December 20, 1977

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

NATIONAL DEFENCE

PC

Thomas Charles Cossitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Tom Cossitt (Leeds):

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. 1 rise on a matter of pressing necessity further to a situation I raised in the House on December 8 with respect to misappropriation of public funds at Canadian Forces Base, Ottawa North, Rockcliffe and as a result of additional information I have received in the last several days, including the fact that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has now been called in to investigate. I therefore ask leave to move, seconded by the hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre (Mr. McKenzie):

That the Minister of National Defence make a detailed statement outlining the situation, specifically, that he explain the removal from the base last weekend of thousands of dollars of allegedly improperly purchased musical and electronic equipment, that he state details of an attempt by one of the officers involved to pay back to the government a large portion of stolen funds and, finally, that the minister guarantee that all charges which may be laid will be dealt with by civil rather than military courts.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   CFB OTTAWA NORTH-REQUEST FOR REPORT ON ALLEGED MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Under the terms of Standing Order 43, a motion can be presented for debate only with unanimous consent. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   CFB OTTAWA NORTH-REQUEST FOR REPORT ON ALLEGED MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No!

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   CFB OTTAWA NORTH-REQUEST FOR REPORT ON ALLEGED MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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VETERANS AFFAIRS

NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 43 I rise on a matter of urgency, a matter of deep concern. It relates to the announcement made by the Minister of Veterans Affairs to the effect that a 7.2 per cent increase in the rate of the war disability pension will come into effect in January. This increase, already provided by law, does not restore the basic rate to the composite level established in 1973, a level which the minister agreed was one which should be maintained. I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Humber-St. George's-St. Barbe (Mr. Marshall):

That this House calls on the government to authorize the Minister of Veterans Affairs immediately on the reassembling of the House of Commons on January 23, 1978, to introduce legislation to restore the basic rate of the war disability pension to the average take-home pay of the five categories of federal public servants designated in 1973, it being the view of this House that anything less represesents a failure to keep faith with the veterans of this country.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO RESTORE BASIC DISABILITY PENSION TO COMPOSITE LEVEL-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Such a motion for discussion, pursuant to Standing Order 43, requires unanimous consent before it can be put. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO RESTORE BASIC DISABILITY PENSION TO COMPOSITE LEVEL-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO RESTORE BASIC DISABILITY PENSION TO COMPOSITE LEVEL-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO RESTORE BASIC DISABILITY PENSION TO COMPOSITE LEVEL-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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SOCIAL SECURITY

PC

Flora Isabel MacDonald

Progressive Conservative

Miss Flora MacDonald (Kingston and the Islands):

Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. Given the spirit of goodwill and generosity which normally exists at this time of year, and given the Scrooge-like approach of the former minister of national health and welfare was best exemplified by the letters that went out annually to some 2,500 Canadians who, upon the death of their spouse and in their bereavement, were suddenly deprived of the benefits of the spouses' allowance, I move, seconded by the hon. member for St. John's East (Mr. McGrath):

That this House request that the Minister of National Health and Welfare, in the spirit of Christmas and as a New Year's resolution, take a minimal first step to redressing the hardship of some 100,000 single, divorced and widowed Canadians between the ages of 60 and 65, most of whom are women, by undertaking to end the practice of curtailing the spouses' allowance upon the death of the partner in marriage, thus assuring that at least those who are presently in receipt of the spouses' allowance will not have to face, on the death of their partner, the added tragedy of economic deprivation.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTION SPOUSES' ALLOWANCE BE RETAINED FOLLOWING DEATH OF MARRIAGE PARTNER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Presentation of such a motion for debate requires the unanimous consent of the House, pursuant to Standing Order 43. Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTION SPOUSES' ALLOWANCE BE RETAINED FOLLOWING DEATH OF MARRIAGE PARTNER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTION SPOUSES' ALLOWANCE BE RETAINED FOLLOWING DEATH OF MARRIAGE PARTNER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

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Regional Economic Expansion FINANCE

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTION SPOUSES' ALLOWANCE BE RETAINED FOLLOWING DEATH OF MARRIAGE PARTNER-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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PROPOSAL TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE FOR MINISTER-MOTION UNDER S O. 43

PC

Sinclair McKnight Stevens

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Sinclair Stevens (York-Simcoe):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 43. As the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (Mr. Horner) confirmed yesterday, our present Minister of Finance (Mr. Chretien) cannot do two things at once. The minister said: "The Minister of Finance cannot work in his department and concentrate on new measures at the same time as attending the House". As former ministers of finance have been able to do just that, even the hon. member for Rosedale (Mr. Macdonald) guided 13 bills through the House in a few months last session, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Selkirk (Mr. Whiteway):

That this House recommend that a trio be formed of Mr. Edgar Benson, Mr. John Turner and Mr. Donald Macdonald, being three former ministers of finance under the present Prime Minister, to assist poor Jean who appears to have floundered so badly with the passage of but one Bill C-l 1.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE FOR MINISTER-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO OBTAIN ASSISTANCE FOR MINISTER-MOTION UNDER S O. 43
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REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION

PC

J. Michael Forrestall

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. M. Forrestall (Dartmouth-Halifax East):

Mr. Speaker, 1 rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 to move a motion which arises out of the continued uncertainty with respect to the future of DREE policies. This requires the assurance of the House that in fact no changes will be made to that program without an adequate prior process of consultation with the provinces. Therefore, I move, seconded by the hon. member for St. John's East (Mr. McGrath):

That this House direct the appropriate ministers not to proceed with the development of new application policies for DREE programs until the fullest consultative procedures have been adhered to with the provinces aimed at identification of procedures which would have the effect of reducing the alarming high levels of slippage and having the result of assisting in the realization of permanent, rather than temporary employment, in such areas as those of our primary sectors.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT PROVINCES BE CONSULTED PRIOR TO CHANGE IN POLICY-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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December 20, 1977