November 16, 1987

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

PETITIONS

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Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Minister of State (Government House Leader); Minister of State (Treasury Board))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Doug Lewis (Minister of State and Minister of State (Treasury Board)):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 106(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the Government response to 62 petitions bearing the following numbers: 332-3135, 332-3149 to 332-3190 inclusive, 3323199, 332-3208, 332-3221, 332-3225, 332-3226, 332-3231, 332-3262, 332-3271, 332-3278, 332-3280, 332-3312, 3323315, 332-3329 to 332-3334 inclusive and 332-3337.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
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Steven W. Langdon

New Democratic Party

Mr. Steven W. Langdon (Essex-Windsor):

Mr. Speaker, 1 have a petition which was collected from all across Ontario along with a great many other petitions on Friday. It deals with the trade deal with the United States.

Those who signed the petition feel that the trade agreement negotiated by this Government threatens the very fabric of Canadian political and economic sovereignty. They feel as well that it would deny Canada the policy freedom to determine its own economic future. They also feel that the trade agreement did not succeed in obtaining the secure access to the U.S. market which was the key objective-

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   OPPOSITION TO CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member knows the rules and I think he is going a little beyond what is necessary to describe what is in the petition.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   OPPOSITION TO CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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Steven W. Langdon

New Democratic Party

Mr. Langdon:

Mr. Speaker, it is just that this petition deals with such an explosive and important topic that I wish to outline everything in it.

In any event, those who have signed the petition come from all parts of my constituency, all parts of the City of Windsor itself, from La Salle, from Amherstburg and from a great many parts of Essex County.

I would note the last part of the petition which is that the petitioners call upon the Government to give the people of Canada a chance to speak out in a general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   OPPOSITION TO CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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Steven W. Langdon

New Democratic Party

Mr. Steven W. Langdon (Essex-Windsor):

The second petition I have is a petition which frankly has been much longer in the collecting. It has a total of 4,000 signatures and deals with the question of Fermi II.

Fermi II is a nuclear reactor situated very close to Canada which has a terrible accident record. The people who have signed this petition make it very clear that their position and the position of the great majority-

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   FERMI II NUCLEAR REACTOR-REVIEW PROCESS
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John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I again hesitate to interrupt the same Hon. Member, but everyone in the House knows the rule. Hon. Members are permitted to make a brief statement describing the petition but not to argue the issue to which the petition may well be addressed. The Hon. Member will complete his remarks.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   FERMI II NUCLEAR REACTOR-REVIEW PROCESS
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Steven W. Langdon

New Democratic Party

Mr. Langdon:

Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I say, the petition is signed by 4,000 people of my constituency. It states strongly that there is a desire for people on the Canadian side to have a chance to review this nuclear reactor for its safety provisions before it is put to 100 per cent capacity.

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The signatures on the petition come particularly from Amherstburg, Malden and La Salle. They also come from other parts of Essex County because they too would be severely affected by anything which happened to this nuclear reactor.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   FERMI II NUCLEAR REACTOR-REVIEW PROCESS
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Abram Ernest Epp

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ernie Epp (Thunder Bay-Nipigon):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from constituents of mine in Thunder Bay- Nipigon and other residents of the City of Thunder Bay protesting the White Paper proposals for tax change. They are particularly unhappy that the tax reform proposals do not change the tax system already unfair to the average Canadian family while giving wealthy Canadians earning over SI00,000 a year a tax cut. They also note that 60,000 profitable corporations do not have to pay any income tax at all.

The petitioners call upon the House of Commons to reject these proposed tax changes, to reject the tax on food, another of their concerns, and to restore full indexation to the personal

November 16, 1987

Questions Passed as Orders for Return

tax system which would be of particular advantage to low-income Canadians.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED TAX REFORM
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Simon Leendert de Jong

New Democratic Party

Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina East):

Mr. Speaker, I have a number of petitions containing 500 signatures of Canadians in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta. These petitioners are concerned about the proposed tax changes in the White Paper.

They point out the unfairness of the existing tax system, that in the White Paper proposals of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) those earning over $100,000 a year will get most of the tax breaks and that 60,000 profitable corporations will continue to pay no income tax at all. The petitioners are also quite concerned about a tax levied on food and other essential items. They ask for the restoration of full indexation of personal income tax and for a fair tax system.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED TAX REFORM
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Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Minister of State (Government House Leader); Minister of State (Treasury Board))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Doug Lewis (Minister of State and Minister of State (Treasury Board)):

Mr. Speaker, if Questions Nos. 195 and 206 could be made Orders for Return, the returns would be tabled immediately.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURN
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John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it the pleasure of the House that Questions Nos. 195 and 206 be deemed to have been made Orders for Return?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURN
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURN
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Mr. Althouse

New Democratic Party

1. In the past 15 years, have official grading stamps at meat packing plants been missing for several days and, if so, in each case (a) on how many occasions and for what period of time (6) to whom are such losses reported?

2. What are the security procedures inside and outside the plant when this occurs and, in particular, are transporters, wholesalers, reprocessors and exporters made aware of the missing number?

3. What precautions are taken to ensure that duplicates are not used after the lost stamp has been recovered?

4. Is a new stamp and number issued, in order to prevent usage of counterfeit stamps or to prevent the movement of illegally stamped products?

5. What arrangements are made for stamping meat at a plant while the stamp is missing?

Return tabled.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   LOSS OF OFFICIAL GRADING STAMPS AT MEAT PACKING PLANTS
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Mr. Redway

Progressive Conservative

Since September 4, 1984, did the Department of Labour made grants and/or loans to persons or corporations, non-governmental organizations and governments within Metropolitan Toronto and, if so, in each case, in what amount and for what purpose?

Return tabled.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR-GRANTS TO METROPOLITAN TORONTO AREA
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QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER

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Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Minister of State (Government House Leader); Minister of State (Treasury Board))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Doug Lewis (Minister of State and Minister of State (Treasury Board)):

Mr. Speaker, I ask that all questions be allowed to stand?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it agreed?

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Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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November 16, 1987