February 8, 1985

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

NORTHERN AFFAIRS

?

Hon. Chas. L. Caccia@Davenport

Mr. Speaker, two days ago the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Mr. Crombie) announced that Panarctic will be allowed to ship crude oil through the Northwest Passage.

This is in total disregard of the 1983 Lancaster Sound Green Paper, the 1981 Land Use Planning Policy for the North, and the Beaufort Sea Environmental Assessment Panel report which recommended that tanker traffic through the Northwest Passage not be allowed until government research, the preparation stage, and experimental program were concluded.

The Panarctic project does not contribute toward oil selfsufficiency. It represents the first step by the Government in allowing tanker transportation in the North and will probably be perceived by them as a further step in obtaining access to the Sisco well site. If this were to happen, it would result in a giant leap in Arctic tanker shipments. This move is unprecedented and will open the door to other companies.

There is already an application before the Minister by a consortium to drill a wildcat well in Lancaster Sound. The Minister should place an immediate moratorium on drilling in Lancaster Sound as required by the Government of the Northwest Territories, and he should reconsider his decision to allow Panarctic tankers access to the northwest.

The Inuit expressed several concerns. Damage done by an oil spill could destroy breeding grounds and natural resources on which the people rely for survival; insufficient-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTHWEST PASSAGE OIL SHIPMENTS
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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.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTHWEST PASSAGE OIL SHIPMENTS
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THE ECONOMY

NDP

James Douglas Manly

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, two years ago the present Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) said that Premier Bill Bennett was taking a step in the right direction with his program of cut-backs and lay-offs. These same policies have devastated the British Columbia economy over the past two years. Since coming to power in September, the Conservative Government has moved in the same negative direction. All across Canada people are beginning to feel the effects of government cut-backs as the unemployment rolls mount. Instead of a renewal of confidence, there is a growing climate of fear and uncertainty as people worry about their own futures, and the future of their children.

British Columbia has been placed under the double jeopardy of two cut-back Governments, and its unemployment rolls now contain 228,000 people. Last month the Government boasted it had created 100,000 jobs across Canada. The reality is that today in British Columbia there are 58,000 fewer people employed than there were in September when the Conservative Government took office. The Conservative Government must now recognize that cut-backs did not work for British Columbia and they are not working for Canada.

It is time to change direction. The Government was elected on a promise of creating jobs. It said it would put jobs ahead of the deficit. Now is the time to begin keeping that promise-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EFFECT OF BUDGETARY CUT-BACKS
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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.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EFFECT OF BUDGETARY CUT-BACKS
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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

PC

Elliott William Hardey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Elliott Hardey (Kent):

Mr. Speaker, my riding in southwestern Ontario is literally being beseiged by an imbalance of nature, caused by an increase in the population of ring-billed gulls, causing enormous numbers of these birds to leave their natural environment, adjacent to the Great Lakes. They have now become scavengers of garbage in urban areas simply because they are starving.

More important to the economy, they are swarming into the fields of my riding in Kent County, an area well-known as the most unique in heat units and fertile fields in Canada producing field tomatoes and other vegetable crops. In Kent County the gulls are costing thousands of dollars annually, as well as costs incurred in urban areas just cleaning up after them.

February 8, 1985

I understand from the Minister of the Environment (Mrs. Blais-Grenier), that there have been meetings with Agriculture Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and the Ontario Vegetable Growers Marketing Board, to discuss this problem.

I commend the Minister for this action and on behalf of those who want to enjoy ring-billed gulls, not fight them, I ask the Minister of the Environment to take steps immediately to control the number of these birds so they will return to their natural habitat, which is not garbage cans and farmers' fields.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DAMAGE CAUSED BY GULL POPULATION INCREASE
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SHIPBUILDING

PC

Constantine George (Gus) Mitges

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe):

Mr. Speaker, employment and production in the shipbuilding and ship repairing industry in Canada continue to slide downward, and the viability of the industry remains clouded and in doubt. Employment has dropped from a maximum of 14,000 to 7,267. It is obvious that demand for vessels must pick up before recovery can come to the industry, including the allied industries which have the potential of creating some 30,000 related jobs.

As a Government I believe we must do our part. We must give the industry encouragement and pass the right kind of legislation to bring this about so that our industry is able to compete in a more viable way with offshore shipbuilding countries which generously subsidize their shipbuilding industries. We can do this by adopting some of the recommendations which the Government has received from the industry, such as providing concessionary financing to domestic shipowners, doubling the temporary entry duty rate from one-one hundred and twentieth to one-sixtieth per month, placing a duty on imported fishing vessels 100 feet in length and longer, providing financial assistance for petroleum exploration activity only to companies that source in Canada or maximize Canadian content and, last, extending the government grant of 9 per cent for another two years to June, 1987.

These requests are certainly most reasonable and, if adopted by the Government, would go a long way to bring some stability and create many more jobs in the industry and related industries, which would give our economy a much needed boost.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
Sub-subtopic:   SUPPORT URGED FOR INDUSTRY
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CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION

LIB

Sheila Maureen Copps

Liberal

Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):

Mr. Speaker, I would urge the Members from Calgary to listen closely. The Tory Government seems to think that it can take the City of Calgary for granted. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has developed discriminatory practices which apply only to Calgary and are harsher then exist elsewhere in Canada.

Calgary home applicants are required to sign a declaration swearing they have not had business dealings with a bankrupt company in the past three years. CMHC is also no longer insuring mortgages on new homes in Calgary worth less than $80,000.

The Mayor of Calgary has sent two letters to the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) which, to date, have gone unanswered, with the exception of a mere acknowledgement. I sent the Prime Minister a letter last week encouraging him to respond to the Mayor's concerns. The five Members from Calgary, including a Cabinet Minister, have all failed to respond on this important matter.

I feel that these practices are discriminatory and are likely to contravene Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which comes into effect very soon. The Government should put an immediate end to these practices which discriminate against the people of Calgary.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   TREATMENT OF CALGARY RESIDENTS
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UNEMPLOYMENT

NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Mike Cassidy (Ottawa Centre):

With two of my colleagues, Mr. Speaker, I just came back from Quebec, which is part of the tour of the NDP action group on the labour force. We travelled to Quebec City and the Lac-Saint-Jean region and our visit has highlighted in human terms the misery and the unemployment woes which beset our country and the Province of Quebec. Even in Quebec City, which ought to be rather prosperous as an administration centre, more than

40,000 people are now out of work. We therefore urge the Government to put an end to its cutbacks and to take constructive measures to solve the unemployment problem in the Province of Quebec.

In the Lac-Saint-Jean-Saguenay region, Mr. Speaker, more than half of the young workers under 19 are looking for jobs. Roughly 30 per cent of the work force between the ages of 20 and 24 is idle. The unemployed have to make do with a $156 monthly social welfare allowance, and nothing else. It is outright misery for them, outright misery for everybody, outright misery for the entire province and Canada as a whole. We were told that hard economic times account for the suicide rate among young Quebecers, now the second highest in the world.

Mr. Speaker, we in this party believe that now is the time to begin creating lasting jobs, not to launch temporary make-work projects and hand out social welfare benefits-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   NECESSITY FOR GOVERNMENT TO CREATE JOBS
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

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

February 8, 1985

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   NECESSITY FOR GOVERNMENT TO CREATE JOBS
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CANADA ELECTIONS ACT

PC

Walter Leland Rutherford (Lee) Clark

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lee Clark (Brandon-Souris):

Mr. Speaker, before last summer's election becomes just a fleeting but heartwarming memory, I urge Members of the House to give serious consideration to the reform of our electoral process.

Under the current system, voters are enumerated prior to a federal election. This past summer we witnessed the frustration of many voters who were denied the opportunity to vote because they had not been enumerated. For example, some long-term residents of my constituency were away on holidays, were in the midst of harvesting, or for other reasons were not at home when the enumerators called. While some were able to have their names added to the voters' list during the period of revision, others were unable to meet the strict deadlines imposed by our current procedures.

I would ask why a resident of a city such as Brandon, Manitoba, cannot be accompanied by a neighbour to his or her polling place and enumerated on election day. Rural voters have long enjoyed this privilege.

Or perhaps the time has come for Canada to establish a permanent voters' list as is done in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. It has long been argued that such a list would be expensive to maintain. However, I would point out that unanticipated expenses made the most recent enumeration a costly undertaking.

Given the increasing problems, injustices, and costs of our current system of enumeration, I urge all Members of the House to give serious consideration to the implementation of one of the above electoral reforms.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Sub-subtopic:   CALL FOR ENUMERATION REFORM
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FISHERIES

PC

Ted William Schellenberg

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ted Schellenberg (Nanaimo-Alberni):

Mr. Speaker, one week ago the sports fishermen on Canada's West Coast were in an uproar about the stringent Chinook allocations allowed under the new Pacific salmon treaty. With considerable fortitude, the Fisheries Minister (Mr. Fraser) travelled to B.C. and entered the valley of discontent. It was the first time in many years that West Coast fishermen had actually seen a federal Minister of Fisheries, and the first time in decades that one had actually listened to them.

A week ago today the Minister announced an accommodation within the treaty that calmed the fears of the B.C. sports fishing community. That is the way this Government works. It welcomes positive input, and then acts.

It should be noted that the treaty can still be improved. Accommodations can still be found. The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Forestry should be travelling to the West

Coast to receive constructive suggestions on the treaty and on other issues. We should be welcoming witnesses to travel to Ottawa to express their concerns.

However, it is important to note that after some 20 years of negotiating, we have a Pacific salmon treaty. Fishermen can plan for the years to come. Our depleted resource can be enhanced. Although we cannot please all of the people all of the time, we can replace inaction with action. Those were our instructions from the Canadian people on September 4, and that is how we will continue to govern.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   WEST COAST SALMON TREATY-MINISTERIAL ACTION WELCOMED
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February 8, 1985