March 15, 1977

ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Acting Prime Minister and the architect of the economic policy which has created unemployment at the highest level in the history of Canada. Those statistics released today, if one includes total unemployment among status and non-status Indians and the 50,000 plus Canadians who have stopped looking for work because under this government they simply believe that there are no jobs for them to find, indicate that there are more than one million Canadians now out of work. I would ask the Minister of Finance, without revealing the details of this budget, whether he will give a firm commitment to those more than one million Canadians who are out of work that a primary target of that budget will be to break this pattern of growing unemployment and to let Canadians get to work?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Donald S. Macdonald (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I would confirm that while the rate of employment in Canada increased substantially since December, the participation rate has also increased and it has to be a matter of concern-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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PC

Steve Eugene Paproski (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paproski:

Oh, come on.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

-that so many Canadians are unemployed. As I have indicated, I would hope to present the budget on March 31.

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance has expressly declined the invitation to give a commitment to this House now that a primary target of the budget which he is bringing in too late on March 31 will be to break the pattern of unemployment which has marked his tenure as Minister of Finance.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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PC

Steve Eugene Paproski (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paproski:

Shame! Resign.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Since the job creation programs of this government have created less than one-half of the quarter million jobs forecast in the budget of last May, I ask the Acting Prime Minister if he and his colleagues are going to undertake an immediate review of the adequacy of job creation programs now in place, and whether they are seriously considering as an emergency measure the possibility of changing the priority of government projects that are already in the works, to give priority to those regions of Canada which are most directly affected by the shocking figures released today?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

Mr. Speaker, it has been a long-standing practice under our system that the government makes a presentation of its economic policy at the time of the budget. My response to this question of the hon. gentleman, as to the previous one, is that I would intend to make a statement on economic policy on March 31.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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PC

Walter David Baker (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baker (Grenville-Carleton):

Back to the Primrose Club.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker, the answer of the Minister of Finance to the more than one million Canadians out of work is, wait a while longer; we will offer you no hope.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker, there has probably never been a government in the history of this country that has shown more contempt for the people and parliament.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BUDGETARY PROVISIONS TO REDUCE LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND REVIEW OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):

Let me direct a simple question to the Minister of Finance. Since those Figures released today indicate that there is a particular crisis for the young who are starting their work careers without jobs to go to, will the government introduce special emergency programs to create jobs for those young Canadians who are now forced to start their work careers without jobs to go to.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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March 15, 1977