December 17, 1986

NDP

James Ross Fulton

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Fulton (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I believe I have the entire cabinet file on this matter and I would suggest that the Minister of Transport read it. It contains no shotgun clause. FedNav maintains the veto power and Canadians stand to lose a thousand million dollars. If the Government is hungry for money, why does it not boot FedNav out since it is composed of a bunch of Liberal hacks?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMPANY'S VETO POWER
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman has more cabinet files than I have.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMPANY'S VETO POWER
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NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

That's probably true.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMPANY'S VETO POWER
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

Why is it that I understand the situation and he does not? Let me just explain this once more. If the Government of Canada exercises its option now, it would cost us $49 million, but if we wait until-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMPANY'S VETO POWER
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NDP

James Ross Fulton

New Democratic Party

Mr. Fulton:

You're reading that out of the newspaper. Here, I'll give you the file.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMPANY'S VETO POWER
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMPANY'S VETO POWER
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The Chair is in a very difficult position because the Chair cannot make out who is being put and who is being called. The Chair has an announcement to make which will be of interest to all Hon. Members. I know Hon. Members will give the Chair the courtesy of hearing it.

December 17, 1986

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMPANY'S VETO POWER
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PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF MANITOBA LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I wish to draw to the attention of Hon. Members the presence in the gallery of the Hon. Gary Filmon, Leader of the Opposition in Manitoba.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF MANITOBA LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF MANITOBA LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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PENITENTIARIES

LIB

Jacques Guilbault (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Liberal Party Deputy House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Jacques Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Mr. Speaker, in a hurry to speed up construction of the Port-Cartier prison so as to comply with the Prime Minister's political agenda, the Government completely forgot-believe it or not-to connect the water pipes which would have made it a lot easier to put out the fire. One hundred and thirty-seven workers could have been killed.

I should like to ask the Solicitor General whether he can explain why the most elementary fire fighting facilities were not available on the construction site. Was the Government in too much of a hurry to finish the job before the next election?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PENITENTIARIES
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION OF PORT-CARTIER PRISON-SAFETY OF WORKERS
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PC

Stewart Donald McInnes (Minister of Public Works; Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Stewart Mclnnes (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, usually water lines of the kind contemplated by the Hon. Member are not installed until 30 per cent or 40 per cent of the construction is completed. This is normal construction practice. Only about 30 per cent of the construction had been finished when the fire occurred.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PENITENTIARIES
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION OF PORT-CARTIER PRISON-SAFETY OF WORKERS
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REQUEST THAT MINISTER INSTITUTE INVESTIGATION

LIB

Jacques Guilbault (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Liberal Party Deputy House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Jacques Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Mr. Speaker, it is unacceptable that the lives of workers be in danger. In my opinion, construction should cease forthwith.

I want to ask the Solicitor General whether he will launch an inquiry on the circumstances surrounding this fire, and in addition will he assure the House that work will not resume until the usual fire prevention standards are fully implemented?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT MINISTER INSTITUTE INVESTIGATION
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PC

Stewart Donald McInnes (Minister of Public Works; Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Stewart Mclnnes (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, an investigation has already been concluded concerning the fire and the circumstances relevant to it. We are absolutely satisfied that nothing is in jeopardy and that the construction will proceed without further difficulty.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT MINISTER INSTITUTE INVESTIGATION
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OLD PORT OF QUEBEC

PC

Marcel R. Tremblay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Marcel R. Tremblay (Quebec East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of State responsible for Canada Lands Company (Vieux-Port de Quebec).

These days, in Quebec City, there is much speculation about the possible establishment of University of Quebec headquarters in the Vieux-Port area. Could the Minister advise the House whether this location could accommodate such an establishment?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLD PORT OF QUEBEC
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIVERSITY OF QUEBEC HEADQUARTERS
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PC

Roch La Salle (Minister of State (Without Portfolio))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Roch La Salle (Minister of State):

Mr. Speaker, the House will be delighted to know that the Company has been responsible for investments totalling some S30 million in the Vieux-Port de Quebec area over the past year. There is also the possibility, of course, that the University of Quebec Headquarters could be moved to that area. I have personally met the minister responsible, Mr. Ryan, about this. He has indicated that he was not prepared to invest between $25 million and $40 million to finance the establishment of a university, but that he would be quite receptive to a proposal which is already before the Company to integrate the presence of the University of Quebec. We hope to be able to give a positive response in that regard within the context of a proposal which is before us and which would certainly delight both the residents and the authorities of the City of Quebec.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OLD PORT OF QUEBEC
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIVERSITY OF QUEBEC HEADQUARTERS
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REFUGEES

December 17, 1986