October 19, 1976

CONSUMER AFFAIRS

LIB

Anthony Chisholm Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. A. C. Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

While I am on my feet, Mr. Speaker, perhaps I may be permitted to say that I re-read my answer to the hon. member for Prince Edward-Hastings yesterday and I must confess that I thought his criticism was accurate and that it was a rather fuzzy and waffling answer.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   STANDARDS FOR RUST-PROOFING OF MOTOR VEHICLES- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   STANDARDS FOR RUST-PROOFING OF MOTOR VEHICLES- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Anthony Chisholm Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

I thought of much more clever answers during the night, but I would simply like to say now that on reflection I agree that Canadian automobiles are subjected to heavy corrosive conditions. I think automobile companies are really failing to meet the proper standards in this regard. I intend to have early discussions with those companies.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   STANDARDS FOR RUST-PROOFING OF MOTOR VEHICLES- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   STANDARDS FOR RUST-PROOFING OF MOTOR VEHICLES- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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TRANSPORT

PC

Paul Yewchuk

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paul Yewchuk (Athabasca):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport. In view of the fact that the Minister of Transport conveyed the decision to raise rental rates for employees of his department living in accommodations rented by his department by as much as 300 per cent, can the minister indicate whether he has communicated with the Anti-Inflation Board to determine whether this is acceptable under their guidelines and, if not, whether he intends to do so before making a final decision on this change?

October 19, 1976

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   RENT INCREASES FOR ACCOMMODATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES- APPROVAL OF ANTI-INFLATION BOARD
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, 1 would be glad to look at any specific case that the hon. member has in mind. Generally, of course, where charges do not reflect full costs there is the possibility of raising those charges without contravening the guidelines. It is really a question of whether or not the taxpayer pays the difference. We have been examining some of these charges but I will be glad to look at the specific one to which the hon. member refers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   RENT INCREASES FOR ACCOMMODATIONS FOR EMPLOYEES- APPROVAL OF ANTI-INFLATION BOARD
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THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

NDP

Lorne Edmund Nystrom (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lome Nystrom (Yorkton-Melville):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. In view of a report by the Conference Board that Canadian firms led all foreign investors in the United States in the third quarter and in view of the fact that it was not just a day of protest by those firms but a year long investment strike in the country, I should like to ask the minister what action he will take to stop the strike of Canadian investment in Canada by Canadian firms.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTMENT IN UNITED STATES BY CANADIAN FIRMS- GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, indeed that is a very serious problem. We are now in the process of studying the situation. The fact that productivity has decreased in Canada and that in some sectors salaries have increased more quickly than in the United States obviously alters our competitive position in that field. I trust, therefore, that Canadians will realize that by demanding too much of the Canadian economy, that type of problem can be perpetuated.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTMENT IN UNITED STATES BY CANADIAN FIRMS- GOVERNMENT ACTION
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NDP

Lorne Edmund Nystrom (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nystrom:

I should like to ask the minister whether or not he will be in direct communication with the striking firms and, if so, what will he be saying to them individually and what action will he be taking with them?

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTMENT IN UNITED STATES BY CANADIAN FIRMS- GOVERNMENT ACTION
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LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Chretien:

Mr. Speaker, I can give no specific answer to the hon. member at this time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTMENT IN UNITED STATES BY CANADIAN FIRMS- GOVERNMENT ACTION
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MANPOWER

SC

Joseph Adrien Henri Lambert

Social Credit

Mr. Adrien Lambert (Bellechasse):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the President of the Treasury Board who, because of his experience, will surely appreciate its validity.

Because of the great number of able-bodied persons now unemployed, because LIP is intended to create jobs to reduce

unemployment and because several MPs of my area-including the Liberal member for Levis who said so in his speech on October 15-find that the moneys earmarked for LIP projects are quite insufficient, may I ask the President of the Treasury Board whether he is willing to recommend to his cabinet colleagues that additional credits be allotted the Department of Manpower so that more LIP projects can be implemented without delay?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   LOCAL INITIATIVES PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR INCREASED FUNDS
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LIB

Robert Knight Andras (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Hon. Robert K. Andras (President of the Treasury Board):

Mr. Speaker, I believe my colleague, the Minister of Manpower and Immigration, will be elaborating on certain measures in the course of the debate in the Speech from the Throne, and I surmise that the hon. member will be quite satisfied with the information that my colleague will be conveying.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   LOCAL INITIATIVES PROGRAM-REQUEST FOR INCREASED FUNDS
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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

PC

William James Kempling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Kempling (Halton-Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of State for Science and Technology. First, I would like to congratulate him on his appointment and wish him well in his performance of his various duties.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-subtopic:   REFUSAL OF DEPARTMENT TO RELEASE COPIES OF STUDIES TO MEMBER-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-subtopic:   REFUSAL OF DEPARTMENT TO RELEASE COPIES OF STUDIES TO MEMBER-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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PC

William James Kempling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Kempling:

The former minister instructed the deputy minister of the Department of Science and Technology to release to me upon my request studies that had been done on a variety of subjects. This was conveyed to me by the deputy minister and confirmed by the former minister. When I requested to see a series of studies that had been completed, I was told they could not be released without the permission of the person who had prepared them and that permission was not forthcoming. Will the minister review this matter and tell me whether or not a veil of secrecy extends over his department and whether his numerous staff members have veto power over a clear directive by the minister?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-subtopic:   REFUSAL OF DEPARTMENT TO RELEASE COPIES OF STUDIES TO MEMBER-GOVERNMENT ACTION
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October 19, 1976