April 18, 1984

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Sinclair McKnight Stevens

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sinclair Stevens (York-Peel):

Mr. Speaker, could the Secretary of State for External Affairs inform the House whether the Government has voiced its outrage and condemnation to the Libyan Government with respect to the recent, needless killing of peaceful demonstrators outside the Libyan embassy in London, England?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LIBYA-SHOOTING OF DEMONSTRATORS OUTSIDE LONDON EMBASSY
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, like the Hon. Member, we are deeply shocked at the indiscriminate violence, and unjustified violence which has taken place from the Libyan headquarters or embassy in London, where a loss of life and injury to peaceful demonstrators have occurred, as I understand it.

We join with the British Government in condemning this terroristic act and urge the Libyan Government to take whatever steps are required to end it as quickly as possible. I have asked that our views be conveyed to the Libyan Government.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LIBYA-SHOOTING OF DEMONSTRATORS OUTSIDE LONDON EMBASSY
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REQUEST FOR CANADIAN INITIATIVE IN LEADING WORLD-WIDE PROTEST

PC

Sinclair McKnight Stevens

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sinclair Stevens (York-Peel):

Mr. Speaker, would the Government, through the Secretary of State for External Affairs, originate some initiative, either within the United Nations or within the Commonwealth, to ensure that the United Kingdom is not left alone in protesting and condemning this savage breach of international order? Would Canada take the lead in a world-wide process with respect to this atrocity?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CANADIAN INITIATIVE IN LEADING WORLD-WIDE PROTEST
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, we would associate ourselves with the British Government in the statements and actions which it is taking. If that Government finds it useful in the resolution of the situation to undertake measures such as the one suggested by the Hon. Member, we would be receptive to our association and support. However, I think in the present circumstances we ought to allow the British Government, which in the past has shown particular skill in handling these situations, to take the lead. We would support it in whatever actions it thought useful.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CANADIAN INITIATIVE IN LEADING WORLD-WIDE PROTEST
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ALLOCATION OF FUNDING FOR FEDERATIONS

PC

Jennifer Cossitt

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Jennifer Cossitt (Leeds-Grenville):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of State for Fitness and Amateur Sport. Will the Minister tell the House why he is holding Canada's amateur athletes hostage for the $30.6 million allocated for amateur sport in the Estimates, and why he has refused to sign the sport federations' funding agreements

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for this fiscal year, thereby jeopardizing the competitiveness of our athletes in the summer Olympics?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF FUNDING FOR FEDERATIONS
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LIB

Joseph Mario Jacques Olivier (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport))

Liberal

Hon. Jacques Olivier (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport)):

Mr. Speaker, I have already signed the funding agreements with most sports federations for the first quarter of this fiscal year.

We are merely demanding that certain federations fully respect the laws and principles of this Parliament.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF FUNDING FOR FEDERATIONS
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CRIMINAL CODE

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question for the Minister of Justice. It follows on the questions of the Hon. Member for Spadina. The Minister knows that he has my support and the support of the New Democratic Party for the obscenity amendment to the Criminal Code. He must realize that 306 pages of amendments will take a great deal of time to process, even with every extensive co-operation. Would he consult with the Official Opposition and, if he obtains support, would he undertake to bring in a specific Bill with that one amendment so that we can deal with violent pornography immediately after the Easter recess?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF OBSCENITY AMENDMENT
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LIB

Mark R. MacGuigan (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Mark MacGuigan (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, of course 1 am prepared, as I have been, to discuss these questions with the Opposition and to be as accommodating as members of the opposition Parties are prepared to be. I should remind the Hon. Member that there are many parts of the Criminal Code Bill which are of the utmost urgency. For instance, the drinking and driving provisions are of extreme urgency. If she is suggesting that the only thing which matters in this whole piece of legislation is that one provision; let me indicate that we need all that Bill, not just parts of it.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Sub-subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF OBSCENITY AMENDMENT
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CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA

LIB

Joseph-Roland Comtois

Liberal

Mr. J.-Roland Comtois (Terrebonne):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Solicitor General. There are in my riding several major penitentiaries, including the Archambault Institute, the regional admission centre and the minimum security facilities at Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.

Very often staff members let me know of their concerns, Mr. Speaker; their assignment is getting increasingly more difficult, for they have to deal with individuals accused of

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aggressions and other violent crimes. In fact, we are all aware of the situation at the Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines institution.

It is difficult for people outside the Correctional Service to fully realize what is involved. Mr. Speaker, in its report the subcommittee has recognized the complexity of these people's assignment and has made recommendation as to the possibility of early retirement.

My question is this: What progress, if any, has been made concerning this recommendation which aims at preserving the health of these staff members who have greatly contributed to the Canadian judiciary system?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EARLY RETIREMENT FOR CERTAIN EMPLOYEES
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LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, 1 am very glad to inform the House that the Government is ready to recognize the stress under which prison guards and other employees dealing with convicts have to labour, and Treasury Board is now ready to start negotiating with Correctional Service Canada and the unions for the purpose of setting up and early retirement scheme for members of the Correctional Service who have lived under stress throughout their careers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CORRECTIONAL SERVICE CANADA
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EARLY RETIREMENT FOR CERTAIN EMPLOYEES
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THE ADMINISTRATION

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Saskatoon West):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Prime Minister who, in July of last year, appointed the Hon. Mitchell Sharp and the Hon. Michael Starr to joint chairmanship of a task force to review conflict of interest guidelines relating to Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, exempt staff, full-time Governor in Council appointees, and public servants. In letters to the co-chairman, the Prime Minister asked that the matter be dealt with and that the report be submitted by the end of last year.

Last month Mr. Sharp indicated that the report would be ready and available for distribution at the end of this month. Could the Prime Minister tell the House whether or not that deadline will be met so that he may table in the House of Commons, upon receipt, the report of the task force?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   CONFLICT OF INTEREST GUIDELINES-PRESENTATION OF TASK FORCE REPORT
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I would think that the deadline is likely to be met, but I cannot give a precise assurance. I talked to Mr. Sharp, perhaps a month and a half ago, and my recollection is that his report was finished, or almost finished, in English, and that it was going to be translated. If I recall correctly, I undertook to table it in the House when it was received. I will check on that latter point, but I think I made that undertaking. If so, I will be happy to inform the Hon. Member as soon as I know when it will be ready for tabling.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   CONFLICT OF INTEREST GUIDELINES-PRESENTATION OF TASK FORCE REPORT
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LIB

David Berger

Liberal

Mr. David Berger (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of External Affairs. The Minister has received a number of telegrams requesting his support on behalf of the families of two Polish women on a hunger strike in front of the Polish consulate in Montreal.

The Minister knows that the condition of those two women is rapidly deteriorating. Could he indicate if he has attempted to persuade the Polish government to allow those families to leave Poland?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT MINISTER INTERCEDE ON BEHALF OF POLISH FAMILIES
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