October 23, 1973

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

BROADCASTING

PC

James Aloysius McGrath

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present to the House a petition under the provisions of Standing Order 67. Very briefly, the petition prays that the House will cause the Canadian Radio-Television Commission to implement the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts which were concurred in by the House on July 24. If the petition is found to be in order, it is my hope that by agreement the subject matter of the petition or the petition itself can be referred to an appropriate committee.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   BROADCASTING
Sub-subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF PETITION RESPECTING ADVERTISING ON CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
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WAYS AND MEANS

LIB

John Napier Turner (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. John N. Turner (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, under the terms of Standing Order 60 I wish to table notice of a ways and means motion proposing the removal of customs duties for an initial period of two years for certain petroleum products including gasoline, light heating oils, diesel and aviation fuels and feedstocks for the petrochemical industry.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF MOTION TO REMOVE CUSTOMS DUTIES FROM CERTAIN PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
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NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

I assume that the minister has the consent of the House to return to motions for that purpose. Agreed?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF MOTION TO REMOVE CUSTOMS DUTIES FROM CERTAIN PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF MOTION TO REMOVE CUSTOMS DUTIES FROM CERTAIN PETROLEUM PRODUCTS
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (President of the Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, I wonder if I could have permission to revert to motions for a brief statement about the business of the House. I should like, first of all, to draw to the attention of hon. members who may not have been in the House yesterday when agreement was reached that the deferred division on the amendments to the Criminal Code will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2.30 p.m.

The normal business will be interrupted at that time for the purpose of taking the vote Thursday of this week will be an opposition day to be taken by the New Democratic Party. Tomorrow, regardless of the progress that is made on the business already announced, we will deal with the report stage of the Canada Pension Plan bill.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Minister of Finance who has now had a week to examine the latest unemployment statistics which at that time he said were "startling, disconcerting and very difficult to reconcile" with what he termed to be the very strong expansion of the economy. Now that the minister has had a week to look into this question, has he been able to reconcile what appears to him to be a contradiction? In a word or two, has he an explanation he can give the House?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION-DISINCENTIVES TO WORK AS FACTOR IN LABOUR SHORTAGES
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LIB

John Napier Turner (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. John N. Turner (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I think I gave an explanation in reply to the hon. gentleman's question a week ago.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION-DISINCENTIVES TO WORK AS FACTOR IN LABOUR SHORTAGES
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

With due respect, I do not think the minister expressed anything but surprise and amazement. Specifically, with regard to the widespread labour shortages which he said were being reported to him from across the country, has he found any evidence of disincentives to work in his examination of these labour shortages?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION-DISINCENTIVES TO WORK AS FACTOR IN LABOUR SHORTAGES
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LIB

John Napier Turner (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Turner (Ottawa-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, there may be a number of factors in play. One of them certainly is reflected in the help wanted index released yesterday which shows that the number of opportunities for jobs, as published in the daily newspapers across the country, rose by 21 per cent during the third quarter of 1973.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION-DISINCENTIVES TO WORK AS FACTOR IN LABOUR SHORTAGES
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the minister, who a week ago seemed to be puzzled by the existence of these labour shortages in association with the sharp increase in the seasonally adjusted figure for unemployment, whether he has found any evidence that these unfilled jobs are the result of any disincentives to work?

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION-DISINCENTIVES TO WORK AS FACTOR IN LABOUR SHORTAGES
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LIB

John Napier Turner (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Turner (Ottawa-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, I said to the hon. gentleman last week when he first put these questions to me that we are awaiting with great interest the study of the Economic Council of Canada analysing the state of the labour market as reflected in the statistics.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION-DISINCENTIVES TO WORK AS FACTOR IN LABOUR SHORTAGES
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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE IN LIGHT OF INCREASE IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION

PC

John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Lundrigan (Gander-Twillingate):

Mr. Speaker, on the point mentioned by the Minister of Finance that there has been a 21 per cent increase in the Canadian help wanted index I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Manpower and Immigration who is now back in the House after four days' absence.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE IN LIGHT OF INCREASE IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASE IN LIGHT OF INCREASE IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES-REQUEST FOR EXPLANATION
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October 23, 1973