June 26, 1980

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An hon. Member:

You are stunned.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

My question to the minister is twofold. First, when was the minister first advised of the appointment of Admiral Falls as a special adviser on defence matters to the Prime Minister of Canada? Second, what are the terms of reference of Admiral Falls, and how do his duties relate to those of the minister?

In my government, it was the minister who was responsible for defence policy, and when there were appointments made in the domain of national defence, the minister was at least advised: the minister knew. What is shocking here is that the minister apparently does not know.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

Madam Speaker, in our government, defence policy is not only the responsibility of the Minister of National Defence: it is a collective responsibility of the whole cabinet, the Prime Minister as well as the minister.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baker (Nepean-Carleton):

Let's pray for the country.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

When the nomination of Admiral Falls as president of the military committee of NATO was made by the Prime Minister, I had a talk with him, and it was understood that Admiral Falls was, of course, an adviser to the Prime Minister and an adviser to the Minister of National Defence on all defence matters.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Madam Speaker, there has been a formal order in council passed designating Admiral Falls to a special advisory-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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LIB

Jeanne Sauvé (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Madam Speaker:

Order, please. I ask the right hon. Leader of the Opposition to ask his question.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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Charles Joseph Clark (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Clark:

Madam Speaker, in light of the fact that there has been an order in council passed appointing Admiral Falls, not to NATO but as a special adviser to the Prime Minister of Canada on defence matters-a new appointment and an appointment without precedent-will the Minister of National Defence tell us when he was first advised, if he was advised at all, and what are the terms of reference on this appointment?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

Madam Speaker, the former prime minister should know that all ministers are informed when an order in council is issued by cabinet. 1 knew at the time that Admiral Falls was going to be appointed and although this did happen while I was away the procedure is not unusual.

June 26, 1980

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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LIB

Jeanne Sauvé (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Madam Speaker:

Order, please. I believe I should have allowed a third question to the hon. member for New West-minster-Coquitlam. 1 apologize to her and I will allow that question now. I suppose I must have become flustered by the fact that the right hon. Leader of the Opposition was rising at a time when I was not expecting it.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL ADVISER ON DEFENCE-REASON ADMIRAL FALLS APPOINTED
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INDUSTRY

NDP

Pauline Jewett

New Democratic Party

Miss Pauline Jewett (New Westminster-Coquitlam):

Thank you very much, Madam Speaker. My third question is also for the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce.

In view of the fact that the government is seriously considering buying part or all of Space Research Corporation-and, indeed, is discussing it today, I believe-would the minister be good enough to tell the House whether he thinks that the Valleyfield Chemical operation will likely be part of the SRC that is purchased?

Will he also give us some assurance that until the RCMP report is made public and charges are laid, there will not be any further grants or loans to SRC or its fully-owned subsidiary?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   SPACE RESEARCH CORPORATION-POSSIBLE PURCHASE BY GOVERNMENT
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Herbert Eser (Herb) Gray (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Madam Speaker, the question as to whether Valley-field will be part of a purchase of Space Research by the government is just one of the aspects of this matter that we are still considering and on which we still have to reach a decision.

With respect to the second part of the question, 1 think the Minister of Justice said in the House the other day that it is not part of the practice of law enforcement activities in Canada for police reports to be made public, certainly not before decisions are taken with respect to the laying of charges. Certainly, until the matter is resolved by the courts one cannot presume that the parties will be ineligible for further assistance based on economic development aspects.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   SPACE RESEARCH CORPORATION-POSSIBLE PURCHASE BY GOVERNMENT
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

PC

William James Kempling (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Kempling (Burlington):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence. On May 6, this House unanimously accepted a motion congratulating the British government and its Special Air Service commandos on the successful rescue operation of hostages from the Iranian embassy in London.

Given that Mr. Danson, the minister's predecessor, announced on November 7, 1977, that the cabinet had just approved the creation of a Canadian anti-terrorist squad, would the minister report what progress his government has made in its efforts to create such a group?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF ANTI-TERRORIST SQUAD
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LIB

J. Gilles Lamontagne (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. Gilles Lamontagne (Minister of National Defence):

Unfortunately, Madam Speaker, I do not have any precise details on that particular unit of the armed forces. However,

I will inquire on the state of the matter and be sure to convey that information to the hon. member.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF ANTI-TERRORIST SQUAD
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William James Kempling (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Kempling:

Perhaps the minister should ask Admiral Falls. Will the minister confirm that the special service force at Petawawa has neither specific orders nor any of the specialized equipment necessary to train for this important task, that Canada has not such unit which can compare with the "Pagoda" units of the British forces, and that if hostage incidents should occur in this country our forces would be sadly unprepared?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF ANTI-TERRORIST SQUAD
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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

Madam Speaker, I cannot deny or confirm the existence of such a specialized unit, but I can say that whatever events may occur in Canada, the armed forces are ready to face the situation.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF ANTI-TERRORIST SQUAD
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REPORTED TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH F-18 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT-COST OF POSSIBLE REDESIGN

June 26, 1980