May 26, 1986

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Alan Redway (York East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice. Last week, because of our very ineffective pollution laws, a judge in Toronto was required to use contempt of court proceedings to deal with a polluter who continued to dump toxic chemicals despite previous court orders. When will the Minister introduce in the House effective pollution control legislation outlining offences and penalties which will deal with the matter, including jail terms, as recommended by the Law Reform Commission of Canada?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LAW REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   INTRODUCTION OF POLLUTION CONTROL LEGISLATION
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LAW REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   INTRODUCTION OF POLLUTION CONTROL LEGISLATION
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, the Law Reform Commission of Canada made a report on this subject last November. As a result of its report the procedure is that it will receive comments from interested parties, after which it will make a final report to the Government. It has not yet made that final report. I am sure the hon. gentleman would be pleased to pass his views on to the commission for consideration in its final report and conclusions.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LAW REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   INTRODUCTION OF POLLUTION CONTROL LEGISLATION
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PUBLIC WORKS

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Public Works. Some time ago we heard about a contract award procedure used by the Hon. Member for Quebec East. Last week we all learned about the existence of a political agent of the Minister at the Montreal regional office, and finally an article by Mr. O'Neil in Le Devoir of Saturday mentioned a system of kickbacks-

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   PROCEDURE FOR AWARDING CONTRACTS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The preambles are becoming longer and longer. I ask the Hon. Member to come to his question, please.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   PROCEDURE FOR AWARDING CONTRACTS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Boudria:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Can the Minister confirm to the House the existence of these 5 per cent kickbacks, how long has this practice been going on, and who collects them?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   PROCEDURE FOR AWARDING CONTRACTS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, in light of the Hon. Member's last remark, I cannot confirm anything at all. I never heard of such a practice. If the Hon. Member is familiar with this system, he must have heard about it from his Party, not ours.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   PROCEDURE FOR AWARDING CONTRACTS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is addressed to the Acting Solicitor General. Will the Acting Solicitor General immediately request an RCMP criminal investigation into the alleged 5 per cent kick-back scheme to fill Tory Party coffers as alleged in Le Devoir?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I would ask the Hon. Member to reconsider the wild, spurious, general, vague and vicious charges which he is constantly spewing in this House without care, caution, or circumspect.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION
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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

Sounds like you in opposition.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION
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BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING REQUESTED

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Health and Welfare. It concerns the deaths of 35,000 Canadians every year due to tobacco-related diseases. Why is the Minister still shadow-boxing with the tobacco industry? Why is he pretending to talk tough about health warnings on cigarette packages? Why does he not deliver the real blow in favour of the health of Canadians, especially of children, and ban tobacco advertising altogether?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING REQUESTED
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jake Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, I am not shadow-boxing with the tobacco industry.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING REQUESTED
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NDP

John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rodriguez:

Then what are you doing?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING REQUESTED
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Epp (Provencher):

What I am doing is sitting down with the tobacco industry to see whether it will take some

May 26, 1986

Oral Questions

action. As I have indicated to the Hon. Member, I will wait until the end of June. Additionally, what I am saying to her and to the country is that the Government will then consider what action to take.

I am saying to her very directly that if she is an expert in this field at all, and if she has looked at the effect that the banning of advertising has on reducing the number of smokers, then she will know that it is painfully few. There are other steps which one has to take. It might be good visuals, and she often deals with visuals rather than actualities. I deal with realities.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING REQUESTED
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HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS DESIGNATION INQUIRY

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, the Minister will know that the group, Physicians for a Smoke-free Canada, has made a formal request of the Government to add tobacco products to Schedule II of the Hazardous Products Act-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS DESIGNATION INQUIRY
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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. A supplementary question without a preamble.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS DESIGNATION INQUIRY
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May 26, 1986