May 15, 1985

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21

CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION

LIB

Brian Vincent Tobin

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I want to bring to the attention of the House the situation in the Province of Newfoundland with respect to the reductions which have been made by the Minister responsible for CMHC in social housing and special housing in that

province.

Yesterday I received a copy of correspondence which was sent to the Minister from the Community Housing and Support Services Council of St. John's, from the Executive Director, Mrs. Penny Rowe. Mrs. Rowe pointed out that the reduction in social housing units in St. John's this year has reached the 67 per cent mark. She further pointed out to the Minister that there has been absolutely no allocation this year in the Province of Newfoundland for special purposes housing.

One has to recognize that while the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) only a few days ago was celebrating the fact that unemployment had gone down in Canada, in the Province of Newfoundland unemployment went up by 2.3 per cent. In the city of St. John's, and indeed, in the entire Province of Newfoundland, there are many applications before CMHC to provide housing for battered women, children with special needs, and nursing facilities. Because the special funding is totally absent this year, the start-up funds will not be available to allow applications to proceed for those very worth-while and necessary projects.

The people of Newfoundland are extremely upset-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   SOCIAL HOUSING IN ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.
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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:   CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   SOCIAL HOUSING IN ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.
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HOUSING

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, for years the people of Toronto have been trying to find or create affordable

housing against a vacancy rate of less than 1 per cent and run-away inflation of land prices.

Some years ago Toronto City Council began to plan a redevelopment of the huge railway yards near the waterfront; office towers near Yonge Street, and housing at the other end of the city, east and west of Spadina. All types of housing were planned, including rental, privately and individually owned, co-op, non-profit, singles housing, family units, assisted and market housing. The planning also included schools, community centres, work-places, and parks.

Now a bunch of tycoons are trying to destroy those plans. Canadian National, Imperial Oil, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Coca Cola, Hiram Walker, McDonald's, Labatt's, and Olympia-York are using the Dome Stadium as bait. They are using free railway land, and mainly taxpayers' money. Through Canadian National, the Metro Council, and the Ontario provincial Government, they plan to redevelop the whole 75 acres as commercial land. That will wipe out the possibility of housing. It will also restart the Spadina Expressway from the south, which will destroy established residential neighbourhoods from Queen Street to Eglinton Avenue.

I call on the Minister of Transport (Mr. Mazankowski) to halt this give-away of public land by the CN for the purpose of private profit, and to ensure that the public land is used for housing, recreation, and the needs of ordinary Canadians.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   REDEVELOPMENT OF RAILWAY LANDS IN TORONTO
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HUMAN RIGHTS

PC

Bill Attewell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Attewell (Don Valley East):

Mr. Speaker, today approximately 70 members from the Beth Tikvah Synagogue of Willowdale, Ontario, tried to contact the Ambassador of the U.S.S.R. to Canada, to discuss the extraordinary case of Anatoly Shcharansky. Avitali Shcharansky, his wife, was also present.

Mr. Shcharansky epitomizes the struggle of Soviet Jewry and the pain and anguish of refusniks. The Shcharanskys' marriage was only 12 hours old when Avitali was given a visa and told to leave Russia. Mr. Shcharansky was arrested on March 15, 1977, and held incommunicado for 16 months. He was tried in 1978 and sentenced to 13 years.

What was his crime? Mr. Shcharansky simply chose to help organize a group of people who wanted to ensure that Russia abided by the Helsinki Accords which were signed in 1975.

The world was once again vividly reminded of Mr. Shcharansky's plight when he endured a four-month hunger

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strike in 1982. He won that battle and was finally allowed to receive visitors and mail.

This is not just a struggle to free one more political prisoner; it is a struggle for fundamental human rights. Members attending the Human Rights Experts Conference here in Ottawa need to be strongly reminded of Anatoly's struggle.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
Sub-subtopic:   U.S.S.R.-PLIGHT OF ANATOLY SHCHARANSKY
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
Sub-subtopic:   U.S.S.R.-PLIGHT OF ANATOLY SHCHARANSKY
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VICTORIA DAY

PC

Stan Darling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remind the House of some very important dates in the history of Canada.

May 20 is Victoria Day. That date is more than simply a weekday departure from the work-place. That holiday commemorates the birth of Queen Victoria, daughter of Edward, who was the son of George III.

Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 and reigned 63 years. She died at the age of 81 in the year 1901.

It was during her reign that a very special country was born in North America. The breath of life was given to Canada, transforming a British colony into a productive and powerful country.

Since that time the Royal Family has retained the respect and admiration of the people of Canada and countries around the world.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was born on April 21, will formally celebrate her birth date on June 15 this year. According to tradition, her subjects will join in the festivities led by the Trooping of the Colour. That fabulous military parade constitutes one of the high spots of spring in England.

Canada's love for the Queen was much in evidence during her visit here last year from September 24 to October 7. From the bottom of our hearts, may we all say to her: "God save the Queen!"

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   VICTORIA DAY
Sub-subtopic:   REASONS FOR COMMEMORATION
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   VICTORIA DAY
Sub-subtopic:   REASONS FOR COMMEMORATION
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BLUEBERRY EXPORTS TO EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY

LIB

David Charles Dingwall

Liberal

Mr. David Dingwall (Cape Breton-East Richmond):

Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to learn today that the Government has reached a tentative agreement with the European Economic Community with respect to the proposed tariff on Nova Scotia blueberries. That is very welcome news.

The blueberry industry in Nova Scotia is one of the brightest spots for employment in that province. The industry grows $15 million to $20 million worth of blueberries annually.

There are at the present time some 1,000 or more blueberry growers in the Province of Nova Scotia who employ approximately 800 full-time workers and 4,000 seasonal workers each year.

In March of this year the various states within the European Economic Community announced they would be imposing a new 25 per cent tariff on Canadian blueberries. This proposed tariff would pose a very real threat to the industry in Nova Scotia. The European market is, after all, the single largest importer of Nova Scotia blueberries.

I think it is obvious, Mr. Speaker, that the Government cannot afford to protect one industry at the expense of another. I call upon members of the Government to ensure that this tentative agreement is ratified as expeditiously as possible, because the Province of Nova Scotia cannot afford to lose any of the economic benefits which are associated with the blueberry industry, not only in mainland Nova Scotia but also in the Highlands of Cape Breton Island.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   BLUEBERRY EXPORTS TO EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY
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MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson A. Riis (Kamloops-Shuswap):

Mr. Speaker, as Hon. Members of the House are aware, it has been proposed that salaries and benefits of Members of Parliament be improved. As chairperson of the New Democratic Party caucus, I wish to inform the House, and all Canadians, that we do not share the conclusions of the task force report. It is our view that Members of Parliament are already adequately compensated-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Sub-subtopic:   REMUNERATION-OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED INCREASES
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Sub-subtopic:   REMUNERATION-OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED INCREASES
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NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

-and, indeed, at a time when so many Canadians are unemployed and waiting for the Government to take constructive steps to improve the Canadian economy, it would be misguided and inappropriate to put the salaries of Members of Parliament on the government agenda. The priority of the Conservative Government should be to put Canada's unemployed back to work, and it should review the tax system which allows thousands of wealthy Canadians to avoid paying income tax, which results in an increased tax burden on an overwhelming number of Canadian taxpayers.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Sub-subtopic:   REMUNERATION-OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED INCREASES
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EMPLOYMENT

PC

Jean-Pierre Blackburn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jean-Pierre Blackburn (Jonquiere):

Mr. Speaker, today, speaking on behalf of the regional Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean caucus and its constituents, I would like to congratulate

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and thank the Hon. Member for Roberval (Mr. Bouchard) and Minister of State (Transport), who was intrumental in re-opening the St-Raymond paper plant in Desbiens.

Mr. Speaker, since last Sunday, Desbiens has been in a state of euphoria now there is hope once again for all those people who were laid off for 42 months. The day after the election the four Members from the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area made the Desbiens dossier one of their regional priorities. Desbiens became a symbol for the region, and following the regional economic summit, we agreed to do everything in our power to help the people of Desbiens regain their dignity as workers.

Thanks to the work done by our Minister of State (Transport), our Government will be providing more than $4 million, in addition to a substantial tax credit, to help the plant get started again this summer. Quebec and the company that owns the plant are also doing their share.

Mr. Speaker, once again I want to say that our colleague deserves to be congratulated for successfully managing this very difficult dossier, unusually so within the present context, with the result that the people of Desbiens in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area can start to live again.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   DESBIENS (QUEBEC)-REOPENING OF ST-RAYMOND PAPER MILL
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May 15, 1985