May 18, 1984

LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member's time has expired.

Topic:   PUBLIC WEAL
Subtopic:   ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF NOTABLE CANADIANS-CALL FOR CONTINUOUS RECOGNITION
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CANADA LABOUR CODE

WAGES OF THE HANDICAPPED-PROVISION IN AMENDING LEGISLATION

NDP

Laverne Lewycky

New Democratic Party

Mr. Laverne Lewycky (Dauphin-Swan River):

Mr. Speaker, there are many important and useful changes in the Govern-

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ment's amendments to the Canada Labour Code which were tabled this week. Many of these improvements had been proposed by the New Democratic Party for months, and even for years.

One such change which we have been calling for is contained in Clause 2 of the Bill, and provides for the elimination of the rules which say that handicapped people may be paid less than the minimum wage. This was an attack both on the dignity of handicapped people and on their economic ability to survive and function as independent members of our society.

The New Democratic Party urges the Government to bring this legislation forward quickly so it may be passed. It will be a cruel joke on Canada's disabled if the Government has presented this Bill to the House for no other reason than electioneering, with no intention at all of passing the Bill. The Government is in a rush to pass legislation which will help banks. Over the next few weeks we will see if it is willing to do as much to help Canada's disabled.

Topic:   CANADA LABOUR CODE
Subtopic:   WAGES OF THE HANDICAPPED-PROVISION IN AMENDING LEGISLATION
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MAGNITUDE OF ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING

PC

Thomas Gordon Towers

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Towers (Red Deer):

Mr. Speaker, reports from the RCMP estimate that Canadians consumed $9.4 billion worth of illicit drugs, mainly cannabis, heroin, and cocaine, in 1982. The RCMP states that these figures are probably low. If the indicated figures are nearly factual, illegal drugs would account for about 5 per cent of all consumer spending in Canada, or nearly 3 per cent of the Gross National Product for that year. The RCMP have indications that this percentage is rising.

What must be the horrendous cost in human suffering and damage to our society? How is the economy to sustain strains such as these? The continued growth in drug production, and the massive profits which illegal drug traffic generates, give a relative growth and assistance to organized crime to flourish in our country.

In my opinion, Mr. Speaker, we must continue to make every possible effort to curb and curtail this traffic, not only by enforcement of strict law, but by education of our youth. We must make it clear to all our citizens, and especially our youth, the damage which can befall their bodies, their systems, and the damage which the residue of these substances in their systems can cause to their progeny.

Topic:   MAGNITUDE OF ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING
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INDUSTRY

MANUFACTURE OF MINING EQUIPMENT

PC

Dave Nickerson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dave Nickerson (Western Arctic):

Mr. Speaker, Canada is without a doubt one of the leading mining nations of the world. Why, therefore, are we doing so poorly in the

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production of mining equipment? We are importing machinery for our own mines when we should be a leading exporter.

Oral Questions POLITICAL PARTIES

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   MANUFACTURE OF MINING EQUIPMENT
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LIBERAL PARTY'S SOLICITATION OF FUNDS FROM JUDGES


Unlike countries such as Finland and Sweden, we have failed to capitalize on domestic markets, failed to devote sufficient research and development effort to mining technology, and failed to seek out export opportunities. When the Hon. Member for Nickel Belt was Minister of State for Mines there was some sign of movement. Since she left that portfolio, however, nothing seems to have happened. A few Canadian companies have proven that it is possible to be successful in this field. Let mining companies and equipment manufacturers put more effort into developing new and more efficient tools so that Canada can recapture its fair share of the domestic and world market for mining equipment.


EMPLOYMENT

GRANT GIVEN TO ITALIAN ALLIANCE OF TORONTO

NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, I want to return to the matter of the grant to the Italian Alliance of Toronto. This was a grant of $583,000 given to them by the Minister of Employment and Immigration.

There was a political group formed in Toronto in 1983 of prominent Liberals who were seeking money to organize the Italian community for the Liberal Party. The same group of people formed a society. They received a grant for what they wanted, for a store front office, and so on. I raised complaints in the House of Commons. The Italian community raised complaints about this grant. The Minister said at the time that he did not know the politics of the people involved, in spite of the fact that he was chief political Minister for Toronto. So he was either corrupt or he was incompetent.

The Minister met with the Italian community. He was going to cut the grant to one-third. He said: "But you figure it out for yourself. You talk to Mr. Joseph Volpe. Mr. Volpe said, of course: "Don't cut the grant". We warned at the time that the group could be used for political purposes, or at the very least, it gave a bad smell to the affair. So what happens? We find now that 25 delegates have been delivered by Mr. Volpe to the Minister of Employment and Immigration.

[DOT] (MI5)

If this were the United States, Mr. Speaker, the Minister would be gone. We have a docile press in Canada, with a few exceptions, which is not really reporting this properly. We are seeing the sleezy Liberal Party whose candidate for the new Liberalism, the Gary Hart candidate, is buying 25 delegates with $583,000 of our money.

Topic:   EMPLOYMENT
Subtopic:   GRANT GIVEN TO ITALIAN ALLIANCE OF TORONTO
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PC

Benno Friesen (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, we know the Government has always felt it had a special relationship with judges. Witness the fact that their telephone directories are always conveniently handy. The latest is a letter from the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau), sent not only to a judge but to a judge at his court chambers. The letter says in part:

I have enclosed a special letter from Liberal Party treasurer, Gordon Dry-den-

That special letter is four pages of paranoia. It says in part:

We must not let the politics of selfishness and fear leave us helpless in the years ahead-casting aside our concern for our neighbour, grabbing whatever we can for ourselves.

There is a P.S.:

Remember your contribution to the Liberal Party entitles you to a tax credit of up to 75 per cent and the pride in knowing that you have come to the aid of Canada in her time of great need.

Mr. Speaker, I can understand the paranoia of the Liberal Party treasurer because it is difficult for them to raise money. I can understand their desire to raise money, but please, in the process, leave the judges alone.

Topic:   EMPLOYMENT
Subtopic:   GRANT GIVEN TO ITALIAN ALLIANCE OF TORONTO
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

FINANCE

PC

Howard Edward Crosby

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard Crosby (Halifax West):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question on mortgage interest rates for the Minister of State for Finance. Yesterday a major Canadian bank announced its new rate for a five-year residential mortgage would be 14.5 per cent. Everyone in the real estate industry knows a rate higher than 14 per cent is a serious danger signal. Home owners cannot make the higher payments, those seeking homes cannot afford to build or buy, construction stops, and jobs are lost.

What is the Government's policy on mortgage interest rates? Has the Government turned its back on the four million Canadian families who must face higher mortgage payments? The Government promised interest rates would be made in Canada for Canadians. Will the Minister now admit that this is another broken promise?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES
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LIB

Roy MacLaren (Minister of State (Finance))

Liberal

Hon. Roy MacLaren (Minister of State (Finance)):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member opposite has expressed a concern that any of us would share if we saw evidence of a major increase in interest rates in Canada. We do not see that evidence. Indeed, if the Member were to consider yesterday's developments, he would recall that the bank rate declined yesterday. While fluctuations will occur, the bank rate is today

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Oral Questions

at 11.63 per cent, whereas it was 11.72 per cent last week. That will bring benefits in terms of mortgage and other interest rates in the Canadian economy.

The Eton. Member also fails to recall that it is the Government s intention, as outlined in the February Budget, to introduce a mortgage rate protection plan. We intend to introduce the legislation shortly to implement that plan and, as I have indicated to the House on several occasions, it will be effective as of last March 1. The rates that will be insured will be those at which a mortgage was either taken out or renewed from March 1 forward.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, the Member opposite will probably be aware that it is the Government's intention to introduce a mortgage backed security plan which can, in our view, do a significant amount to reintroduce longer term mortgages into the Canadian mortgage market. We anticipate the mortgage backed security plan will enhance the possibilities of ten-year mortgages in Canada in the future.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES
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PC

Howard Edward Crosby

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosby:

Mr. Speaker, it is evident the Minister is going to put out a forest fire with a bucket of water.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES
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May 18, 1984