October 19, 1976

LIB

James Hugh Faulkner (Minister of State for Science and Technology)

Liberal

Hon. James Hugh Faulkner (Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his good wishes. I will certainly review the matter he mentioned. I would have no difficulty in living up to an undertaking by my predecessor but I would like to look into it.

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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DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION GOVERNING EXPLORATION FOR OIL ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY

PC

James McPhail Gillies

Progressive Conservative

Mr. James Gillies (Don Valley):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. Can the

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minister tell us whether or not the government intends to introduce legislation in this session to bring into effect the regulations governing exploration and development of oil on federal property?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION GOVERNING EXPLORATION FOR OIL ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
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LIB

Alastair William Gillespie (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Alastair Gillespie (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

Mr. Speaker, yes, and that was set forth in the Speech from the Throne.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION GOVERNING EXPLORATION FOR OIL ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
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PC

James McPhail Gillies

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gillies:

I raised this question, Mr. Speaker, because it was not quite clear in the Speech from the Throne whether or not the government intended to do it in this session. Are the rumours correct that major changes are being proposed in these regulations before they come forth at the next session?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION GOVERNING EXPLORATION FOR OIL ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
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LIB

Alastair William Gillespie (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Gillespie:

I do not know where the hon. member is getting his information. I have stated the position of the government in the past. My colleague, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and I made public the principles governing the new legislation and the legislation is now being drafted. It will be placed before the House in due course. Of course, all the parties will have an opportunity to put forward any proposals they may wish.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION GOVERNING EXPLORATION FOR OIL ON GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
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AIR CANADA

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ray Hnatyshyn (Saskatoon-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, my question, and first and second supplementaries are to the Minister of Transport relating to Air Canada. I wonder if the minister could inform the House as to when it is anticipated there will be an appointment of a permanent chairman of Air Canada.

In view of the promises of the minister, could he tell us if it is anticipated that we will have amendments to the Air Canada Act this session?

Finally, in view of the fact that there has not been a reference of the annual report of Air Canada to the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications since 1973, will the minister give a firm undertaking that this will be done in the very near future?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AIR CANADA
Sub-subtopic:   DATE OF APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN AND REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORT TO COMMITTEE-POSSIBILITY OF AMENDMENTS TO ACT
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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, I think the question of the chairmanship may be decided in the very near future, although I must say that the acting chairman, Mr. Pierre Taschereau, has been doing a superb job in his role with Air Canada.

I am hopeful that the legislation which is now in a determined form can come forward, but that may depend upon the discussions the House leaders will have about how fast it can be brought forward. That might be a suitable time and vehicle with which to broaden discussion and include the annual report, but if that does not happen conveniently, I am prepared

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to discuss with hon. members on both sides of this House how we can best get the questions relating to Air Canada before a House committee.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AIR CANADA
Sub-subtopic:   DATE OF APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN AND REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORT TO COMMITTEE-POSSIBILITY OF AMENDMENTS TO ACT
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE

PC

John Angus MacLean

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. A. MacLean (Malpeque):

Mr. Speaker, I want to take advantage of this occasion to make a brief statement. It is a matter of personal privilege for me to say that I am resigning my seat in this House effective midnight tonight in order to contest a seat in the legislature in my home province of Prince Edward Island, where I have been chosen provincial leader of the Progressive Conservative Party.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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PC

John Angus MacLean

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacLean:

While 1 consider my new responsibilities a great challenge, it is naturally not without regrets that I leave this chamber after 25 years' service. I will especially miss the honour of representing the people of the constituency of Malpeque, some of whom were also members of my former constituency of Queen's. They have done me the honour of electing me ten consecutive times to this chamber, thus making me their representative in one third of the parliaments elected since Confederation.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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PC

John Angus MacLean

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacLean:

I would like to record my deep appreciation to you, Mr. Speaker, and to all the members and staff of this House for the many courtesies extended to me on so many occasions. I will miss the many friendships I have been fortunate to enjoy among you.

I will, of course, miss working in the parliamentary associations in which I have been active, and I will miss my work as chairman of the Standing Committee on Management and Members Services and the close association this entailed with the Commissioners of Internal Economy.

Whatever the future holds, I hope I may be able to retain at least most of the friendships I have enjoyed here. Let me wish you all continuing good health and satisfaction in your respective responsibilities to our country.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I feel it a considerable honour to have the opportunity to speak on the question of privilege which has been raised by the hon. member for Malpeque (Mr. MacLean).

I am sure that each and every member of the House shares the regret I feel at his departure from the House of Commons

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after such a long and successful service. He was in the House of Commons when I entered in 1953. He had been elected in a by-election, I believe, in 1951, and when I entered, I regarded him as a well established veteran of the House.

Since that time he has added lustre to the chamber by his industry, his integrity and by the way in which he associated on a personal basis with members of the House in all parties. As a minister he performed exceedingly well, and following his departure from the ministry he has served as a member of the opposition, on committees and in the House of Commons in an extremely effective way. However, I believe all of us will remember Angus MacLean mostly for his personal qualities, his readiness to extend friendship and his high integrity.

He is leaving the House to take on new responsibilities, and judging from recent events he does not require good wishes from me in order to discharge those responsibilities.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Edward Broadbent (Oshawa-Whitby):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my colleagues in the House I would like to join with the government House leader in extending our very warmest personal wishes to the hon. member for Malpeque (Mr. MacLean). As the government House leader has said, during his 25 years in the House the hon. member has distinguished himself as one of the truly exceptional gentlemen of this House, and that is said in the most positive sense. He is a man of honesty, integrity and personal commitment to the wellbeing of his constituents.

In expressing wishes for continuing good health and personal happiness to the hon. member in the most genuine fashion on behalf of my colleagues I, of course, want to make it abundantly clear that we do not extend these good wishes into the political domain. I am sure the hon. member understands that. We wish him well as he returns to his native island. We hope the political success he confronts there is not at all commensurate with the 100 per cent personal success we wish him.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR MALPEQUE
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October 19, 1976