March 13, 1979

PC

Paul Wyatt Dick

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dick:

Mr. Speaker, lists do not do the work. Maybe the minister of energy will be able to harness the gaseous energy that has been expounded.

One year ago the minister indicated, with considerable fanfare, the creation of a National Youth Advisory Group which would help him wrestle youth unemployment to the ground. Now that the group has been in place for over one year and has met regularly every two months, which of their recommendations to date does the minister consider to be the most useful, and what action has he taken with respect to those recommendations ?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUTH DESPITE PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Cullen:

Mr. Speaker, one of the finest recommendations made to me was that we should maintain the choice program, which has now won worldwide recognition and approbation to the point where states in the United States are looking at our choice programs.

The hon. member is still mumbling, but the fact of the matter is that they did suggest that the choice program be retained. It is being retained. It is being placed in 50 different centres across Canada. It is one of the best assistance programs, in my view, that youth will have for vocational training and for information they need about jobs being available and the kind of training required to take on those particular jobs. The National Youth Advisory Group has served young people very well in this country.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUTH DESPITE PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS
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STATISTICS CANADA

SC

Gilles Caouette

Social Credit

Mr. Gilles Caouette (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a question to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce.

Since the month of December 1978, Statistics Canada has indicated that it would no longer produce the wholesale price index. As several industries based their collective contracts on that index taken on a monthly basis, would the minister be willing to ask Statistics Canada to resume publication of those statistics precisely to allow the industries which already have collective contracts signed on the basis of the wholesale prices index to follow its monthly fluctuations?

March 13, 1979

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   STATISTICS CANADA
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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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, Statistics Canada has decided to discontinue a number of series of statistics. I believe the wholesale index will be kept up. However, I will make the inquiry to ascertain whether it will be kept up or not.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   STATISTICS CANADA
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF GENERAL WHOLESALE PRICE INDEX-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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INDIAN AFFAIRS

NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. For a number of years there have been joint federal-provincial funded programs for the training of native teachers at Brandon University. Those programs have produced more than 300 graduates and have been very successful.

Last year the provincial government cut the program by 20 per cent. They propose another cut of 20 per cent this year. Has the minister given consideration to finding money to fund the programs so that they will not be cut back as the provincial government has proposed?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FUNDING OF PROGRAMS FOR TRAINING OF NATIVE TEACHERS
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LIB

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 share with the hon. member his assessment of that program. It has been a very good one. I very much regret the reduction in the funding level. I am not sure I am in a position, because of the restraint program here, to supplement it, but I will certainly look into the matter.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FUNDING OF PROGRAMS FOR TRAINING OF NATIVE TEACHERS
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CONSUMER AFFAIRS

PC

William C. Scott

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. C. Scott (Victoria-Haliburton):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. It has to do with the drastic increase in the price of lumber, which has been in excess of 20 per cent recently. I am also fully aware that the minister has been presented with this problem before. However, in view of the seriousness of the situation and lack of government action, what plans has the minister to investigate the root causes of this problem?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN PRICE OF LUMBER-REQUEST MINISTER INVESTIGATE CAUSE
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LIB

William Warren Allmand (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Warren Allmand (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, in answer to an earlier question in this House, I had the matter investigated by the director of investigations under the combines act. Since the answer was a complex and lengthy one, I sent it to the hon. member opposite in the form of a letter. If it would help the House, I would be quite willing to table the letter which contains the answer to this question, so that all members of the House can examine it.

Lapel Pins

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN PRICE OF LUMBER-REQUEST MINISTER INVESTIGATE CAUSE
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PC

William C. Scott

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Scott (Victoria-Haliburton):

Mr. Speaker, every day I am contacted by people from the woodworking industry as well as by those in the home construction industry. They tell me they are forced to close down their business operations. Is the minister aware of the jobs being lost in this industry? What immediate proposal does he have to take care of this problem?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN PRICE OF LUMBER-REQUEST MINISTER INVESTIGATE CAUSE
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LIB

William Warren Allmand (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Allmand:

Mr. Speaker, my information is to the contrary, that there are many jobs opening up in the wood and lumber industry. As a matter of fact, the high prices that were found with respect to lumber near the end of last year and the beginning of this year have reached their peak and are beginning to decline.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN PRICE OF LUMBER-REQUEST MINISTER INVESTIGATE CAUSE
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OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

LIB

Serge Joyal

Liberal

Mr. Serge Joyal (Maisonneuve-Rosemont):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the President of the Privy Council. As on March 5 he tabled a motion to create a joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons to consider the annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages, and as in 1976 and 1977 the Leader of the Official Opposition often called for the appointment of such a committee, can the President of the Privy Council tell the House whether he has had talks with the Leader of the Official Opposition and other representatives of the parties in the House with a view to getting unanimous consent for this motion and getting this joint committee appointed this very week?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF JOINT COMMITTEE TO STUDY COMMISSIONER'S REPORT-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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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 the Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, I have not had discussions with representatives of the parties with regard to passing the reference. I should explain that the reason for that is we have asked the President of the Treasury Board to prepare some additional material that would be of assistance to the committee when it begins its examination of Mr. Yalden's report. As soon as that material is prepared and ready, we will move the reference and get the committee into operation, because we believe this is an appropriate subject for parliamentary consideration.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF JOINT COMMITTEE TO STUDY COMMISSIONER'S REPORT-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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ISSUANCE OF LAPEL PINS TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I would like to borrow for just a moment from the time of the House to reflect on an activity that was undertaken and given considerable study by our Standing

March 13, 1979

Lapel Pins

Committee on Management and Members Services. It relates to the bringing into existence of a lapel pin to be given to an elected member of the House of Commons. I have the first of such pins here with me.

For some time we have been aware that other parliaments have had an identifying emblem of some sort given to those who have had the honour to serve their fellow citizens in an elected capacity in the national legislature of their country. We have not done so.

Some time ago this committee, under the chairmanship of the hon. member for Cumberland-Colchester North (Mr. Coates) and the vice-chairmanship of the hon. member for Quebec East (Mr. Duquet), commissioned a subcommittee to study the matter. The work of that subcommittee resulted in a recommendation which in fact was carried forward in consultation with me to bring this lapel pin into existence. I should mention that the subcommittee was headed by a very distinguished and senior member of the House, a former Speaker of the House of Commons, the hon. member for Edmonton West (Mr. Lambert).

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ISSUANCE OF LAPEL PINS TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ISSUANCE OF LAPEL PINS TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

This is a milestone in Canadian parliamentary history, that recognition is being given to those who serve in this House of Commons. They ought at least to have some emblem they can carry, one that they have been able to earn and which is received only by election to this House of Commons of Canada as a recognition of all that that entails and the serious responsibility that goes with it. I want to congratulate and thank the members of the committee for their excellent work.

I might say that this identifying pin for elected members of this House is in conjunction with a program that is still under study and being perfected in some detail. It will likely be put before the House for approval in the next parliament. That program relates to a further identification of other personnel in the House in the security context. I do not want to cast this pin in the security context, although it has an incidental relationship to security. This is an emblem of election to the House of Commons.

It gives me great pleasure to ask four members, representing each of the four parties of the House, to come forward now and receive one of these pins: the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau), the hon. Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Clark), the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) and the hon. member for Roberval (Mr. Gauthier).

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ISSUANCE OF LAPEL PINS TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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March 13, 1979