September 11, 1987

NDP

Margaret Anne Mitchell

New Democratic Party

Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I think it is a matter of policy that we want. This is not just a simple case. We want government policy and we want some change in legislation.

Since more and more older workers are becoming redundant through no fault of their own, will the Minister consider extending optional old age pensions for unemployed persons at age 60? This policy could also open jobs for younger workers.

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Subtopic:   OPTIONAL OLD AGE PENSIONS REQUEST
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Senior Citizens)):

Mr. Speaker, I will be very glad to look into that representation also.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OPTIONAL OLD AGE PENSIONS REQUEST
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INJUSTICES TO ELDERLY-GOVERNMENT POSITION

LIB

Jean-Claude Malépart

Liberal

Mr. Jean-Claude Malepart (Montreal-Sainte-Marie):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the same Minister, the Minister of Veterans' Affairs and Minister of State (Senior Citizens). I want to commend him and express the hope that we can work closely together. But I must add right now that the Minister has a long way to go to remedy the inequities inflicted upon senior citizens by his Conservative Government.

In view of present political tendencies, can the Minister state whether he can undertake today to allow senior citizens the right to the spouse's allowance if they are either single, separated or divorced, something this Conservative Government has been denying them?

Secondly, can the Minister promise that he will ask the Minister of Employment and Immigration to put an end to this discrimination against older workers who are not entitled to full UI benefits?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INJUSTICES TO ELDERLY-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Senior Citizens)):

Mr. Speaker, as I said yesterday I have asked seniors and seniors' organizations to get in touch with me and let me know the kinds of things they think should be done to make life better for seniors. I will take the representations I have heard this morning, including that of the Hon. Member who has just made a representation, and I can assure him his representation will be given very good consideration.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INJUSTICES TO ELDERLY-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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MINISTER OF STATE'S RESPONSIBILITIES

LIB

Jean-Claude Malépart

Liberal

Mr. Jean-Claude Malepart (Montreal-Sainte-Marie):

have a supplementary for the Minister, Mr. Speaker. The Minister says he will consult. Mrs. Denis came to Parliament Hill and told us what senior citizens want. People have now been protesting for three or four years, signing petitions, but what I would like to know is what the Minister's responsibilities are. Is the Minister in charge of the portfolio coming under the Department of National Health and Welfare that involves the New Horizons programs, from which the Government, the Minister of Finance slashed $5 million, or does the Minister simply holds the title of Minister of State (Senior Citizens) without any responsibilities whatsoever?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MINISTER OF STATE'S RESPONSIBILITIES
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Senior Citizens)):

Mr. Speaker, I will be working very closely with the Department of National Health and Welfare and its very able Minister. We have already started having meetings together. It is with the co-operation of the Department of National Health and Welfare that the new Department of State for Seniors will be working. 1 am confident that between the two of us we will be able to produce some very good results.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MINISTER OF STATE'S RESPONSIBILITIES
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ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA LIMITED

NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Government announced that it was backing the wider use of irradiated food. We would like to know why and who in Canada really wants this.

I direct my question to the Minister of State for Privatization. Would she confirm that she said the Government is considering privatizing Radiochemical Company, the arm of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited which is responsible for food irradiation? The Minister knows that AECL is bankrupt without government subsidies. Is this why the Government favours food irradiation? In other words, does it favour it to save the hide of AECL, putting Canadians at risk in the process?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   RADIOCHEMICAL COMPANY-IRRADIATION OF FOOD
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PC

David Edward Crombie (Minister responsible for Multiculturalism; Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. David Crombie (Secretary of State of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, as the Hon. Member knows, the Minister of National Health and Welfare is out of the House today on business and therefore is not able to respond appropriately, as I am sure he would, to the Hon. Member's question. The reason I am responding is that it struck me as being less a question of privatization and more a question of politics. The Hon. Member can practise that when the Minister returns to the House on Monday.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   RADIOCHEMICAL COMPANY-IRRADIATION OF FOOD
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NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Waddell:

We are just trying to figure out why the Government is doing this.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   RADIOCHEMICAL COMPANY-IRRADIATION OF FOOD
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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS- GOVERNMENT POSITION

NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question.

Why does the Minister ignore the recommendations made by the Committee of the House of Commons? Why does the government jeorpadize the health of Canadians to save the hide of Atomic Energy of Canada? Because that is really the reason why the government has decided to favour food irradiation.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

David Edward Crombie (Minister responsible for Multiculturalism; Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. David Crombie (Secretary of State of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, as I recall the issue with respect to the recommendations of the committee, the Minister of National Health and Welfare indeed accepted some recommendations and did not accept others, but that is the kind of information-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Waddell:

Thirty-three he rejected.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

David Edward Crombie (Minister responsible for Multiculturalism; Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crombie:

I can give the Hon. Member an answer if he would give me a chance. When the Minister returns, I am sure that in his normal good fashion he will explain that to the Hon. Member. The Hon. Member knows that the Minister is not

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here, and that kind of imputation of why the Minister is acting a certain way is clearly out of order, at least in my opinion.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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CANADA-UNITED STATES NEGOTIATIONS-PUBLIC OPINION POLLS

PC

Geoffrey Douglas Scott

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Geoff Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister for International Trade a question specifically on the subject of opinion polls on free trade. May I say that I too hold my head high. I am still proud to be a Conservative from Ontario.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES NEGOTIATIONS-PUBLIC OPINION POLLS
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES NEGOTIATIONS-PUBLIC OPINION POLLS
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September 11, 1987