December 19, 1975

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

PC

David Samuel Horne MacDonald

Progressive Conservative

Mr. David MacDonald (Egmont):

Mr. Speaker, in light of the announcement yesterday with respect to the reduction in government expenditures this year and next, I am sure that all members of the House would want to be sure in some ongoing way that these reductions and expenditures would not inconvenience those who are least able to protect themselves, particularly those living in the disadvantaged regions of the country. Therefore, I hope this motion will find general acceptance. Under the provisions of Standing Order 43 I move, seconded by the hon. member for Malpeque (Mr. MacLean):

That the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion be instructed by the House to monitor and report, on a monthly basis, any detrimental impact which the alteration of government expenditures might have on the present economic and social development in regions in which the Department of Regional Economic Expansion has a responsibility.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED MONITORING AND REPORTING OF EFFECT OF REDUCTION IN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES IN DISADVANTAGED REGIONS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The motion cannot be debated without the unanimous consent of the House. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED MONITORING AND REPORTING OF EFFECT OF REDUCTION IN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES IN DISADVANTAGED REGIONS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED MONITORING AND REPORTING OF EFFECT OF REDUCTION IN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES IN DISADVANTAGED REGIONS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED MONITORING AND REPORTING OF EFFECT OF REDUCTION IN GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURES IN DISADVANTAGED REGIONS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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AGRICULTURE

SC

Joseph Adrien Henri Lambert

Social Credit

Mr. Adrien Lambert (Bellechasse):

Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, I ask the unanimous consent of the House to introduce a motion dealing with an important and urgent matter.

Since, according to the answer of the Minister of Agriculture to a question directed to him on December 18, 1975, the consumption of fluid milk in Quebec has increased in 1975 and if the same phenomenon had occurred in the other provinces we would not be experiencing such problems today, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Shefford (Mr. Rondeau):

That the government draw the attention of the House to a policy aimed at encouraging the Canadian people to consume more fluid milk and that such incitement be accompanied by a consumer subsidy.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUBSIDY ON FLUID MILK-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The House has heard the motion of the hon. member. Under the provisions of Standing Order 43, this motion requires the unanimous consent of the House. Is there such consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUBSIDY ON FLUID MILK-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUBSIDY ON FLUID MILK-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUBSIDY ON FLUID MILK-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

There is not unanimous consent; the motion therefore cannot be put.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUBSIDY ON FLUID MILK-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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RECOGNITION OF RETURN TO CHAMBER OF MEMBER FOR BRANDON-SOURIS FOLLOWING ILLNESS

LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Before proceeding with oral questions, I know that hon. members will want to join me in recognizing with appropriate warmth the return to the chamber of the hon. member for Brandon-Souris (Mr. Dinsdale).

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RETURN TO CHAMBER OF MEMBER FOR BRANDON-SOURIS FOLLOWING ILLNESS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RETURN TO CHAMBER OF MEMBER FOR BRANDON-SOURIS FOLLOWING ILLNESS
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PC

Walter Gilbert Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. G. Dinsdale (Brandon-Souris):

Mr. Speaker, if I may be allowed a few words on this occasion, I have had about four speeches burning in my bosom for the last few weeks. I will not try to unload them all at one time, but I should like to express appreciation, first of all, to you, Sir, for your messages on behalf of all hon. members of this House during my recent illness.

I should like especially to mention messages received from the three leading officials of this chamber. When a person has been through what I have been through in the last few weeks-and I am sure the hon. member for Glen-garry-Prescott-Russell will agree with me in this regard- he thinks about the chamber and the things which are taking place here, and it sort of assumes an ethereal glow. All one can see is the stained glass windows, and reflected in the glow is the halo effect which seems to reside over some figures in the chamber to a greater extent than to others. This was actually substantiated in my own experience because the warmest messages and the messages which showed the greatest concern and personal involvement came from the right hon. Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the right hon. member for Prince Albert. That is why the halo effect is stronger around these three people than any other, in my mind's eye.

December 19, 1975

House of Commons

I first became aware of the Prime Minister at the Resources for Tomorrow Conference back in 1961 when he was then a professor. He has demonstrated many hidden resources since that time since he has assumed the responsibility for the leadership of this House. The Leader of the Opposition wrote a most encouraging and helpful note at a most critical time. The right hon. gentleman from Prince Albert, with his great sense of timing-one hour before I went for surgery-sent to my room an autographed copy of his book "One Canada". Believe me, that was a reality to hang on to for the next few days. I think it was Thomas Carlyle who said that if you want to see demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt the truth of original sin, attend a session of the House of Commons. Of course, he was referring to the British house. You might even have it demonstrated here. But let me tell you, Mr. Speaker, that there is a warmth and friendship that you find only in this place and I do appreciate everything that has been done and written and said on my behalf.

I should like to extend a special message to the Postmaster General (Mr. Mackasey) who is not with us this morning. He too, made a concrete gesture. He sent me a tape in quadraphonic sound so that the music was coming at me from all sides-and not of an Irish jig but a beautiful tape recording of "The Sound of Music". I was just going to suggest that he make the same gesture to Joe Davidson at this Christmas time because as we all know, music hath charms to soothe the savage breast. A wise man also has said, "Let me write the songs of a nation and I care not who makes its laws."

I should like to mention, too, the staff of the National Defence Medical Centre, one of the finest hospitals in the nation, under the leadership of Dr. Fitzgibbon.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RETURN TO CHAMBER OF MEMBER FOR BRANDON-SOURIS FOLLOWING ILLNESS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RETURN TO CHAMBER OF MEMBER FOR BRANDON-SOURIS FOLLOWING ILLNESS
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PC

Walter Gilbert Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dinsdale:

Also the staff of the Civic hospital under Dr. Keon. It is one of the finest cardiac centres in the nation and it is going to be in the forefront when the new cardiac unit opens some time in the spring.

Perhaps I might be allowed one final message, Mr. Speaker. On the eve of Christmas I recall an old saying: plus ga change, plus c'est la meme chose. The first message I receive when I come back to the House is the decree of Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. It is not simple, it is not new-it is an old message. I am sure it is more than coincidence that it has been saved for the Christmas period; but we know from history that man proposes and God disposes.

I wind up my remarks by extending the greetings of the thousands of Tiny Tims and Bob Cratchets, the backbone of the nation: A Merry Christmas to all and God bless us all-and God help us all.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RETURN TO CHAMBER OF MEMBER FOR BRANDON-SOURIS FOLLOWING ILLNESS
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Oral Questions.

|Mr. Dinsdale.)

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RETURN TO CHAMBER OF MEMBER FOR BRANDON-SOURIS FOLLOWING ILLNESS
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

December 19, 1975