June 27, 1984

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

EMPLOYMENT

PC

Claude Girvin (Girve) Fretz

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):

Mr. Speaker, as a Member of Parliament I am accustomed to making representations on behalf of my constituents in order that they may take full advantage of government programs, especially job-creation funds.

I also appreciate receiving courteous treatment by Ministers of the Crown. I regret to say, however, that my efforts to secure funding for deserving projects under the Special Employment Initiatives Program have not been well received. In fact I have sent in many requests for various projects and have not even received a reply.

I recognize that the Minister was a busy man in his quest for the Liberal Party leadership. But I understand that matter has been taken care of and we have a new temporary Prime Minister. Would the Minister now see to it that I receive an answer to my queries? A yes or a no would be sufficient. I do not mind being refused; however, I resent being ignored. My colleague, the Hon. Member for Okanagan-Similkameen (Mr. King), has had the same type of problem. Perhaps the Minister will see to it that the dust is brushed off our files and acknowledgements are sent to us post-haste, to show his good faith.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVES PROGRAM-APPLICATIONS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED
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CANADA POST CORPORATION

PC

William John Vankoughnet

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Vankoughnet (Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Mr. Speaker, it is not often that an opposition Member makes a statement which is complimentary to a Crown corporation such as Canada Post, but today I should like to take this opportunity, on behalf of my constituents and millions of descendants of the United Empire Loyalists across Canada, to pay tribute and show our appreciation to Canada Post for issuing a beautiful United Empire Loyalist stamp.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   TRIBUTE ON ISSUANCE OF UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS COMMEMORATIVE STAMP
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   TRIBUTE ON ISSUANCE OF UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS COMMEMORATIVE STAMP
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PC

William John Vankoughnet

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Vankoughnet:

I should also like to express appreciation to all those responsible for their approval to launch this bicentennial stamp on July 3, 1984, in the historic Township of Adolphustown, which is on the Bay of Quinte, the site 200 years ago of the landing of Major Peter Van Alstine and his party of Loyalists. This was also the boyhood home of Canada's first Prime Minister.

It is most fitting that this commemorative stamp be issued from Adolphustown, as on July 17 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will officially open the Loyalist Parkway which runs through this, the smallest township of Ontario.

Despite its size, Adolphustown is recognized as one of the most important settlements in what was called the Midland District and is now part of eastern Ontario. The settlement of Adolphustown has played a major role in the history of Ontario as well as of Canada. Therefore, it is most fitting that this Loyalist stamp be launched from Adolphustown.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   TRIBUTE ON ISSUANCE OF UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS COMMEMORATIVE STAMP
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   TRIBUTE ON ISSUANCE OF UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS COMMEMORATIVE STAMP
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IMMIGRATION

LIB

Jesse Philip Flis

Liberal

Mr. Jesse P. Flis (Parkdale-High Park):

Mr. Speaker, every Canadian citizen and every permanent resident may, if he or she is residing in Canada and is at least 18 years of age, sponsor an application for landing made by one relative regardless of age or relationship to him or her, where he or she does not have a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece who is a Canadian citizen, who is a permanent resident, or whose application for landing he may otherwise sponsor.

The problem occurs when the Canadian resident wishes to sponsor a younger member of the family, such as a brother or sister, niece or nephew. If the Canadian resident has a parent or grandparent still living, he or she is advised that the elderly relative may be sponsored but not the latter.

This is an unreasonable condition in that elderly parents or grandparents are not always in a position to emigrate to Canada due to age, health, or attachment to familiar surroundings. This condition of the Act denies the Canadian resident the right to have a close family member join him or her in Canada, resulting in emotional stress and hardship in many cases.

June 27, 1984

I have some constituents near retirement age who are in need of companionship and emotional support from family members, and who have been good citizens, yet are denied the comfort they deserve in their later years. While the Department of Employment and Immigration is sensitive to family reunification, it is my hope that the Minister will review present legislation and make amendments to this legislation to give these Canadians compassionate consideration.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   SPONSORSHIP OF LANDED IMMIGRANTS
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CANADA POST CORPORATION

NDP

James Douglas Manly

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Manly (Cowichan-Malahat-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, there is an urgent need to expand door-to-door postal service to many growing communities across Canada, but Canada Post has not conducted a survey to establish qualification for door-to-door delivery since 1975. Communities in my riding, including Sooke and Ladysmith, have, according to Canada Post standards, qualified for this service since 1976. Saanich also qualifies and has not received door-to-door service.

I understand there has been a directive to cut 73 person-years from Vancouver Island and Powell River postal staff by the end of 1985. This will mean that communities which presently have service may have it reduced, and those which have qualified for almost a decade will not be given consideration. It will also increase the already high and unacceptable unemployment level. This directive must be rescinded and, in addition, a survey must be conducted so that there can be equality among the various communities in this region of British Columbia in the receipt of postal service.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   FAILURE TO PROVIDE DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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FAREWELL MESSAGE BY MEMBER FOR BEAUHARNOIS-SALABERRY

LIB

Gérald Laniel

Liberal

Mr. Gerald Laniel (Beauharnois-Salaberry):

Mr. Speaker, since I have decided not to run in the event a general election is called and also because the House is adjourning for the summer at the end of this week and on Thursday I shall be travelling with the Minister of Veterans Affairs to Charlottetown, I want to take this opportunity to say goodbye to all my colleagues in the House.

Mr. Speaker, after twenty-two years in Parliament, I think my decision is certainly justified, but I want everyone to know that it is as hard to leave as it is to enter politics. One becomes very attached to the task of serving the people and to the duties of an elected representative, which include sitting in this Chamber and watching history being made every day. There

are also the friendships that develop between colleagues and transcend differences of opinion, political parties and ideologies.

Mr. Speaker, I too have developed a great fondness for Parliament and this House where, for nine years, I was one of those who sat in the Chair, and where for five of those years I was Deputy Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I personally want to thank you and your predecessors for the consideration you have always shown me.

I want to thank the entire staff of the House with whom I have had an excellent working relationship and whose services were many.

Finally, a special word of thanks to all my colleagues for the spirit of kinship we shared. I want to thank the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Leader of the NDP and their predecessors, and also the Member for Yellowhead.

The best of luck to the new Leader of the Liberal Party and future Prime Minister of Canada.

My best wishes to all, my dear friends, and until we meet again.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   FAREWELL MESSAGE BY MEMBER FOR BEAUHARNOIS-SALABERRY
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POLITICAL PARTIES

PC

Douglas Grinslade Lewis

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Doug Lewis (Simcoe North):

Mr. Speaker, politics is a partisan battle, but respected politicians exhibit grace and compassion when they win and when they lose. The Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Mr. Chretien) exhibited incredible grace and compassion before, during, and after the Liberal convention. The President of the Liberal Party stated that he was number one in the hearts of the delegates. However, his Cabinet colleagues continue to stab him in the heart.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ouellet) put the knife in before the convention when he abandoned the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources to support John Turner. His colleagues continue to twist the knife. The Secretary of State (Mr. Joyal) has questioned his loyalty and impartiality. He suggests the Minister is too emotional for the job. The Minister of National Health and Welfare (Miss Begin) stated that the Minister of Energy has no class. The Minister of Finance (Mr. Lalonde) was ready to move to Turner at the convention, but did not have to because he was so far ahead on the first ballot.

As Liberal MPs battle for internal power they signal to the country the rot into which the Liberal Party is sinking. Having conned the Minister of Energy into thinking he had a fair chance in the leadership battle, the least his colleagues in the

Liberal Party can do is to start to treat him with some dignity and decency.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN-CANDIDACY OF MINISTER OF ENERGY
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN-CANDIDACY OF MINISTER OF ENERGY
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LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Chretien:

Do you want me to cross?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN-CANDIDACY OF MINISTER OF ENERGY
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INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

LIB

Jean-Guy Dubois (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Jean-Guy Dubois (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Employment and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, regarding the comments we are hearing from the opposite side of the House, I appreciate the remarks about the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Mr. Chretien). However, when they start talking about loyalty, I would like to talk about their Leader, who, if we consider his loyalty to Mr. Claude Wagner and to the Right Hon. Member for Yellowhead (Mr. Clark), was the first one to start back-stabbing! I suggest Progressive Conservative Members think about that for a minute.

However, Mr. Speaker, my comments today were to be about the campaign launched at noon by the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion (Mr. Lumley), the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (Mrs. Erola) and the Minister of Labour (Mr. Ouellet) under the slogan: Think about it, think Canadian. The purpose of the campaign is to promote Canadian products and urge Canadians to buy products manufactured here in Canada at competitive prices. The launching was attended by the Canadian Manufacturers Association, the Retailers Association, many businessmen and people from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, who said they were very pleased to be taking part in this campaign to promote Canadian products. This initiative by the Government of Canada is certainly something to be pleased about, and Canadians should be urged to think Canadian whenever purchasing products for their own use. The slogan "Think about it, think Canadian" is well suited, Mr. Speaker, to the present Government of Canada, and I am sure that Canadians will also think about it at the next election . .. and think about the Liberal Party of Canada.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
Sub-subtopic:   CAMPAIGN PROMOTING PURCHASE OF CANADIAN PRODUCTS
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June 27, 1984