   PRICES AND INCOMES COMMISSION
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION ON STATEMENTS IN BROCHURE, "FIGHT INFLATION"
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NDP

David Lewis (Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lewis:

Then in that case, Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact that there sue contained in this brochure statements of policy about what should happen in the country, for example, that "pensions, wages and other money payments should not rise automatically in step with the cost of living because this would make inflation much more explosive"-I notice that the minister has a copy of the brochure in his hand-may I ask whether he and the government support this statement of policy by the commission?

Topic:   PRICES AND INCOMES COMMISSION
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION ON STATEMENTS IN BROCHURE, "FIGHT INFLATION"
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Speaker, these are observations that are made by the commission. The commission is authorized to make such observations under its terms of reference. The particular observation to which the hon. member has referred should, I think, more properly be dealt with by the Minister of Finance.

Topic:   PRICES AND INCOMES COMMISSION
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION ON STATEMENTS IN BROCHURE, "FIGHT INFLATION"
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NDP

David Lewis (Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lewis:

A further supplementary question. The Prices and Incomes Commission is answerable to this Parliament through the minister, not through the Minister of Finance. Therefore may I ask the minister, in view of the activities of the commission which have

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Inquiries of the Ministry resulted in no benefit as far as the reduction of prices is concerned, and since the commission has now been turned into purely a public relations body that is turning out misleading stuff of this kind, whether it is not now time to consider either abolishing the commission or firing its chairman?

Topic:   PRICES AND INCOMES COMMISSION
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION ON STATEMENTS IN BROCHURE, "FIGHT INFLATION"
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member's supplementary is purely argumentative.

Topic:   PRICES AND INCOMES COMMISSION
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION ON STATEMENTS IN BROCHURE, "FIGHT INFLATION"
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WHEAT-ACREAGE REDUCTION PROGRAM-FUTURE PLANS

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the hon. member for Saskatoon-Humboldt, the Minister without Portfolio. A number of the letters I have received in connection with the so-called LIFT program, sometimes called the WARP program, indicate that the major weakness is that it is not tied to a long-term program. Farmers are asking what plans the minister or the government has if the farmers proceed to reduce their acreage as requested. What plans in general, not in particular, does the government have for the year 1971-72? The farmers need that information in order to determine the course they will follow in 1970.

Topic:   WHEAT-ACREAGE REDUCTION PROGRAM-FUTURE PLANS
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The right hon. gentleman is asking for a rather general statement of policy. Perhaps the minister might reply in a brief way.

Topic:   WHEAT-ACREAGE REDUCTION PROGRAM-FUTURE PLANS
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April 23, 1970