June 1, 1981

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAM TO EDUCATE YOUTH ON DANGERS OF MARIJUANA-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   PROGRAM TO EDUCATE YOUTH ON DANGERS OF MARIJUANA-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

THE ECONOMY

PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (St. John's West):

Madam Speaker, in the absence of any of the leading members of the government-as a matter of fact there are only 14 cabinet ministers here out of 32. Fourteen! That is how concerned they are about the events today. Fifteen! One just joined us. The Prime Minister is not here, the Minister of Finance is not here-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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Some hon. Members:

Where's Joe?

June 1, 1981

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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LIB

Jeanne Sauvé (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Madam Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member is to ask a question, not make a speech about who is present in the House.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

My question, Madam Speaker, in light of this indifference of the government, is directed to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. The director of the Economic Council of Canada, Dr. Slater, spoke before the House of Commons finance committee on Friday. He said that a mix of policies is the best way to fight inflation, and that no single policy can cure inflation. He then said that Governor Bouey has been left by the government to go it alone to fight inflation with monetary policy only. The government has no other anti-inflation policy in effect.

In view of this criticism by the official economic advisory Council to the government, of the government's lack of policy, does the government plan to resign? Does it plan to ask the Minister of Finance to resign to put in a minister who will bring in policies, or does the government plan to introduce some anti-inflationary policies to help the people of this country and to help Mr. Bouey in his anti-inflation campaign?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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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, I think that the hon. member's question, quoting the chairman of the Economic Council, confirms that we are doing exactly what the chairman said we should do, and that is to pursue a mix of policies of an appropriate nature. This, in fact, is the approach of the government. In the last budget the Minister of Finance pointed out how, as part of an effort to restrain the forces of inflation, we are following, for example, a policy of expenditure restraint. So I think that we are doing something quite consistent with the advice of the chairman of the Economic Council, and where there are further initiatives to be announced, my colleague, the Minister of Finance, will be very quick to announce them.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

I am glad that the minister agrees with what Dr. Slater has been saying, because Dr. Slater said the fight against inflation being waged by the government is little more than a phony war.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

That is what the director of the Economic Council of Canada thinks. That is the mix of policies that the government has, the phony war.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ANTI-INFLATION POLICIES
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INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (St. John's West):

Dr. Slater said some of the policies which would be helpful would be an energy agreement on prices and revenue sharing, but there is nothing like that yet; a fiscal arrangement with the provinces which is in line with the present situation; and an investment strategy and program for the country.

The minister is supposed to be the author of the great investment strategy. We have not seen it yet. The deficit has not been reduced, though it is stated to be a plan. Can the minister tell us when are we going to have action in any of those areas which might help the battle against inflation? When? Specifically, if he cannot answer with reference to the rest, when is the minister's mighty mountain of an industrial strategy going to come mouse-like forward from the minister?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY
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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, through numerous announcements we have been making in the area of industrial policy, we are confirming that we are moving in the right directions for the Canadian economy when it comes to industrial policy.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Gray:

Also, my colleague, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, is working very hard to get the right kind of energy agreement with the producing provinces, which is something that the government of my hon. friends opposite was totally incapable of doing in spite of being in bed with the governments of the producing provinces. After listening to my hon. friend's questions, I understand very well why the Leader of the Opposition could not even get up the courage to come in and hear those questions. They certainly are not worth being present for, Madam Speaker.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY
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TIMING OF PROGRAMS

PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (St. John's West):

Madam Speaker, I have a final supplementary question. This government is so interested in the affairs of Canada that 15 of 32 cabinet ministers show up in the House! There is no external affairs, no defence, no finance, no Prime Minister! You are the government! If you want to give us your portfolios, we will show up.

My final supplementary to the minister is this. The minister and his-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TIMING OF PROGRAMS
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June 1, 1981