April 1, 1974

BEEF CATTLE SUBSIDY-SUGGESTED WITHDRAWAL OF PROGRAM

PC

Alfred Dryden Hales

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. D. Hales (Wellington):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a supplementary question to the Minister of Agriculture. In view of the fact that grade A Hereford steers sold on Friday for as low as 38 cents a pound, and that there are many signs of discrepancies which indicate that the beef subsidy is not getting back to the producers, would the minister withdraw this program and let cattle trade in a free, open market until he comes up with a better system?

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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. E. F. Whelan (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, the market shows returning strength. It is returning to normality today, at least in Calgary and Winnipeg. I have not had the latest reports from Toronto today. I can say that there are many producers in real trouble and it would be no aid to them for me to withdraw this program at this time. As I said before, if everybody involved in this program wants to make it work and does not make unnecessary rip-offs, then it can work and be beneficial in assisting the industry to stay healthy, happy, and economically wise.

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INQUIRY OF THE MINISTRY

LIB

Albert Béchard

Liberal

Mr. Albert Bechard (Bonaventure-Iles-de-la-Madeleine):

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Minister of the Environment and Fisheries. Is he in a position to inform the House and the Canadian people as to the number of foreign fishing vessels found in our north Atlantic waters by the Leader of the Opposition and members of his party during their recent expedition?

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

April 1, 1974

Oral Questions INCOME TAX

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PENSIONS

PC

A. Daniel McKenzie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dan McKenzie (Winnipeg South Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Labour. In light of the fact that on March 11 he stated in the House that he would be making significant moves in the direction of appointing a commissioner to go into all aspects of railway pensions, may I ask the minister what is the current status of his position on this matter?

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LIB

John Carr Munro (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. John C. Munro (Minister of Labour):

The matter is under active consideration, Mr. Speaker.

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PC

A. Daniel McKenzie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKenzie:

Having regard to the grave and serious concern expressed by all parties in the House, will the minister immediately introduce a government bill to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act to remove the CNR from the scope of that act in order that, without adding substantially to its annual deficit, it may improve its pension plan, noting that private member's Bill C-139, introduced by the-

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NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. Perhaps the minister might be allowed to reply to the hon. member's question, without the hon. member's additional notice.

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LIB

John Carr Munro (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Munro (Hamilton East):

As I understand it, Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is referring to a private member's bill introduced by a member of this party, the hon. member for St. Boniface, who has been championing the cause of the railway workers for many years.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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LIB

John Carr Munro (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Munro (Hamilton East):

The concept that is embraced in that private member's bill is under very active consideration with respect to measures the government can take to rectify the situation dealing with the pensions of railway workers. I have this matter under discussion with my colleague, the Minister of Transport. We hope to come up with a solution very shortly.

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PC

A. Daniel McKenzie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKenzie:

Would the minister not agree that a government bill would carry far mere weight than a private member's bill, and would be-

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NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. This is of course, argument. The hon. member for Edmonton Centre.

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PC

Steve Eugene Paproski (Deputy Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paproski:

Mr. Speaker-

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NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport rises on a question of privilege. I will recognize the hon. member for Edmonton Centre in a moment.

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LIB

Joseph-Phillippe Guay (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Guay (St. Boniface):

I would like to ask through you, Mr. Speaker, if the hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre would agree that we do the same with this bill?

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April 1, 1974