February 13, 1979

LIB

Gilles Marceau

Liberal

Mr. Gilles Marceau (Lapointe):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice.

For the past couple of years several Quebec groups, and in particular the Quebec Women's Federation, have been calling for the establishment of a family court. In view of the results of the latest federal-provincial conference at which there was unanimous consensus on the transfer of family rights, could the minister say whether he intends to introduce shortly a bill to amend the constitution so as to set up those family courts, and does the minister, as this will undoubtedly necessitate rather extensive delays, have an alternative which might be immediately applicable to Quebec which could rapidly establish a family court?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ESTABLISH FAMILY COURTS IN QUEBEC
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LIB

Marc Lalonde (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Minister responsible for the Status of Women)

Liberal

Hon. Marc Lalonde (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, in co-operation with several provinces we have already managed to establish family tribunals by going ahead with the joint appointment of judges who are particularly knowledgeable in the area of family relationships. I do not have a similar agreement with Quebec yet but such an arrangement is available to the Quebec authorities if they want to use it, just as a few other provinces have already used that technique.

With respect to the constitutional amendment that would be required to ensure the transfer of marriage and divorce to provincial jurisdiction, the government indicated it agreed with such a constitutional amendment and no decision has been made yet as to the date when parliament will be called upon to consider that specific amendment.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ESTABLISH FAMILY COURTS IN QUEBEC
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TRANSPORT

PC

William Gordon Ritchie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Ritchie (Dauphin):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the minister in charge of the Wheat Board. In response to farmers' concerns over the recent media report that the CNR only would get the new hopper cars which the Wheat Board has ordered, when presumably the farmers collectively will pay for them, would the minister explain why farmers who are on CPR lines will apparently not be able to have the use of the hopper cars?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF ADDITIONAL GRAIN HOPPER CARS ON CPR LINES
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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, there was a point in time when both the Wheat Board and 1 had the distinct impression that the Canadian Pacific Railway were telling us that they would have enough cars for the handling of grain next year. That, incidentally, was part of

February 13, 1979

Oral Questions

their reason for not entering into the boxcar repair program, even though we were offering to pay half the costs and even though I had drawn to their attention the requirement under the statute that they provide equipment for the carriage of goods. They later changed their view and entered into that car repair program. Also, they have now indicated that they do, in fact, require some new cars.

As a result, while the Canadian Wheat Board-I suppose fairly logically-had decided to allocate the cars to Canadian National, which clearly said they needed them, now that Canadian Pacific has indicated likewise I am sure further consideration is being given to the question of whether it would be fair to farmers in the areas served by CPR not to have the advantage of the cars as well.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF ADDITIONAL GRAIN HOPPER CARS ON CPR LINES
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PC

William Gordon Ritchie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ritchie:

Mr. Speaker, in that event, will the minister give his unqualified endorsement that he will make certain that the Wheat Board is fair in the allocation of these cars, as all farmers, presumably, will have to pay for them collectively?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF ADDITIONAL GRAIN HOPPER CARS ON CPR LINES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

Mr. Speaker, to this point I have indicated to the Wheat Board my view that it would be wise for them to have these cars divided between the two railroads. I have not considered whether I would take any further action if the Wheat Board continued in the judgment that it was best for them to have the cars allocated to Canadian National. I have also conveyed to them the strong feelings of farmers whom 1 have met through my travels in southern areas of the prairies, where Canadian Pacific lines predominate, about the fact that the cars ought to be shared.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF ADDITIONAL GRAIN HOPPER CARS ON CPR LINES
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INQUIRY WHETHER PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT

PC

Albert C. (Bert) Cadieu

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bert Cadieu (Meadow Lake):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Transport. Will there be any provision made for public hearings concerning the abandonment and destruction of the Amiens subdivision from Spiritwood to Shellbrook in Saskatchewan?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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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, as the hon. member knows, that area was fortunate enough to have one of the first recommendations of the Prairie Rail Action Committee confirmed by government action, and as a result the lines to Spiritwood and to Glaslyn have been transferred into the basic rail network. Other recommendations of the Prairie Rail Action Committee go before the Canadian Transport Commission. In this particular case it is a recommendation of the Hall commission which created the first question about that line.

Under the current law, the Canadian Transport Commission can arrive at its own decision as to when it ought to hold hearings. Therefore, it may follow one practice or another, depending upon the extent of submissions to it in regard to the line. I have been suggesting to communities which have concern about saving their line and want to be heard that they not only make their views known to the Canadian Transport Commission at an early date, but do so in the form of a brief

setting out their views, so that the commission has an analysis of their reasons in deciding even the preliminary question of holding a hearing.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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INDUSTRY

PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John C. Crosbie (St. John's West):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. Statistics Canada statistics show that the "Made in Canada" colour television sets manufactured in December total only 11,900, as compared to 21,000 the year before-a decline of 81 per cent-and that on a year-to-year basis the sales of Canadian-made colour television sets were down 114 per cent and, as compared to 1975, they were down 219 per cent.

The Canadian TV manufacturing industry is disappearing and our electronics industry is in very bad shape. If Statistics Canada intends to do away with statistics on this industry this year, it will save money. Apart from Statistics Canada saving money as our industries disappear, has the government got any programs that will assist the electronics industry and the TV manufacturing industry during the present year, 1979? What action does the government intend to take?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAMS TO ASSIST ELECTRONICS AND TELEVISION INDUSTRIES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Jack H. Horner (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for asking this question because it gives me pleasure to put on the record that the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce, under the enterprise development program, has specifically helped one of the major television manufacturers in Canada, namely, Electrohome, and helped to put that company back on its feet. In fact, we were out of production of colour television sets for some time, but now Electrohome has gone into production because of the advantages due to the present value of the Canadian dollar. We are now enlarging our production of colour television sets. The increased production may not have shown up in the statistics for December, 1978, but I am confident it will show up in the 1979 figures.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAMS TO ASSIST ELECTRONICS AND TELEVISION INDUSTRIES
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I overlooked a supplementary question by the hon. member for Meadow Lake.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAMS TO ASSIST ELECTRONICS AND TELEVISION INDUSTRIES
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

Mr. Speaker, a supplementary.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAMS TO ASSIST ELECTRONICS AND TELEVISION INDUSTRIES
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TRANSPORT

PC

Albert C. (Bert) Cadieu

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bert Cadieu (Meadow Lake):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary is to the Minister of Transport. Is the minister aware that in the 1920s Canadian National set up a colonization board in Saskatoon to encourage development of this area by promising settlers a rail line, and that the decision to abandon

February 13, 1979

the Amiens subdivision means that people who settled this area in good faith are now being betrayed because of the lack of co-operation between the railways and the government?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   OBJECTION TO PROPOSED RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT AT AMIENS, SASK.
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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, 1 am sure that that is the kind of comment the hon. member will want to put in his submission to the Canadian Transport Commission.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   OBJECTION TO PROPOSED RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT AT AMIENS, SASK.
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

Mr. Speaker, a supplementary.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   OBJECTION TO PROPOSED RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT AT AMIENS, SASK.
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

February 13, 1979