May 28, 1976

THE LATE W. ROSS MACDONALD TRIBUTE TO FORMER MEMBER AND SPEAKER

LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. Hon. members will be saddened to learn of the death this morning of a most distinguished Canadian, the Hon. W. Ross Macdonald.

Mr. Macdonald served Canada with great distinction for many years. He was a soldier in the first war, a member of this House, a minister, a senator, and finally, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.

The particular aspect of his work that will be remembered by this House, was his illustrious career as Speaker of the House of Commons during which time he presided over our affairs with great dignity and wisdom.

I am sure all members would wish me to convey their sympathy to members of Mr. Macdonald's family.

Topic:   THE LATE W. ROSS MACDONALD TRIBUTE TO FORMER MEMBER AND SPEAKER
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

PC

William Hillary (Bill) Clarke

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Clarke (Vancouver Quadra):

Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. This matter is explained in a letter to all members of parliament this week by the combined Pollution Probes of Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata. Waste paper accounts for over one third of solid waste in municipal garbage dumps at a time when there is a scarcity of solid waste sites which meet environmental standards. Newsprint consumption in Canada is roughly 66 lbs. per capita, and no more than 8 per cent waste newsprint without de-inking is recycled, and more de-inking plants are needed. The Canadian government endorses waste paper recycling as a means of conserving energy and our forests, but it has given no incentive to the paper industry to use more post-consumer waste paper in production, and it continues to overlook waste content in its paper purchases and discards 17,000 tons of waste paper every year.

I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Grenville-Carleton (Mr. Baker):

That this House urge the government of Canada to adopt policies which would:

(A) encourage industry to use greater amounts of recycled waste paper in paper production;

(B) ensure greater use of recycled content in paper purchased for government use; and

(C) require that government waste paper be recycled whenever possible.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED ADOPTION OF MEASURES TO ENSURE RECYCLING OF WASTE PAPER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. Pursuant to Standing Order 43 such a motion can be presented only with the unanimous consent of the House. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED ADOPTION OF MEASURES TO ENSURE RECYCLING OF WASTE PAPER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED ADOPTION OF MEASURES TO ENSURE RECYCLING OF WASTE PAPER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED ADOPTION OF MEASURES TO ENSURE RECYCLING OF WASTE PAPER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Edward Broadbent (Oshawa-Whitby):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. Considering that a report from Statistics Canada produced yesterday indicates that the number of full time and part time job openings available to Canadians during the first three months of this year was only 48,100, a drop by 22 per cent from the number available at the same time last year, and considering that more than 760,000 Canadians are unemployed, and notwithstanding the support given to the government by the official spokesman for the Conservative Party for its proposed change in the Unemployment Insurance Act, which he described yesterday in the House of Commons as a small step in the right direction, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Winnipeg North (Mr. Orlikow):

That this House urges the government to withdraw its proposal to change the minimum attachment period for unemployment insurance benefits from eight weeks to twelve weeks.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSED CHANGE IN MINIMUM ATTACHMENT PERIOD-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. Such a motion can be presented only with the unanimous consent of the House. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSED CHANGE IN MINIMUM ATTACHMENT PERIOD-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSED CHANGE IN MINIMUM ATTACHMENT PERIOD-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Oral Questions

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSED CHANGE IN MINIMUM ATTACHMENT PERIOD-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

ANTI-INFLATION PROGRAM REASON FOR DELAY IN REVISION OF PRICE AND PROFIT REGULATIONS-REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF PURPOSE OF CHANGE

PC

Sinclair McKnight Stevens

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Sinclair Stevens (York-Simcoe):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of Finance-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ANTI-INFLATION PROGRAM REASON FOR DELAY IN REVISION OF PRICE AND PROFIT REGULATIONS-REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF PURPOSE OF CHANGE
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An hon. Member:

And of the government.

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Subtopic:   ANTI-INFLATION PROGRAM REASON FOR DELAY IN REVISION OF PRICE AND PROFIT REGULATIONS-REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF PURPOSE OF CHANGE
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PC

Sinclair McKnight Stevens

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stevens:

-and, I might add, in the absence of many other ministers, I will put my question to the Acting Prime Minister.

The revisions in the price and profit regulations of the anti-inflation program, announced in the budget presentation of the Minister of Finance Tuesday night, have been described by a Montreal panel of accountants as a three page memo loaded with dynamite. Regrettably, there has been further confusion added to the question as to how the controls apply to business generally, and as the statements of the chairman of the Anti-Inflation Board on Wednesday did little to clear the air, would the Acting Prime Minister make a positive contribution to public understanding of the program by telling the House why the announcement of the new regulations has been delayed until June 7 when the government supposedly knew what its intentions were in the budget? In addition, could the Acting Prime Minister inform the House whether any of these regulations will apply retroactively to pricing policies of business before May 25?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ANTI-INFLATION PROGRAM REASON FOR DELAY IN REVISION OF PRICE AND PROFIT REGULATIONS-REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF PURPOSE OF CHANGE
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the government made its announcement of the changes in the Anti-Inflation Board regulations as soon as a decision had been made by the cabinet. The first opportunity to make these announcements came in the budget.

The question of the applicability of these changes is to be found in the regulations themselves, and I would not presume in this House to answer the last part of the question. The purpose is to make the regulations apply in a fairer manner to all business and to buttress the efforts of the government to contain price increases.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ANTI-INFLATION PROGRAM REASON FOR DELAY IN REVISION OF PRICE AND PROFIT REGULATIONS-REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF PURPOSE OF CHANGE
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PC

Sinclair McKnight Stevens

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stevens:

With special reference to the latter part of the Acting Prime Minister's answer to my earlier question, as the chairman of the AIB stated that the new regulations will establish the type of program which was intended in the first place, can the Acting Prime Minister tell the House exactly what the purpose of these regulatory changes is? Is it to help business, is it to clarify the program as far as business is concerned, or is it in fact to remedy the situation in the sense that the control program did not appear to be working and tighter regulations were required?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ANTI-INFLATION PROGRAM REASON FOR DELAY IN REVISION OF PRICE AND PROFIT REGULATIONS-REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF PURPOSE OF CHANGE
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May 28, 1976