October 13, 1978

LIB

Robert Knight Andras (President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Mr. Andras:

Mr. Speaker, when and if those decisions are taken finally, they will be announced by the Minister of Transport.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT STAFF REDUCTIONS
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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

PC

Erik Nielsen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Erik Nielsen (Yukon):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Justice, but in his absence I should like to direct it to the acting minister, who I assume is the Solicitor General. In view of the fact that the RCMP investigation was completed several months ago into the alleged wrongful conduct of Senator Lucier of the other place and Commissioner Pearson of Whitehorse in respect of the alleged offences of forgery and swearing of false affidavits, has that police report been submitted to the Crown attorneys in Whitehorse for consideration of whether or not charges should be laid, or has it been referred to the department in Ottawa for such consideration?

Included in that reply, may I be advised whether that decision will be made by the Crown attorney in Whitehorse or by the department in Ottawa?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   RCMP REPORT ON ALLEGED WRONGFUL CONDUCT OF SENATOR
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Hon. J.-J. Blais@Acting Minister of Justice

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice I will look into the question directed to him by the hon. gentleman and will provide him with a reply on Monday.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   RCMP REPORT ON ALLEGED WRONGFUL CONDUCT OF SENATOR
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PC

Erik Nielsen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nielsen:

Could the minister also respond to the question of whether or not a decision, if charges are to be laid, will be withheld until after the election in the Yukon, which will be on November 20?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   RCMP REPORT ON ALLEGED WRONGFUL CONDUCT OF SENATOR
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LIB

Jean-Jacques Blais (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Blais:

It is my information that the investigation is ongoing and, as I understand it, full details will be made available. I will be pleased to ask the Minister of Justice to report to the hon. gentleman on Monday.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   RCMP REPORT ON ALLEGED WRONGFUL CONDUCT OF SENATOR
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BROADCASTING

PC

Henry Perrin Beatty

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Perrin Beatty (Wellington-Grey-Dufferin-Waterloo):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State. This week, Mr. Peter Kent, former news reader of the CBC national news, repeated his very serious charges that officials of the Prime Minister's office had pressured the CBC management, which had the effect of intimidating or manipulating them.

I ask the Secretary of State, who is responsible to parliament for the CBC, whether he is prepared to accept his responsibility and move a motion in the House of Commons that the whole matter of the allegations made by Mr. Kent be referred to the Standing Committee on Broadcasting, Films and Assistance to the Arts, where officials of the CBC, of the Prime Minister's office and Mr. Kent can be called upon to testify?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BROADCASTING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGED POLITICAL PRESSURE ON CBC
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LIB

John (Moody) Roberts (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. John Roberts (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, of course, I am always prepared to accept my responsibilities, but I am not sure that the course of action suggested by the hon. member would be the most responsible one in the circumstances. After all, the statements to which the hon. member has referred have been very strongly contested by the representatives of the CBC before the CRTC hearings. I think it is proper for CRTC to make its assessment and present its report.

The hon. member, as indeed all members of the House, will have ample opportunities for questioning the CBC on its view of the matter when the estimates of the CBC are before the committee of the House. I doubt very much that the kind of special reference which the hon. member has requested is appropriate at this time, but I will take his representation into consideration.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BROADCASTING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGED POLITICAL PRESSURE ON CBC
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PC

Henry Perrin Beatty

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Beatty:

I wonder if I could have clarification from the minister. Is the Secretary of State saying that because the management of the CBC has not accepted Mr. Kent's statement that they have been manipulated or intimidated, it is not necessary for parliament to look into this matter? May I ask the Secretary of State whether he feels that the CRTC has the authority to police the actions of officials of the Prime Minister's office to ensure that those actions are always proper and above board?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BROADCASTING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGED POLITICAL PRESSURE ON CBC
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LIB

John (Moody) Roberts (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Roberts:

No, I do not think I did say that, to reply to the first part of the question. In reply to the second part, 1 simply suggested it would be reasonable to see what CRTC's assessment is.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BROADCASTING
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGED POLITICAL PRESSURE ON CBC
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

NDP

John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. John Rodriguez (Nickel Belt):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of Employment and Immigration I should like to direct my question to the President of the Treasury Board. In view of the fact that the provinces have estimated the impact of the proposed unemployment insurance changes on the cost of provincial welfare budgets to be something in the order of $200 million, in view of the fact that yesterday the minister admitted that the federal government would pick up 50 per cent of any adverse impact on the welfare budgets of the provinces, and in view of the fact that the minister also stated in the House yesterday that he has set up a joint federal-provincial committee to consider the impact

October 13, 1978

of such changes, can the President of the Treasury Board assure the House that, instead of doing things arse backwards, we will not bring in legislation before-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES TO PROGRAM-EFFECT ON PROVINCES
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I think the hon. member should re-examine his choice of words.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES TO PROGRAM-EFFECT ON PROVINCES
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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ray Hnatyshyn (Saskatoon-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, my question relates to the report on the news program "The World at Eight" this morning. In the absence of the Minister of the Environment, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, may I ask the appropriate acting minister whether the environmental assessment review panel has approved drilling activity in the Davis Strait, off the coast of Baffin Island; and if that is the case, would the minister or the acting minister agree to table that report today in the House?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON DRILLING IN DAVIS STRAIT-EFFECT ON ENVIRONMENT
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LIB

Hugh Alan Anderson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Liberal

Mr. Hugh A. Anderson (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

Mr. Speaker, I understand that the environmental review panel is preparing a report following public meetings in the eastern Arctic, but this report has not been made available either to the Minister of the Environment or to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and, therefore, we cannot comment on it.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON DRILLING IN DAVIS STRAIT-EFFECT ON ENVIRONMENT
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Heath Nelson Macquarrie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Heath Macquarrie (Hillsborough):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the right hon. Prime Minister. In light of his commendable expression of views on the Camp David meetings, can he now advise us whether President Sadat has accepted an invitation to visit this country; and, if so, for what tentative date?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INVITATION TO PRESIDENT SADAT TO VISIT CANADA
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

The President was invited and has accepted to come in principle. At one point he had considered coming here after the Camp David meetings, but now he has asked that the visit take place some time later in the course of the present session. The initiative is up to them now to fix a date. They are welcome to come.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INVITATION TO PRESIDENT SADAT TO VISIT CANADA
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October 13, 1978