December 20, 1974

NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

Mr. Speaker, one of us is not understanding the other. I agree that it is a government decision. However, can the minister advise whether the government plans to reintroduce the milk subsidy?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   MILK-GOVERNMENT POSITION ON RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUBSIDY
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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

As the hon. member knows, Mr. Speaker, there has been no decision by the government to do so.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   MILK-GOVERNMENT POSITION ON RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUBSIDY
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SOCIAL SECURITY

SC

Gilbert F. Rondeau

Social Credit

Mr. Gilbert Rondeau (Shefford):

Mr. Speaker, I want to put a question to the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau).

Since the Minister of National Health and Welfare announced on December 13, 1974 that an identification card would be provided to the 1,900,000 recipients of the Old Age Security Plan, so that these people might be entitled to consumer discounts, reduced transportation fares and other benefits given senior citizens, does the Prime Minister intend to extend the identification card to all Canadians to prevent losses due to the frequent stealing of cheques-particularly during the Christmas holidays or at other times-of federal or provincial family allowances, income tax refunds, old age security pensions, and all other benefits, thefts which deprive recipients of millions of dollars and at the same time cause a lot of problems to their victims? Does the right hon. Prime

Minister intend to introduce the identification card to prevent all these problems?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED INTRODUCTION OF IDENTIFICATION CARD-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the introduction of a universal and compulsory system of identification cards would lead us to a "Pruss-sianism" which does not appeal too much to this government. It would imply that the cards would have to be updated, checked by the police, renewed each time Canadians would move to a new address, and for many reasons of this kind, the government is not prepared to welcome the hon. member's suggestion.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED INTRODUCTION OF IDENTIFICATION CARD-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR WITHDRAWAL OF CANADIAN CONCESSIONS TO EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY-POSSIBLE IMPOSITION OF TARIFF AGAINST CANADIAN GRAIN

PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Prince Edward-Hastings):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. In view of the report coming out of Brussels yesterday that the European Common Market is holding off for two months in order to give further study of the imposition of a tariff against Canadian exports to the countries of the European Common Market, particularly the very important British market, which is normally due to go into effect on December 31, is it true that the minister knows of this report, and would he advise the House?

Hon. Alastair Gillespie (Minister of Industry, Trade

and Commerce): There are two points. One is that the deadline for the withdrawal by Canada of concessions to the Common Market has been extended by two months at the request of Canada and agreed to by the Common Market. That has been made necessary because we have not yet been able to reach agreement with respect to the concessions owing to us by the Common Market as a result of the enlargement, particularly with respect to grains, barley and wheat. However, there is no truth to what was in the other part of the preamble of the hon. member's question, if I understood it, that the Europeans were considering placing a tariff on Canadian wheat or barley at this time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR WITHDRAWAL OF CANADIAN CONCESSIONS TO EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY-POSSIBLE IMPOSITION OF TARIFF AGAINST CANADIAN GRAIN
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SUGAR-POSSIBLE NEGOTIATION OF BILATERAL AGREEMENTS TO REDUCE PRICE

PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Prince Edward-Hastings):

Is the

government willing at this time to enter into bilateral agreements with various countries on sugar in order to help bring down the price of sugar in this country?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SUGAR-POSSIBLE NEGOTIATION OF BILATERAL AGREEMENTS TO REDUCE PRICE
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LIB

Alastair William Gillespie (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Alastair Gillespie (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):

We are interested in negotiating international commodity agreements where there is both a producer and a consumer interest. Indeed, we have been busy trying to prepare the ground for a new international sugar agreement.

December 20, 1974

Oral Questions SPORTS

Perhaps, I might go further with respect to the first part of the question a moment ago and say that the GATT council, because Canada was not satisfied with respect to the concessions offered by the E.E.C. has agreed to a panel. This panel was supported by 23 nations. I hope that it will make a finding with respect to these concessions during the two months that we received as an extension on the deadline.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SUGAR-POSSIBLE NEGOTIATION OF BILATERAL AGREEMENTS TO REDUCE PRICE
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PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF ENRICHED URANIUM PLANT AT JAMES BAY-NEGOTIATIONS WITH QUEBEC AND FRANCE

PC

Flora Isabel MacDonald

Progressive Conservative

Miss Flora MacDonald (Kingston and the Islands):

My question is for the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. In view of the reference in the minister's statement to enriched uranium, and further, in view of an earlier reply by the Prime Minister that he had conveyed the position of his government on the export of such fissionable material to the premier of Quebec and the premier of France, will the minister now say what negotiations have taken place regarding the establishment of an enriched uranium plant in the James Bay area and the export of such materials to France?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF ENRICHED URANIUM PLANT AT JAMES BAY-NEGOTIATIONS WITH QUEBEC AND FRANCE
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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):

Mr. Speaker, there have been no negotiations between this government and either Quebec or France in this regard, but we have made known both to France and the government of Quebec that the Atomic Energy Control Act would require the federal licencing for the installation of any such facility, and of course the export of any uranium whether enriched or otherwise, would be fully safeguarded and indeed would be subjected to the restrictions indicated by Mr. Pearson in 1965. So, both parties have been advised that they will have to receive the approval of this government for any such facilities. At this stage, they are engaged in a feasibility study, but they know very well that they will have to satisfy this government that the project is indeed in the national interest.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF ENRICHED URANIUM PLANT AT JAMES BAY-NEGOTIATIONS WITH QUEBEC AND FRANCE
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URANIUM-POSSIBLE RESTRICTION ON DEGREE OF ENRICHMENT

PC

Flora Isabel MacDonald

Progressive Conservative

Miss Flora MacDonald (Kingston and the Islands):

In

view of the fact that if uranium is enriched beyond 20 per cent it can be used virtually as easily as plutonium for the construction of a nuclear explosive, will the minister say what limitations, if any, the government has placed on the degree to which uranium can be enriched in Canada?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   URANIUM-POSSIBLE RESTRICTION ON DEGREE OF ENRICHMENT
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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):

The limitation at the moment is the practical one that it cannot go beyond the uranium hexafluoride stage. Any export of uranium, as the statement indicated, will be fully subject to safeguards, both with regard to the use of uranium itself or any derivative fissible materials, for example, plutonium which could be made from it in due course.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   URANIUM-POSSIBLE RESTRICTION ON DEGREE OF ENRICHMENT
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES, EDMONTON-REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF COMMEMORATIVE COINS AND STAMPS TO HELP DEFRAY EXPENSES

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Steven E. Paproski (Edmonton Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the right hon. Prime Minister, and I should like to put it to him in the spirit of Christmas. In view of the fact that no nation has ever commemorated the Commonwealth Games with a special coin and stamp and in view of the fact that the federal government lacks funds to help Edmonton finance the total capital costs of the 1978 Commonwealth Games, and as a New Year resolution for 1975, would the Prime Minister allow Edmonton a special commemorative coin and stamp in the same manner as he allowed Montreal for the 1976 Olympics so as to allow Edmonton to defray escalated construction and building supply costs?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMMONWEALTH GAMES, EDMONTON-REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF COMMEMORATIVE COINS AND STAMPS TO HELP DEFRAY EXPENSES
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMMONWEALTH GAMES, EDMONTON-REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF COMMEMORATIVE COINS AND STAMPS TO HELP DEFRAY EXPENSES
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

I take offence at the fact that the hon. member should not believe that Edmonton can stand on its own right and has to be compared to Montreal in the hon. member's representation. I would ask the Minister of National Health and Welfare to answer the hon. member's question.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMMONWEALTH GAMES, EDMONTON-REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF COMMEMORATIVE COINS AND STAMPS TO HELP DEFRAY EXPENSES
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December 20, 1974