May 24, 1984

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. 403 and 530.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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Mr. Howie

Progressive Conservative

Did the Government incur any legal costs with respect to the Gulf of Maine boundary dispute and, if so, to date what (a) amount (b) is the estimated total cost of completion of the project?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   GULF OF MAINE BOUNDARY DISPUTE
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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):

(a) The legal fees paid by the Government with respect to the Gulf of Maine maritime boundary case amount to $1,006,914.

(b) It is estimated that the total legal fees to the completion of the case will be $2,200,000, that is approximately $1,200,000 additional to the fees already paid.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   GULF OF MAINE BOUNDARY DISPUTE
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Mr. Howie

Progressive Conservative

What are the (a) names (b) positions of the persons who occupy positions on the Executive and Board of Directors of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and, in each case, what amount was he/she paid in respect of that position in the fiscal year ended March 31, 1983?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   CMHC-EXECUTIVE AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Roméo LeBlanc (Minister of Public Works; Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Liberal

Hon. Romeo LeBlanc (Minister of Public Works):

I am

informed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as follows:

May 24, 1984

Order Paper Questions

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Members of the Board of Directors (April 1, 1982- March 31, 1983)

Name Board of Directors Executive Committee Position Annual Directors' Fees Salary RangeMr. Raymond V. Hession (Apr/82 - June/82) X X President Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation $66,800 - $78,800Mr. Raymond J. Boivin (Apr/82 - June/82) X X Vice-President Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation $65,600 - $77,200Mr. Raymond J. Boivin (July/82 - Mar/83) X X Acting President Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation $75,360-$88,610Mr. Jean T. Fournier (June/82 - Mar/83) X Assistant Deputy Minister Department of Finance *Mr. Timothy E. Reid (Apr/82 - May/82) X Assistant Deputy Minister Department of Regional Economic Expansion [DOT]Mr. Gerard L. Veilleux X Secretary to the Cabinet for Federal/Provincial Relations and Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council *Mr. Frank J. Callaghan X X President, D.B. and J. (1971) Inc. Charlottetown, P.E.I. $3,021Mrs. Christine D. McKee X University Ombudsman, University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba $1,749Mr. R. Jacques Plante X X President, Perspective Travail Inc. Quebec, Quebec $3,462Mrs. Sylvia J. Sutherland X TV-Radio Broadcaster CHEX Television Peterborough, Ontario $2,834Mr. Ben Wosk, C.M. X President $1,449Apr/82 - Mar/83) Wosk's Ltd.

Vancouver, B.C.

Vacancy - Chairman of the Board

* Do not receive an honorarium due to their position with the Government. The Directors who are not public servants receive an honorarium of $150 per day for attendance at meeting plus reasonable travelling expenses.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   CMHC-EXECUTIVE AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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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, if question No. 184 could be made an order for return, this return would be tabled immediately.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN
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Harold Thomas Herbert (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Herbert):

Is it the pleasure of the House that question No. 184 be made an order for return?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN
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Mr. Blenkarn

Progressive Conservative

1. In the fiscal year (a) 1981-82 (b) 1982-83 were outside consultants employed by the then Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce and, if so (i) how many (ii) what was the total amount paid?

2. Were any consultants paid more than $20,000 and, if so, in each case what (a) was his/her name (b) was the amount (c) services were provided?

Return tabled.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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Allan Bruce McKinnon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKinnon:

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. 1 again ask about Question No. 368 which has been on various Order Papers for over three years. I have not yet received a reply. It is inconceivable that the Department of National Defence does not know how much it has increased its expenditures year by year over several years, as asked in the question. I would like an answer so that we can stop the misleading statements, such as the one we heard today from the Minister of National Defence about the expenditures of National Defence over the last few years.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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John Leslie Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. Evans:

Mr. Speaker, it seems that the Hon. Member is proceeding right here and now to say that the Minister of National Defence was misleading the House during Question Period. The Minister responded to a question, perhaps not over the entire time period the Hon. Member is concerned about, but certainly over the time period for the last five years, indicating today that the increase in spending had been 3.5 per cent. If that is not an adequate time period, we will try to get that answer for the Hon. Member. However, the Minister made that statement today. The statement has to be presumed to be correct, as the Standing Orders imply. That should satisfy to a great extent the Hon. Member's question.

May 24, 1984

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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A. Daniel McKenzie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKenzie:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Parliamentary Secretary about question No. 11. I have raised this matter a number of times. We are having extreme difficulty with Mr. Michael Warren of Canada Post with regard to obtaining information on the operations of Canada Post. I could make no headway with him in committee.

Will the Parliamentary Secretary inquire why I cannot get an answer to question No. 11 which was placed on the Order Paper over a year ago? It is in connection with the salary range of all 26 vice-presidents and regional directors. A year is far too long to answer a question like that. I would like him to find this out for us because Mr. Warren will be back in committee and this information will be very helpful.

I have raised this question also a number of times and perhaps the Parliamentary Secretary can explain what is causing the delay in answering question No. 13, which was originally placed on the Order Paper on November 18, 1981. It is with regard to-

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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Harold Thomas Herbert (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Herbert):

Order, please. It is only necessary to mention the question number in order to get the reply from the Parliamentary Secretary.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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A. Daniel McKenzie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKenzie:

Also question No. 2 asking why the Minister has two private parking stalls at the international airport. There is also the question which I placed on the Order Paper in October last year, question No. 5, a Public Works identity question.

The next one is extremely important to Manitoba. I would appreciate it if the Parliamentary Secretary would check into question No. 6 with regard to Secretary of State grants to multicultural groups in Manitoba. We want to find out who is receiving this funding. Is it just certain select groups?

A very important question was placed on the Order Paper in November last year, question No. 1 with regard to promotional practices in the Department of National Defence. There is considerable confusion. I would appreciate receiving an answer in a reasonable period of time.

I have raised some of these questions half a dozen times or more. We never get any kind of an answer as to what is causing the delay. I would like the commitment that the Parliamentary Secretary will come back with some kind of an answer, say next week, as to what is causing the delay.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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Harold Thomas Herbert (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Herbert):

It is quite clear that there is no obligation on the part of the Government to reply. The Hon. Member can raise his points. He should mention only the question numbers and not elaborate too much on the questions themselves.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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John Leslie Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. Evans:

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member should know that I am not in a position to make any commitment on behalf of Ministers. The questions are submitted to the Ministers and the Departments. The Ministers make every effort to get the replies as they are able. I can but ask that the process be examined and that they speed up the process if possible. I will do that, but I certainly cannot make a commitment on behalf

Supply

of the Minister to answer a question which, as you have said, Mr. Speaker, there is no obligation to answer in the first place.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hawkes:

Mr. Speaker, I would like the attention of the Parliamentary Secretary for a second. When I was first elected to this Chamber, before questions were answered we would get notification that our question would be answered. We also received the answers at our desks here in the House of Commons. That system has changed recently. Answers now come to our office some 24 hours later. I wonder whether or not the Parliamentary Secretary, when he does answer a question, could see that we receive the answers in the House as well as receiving notification that the question is about to be answered.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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Harold Thomas Herbert (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Herbert):

Order, please. That is a procedural matter and the Chair will look into it.

The questions as enumerated by the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary have been answered. Shall the remaining questions be allowed to stand?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY FORMER DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND COMMERCE
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GOVERNMENT ORDERS

May 24, 1984