December 7, 1984

FARM DEBT MORATORIUM ADVOCATED



STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

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Hon. Chas. L. Caccia@Davenport

Mr. Speaker, the tragedy in Bhopal stresses the urgent need for all levels of Government in Canada urgently to enforce and, where necessary, implement new safety measures to ensure that this will never occur in Canada.

First, the Government of Canada should produce a public map showing the location and quantity of all lethal gases stored in Canada.

Second, by way of close co-operation, the federal Government should seek from the responsible provincial agencies the assurance that inspections of these locations are carried out by qualified people, that valves and control equipment are in top condition at all times, and that adequate buffer zones surround new installations.

Third, the federal Government should immediately review the existing regulations governing the transportation of hazardous substances.

Fourth, the transportation of hazardous and lethal substances should be rerouted away from urban areas.

Fifth, trains transporting hazardous material should not be permitted to stop on sidings in populated areas.

Sixth, for the long term, the federal Government should initiate a study that would determine to what extent lethal substances, be they pesticides, manufacturing goods, et cetera, are essential to our economy and civilization, search for nontoxic means of accomplishing these same ends, and promote the fledgling use of non-toxic biological products.

Seventh, in co-operation with the Provinces and municipalities-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I regret to inform the Hon. Member that his time has expired. The Hon. Member for Humboldt-Lake Centre (Mr. Althouse).

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION
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NDP

Victor Fredrich (Vic) Althouse (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Vic Althouse (Humboldt-Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, recently the Saskatchewan Government introduced a farm debt moratorium which will stop foreclosures on farm lands from December 1 of this year to the end of December of next year. This measure attempts to provide temporary protection to farmers who are threatened with the loss of their property because of high debt.

The moratorium does not, however, protect farmers from having their livestock, grain or machinery seized. What good is land without the machinery to farm it with?

I would like to bring to the attention of the House two recent cases of foreclosure in Saskatchewan. Both of these cases resulted in farm-gate defences by their neighbours. The first involved the seizure of cattle at a farm near Kisby, and the second the seizure of machinery near Choiceland. These examples should make the case obvious. The need for a complete debt moratorium, as has been called for by Mel Swart in the Ontario Legislature, to include all parts of a farming operation, is evident.

In addition, it is time that Governments began to address the fundamental reason for farm bankruptcies-unreasonably high interest rates. During the moratorium, farmers' interest rates will continue to accumulate and farmers will not be able to farm with their high debt load. It is time to reduce the interest rates in order to save farmers. If the Government is serious about maintaining efficient farms, it should extend legislative protection to secure farms not only against seizure of land, but seizure of all farm assets, until-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I regret to advise the Hon. Member that his time has expired. The Hon. Member for Parry Sound-Mus-koka (Mr. Darling).

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION
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THE DISABLED AND THE HANDICAPPED

TEACHER OF DEAF CHILDREN PERMITTED TO STAY IN CANADA

PC

Stan Darling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, in a world struggling with death, destruction, derision and deceit, I bring you good news.

Through the hard work of interested groups and the generosity of the Government's Minister of Employment and Immigration (Miss MacDonald) many deaf children in this country will learn to communicate.

December 7, 1984

Mary Lou Meiers, a young lady from the United States who has a special gift for working with deaf children, will be allowed to continue her work in Canada. Presently employed at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf in North York, Ontario, Ms. Meiers was issued a Minister's permit to stay in Canada.

A vocal faction of Lions International petitioned to keep her here, as well as friends and families of those persons she has helped.

Ms. Meiers' temporary working permit was originally to expire early in the new year. The compassion of a great many people will allow her to apply for landed immigrant status from inside Canada.

Her work with the deaf has been described as "almost magic" by those who know her. It is indeed to the advantage of all Canadians to have this woman working with our children here in our midst.

I trust my colleagues in this place, regardless of political stripe, will join me in welcoming this talented teacher to Canada on a full-time basis.

Topic:   THE DISABLED AND THE HANDICAPPED
Subtopic:   TEACHER OF DEAF CHILDREN PERMITTED TO STAY IN CANADA
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Topic:   THE DISABLED AND THE HANDICAPPED
Subtopic:   TEACHER OF DEAF CHILDREN PERMITTED TO STAY IN CANADA
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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR


under this Progressive Conservative Government and our Minister of State (Youth) (Mrs. Champagne)-


PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I am sorry, but the Hon. Member's time has expired.

The Hon. Member for Humber-Port au Port-St. Barbe (Mr. Tobin).

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Topic:   INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR
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HIBERNIA OILFIELD-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY

LIB

Brian Vincent Tobin

Liberal

Mr. Brian Tobin (Humber-Port au Port-St. Barbe):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Miss Carney), I would say in a generous manner, inadvertently misled the House by misquoting earlier statements which were made by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mul-roney) in Question Period. The Minister suggested that the Prime Minister had committed himself to tabling a document called an environmental assessment impact study if it were available.

Since that time the Minister and I have had time to check Hansard wherein the Prime Minister categorically, and to the contrary, confirmed on four different occasions that the Government had a copy of the report and undertook to table it in the House.

Topic:   HIBERNIA OILFIELD-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY
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PC

Michel Champagne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Michel Champagne (Champlain):

Mr. Speaker, Hon. Members, 1985 is drawing near and has been designated International Youth Year.

Throughout the country, preparations are being made for a worthy celebration of this invaluable resource, our Canadian youth.

Mr. Speaker, I hope this year will not only be one of celebration and rejoicing but also a year of decisions by our Government that will have an impact on the lives and expectations of our young Canadians.

Mr. Speaker, the coming to power of the Progressive Conservative Party has confirmed that a new concept is emerging that is not based on the adversarial but on the search for consensus.

That is why I am anxiously awaiting our chance, as Members of Parliament, to take an active part in International Youth Year, and I am sure we will have an active part to play.

As a junior Member of this House, I am hoping for a better future for our children, as the year 2000 approaches. I am profoundly aware of the problems of youth today, a youth that refuses, and rightly so, to engage in confrontation.

Mr. Speaker, under the previous Government, it was all nothing but talk as far as youth was concerned. However,

Because Statistics Canada has confirmed that 50,000 more people have been added to the unemployment rolls in the country, that report is critical to Newfoundlanders in assessing the kind of deal which will be made between the Minister and her counterpart in the Province of Newfoundland. The fact of the matter is, that a six-month suppression of the report will allow a deal to be signed, without the benefit of its detailed information for Newfoundlanders, and will allow a provincial election to be called long before Newfoundlanders ever understand the detail of the Mobil report.

That report indicates what the mode of production will be, the timetable for production, the rate of development, and most important, it indicates the number of jobs which will accrue to Newfoundlanders out of the development. That information is being deliberately suppressed by a deal made between the Minister of Energy in Ottawa and the Minister of Energy in Newfoundland.

On behalf of all Canadians, particularly those living in Newfoundland, I call on the Minister of Energy to come clean and to quit misquoting and misinterpreting-

Topic:   HIBERNIA OILFIELD-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I regret to advise the Hon. Member that his time has expired.

December 7, 1984

Topic:   HIBERNIA OILFIELD-ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

December 7, 1984