March 23, 1984

OFFICIAL REPORT

SECOND SESSION-THIRTY-SECOND PARLIAMENT


33 Elizabeth II


VOLUME III, 1984 COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE TWENTY THIRD DAY OF MARCH, 1984 TO THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF MAY, 1984 INDEX ISSUED IN A SEPARATE VOLUME


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Friday, March 23, 1984


STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

AIRPORTS

PC

Thomas Scott Fennell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Scott Fennell (Ontario):

Mr. Speaker, in the Montreal Gazette today another example of injustice to the people of Quebec has been brought to my attention. Farmers in the area surrounding Mirabel, whose land was taken away from them at ridiculous prices, are fighting to regain their rights under our Constitution and under their privilege as Canadian citizens. The Government has to be condemned for the attitude it took toward those people at Mirabel. Those people had excess land expropriated, taken away from them. The Government did not do the same thing in Pickering, because it knows the people in Pickering would battle for their rights.

I request the Government to reconsider its hard stand against these fine people from the area around Mirabel who had their homes taken away from them, homes which go back many generations. This land should be returned to the original owners or their heirs in order to retain the identity of that community. The area of Mirabel is a disaster, Mr. Speaker. It has not provided any benefit to the people there. It has only been hurtful to those citizens.

I request that this House bring forward an act to permit the original owners to repurchase the 50,000 acres-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   AIRPORTS
Sub-subtopic:   PLEA FOR RESALE OF EXPROPRIATED MIRABEL LANDS
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LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member's time has expired.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   AIRPORTS
Sub-subtopic:   PLEA FOR RESALE OF EXPROPRIATED MIRABEL LANDS
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MEDICAL CARE

REGULATION OF NUMBERS OF PRACTISING PHYSICIANS

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents has brought to the attention of the Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs that a practice exists under the existing Medical Care Act and, according to CAIR, will continue to exist under the Canada Health Act, whereby a Province can regulate the number of qualified practising physicians by denying them a medicare

billing number. Such a practice is now occurring in the Province of British Columbia.

It must be remembered that these doctors have been declared fully qualified by an appropriate College of Physicians and Surgeons which is responsible for assessing their training and awarding licences to practise. Although this practice is at present restricted to one Province, it is conceivable that it could be adopted by all the Provinces in Canada, thus denying the right to practise to qualified physicians who are Canadian born and Canadian trained.

In all Provinces but Quebec they can opt out of the system and be paid under the insurance scheme providing that they set fees within the accepted level of pay in the fee schedule. This problem, I feel, has not been solved in the deliberations of the Standing Committee. It is a principle of fundamental fairness that duly qualified doctors be assured that they will have an opportunity to practise within medicare, otherwise they may be deprived of an opportunity to earn a livelihood in the practice of their profession unless a second tier outside medicare is established.

Topic:   MEDICAL CARE
Subtopic:   REGULATION OF NUMBERS OF PRACTISING PHYSICIANS
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AGRICULTURE

FUNDING OF MANITOBA EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION

PC

Walter Leland Rutherford (Lee) Clark

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lee Clark (Brandon-Souris):

Mr. Speaker, for years the Department of Agriculture has underfunded the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, and it is time for a change. The Exhibition organization puts on three fairs each year, including the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon, which begins this coming Monday. It is the largest spring fair of its kind in western Canada, and it has a tremendous economic impact on the entire Brandon-Souris region.

Thanks to a dedicated organizing group, all three fairs have prospered and grown. Unfortunately, federal funding has not kept pace. Last year the federal Government contributed less than $22,000, which covered only a fraction of the Exhibition organization's three-quarters-of-a-million-dollar budget. In fact, over the past eight years there has been only a paltry increase in federal funding.

Other exhibitions elsewhere in the country are not underfunded to this degree and there is no excuse for the lack of adequate funding in Manitoba. Although the three fairs put on by the Provincial Exhibition in Manitoba are top notch, the organizers know that in order to keep on attracting top competitors and exhibitors, they must offer adequate prize money. That may not continue to be possible unless federal funding is improved.

March 23, 1984

I strongly urge the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Whelan) to adjust his Department's funding arrangements in such a way as to give the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba the support it deserves and, indeed, the support it has earned.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   FUNDING OF MANITOBA EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION
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THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

LIB

Jack Sydney George (Bud) Cullen

Liberal

Hon. Bud Cullen (Sarnia-Lambton):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to call to the attention of the House that the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Mulroney) is once again breaking new ground. He has agreed to appear on open line shows across the country, but on one condition, that no one can call in. It will be an open line show, but will be open from one end only. Yesterday, his press assistant confirmed that this was in fact the case but refused to say why the Hon. Leader of the Opposition would not allow people to phone in and talk to him. Today, fortunately, Bill Fox, his press secretary, has been more forthcoming. He said that the Leader of the Opposition has made it a policy not to appear on any open line shows because they are too volatile and can be manipulated by rival political organizations.

People of Canada, do not call in to the Leader of the Opposition, because the line will be busy.

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Topic:   THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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INDIAN AFFAIRS

VALLEY RIVER INDIAN BAND-PURCHASE OF GRAVEL PIT

March 23, 1984