June 2, 1972

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

In view of the fact that this is quite a different subject matter from the annual report of the commission which was referred to the committee yesterday, may I ask the President of the Treasury Board whether it is not the view of the government that an alleged statement of this sort is sufficiently serious that the government, in this case perhaps the President of the Treasury Board, ought to conduct an inquiry to satisfy itself concerning the nature of these remarks in view of their effect upon the public service and its morale?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- REQUEST FOR INQUIRY
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the hon. gentleman that the chairman of the Public Service Commission should have an opportunity to explain the circumstances about which the report has arisen. Hopefully this could be done on the occasion of his appearance before the committee.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- REQUEST FOR INQUIRY
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Mr. R. Gordon L. Fairweather@Fundy-Royal

Can we,

therefore, be assured that the terms of reference which were agreed to yesterday by the House in regard to the Public Service Commission's annual report are sufficiently broad to permit us to question the chairman on the remarks he has made about corruptible slobs?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- REQUEST FOR INQUIRY
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

I do not want to speak for the chairman of the committee, but I will undertake to have a word with him to make sure that the assumption the hon. gentleman has just made is in fact verified.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- REQUEST FOR INQUIRY
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REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION

NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact it may be a few days before that committee meets, will the President of the Treasury Board on behalf of the government disown forthwith this reference to public servants as corruptible slobs?

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (President of the Treasury Board):

Mr. Speaker, I have no hesitation whatsoever in saying that it is not the view of the government that the public service is composed of corruptible slobs.

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baldwin:

We had better stop him from reading the Prime Minister's speeches.

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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An hon. Member:

How about the minister being one?

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member for York South.

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lewis:

I do not have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Perhaps the hon. member for Lambton-Kent, who has a supplementary question, might be given the floor now and then I will recognize the hon. member for York South.

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE THAT COMMITTEE WILL NOT BE INHIBITED

PC

Maclyn (Mac) Thomas McCutcheon (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mac T. McCutcheon (Lambton-Kent):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct my supplementary question to the President of the Treasury Board. Can the minister assure the House that the Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates will be free of the interference and inhibition implied yesterday by the hon. member for Grenville-Carleton to have been the case last year in regard to that committee?

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE THAT COMMITTEE WILL NOT BE INHIBITED
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (President of the Treasury Board):

think that the assumption on which the question is based is not justified; consequently the question becomes hypothetical.

Topic:   REPORTED REFERENCE BY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TO SOME EMPLOYEES AS BEING CORRUPTIBLE SLOBS- REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE THAT COMMITTEE WILL NOT BE INHIBITED
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COMMUNICATIONS

BELL CANADA RATE INCREASES-REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION TO RESCIND

NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Communications on a subject on which I have asked him questions formerly. In view of the fact that the increase in Bell Telephone rates came into force today, I want to ask the minister whether he has completed the study of this matter which was considered by the Canadian Transport Commission-he said he was making a study some time ago-and whether he has made a report to the cabinet asking for action to be

taken to stop this totally unjustified gouging of the public?

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   BELL CANADA RATE INCREASES-REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION TO RESCIND
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LIB

Robert Douglas George Stanbury (Minister of Communications)

Liberal

Hon. Robert Stanbury (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, I could not reach a conclusion as readily as the hon. member seems to be able to. I am still awaiting the report to which he refers. He may have heard the same news report as I did, that a citizen has apparently taken steps to obtain a judicial review of this decision, as is the right of any citizen, including the hon. member.

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   BELL CANADA RATE INCREASES-REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION TO RESCIND
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NDP

Frank Howard

New Democratic Party

Mr. Howard (Skeena):

Or the responsibility of the government.

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   BELL CANADA RATE INCREASES-REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION TO RESCIND
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June 2, 1972