December 8, 1987

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

PETITIONS

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Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jim Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Privy Council):

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 106(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the Government's response to Petitions Nos. 332-3292, 332-3325, 332-3340 to 332-3356 inclusive, 332-3358 to 332-3366 inclusive, 332-3383 to 332-3413 inclusive, 332-3416 to 332-3422 inclusive, and 332-3424 to 332-3435 inclusive.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
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COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE

PRESENTATION OF TENTH AND ELEVENTH REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE

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James (Jim) Stewart Edwards

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jim Edwards (Edmonton South):

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present the tenth report of the Standing Committee on Communications and Culture, in both official languages. The report is entitled "Accomodation Requirements of the National Archives of Canada". Our study and recommendations stem from the committee resolution adopted on June 19, 1987. Pursuant to Standing Order 99(2), the committee requests that the Government table a response to this report.

Our major findings are as follows. First, the Archives is short of space to store its archival holdings and government records. Second, the space now available for storage, laboratories, and offices is spread over 14 different buildings in the National Capital Region. The third and most important finding, in the committee's opinion, is that the available

storage space does not meet acceptable, recognized environmental standards for the long-term preservation of our national heritage.

The unacceptable environmental conditions in which archival holdings and government records are kept accelerate the process of deterioration of Canada's archival heritage and, in some cases, have threatened their survival.

We found that 100 per cent of archival holdings, and not only 75 per cent as the National Archivist stated in June, are stored in substandard facilities with insufficient or no environmental controls, and that important records of government Departments and ministerial papers were threatened with serious damage.

In our estimation, the archival heritage, the nation's collective memory, is in danger because our national archival treasures are kept in inadequate accommodation. With a view to preserving them properly and with all the care they deserve, and so as to show future generations that we are concerned over their heritage, it has become imperative that we provide adequate accommodation.

The committee has considered a variety of options to rectify this unacceptable situation. The committee therefore recommends that priority be given to the construction of a new facility which would meet the accommodation needs of the National Archives of Canada until the year 2010.

Aware of the Government's policy of fiscal restraint, the committee also recommends that the Government consider entering into a lease-purchase agreement with a private sector developer for construction of the new facility.

I have the honour as well to present the eleventh report of the Standing Committee on Communications and Culture on the Order in Council appointment of Mrs. M. Elizabeth Burnham as a director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The committee considers that this person has the titles, qualities and qualifications to discharge the duties of the position for which she was appointed.

[Editor's Note: For text of above reports, see today's Votes and Proceedings.]

December 8, 1987

Order Paper Questions

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE
Subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF TENTH AND ELEVENTH REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER

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Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jim Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Treasury Board):

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

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Champagne):

Is it agreed?

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS AND CULTURE
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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GOVERNMENT ORDERS

INCOME TAX ACT


The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-64, an Act to amend the Income Tax Act, a related Act, the Canada Pension Plan and the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1971, as reported (with amendments) from the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.


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Donald Alex Blenkarn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Blenkarn:

Madam Speaker, when the committee reported the Bill, there was an error in one of its amendments in connection with a date. I would like to move a motion which I think will be carried unanimously by the House, perhaps seconded by the Hon. Member for Kamloops-Shuswap (Mr. Riis).

I move:

That Subclause 3(7) of Bill C-64 be amended by striking out line 10 on page

4 and substituting the following:

"1987 and subsequent taxation years."

This is a highly technical amendment, Madam Speaker. It just corrects an error made in committee in recording a year.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Champagne):

On the same point of order, the Hon. Member for Trinity (Miss Nicholson).

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

Mr. Speaker, on the same point of order we were contacted a few minutes ago-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Champagne):

The Chair had just recognized the Hon. Member for Trinity and I will recognize the Hon. Member for Ottawa Centre (Mr. Cassidy) right after. The Hon. Member for Trinity.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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LIB

Aideen Nicholson

Liberal

Miss Nicholson (Trinity):

Madam Speaker, about 20 minutes ago I received a call from the office of the Minister asking if I would agree to unanimous consent for this amendment to be introduced even though there was no notice.

Because the matter is important, I have said on behalf of my Party that we would give consent to the introduction of the amendment but naturally we would expect fuller discussion of it in the Minister's opening statement.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

Madam Speaker, the intervention of my colleague from Trinity (Miss Nicholson) has allowed me to have a word with the chairman of the committee. I understand the proposal increases rather than reduces tax revenues. It is a technical amendment and it does not nullify changes which, as I recall, were made to the Bill by the Hon. Member for York-Scarborough (Mr. McCrossan). I was concerned that the proposal might be an attempt to have unanimous consent for the House to undo what my colleague, the Hon. Member for York-Scarborough, had succeeded in doing in committee. I am assured that this is not the case, and under those conditions we will allow the amendment to come forward with unanimous consent. I understand it will still have to be considered in the House, but it can be brought forward with unanimous consent, which we offer.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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LIB

Jean-Robert Gauthier (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. Gauthier:

Madam Speaker, to clear up some misunderstanding here in my own mind, there is an amendment at concurrence stage. There could be debate. We are not at this time expecting debate but that the Minister will incorporate in his remarks at third reading why the change and why the amendment. If that is the understanding, we accept that concurrence be given at this time.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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December 8, 1987