March 1, 1985

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

POLITICAL PARTIES

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Mr. Speaker, as part of the Conservative Party's fund raising efforts of last year, my constituents received appeals from the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), the then Leader of the Opposition, to contribute sums of $50, $100, $150, or $350 to his campaign. In this appeal he criticized the Liberal Government for high unemployment, lack of foreign investment, and poor economic conditions in Canada. In November, 1983, he said:

The purchasing power of the Canadian dollar has been diminished both domestically and in the world market... I believe your support for the Progressive Conservative Party today will be the base on which a strong and revitalized Canada can grow.

However, this revitalized Canada is not a reality. The very dollar he promised to save from its diminished state, has plunged even lower during his administration. As a matter of fact, it is the lowest it has ever been in the history of Canada.

The Prime Minister and his Party have not fulfilled the promises made in these fund raising letters. Therefore, on behalf of my constituents I am asking that the Conservative Party return the money.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   FUND RAISING BY PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE PARTY
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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

PC

Bill Attewell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Attewell (Don Valley East):

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Zundel was found guilty yesterday of wilfully causing harm to racial and social harmony by distributing a booklet that claimed that the holocaust was a Jewish hoax. I wish to applaud the decision reached by the jury.

While we in this country pride ourselves on our basic freedoms, including the freedom of speech, thank God we have ways to deal with the vicious, outrageous, and harmful views of this man whose heroes are Hitler and Hess. While I was in Israel a few weeks ago, I visited the holocaust museum, Yad

Vashem. I simply cannot imagine anyone doubting that the holocaust did indeed happen.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   VERDICT IN HOLOCAUST BOOKLET CASE
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IMMIGRATION

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, today The Globe and Mail reported that the Iranians who were detained near Pearson Airport were interrogated by unidentified police. We were not told on what authority they were detained nor who authorized the detention. We are given to understand that no lawyer representing the people being interrogated was present at the interrogation. This sort of thing could happen to any of us. It could even happen to Canadian citizens on Canadian soil. It may be the work of the secret police force that was established last June under Prime Minister Trudeau.

I call upon the Minister of Employment and Immigration (Miss MacDonald) to broaden the inquiry she has undertaken so that it will examine all places at which those arriving in Canada may be detained, who orders such detentions, and under what criteria, and what provision is made for acquainting detainees with their rights under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. With particular regard to The Globe and Mail story, the inquiry should find out who carried out the interrogation and who authorized the entry of the police into the detention centre. As well, it should determine whether or not those who were interrogated were informed of their rights under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and whether or not they were given an effective opportunity to exercise their rights by retaining a lawyer to act in their interests.

According to The Globe and Mail, what is reported was based on affidavits, and constitutes a very serious danger to our rights and freedoms from this newly-minted secret service. It is important to-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   INTERROGATION OF DETAINED IRANIANS
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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:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   INTERROGATION OF DETAINED IRANIANS
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THE ADMINISTRATION

PC

Gilles Bernier

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gilles Bernier (Beauce):

Mr. Speaker, in politics and in business, we cannot afford to be negative and pessimistic. With the advent of the Conservative Government, the situation has

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improved and attitudes are changing as a result of new perceptions of government. Federal-provincial relations are improving across the country. When optimism reigns, Canadians are happier, more productive and more inclined to invest.

In Beauce, the employment situation is improving and the number of jobless workers has dropped. According to the Director of the Canada Employment Centre in Beauce, in 1985 the employment situation will improve, mainly as a result of an increase in the number of jobs. I think it is important to emphasize the positive aspects of success, and consequently, I would like to give a few examples of what is happening in our riding and show what we are doing.

I would like to mention the remarkable performance by the CANAM MANAC group in Saint-Georges et Saint-Gedeon, whose production figures have increased dramatically to SI30 million. There has also been a considerable expansion at the Systemes Archimedes construction company in Saint-Frederic, which has been very successful on the export market thanks to a new concept in housing design. I may add that Culinar intends to invest $15 million in its two plants in Sainte-Marie.

As far as small businesses are concerned, my riding is in very good shape.

I agree with my industrial commissioners that there is a general feeling of confidence and optimism in Beauce, a riding that has often been considered as a barometer for the entire province of Quebec.

To the pessimists opposite, I-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   ECONOMIC SITUATION IN BEAUCE REGION
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

1 am sorry to interrupt the Hon. Member, but his time has expired.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   ECONOMIC SITUATION IN BEAUCE REGION
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AGRICULTURE

LIB

Maurice Brydon Foster

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):

Mr. Speaker, Canadian farmers are angry at the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson). In fact they are furious at the White Paper he tabled in this House entitled Tax Issues in Agriculture, a document which alleges that farmers earn twice as much as the average taxpayer and only pay one-quarter as much in taxes. This ridiculous statement by the Minister of Finance comes at a time when tens of thousands of our youngest, most productive farmers are facing the worst debt crisis since the 1930s, and at a time when total farm income today is almost identical to what it was 10 years ago, while purchasing power has been cut in half by inflation.

The Minister of Finance thinks it is fair to compare the income of a farmer with the income of the average wage earner. I would point out to him that a farmer works 12 to 15 hours a day, throws in the labour of his family members to

boot, and has a massive capital investment compared to that of the average wage earner.

The farmers of the country are getting fed up with the attitude of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Wise) who says that he will not help them out of their debt crisis. However, they are totally frustrated by the Minister of Finance who wrote this misleading document on farm incomes, a document which totally distorts and misrepresents the really difficult situation faced by farmers in Canada today. With a Minister of Finance like this, it is little wonder that our country reached two of the worst economic records in Canadian history this week-the lowest dollar ever of 71 cents U.S., and the highest government spending estimates ever of $105 billion.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   NET FARM INCOME
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EXTERNAL AID

PC

William C. Winegard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. William C. Winegard (Guelph):

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to say a few words about agriculture and the International Development Research Centre.

As Chairman of the Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence, I often hear of how Canada has helped other nations, particularly in the area of agriculture. Naturally this pleases me as one of the great agricultural institutions of the world is in my riding.

My point today concerns the International Development Research Centre and its splendid work with Bolivia in the field of genetic and agricultural improvements of the Quinoa plant, a most important source of energy and nutrition in the Andean region. I have been asked to extend the thanks of the Bolivian Government to the Parliament of Canada for the support which was given with good will and without self-interest. Accordingly, I do so, Sir.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AID
Sub-subtopic:   EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE FROM BOLIVIA
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STATUS OF WOMEN

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the New Democratic Party I would like to extend my congratulations to Sylvia Gold, the new President of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women. We are pleased to see the appointment of a progressive woman with excellent experience, a good understanding of women's issues, extensive labour experience, and outstanding leadership qualities. She has the support of women across the country.

However, one good appointment does not make a council. There are 13 vacancies. Competent women from across the country representing all regions, cultural groups, native people,

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the disabled, business and labour, must be appointed to this Council, and the appointments must be from all political parties. The effectiveness of the Council also depends on access to the Minister responsible for the Status of Women (Mr. McLean) and the political will of the Government to act on the recommendations made by the Council.

Too often in the past the Council's excellent research and recommendations were allowed to gather dust. Accordingly, we recommend that reports made by the Council not only be reported to the House, but also be referred to the appropriate committees for study and action. In order to accomplish that goal I repeat the recommendation which was made by my colleague, the Hon. Member for Vancouver East (Ms. Mitchell), who is the NDP critic for the status of women, that there be a standing committee on women's issues. That would be a means whereby we could advance equality for women as we approach the date for equality, April 17, and the implementation of the Charter of Rights.

Once again, our sincere congratulations to Ms. Gold.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic:   CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL PRESIDENT
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

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

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   STATUS OF WOMEN
Sub-subtopic:   CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL PRESIDENT
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CURRENCY

PC

Claude Girvin (Girve) Fretz (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Girve Fretz (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

Mr. Speaker, Members are no doubt aware that Canada should have a readily marketable and acceptable dollar coinage. Inco Limited, a company which is vital to the economy not only of my own riding but, indeed, of the entire Province of Ontario, has developed a gold-on-nickel material called nigold. The proposed coin would be multisided, slightly larger than a 25-cent piece, and would weigh less than half the weight of our existing silver dollar, which is not really silver.

The nigold dollar coin would have a three-micron thick plate of gold on a nickel base, which would result in a beautiful golden product possessing great durability. It is understood- and this has been shown by testing-that it will keep its original pleasing appearance for the life of the coin, which is estimated at 40 years.

I understand the issue of the dollar coin will be brought before the Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates. I hope this Committee will give serious consideration to the Inco dollar coin. The existence of such a coin would make it easier for vendors who currently have to deal with massive quantities of coins of smaller denominations, and it would provide many jobs for workers at Inco who are currently laid off.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CURRENCY
Sub-subtopic:   COMPOSITION OF PROPOSED DOLLAR COIN
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March 1, 1985