November 29, 1978

PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

Mr. Speaker, 1 wonder how the minister can say that when, surely, his proposal will have to go to the board of economic management. The Prime Minister has said, "The board will have the responsibility of reviewing and approving all programs and policies directly affecting economic development, secondary industry, resource industry, such as tourism, not only co-ordinating but also approving the delivery of federal programs." In view of these pronouncements by the Prime Minister, what does the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce have left to supervise, except perhaps the metric

November 29, 1978

Oral Questions

commission? Does he now like the metric commission? Could he tell us what is left for him?

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Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   POLICY ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
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LIB

John (Jack) Henry Horner (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Horner:

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce is still my responsibility.

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Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   POLICY ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
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LIB

John (Jack) Henry Horner (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Horner:

It has about 2,700 employees working on thousands of projects to assist industries right across Canada. The minister of economic development, the other ministers of the committee and I will work very well together, and we should see greater co-ordination of greater efforts to help industry in this country.

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Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   POLICY ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
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CALL FOR INDUSTRY MEETING TO IMPROVE GRAIN MOVEMENT

PC

Donald Frank Mazankowski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Don Mazankowski (Vegreville):

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Minister of Transport. The grain movement in this country is continuing to deteriorate. It appears that no visible action is being taken to improve the situation. There seems to be some degree of uncertainty in identifying problems, isolating them and taking the necessary corrective action. The parties involved in the movement of grain are engaged in verbal crossfire.

Would the Minister of Transport undertake to exercise his leadership responsibility by convening an emergency meeting of all components of the grain handling, transportation and marketing sector of the grain industry, to bring all parties together in an attempt to resolve the current problem and lay the groundwork for increasing the capacity of our grain handling system to meet the challenges of the 1980s?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CALL FOR INDUSTRY MEETING TO IMPROVE GRAIN MOVEMENT
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the hon. member that it is not very useful for one sector within the grain handling system to point the finger at another sector. That has happened in the past and we are trying to minimize it.

Meetings of the type to which the hon. member refers have taken place and have been attended by expert management consultants. At an early date they will be in a position to make recommendations to me of specific action for improving the system. That action may require some change of position, whether on the part of the railways or the grain handling companies. At that point I may require the co-operation of all hon. members to make sure that all the pressure possible is brought to bear upon such a sector in order to act according to the recommendations.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CALL FOR INDUSTRY MEETING TO IMPROVE GRAIN MOVEMENT
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PC

Donald Frank Mazankowski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mazankowski:

Mr. Speaker, a supplementary question. Since the matter is so urgent, in the minds of producers and all concerned at this time, and nothing appears to be taking place to improve the situation, could I prevail upon the minister to

call for such a meeting immediately? If he has had such a meeting, I am sure it is not known to this House or to producers and all those engaged in the grain handling industry. Because of its importance right now-and, I am sure, as a result of the study that has been undertaken he has some facts and figures before him-can he not immediately convene such an emergency meeting so that all the facts can be laid on the table and we can arrive at a solution before it is too late?

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Subtopic:   CALL FOR INDUSTRY MEETING TO IMPROVE GRAIN MOVEMENT
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is really contradicting his earlier position, because such a meeting would only have a tendency to organize finger-pointing by one at the other-

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Subtopic:   CALL FOR INDUSTRY MEETING TO IMPROVE GRAIN MOVEMENT
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PC

Donald Frank Mazankowski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mazankowski:

What about your leadership: you have not exercised your leadership?

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Subtopic:   CALL FOR INDUSTRY MEETING TO IMPROVE GRAIN MOVEMENT
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

What we have had, instead, is leadership in terms of making sure that working meetings were going on which would produce results and sound recommendations upon which we could act. Many people in the west know that these sessions have been going on, and I expect to have results from them.

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INQUIRY WHETHER GOVERNMENT WILL CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO RECONSTRUCTION OF EXPERIMENTAL WINDMILL AT 1LES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, QUEBEC

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Mr. Albert Becliard@Bonaventure-Iles-de-la-Madeleine

Mr. Speaker, I would have liked to address a question to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources in his new position of Minister of State for Science and Technology, but in his absence, 1 will put it to his very efficient parliamentary secretary.

Following the deplorable accident which occurred last July at the experimental windmill built at Iles-de-la-Madeleine by Hydro-Quebec, with a contribution of over 90 per cent from the National Research Council, and following the recent decision to rebuild this generator, can the parliamentary secretary tell the House, as well as the population of Magdalen Islands, of Quebec and of Canada as a whole if NRC, and therefore the federal government will support financially this reconstruction project?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER GOVERNMENT WILL CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO RECONSTRUCTION OF EXPERIMENTAL WINDMILL AT 1LES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, QUEBEC
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LIB

Maurice James Harquail (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services)

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Harquail (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to reply in the affirmative. This project, the wind turbine vertical axis generator, the Darrieus type, will be negotiated as a joint project between the province of Newfoundland and the province of Quebec for an even larger type, when it will be reconstructed.

November 29, 1978

While I am on my feet, Mr. Speaker, I might mention that Dr. Schneider, Director of the National Research Council, will be appearing tomorrow morning before the Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates and will be available to answer any further questions that members may have with respect to that project.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER GOVERNMENT WILL CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO RECONSTRUCTION OF EXPERIMENTAL WINDMILL AT 1LES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, QUEBEC
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CONSUMER AFFAIRS

NDP

Max Saltsman

New Democratic Party

Mr. Max Saltsman (Waterloo-Cambridge):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, but in his absence perhaps I could direct it to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Yesterday's Economic Council of Canada report stated that the rapid increase in food prices can be attributed to soaring profits for food and beverage manufacturers. Since I have received a secret cabinet document dated June 20, entitled "Possible Response to Food Price Increases", may 1 ask the minister if he can indicate to the House why the government has reneged on its responsibilities, as indicated in that document, to take action to prevent rising food prices and profits?

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Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN FOOD PRICES-ALLEGED GOVERNMENT INACTION
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister and President of Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, I have no way of authenticating the source of the hon. member's question. I will draw it to the attention of the minister so that he can deal with it when he returns to Ottawa.

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Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN FOOD PRICES-ALLEGED GOVERNMENT INACTION
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NDP

Max Saltsman

New Democratic Party

Mr. Saltsman:

Mr. Speaker, a supplementary question. Perhaps I might ask the Deputy Prime Minister a question that will not require any authentication.

In view of the fact that, according to the council's report, over-all profits in the food industry increased 63 per cent in the last six months, and since individual food companies such as Weston's, with a 113 per cent profit increase, and Burns Foods with a 199 per cent increase in profit, are profiteering off the Canadian consumer, will the minister request these companies to rescind their food increases?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN FOOD PRICES-ALLEGED GOVERNMENT INACTION
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Mr. Speaker, 1 believe the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs has already made a statement to the effect that he has been taking a keen interest in these developments and reviewing possible action that could be taken. I should like to refresh my memory on the policy point.

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Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN FOOD PRICES-ALLEGED GOVERNMENT INACTION
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FISHERIES

November 29, 1978