May 18, 1984

ESTIMATES

PC

Paul Wyatt Dick (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paul Dick (Lanark-Renfrew-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to put a question to the Minister for External Relations in his capacity as the Acting Prime Minister. It is appreciated that the President of the Treasury Board told us to ask questions of the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. The problem is that the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, after setting May 24 as the day on which he would be before committee, is now refusing to appear before any of the estimates committee meetings prior to May 31 when Estimates must be reported to the House. Is there any way in which his senior colleague in the Cabinet can bring the

May 18, 1984

Minister to fulfil his duties, for which he is being paid an extra $30,000 annually, and report to the committee?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ESTIMATES
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER OF ENERGY AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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LIB

Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister for External Relations; Minister responsible for La Francophonie)

Liberal

Hon. Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister for External Relations):

Mr. Speaker, I cannot accept the proposition. I do not know about it.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ESTIMATES
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER OF ENERGY AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

Why can you not accept it?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ESTIMATES
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER OF ENERGY AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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LIB

Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister for External Relations; Minister responsible for La Francophonie)

Liberal

Mr. Pepin:

I doubt very much whether the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources implied that he would refuse to go to committee. However, I will make absolutely sure of that

as soon as I can.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ESTIMATES
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER OF ENERGY AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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EXAMINATION OF ESTIMATES

PC

Paul Wyatt Dick (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Paul Dick (Lanark-Renfrew-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, after checking with the clerk of the committee, the executive assistant to the Minister, and with David Zussman in the Minister's office-and although I warned them yesterday that I would be asking a question of this nature today and asked them to get back to me because I did not want to make it difficult at this time of the Liberal leadership Campaign-I find nobody can confirm that the Minister will be around to come to the committee to defend his Department's estimates. We are concerned about Petro-Canada, the Beaufort Sea discussions, and all the various areas of the national energy policy. Could the Minister make an effort and report back on Tuesday as to whether a date has been found on which the Minister could come and be examined?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXAMINATION OF ESTIMATES
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LIB

Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister for External Relations; Minister responsible for La Francophonie)

Liberal

Hon. Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister for External Relations):

Mr. Speaker, again I cannot accept the postulate, but I will discuss it with my colleague and make sure that he is available next week.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXAMINATION OF ESTIMATES
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SHOE IMPORT QUOTAS

PC

William James Kempling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Kempling (Burlington):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister for International Trade. There has been extensive media coverage on the shoe quotas which are due to expire on November 30. I understand the Minister met with industry representatives last Monday and confirmed to them that the shoe quotas would be extended for another 18 to 24 months beyond November 30. Based on this information, many people engaged in the shoe business are making commercial decisions anticipating and announcement which the Minister has promised for next Tuesday. Will the Minister confirm that he will be announcing next Tuesday an extension of shoe quotas for an additional 18 to 24 months, or is it his intention to abolish the shoe quotas?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHOE IMPORT QUOTAS
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LIB

Gerald Augustine Regan (Minister for International Trade)

Liberal

Hon. Gerald Regan (Minister for International Trade):

Mr. Speaker, I will make an announcement as soon as Cabinet finalizes its considerations with reference to the course that will be taken on the quantitative restrictions for shoes. That

Oral Questions

matter will be before Cabinet again on Tuesday morning. It is quite possible that the matter will be concluded at that time, but I cannot give the Hon. Member an absolute assurance. I am anxious to have a firm position at the earliest possible date so that shoe manufacturers, importers, retailers and others involved in the trade can make their plans accordingly.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHOE IMPORT QUOTAS
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LIB

Claude-André Lachance

Liberal

Mr. Claude-Andre Lachance (Rosemont):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister for External Relations. The Minister is aware that in Montreal, on May 29 and 30, the Government of Quebec will host a summit conference on Quebec in the World. Since this summit conference may be expected to focus as well on federal authority as it complements that of the Government of Quebec, could the Minister inform the House what the federal Government's intentions are about participating in this event and the conditions for that participation?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN MONTREAL SEMINAR ON QUEBEC'S PLACE IN WORLD
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LIB

Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister for External Relations; Minister responsible for La Francophonie)

Liberal

Hon. Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister for External Relations):

Mr. Speaker, I can confirm that we have indeed been invited to participate in this event and also that we have agreed with the topics to be discussed, provided we can also agree on the conditions for federal participation. I think my hon. friend will agree with our proposal, which is that since the federal Government has most of the responsibility in this area, it cannot be treated as just another participant, like the co-operative movement, for instance.

Thus, we are trying to reach agreement with the Government of Quebec on having a position at least equal to theirs in this seminar or mini-summit. We are negotiating with the Government of Quebec about this problem. I wrote a letter to Mr. Landry this morning, to get us a little further down the road towards a consensus.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN MONTREAL SEMINAR ON QUEBEC'S PLACE IN WORLD
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OHO) HOUSING REQUEST THAT MINISTER PERSUADE BANKS TO ROLL BACK MORTGAGE INTEREST INCREASES

NDP

Lorne Edmund Nystrom

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lome Nystrom (Yorkton-Melville):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister responsible for housing. Despite a marginal drop in the central bank rate yesterday, the Toronto-Dominion Bank increased its one-year mortgage rate by one-half per cent. It has gone up by 2.5 per cent since January 1, from 1(M to 123/4 per cent. That means the average

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Presence in Gallery

mortgage has increased by $40,000 over a 25-year period, which puts housing out of reach of ordinary people. Does the Minister intend to use his good offices to try to persuade the bank to roll back interest rates so that ordinary people can afford to buy housing?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OHO) HOUSING REQUEST THAT MINISTER PERSUADE BANKS TO ROLL BACK MORTGAGE INTEREST INCREASES
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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):

Mr. Speaker, obviously it is in everybody's interest for us to have access to many markets and many sources of mortgage money, not only one, two, or three major institutions. I will be very much interested in knowing what the Hon. Member's Party intends to do when we bring in the mortgage protection plan. If, as I am informed, they intend to oppose it, I wonder what they offer those Canadians who, since March 1, have known that they could have access to an insurance plan which could go a long way to protect them against unexpected rises in interest rates.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OHO) HOUSING REQUEST THAT MINISTER PERSUADE BANKS TO ROLL BACK MORTGAGE INTEREST INCREASES
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REQUEST THAT INTEREST RATES BE SET AT REASONABLE LEVEL

NDP

Lorne Edmund Nystrom

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lome Nystrom (Yorkton-Melville):

Mr. Speaker, the Minister failed to answer my question. Perhaps I may ask a supplementary? As the Minister is aware, during the sixties Parliament set the mortgage rate at 6 per cent. Could the Minister inform the House whether he is prepared to do the same? In other words, is he prepared to introduce a Bill, setting the mortgage rate at a reasonable level for the average Canadian, since today, Canadians do not have the money to buy a home?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT INTEREST RATES BE SET AT REASONABLE LEVEL
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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):

Mr. Speaker, I am not an expert on these matters, but it does seem to me that since we have access to a certain amount of money, by the savings of Canadians, and since these savings can be invested in either financial institutions or mortgages, the effect of the Hon. Member's proposal would be that the money available for residential mortgages would soon be exhausted. I would like to hear what the Hon. Member has to suggest as an alternative solution.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT INTEREST RATES BE SET AT REASONABLE LEVEL
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