June 27, 1984

CANADA SPORTS POOL CORPORATION

PC

John William Bosley

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Bosley (Don Valley West):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the President of the Treasury Board I will put my question to the Acting Prime Minister. Will he give this House an absolutely firm and iron-clad guarantee today that no further funds will be advanced to the Sports Pool until the House of Commons has had, at the very least, a full, complete and proper accounting of every penny spent to date?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADA SPORTS POOL CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MORATORIUM ON FUNDING
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LIB

Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member knows that the statute passed by this Parliament provides for the possibility of an advance of funds to the Sports Pool. That is provided under the authority of Parliament, and the decision as to whether funds should be advanced and how much, will be made by the Government. The Government will assume its responsibilities in that regard.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADA SPORTS POOL CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR MORATORIUM ON FUNDING
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REQUEST FOR PARLIAMENTARY ACCOUNTING

PC

John William Bosley

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Bosley (Don Valley West):

Mr. Speaker, the Minister is emerging as one of the four horsemen of the new Liberal apostasy. Since we now know that only the Liberals could open a casino and lose their shirts, my question is very simple. Every $ 10 million advanced to this corporation, money which will be lost, represents lost job potential for young

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people in the order of 3,000 to 4,000 jobs. Given what is known about the contracts, the Minister's own people and staff who have been hired, the situation regarding the advertising contracts, and the impossibility of this operation making a penny, will the Minister tell the House why the House of Commons should be prevented from getting a proper accounting of everything done to date before that Minister, on behalf of the people of Canada, puts more money into the Sports Pool, to be lost?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PARLIAMENTARY ACCOUNTING
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LIB

Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I have difficulty understanding why the Member keeps on trying to make a fool of himself with allegations like the ones he is making. The authority given by this Parliament is clear. The Hon. Member knows that when you start a lottery it takes time to build up a clientele and profits.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PARLIAMENTARY ACCOUNTING
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PC

Erik Nielsen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nielsen:

It is not supposed to be a lottery.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PARLIAMENTARY ACCOUNTING
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LIB

Marc Lalonde (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Lalonde:

This has been the case with all games like this, whether it was the Olympic lottery or the provincial lotteries. We are facing difficulties, and competition, and restrictions which the provincial lotteries have imposed. The Hon. Member is aware of that. We are going to make sure that we are going to have the funds available to make this project a success.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PARLIAMENTARY ACCOUNTING
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INDUSTRY

LIB

Aideen Nicholson

Liberal

Miss Aideen Nicholson (Trinity):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion my question is addressed to the Parliamentary Secretary. In view of the fact that imports of manufactured goods in Canada represented approximately $64 billion in 1983, can the Parliamentary Secretary say what level of import substitution, particularly in manufactured goods, he expects to be achieved by the domestic marketing program launched today, and how soon he expects the program to be reflected in new jobs?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   PURCHASE OF CANADIAN GOODS PROGRAM
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LIB

René Cousineau (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion)

Liberal

Mr. Rene Cousineau (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion):

Mr. Speaker, it would be very difficult to comment in terms of the figure of $64 billion mentioned by the Hon. Member. However, I can assure the House that if Canadians could increase their purchases of Canadian made products by 1 percent, this would mean thousands and thousands of jobs for Canadians.

June 27, 1984

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   PURCHASE OF CANADIAN GOODS PROGRAM
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CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE

PC

J. Robert Howie

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. Robert Howie (York-Sunbury):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice. I think he is temporarily out of his seat.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF QUEBEC ANALYSIS CONTRACT
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

He is temporarily out to lunch.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF QUEBEC ANALYSIS CONTRACT
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PC

J. Robert Howie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howie:

Mr. Speaker, I have been informed by the Minister of Supply and Services that $97,680 was paid to Contrefort Incorporated on behalf of the Canadian Unity Information Office for an opinion poll taken last year of young people in Quebec to determine their political attitude to the Liberal Party and its leaders. Will the Minister, who reports for the Canadian Unity Information Office, tell the House if he approves of this use of public funds and how such an expenditure is justified?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF QUEBEC ANALYSIS CONTRACT
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LIB

Mark R. MacGuigan (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Mark MacGuigan (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, given the information that the Hon. Member was supplied with in error by my colleague-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF QUEBEC ANALYSIS CONTRACT
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?

Some Hon. Members:

In error!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF QUEBEC ANALYSIS CONTRACT
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LIB

Mark R. MacGuigan (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. MacGuigan:

-I would hardly have expected him to do other than to ask a question about it in the House. In fact there has been no such survey made as mentioned by the Hon. Member, and which he quoted from my colleague's letter. In fact the contract which that Company, Contrefort Incorporated, has with the Government through CUIO is not for surveys at all. It is for analysis. They produce a document called Dossier Quebec. To show the hon. gentleman that their work is open and above board, as indeed everything in the Government is, although this is not normally reviewed I will undertake to make a copy of this available to the hon. gentleman so that he can verify it for himself.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF QUEBEC ANALYSIS CONTRACT
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PC

J. Robert Howie

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howie:

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Minister very much for this very revealing information. I can understand his difficulty in working with the Minister of Supply and Services, who appears to be relatively inefficient.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNITY INFORMATION OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   COSTS OF QUEBEC ANALYSIS CONTRACT
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REQUEST THAT ANALYSIS CONTENTS BE MADE PUBLIC

June 27, 1984