July 5, 1972

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McCutcheon:

Will the minister assure the House that these guidelines, established as safeguards for just and equal election campaigning by all parties, will not be violated by the Prime Minister or any other minister in the present government? Never mind Ontario; they are doing all right.

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LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Benson:

Mr. Speaker, I can assure the hon. member that government aircraft in the Department of National Defence are used for government purposes with certain privileges provided for members of the opposition, including the Leader of the Opposition.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, for my own information I should like to know under what conditions government aircraft are available to the Leader of the Opposition?

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LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Benson:

Mr. Speaker, there are certain regular flights of armed forces aircraft to Europe and western Canada and if members apply and there is space available we try to make it available to them whether they be in the opposition or on this side of the House.

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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. There are three hon. members seeking supplementaries on this subject. I shall recognize the hon. member for Lambton-Kent and then the hon. member for Temiscamingue.

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McCutcheon:

Will the minister be kind enough to comment on the dead-heading of two of our largest helicopters from Ottawa to Earlton in order to fly the Prime Minister a distance of 30 miles and then dead-head back to Ottawa?

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LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Benson:

Mr. Speaker, we have aircraft available that have to carry out training flights and they carry them out.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

John Patrick (Pat) Nowlan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nowlan:

It is a good thing the Prime Minister was on a training flight. He needs some training.

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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The Chair has recognized the hon. member for Temiscamingue.

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SC

David Réal Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Real Caouette (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a supplementary question to the Minister of National Defence.

The minister stated that aircraft and helicopters may be used also by members of the opposition. I have had the opportunity of travelling with cabinet members to Rouyn-Noranda because I had been invited. But how is it that when the Prime Minister visited Kirkland Lake, the hon. member for Timiskaming was not invited since he does represent the voters of that area?

July 5, 1972

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LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Benson:

Mr. Speaker, I understand that the hon. member for Timiskaming was already there.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker.

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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. This is not a very fruitful exchange. If hon. members think we should return to this very high-flying subject later, perhaps we might do so. In the meantime the Chair will recognize the hon. member for York South.

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COMMUNICATIONS

BELL CANADA RATE INCREASES-REPORT BY MINISTER ON STUDY

NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

Mr. Speaker, may I go to

another form of communication. May I ask the Minister of Communications whether he has completed his study of the information with regard to the Bell application for increased rates? Has he anything to report?

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July 5, 1972