November 23, 1983

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

THE LATE JOHN F. KENNEDY ANNIVERSARY OF ASSASSINATION OF UNITED STATES PRESIDENT

LIB

Maurice James Harquail

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Harquail (Restigouche):

Mr. Speaker, 24 hours ago marked a very important and historic day for the whole world. 1 had intended to recognize and pay homage to the thirty-fifth President of the United States, the late John F. Kennedy, and to request that all of us in this House who, I am sure, remember quite vividly and with sadness the assassination that took place 20 years ago, do so also. Considering all the negotiations that go on between this country and our friends, our neighbours south of the border, some 225 million Americans, 1 would like to transmit a special message of condolence, not only to the President and to the citizens who live in the United States of America, but also to the Kennedy family.

If it is at all in order, Mr. Speaker, I would request and seek unanimous consent that we send such a message from this Chamber to the President of the United States and to the American people and, in particular, a special message of condolence to the Kennedy family, marking that recognition-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE LATE JOHN F. KENNEDY ANNIVERSARY OF ASSASSINATION OF UNITED STATES PRESIDENT
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LIB

Cyril Lloyd Francis (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

Order, please. The Hon. Member's time has expired. The Hon. Member for Surrey-White Rock-North Delta (Mr. Friesen).

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE LATE JOHN F. KENNEDY ANNIVERSARY OF ASSASSINATION OF UNITED STATES PRESIDENT
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Benno Friesen (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-North Delta):

Mr. Speaker, a year ago in September the world was shocked by the news of the terrible massacre in the refugee camps at Sabra and Chatila. All of us were unnerved by the heinousness of that massacre. Headlines in the world's newspapers were vividly describing what was going on. There were headlines such as, "Reprisal for Gemayel death was horrible, indiscriminate". There were placards that read, "Down With Begin's Blood-shedding Government". All of this was accompanied

with the clinical scrutiny of the cameras as to the brutality of that massacre in those camps, all of the scrutiny necessary, and all of it deserved.

Now another massacre is occurring. It is the conflict between the PLO forces in Lebanon, and again it is the true refugees who are suffering. The women and the children and the Lebanese nationals who have absolutely no interest in that conflict at all are suffering the most. But there is this difference, Mr. Speaker, the difference of the deafening silence on the part of the world's media on the agony being suffered by those refugees and Lebanese nationals. Where are the cameras now to examine the agony of the women and the children in those refugee camps? Where is the condemnation of the warring factions using refugee camps as armed camps rather than refugee camps?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LEBANON-AGONY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN REFUGEE CAMPS
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Cyril Lloyd Francis (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

Order, please. The Hon. Member's time has expired.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LEBANON-AGONY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN REFUGEE CAMPS
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STATUS OF WOMEN

LIB

John O. (Jack) Burghardt (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications)

Liberal

Mr. Jack Burghardt (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, two years ago today the women of Canada won a resounding victory in their battle for equality. After an 18-day endeavour, Section 28 of the Canadian Constitution was amended to guarantee equality of the sexes. On that historic day, the House of Commons was informed that the Government had been able to obtain agreement from all those Provinces party to the accord that Section 28, on the equality of men and women, would apply without the override clause.

The Minister responsible for the status of women has pointed out that during these past two years there have been many important initiatives in the area of women's rights. These initiatives include Canada's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women; Treasury Board guidelines concerning personal harrassment and sex-stereotyping in government communications and the first federal-provincial-territorial conference of Ministers responsible for the status of women.

There was also the appointment of Bertha Wilson as the first woman on the Supreme Court of Canada, and of Constance Glube, appointed first Chief Justice in the Province of New Brunswick.

The child care expense deduction has been doubled to $2,000 per child. Amendments have been made to the Unem-

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ployment Insurance Act to improve maternity benefits and, for the first time, payments will be available to adoptive parents.

While serious problems remain to be addressed and there is still much to be done, all women should feel both proud and encouraged by the initiatives already taken by this Government.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic:   SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF CONSTITUTIONAL ACCORD
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NATIONAL SECURITY

PC

Donald W. Munro

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald W. Munro (Esquimalt-Saanich):

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (Mr. MacGuigan) said in the House on Friday, in answer to a question of mine, that as far as the Government was concerned the Hambleton spy case was closed. How can the Minister take such a stand when the account of that espionage operation on behalf of the KGB, which lasted some 30 years, as set out in Leo Heap's recent book, entitled quite simply "Hugh Hambleton, Spy", outlines a number of unresolved issues?

For instance, was the Canadian Solicitor General (Mr. Kaplan) correct in denying that an offer of immunity from prosecution was ever made to Hambleton by Canadian author-ites, when evidence that such an offer had been made is on the record of the trial in Britain, as brought out by the British Attorney General who was prosecuting the case? Or was the Canadian Solicitor General suggesting that the British Attorney General was dealing with tainted, or even falsified, evidence?

Here is another unresolved issue. Why did the Government not bring this case to trial in Canada under a law similar to the one under which Hambleton was tried in Britain? Who, in this Government, was sheltering a spy? Who was it that warned Hambleton, not once but twice, not to go to Britain or, having gone there, to turn around and fly back to Canada? Who did that, and why? Who is responsible for bungling this espionage case involving-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   THE CASE OF HUGH HAMBLETON-UNRESOLVED ISSUES
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LIB

Cyril Lloyd Francis (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

The Hon. Member's time is up.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   THE CASE OF HUGH HAMBLETON-UNRESOLVED ISSUES
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IMMIGRATION

NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, ten Canadian residents of Polish origin have been outside the Polish consulate in Toronto for 17 days on a hunger strike. They are all week, anxious, and tired, but remain determined to achieve their objective-reunification with their families. They have applied for family reunification under the joint Canadian-Polish program, and the families of four of these men have received negative replies for exit visas from Polish

authorities. Our Department of External Affairs had promised these individuals some action by Monday or Tuesday of this week, causing some additional anxiety as these days slipped by without movement on the part of the Department of External Affairs or the Polish Government.

It is with deep regret that I must express my disappointment and that of my Party, the New Democratic Party, at the continued violation by the Polish Government of one of the most basic human rights-freedom of movement. With calculated cynicism some Polish citizens are virtually blackmailed into leaving their homeland, while others are held to ransom. 1 hope the Polish Government will rectify this state of affairs in the future, and I urge that the Department of External Affairs redouble its efforts and press its representations to the Polish Government on this very tragic human drama.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   HUNGER STRIKE BY POLISH IMMIGRANTS SEEKING EXIT VISAS FOR FAMILIES IN HOMELAND
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FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY

LIB

Normand Lapointe (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Normand Lapointe (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, my colleagues, the ministers concerned, are certainly aware that import quotas in the shoe manufacturing industry will be lifted as of November 1984. This industry plays a major role in the economy of my riding, because of the great many jobs it provides for both men and women. Several plant owners are already worrying about what will become of them after the quotas are lifted.

On behalf of this industry which is a major source of revenues for Canada, I wish to make Cabinet ministers aware of this situation and ask them to meet with the representatives of the Canadian shoe manufacturing industry and listen to what they have to say concerning shoe imports. Mr. Speaker, my colleagues will certainly agree with me that we had better act quickly to avert the problems we experienced two years ago.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   SUPPRESSION OF QUOTAS-CONSEQUENCES FOR PROVINCE OF QUEBEC-NECESSITY TO TAKE IMMEDIATE MEASURES
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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

IND

William J. Yurko

Independent

Mr. Bill Yurko (Edmonton East):

Mr. Speaker, permit me to cite a proclamation made by the President of the United States of America in the first month of 1983. I read the President's words:

Now therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 5, 1983, "National Day of Prayer". 1 call upon every citizen of this great nation to gather together on that day in homes and places of worship to pray, each after his or her own manner, for unity of the hearts of all mankind.

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In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 27th day of January, in the year of Our Lord, 1983, and of the Independence of the United States of America the 207th.

Canada did not follow the President's example in 1983. However, may I suggest that this Parliament proclaim a day of prayer in Canada in early 1984, a day on which we might all pray for world peace and brotherhood.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED PROCLAMATION IN 1984
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

CORPORATE SHAREHOLDING LIMITATION ACT

November 23, 1983