June 14, 1984

LIB

Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Lalonde:

-which has been dragging its feet in that regard.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REFORESTATION INVESTMENT
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NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

The Socreds are hopeless.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REFORESTATION INVESTMENT
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LIB

Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Lalonde:

The Hon. Member says it is hopeless. Well, he should not blame the federal Government for the situation which exists because of the action or inaction of his own provincial Government. That is the situation.

I invite my friend to realize what this federal Government has done in federal-provincial agreements on forestry. I invite him to look at the hundreds of millions of dollars which we have put into helping the fishing industry, and at the measures which the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is due to introduce in the next few days to help the fishing industry in British Columbia. I will look forward to seeing what the New Democratic Party is going to do when we bring forward those proposals to help the British Columbia fishing industry.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REFORESTATION INVESTMENT
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REFORESTATION INVESTMENT
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CORRECTIONAL SERVICE

PC

Allan Bruce McKinnon

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Allan B. McKinnon (Victoria):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Solicitor General, and I have given him notice of it. The Minister has known for 11 months about a case alleging harassment by a senior official of the Correctional Service's parole office in Victoria. That case, aided and abetted by the outrageous procrastination demonstrated by his Department, has resulted in serious morale problems for all staff members. Can the Minister now, after 11 months, advise the House when we may see an end to this matter? When will he stop postponing the full disciplinary inquiry which has been called for?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CORRECTIONAL SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST OFFICIAL IN VICTORIA
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LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I want the Hon. Member to know that I also very much regret the length of time it has taken to reach a hearing on this matter. The Hon. Member will know that a large part of the delay, in fact, the delay presently being experienced, is the result of a court order that no hearing occur until the fall. Therefore at present my hands are tied. However, I have indicated to the Correctional Service of Canada that I would like the matter to be proceeded with as quickly as possible. I have its assurance that it will be proceeded with by the middle of October. I hope that is satisfactory to the Hon. Member.

In the meanwhile, so far as disruptions of the office are concerned, I have taken steps to ensure that the office continues to be run and is running in an orderly way and that business as usual continues as much as possible under the circumstances.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CORRECTIONAL SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST OFFICIAL IN VICTORIA
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PC

Allan Bruce McKinnon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKinnon:

I point out to the Minister that there were four postponements of the disciplinary inquiry before the court order.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CORRECTIONAL SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST OFFICIAL IN VICTORIA
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DELAY IN CONVENING INQUIRY

PC

Allan Bruce McKinnon

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Allan B. McKinnon (Victoria):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is directed to the same Minister. The terms of reference for the preliminary inquiry included: "It has been alleged that Mr. Murray Gaw, the Director of the Victoria District Parole Office, has been involved in activities related to: (1) harassment; (2) sexual harassment; (3) police harassment; (4) public mischief; (5) discrimination against union members; (6) counselling the commission of unlawful acts; and, (7) improper staffing activities." This stonewalling has made a farce out of the Human Rights Act and clearly demonstrates we either have a weak-kneed Solicitor General or that his Department is completely out of control in its stonewalling activities in this case.

June 14, 1984

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DELAY IN CONVENING INQUIRY
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LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I feel it is very regrettable that the Hon. Member would rehearse a set of allegations in the House of Commons. I hope that the statements he has made do not damage the possibility of seeing justice achieved in this case.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DELAY IN CONVENING INQUIRY
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TOURISM

PC

Otto John Jelinek

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Otto Jelinek (Halton):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. The Minister knows that the Canadian tourist deficit has increased from a record $2.1 billion last year. It is projected to increase to a staggering $3 billion this year. According to Statistics Canada that will result in the loss of 150,000 jobs. One of the reasons for these alarming statistics is because of the reluctance of the Liberal Government to co-operate with the provinces. Specifically, I would like to ask the Minister why he is dragging his heels in signing the tourism development sub-agreement with the Province of Ontario. This is an agreement that has been in the works for four years. It is an agreement which, if signed, would enhance the tourist industry in Ontario. Why has the Minister not made a decision on this very important matter? And when will he?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN DEFICIT-PROPOSED AGREEMENT WITH ONTARIO
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LIB

Edward C. Lumley (Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, first of all, with respect to the preamble to the Hon. Member's question, I would indicate that my colleague, the Minister of State for Small Businesses and Tourism, I believe, in the past year has done a fantastic job with the industry. For example, he has increased the budget for advertising. He has introduced a special advertising program, for example, throughout the whole northern part of the United States in order to increase traffic back and forth in terms of tourist development.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN DEFICIT-PROPOSED AGREEMENT WITH ONTARIO
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PC

Otto John Jelinek

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jelinek:

What about the deficit?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN DEFICIT-PROPOSED AGREEMENT WITH ONTARIO
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LIB

Edward C. Lumley (Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion)

Liberal

Mr. Lumley:

In terms of the co-operation with the provinces, Mr. Speaker, up until this point in time I believe we had-going back as far as five years and six years ago-about nine or ten sub-agreements on tourism. Therefore the Hon. Member's comment with respect to co-operation with the province is not accurate.

With respect to a possible new sub-agreement between the Province of Ontario and Canada, we are considering it. It was most unfortunate that the Treasurer of Ontario would mention that in his Budget before we had made a decision to have a sub-agreement. However, it is still a possibility.

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TOURISM
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASE IN DEFICIT-PROPOSED AGREEMENT WITH ONTARIO
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BANKS AND BANKING

NDP

Pauline Jewett

New Democratic Party

Ms. Pauline Jewett (New Westminster-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Ministr of Finance. He may or may not know that the Bank of Nova Scotia has just foreclosed on a loan to Winde Pacific Forest Products in British Columbia. There was no warning, no notice, and no compensation. More than 100 people now have no jobs. Will the Minister not agree that this foreclosure in a province suffering the second highest unemployment rate in Canada, by a fat bank whose profits went up 66 per cent last year, is yet another prime example of the insensitivity and irresponsibility of the banks?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BANKS AND BANKING
Sub-subtopic:   BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA-FORECLOSURE ACTION AGAINST BRITISH COLUMBIA COMPANY
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LIB

Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I might just ask my hon. friend which Party in this House has been holding up the adoption of improvements to the Bankruptcy Act which are in committee at the present time?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BANKS AND BANKING
Sub-subtopic:   BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA-FORECLOSURE ACTION AGAINST BRITISH COLUMBIA COMPANY
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REQUEST FOR MINISTERIAL ACTION

June 14, 1984