May 19, 1982

NDP

Svend Johannes Robinson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Svend J. Robinson (Burnaby):

Madam Speaker, in the absence of the Prime Minister I should like to direct my

question to the Solicitor General. In 1976 the Prime Minister and British Columbia Senator Ray Perrault met with one John Meier of British Columbia, a former Howard Hughes associate. At that time Mr. Meier provided them both with extensive documents and tapes concerning allegations of CIA penetration of Canadian security services and funding through CIA agents of specific election campaigns and candidates in Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan between 1970 and 1976. Will the Solicitor General confirm that, as a result of these serious allegations, the Prime Minister ordered a secret investigation into the allegations and the charges by Mr. Meier and that there was in fact an inquiry conducted by a lawyer named Pierre Genest? Will the Solicitor General now make public the results of that secret inquiry?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF CIA PAYMENTS TO CANADIAN ELECTION CANDIDATES
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LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (Solicitor General):

Madam Speaker, I have no information on that subject at all. I hope to be able to look into it and comment on it shortly.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF CIA PAYMENTS TO CANADIAN ELECTION CANDIDATES
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NDP

Svend Johannes Robinson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Robinson (Burnaby):

Madam Speaker, I gave the minister notice of this question yesterday. Of course, if these allegations can be confirmed, they represent a massive violation of Canadian sovereignty by American CIA agents.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGATIONS OF CIA PAYMENTS TO CANADIAN ELECTION CANDIDATES
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REQUEST THAT COMMITTEE STUDY ALLEGED CIA INVOLVEMENT IN CANADIAN ELECTIONS

NDP

Svend Johannes Robinson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Svend J. Robinson (Burnaby):

Madam Speaker, in light of the importance of the issues raised by Meier's petition, a petition which I intend to table in the House at the conclusion of question period, and since these issues were also recently raised in the Quebec trial of RCMP Officer Vermette, will the minister now give the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs a reference to study the question of CIA involvement in Canada, to hear witnesses, including Meier, and determine whether indeed the Canadian security service has been infiltrated by the CIA and whether, most important, the CIA attempted to influence democratic elections in Canada just as they did in Chile in 1973?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT COMMITTEE STUDY ALLEGED CIA INVOLVEMENT IN CANADIAN ELECTIONS
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LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (Solicitor General):

Madam Speaker, the hon. member did not give me notice that he would be asking that question today.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT COMMITTEE STUDY ALLEGED CIA INVOLVEMENT IN CANADIAN ELECTIONS
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INDIAN AFFAIRS


Hon. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine East): Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of May 19, 1982



Indian Affairs and Northern Development. We have learned that the Quebec government has again refused to recognize the legitimate fishing rights of the Micmac at Restigouche and has provoked them by withdrawing from an offer which might have settled this matter. Since the fishing season in the Restigouche opens in three weeks, and we do not want to see a repetition of the raids and violence of last year, will the minister tell the House if he will intervene in this matter to negotiate with Quebec and demand a reasonable and just settlement as soon as possible?


LIB

John Carr Munro (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Liberal

Hon. John C. Munro (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

Yes, Madam Speaker. As a matter of fact I have intervened, in the sense that my officials in Quebec have been talking to the Quebec government this morning. We are urging, and I am urging, the chief and the band to continue discussions with the province. We are urging the province to do that same thing. We do feel disappointed. We thought this was close to resolution a short time ago when there seemed to be an acceptance of the quota. The province has reduced the quota and that has inflamed emotions, but we hope that can be corrected fairly shortly.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FISHING RIGHTS OF MICMAC INDIAN BAND
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FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS PROVINCIAL TAXATION AUTHORITY

PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jake Epp (Provencher):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance. Does the federal government accept the principle that a provincial government has the constitutional authority to tax another level of government, namely, the federal government?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS PROVINCIAL TAXATION AUTHORITY
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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 would like to take that question as notice.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS PROVINCIAL TAXATION AUTHORITY
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CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PROVINCIAL TAX

PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jake Epp (Provencher):

Madam Speaker, when the minister takes that question as notice, would he also examine whether the imposition of an employee tax paid by an employer, in this case the federal government, a tax collected by a province, falls within the jurisdiction of the Constitution, namely, what I always thought was a provision whereby one level of government could not tax another level of government?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PROVINCIAL TAX
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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, when I took the question as notice it was not to be unco-operative but because of its importance. I will add the second question to the first and provide a reply, after I receive legal advice, as soon as possible.

Oral Questions FINANCE

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PROVINCIAL TAX
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REQUEST FOR REMOVAL OF EXCISE TAX ON NATURAL GAS

PC

Thomas Gordon Towers

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Towers (Red Deer):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance. In view of the fact that the excise tax on natural gas is possibly one of the most abhorrent taxes which has come out of the National Energy Program-not only is it a bad tax, it is a cancerous one-does the minister realize it is adding one third to the home heating cost of all home owners in Canada? Further, if he wishes to help the farmers, the quickest way to help them is to delete that tax since natural gas is the basis for fertilizer and this is the time of year when farmers use a tremendous amount of it. Is the minister prepared to withdraw the excise tax on natural gas?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REMOVAL OF EXCISE TAX ON NATURAL GAS
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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, if 1 had an alternative source of revenue that could be easily applied without objection, I would consider withdrawing the tax. However, I have no such alternative source of revenue.

The hon. member must realize how difficult it is to raise taxes under current circumstances because, as the Treasurer of Ontario discovered, any tax is bound to provoke a reaction from those persons affected.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REMOVAL OF EXCISE TAX ON NATURAL GAS
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PC

Thomas Gordon Towers

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Towers:

If the minister would withdraw the money which is going into PetroCan-Petrofina it would be a good start toward relieving the tax.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REMOVAL OF EXCISE TAX ON NATURAL GAS
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May 19, 1982