March 23, 1979

HEALTH AND WELFARE

LIB

Frank A. Philbrook

Liberal

Mr. F. A. Philbrook (Halton):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Health and Welfare. It concerns the recent recall in the United States of a large amount of a common child vaccine, D.P.T., after the death of four babies to whom it had been administered shortly before. These deaths are not necessarily related to the vaccine.

I would ask whether the minister has been in touch with her officials and the United States administration in respect of this matter, and is any action indicated?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE DANGER IN USE OF CHILD VACCINE-REQUEST FOR REPORT
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LIB

Monique Bégin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Hon. Monique Begin (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, I will have to inquire and report to the House as soon as possible.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE DANGER IN USE OF CHILD VACCINE-REQUEST FOR REPORT
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WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

PC

Douglas Charles Neil

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Doug Neil (Moose Jaw):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. In view of the fact that on March 17 the minister's department published in the Canada Gazette proposed regulations under the Weights and Measures Act providing for mandatory changes from the Imperial to the metric system after June 30 in the retail trade in respect of piece goods, and after December 31 of this year in the retail trade in respect of floor coverings, household textiles and wallpaper, and in view of the fact that there is considerable disagreement in the trade regarding conversion to metric, can the minister advise whether he has had consultations with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce to discuss the use of mandatory regulations, or is it the minister's own decision that the government should proceed by regulation rather than legislation, and thus deprive parliament of the opportunity of a free and open debate?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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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, I did not have these consultations personally. They were held among officials of my department and other concerned departments. In view of the representations by the hon. member, I will take a second look at this matter, to see whether his complaints are well founded.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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PC

Douglas Charles Neil

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Neil:

Mr. Speaker, I would direct my supplementary question to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. I

Oral Questions

hope he was not leaving because he anticipated a question on this subject.

In the March 3 issue of the Ottawa Journal, the minister is quoted by a distinguished member of the parliamentary press bureau as having said that Canada will have to slow down in its conversion to the metric system to get more in line with the U.S. Would the minister advise this House whether he has agreed to the mandatory imposition of the metric system by regulations drafted by the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, or has he perhaps abandoned his love for the democratic process through which parliament debates and decides questions of importance to the general public?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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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, let me answer the last part of that question first. I certainly have not abandoned the democratic process. I have always been prepared to participate fully on the subject of metrification and on any other subject, but in the past I was prohibited by the party I formerly belonged to from participating in debates-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Horner:

I am not prohibited in any way now, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Horner:

With regard to a comparison of conversion to the metric system as between Canada and the United States, in some instances we are ahead and in some instances we are equal. But in every instance in moving toward modernization of our industry, I would rather lead than follow, because if you follow you are naturally behind.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Horner:

I would like to think that Canadian industry would be world leaders.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CHANGES FROM IMPERIAL TO METRIC SYSTEM
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IMMIGRATION

NDP

Francis Andrew Brewin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Andrew Brewin (Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Minister of Employment and Immigration. In light of the fact that his department is contesting in the courts the right of the Canadian Human Rights Commission to question or review the activities within his department, I would ask the minister if he can assure this House that refugees, whether resident or non-resident, who apply to be allowed to stay in Canada shall first of all be told the nature of the objections to their staying in or coming to Canada and, secondly, will they be given a clearly open and personal hearing so they can present their answers to such objections?

March 23, 1979

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   OPPORTUNITY FOR WOULD-BE IMMIGRANTS TO ANSWER ADMINISTRATIVE OBJECTIONS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Bud Cullen (Minister of Employment and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member was at the committee last night when I made a rather comprehensive response to the church group which came before us with a splendid brief. I indicated that the giving of reasons was something I would pursue. I am having that checked into to determine the best way of doing it.

In so far as personal hearings are concerned, of course, a refugee has the opportunity to make a presentation, to answer questions, to look at the transcript that is prepared and to make any corrections and, for that matter, to make any additions. He has the opportunity to do that in the presence of counsel before the matter ever gets to the refugee status advisory committee; and then, if turned down there, a special review within the department is carried out. Also, subsequent to that there are Immigration Appeal Board proceedings.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   OPPORTUNITY FOR WOULD-BE IMMIGRANTS TO ANSWER ADMINISTRATIVE OBJECTIONS
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An hon. Member:

Another hearing.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   OPPORTUNITY FOR WOULD-BE IMMIGRANTS TO ANSWER ADMINISTRATIVE OBJECTIONS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Cullen:

What is being sought by the New Democratic Party now is another hearing. I am indicating that it then goes back to the Immigration Appeal Board, which makes a determination on whether there are reasonable grounds for believing that a full and open hearing should be held.

I have written to the chairman of the Immigration Appeal Board asking her to look at the representation made by the church group to determine if more cases could be heard. We are all interested in cutting out frivolous cases, because they work to the disadvantage of legitimate applicants. I have asked Miss Scott to look into that aspect.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   OPPORTUNITY FOR WOULD-BE IMMIGRANTS TO ANSWER ADMINISTRATIVE OBJECTIONS
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March 23, 1979