October 14, 1983

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

HUMAN RIGHTS

PC

Walter Leland Rutherford (Lee) Clark

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lee Clark (Brandon-Souris):

Madam Speaker, the latest reports out of Iran remind us that the systematic genocide of the Baha'i community in Iran continues. Sadly, the reports have an all too familiar ring-imprisonment, torture, beatings, and executions. One estimate puts the death toll at well over 5,000 since February of 1979. These shocking reports ought to jar us all into the realization that the Iranian Government continues to torture, with shocking regularity, innocent people who only desire their religious freedom. The Baha'is' only crime is their refusal to renounce their faith.

Women of the Baha'i faith have, as of late, faced increased danger. Because they are regarded as equals within their faith, the Iranian Government, which does not share that belief, has begun to arrest, torture and execute Baha'i women in much greater numbers than before.

Here in Canada it is perhaps difficult to imagine a land where people pay for their religious beliefs with their lives. But in Iran the persecution against the Baha'i community has neared the point of a holocaust.

1 urge Canadians, and indeed the entire international community, not to become complacent. For as long as the persecution continues, we must continue to express publicly our utter abhorrence of these horrible acts of violence.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
Sub-subtopic:   IRAN-PERSECUTION OF BAHA'I COMMUNITY
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CANADIAN HERITAGE

LIB

Stanley Hudecki (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Stanley Hudecki (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence):

Madam Speaker, recently on a remote site along the Pacific coast, north of Vancouver, stones decorated with prehistoric Indian carvings, known as petroglyphs, and weighing several tons, were stolen. These petroglyphs which have been in existence for thousands of years are among Canada's major archeological treasures and their seizure

represents a great loss not only to the Canadian archeological community but to Canadians in general.

These petroglyphs provide vital information on man's ancestral beginnings in Canada. According to the director of the National Museum of Man in Ottawa, new archeological techniques make possible more accurate interpretation of information contained on these stones which date back 10,000 years. These records give evidence of cultural cross-ties with the Soviet Far East, suggesting people crossed the Bering Strait from what is Soviet Siberia. It is a shame that, as new skills are being developed to understand our distant past as recorded on petroglyphs, these pages of ancient history are being ripped out and senselessly destroyed even before being read.

It is my concern that this site and similar sites in Canada are vulnerable to treasure hunters and vandals who have little concern about our nation's past. For this reason I urge the federal Government, in co-operation with the Provinces, to co-ordinate activities to ensure as far as possible that artifacts of Canadian historical significance are protected from vandalism.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADIAN HERITAGE
Sub-subtopic:   THEFT OF PETROGLYPHS-PROTECTION OF ARTIFACTS
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TOURISM

PC

Stan Darling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Madam Speaker, taxes, like death, may be inevitable, but Canada's tourism and hospitality industries say they are tired of bearing the burden of too many tax hikes. The latest dose of bad news is the 13.3 per cent hike in the federal excise tax on liquor, with all the concurrent increases in provincial and sales taxes. Not only do consumers feel the pinch of price hikes but the effects ripple across to the airline industry, hotels and restaurants, all of which make up the tourism and hospitality industries.

It has already been said by me that the tourism industry is the largest employer in Canada, providing jobs to 11 per cent of the work-force, and represents 5 per cent of total gross GNP. When everyone speaks of recovery, need I remind everyone that this industry only faces tax increases, decreasing revenues, and less demand, particularly applicable to alcohol and tobacco.

October 14, 1983

THE LATE PATRICK MacDONNELL

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   IMPACT OF TAX INCREASES
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NDP

Simon Leendert de Jong

New Democratic Party

Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina East):

Madam Speaker, on July 14 of this year they found Patrick MacDonnell dead. He had killed himself. He was 35 years old.

On November 5 of last year he was laid off as a result of a government cutback. Pat went on unemployment insurance. It devastated him. He did not want unemployment insurance; he wanted to work. He applied for jobs far beneath what he was capable of accomplishing, but he was told he was overqualified. That did not stop him. He created his own make-work project. Pat used up all his personal life savings creating and developing his idea. He made around $100 and reported this on his unemployment insurance card. On February 6 he was cut off because they deemed him self-employed.

Reading through all the letters and memos of the next four months, a Kafka nightmare emerges. Pat, broke, mortgage in arrears, with an empty fridge and no income, tried to correct this situation. He appealed. He wrote me. He wrote the Minister. He wrote the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau). But nothing changed. Pat was defeated. On July 14 he attached a hose to his car's exhaust system and gassed himself.

Patrick was a big, strong, curly-haired, good natured Irishman. He was honest. He was creative. He was intelligent. He had initiative and skills. He had all the qualities a civilized society would hope its members would have. Patrick MacDonnell did not survive in our society.

Something is dreadfully wrong when the Patrick MacDon-nells at the age of 35 die by their own hand. Something is terribly amiss with the world created by our corporate boardrooms and government offices. It is killing our best people.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   IMPACT OF TAX INCREASES
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PC

Howard Edward Crosby

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard Crosby (Halifax West):

Madam Speaker, the Port of Halifax must compete for international marine cargo with other national ports on the east coast of Canada, particularly the Port of Montreal. The Port of Halifax provides a deep water facility, equipment, and labour force, which together ensure an effective service for ocean vessels of all types, especially container ships. However, the weak link in the chain of service is the rail line between the East Coast and inland destinations.

Canadian National Railway Company is the sole provider of railway service to and from the Port of Halifax. Freight rates are a vital factor in determining the economy of utilizing the Port of Halifax for marine shipments. Now CNR has threatened to add to the cost burden for users of the Port of Halifax by increasing freight rates an additional 5 per cent. This would be a unilateral decision of CN management, not based on any cost analysis or documented expenditures. I ask the Minister of Transport (Mr. Axworthy) to review carefully any action

taken by the CNR respecting freight rates so that this delicate competitive balance will not be disturbed.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   EFFECT OF FREIGHT RATES ON PORT OF HALIFAX
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POLITICAL PARTIES

NDP

Svend Johannes Robinson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Svend J. Robinson (Burnaby):

Madam Speaker, open revolt has broken out in the ranks of northern Ontario Liberal Members of Parliament. The Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (Mrs. Erola), the Hon. Member for Nickel Belt, has been doing everything in her power to fight the changes to her riding boundaries proposed as a result of the upcoming federal redistribution. The Hon. Member for Cochrane-Superior (Mr. Penner) went so far as to accuse the embattled Minister of "reprehensible behaviour" for putting her own self-interest ahead of northern Ontario and the interests of her fellow northern Liberals, surely an endangered species in these troubled times.

As well, the Hon. Member for Sault Ste. Marie (Mr. Irwin) has bitterly complained that loyal Liberals in northern Ontario are not getting enough patronage appointments. He went on to say that he was reluctant to criticize his esteemed colleague, the Minister, because "she is my regional Minister and she is a woman". The Hon. Member for Algoma (Mr. Foster) accused the Minister of ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of her northern Liberal colleagues in the redistribution process.

I would like to invite the aggrieved Minister to rise in her place at some point today and defend herself from these scurrilous attacks by her fellow Liberals in northern Ontario on her good name and reputation. I am sure all Members of the House would want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the embattled Minister in her plight, and remind her colleagues from northern Ontario, specifically Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO LIBERAL PARTY MEMBERS
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LIB

Jeanne Sauvé (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Madam Speaker:

Order, please.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO LIBERAL PARTY MEMBERS
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MANITOBA TELEPHONE SYSTEM-TESTING OF METHANOL FUELED CARS

PC

A. Daniel McKenzie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dan McKenzie (Winnipeg-Assiniboine):

Madam

Speaker, in Winnipeg a program is currently under way to determine the efficiency of specially manufactured cars running on 90 per cent methanol fuel. The program will examine how well cars start in cold weather, the wear and tear on engines, and fuel consumption. This testing began on July 27 and will ascertain over the next two years the commercial potential of methanol fuel.

This project is being carried out as a Manitoba/Canada conservation and renewable energy demonstration project for alternate fuels. The Manitoba Telephone System has been

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actively involved for the past three years in experimenting with propane, gasohol, and now, in this program, methanol fuels. System maintenance and repair, as well as supervisory staff, will be using the methanol test cars. The cars will only be used in Winnipeg where special methanol fuel is available.

The Manitoba Telephone System has shown leadership in this field, and on behalf of my colleagues in the House of Commons I would like to congratulate the Manitoba Telephone System on its fine and outstanding efforts.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   MANITOBA TELEPHONE SYSTEM-TESTING OF METHANOL FUELED CARS
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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

PC

Geoffrey Douglas Scott

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Geoff Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth):

Madam Speaker, like many Canadians, not the least of them Ontario's Attorney General Roy McMurtry, I am incensed over the release on bail of a man charged with paralysing an 18 year-old girl for life. Indeed, the suspect, one Clive Brown, age 19 of Mississauga, faces charges of forcible confinement, armed robbery, attempted murder, and using firearms.

An 18-year-old Becker's Milk Store employee, Barbara Turnbull, was shot in the throat during a $200 robbery. The spinal cord damage that Ms. Turnbull suffered will leave her paralysed from the neck down for the rest of her life. So what does Brampton provincial court judge Kenneth Langdon do last week? He releases Clive Brown on $40,000 bail, on condition that he show up at Clarkson Secondary School in Mississauga. He did not show up, and has not been heard from since. He is not at home, not at school, and the judge says, "I don't know where he is".

I say, on behalf of every law-abiding Canadian, Madam Speaker, that 1 am thoroughly disgusted with a judicial system which lets a known criminally-minded individual out on the loose again after committing such a horrible, senseless crime for 200 bucks. I join the Peel Regional Police Force and the Attorney General of Ontario in opposing this disgusting release of an attempted murderer. Because of that punk, Barbara is ruined for life. Her assailant is free, and the Crown Prosecutor says he does not know where he is. Where, in the name of heaven, is there justice in this country for innocent people like Barbara Turnbull?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   DISAPPEARANCE OF MURDER SUSPECT AFTER RELEASE ON BAIL
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

FINANCE

PC

William James Kempling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Kempling (Burlington):

Madam Speaker, my question was to be directed to the Minister of Consumer and

Oral Questions

Corporate Affairs, but I will ask it of the Minister of Finance.

It is with regard to approximately 750,000 Canadians who are locked into high interest rate mortgages. This matter was first raised in the Speech from the Throne in 1980. Since that time six Ministers of the Government have played with the problem, two Ministers of Finance, two Ministers of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, and two Ministers who report for CMHC. All of them have clawed the air and implied through their replies, inside and outside the House, that they would do something about it, but nothing substantive has happened in three and one half years.

Yesterday the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, after stating that she would seek an amendment to the Interest Act, informed the Hon. Member for Oshawa that-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   TRUST COMPANIES' RESTRICTIONS ON RENEWAL OF MORTGAGES
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October 14, 1983