March 8, 1979

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   REASON FOR DEFICIT IN CURRENT ACCOUNT
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Horner:

Hon. members opposite can laugh, but I have not noticed them taking any side on the further development of ski resorts at Lake Louise. A long time ago I advocated more facilities at our national parks for Canadians to ski. That is a little bit risky politically, 1 suppose, so we have not heard from the hon. member who is supposed to be representing that area on that question in this House.

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Subtopic:   TOURISM
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Subtopic:   TOURISM
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Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker-

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Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   REASON FOR DEFICIT IN CURRENT ACCOUNT
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Subtopic:   TOURISM
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member for Peel-Dufferin-Simcoe.

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Subtopic:   TOURISM
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THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

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William Ross Milne

Liberal

Mr. Ross Milne (Peel-Dufferin-Simcoe):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Finance. Statistics Canada recently announced that exports have increased by about 5.8 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis and, most importantly, that there is a higher labour content in manufactured products. I wonder if the minister has had an opportunity to analyse how many new jobs this might represent and what percentage increase in plant capacity this will represent.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   CREATION OF JOBS DUE TO INCREASE IN EXPORTS
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Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I have not had time to analyse the number of jobs this situation has created, but in the month of January there was a trade surplus of $100 million more than January of last year.

I would like to report to the House that utilization of industrial capacity in Canada has increased in the last 12 months from 83 per cent to 89.2 per cent, well above the average of the last 15 years and even higher than utilization in the United States.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   CREATION OF JOBS DUE TO INCREASE IN EXPORTS
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   CREATION OF JOBS DUE TO INCREASE IN EXPORTS
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NATIONAL PARKS

PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the minister responsible for national parks. Was the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce expressing government policy when he said it was his position and the position of the government that skiing facilities in Canada's national parks should be substantially expanded? Is that the

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position of the government, or is it the position of only one-fifth of the government as represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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James Hugh Faulkner (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Liberal

Hon. James Hugh Faulkner (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

Mr Speaker, I am surprised at the question-

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Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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An hon. Member:

I'll bet you are.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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James Hugh Faulkner (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Liberal

Mr. Faulkner:

-because, as the hon. member should know, two weeks ago in Calgary I announced an expansion at Lake Louise, and that is precisely what my colleague was referring to.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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An hon. Member:

Where were you, Joe?

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Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
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Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker, I will wait until hon. members opposite cahn down a little.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce indicated clearly that he has been making very strong representations regarding dramatic expansion, I presume beyond the present state. The Minister or Indian Affairs and Northern Development correctly referred to his announcement two weeks ago regarding Lake Louise. Is it the intention of the Government of Canada to expand significantly, beyond the present state, skiing facilities in national parks?

At the same time, the minister might also tell us whether it remains the position of the Government of Canada that the primary purpose of Canadian national parks is conservation, or whether the representations of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce have detracted from that purpose.

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Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

James Hugh Faulkner (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Liberal

Mr. Faulkner:

Mr. Speaker, as I pointed out a moment ago, there have been expansions proposed in Lake Louise and there have been expansions agreed to in Sunshine.

My view is that there should be a limit to the expansions, and that expansions should take place outside the parks. I think that is totally consistent with what the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce has said. He is saying there should be expansion in parks, it is allowed, but there should be development of skiing facilities outside the parks as well; and Kananaskis is a development, Golden is a development, and near Revelstoke there is a development. I think we can achieve the conservation objective and still have restraint with respect to the parks.

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Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

March 8, 1979

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   SKIING FACILITIES-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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March 8, 1979