April 28, 1986

PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order.

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Subtopic:   MINISTER'S ANNOUNCEMENT
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LIB

Brian Vincent Tobin

Liberal

Mr. Tobin:

Pompous toddler of the Cabinet.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Gauthier:

Throw the bum out for this nonsense.

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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order.

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Subtopic:   MINISTER'S ANNOUNCEMENT
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AGRICULTURE

NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Vic Althouse (Humboldt-Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. In last week's meetings with the United States Department of Agriculture officials to discuss the effects of the Farm Bill, 12 Members of Parliament from Ottawa were present to hear what would be the United States' approach to bilateral trade talks. In view of the fact that senior American agriculture officials told us that Canada is going to get the message "just like we sent the Libyans a message", what is Canada's response to this scorched earth attitude on the part of the United States?

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Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE NEGOTIATIONS-ATTITUDE OF UNITED STATES
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Joe Clark (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member is referring to a conversation which he alleges took place with American officials when I was not present. If he is asking about the position of the Government on the U.S. Farm Bill, we have made it clear frequently and intend to continue to make it

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clear frequently, that we believe that the United States Farm Bill, coupled with the trade war in agriculture developing between the European Community and the United States, poses very grave threats to the interests of Canadian agriculture. We intend to make that case generally and we intend to make that case specifically, particularly in defence of traditional Canadian grain markets.

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Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE NEGOTIATIONS-ATTITUDE OF UNITED STATES
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CANADIAN POSITION

NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Vic Althouse (Humboldt-Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, the Americans went on to spell out four specific irritants that they called "logs, hogs, spuds, and suds" which must be dealt with to the satisfaction of the United States before any serious negotiations-

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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. Does the Hon. Member have a supplementary question?

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NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Althouse:

What position is our Government taking, given this apparently new attitude by the Government of the United States?

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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Joe Clark (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I take it that the persons to whom the Hon. Member was speaking were involved in a conversation that took place before the U.S. Senate had its vote last week. The Hon. Member was talking about conditions before negotiations would begin. He will know that negotiations have begun, and he will know that those negotiations have begun absolutely without preconditions.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

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Hon. Chas. L. Caccia@Davenport

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of the Environment my question is directed to his Parliamentary Secretary. A report was published today saying that a new form of rain called toxic rain is affecting our health by way of contamination of the food chain. This report confirms the finding in an Environment Canada pamphlet called Storm Warning which the Minister banned last December as non-factual. Will the Minister face the facts and lift the ban on the distribution of Storm Warning'1

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Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TOXIC RAIN-BAN ON DISTRIBUTION OF STORM WARNING PAMPHLET
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Gary Michael Gurbin (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. M. Gurbin (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, the publication Storm Warning contained a good deal of information, much of which has been understood and dealt with by Environment Canada over a long period of time. The removal of that particular publication was as a result of the Minister of the Environment and the Department of the Environment wanting to ensure that the public information that was brought forward was

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based on the best and most factual information possible. We will continue to maintain that position.

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Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TOXIC RAIN-BAN ON DISTRIBUTION OF STORM WARNING PAMPHLET
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PUBLICATIONS POLICY

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Hon. Chas. L. Caccia@Davenport

Mr. Speaker, will the Parliamentary Secretary make representations to his Minister to convince him to lift this policy of muzzling Environment Canada scientists, and allow the Department to publish and distribute its own publications?

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Subtopic:   PUBLICATIONS POLICY
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PC

Gary Michael Gurbin (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. M. Gurbin (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, if the Member for Davenport, who is the Liberal critic, will look at his guidelines governing the activities of civil servants under his jurisdiction when he was Minister of the Environment, he will understand that this Government and this Minister are acting in precisely the same way and that we are ensuring that public information is made available through our bureaucracy in the most factual and responsible way possible.

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REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION

NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Mike Cassidy (Ottawa Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion concerning the permanent lay-off this coming Saturday of 167 employees at the Northern Telecom plant in Aylmer. Is the Government pleased to accept that a large Canadian corporation should lay off people right here in Aylmer while at the same time transferring their jobs to the twin plant in Georgia, U.S.A.? Or is the Government ready to step in to ensure that Canadian workers can continue to manufacture in Canada products that were developed in Canada?

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Subtopic:   REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF PERMANENT LAY-OFFS FOR 167 EMPLOYEES OF NORTHERN TELECOM AT AYLMER. P.Q.-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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April 28, 1986