February 15, 1985

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21

DISASTERS

LIB

Sheila Maureen Copps

Liberal

Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):

Mr. Speaker, today marks the third anniversary of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger. This tragedy, which occurred on February 15, 1982, shocked our nation and brought great grief to the people of Canada, and more directly to the families of the 84 men lost at sea. The suffering of the relatives and friends of the dead, and the continuing trauma of the survivors, bring to mind the price paid by working people.

It is worth remembering, especially during the afterglow of the recently signed Atlantic Accord, that the lives of our workers must be considered before we rush into any activity. The health and safety of the riggers and seamen are as much the responsibility of our Government as the negotiating of transfer payments and energy revenues.

Let us remember the 84 men who lost their lives on February 15, 1982, when we rise to discuss labour code amendments and changes to our legislation. It is through our actions in the House and actions by the Government that future tragedies such as the Ocean Ranger can be avoided.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   DISASTERS
Sub-subtopic:   ANNIVERSARY OF OCEAN RANGER SINKING
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THE CANADIAN FLAG

LIB

Marcel Prud'homme

Liberal

Mr. Marcel Prud'homme (Saint-Denis):

Mr. Speaker, at 1:30 a.m. on December 15, 1964, with 163 in favour and 78 against, Canada was given its own distinctive flag. We owe this to the courage and determination of a great Canadian, the Right Hon. Lester B. Pearson, Leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968.

On February 15, 1965, twenty years ago today-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN FLAG
Sub-subtopic:   A MEMORABLE DATE-FEBRUARY 15, 1965
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order, I am prepared to let the Member finish his statement. I am not prepared to allow displays in the House of Commons because it is against the rules.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN FLAG
Sub-subtopic:   A MEMORABLE DATE-FEBRUARY 15, 1965
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LIB

Jean-Robert Gauthier (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. Gauthier:

You have a flag.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN FLAG
Sub-subtopic:   A MEMORABLE DATE-FEBRUARY 15, 1965
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I am not prepared to allow the displays. I apologize. It is against the rules. I am prepared to let the Member finish his statement.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN FLAG
Sub-subtopic:   A MEMORABLE DATE-FEBRUARY 15, 1965
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LIB

Marcel Prud'homme

Liberal

Mr. Prud'homme:

You will understand why I am so proud, Mr. Speaker.

On February 15, 1965, twenty years ago today, this symbol of Canadian unity and pride was raised above all federal buildings and property, and elsewhere across Canada. The resistance of certain politicians was swept away by the enthusiasm of Canadians for their own distinctive flag.

In fact, Mr. Maxime Guitard, one of the clerks at the Table who was committee clerk at the time, could give us the exact details of this story. Nine Members sitting in the House of Commons at the time are still sitting in the House today.

I take particular pride in recalling this event because it was the most important day in my twenty-one years in politics. Five of the nine who voted in favour were Liberals, and they were Mr. Turner (Vancouver Quadra), Mr. Gray (Windsor-West) and Mr. Chretien, and my good friend Ms. Pauline Jewett, who was a Liberal at the time, and myself. Four of the nine who are still sitting today voted against and belong to the Progressive Conservative Party. They included, I am sorry to say, the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (Mr. Nielsen).

For us, Mr. Speaker, as it is for all Canadians, for our young people and for all new Canadians, this is one of the most memorable days of our lives.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN FLAG
Sub-subtopic:   A MEMORABLE DATE-FEBRUARY 15, 1965
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CULTURAL AFFAIRS

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, the arts community and our cultural organizations have been forced to concentrate their efforts on defending themselves against the Government's budget-cutting attacks. As a result, they have not had a chance to develop proposals for improving cultural life in Canada.

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Major problems remain in addition to those caused by the cut-backs, Mr. Speaker. There are problems of distribution and access to cultural products and to performances. There are particular problems with regard to films, books, magazines, and theatrical performances. Distribution systems must be improved. Governments now subsidize the production of many products and performances that do not get to be seen by many Canadians. These subsidies would not have to be as important numerically if there were more purchases. In short, Governments ought to be purchasing books and magazines for schools, libraries, and other institutions. Such a measure would require federal and provincial co-operation.

We will be having a meeting of federal and provincial Ministers of Culture. I hope that the Minister of Communications (Mr. Masse) will bring forward imaginative proposals to improve access to cultural products and performances in Canada, and will discuss these things with his provincial counterparts. More money is needed in this area, but certainly it is important-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   BUDGETARY CUTBACKS
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I regret to advise the Member that her time has expired.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   BUDGETARY CUTBACKS
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THE ADMINISTRATION

PC

Anne Blouin

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Anne Blouin (Montmorency-Orleans):

Mr. Speaker, my constituents of Montmorency-Orleans and their fellow Quebecers are delighted to see the climate of confidence that now reigns in negotiations between the Canadian Government and the Government of Quebec. This is very much to the liking of many Quebecers, at a time when a federal-provincial conference is being held in Regina.

The Canada-Quebec agreements signed to date are impressive both in number and in scope. On December 14 last year, the federal Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion (Mr. Stevens) and the Quebec Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs signed the new economic and regional development agreement. Under this agreement, the federal Government will be contributing $1 billion over the next five years.

On January 22, the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Wise) announced the introduction of a program for technological innovation assistance in Quebec, also spread over five years. On February 1, the federal Minister of Communications (Mr. Masse) and the Quebec Minister of Communications concluded an agreement aiming at promoting the development of the communications industry in Quebec.

Finally, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec will be spending $100 million on the tourist industry within the next few years.

Mr. Speaker, I could go on in this vein, but I would prefer to emphasize the incredible improvement in Canada-Quebec relations since the present Government came to power and decided to promote the interests of Quebec.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   IMPROVEMENT IN CANADA-QUEBEC RELATIONS
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INDIAN AFFAIRS

NDP

James Douglas Manly

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the United Native Nations represents non status Indians and some off-reserve Indians in British Columbia. Last year the Secretary of State cut their core funding in order to provide funding for the Louis Riel Metis Association of B.C. The Metis Association certainly required the funding, but it should not have been taken from the United Native Nations. This kind of government action makes it very difficult for different aboriginal peoples to achieve unity.

In a similar manner, United Native Nations applied for Indian Affairs funding to hold workshops on proposed changes to the Indian Act which would affect their membership. However, all available funding went to the B.C. Indian Homemakers Association. The homemakers needed this funding and are holding workshops throughout the province. But again we must ask why one legitimate organization was funded at the expense of another equally legitimate organization.

British Columbia Metis and non status people favour the one window concept for Canada employment programs. The single project officer cuts down on red tape and makes it easier for native people to gain access. But they feel that they are not adequately represented on district advisory boards and as a result do not get approval for a fair share of their projects.

I call on the Secretary of State (Mr. McLean), the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Mr. Crombie), and the Minister of Employment and Immigration (Miss MacDonald), to look into these concerns and ensure that non status people are not subject to double discrimination.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FUNDING OF UNITED NATIVE NATIONS ORGANIZATION
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I must advise the Member that his time has expired.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   FUNDING OF UNITED NATIVE NATIONS ORGANIZATION
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ETHNIC AFFAIRS

PC

Alex Kindy

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Alex Kindy (Calgary Fast):

Mr. Speaker, on February 7, 1985, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General (Mr. Crosbie) announced the establishment of a commission of inquiry on war criminals to be conducted by Mr. Justice Jules Deschenes of the Superior Court of Quebec.

I commend the Government on its efforts to take all responsible steps to ensure any war criminals in Canada are brought

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to justice, whatever their racial origin. However, Mr. Speaker, we must ensure that while we are seeking out those who have perpetrated crimes against humanity we do not allow such action to reflect poorly on entire ethnic groups. Canada is a society rich in the wealth of ethnic diversity and has benefited enormously from the contribution of our citizens who have emigrated to Canada and raised their families here.

One such ethnic group with which I am familiar is the Ukrainian Canadian community of some 600,000 people, 90 per cent of whom are Canadian born. Many of these Ukrainian Canadians, indeed, fought in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War against the Nazis. Some of them fought in their country to liberate it from Russian and Nazi oppression.

Should individuals of a particular ethnic group be accused of atrocities, it is imperative that the group as a whole not be treated in a manner which ignores its vital involvement in and contribution to Canada.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   ETHNIC AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   UKRAINIAN CANADIAN COMMUNITY
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O.21
Subtopic:   ETHNIC AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   UKRAINIAN CANADIAN COMMUNITY
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February 15, 1985