April 15, 1980

LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

Madam Speaker, there are many people in Canada looking for a yes or no answer. The answer to this question would be that the things I have been responsible for have meant a "yes" for many farmers. They will be able to stay in business. With the programs we are developing, when he sees them being developed in the next few weeks he will agree that yes, this minister does care and this government does care.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   HIGH INTEREST RATES-EFFECT ON FARM OPERATIONS
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INCOME TAX

PC

Roch La Salle

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roch La Salle (Joliette):

Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Finance. It deals with an important sector, that of family farms. Although the matter was omitted in the Speech from the Throne, will the minister reintroduce the measure included in our budget, which measure was promised, seconded and supported by his colleague, the Minister of Agriculture, allowing the deduction, for income tax purposes, of salaries paid the spouse who works on the farm? In addition, will that policy apply to non-incorporated businesses so that fishermen and several other businessmen might also benefit from it, as we planned in our budget?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
Sub-subtopic:   DEDUCTIONS ALLOWED SPOUSES WORKING ON FARMS
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance):

Madam Speaker, I agree with the hon. member that it is necessary to decide whether the present government is to proceed or not proceed with a number of proposals that were contained in the December 11 budget. Some of these proposals, like the one mentioned by the hon. member, were of a substantive character; others were of an important but technical nature.

Currently, I am examining the situation. I hope to advise the House as soon as possible what position I will want to take on these matters, including the one raised by the hon. gentleman.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
Sub-subtopic:   DEDUCTIONS ALLOWED SPOUSES WORKING ON FARMS
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PC

Roch La Salle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. La Salle:

Madam Speaker, I should like to put a supplementary to the Minister of Agriculture and ask him if he still intends to recommend to his colleague that the salary paid to the spouse who works on the family farm be allowed as a deduction for income tax purposes.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
Sub-subtopic:   DEDUCTIONS ALLOWED SPOUSES WORKING ON FARMS
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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. E. F. Whelan (Minister of Agriculture):

Madam Speaker, I have every confidence that my colleague, the Minister of Finance, will be a fair man.

April 15, 1980

Oral Questions INDUSTRY

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
Sub-subtopic:   DEDUCTIONS ALLOWED SPOUSES WORKING ON FARMS
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JOBS AVAILABLE IN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY

NDP

Ian Deans

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Deans (Hamilton Mountain):

Madam Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce dealing with the ailing auto industry. Given that the Ford Motor Company are going to mothball their casting plant, with a loss of 900 jobs, and that they are going to cut, at Oakville, another 1,500 jobs-cut one shift completely out of the process-can the minister tell the House what conditions there were attached to the $68 million incentive that Ford received which guaranteed that Ford would maintain the job levels that were in Ontario and Canada at the time the moneys were advanced?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   JOBS AVAILABLE IN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
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LIB

Herbert Eser (Herb) Gray (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Herb Gray (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):

Madam Speaker, the contract between the federal government and the Ford Motor Company presently has a clause in it that this information will not be released without the consent of the company. I have asked the company to give its consent so that I can provide the information to the House. This is a matter of deep concern to me and my colleagues. I will be meeting with representatives of the UAW tomorrow to discuss this matter, and 1 will have further information for my hon. friend as soon as possible.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   JOBS AVAILABLE IN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
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NDP

Ian Deans

New Democratic Party

Mr. Deans:

Might I ask the minister what action he proposes to take to provide some kind of future for the 20,000 auto workers currently laid off, and the many others whose jobs are in jeopardy as a result of mismanagement both by Chrysler and Ford?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   JOBS AVAILABLE IN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
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LIB

Herbert Eser (Herb) Gray (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Gray:

Madam Speaker, 1 have begun a series of talks with the presidents of the automobile manufacturing companies with a view to getting new commitments from them for additional activity in Canada, particularly in the area of job creation, research and development and production. Also, I met with the UAW and with the independent parts manufacturers. 1 intend to go on and have similar meetings with the presidents of the parent companies, with a view to beginning formal consultations under the provisions of the auto pact with the American government, with the objective of having a better operation of the pact in the interests of Canadian workers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   JOBS AVAILABLE IN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
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SMALL BUSINESS

PC

Stan Darling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Madam Speaker, 1 wish to direct a question to the Minister of State for Small Businesses. The minister is no doubt aware that at the present time Federal Business Development Bank loans continue to be locked in for periods of five years. Such an arrangement is particularly unsatisfactory in light of the fact that the current interest rate on FBDB loans is 19 per cent.

My question to the minister is this: have any measures been recently introduced which will allow for an individual aspiring to obtain a new Federal Business Development Bank loan, or having to renegotiate an old one, to enter into an arrangement whereby the interest on the loan could be renegotiated on a more frequent basis? 1 trust the minister is acutely aware that the existing regulations governing the repayment of such loans have been the cause of considerable anguish for a large number of Canadians. It is grossly unfair that an individual-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURES RESPECTING FBDB LOANS
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LIB

Jeanne Sauvé (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Madam Speaker:

Order, please. Will the hon. member please come to his question.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURES RESPECTING FBDB LOANS
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LIB

Charles Lapointe (Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism))

Liberal

Hon. Charles Lapointe (Minister of State, Small Businesses):

Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question. I should like to remind him of what was indicated in the Speech from the Throne yesterday with regard to the Small Businesses Loans Act, that is we shall raise the maximum amount of the loans from $75,000 to $100,000. With regard to new measures or policies concerning the Federal Business Development Bank, my colleague, the President of the Privy Council will be tabling a bill in the next few days providing for the refinancing of the bank's equity funds. We shall also look into the proposal made by the hon. member.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURES RESPECTING FBDB LOANS
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PC

Stan Darling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Darling:

Has the minister taken, or does he propose to take, any steps with regard to the bill introduced by the previous government to provide the Federal Business Development Bank with $500 million capital? The bill failed to receive third reading in the previous Parliament.

1 am wondering if the minister has been advised about the numerous applicants who are going to be denied any additional money or applications. Even at these staggering rates there are a great many who will still want to negotiate Federal Business Development Bank loans.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURES RESPECTING FBDB LOANS
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LIB

Charles Lapointe (Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism))

Liberal

Mr. Lapointe (Charlevoix):

Madam Speaker, as I indicated in my previous answer, in a few days the President of the Privy Council will table a bill partially based on the previous bill.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURES RESPECTING FBDB LOANS
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IMMIGRATION

LIB

André Maltais

Liberal

Mr. Andre Maltais (Manicouagan):

Madam Speaker, allow me to congratulate you on your appointment to the position of Speaker of this House. 1 think that all French Canadian men and women are quite pleased with your nomination.

My question is directed to the Minister of Employment and Immigration. Considering the drama in which some families

April 15, 1980

are involved, thousands of Cuban families would like to emigrate to Peru. Does Canada intend for humanitarian reasons to provide some leadership to solve that problem? If so, what steps will Canada take to assist those people?

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURES TO ASSIST CUBAN IMMIGRANTS
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LIB

Lloyd Axworthy (Minister responsible for the Status of Women; Minister of Employment and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Minister of Employment and Immigration):

Madam Speaker, i would like to thank the hon. member for the question and indicate to the House that the government of Peru has contacted a number of governments, including our own, asking for assistance in the resettlement of "asylees" from Cuba and those who are presently located in the Peruvian embassy.

At the present moment they are in unusual circumstances because they do not fit the strict international definition of refugees; but considering the very severe suffering that is going on, and deprivation that is taking place, the Government of Canada has indicated to the Peruvian authorities and to Cuban authorities that we are prepared to take, at this point, up to 300 "asylees" from that area and also to provide federal financial assistance in resettlement programs when necessary. We are also prepared to consider further measures once the situation clarifies itself, but we are taking that initial step.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURES TO ASSIST CUBAN IMMIGRANTS
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April 15, 1980