February 27, 1978

PC

Dean Waldon Whiteway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dean Whiteway (Selkirk):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Fisheries and the Environment: it has to do with the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation and, in particular, two affidavits which I sent earlier today to the minister. In light of the statements made in those two affidavits, would the minister now indicate to the House whether he will immediately put in place an investigation into the marketing practices and financial arrangements of that corporation?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   FRESHWATER FISH MARKETING CORPORATION-INQUIRY RESPECTING INVESTIGATION
Permalink
LIB

Roméo LeBlanc (Minister of the Environment)

Liberal

Hon. Romeo LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries and the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, not only have I received a letter from the hon member indicating that he would ask these questions, but I have also seen the clippings from the Winnipeg Free Press, in which he has obviously orchestrated some kind of

Oral Questions

campaign announcing that affidavits might or might not come. By the way, these affidavits have nothing to do with marketing. If what is contained in the affidavits is perceived by the hon. member as being correct, and if he is interested in these matters being investigated, the least he should do is to give them to the attorney general of Manitoba.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   FRESHWATER FISH MARKETING CORPORATION-INQUIRY RESPECTING INVESTIGATION
Permalink
PC

Dean Waldon Whiteway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Whiteway:

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is directed to the same minister. I am not in a position to editorialize on these affidavits; they are statements made by persons who were employed there at one time. Does the minister intend to act within his jurisdiction and responsibility and direct an inquiry into these marketing procedures? Pertaining to statements in the affidavits as to certain actions by top executives of the corporation, does he intend to use his responsibility to institute a full investigation?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   FRESHWATER FISH MARKETING CORPORATION-INQUIRY RESPECTING INVESTIGATION
Permalink
LIB

Roméo LeBlanc (Minister of the Environment)

Liberal

Mr. LeBlanc (Westmorland-Kent):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member says that he does not want to editorialize. I certainly hope he does not want to smear individuals. The fact is that the Auditor General is the auditor of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation and he has in the past given the corporation a clean bill of health from an accounting point of view. Obviously, if these allegations have substance, they should be checked or challenged. I am not a lawyer, but if they have substance I assume they should be the subject of some action by the attorney general of Manitoba.

If they are not substantiated, I would hope that the hon. member would at least stop smear and innuendo against persons who are employed and who could very well be employed in something else but who were working day and night trying to improve the conditions of the freshwater fish marketing industry.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   FRESHWATER FISH MARKETING CORPORATION-INQUIRY RESPECTING INVESTIGATION
Permalink
PC

Dean Waldon Whiteway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Whiteway:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question to the same minister. In view of the fact that the minister responsible in the province of Manitoba has asked the federal minister for such an investigation, is it the intention of the federal minister, who has the power to initiate an investigation, to do so at the request of the provincial minister? Is that your intention, sir or is it not?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   FRESHWATER FISH MARKETING CORPORATION-INQUIRY RESPECTING INVESTIGATION
Permalink
LIB

Roméo LeBlanc (Minister of the Environment)

Liberal

Mr. LeBlanc (Westmorland-Kent):

Mr. Speaker, my understanding is that the minister from Manitoba has a view of the marketing corporation which is a view not shared by the board of the marketing corporation, four of whom are fishermen and the others are representatives from various provinces involved in the corporation. This is an honest difference of opinion and it has to be met by the board. It is, in fact, being met by the board. Surely the hon. member is not asking me to go behind the back of other provincial ministers and to call inquiries and audits on the basis of allegations and affidavits regarding which he has not had the courage to at least name the sponsors.

80031 -63(4

February 27, 1978

Oral Questions LABOUR CONDITIONS

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   FRESHWATER FISH MARKETING CORPORATION-INQUIRY RESPECTING INVESTIGATION
Permalink

ANNOUNCED LAY-OFFS AT IRON ORE COMPANY OF CANADA- GOVERNMENT POSITION

LIB

Bill Rompkey

Liberal

Mr. William Rompkey (Grand Falls-White Bay-Labrador):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Employment and Immigration: it has to do with announced lay-offs at the Iron Ore Company of Canada plant in Labrador City, because of down-time, some time early in the summer. I ask the minister, in view of the effect this will have not only on the economy of the area but on the economy of the province which is hard hit already, what steps he can take within his depar-ment to help avert these proposed lay-offs. In particular, would he consider setting up a joint consultative committee of union and management to investigate thoroughly the reasons for the lay-offs and to attempt to find alternatives?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCED LAY-OFFS AT IRON ORE COMPANY OF CANADA- GOVERNMENT POSITION
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it would probably be incorrect for me to say that we can take action that might avert these particular lay-offs. I can say that our manpower consultative service people are meeting with the company today, and it would be my hope that they would see fit to set up a manpower consultative committee in the interests of assessing what can be done for the individuals who are laid off, or who face lay-off.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCED LAY-OFFS AT IRON ORE COMPANY OF CANADA- GOVERNMENT POSITION
Permalink

PURCHASE AND SALE OF IMPORT QUOTAS FOR TEXTILES AND SHOES

PC

John Allen Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John A. Fraser (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the right hon. Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister advise this House whether he is aware of a domestic market building up in the sale and purchase of textile quotas, brought about because of the quotas that were imposed approximately a year ago?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PURCHASE AND SALE OF IMPORT QUOTAS FOR TEXTILES AND SHOES
Permalink
LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, 1 was not aware of that situation, but I will ask the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce to take note of that matter and look into it.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PURCHASE AND SALE OF IMPORT QUOTAS FOR TEXTILES AND SHOES
Permalink
PC

John Allen Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser:

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary is to the Prime Minister. Could he could also tell the House whether he is aware of a similar situation building up with respect to quotas granted for the imports of shoes? I am referring specifically to textiles and shoes of styles and prices which cannot be attained in Canada and for which there would not be any infringement on the domestic market in so far as Canadian producers are concerned.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PURCHASE AND SALE OF IMPORT QUOTAS FOR TEXTILES AND SHOES
Permalink
LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for drawing this question to my attention.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PURCHASE AND SALE OF IMPORT QUOTAS FOR TEXTILES AND SHOES
Permalink

FINANCE

PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for whoever may be subbing for the Minister of Finance. Is it the first acting minister of finance, the second acting minister, or the parliamentary secretary? With regard to bringing in for first reading the amendments to the Bank Act, statements were made almost a month ago that these were expected in the middle of March. Is the government prepared to say when this legislation is to be brought forward for first reading?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS TO BANK ACT
Permalink
LIB

Edward C. Lumley (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Ed Lumley (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, the minister has not changed his position from the answer he gave the hon. member in the committee meeting a month ago.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS TO BANK ACT
Permalink
PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lambert (Edmonton West):

My supplementary question is this. At that time the government announced that the amendments to the Bank Act would be introduced in the middle of March. That was a month ago. Is the date still the same? The bill was sent to the Department of Justice for technical drafting. Is anyone from the Department of Justice prepared to answer, Mr. Speaker, as to how long this technical drafting is to take, or is it simply that this document is to be kept away from the House until after Easter, in anticipation of a possible election call?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS TO BANK ACT
Permalink
LIB

Edward C. Lumley (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Lumley:

Mr. Speaker, the minister hopes, and it is still his priority, that amendments to the Bank Act will be introduced during the month of March.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS TO BANK ACT
Permalink

LABOUR CONDITIONS

February 27, 1978