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LIB

Jean-C. Lapierre

Liberal

Mr. Jean Lapierre (Shefford):

Mr. Speaker, since hon. members cannot ask questions directly of the minister of state

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responsible for CIDA, 1 shall put my question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs.

Since the Canadian government and the coastal population of Senegal have been awaiting eagerly for two years for the construction, with the assistance of Canada, of frozen fish plants, I would like to ask the minister where this project of over $12 million stands with CIDA and whether she could give us an indication on the construction schedule of those plants.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   AID IN CONSTRUCTION OF FROZEN FISH PLANT IN SENEGAL- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Flora Isabel MacDonald (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Flora MacDonald (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, 1 take note of this question and 1 shall answer the hon. member as soon as possible.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   AID IN CONSTRUCTION OF FROZEN FISH PLANT IN SENEGAL- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

LIB

Irénée Pelletier

Liberal

Mr. Irenee Pelletier (Sherbrooke):

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Minister of State for Science and Technology. In view of the statement made by the minister last week regarding the government's intentions in the field of research and development, a statement which has raised a great deal of interest among university people, does the minister intend to correct a situation which has prevailed for several years, whereby some 17 per cent to 18 per cent only of all research work undertaken in Canadian universities is done in Quebec, so that this province may receive its fair share just like the other parts of Canada?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER QUEBEC WILL RECEIVE ITS SHARE OF SUBSIDIES
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PC

William Heward Grafftey (Minister of State for Science and Technology)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Heward Grafftey (Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Yes, Mr. Speaker. As I said earlier in the House, a group in the council is studying more particularly the needs of Quebec universities and we are going to build a centre in that province. Furthermore, we have designed several programs which will improve the situation mentioned earlier by the hon. member in the House.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER QUEBEC WILL RECEIVE ITS SHARE OF SUBSIDIES
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NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION

LIB

Jean-Robert Gauthier

Liberal

Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Public Works as the

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spokesman in the House for the National Capital Commission.

I would like to ask the minister if it is to be concluded that he might be considering changing or abolishing the National Capital Commission, since he has not replaced the three commissioners for Ottawa, Messrs. Lowther, Mercier and Fisher. I would also like to ask him if he intends to appoint the commissioners within the next few days. And as a supplementary, Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask him if Bill C-13 which would terminate the National Capital Fund would prevent the commission from using those funds for public works in Ottawa and the national capital region?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER COMMISSIONERS WILL BE APPOINTED-FUNDING
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PC

Erik Nielsen (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Erik Nielsen (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, the replacement of the commissioners is under current consideration. With respect to the change in the structure of the NCC, that, too is under review.

With respect to the financial operations of the commission, recent changes have been effected which require the commission to use up the non-lapsing funds that they had on deposit, and they are now required to come before the Treasury Board from time to time in the same way that any other government department or agency dealing with the Treasury Board must do.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER COMMISSIONERS WILL BE APPOINTED-FUNDING
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HOME HEATING-CONVERSION FROM OIL TO NATURAL GAS

PC

Constantine George (Gus) Mitges

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. In view of the fact that the government has stated on several occasions that Canadian home owners and others who now use oil as heating fuel should make every effort, where possible, to switch to the more plentiful gas in order to conserve our dwindling oil supplies, I should like to ask the minister if he would take the necessary action to subsidize the cost of such a changeover so that the subsidies go directly to the people involved, not to the gas companies-possibly a program along similar lines as the CHIP insulation program.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOME HEATING-CONVERSION FROM OIL TO NATURAL GAS
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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

Mr. Speaker, as we pointed out in material we tabled in this House, we are looking at a gas substitution program which we wish to effect in terms of the purpose of that program, that is to say, to make sure there is the greatest degree of efficiency when there is conversion to gas, a more plentiful supply of natural gas being available in our country.

Certainly I will take the hon. member's representation under consideration. There are other ways in which the government wants to deal with people who will continue to use oil-generated furnaces in order to increase the efficiency of their particular operations. I appreciate the suggestion made by the hon. member and I tell him we will give serious consideration to it.

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Oral Questions NORTHERN AFFAIRS

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOME HEATING-CONVERSION FROM OIL TO NATURAL GAS
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TRADITIONAL RIGHTS OF NATIVES TO HUNT AND FISH ON CROWN LANDS

LIB

B. Keith Penner

Liberal

Mr. Keith Penner (Cochrane):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Last week, the Inuvialuit people of the western Arctic region were betrayed by the Government of Canada when a bill was passed and given royal assent which would abrogate their traditional trapping rights in the northern Yukon. In short, the government of the Yukon Territory, a Conservative government, has chosen to exercise its legislative authority over hunting and trapping on Crown lands in defiance of the agreement signed last year by the Committee for Original Peoples Entitlement and the Government of Canada.

Is the minister aware of the passage of this bill? If he is, what does he intend to do in order to honour the agreement of the Government of Canada, in the words of the agreement itself, "recognizing Canada's constitutional jurisdiction in respect of the rights of native peoples and of native lands"?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRADITIONAL RIGHTS OF NATIVES TO HUNT AND FISH ON CROWN LANDS
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jake Epp (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

Mr. Speaker, I want to indicate to the member that, yes, I am aware of the ordinance which the Yukon legislative assembly passed and which received royal assent last week. Also, 1 want to indicate to the member that the authority to make ordinances relating to game is under the jurisdiction of the Yukon legislative assembly.

I met with the representatives, the legal representatives, of COPE last week. 1 indicated to them that the government was interested in moving forward on the COPE claim. I further indicated the number of areas of concern which had been raised, not only from the communities and the two territorial governments but from other native groups, and that those questions would have to be clarified in order for negotiations to move forward. I was pleased to see, in a press release which 1 received this morning, that COPE also has now agreed that those questions should be answered in order that negotiations can go forward.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRADITIONAL RIGHTS OF NATIVES TO HUNT AND FISH ON CROWN LANDS
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LIB

B. Keith Penner

Liberal

Mr. Penner:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question. The minister talked about the jurisdictional authority of the Yukon territorial government, but he failed to answer in this House as to how he will use his constitutional authority and his obligation according to that agreement, which quite clearly indicates, "To protect and confirm the interests of the Inuvialuit on lands they have traditionally used".

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRADITIONAL RIGHTS OF NATIVES TO HUNT AND FISH ON CROWN LANDS
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Epp:

Mr. Speaker, the point the hon. member is trying to make is exactly the reason why a final agreement is needed for COPE. At the present time there is an agreement in principle. One of the areas of deep concern is the matter of lands to which the agreement and principle refer in the Yukon but to which the representatives of the people of the Yukon, namely, the government of the Yukon, were not party. Obviously that is a question, if they are prepared to have harmony in the area, which must be resolved before any final agreement can be made.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRADITIONAL RIGHTS OF NATIVES TO HUNT AND FISH ON CROWN LANDS
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

FINANCE, TRADE AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS


Fourth report of Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs-Mr. Clarke.


TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS ACT

November 19, 1979