May 8, 1984

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An Hon. Member:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF SOVIET ATHLETES IN 1988 OLYMPICS
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PC

Steve Eugene Paproski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paproski:

Faites attention; faites attention.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF SOVIET ATHLETES IN 1988 OLYMPICS
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LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member has been given the floor.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF SOVIET ATHLETES IN 1988 OLYMPICS
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PC

Steve Eugene Paproski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paproski:

Today the Soviet Union has pulled out of the Los Angeles Olympics. In view of the fact that the lottery was set up to help the Calgary Olympics in 1988, what guarantee do we have from the Minister that the Soviets will not pull out of the 1988 Olympics? Has he had contact with the Soviet Embassy?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF SOVIET ATHLETES IN 1988 OLYMPICS
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LIB

David P. Smith (Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism))

Liberal

Mr. Smith:

That is not a supplementary; it should not be allowed.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF SOVIET ATHLETES IN 1988 OLYMPICS
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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, to answer one part of the question asked by the Hon. Member, I simply want to state that, in my opinion, it is unfortunate for the athletes throughout the world that some countries have decided to withdraw. These countries made their own decision. With respect to the lottery, I must tell the Hon. Member opposite that this is not a lottery, but a sports pool. In reply to the third part of his question, I will tell him that I leave it to the Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee (OCO'88) to reach the decision and answer his question.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF SOVIET ATHLETES IN 1988 OLYMPICS
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PETITION

LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the House that the petition presented by the Hon. Member for Edmonton-Strathcona (Mr. Kilgour) on Monday, May 7, 1984, meets the requirements of the Standing Orders as to form.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PETITION
Sub-subtopic:   MR. KILGOUR-MEASURES TO COMBAT PORNOGRAPHY
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

PC

Douglas Grinslade Lewis

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Doug Lewis (Simcoe North):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the third report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts to which, pursuant to Standing Order 69(13), the committee requests a comprehensive response.

[Editor's Note: For above report, see today's Votes and Proceedings.]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
Sub-subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF THIRD REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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PETITION

PC

T.A. Bud Bradley

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bud Bradley (Haldimand-Norfolk):

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege and honour to present a petition signed by some 182 farmers and residents of the Province of Quebec who are extremely concerned with the effects federal taxes are having on tobacco and its related industries in the country. The petition of the undersigned residents of Canada, who now avail themselves of their ancient and undoubted right thus to present a grievance common to your petitioners in the certain assurance that your honourable House will therefore provide a remedy, humbly sheweth that the federal excise tax placed upon tobacco products is a serious threat to employment and economic viability in the tobacco industry in the communities involved.

The petitioners hope that in your examination of the petition, Mr. Speaker, you will find the petition in order and that you will exercise the discretionary powers vested in the office of the Speaker of the House of Commons to allow discussion and referral to a committee at the earliest possible time, in order that employment and economic viability in that region of Canada may be preserved.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITION
Sub-subtopic:   MR. BRADLEY-TAXATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
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QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


LIB

John Leslie Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. John Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 560 and 738.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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NDP

Mr. Althouse

New Democratic Party

1. During the residence of (a) The Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau in 1979 (b) The Right Honourable Joe Clark in the period 1980 to 1983 (c) Mr. Brian Mulroney, M.P., to the end of 1983, what, if any, was the cost of

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renovating and decorating Stornoway, the house used by the Leader of the Official Opposition?

2. In 1983, were any expenses incurred due to the staffing and operating requirements of the residence and, if so, what were they?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF RENOVATING AND DECORATING STORNOWAY
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LIB

Roméo LeBlanc (Minister of Public Works; Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Liberal

Hon. Romeo LeBlanc (Minister of Public Works):

1. (a)

$133,934.91, (b) $36,443.84, (c) $150,555.34.

2. (a) The Official Residences Act authorizes the Leader of the Opposition to appoint a steward or housekeeper and up to three other employees to manage his residence. Moneys appropriated by Parliament for the operation of the House of Commons may be used for the remuneration and other expenses related to the employment of such persons. Questions concerning these payments should be addressed to the Speaker of the House of Commons.

(b) Operating cost-$43,019.69.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF RENOVATING AND DECORATING STORNOWAY
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NDP

Mr. Waddell

New Democratic Party

1. In 1975, did the then Department of Regional and Economic Expansion make loan guarantees totaling $315,000 to a trust company for the construction of the Riviera Motel in Tracadie, New Brunswick and, if so, did the company subsequently exercise its power of sale on the property and did the Department pay the company $315,000 as guaranteed?

2. In 1982, did the trust company mentioned in part I dispose of the motel by means of public auction and was this contrary to its agreement with the Department and, if so, did the agreement stipulate (a) the method of sale (b) whose consent was required for the sale (c) the requirement for court action against the owner and, if so, in each case, what were they?

3. Did the Department take any action to recoup some of the value of the loan guarantee prior to the sale of the property at public auction and (a) if so, by what methods (b) if not, for what reason?

4. To the knowledge of the government what was the selling price of the motel and did the Government take any action to ensure that the Crown's interests were protected in this sale and (a) if so, what were they (b) if not, for what reason?

5. Since the sale of the property at public auction did the government take any actions to recover some of the lost loan guarantee and (a) if so, what were they (b) if not, for what reason?

6. Was any action taken to reprimand those responsible in the Department and, if so, what action?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   RIVIERA MOTEL, TRACADIE, NEW BRUNSWICK
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LIB

Edward C. Lumley (Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion)

Liberal

Hon. Ed Lumley (Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion):

1. Yes. The Department of Regional Economic Expansion made loan guarantees totalling $315,000 to a trust company for the construction of the Riviera Motel in Tracadie, New Brunswick; yes; the trust company exercised its power of sale on the property. Loan guarantee claims in the amount of $300,000 and $15,000 were paid on July 7, 1982 and September 1, 1982, respectively.

2. Yes. The trust company disposed of the Riviera Motel by public auction. The agreement called for the sale of security by public tender or private sale with the prior written consent of the Minister. By virtue of the Property Act of New Brunswick, a power of sale is given to a mortgagee (the trust company) to sell by public auction subject to compliance of certain advertising requirements prescribed in the Property Act. The trust company chose this route of disposal rather than public tender or private sale as specified in the guarantee agreement. The

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Property Act does not require that, in the event of sale by public auction, a consent from the guarantor is required.

3. No. Prior to the sale of the property at public auction, liquidation procedures were the responsibility of the trust company.

4. To the knowledge of the Department, the selling price was $200. The Department relied on the trust company to ensure that the assets securing the loan guarantees were sold for adequate consideration.

5. Yes. The Department is currently considering a course of action including, but not limited to, legal action to recover some of the lost loan guarantees.

6. A departmental review of this case indicated that this is an isolated incident and, therefore, no specific action has been taken against officials of the Department. The Department's procedures for processing loan guarantees have been amended to include a review by senior departmental officials. In addition, a new form of agreement has been instituted providing for a stronger provision when the lender is deemed to be negligent in the administration of the loan.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   RIVIERA MOTEL, TRACADIE, NEW BRUNSWICK
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