February 12, 1975

PC

William C. Scott

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Scott:

I am not interested in the quality of the acting; I want a transcript of the words spoken on the air. I ask the minister again, will he see that I am provided with this transcript?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   REFUSAL OF CORPORATION TO SUPPLY TRANSCRIPT OF PROGRAM "TEN LOST YEARS"
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LIB

James Hugh Faulkner (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Faulkner:

In my judgment, they go together.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   REFUSAL OF CORPORATION TO SUPPLY TRANSCRIPT OF PROGRAM "TEN LOST YEARS"
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FINANCE

PC

John Douglas Reynolds

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Reynolds (Burnaby-Richmond-Delta):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct this question to the Minister of Finance. In view of the fact that Olympic coins are considered legal tender, and since British Columbia is to my knowledge the only province charging a 5 per cent sales tax, can the minister advise the House whether the imposition of such a sales tax is legal, and if it is not, will he see that the money is paid back to the people or credited to the Olympic fund?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SALES TAX ON OLYMPIC COINS
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The rules of the question period clearly except asking a minister to give a legal opinion. The hon. member's question directly asks the minister whether the collection of the sales tax is legal, and this would appear not to be a proper question during this period. Perhaps an answer could be obtained in some other way.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SALES TAX ON OLYMPIC COINS
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PC

John Douglas Reynolds

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Reynolds:

Mr. Speaker, perhaps I would be allowed to rephrase the question. Is the minister aware that British Columbia is charging a sales tax?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SALES TAX ON OLYMPIC COINS
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LIB

John Napier Turner (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

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

I will try to answer the question within the ambit of your ruling, Mr. Speaker. No tax attaches to Olympic coins which change hands at face value, but when they are sold by the banks for amounts above their face value, sales tax is applicable. Some of the provinces have agreed to waive the sales tax, but with respect to the first issue and the second issue some provinces have imposed a sales tax, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SALES TAX ON OLYMPIC COINS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SALES TAX ON OLYMPIC COINS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

NDP

Leslie Gordon Benjamin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Les Benjamin (Regina-Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. In view of the fact that Canadian National Railways have been carrying on discussions with the Hilton International Hotels chain and the Trizec Corporation-American and British companies, respectively-with a view to selling off a major share of the Canadian National hotel system plus other properties, may I ask the minister whether or not CNR management informed the minister or the government of their wish to do this, whether or not the government was asked for approval or for an opinion and, if not, has the minister or the government conveyed to the CNR their views on this matter? If so, what were those views?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   SALE OF PART OF HOTEL SYSTEM
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LIB

Jean Marchand (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Marchand (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, we are aware of the proposal made by Trizec, Hilton, CNR and Air Canada. The matter is under consideration now, but there is no indication that a fast decision is going to be taken on this very important matter.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   SALE OF PART OF HOTEL SYSTEM
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NDP

Leslie Gordon Benjamin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Benjamin:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. The minister has answered only part of my question. In view of the fact that this property is owned and paid for by the people of Canada and is public property, would the minister tell the House his position and the position of the government on the matter? Also, will they request or instruct Canadian National to hire management and expertise to run their hotel chain, thus retaining ownership in the hands of the Canadian public?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   SALE OF PART OF HOTEL SYSTEM
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LIB

Jean Marchand (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marchand (Langelier):

Mr. Speaker, most of the important airlines in the world, such as TWA, Pan American, Air France and many others, have developed some hotels all over the world. Is it a good thing for Air Canada to do the same? That is the question we are looking into. There is no doubt in my mind that CN cannot make a deal with the hotels without the approbation of the Government of Canada.

February 12, 1975

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   SALE OF PART OF HOTEL SYSTEM
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PUBLIC WORKS

LIB

Denis Éthier

Liberal

Mr. Denis Ethier (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works concerning the Perley Interprovincial Bridge between Hawkesbury, Ontario, and Grenville, Quebec.

Following receipt of the consultant engineers' report concerning the structure of the Perley bridge, the assessment of the department was that the bridge would be replaced as soon as possible if this highway link was to be maintained. Also, with restricted truck loading the bridge could be kept in service for three to five years.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT NEW BRIDGE BE BUILT BETWEEN HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO, AND GRENVILLE, QUEBEC
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Some hon. Members:

Question.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT NEW BRIDGE BE BUILT BETWEEN HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO, AND GRENVILLE, QUEBEC
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LIB

Denis Éthier

Liberal

Mr. Ethier:

In co-operation with the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, load limits were imposed on October 22, 1974, and a control station on the Quebec end of the bridge was operated by the province of Quebec on behalf of Public Works.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT NEW BRIDGE BE BUILT BETWEEN HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO, AND GRENVILLE, QUEBEC
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Would the hon. member please put his question?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT NEW BRIDGE BE BUILT BETWEEN HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO, AND GRENVILLE, QUEBEC
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LIB

Denis Éthier

Liberal

Mr. Ethier:

Mr. Speaker, my question is as follows: considering that Quebec has not looked after that control station since January 22, 1975, could the minister tell this House whether that means that, on the one hand, no new bridge will be constructed, and, on the other hand, the bridge will remain in service for three to five years, as mentioned in the previous report, if the tonnage limit is not imposed?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT NEW BRIDGE BE BUILT BETWEEN HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO, AND GRENVILLE, QUEBEC
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Public Works; Minister of State for Science and Technology)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the hon. member for having drawn to my attention the fact that-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT NEW BRIDGE BE BUILT BETWEEN HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO, AND GRENVILLE, QUEBEC
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February 12, 1975