March 21, 1979

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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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:

There have been differences of opinion as to the way in which a government ought to deal with such boycott provisions. The government of Ontario has taken a certain course of action about which the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce has made some comments presumably based upon trade information within his possession. So it is not really a question of opinion or policy; it is a question of fact based upon information available to the minister. We have taken what I think is a reasonable position by putting before the House a boycott bill which we will call just as soon as possible.

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Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker, one fundamental question the Deputy Prime Minister skated away from is whether the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce was expressing the position of the government when he expressed those views as a minister. I would like the Deputy Prime Minister to come to that.

I would like him, also, to tell us now when he intends to introduce into this parliament, so that we might amend it, the anti-boycott legislation which we consider inadequate but which has been introduced into this House of Commons. When will it be before the House? Is it a priority bill? Does the Deputy Prime Minister not agree that the statements of his colleague make it a priority bill now, even if it was not before?

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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, on two occasions in this House I suggested that I was prepared to bring forward this bill and have it passed in a single day with the agreement of the parties. Now the Leader of the Opposition tells me he opposes the bill and wants to make amendments. Obviously, that arrangement could not possibly be carried forward, under his conditions, in one day.

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Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker, one of the reasons we are interested in a debate is so we can hear from all of the ministers as to their differing views on boycott legislation. However, certainly we consider this legislation, as it is framed, to be inadequate and we have amendments we want to propose. We will propose them expeditiously; we will debate them expeditiously. We cannot give the Deputy Prime Minister a time limit to allow him-

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Sub-subtopic:   DISPOSITION OF BOYCOTT LEGISLATION-EFFECT OF PROVISIONS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Sub-subtopic:   DISPOSITION OF BOYCOTT LEGISLATION-EFFECT OF PROVISIONS
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Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

Can you give us your amendments?

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Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Oh, yes.

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

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

Will you show us your amendments?

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Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

We do not propose to allow the government to impose closure in advance on this piece of legislation, as it has tried to do on others, but we do propose to give the government a reasonable opportunity to bring forward a bill which we will debate within reasonable time limits.

Acting on that guarantee, I wonder if the Deputy Prime Minister will now give us an indication as to when that bill will be brought forward so that we might amend it and so that we might have a national policy on boycott practices by foreign nations, instead of having to rely upon provincial policy which is condemned by the responsible federal minister.

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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, I think it is important to underline what the Leader of the Opposition has said. I made a proposition to the House on two occasions, indicating that I would bring forward this bill provided the House agreed to pass it through all stages in one day.

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Allan Frederick Lawrence

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lawrence:

Rubber-stamp it.

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An hon. Member:

We are not your backbenchers.

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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:

I am glad to say that the New Democratic Party has agreed to that proposition. Today, the Leader of the Opposition has rejected it.

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Some hon. Members:

Shame.

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Walter David Baker (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Walter Baker (Grenville-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, the last recorded word in this House of Commons with respect to the position of the New Democratic Party is that it would deal with that bill quickly. We intend to deal with that bill quickly. When will the government bring it forward?

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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, hon. members opposite respond to headlines. They ask about House business on a Wednesday because there happened to be a headline story relating to the international boycott. Tomorrow is the normal day on which we deal with House business.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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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:

Tomorrow 1 will tell the hon. member the business for the future. But I am unhappy and disappointed at receiving a statement from the Leader of the Opposition that he is not prepared to pass this bill with the same speed and the same concern as the New Democratic Party.

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Walter David Baker (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baker (Grenville-Carleton):

John Roberts looks pretty worried about that answer.

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March 21, 1979