May 18, 1972

PC

Gerald William Baldwin (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. W. Baldwin (Peace River):

Will the Prime Minister undertake to make a statement in the House on Tuesday next that there will be a summit conference between himself and the Prime Minister of Quebec on restoring amicable arrangements?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   SITUATION IN QUEBEC-ALLEGED STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER RESPECTING ATTITUDE OF VOTERS IN CASE OF FEDERAL ELECTION
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. Obviously the question is at least procedurally questionable.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   SITUATION IN QUEBEC-ALLEGED STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER RESPECTING ATTITUDE OF VOTERS IN CASE OF FEDERAL ELECTION
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UNITED STATES DISC PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR LIST OF AMERICAN COMPANIES MAKING USE THEREOF

NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, who was scheduled to be here but who I am sure is away for a good reason, may I ask either the Prime Minister or the Secretary of State for External Affairs, whichever one may be able to deal with the matter, whether it is possible for the government now to inform parliament with respect to the names of the 1,500 or so United States corporations which are using the DISC program or have registered for the DISC program?

Topic:   UNITED STATES DISC PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR LIST OF AMERICAN COMPANIES MAKING USE THEREOF
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LIB

Bruce Andrew Thomas Howard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Bruce Howard (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce is meeting today with a delegation of Russian officials who are here in Canada and he therefore cannot be in the House. The list of companies which have applied for DISC registration in the United States is not yet available for public scrutiny. Therefore we have not been able to obtain a copy of it.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   UNITED STATES DISC PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR LIST OF AMERICAN COMPANIES MAKING USE THEREOF
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CANADA-UNITED STATES-DATE FOR RESUMPTION OF DISCUSSIONS

NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

May I ask the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, or any minister, the following question. In view of a report that Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance Grey has stated that decisions in Washington are likely to determine the access of Canadian exports to foreign markets for the next decade, can we be informed, in light of this serious statement by a senior government official, whether trade negotiations between Canada and the United States have been recommenced and, if not, whether a date has been set for these negotiations to start?

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-DATE FOR RESUMPTION OF DISCUSSIONS
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LIB

Bruce Andrew Thomas Howard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Bruce Howard (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):

Some changes have taken place in the official structure in the United States within the last few days, as the hon. member will be aware. It does not therefore seem prudent to be commencing official negotiations at this time.

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-DATE FOR RESUMPTION OF DISCUSSIONS
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REPORTED INVESTIGATIONS BY UNITED STATES INTO CERTAIN IMPORTS FROM CANADA-SOURCE OF INITIATIVE

NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

I appreciate that perhaps the parliamentary secretary is at some disadvantage, but there is another question which he might answer or take as notice. It arises out of a report that investigations have been initiated in Washington into a number of Canadian imports such as aluminum, potato granules and sulphur as well as tires from the Michelin company in Nova Scotia. Arising out of this report, can the parliamentary secretary inform the House whether the department is aware of these initiatives to investigate these products and, if so, whether the initiative came from some government department in Washington or from private companies that are being hurt by our exports; and what is the purpose of the investigation?

Topic:   REPORTED INVESTIGATIONS BY UNITED STATES INTO CERTAIN IMPORTS FROM CANADA-SOURCE OF INITIATIVE
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LIB

Bruce Andrew Thomas Howard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Bruce Howard (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Industry. Trade and Commerce):

The products mentioned by the leader of the New Democratic Party are dealt with in different ways. If we take aluminum as an example, there has been a request for anti-dumping duties to be applied. This request came from a private company in the United States. The government of the United States is under an obligation to investigate and to respond to the charge. So it is not an action that has been invoked by the government itself.

The position of the United States government regarding the Michelin Tire Company would be entirely different, because it would involve countervailing duties that they might consider applicable against the Michelin company, which would be an action taken by the United States government. But there is no indication-

Topic:   REPORTED INVESTIGATIONS BY UNITED STATES INTO CERTAIN IMPORTS FROM CANADA-SOURCE OF INITIATIVE
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. It seems to me that we are going a little far afield at this point. I see three members who are seeking to ask supplementaries. I will recognize one hon. member and then the hon. member for Temis-camingue, and return to the supplementaries later. The hon. member for Nanaimo-Cowiehan-The Islands.

May 18, 1972

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   REPORTED INVESTIGATIONS BY UNITED STATES INTO CERTAIN IMPORTS FROM CANADA-SOURCE OF INITIATIVE
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CANADA-UNITED STATES-REASON FOR DELAY IN RESUMING DISCUSSIONS

NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary is to the Prime Minister. Since he and President Nixon agreed to arrange discussions on trade between their respective ministers, what is the reason for the delay in holding these discussions? Is it due to reluctance on the part of the United States government, or is the Canadian government itself deliberately withholding any discussions at this time?

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-REASON FOR DELAY IN RESUMING DISCUSSIONS
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

No, Mr. Speaker, we are not deliberately delaying, to use the words of the hon. member. We have done what we undertook to do; we have reviewed our position. We are looking at various modifications that we might find desirable, and we are prepared to meet with the United States officials at any time they judge convenient for them after they have done the same thing.

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-REASON FOR DELAY IN RESUMING DISCUSSIONS
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

Mr. Speaker, may I put a further supplementary question to the Prime Minister. Is the delay due in any way to the fact that the Canadian government is prepared to make some very serious concessions respecting the auto pact but is waiting till after the election before making these concessions?

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-REASON FOR DELAY IN RESUMING DISCUSSIONS
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The question is not acceptable procedurally.

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES-REASON FOR DELAY IN RESUMING DISCUSSIONS
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MANPOWER

CLOSING OF CIP PLANT, TEMISCAMING- REIMBURSEMENT WITH INTEREST OF CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY EMPLOYEES TO THE PENSION FUND

SC

David Réal Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Real Caouette (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, I direct my question to the hon. Minister of Justice or rather to the hon. Minister of Finance. One of my colleagues says there is no justice there.

Mr. Speaker, I believe my question concerns many federal representatives. It arises from the closing of the Canadian International Paper plant in Temiscaming on May 31. The employees contributed for a number of years to a pension plan to draw a pension when they reached the age of 65. Now they are asking the company to reimburse the amounts paid under the pension plan, along with the interest, since they will be laid off on May 31.

Since I am told that insurance and trust companies in Montreal have these amounts, can the Minister tell us whether he intends to take any action so that the CIP employees may get these amounts since they will no longer be working for the company?

Topic:   MANPOWER
Subtopic:   CLOSING OF CIP PLANT, TEMISCAMING- REIMBURSEMENT WITH INTEREST OF CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY EMPLOYEES TO THE PENSION FUND
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May 18, 1972