March 8, 1976

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

STATUS OF WOMEN

NDP

Andrew Hogan

New Democratic Party

Mr. Andy Hogan (Cape Breton-East Richmond):

Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43, on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. Considering the fact that today is International Women's Day and despite the fact that many years have passed since those female garment workers demonstrated for better working conditions, the economic status of women has not changed sufficiently, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Brant (Mr. Blackburn):

That the Minister of National Health and Welfare take steps to ensure that all working mothers have access to day care facilities, that the government accept the concept of equal pay for work of equal occupational status and further that the minister consider the proposal of wages for housework.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MEASURES TO IMPROVE STATUS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Pursuant to Standing Order 43, such a motion cannot be presented without the unanimous consent of the House. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MEASURES TO IMPROVE STATUS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MEASURES TO IMPROVE STATUS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MEASURES TO IMPROVE STATUS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. It has to do with extra-judicial activities in connection with the contempt of court proceedings; both the former minister of finance and the Minister of Public Works have confirmed that they discussed those contempt of court proceedings with the judge involved. Would the minister tell the House about the substance of his conversations with the former minister of finance and the Minister of Public Works relative to the conversations those gentlemen admitted having?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- REQUEST THAT CONSUMER MINISTER REVEAL CONVERSATIONS WITH MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND MR. TURNER
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LIB

André Ouellet (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Andre Ouellet (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, last January 30, my counsel, Mr. Gabriel Lapointe, registered an appeal from the judgment made against me by Judge Hugessen in a case of contempt of court. At the same time, he also presented and obtained a request of appeal from the sentence. This case will be heard soon by the Quebec court of appeal. Under the circumstances, I cannot and I will not make any statement related to this matter.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- REQUEST THAT CONSUMER MINISTER REVEAL CONVERSATIONS WITH MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND MR. TURNER
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Will the minister tell us-and this information could in no way affect proceedings before the court- whether he invited the former minister of finance and the present Minister of Public Works to intervene in any way with the judge who was in charge of those proceedings?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- REQUEST THAT CONSUMER MINISTER REVEAL CONVERSATIONS WITH MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND MR. TURNER
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LIB

André Ouellet (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Ouellet:

Mr. Speaker, I have no further comments to make.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- REQUEST THAT CONSUMER MINISTER REVEAL CONVERSATIONS WITH MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS AND MR. TURNER
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ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- POSSIBLE REQUEST BY CONSUMER MINISTER TO PERSONS OUTSIDE HOUSE TO INTERVENE

PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):

We regret very much this refusal to put before the House information relating to the conduct of ministers of the Crown. I wonder whether I might make one final attempt. Having regard to the admission of the Minister of Public Works in this chamber-and the minister appeared to show none of the reluctance exhibited by his colleague today-that he and a great many other public-spirited citizens had spoken to the associate chief justice, could the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs tell us whether he asked persons outside this House to intervene on his behalf?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- POSSIBLE REQUEST BY CONSUMER MINISTER TO PERSONS OUTSIDE HOUSE TO INTERVENE
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LIB

André Ouellet (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Andre Ouellet (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I understand the Leader of the Opposition is not a lawyer. If he were, he would certainly understand that when someone is involved in a matter before the courts, that someone has certain rights, and I trust that in this case the hon. member will respect them.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- POSSIBLE REQUEST BY CONSUMER MINISTER TO PERSONS OUTSIDE HOUSE TO INTERVENE
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ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY-REPLY OF CHIEF JUSTICE DESCHENES TO REQUEST FOR REPORT

PC

Elmer MacIntosh MacKay (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Elmer M. MacKay (Central Nova):

A supplementary question to the Minister of Justice. Could the hon. gentleman tell us what information he has received since

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last Friday from Chief Justice Deschenes with respect to alleged contacts with justices of his court by ministers of the government, and what role, if any, Chief Justice Deschenes feels it is proper for him to take in determining the propriety of ministerial conduct in connection with the matters mentioned in Mr. Justice Mackay's letters?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY-REPLY OF CHIEF JUSTICE DESCHENES TO REQUEST FOR REPORT
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Ron Basford (Minister of Justice):

I have not received any information from the Chief Justice of the Superior Court except that he anticipated replying to my letter early next week.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY-REPLY OF CHIEF JUSTICE DESCHENES TO REQUEST FOR REPORT
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ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE OF THOROUGH INVESTIGATION

PC

Elmer MacIntosh MacKay (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Elmer M. MacKay (Central Nova):

Should Chief Justice Deschenes not intend to conduct interviews with members of the government, what assurances can the minister offer this House that a thorough investigation of conversations not only between members of the government and judges but between ministers themselves will take place? Can the hon. gentleman indicate what safeguards exist there for the elucidation of information for the people of Canada?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE BY JUDGE MACKAY- REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE OF THOROUGH INVESTIGATION
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March 8, 1976