June 29, 1984

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Donald W. Munro

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month the 27th Annual Croatian Day celebrations took place in Vancouver. These celebrations mark the long and honourable history of Canadians of Croatian heritage, who number in the tens of thousands. Many Croatians settled on the West Coast more than a century ago and played an important part in the building of British Columbia. Canada owes much to these people, yet the federal Government continues to ignore its obligations to an issue of concern to 80 per cent of the Yugoslavs in Canada who are of Croatian origin.

One major problem results from the lack of adequate Canadian consular services in Yugoslavia. Members of the Canadian Croatian community have long requested that a Canadian Government consular office be established at Zagreb in Croatia, Yugoslavia. This seems only fair, given that the Yugoslav Government maintains three consular offices in Canada, one in Montreal, one in Toronto, and one in Vancouver, as well as an embassy in Ottawa.

Additionally, a Canadian Consulate in Zagreb is a reasonable request when one considers that the only office of our Government in Yugoslavia is in Belgrade, several hundred miles from where Croatians live. Many Croatians must therefore travel a great distance to the Serbian capital of Yugoslavia in order to process passports, visas, and immigration documents, or to consult with the Canadian Government on business matters. Surely if the Yugoslav Government deems it important to operate-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   YUGOSLAVIA-SUGGESTED ESTABLISHMENT OF CANADIAN CONSULATE IN ZAGREB
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LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member's time, unfortunately, has expired.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   YUGOSLAVIA-SUGGESTED ESTABLISHMENT OF CANADIAN CONSULATE IN ZAGREB
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

PC

Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jim Hawkes (Calgary West):

Mr. Speaker, one of the real tragedies of this Parliament has been its failure to address the very serious unemployment problem in the country. Most Members and most Canadians know that there are fewer Canadians working today than there were four and a half years ago at the time of the last election, even though our population has increased since then. What they are less likely to know and understand is that, in the midst of this unemployment tragedy, the Government has also chosen to cut the training opportunities for Canadians by some 20 per cent. That runs counter to what more progressive and successful nations have been doing.

We hope to see an early election so that more Canadians can be put to work and so that more Canadians can have training opportunities, thus giving more Canadians hope for the future. All that Canadians need to do is turf the Liberals out of office and put the Progressive Conservative Party in office. If they do that, jobs will come.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT-CALL FOR GENERAL ELECTION
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NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION

LIB

Stanley Hudecki (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Stanley Hudecki (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, in many publications and media reports, well meaning but poorly informed writers and journalists have been unjustly critical of the financial input of Canada to NATO. In 1978, at a key meeting of the Alliance, a decision was reached to increase defence spending in real terms by 3 per cent annually.

A table compiled by The Sunday Times of London, and recently published in The Toronto Star, showed the amount each member of NATO contributed in 1983 as compared with the previous year's spending. In summary, the Europeans as a group never reached the 3 per cent benchmark. Belgium and Denmark actually decreased their contributions to NATO in the past year. Canada has increased its spending by 5 per cent.

In response to all of the doubting Thomases who have been critical of Canada's NATO defence spending, Canada in fact is in second place among all NATO members. Only the annual increase of the United States continues to stand ahead of Canada's substantial annual increase in NATO spending.

June 29, 1984

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION
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FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM MEMBER FOR SASKATOON EAST

NDP

Robert Joseph Ogle

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bob Ogle (Saskatoon East):

Mr. Speaker, there are rumours that there could be a summer election. If that is true, this will be my last time in the House of Commons, and I would like to say a few words of farewell to you, Mr. Speaker, and to my colleagues. I had fully intended to run in the next election and had been nominated on January 28 in my constituency. However, on February 21 I received a message from the Vatican which indicated that under the new code of Canon Law it is no longer possible for me, as a Catholic priest, to continue in active political life. Because I had made a very firm commitment that I was a priest first, and that I would be a priest before, during, and after my political activities, I resigned my nomination on March 1.

I would like to say that it has been a very good, beneficial, and happy experience for me in this House. I appreciate and thank all Members of the House of Commons who have become my friends. I feel that I have been able to state positions clearly which are important concerning international peace and development. I trust that those particular things will be carried on by my colleagues and, in particular, I hope that the person whom I have nominated to represent my constituency, Rev. Colin Clay, who is an Anglican priest, will continue what I have started and will be able to have the same good experiences which I have had in this House.

To one and all, my sincere thanks. It has been a great experience.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM MEMBER FOR SASKATOON EAST
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM MEMBER FOR SASKATOON EAST
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THREAT TO STEEL INDUSTRY POSED BY POSSIBLE UNITED STATES QUOTAS

LIB

Maurice Brydon Foster (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Foster (Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Treasury Board):

Mr. Speaker, the past three years have been difficult ones for the steel industry in North America, both in Canada and in the United States. In steel producing cities we have seen tens of thousands of steelworkers laid off, many of whom will never return to their jobs. This has been a very serious problem at Algoma Steel, in Sault Ste Marie.

The reduced demand for steel in the United States market, due to the recession and the dumping of cheap imports by countries in South America and Asia, has caused the United States Congress and administration to take legislative action to impose quotas on steel imports in Congress, and to hold hearings of the International Trade Commission.

Canada has always been a fair trading partner with the United States in steel products. Our steel industry, markets, and source of raw materials span across the international

boundary. Canada should be exempt from any quotas imposed by the United States Government. These quotas, if applied to Canada, could result in the loss of as many as 2,000 jobs, many of them in Sault Ste Marie.

The future Prime Minister, who will be sworn in tomorrow, is very aware of this problem as he recently visited Sault Ste Marie and consulted with steel company officials. I would urge him, in the early days of the new administration, to speak with President Reagan in order to ensure that no action will be taken by the United States Government to harm the vital Canadian steel industry further.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THREAT TO STEEL INDUSTRY POSED BY POSSIBLE UNITED STATES QUOTAS
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THE SENATE

PC

Howard Edward Crosby

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard Crosby (Halifax West):

Mr. Speaker, media reports indicate that the nation should brace itself for a new round of Senate appointments. Will these new appointments be based on the enrichment of the Senate? Will they be based on the merits of the appointees and the contributions they have made to their communities and Canadian society? No, this is Canada. We base Senate appointments on one element, political expediency. If the person who is appointed has any abilities, that is a coincidence, and it more often appears in the case of appointments made of political enemies of the Government rather than of political friends.

What has happened to Senate reform? A joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons studied the problems of the Senate and tried to make recommendations which would lead to the advancement of that body. Those recommendations have been ignored. The most important recommendation was that the Senators should have term appointments. The second most important recommendation was that appointments should reflect the society of Canada. All of this has been ignored in the name of political expediency. Government takes whatever action it chooses. If there is a favoured public servant who has no place to go, he or she is appointed to the Senate. If there is a politician who has stayed too long in office, he is appointed to the Senate.

If we are to have Senate reform it must start now with the present Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau), and continue with the new Prime Minister. We cannot have a Chamber that does not reflect Canadian society.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE SENATE
Sub-subtopic:   REFORM COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS-CONDEMNATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICY
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LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member's time has expired.

June 29, 1984

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE SENATE
Sub-subtopic:   REFORM COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS-CONDEMNATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICY
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THE ECONOMY

LIB

André Maltais

Liberal

Mr. Andre Maltais (Manicouagan):

Mr. Speaker, since today is probably the last day of this session, I wish to thank the Minister of Finance (Mr. Lalonde) for the tremendous work he has done for the designated towns of Schefferville, Gagnon, Fermont, Sept-Iles and Port-Cartier, in accommodating workers seeking employment outside the North Shore region.

In addition, Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the Government for all the work done on the harbour of Sept-Iles and the various infrastructures that have been put in place on the middle and lower North Shore over the last three years.

Speaking on behalf of North Shore workers laid off by the local mining industry, and on behalf of the metal workers union, I would like to thank the Government of Canada at this point for helping to alleviate the lay-off situation and making it possible for individuals to make a living in other parts of the country.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   TRIBUTE TO GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR QUEBEC NORTH SHORE
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THE ADMINISTRATION

PC

Gordon Edward Taylor

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, we are not

getting a new Prime Minister tomorrow, and we are not getting a new Cabinet. We are getting another Prime Minister, and what is left of an old, worn out Government. The Cabinet that will be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General, really means an endorsement of policies which have disunited Canada, which have aroused separatism in every part of our Dominion, that continue the increased freight rates imposed on the western grain growers, that retain the exorbitant and unfair taxation contained in the national energy policy, that give CPR-is Mr. Turner still a director?-not only the benefit of increased freight rates but also the whole shortfall amounting to millions of dollars, indeed a guaranteed annual income for the railways.

It will be an endorsement of the high interest rates which have resulted in hundreds of our people losing their homes, and farms, and businesses. It will continue the confrontation with the provinces and the abuses under the Official Languages Act, and trigger withdrawal of investment money and the flight from our country of thousands of investment dollars. The 1.5 million unemployed, many of whom are without work because of the policies of the Ministers of this temporary Government, are left without hope.

Oral Questions

It is the same old gang with a leader from Bay Street, the same old body with another head. Indeed, it is a sinking ship from which many are fleeing. What Canada needs is a brand new Progressive Conservative Government with a brand new leader, Mr. Brian Mulroney!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   COMPOSITION OF FORTHCOMING CABINET
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June 29, 1984