May 6, 1974

NATIONAL DEFENCE

PC

Claude Wagner

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Claude Wagner (Saint-Hyacinthe):

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

As a result of the telegram sent to him by Mr. Powers, the chairman of the Union of National Defence Employees, can he tell us whether it is true that sometime this month some 2,400 employees will be laid off, of which 1,025 are in Quebec, and specifically 600 at the Valcartier base?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM
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LIB

James Armstrong Richardson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. James Richardson (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is referring to a federal labour-intensive program, a temporary program established for a five-month period and due to end at the end of May. The Department of National Defence received $7.5 million under that program in the same way that other departments received grants. We were successful in employing some 2,400 people on a temporary basis over the winter. We shall be able to continue the employment of some 330 under our own budget.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM
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PC

Claude Wagner

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Wagner:

I have a supplementary, Mr. Speaker.

Can the minister tell the House what steps the government has taken to see that those employees will not swell the ranks to the already excessive number of unemployed in Quebec?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM
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PC

J. Michael Forrestall

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. M. Forrestall (Dartmouth-Halifax East):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary has to do with the position the government took two or three years ago with respect to cutbacks involving approximately 5,000 personnel who were continuing but not necessarily permanent civilian employees of the government within the Department of National Defence. Can the minister assure these people that this program is in no way included within the parameters of the lay-offs that have been announced but, rather, that the policy of allowing natural attrition to lower the number will be continued as in the past?

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM
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LIB

James Armstrong Richardson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Richardson:

Yes, Mr. Speaker. The program to which I have just referred, the federal labour-intensive program, is a temporary program not related to the permanent number of civilian employees in the Department of National Defence.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM
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DOW-DOME PROJECT-RESPONSE BY ALBERTA GOVERNMENT-DECISION BY CABINET

LIB

Jack Sydney George (Bud) Cullen

Liberal

Mr. Jack Cullen (Sarnia-Lambton):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. In view of the fact the decision of the National Energy Board on the Dow-Dome application has been public for some weeks now, and since the minister has told us the government is awaiting a response from the government of Alberta, may I ask him whether this response has been received, is it in the affirmative or not, and can the minister tell us the time frame within which he expects the cabinet to reach a decision on this project?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DOW-DOME PROJECT-RESPONSE BY ALBERTA GOVERNMENT-DECISION BY CABINET
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Donald S. Macdonald (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

I have received no further response from the Alberta government. They indicated one would be forthcoming. Of course, if there is much further delay the government will naturally be obliged to proceed to consider the Dow-Dome decision of the board because of the financial implications of the decision.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DOW-DOME PROJECT-RESPONSE BY ALBERTA GOVERNMENT-DECISION BY CABINET
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

PC

Robert Muir

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Robert Muir (Cape Breton-The Sydneys):

Mr. Speaker, I have been trying to get your eye in regard to the question posed by the hon. member for Saint-Hyacin-the. I should like to direct a supplementary to the Minister of National Defence, having listened to his reply. May I ask the minister whether any consideration will be given, in areas where there is a tremendously high unemployment rate, to retaining employees? For example, in the Sydney area we have over 15, and possibly 20 per cent unemployment. Is there anything the minister can do to retain these workers in that area? Thirty employees there are affected.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR RETENTION IN AREAS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SUCH AS SYDNEY, N.S.
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LIB

James Armstrong Richardson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. James Richardson (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, I have indicated that the funds for this program came through Treasury Board; they were not part of the budget of the Department of National Defence. However, within our own budget we are able to carry on approximately 330 jobs out of this winter program.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR RETENTION IN AREAS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SUCH AS SYDNEY, N.S.
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PC

Robert Muir

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Muir:

In view of the fact that 300-odd jobs will be retained, would the minister do his utmost to make sure the 30 in the Sydney area are included?

May 6, 1974

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR RETENTION IN AREAS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SUCH AS SYDNEY, N.S.
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LIB

James Armstrong Richardson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Richardson:

Mr. Speaker, we will be looking at all areas and trying to maximize the use of the funds in the areas of greatest need.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR RETENTION IN AREAS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SUCH AS SYDNEY, N.S.
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NONE

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

The Chair will recognize the hon. member for Selkirk on a supplementary and then the hon. member for Victoria.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR RETENTION IN AREAS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SUCH AS SYDNEY, N.S.
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NDP

Douglas Charles Rowland

New Democratic Party

Mr. Doug Rowland (Selkirk):

On the same subject, Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of National Defence whether there is any intention on the part of the Department of National Defence to hire students or other people during the summer months to carry out duties in the Department of National Defence. If so, perhaps the minister would re-examine his decision. If work is to be done, then why not use the people who are already employed?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR RETENTION IN AREAS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SUCH AS SYDNEY, N.S.
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LIB

James Armstrong Richardson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Richardson:

Mr. Speaker, we do have a student employment program but it is not related directly to the labour intensive program for the winter months.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TEMPORARY PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR RETENTION IN AREAS OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT SUCH AS SYDNEY, N.S.
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INTENTION OF UNITED STATES TO REDUCE STOCKS OF ATOMIC WEAPONS-CONSULTATION WITH NATO ALLIES- POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF WARHEADS IN CANADA

PC

Allan Bruce McKinnon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Allan B. McKinnon (Victoria):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence. Mr. Schlesinger, United States Secretary of Defence, has announced the United States' intention to reduce its stocks of atomic weapons in Europe. Could the minister advise the House if the United States has consulted with its NATO allies, and specifically Canada, in this regard? Further, would the minister inform the House whether he has had any consultations with the U.S. Secretary of Defence concerning the possible reduction or elimination of the stocks of atomic warheads on Canadian soil?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INTENTION OF UNITED STATES TO REDUCE STOCKS OF ATOMIC WEAPONS-CONSULTATION WITH NATO ALLIES- POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF WARHEADS IN CANADA
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LIB

James Armstrong Richardson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. James Richardson (Minister of National Defence):

No, Mr. Speaker, I have not discussed that with the Secretary of Defence.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INTENTION OF UNITED STATES TO REDUCE STOCKS OF ATOMIC WEAPONS-CONSULTATION WITH NATO ALLIES- POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF WARHEADS IN CANADA
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May 6, 1974