March 15, 1977

LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, to repeat the answer for the third time to the hon. gentleman, it makes some sense to present the government's economic policy in the context of the budget.

March 15, 1977

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

That's what you have been saying all along, and look what it has done.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

I would intend to do so. I am interested in the various proposals which the Leader of the Opposition has to make.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Look at what the last budget did.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paproski:

Do something, or resign.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

I will be giving substantial attention to the particular groups within the work force who have been suffering from unemployment.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

That's what you have been saying for years and years.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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TIME LAG BETWEEN INTRODUCTION OF BUDGET AND EFFECT OF PROVISIONS

PC

Lincoln MacCauley Alexander

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lincoln M. Alexander (Hamilton West):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a supplementary question to the same architect of economic disaster. I would ask the Minister of Finance this question: Considering the time lag between the announcement of fiscal policy changes, if any, and their effect-and I am thinking of the budget-does the minister concede that the federal government can do little to affect substantially the level of unemployment in 1977? I ask this in view of the certain time lag between the introduction of the budget and when the figures actually come into effect.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TIME LAG BETWEEN INTRODUCTION OF BUDGET AND EFFECT OF PROVISIONS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, that very much depends upon the nature of the measures that are announced.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TIME LAG BETWEEN INTRODUCTION OF BUDGET AND EFFECT OF PROVISIONS
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REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE ECONOMY PRIOR TO PRESENTATION OF BUDGET

PC

Lincoln MacCauley Alexander

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lincoln M. Alexander (Hamilton West):

Once again the minister has shown a callous disregard for the over one million out of work. In light of the fact that the people of Canada have been consistently kept in the dark with regard to forecasts and targets for job creation, unemployment and growth for 1977, is it the position of this government that a statement as to the state of the economy will not be made until the introduction of the budget? Why can we not have that statement in very short order in order that we can determine whether in fact the government has moved in a proper direction once the budget has been introduced?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE ECONOMY PRIOR TO PRESENTATION OF BUDGET
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it has always been a fact that it makes some sense to make a presentation both with respect to the prospects for the year in relation to which the budget is given and the measures that are proposed. I intend to follow that very sensible practice.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE ECONOMY PRIOR TO PRESENTATION OF BUDGET
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UNEMPLOYMENT-ESTIMATE OF MONTH IN WHICH LEVEL REDUCED-CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES ON JOB CREATION PROGRAMS

NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, my question is also for the Minister of Finance. In view of the fact that the total number of unemployed and the rate of unemployment have been steadily increasing for more than a year, has the department estimated in what month, if any, they can see a reduction in either the number or the rate of unemployment? If they made those kinds of estimates, is the minister now prepared to tell the House that or is he prepared to do that when he presents his budget at the end of the month?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-ESTIMATE OF MONTH IN WHICH LEVEL REDUCED-CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES ON JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the budget presentation will include an estimate as to the prospects for employment during the year.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-ESTIMATE OF MONTH IN WHICH LEVEL REDUCED-CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES ON JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. Orlikow:

Considering the very serious nature of the unemployment problem in all parts of the country, is the government giving consideration to meeting with the provinces to discuss with them what programs, together or separately, the federal and provincial governments can implement to put people back into productive labour now or in the very near future?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-ESTIMATE OF MONTH IN WHICH LEVEL REDUCED-CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES ON JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

Mr. Speaker, as part of the pre-budget preparation, I did have such a meeting with the provincial finance ministers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-ESTIMATE OF MONTH IN WHICH LEVEL REDUCED-CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES ON JOB CREATION PROGRAMS
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SUGGESTED RELEASE OF FUNDS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

March 15, 1977