May 20, 1986

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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LUMBER EXPORTS TO UNITED STATES
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LEGAL ACTION-REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

NDP

James Ross Fulton

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Fulton (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is for the Minister for International Trade. On May 8 the President of the United States made it clear that he is supporting unilateral trade action against free trade in softwood lumber. Will the Minister put some money where his mouth is? Will he financially support the legal side of the Canadian argument to keep free trade in softwood lumber free?

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Subtopic:   LEGAL ACTION-REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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PC

James Francis Kelleher (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. James Kelleher (Minister for International Trade):

Mr. Speaker, I can only reiterate that we are prepared to assist the industry in every way we can. I can tell the Hon. Member that we are having a meeting with the provinces on Thursday

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in Ottawa to discuss ways to defend against this action successfully, as we did in 1983.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LEGAL ACTION-REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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PUBLIC WORKS

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Public Works concerning the awarding of contracts by his department and his announcement on the weekend that there would be an investigation to find out why 86.5 per cent of service contracts awarded in Quebec during his Government's first year were given out without public calls for tender.

My question to the Minister is as follows: Could he inform the House who will conduct this investigation and what form it will take? And finally, will the results be tabled in the House?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF MINISTER'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF INQUIRY INTO AWARDING OF CONTRACTS
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PC

Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to say to the Hon. Member for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell that I believe this House is aware, and that he ought to know, that the philosophy or the system in current use is the very system that was set up by the previous Government.

Second, I think this junior Member ought to know that the Minister responsible has no authority over contracts worth $30,000 or less, because that authority has been delegated to the regions.

That being said, Mr. Speaker, and considering the reports about which I have serious doubts, today I asked my Deputy Minister to give me a full report on contracts allowed since September 4, 1984, and I will be glad to table this report in the House before the end of this session.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF MINISTER'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF INQUIRY INTO AWARDING OF CONTRACTS
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MINISTER'S STAFF ASSIGNMENT

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact that the Deputy Minister of Public Works stated in committee on February 28, 1985:

-there is a member of the Minister's staff assigned to our Montreal region-

Can the Minister tell this House why he has a political assistant inside the regional offices contrary to what the preceding Government did? Why is there political interference in the process, if not to dole out patronage? What is the reason for it?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MINISTER'S STAFF ASSIGNMENT
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PC

Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the Hon. Member for Glengarry- Prescott-Russell for giving me this opportunity to inform the House that, since I realized all Members of this House were

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having to cope with lack of information and often inadequate services, I have decided to post a departmental representative in Montreal who will be able to provide more and better information and services for all Members.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MINISTER'S STAFF ASSIGNMENT
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CANADIAN ARMED FORCES

NDP

Rodney Edward Murphy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Associate Minister of National Defence. On Friday the Minister of National Defence was asked what the Government was willing to do to compensate those people whose homes and buildings were destroyed as a result of the actions of the Canadian Forces Base at Gagetown. Is the Associate Minister ready to give an answer?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
Sub-subtopic:   NEW BRUNSWICK FOREST FIRE-COMPENSATION REQUEST
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PC

Harvie Andre (Associate Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Harvie Andre (Associate Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, the Command Fire Marshall from the army is on site and is investigating the accident. A board of inquiry has been set up. The Base Commander is meeting today, and probably has met already, with the families concerned. I have issued instructions that the matter be looked into with due haste and that as soon as possible, within days, whatever actions are appropriate be taken so that no one is left financially penalized as a result of any due process.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
Sub-subtopic:   NEW BRUNSWICK FOREST FIRE-COMPENSATION REQUEST
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GOVERNMENT POLICY

NDP

Rodney Edward Murphy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Minister for that answer. Does the Government have a policy in place in the event of destruction of civilian property as a result of military action?

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Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POLICY
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PC

Harvie Andre (Associate Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Harvie Andre (Associate Minister of National Defence):

Yes, indeed it does, Mr. Speaker. The board of inquiry procedure is the process in place. When there is obvious responsibility on the part of the Armed Forces, compensation is made. That will be the case in this circumstance as quickly as possible.

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Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POLICY
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RESPONSIBILITY FOR FOREST FIRE

PC

Robert Alfred Corbett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, my question is also addressed to the Associate Minister of National Defence. I would like to pursue this matter further. Would he assure the residents of that area that the military has recognized its responsibility for creating the fires along the highway from Gagetown to Upper Gagetown, and that they will not be kept waiting to know the results of the compensation program and rehabilitation program in the area for which the Government must take responsibility?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RESPONSIBILITY FOR FOREST FIRE
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PC

Harvie Andre (Associate Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Harvie Andre (Associate Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, that, of course, is the purpose of the Fire Marshall being there and for the inquiry. I can assure you that I have issued instructions that, under no circumstances, is this process to take an undue amount of time and that, if there is direct responsibility by the Armed Forces, compensation should be quick and generous.

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Subtopic:   RESPONSIBILITY FOR FOREST FIRE
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OBJECT OF NEGOTIATIONS-SOCIAL PROGRAMS- NEGOTIATOR'S MANDATE

May 20, 1986