March 17, 1977

NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

Mr. Speaker, a year ago last month the minister informed me in the House in reply to a question that the government was then preparing its position on the auto pact and considering that the deficit now is of the magnitude that I just told him, I am astounded that he did not have these figures at his fingertips when he went to Washington last week. Does the minister know that we have not got our share of investment in the auto pact in each of the years for the past half dozen years, and if he knows this, could he tell the House why he did not bring this major job creating pact supposedly for Canada to the attention of the Americans when he was there last week?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   DEFICIT AS RESULT OF CANADA-UNITED STATES AUTO PACT-DISCUSSIONS WITH UNITED STATES
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

Mr. Speaker, 1 think it will be evident from the nature of the question that it is obviously a matter of a difference of opinion, for example, as to what is the appropriate share, and indeed the preparation of viewpoints on that matter has been underway. I have to remind the hon. member that there was little prospect of achieving progress in negotiations with the United States during the period of time in which that country was in the process of selecting its administration for the current term.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   DEFICIT AS RESULT OF CANADA-UNITED STATES AUTO PACT-DISCUSSIONS WITH UNITED STATES
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POSSIBILITY GENERAL MOTORS WILL CEASE PRODUCTION OF VEGA AT STE. THERESE-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO PROTECT JOBS

NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Edward Broadbent (Oshawa-Whitby):

Mr. Speaker, one view of the share would be that we get investment in the industry at least in proportion to the amount we consume in the industry on this side of the border. We have been getting about half that amount for the past half dozen years.

My final question to the minister concerns the announced intention of General Motors to shut down production this coming fall of the Vega automobile which is currently produced at Ste. Therese, Quebec. Has the minister investigated this report, and if so, has he obtained assurances from General Motors that that company will not shut down production of the Vega, or if it does that, the jobs involved-and there are hundreds of them-will be fully protected through the production of another model of that company's line at that plant on this side of the border?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY GENERAL MOTORS WILL CEASE PRODUCTION OF VEGA AT STE. THERESE-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO PROTECT JOBS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Donald S. Macdonald (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. gentleman knows, detailed dealings with the automotive industry in Canada are the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY GENERAL MOTORS WILL CEASE PRODUCTION OF VEGA AT STE. THERESE-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO PROTECT JOBS
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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

He is not here.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY GENERAL MOTORS WILL CEASE PRODUCTION OF VEGA AT STE. THERESE-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO PROTECT JOBS
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LIB

Donald Stovel Macdonald (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Rosedale):

He is not here, but I am quite prepared to bring to his attention for his consideration the question asked by the hon. member.

March 17, 1977

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY GENERAL MOTORS WILL CEASE PRODUCTION OF VEGA AT STE. THERESE-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO PROTECT JOBS
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CONSUMER AFFAIRS

SC

Charles-Arthur Gauthier

Social Credit

Mr. C. A. Gauthier (Roberval):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask a question of the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs.

Is the minister aware that 80 per cent of Quebec fire insurance companies have jointed into a combine to control the insurance rates which have gone up by 100 per cent in the last two years, and to determine themselves the appraisal of insurable properties on the basis of replacement value, which means a total increase of 200 per cent in three years ? Is his department responsible for these companies and what is the minister doing against this monopoly which is going to be prejudicial to 75 per cent of small fire insurance policyholders?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FIRE INSURANCE-GOVERNMENT INSURANCE
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LIB

Anthony Chisholm Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the companies mentioned and their practices could come under the examination of my department. Subsequent to the raising of a Standing Order 43 motion I asked the director of the combines branch to report to me on this question, and I will advise the hon. member as soon as possible.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FIRE INSURANCE-GOVERNMENT INSURANCE
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SC

Charles-Arthur Gauthier

Social Credit

Mr. Gauthier (Roberval):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a supplementary question of the minister?

I thank the minister for his answer. Now I want to ask him whether it would be possible to proceed immediately with regard to this combine which has started its activities because, as I said before, this would make it impossible for 75 per cent of the people to get fire insurance.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FIRE INSURANCE-GOVERNMENT INSURANCE
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LIB

Anthony Chisholm Abbott (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his representation, and I will look into the matter.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FIRE INSURANCE-GOVERNMENT INSURANCE
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

LIB

Coline M. Campbell

Liberal

Miss Coline Campbell (South Western Nova):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence. In the past there have been rumours that CFB Cornwallis is to be closed down. Can the minister tell me and the people of South Western Nova the status of CFB Cornwallis at this time?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   STATUS OF CFB CORNWALLIS
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LIB

Barnett Jerome Danson (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Barney Danson (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, CFB Cornwallis is certainly an active Anglophone recruiting centre. Not only is it continuing, but its size is being increased by about 100 new recruits per month. Base operations are going on. There are refittings for a new mess hall and an expansion of existing facilities, so the hon. member can be

assured that Cornwallis is strong, alive and producing mighty fine troops for our armed forces.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   STATUS OF CFB CORNWALLIS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   STATUS OF CFB CORNWALLIS
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MANPOWER

PC

John Robert Holmes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. R. Holmes (Lambton-Kent):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Manpower and Immigration and is related to the exceptionally high unemployment rate in the Indian, Inuit and Metis communities which averages between 45 per cent and 60 per cent and at times is as high as 95 per cent. In view of the fact that the policy announced by the former minister on May 17, 1976 has failed to attain the objectives of increased participation in the labour force and to decrease the unemployment rate, can the minister say what new programs he will be introducing to correct this serious problem.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAMS TO GIVE EMPLOYMENT TO NATIVE PEOPLE-EFFORTS TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE STATISTICS
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LIB

Jack Sydney George (Bud) Cullen (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. Bud Cullen (Minister of Manpower and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I disagree with the premise of the hon. member's question. I recognize of course that the unemployment level of that particular group is in fact high, and that is why we set the figure at 75 per cent and brought the status Indians under the Canada Works program so that on a constituency to constituency basis some effort was made in that direction. In other projects that we have operating across the country in conjunction with both DREE and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development we are endeavouring to do what we can to assist at the government level.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAMS TO GIVE EMPLOYMENT TO NATIVE PEOPLE-EFFORTS TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE STATISTICS
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PC

John Robert Holmes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Holmes:

The minister referred to the Canada Works program. If the unemployed status Indians were included in the unemployment statistics for February, the number of Canadians out of work would be substantially more than one million. What steps is he taking to obtain accurate, up-to-date ongoing unemployment statistics for status Indians, and indeed for Metis and non-status Indians, so that the government can immediately introduce programs to correct the serious unemployment problem and, in addition, to permit the government to develop a long-term employment strategy in anticipation of the exceptionally large number of status Indians who will be entering the labour force by 1980?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MANPOWER
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAMS TO GIVE EMPLOYMENT TO NATIVE PEOPLE-EFFORTS TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE STATISTICS
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March 17, 1977