December 15, 1987

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS


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PETITIONS

PC

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):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 106(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the Government's response to Petitions Nos. 332-3314, 332-3321 to 332-3324 inclusive, 332-3328, 332-3335 and 332-3336.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

PC

William C. Winegard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. William C. Winegard (Guelph):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the fourth report of the Standing Committee on External Affairs and International Trade.

The report has a common introduction, a common background section, a very large section concerning the witnesses whom we heard and the broad spectrum of opinion, and a relatively short common ground section. Then there are three reports: A majority view, a minority view of the Liberal Party, and a minority view of the New Democratic Party. I believe it represents the spectrum of opinion that is in the country and perhaps in this House.

[Editor's Note: See today's Votes and Proceedings.]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF FOURTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PC

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, there have been discussions

between the Parties. I think you will find there is unanimous agreement for the following motion to be put to the House immediately. I move:

That, on Wednesday, December 16, 1987, at 4.30 p.m., the Speaker shall interrupt any proceeding then under way and the House shall revert to the routine proceeding of "Statements by Ministers" for a statement by the Minister of Finance;

And, that following replies to such statement and any related tabling by the Minister, the House shall resume consideration of the proceeding which had been interrupted by the Speaker;

And, that the Speaker shall adjourn the House at the ordinary hour of daily adjournment.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The House has heard the terms of the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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PETITIONS

NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson A. Riis (Kamloops-Shuswap):

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege, indeed, honour, to present a petition on behalf of a number of westerners who indicate that the Conservative Government has no mandate from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States and are concerned that the proposed trade agreement would deny Canada the policy freedom to determine its own economic future and will undermine our ability to build a society distinct from that of the United States.

They point out that the agreement denies Canadians the secure access to the United States market which was the key objective in these negotiations, but threatens the loss of hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs.

Therefore, they are calling upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

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Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition signed by a number of citizens of Thunder Bay and Schreiber, Ontario.

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Petitions

The petitioners say that the Conservative Government had no mandate from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States.

Whereas the proposed trade agreement denies Canadians secure access to the U.S. market, which was the key objective in these negotiations, and threatens loss of hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs, the undersigned humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

Rodney Edward Murphy (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Mr. Speaker, I also have a petition signed by residents of Canada stating their objection to the trade agreement negotiated by the Government. They believe it threatens the very fabric of Canadian political and economic sovereignty by removing the power of the Canadian Government to effectively control foreign ownership, to develop Canadian energy resources in the best interests of Canadians and to equalize opportunities between the regions of Canada.

Therefore, the undersigned humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg-Birds Hill):

Mr. Speaker, I also have a petition from a great many Canadians who wish to have their concern about the free trade agreement expressed in the House today as we begin the debate.

They believe it would deny Canada the policy freedom to determine its own economic future and would undermine our ability to build a society distinct from that of the United States.

They believe this agreement would deny Canadians the secure access to the U.S. market that was the key objective in these negotiations. They also believe that Parliament should be dissolved and that the people of Canada should be given the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

Margaret Anne Mitchell

New Democratic Party

Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I also have the honour of presenting a petition to the House. Actually, there are six petitions.

The petitioners declare that the Government has no mandate from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States. The Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) promised that Canadian sovereignty would not be compromised and yet this agreement threatens the very fabric of Canadian society. It also removes the powers of the Canadian Government to effectively control foreign ownership, to develop Canadian energy resources and to equalize opportunities between regions. It denies Canadians the secure access to the United States market that was promised.

Therefore, these petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the

opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour and duty to present a petition from a number of residents of the City of Toronto who are very concerned with the trade deal that has been negotiated between the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) and the President of the United States.

The petitioners point out that the fabric of Canadian sovereignty is threatened by the proposed Mulroney-Reagan trade deal and that the Government has no mandate to negotiate a free trade deal with the United States.

Because the deal would reduce Canada's ability to plan the economic, social and cultural programs Canadians need and would integrate Canada further into the North American defence industrial base, they ask Parliament to ensure that a national debate takes place on the Mulroney-Reagan trade deal and that this debate result in a national general election before such an agreement is signed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

Leslie Gordon Benjamin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Les Benjamin (Regina West):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour and duty to present a petition from a number of people in northwestern Ontario who believe that the proposed trade agreement not only denies Canadians the secure access to the U.S. market that was the key objective in the negotiations but also threatens the loss of hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs.

Your petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the trade agreement during a national general election, and your petitioners in duty-bound will ever pray.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Winnipeg-Fort Garry):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of several hundred people in northern Alberta. In fact, they are all residents of the constituency of the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Mazankowski), the constituency of Vegreville.

I thought it would be an appropriate matter to bring to the attention of the House that those people in that constituency say that whereas the Mulroney Government has sold out Canada, whereas Canadian industries are still not protected from U.S. trade laws, whereas the United States obtained everything it wanted in key areas of energy, auto trade, financial services and whereas thousands of jobs are threatened, the undersigned petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to denounce the Government for signing the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.

The petition is signed by a number of people in the Province of Alberta and the constituency of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

Abram Ernest Epp

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ernie Epp (Thunder Bay-Nipigon):

Mr. Speaker, it is my duty and distinct honour to present a petition on behalf of residents of Nipigon, Red Rock, Armstrong and the City of Thunder Bay, all in my constituency of Thunder Bay- Nipigon.

December 15, 1987

The petitioners point out that the Conservative Government had no mandate from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States, that the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) promised during the course of the bilateral trade negotiations that Canadian sovereignty would not be compromised, but the trade agreement negotiated by the Government threatens the very fabric of Canadian political and economic sovereignty by removing the power of the Canadian Government to effectively control foreign ownership, to develop Canadian energy resources in the best interests of Canadians and to equalize opportunities between the regions.

Since the proposed trade agreement would deny Canada the policy freedom to determine its own economic future and undermine our ability to build a society distinct from that of the United States, the petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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December 15, 1987