June 25, 1986

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

PC

Jean-Guy Guilbault

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jean-Guy Guilbault (Drummond):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Solicitor General. A senior RCMP officer stated recently that for several months he has known the names of the alleged terrorists who planted a bomb aboard Air- India Flight 182 over a year ago.

Can the Minister tell the House whether he has sufficient evidence and, if so, whether he will take court action?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER GOVERNMENT COLLECTED ALL NECESSARY EVIDENCE CONCERNING ALLEGED TERRORISTS IN AIR-INDIA ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
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PC

Henry Perrin Beatty (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Perrin Beatty (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, the investigation by the RCMP is continuing, with assistance from CSIS. Because it is under way at the present time, no further comment would be appropriate.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER GOVERNMENT COLLECTED ALL NECESSARY EVIDENCE CONCERNING ALLEGED TERRORISTS IN AIR-INDIA ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
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WORLD OIL PRICES-REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FOR INDUSTRY

LIB

Russell Gregoire MacLellan

Liberal

Mr. Russell MacLellan (Cape Breton-The Sydneys):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. The Minister's Parliamentary Secretary has stated that the political reality is that the energy sector will have to wait for assistance from the Government. Even then, the energy industry should not expect too much help. The

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Minister's promise was to create jobs in the energy sector, not reduce them. What will the Government do to help the industry at this time of declining world oil prices?

Hon. Pat Carney (Minister of Energy, Mines and

Resources): Mr. Speaker, the Government has already taken some positive steps in that regard, by recently doubling the small producers' credit. Let me add that my honourable critic has already indicated what he would do. He indicated on the way into the House that he would consider a stabilization plan, except that his Party has not figured out how to pay for it. At the same time he believes that consumers are paying too much at the pump. That is not a policy, that is a statement of desperation politics.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WORLD OIL PRICES-REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FOR INDUSTRY
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LIB

Russell Gregoire MacLellan

Liberal

Mr. MacLellan:

That Government is pathetic.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WORLD OIL PRICES-REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FOR INDUSTRY
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JOB LOSSES IN ALBERTA

LIB

Russell Gregoire MacLellan

Liberal

Mr. Russell MacLellan (Cape Breton-The Sydneys):

Mr. Speaker, 200 jobs are being lost every day in Alberta. How many jobs must be lost before the Government does something?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   JOB LOSSES IN ALBERTA
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PC

Pat Carney (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pat Carney (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

Mr. Speaker, nobody is more aware of the effect of dropping oil prices on the producing provinces than I. Nobody knows better than I and the Government that you cannot resolve the problems of downturns in oil prices by throwing money at them through government programs. That was attempted under the National Energy Program and it did not work. We are meeting with the provinces to deal with constructive issues and constructive solutions to this problem.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   JOB LOSSES IN ALBERTA
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WESTERN ACCORD-REQUEST FOR RENEGOTIATION

NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, my question is also directed to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. It is quite clear that the Minister's much ballyhooed Western Accord is really now a failure. Even Premier Getty of Alberta wants a new oil deal with Ottawa.

Is the Minister prepared to deal with the results of times and events and renegotiate the Western Accord with western producing provinces, as Premier Getty wants?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WESTERN ACCORD-REQUEST FOR RENEGOTIATION
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PC

Pat Carney (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pat Carney (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

Mr. Speaker, the Western Accord led to record drilling, a 20 per cent increase in capital spending, and increased employment. The tragedy was that the industry was unable to recoup the money it lost under the Liberal program before the oil prices dropped. I will be meeting with the new Energy Minister of Alberta in Vancouver at the end of the week to continue our ongoing discussions in this area.

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WESTERN ACCORD-REQUEST FOR RENEGOTIATION
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SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION ON PRICE STABILIZATION PROGRAM

NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, is the Minister prepared to renegotiate the Western Accord as Premier Getty wants, or is she prepared to consider the Senate committee's recommendation that a price stabilization program be put in place to protect the small Canadian producers who are being killed with this failure of the Western Accord? Is she prepared to renegotiate with Premier Getty? Is she prepared to help the small Canadian producers?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION ON PRICE STABILIZATION PROGRAM
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PC

Pat Carney (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pat Carney (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources):

Mr. Speaker, as you know, those are two questions in the supplementary. However, let me first advise the Hon. Member that I have not been asked by Premier Getty or any other Premier to renegotiate the Western Accord. There are provisions for that in the Accord.

In terms of the small producers, we have already removed the PGRT for all but the biggest companies which are continuing to pay it on a phase-down basis. We have already given relief to the small producers. We cannot protect them from a 50 per cent drop in world oil prices.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION ON PRICE STABILIZATION PROGRAM
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PUBLIC WORKS

PC

Lise Bourgault

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Lise Bourgault (Argenteuil-Papineau):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Public Works. Questions have been raised in the House concerning the award of small contracts by the Department of Public Works. The Minister replied that a report would be tabled concerning allegations to the effect that these contracts have been awarded without tender calls. Can the Minister tell us when the report will be tabled and whether he now has more information on this matter?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   METHOD OF AWARDING 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, I am very pleased to confirm to the House that indeed I made a commitment concerning the obviously false allegations of the Hon. Member for Glengarry-Prescott- Russell that 90 per cent of contracts under $30,000 were awarded without tenders. Mr. Speaker, you know very well that Treasury Board requirements do not specify tenders in the case of contracts under $30,000. Despite this leeway given to us by Treasury Board, I am pleased to shed light on this report which I will be tabling later today and according to which 78 per cent of all contracts under $30,000 have been awarded on the basis of tender calls. I do hope the media will take this opportunity to dispel any uncertainty created by these false allegations.

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Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Sub-subtopic:   METHOD OF AWARDING CONTRACTS
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RAILWAYS

LIB

Brian Vincent Tobin

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Transport. Yesterday in St. John's, Newfoundland, the Minister announced a decision on behalf of the federal Government that will ensure that Newfoundland will continue to have a dilapitated railway system and a second-class highway system. Despite earlier assurances to resolve the matter one way or the other, why has the Minister taken a decision regarding this Newfoundland railway which leaves both the railway system and the highway system, and more important, the employees of the railway system, in a continued state of limbo?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   THE NEWFOUNDLAND RAILWAY-ANNOUNCEMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDING
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June 25, 1986