June 27, 1984

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hnatyshyn:

You have had it since March 16. You are not telling the truth.

June 27, 1984

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE OF ASSISTANCE
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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

I saw the telegram from the Minister of Agriculture in Saskatchewan that I have in my office, asking for assistance.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE OF ASSISTANCE
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PC

William Hunter (Bill) McKnight

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKnight:

What about March 16?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE OF ASSISTANCE
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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Whelan:

In the press they called it a disaster area, but I have not seen any official declaration sent to us that it is a disaster area. That is all that I am saying. I have not seen it. If it is there as of yesterday, I have not seen it. Any declaration that is made by any province is considered. I do not know of any declaration of a disaster area that is too big for a province to look after, that the federal Government has refused.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ASSURANCE OF ASSISTANCE
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PETROLEUM INCENTIVES PROGRAM GRANTS FOR EXPLORATION IN ARCTIC

PC

Donald W. Munro

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald W. Munro (Esquimalt-Saanich):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. I am sure that he is aware that the funds for PIP grants for exploration in the Arctic are mainly derived from Canadian consumers of petroleum products through the PGRT paid at the gas pumps. He must also be aware that much of the equipment being used in that exploration activity is bought, hired or contracted offshore, as his brochure shows very clearly.

Would the Minister tell us why Canadian generated funds should be used to subsidize offshore drilling equipment and offshore shipbuilding, when there is a Canadian product and Canadian shipbuilding on shore which those Canadian funds could be used to help?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PETROLEUM INCENTIVES PROGRAM GRANTS FOR EXPLORATION IN ARCTIC
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

Mr. Speaker, the PIP grants are a subsidy that we gave to the companies for drilling on Canada Lands in the North and in the Maritimes. Each contractor who drills is trying to get equipment at the cheapest cost possible so that the PIP grants will not be overspent. There is no law that forces anybody to use only Canadian equipment.

A lot of Canadian equipment has been used in the North or the offshore, and some other equipment was leased out there because there are a lot of rigs available at a cheaper cost in the world market at this time due to the surplus of rigs. The contractors, or companies, are trying to drill at the lowest cost possible so that the taxpayers will not pay too much money for the grants.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PETROLEUM INCENTIVES PROGRAM GRANTS FOR EXPLORATION IN ARCTIC
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AVAILABILITY OF MOBILE ARCTIC DRILLING PLATFORM

PC

Donald W. Munro

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald W. Munro (Esquimalt-Saanich):

The Minister must know and, if he does not, his colleague will tell him, that the Mobile Arctic Island Drilling Platform is available. It is a Canadian product and a Canadian innovation which employs Canadians.

Oral Questions

We have been urged to buy Canadian. Why is the Minister awarding PIP grants to companies that do not buy Canadian? Why does he not put it into law?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF MOBILE ARCTIC DRILLING PLATFORM
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

Mr. Speaker, if it is Canadian built I think it would be easy for them to be competitive in getting contracts. There is no law that forbids Canadians or drilling companies to get their equipment abroad. There are some Canadian rigs operating in the North Sea. This is a worth-while situation, and they all compete to get the work.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF MOBILE ARCTIC DRILLING PLATFORM
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AGRICULTURE

PC

Lloyd Roseville Crouse

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lloyd R. Crouse (South Shore):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct my question to the Minister of Agriculture. In 1976 there was a commitment made through the Domestic Feed Grain Policy of Agriculture Canada that feed freight assistance to the Atlantic provinces and eastern Quebec would continue unless a high degree of self-sufficiency was achieved. Assistance has been substantially reduced, and Maritime farmers are now less sufficient than they were in 1976. In light of the eroding position of Maritime livestock and poultry producers vis-a-vis other parts of the country, what steps is the Minister planning to take to stop this erosion and put our maritime producers in an equitable position with producers in other parts of the country?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   ATLANTIC PROVINCES FEED FREIGHT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. E. F. Whelan (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member knows that the President of the Maritime Farmers Association was in Ottawa last week. He had meetings with agriculture officials and with the Canadian Livestock Feed Board officials. They are trying to put together certain recommendations that will amount to an expenditure of somewhere between $2 million and $5 million. I do not know whether that will be satisfactory to them, but it should offset some of the inequity that exists in that plan at the present time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   ATLANTIC PROVINCES FEED FREIGHT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
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PROPOSAL ADVANCED BY MARITIME FARMERS' COUNCIL

PC

Lloyd Roseville Crouse

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lloyd R. Crouse (South Shore):

Mr. Speaker, I have a brief supplementary question for the Minister of Agriculture. I am sure the Hon. Minister is aware that, unless steps are taken, our livestock and poultry producers will not be able to survive. Will the Minister give favourable consideration to the Maritime Farmers' Council proposal which, among other things, asks that a system be implemented to make payment of feed freight assistance benefits to producers so that they will have a positive effect on local feed grain and forage production marketing in the Maritime area? This would be in addition to the cash the Minister has indicated would be made available.

June 27, 1984

Tabling of Documents

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL ADVANCED BY MARITIME FARMERS' COUNCIL
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LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. E. F. Whelan (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, all other proposals are being considered both by my Department, Agriculture Canada officials, and by the Canadian Livestock Feed Board. The recommendations have not all come together yet, but I would hope they will in the next day or so.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL ADVANCED BY MARITIME FARMERS' COUNCIL
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PETITIONS

LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the House that the petitions presented by Hon. Members on Tuesday, June 26, 1984, meet the requirements of the Standing Orders as to form.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORTS OF CLERK OF PETITIONS
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL DEFENCE

June 27, 1984