November 18, 1987

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

LIB

Jean-Claude Malépart

Liberal

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

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Montreal last week, Mr. Speaker, Mayor Jean Dore told the Quebec media that the City of Montreal and the municipal administration will not accept unfair treatment with respect to Montreal Old Port development and renovation.

Mr. Dore recalled that Toronto and Vancouver had received $140 million to help develop their old ports, and the mayor of Montreal stated that he would accept nothing less.

Current rumour has it that the federal Government will earmark only $39 million for the development of Montreal's Old Port. I would therefore urge the Conservative Members of the Montreal metropolitan area to bring pressure to bear on the Minister of Public Works and the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion so that Montreal may get its fair share, $140 million.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT AID FOR DEVELOPMENT AND RENOVATION OF OLD PORT OF MONTREAL
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WORLD ENERGY CONFERENCE

PC

Dave Nickerson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dave Nickerson (Western Arctic):

Mr. Speaker, the World Energy Conference was founded in 1924 to study energy problems in both national and global contexts. It has 80 member countries. The world organization is headquartered in London and the active Canadian branch has its head office here in Ottawa.

It is an honour to Canada that the incoming Chairman of the International Executive Council is Mr. John Foster, former President of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Also,

Canada's position in the forefront of world energy developments has been recognized in the choice of Montreal as the site of the fourteenth congress of the World Energy Conference to be held in September, 1989, when the theme will be "Energy for Tomorrow".

Blessed with abundant reserves of hydrocarbons, coal, uranium, and hydro, Canada is well placed to reap future energy benefits.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   WORLD ENERGY CONFERENCE
Sub-subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF CANADIAN ROLE
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ETHANOL BLENDED FUEL

NDP

John Edmund Parry

New Democratic Party

Mr. John Parry (Kenora-Rainy River):

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources' discussion paper on oxygenated fuels confirms that 10 per cent ethanol blends are equivalent or even superior to gasoline, and that this fuel is environmentally safe and clean.

Ethanol, if properly promoted, will provide a market for surplus Canadian grains and forest wastes. Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Manitoba now have incentive programs in place for this fuel and we must ask what action we can expect from the federal Government to promote the development of this fuel in Canada.

In the meantime, why has Petro-Canada joined with other major oil companies in denouncing fuel ethanol when studies, including the Minister's own, have shown otherwise? Should not Canada's national liquid energy company be supporting ethanol development, particularly when it is using ethanol to fuel the torches in its Olympic torch relay?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   ETHANOL BLENDED FUEL
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TAX REFORM

LIB

Lucie Pépin

Liberal

Mrs. Lucie Pepin (Outremont):

Mr. Speaker, in Le Devoir, a taxpayer described how unfairly she was treated by our tax system. This woman, separated since 1983, is fully responsible for and has custody of her daughter. Her estranged spouse has custody of their second child and is financially responsible for

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that child. This seems to be a sensible couple, where both parties have agreed to share their parental responsibilities equally. And how are they being treated under our tax system?

This woman always gives the father the family allowance payment she receives for her son. She does not claim any deductions for this child because she is not financially responsible for that child. And now Revenue Canada is asking her to pay $1,089. Why? Because her file was reviewed and the tax credit granted for the child not in her custody has to go to her since she receives the family allowance cheques.

Mr. Speaker, this tax credit is granted on the basis of family income. Revenue Canada reviewed this woman's income tax returns while also taking into account her estranged husband's income, an income that is not hers-in fact she didn't even know how much it was. It is incredible that this taxpayer should be forced to avail herself of a right that costs her more than $1,000. What did the tax reform do for those who take their parental responsibilities seriously? This is an anachronism in a society where divorce and separation are common and where it is essential that fathers shoulder their share of the responsibility for their children.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   TAX REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   CHILD TAX CREDIT-SOCIAL JUSTICE
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CANADA POST CORPORATION

PC

Robert Alfred Corbett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, the Bloomfield Station post office closed its doors for the last time on October 31.

Bloomfield Station is a small community of some 50 households in my riding. When the acting post mistress resigned, Canada Post took the opportunity to implement changes according to its 1986 corporate plan.

I have no quarrel with progressive change, especially when it will save millions of tax dollars, but Canada Post could not and did not fulfil all of its obligations to this community.

The residents must now make a 30-kilometre round trip to get retail counter service. I do not feel this is right. Canada Post should not close rural post offices unless it can ensure that the residents will have retail service at their disposal.

If rural post offices are to be closed, then the postal corporation should be obligated to provide some type of alternate retail service within the community.

Closing rural post offices without providing alternate retail service is unfair to rural Canadians.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   CLOSURE OF RURAL POST OFFICES-PROVISION OF ALTERNATE SERVICE
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ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GREAT LAKES PORTS

NDP

Iain Francis Angus (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Mr. Speaker, this week the International Association of Great Lakes Ports is holding meetings here in Ottawa. This association, which comprises representatives from all of the ports situated in and around the Great Lakes, on both sides of the border, is a dynamic and influential group doing everything it can to make both the Canadian and U.S. Governments understand the desperate situation of the maritime industry along North America's fifth sea-coast.

Led by Jim Hill of the Port of Thunder Bay and Davis Heiberg of the Port of Duluth, they are trying to point out that the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system is facing a great many obstacles to its continued viability. While some of these obstacles are the result of changing international economic conditions, and are not ultimately within our control, many others are the direct result of Canadian government policies implemented both by the present Government and the previous Liberal Government. They are policies which are, quite frankly, pricing the Seaway system out of existence. I am speaking of such things as elements of the Western Grain Transportation Act, inequitable distribution of grain by the Wheat Board, tolls, fees and pilotage charges, marketing of the system, and the list goes on.

I want to encourage all Members of the House to listen very closely to the voices of the IAGLP which is raising matters which are of the greatest concern not just to eastern Canada and the shipping industry but to our country and our whole economy.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GREAT LAKES PORTS
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HISTORIC EVENTS

PC

Andrew Witer

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Andrew Witer (Parkdale-High Park):

Mr. Speaker, today marks the 69th anniversary of the Proclamation of Independence by the nation of Latvia. On November 18, 1918, after years of occupation by Tsarist Russia, Latvians united to create a sovereign and democratic republic. That treasured status perished when the Soviet Union invaded and occupied this Baltic country in 1940.

In commemorating this event, Latvians around the world are paying tribute to the brave and independent spirit of their nation. In spite of Soviet threats of reprisal, Latvians in Riga are rallying at the Latvian Statue of Liberty, and a sympathetic demonstration is scheduled at the former Latvian Legation in Moscow.

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I have just received reports that three Latvian demonstrators have been arrested. Telephone lines used by the foreign press have been cut off and the CBC has been refused permission to travel to Riga.

Today the Latvian community in Canada invites all Canadians to join with them in commemorating the spirit of independence, and in demonstrating their desire for liberty and justice in their homeland.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   HISTORIC EVENTS
Sub-subtopic:   LATVIA-ANNIVERSARY OF PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE
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CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT-EFFECT ON POLYESTER YARN MILL

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, 1 received a letter in the mail which really confirms just how lousy the Prime Minister's (Mr. Mulroney) free trade deal is. It reads as follows:

This letter is written objecting to the planned agreement on free trade with the U.S.A.

You are familiar with our operation on Cameron Street in Hawkesbury at which we produce textured polyester yarn in a modern plant with excellent high-speed equipment. Should total free trade with the U.S.A. be placed in effect, we beyond doubt will have to close our plant in Hawkesbury.

We could not possibly compete with firms in the U.S.A., one of which presently produces in excess of five million pounds weekly. Our production in Hawkesbury is approximately 200,000 pounds weekly.

This letter was sent to me by the Texturon Mill in Hawkesbury. Less than 50 miles from Parliament Hill, plants will be shut down as a result of this lousy free trade deal. The Prime Minister should be ashamed of his deal. He should be ashamed to ruin the livelihood of my constituents.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT-EFFECT ON POLYESTER YARN MILL
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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

PC

Stan Darling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, Canada is leading the fight against acid rain. The Government has implemented a series of programs that will drastically reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from the largest Canadian sources by up to 45 per cent by the year 2000. In regard to protocol, it is the Government's belief that all countries should immediately freeze their nitrogen oxide emissions.

Second, decisions should be reached quickly on the level of nitrogen oxide that cause environmental damage in each region. Once those target levels or "critical loads" are identified, each country should ensure that nitrogen oxide emissions do not exceed those levels.

Our Government has implemented one of the strongest nitrogen oxide control programs in the world. For mobile

sources, the elements of the program include, amongst others, anti-tampering and misfueling programs for vehicles in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, and virtual elimination of leaded gas by 1992. All 1988 cars and light trucks will be subject to three times stricter emission control than before.

The Minister of the Environment (Mr. McMillan) has been relentless in his efforts to convince everyone of the dangers of acid rain. For that, and the strict standards he has implemented, he is to be congratulated.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   NITROGEN OXIDE EMISSIONS
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

November 18, 1987