October 25, 1979

PC

Donald Frank Mazankowski (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Don Mazankowski (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, 1 want to thank the hon. member for giving me notice of this question. It will be the intention of the department to dispatch the Alexander Henry to Thunder Bay for this season.

I might add that the vessel is currently undergoing repair in Quebec and that it should be ready to sail by the middle of November, or the end of November-somewhere around that period. I might also say that it will be equipped with an air-cushion icebreaking bow which will improve the effectiveness of its operation.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ICEBREAKING SHIPS IN THUNDER BAY
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THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Saint-Maurice):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question to put to the Minister of Finance. Because the spread between the U.S. and the Canadian inflation rate is 4 per cent, and in view of the fact the governor of the bank said this morning he had to move because of the anticipated rate of inflation which he related very much to the increase in the price of energy, did the Minister of Finance tell the governor of the bank before the increase in the interest rate what the increase in oil prices in Canada would be next year?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN INTEREST RATE-CONNECTION WITH FUTURE INCREASES IN OIL PRICES
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister of Finance)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, the governor of the Bank of Canada knows as much about any projected increase in energy prices as does the hon. gentleman opposite. The point being made by the governor of the Bank of Canada was that the difference between the inflation rate in Canada and that in the United States-the American rate is now some 4 per cent ahead of us-is due to the fact that they have been experiencing higher inflation costs for the last 12 months as their gasoline and oil prices have gone toward the international level.

This is something we have yet to come to, but we must come to it so that we can get it behind us and get the economy working and expanding for the future. That is why energy prices were mentioned at all. On a comparison of our inflation with the American rate, when we take out energy factors our rate is just about as bad as theirs.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN INTEREST RATE-CONNECTION WITH FUTURE INCREASES IN OIL PRICES
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LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien

Liberal

Mr. Chretien:

How can the governor of the Bank of Canada anticipate the rate of inflation if he does not know what the increase in oil prices next year will be? He spoke at length this morning about this factor and its moving him to suggest to the Minister of Finance that the anticipated rate of inflation will be much higher next year than it is today.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN INTEREST RATE-CONNECTION WITH FUTURE INCREASES IN OIL PRICES
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister of Finance)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

Mr. Speaker, the governor, in his statement today, gave several reasons why he believes the inflation rate is going to be higher next year. The money supply has been expanding quite rapidly, despite higher interest rates. Food prices are increasing, and there will likely be an increase in energy prices, which all hon. members know is coming. We do not yet know how high they will go, but an increase in energy prices is coming.

We are importing inflation from the United States; 70 per cent of our imports are from the United States. Wages and salaries are starting to increase. For all these reasons, the governor sees a strong push toward further inflation in Canada. We are determined that we are going to stop inflation in its tracks in the next year or two and get our economy back on its feet again.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN INTEREST RATE-CONNECTION WITH FUTURE INCREASES IN OIL PRICES
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

Wrestle it to the ground?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN INTEREST RATE-CONNECTION WITH FUTURE INCREASES IN OIL PRICES
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TRANSPORT

PC

Frank Oberle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. F. Oberle (Prince George-Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, 1 have a question for the Minister of Transport. It is with regard to a very serious accident and tragedy, namely, the accident in connection with the destruction of a railway bridge across the Peace River, in northern British Columbia, the result of which is the isolation of the entire northern section of the BCR from the main line.

I would like to ask the minister if he is aware of this problem. I am sure he is. If so, will the Government of Canada be prepared to join with the province of British Columbia in planning a strategy to mobilize other modes of transportation during the time the bridge is repaired? Second, would the government be prepared in the usual manner to join with the province and share the cost of this disaster?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   NORTHERN B.C.-ALTERNATE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION WHILE RAILWAY BRIDGE UNDER REPAIR
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PC

Donald Frank Mazankowski (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Don Mazankowski (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I certainly share the concern of the hon. member about this disaster. I am not aware of any representations which have been made by the provincial government to our government or, indeed, to my department. My understanding is that meetings have been held between the officials of the railway companies, government officials and shippers.

It is my further understanding that a decision has been made to put in place a prefabricated bridge at Pine River which will be installed within a period of a week or ten days.

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This will go a long way in alleviating the difficulties created as a result of the burning of the bridge.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   NORTHERN B.C.-ALTERNATE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION WHILE RAILWAY BRIDGE UNDER REPAIR
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PENITENTIARIES

LIB

Carlo Rossi

Liberal

Mr. Carlo Rossi (Bourassa):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Solicitor General 1 shall put my question to the right hon. Prime Minister.

Is an investigation taking place at present, or going to take place, following the escape of two dangerous inmates who were held prisoner in a federal institution in Quebec, and what measures does the government intend to take to avoid such incidents and protect people?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PENITENTIARIES
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER INVESTIGATION WILL BE HELD INTO ESCAPE OF TWO INMATES
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Joe Clark (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, 1 regret to say that I am not in a position to answer the question of the hon. member. Later today I will see the Solicitor General and seek a precise answer to the two questions put by the hon. member.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PENITENTIARIES
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER INVESTIGATION WILL BE HELD INTO ESCAPE OF TWO INMATES
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OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

LIB

Serge Joyal

Liberal

Mr. Serge Joyal (Hochelaga-Maisonneuve):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the right hon. Prime Minister. Considering that when the Prime Minister was sitting on this side of the House he expressed several times his intention and agreement to refer the report of the Commissioner of Official Languages to a joint committee of the Senate and the House, and considering that that commitment has been renewed in the Speech from the Throne delivered last October 9 by the Governor General of Canada, is the Prime Minister prepared to refer immediately to a joint committee of the Senate and the House the report tabled by the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada in March, 1979, and not wait for the tabling of the next report which will be presented to the House in March, 1980?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER COMMISSIONER'S REPORT WILL BE REFERRED TO JOINT COMMITTEE
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Joe Clark (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I share the hon. member's interest in the discussion of Mr. Yalden's report by a parliamentary committee. 1 would be prepared to agree to a referral of the last report for consideration by such a committee without waiting for the presentation of the next report.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER COMMISSIONER'S REPORT WILL BE REFERRED TO JOINT COMMITTEE
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LIB

Serge Joyal

Liberal

Mr. Joyal:

Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a supplementary question. Could the Prime Minister say whether he

Oral Questions

intends to refer that report to a committee of the House or whether it will be sent to a joint committee made up of representatives of both Houses?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER COMMISSIONER'S REPORT WILL BE REFERRED TO JOINT COMMITTEE
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Mr. Speaker, we intended to set up a committee of this House, but I would be willing to consult the hon. member and other members, and if there is a consensus to set up a joint committee made up of members of the House of Commons and of the Senate, it would be acceptable to the government.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER COMMISSIONER'S REPORT WILL BE REFERRED TO JOINT COMMITTEE
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AIR TRANSPORT

LIB

Maurice James Harquail

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Harquail (Restigouche):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport. In view of the serious nature of the illegal walkout by air radio operators, and in light of the crash at Cranbrook, can the minister inform the House what action he is taking? Will he involve himself within the scope of his responsibilities to bring this serious situation under control in so far as air safety is concerned?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   AIR RADIO OPERATORS' WALKOUT-REQUEST MINISTER INTERCEDE IN DISPUTE
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October 25, 1979