March 21, 1974

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

TABLING OF ANNUAL RKPORT OF COMMISSIONER FOR YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1973

NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to lay before the House copies of the third annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages for the year ended March 31, 1973.

Topic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Subtopic:   TABLING OF ANNUAL RKPORT OF COMMISSIONER FOR YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1973
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PRIVILEGE

SC

Gilles Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Gilles Caouette (Charlevoix):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege prompted by the successive and contradictory statements made by the Minister of Veterans Affairs (Mr. MacDonald) in the last few weeks. On March 7, he said to the House that he had no intention of reviewing the possible extension of the deadline applicable to the Veterans Land Act and 1 quote his own words:

In the circumstances, adherence to the lending deadline specified in the act will not represent a denial of benefits to any veteran.

A few lines above that, he clearly stated, and I quote:

I am of the opinion, therefore, that veterans sincerely interested in obtaining VLA benefits for the purposes contemplated by the act have had ample time in which to do so. Virtually every veteran-

I skip a bit of his speech and come to the sentence that I read a while ago.

After the non-confidence motion moved by the official opposition, the minister said, as is reported on page 434 of Hansard for March 12, 1974:

For many months now, together with the officials of my department, I have studied very closely the possible implications of such an extension.

And a bit further on, he added:

-I wish to further emphasize that I am quite prepared to take another look at this whole question in light of the plea made today. If, after looking at all the evidence, I can conclude that the deadline should be extended, then I would be prepared to so recommend.

Yesterday, the minister repeated this same statement in committee. Today, following a letter which I wrote to the minister on February 13, 1974, once again about the Veterans Land Act, the minister gave me the same explanations that he had given in his first speech on March 7, when he refused to consider an extension for the application of this act. Moreover, the last paragraph of the letter dated March 20, 1974 that I have received from the minister reads as follows:

I thank you for having written to me since it has given me an opportunity to review with you the various provisions of this act, and particularly to explain to you why the date of March 31, 1974 will-

There is no supposition. He says "will". This is clear enough.

-will put an end to the applications made by veterans eligible for obtaining loans to buy a property.

Mr. Speaker, I protest against such a reply which is completely discriminatory and which contradicts the statements made yesterday and on March 19 by this same minister.

I should like to obtain today from the minister either a statement or a revision of the letter which I received today, stating exactly what he intends to do, in order that he stop playing politics on this issue.

Topic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
Sub-subtopic:   MR. CAOUETTE (CHARLEVOIX)-VETERANS LAND ACT-EXTENSION OF APPLICATION PERIOD
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NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

The hon. member for Charlevoix (Mr. Caouette) raised a question of privilege and submitted to the House that the minister had made statements the hon. member thinks are inconsistent. The Speaker has no other responsibility than determining whether there is a prima facie question of privilege which later on could be submitted to the House in the form of a motion. I cannot conclude that the circumstances described by the hon. member for Charlevoix warrant a debate under Standing Order 17. I call the hon. member's attention to citation 113 of the fourth edition of Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms, and I quote:

A question of privilege ought rarely to come up in Parliament. It should be dealt with by a motion giving the House power to impose a reparation or apply a remedy.

The hon. member for Charlevoix may have a grievance against the minister, but I suggest that he could raise the matter during the proceedings, either in the House or in committee, or ask an oral or written question. I repeat that I do not think the rules or practice of the House allow to settle a matter by raising a question of privilege.

Topic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
Sub-subtopic:   MR. CAOUETTE (CHARLEVOIX)-VETERANS LAND ACT-EXTENSION OF APPLICATION PERIOD
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

JUSTICE AND LEGAL AFFAIRS


First report of Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs-Mr. Jerome. [Editor's Note: For text of above report, see today's Votes and Proceedings.]



March 21, 1974 Social Security


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table in both official languages, as is traditional, a number of international agreements recently entered into by Canada. For purely technical reasons involving, for example, the absence of certified copies in both official languages, I am only now in the position also to table a number of agreements which entered into force for Canada some time ago.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS ENTERED INTO BY CANADA
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CUT FLOWERS

PC

Donald W. Munro

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald W. Munro (Esquimalt-Saanich):

Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity relating to the signs of spring on this first day of spring, the vernal equinox, to ask the unanimous consent of the House for the following motion:

That the Minister of Agriculture, in consultation with his colleague, the Minister of Finance, undertake a review of the regulations relating to the imposition of seasonal dumping duties against cut flowers from Europe as well as from the United States, so that the flower growers in the garden riding of Esquimalt-Saanich shall be able to continue their commercial operations so as to provide those of us who have to spend part of our lives under the snow in the east with some of the early evidences of spring, such as the daffodils which came from that riding and are available in the lobbies for all hon. members.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   CUT FLOWERS
Sub-subtopic:   SEASONAL DUMPING DUTIES-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   CUT FLOWERS
Sub-subtopic:   SEASONAL DUMPING DUTIES-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION
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NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

I shall see whether hon. members want to declare an interest in the motion proposed by the hon. member. I hesitate to put the motion in those terms. I am sure that the hon. member, for many reasons, is counting on the support of hon. members and of the Chair in putting the motion. I will put the motion but I hope that the hon. member, despite his generosity to other hon. members, will not be disappointed if some of his colleagues on one side of the House or the other say no. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   CUT FLOWERS
Sub-subtopic:   SEASONAL DUMPING DUTIES-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   CUT FLOWERS
Sub-subtopic:   SEASONAL DUMPING DUTIES-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   CUT FLOWERS
Sub-subtopic:   SEASONAL DUMPING DUTIES-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION
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SOCIAL SECURITY

SC

Jean-Marie Boisvert

Social Credit

Mr. Jean-Marie Boisvert (Drummond):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 43, I seek the unanimous consent of the House to discuss a matter of pressing urgency. As several social welfare schemes have flaws leading to much unfairness and as, at least in the province

of Quebec, some people who did not contribute enough to the Quebec Pension Plan cannot receive disability pensions and must beg, on bended knee, for the mere pittance granted them by the social welfare department, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Villeneuve (Mr. Tetrault):

That this House study the advisability of extending to all disabled persons the right to a disability pension.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION OF PENSIONS TO INVALIDS-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION
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March 21, 1974