April 30, 1970

PC

James Aloysius McGrath

Progressive Conservative

Mr. James E. McGrath (St. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. What steps are being taken by his department in the area of inspection and surveillance in combating false and misleading advertising across the country and what prosecutions, if any, are outstanding in this regard?

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I suggest to the hon. member that the information he is seeking now is rather far-reaching. I suggest to the hon. member and to the minister that the information should normally be given by way of a statement rather than by way of an answer to the question at this time.

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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PC

James Aloysius McGrath

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McGrath:

Then may I rephrase the question and ask the minister if he would be prepared to make a statement in the House, in view of the fact that he made a very serious policy statement on this matter in Vancouver recently?

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

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

Well, Mr. Speaker, in Vancouver the other day I announced that in furtherance of our campaign against misleading advertising-

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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PC

James Aloysius McGrath

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McGrath:

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, my question to the minister was whether he would make a statement in the House. The minister apparently proposes to make the statement now during the oral question period.

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

My understanding was that the question was accepted only to the extent that it sought information from the minister on whether a statement would or would not be made. That is the extent to which the question has been allowed.

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Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Speaker, the estimates of the department are currently before the Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs, and I dealt at some length, I

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Inquiries of the Ministry thought, in that committee with the campaign can the minister please tell me what answer I we are running against misleading advertis- can give to those who are suffering severely mg-a very effective campaign, I might say- from the rising cost of living?

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please.

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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PC

James Aloysius McGrath

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McGrath:

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, the members of the opposition parties are being denied an opportunity to comment or to react to this very important statement of policy because the minister refuses to make the statement in the House. Because of that I redirect my question to the minister in this precise form: will he make the statement of policy in the House in order to enable members of the House to comment on it?

Topic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Speaker, I have already made the statement, and I do not think the time of the House should be wasted by making the same statement again. If it is thought appropriate that I make a further statement on misleading advertising, I will consider that.

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Subtopic:   ACTION RESPECTING FALSE AND MISLEADING ADVERTISING
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PRESENCE IN SPEAKER'S GALLERY OF COMMISSIONER E. M. J. A. SASSEN, EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY

LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, may I have the indulgence of the House to introduce in your gallery Commissioner E. M. J. A. Sassen, Commissioner of the European Economic Community.

Topic:   PRESENCE IN SPEAKER'S GALLERY OF COMMISSIONER E. M. J. A. SASSEN, EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Basford:

Commissioner Sassen's

responsibilities include administration of those sections of the Treaty of Rome dealing with restrictive business practices, and we are delighted to have him in Ottawa for mutual discussions.

Topic:   PRESENCE IN SPEAKER'S GALLERY OF COMMISSIONER E. M. J. A. SASSEN, EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY
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Gerald William Baldwin (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baldwin:

I hope he gets more out of you than we do.

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VETERANS AFFAIRS

REQUEST FOR INCREASE IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES

NDP

Winona Grace MacInnis

New Democratic Party

Mrs. Grace Maclnnis (Vancouver-Kings-way):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. In view of the fact that many of my constituents, the latest being an 82-years old veteran of the first world war, keep asking me when veterans pensions and allowances will be increased by the implementation of the Woods report,

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INCREASE IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
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LIB

Jean-Eudes Dubé (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Jean-Eudes Dube (Minister of Veterans Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, this question has been answered many times in the House.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INCREASE IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
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NDP

Winona Grace MacInnis

New Democratic Party

Mrs. Maclnnis:

A supplementary question. Can the minister indicate any probable date when the period of waiting will be brought to an end?

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INCREASE IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
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April 30, 1970