July 6, 1972

ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

MANPOWER

PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Prince Edward-Hastings):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Manpower and Immigration. Would the minister advise the House whether the manpower program, known variously as Canada Manpower Opportunities Program or CANMOP or simply CMOP, which has been in preparation in his department during the past two years, is now ready for presentation to the Canadian people and, if so, will it be announced in the very near future?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. Bryce Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, if it were completed and ready for announcement 1 would make that announcement today. Obviously it is not completed.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Can the minister advise the House why this long-awaited program has taken so long to prepare, and will he undertake to announce it this summer?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Mackasey:

It will be announced as soon as it is ready, Mr. Speaker, and I am very hopeful that it will be this summer.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Would the minister advise the House just what this program is going to cost and how many jobs are expected to be produced by it?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Mackasey:

Mr. Speaker, it will cost as little as possible and provide as many jobs as possible.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Following that non-answer I would like to ask the minister a final supplementary question. Just how much is the government counting on this program to bolster its sagging hopes in the forthcoming election?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Mackasey:

I was going to say that this government-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member for Winnipeg North on a supplementary question.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
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POSSIBLE CHANGES IN TRAINING PROGRAMS- CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES

NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a supplementary question to the Minister of Manpower and Immigration. Has he yet consulted the provinces in detail with respect to the changes in manpower training programs he is contemplating so that the programs can be made to fit in with the needs of the individual provinces?

Topic:   POSSIBLE CHANGES IN TRAINING PROGRAMS- CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. Bryce Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I think that what most hon. members, including the hon. member for Winnipeg North, are referring to basically is a change contained in the legislation passed by the House of Commons last Friday which permits, as a general rule, on-the-job training as a regular feature of manpower programs and eliminates what has been known as the infamous three-year rule. I mentioned in that debate that I had had consultations with all ten provinces, including the province of Quebec, either personally or through senior officials of the department.

Topic:   POSSIBLE CHANGES IN TRAINING PROGRAMS- CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES
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POSSIBLE NEW WINTER WORKS PROGRAM-PRIOR CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES

PC

Lincoln MacCauley Alexander

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lincoln M. Alexander (Hamilton West):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In view of the assurance given by the President of the Treasury Board that any winter works program launched by the federal government would be undertaken in co-operation with the provinces, can the minister advise us that this assurance will be kept and that this is the plan of the government?

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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

The hon. member for Assiniboia.

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PC

Lincoln MacCauley Alexander

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Alexander:

Mr. Speaker, perhaps the Minister of Manpower and Immigration was not listening. I asked whether, in view of the assurance that in future any winter works program would be undertaken in co-operation with the provinces, the minister can advise that this is the policy of the government?

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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. Bryce Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I am no expert on winter works programs. I do not know what minister is responsible for them. What I have been talking about is a permanent program emanating from the Department of Manpower, which is an entirely different thing.

July 6, 1972

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July 6, 1972