December 15, 1987

PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

On one question, the Hon. Member for Montreal-Sainte-Marie.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
Sub-subtopic:   AIR-INDIA CRASH INVESTIGATION-ALLEGED PRIOR BOMB THREAT
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SHIPBUILDING

LIB

Jean-Claude Malépart

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, my question will be very short. In today's Le Devoir one can read: "In a letter from Michel Cote to Daniel Johnson, Ottawa had promised huge contracts for Quebec shipyards". My question is very simple: The three Quebec shipyards are now facing bankruptcy. Is the Minister of Supply and Services prepared to honour his commitment to award huge contracts to Quebec shipyards? If so, what contracts will Quebec be awarded?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
Sub-subtopic:   AWARDING OF CONTRACTS TO QUEBEC SHIPYARDS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Michel Côté (Minister of Supply and Services)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michel Cote (Minister of Supply and Services):

Strangely enough, Mr. Speaker, this question originates from a Party which was in office when three Quebec refineries shut down, which never did support the petrochemical industry, which took its own sweet time to endorse the drugs bill, but which today seeks to tell us that we ought to defend the interests of Quebecers. Mr. Speaker, the shipyards issue was one of our first priorities in 1984. We awarded contracts, we made sure the shipyardss would survive, and we will continue to look after the interests of Quebecers. We will award contracts and make sure that due consideration has been given to fair competition, quality, and regional disparities.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
Sub-subtopic:   AWARDING OF CONTRACTS TO QUEBEC SHIPYARDS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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George Albert Proud

Mr. Prud'homme:

Mr. Speaker, earlier the Right Hon. Secretary of State for External Affairs made some comments which were certainly directed to me. However, in all fairness to him and to you, Sir, I should like to reserve my right to raise a question of privilege at the first opportunity after I have read the exact text of what he meant when he tried to imply something. That really should not have been done in the House, especially coming from an ex-Prime Minister of Canada who is now the Minister responsible for foreign affairs.

I should like to reserve my right to do that tomorrow after 1 have seen the exact text in Hansard.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
Sub-subtopic:   AWARDING OF CONTRACTS TO QUEBEC SHIPYARDS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I thank the Hon. Member for Saint-Denis (Mr. Prud'homme). I took notice of his question of privilege.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
Sub-subtopic:   AWARDING OF CONTRACTS TO QUEBEC SHIPYARDS- GOVERNMENT POSITION
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POINTS OF ORDER

NDP

James Ross Fulton

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Fulton (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, this morning the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans sat from nine o'clock until one o'clock and heard four sets of witnesses from British Columbia.

I would like some direction from you, Mr. Speaker, on the point of order I would like to raise. The Government side never turned up enough Members at any time for the committee to conduct its business or to order an extended run of the minutes because of the importance of the issue to British Columbia, Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

My second point is that we were not able to move or pass any motions in relation to the tabling of documents or evidence. I am just wondering, under a point of order, whether or not Your Honour could advise Members of the House how it is possible to conduct business when the Government will not turn out its own Members.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINTS OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

the Hon. Member for Skeena has raised on a point of order certain concerns that he has relating to activities in a committee this morning. First, I should commend the Hon. Member for Skeena (Mr. Fulton) for not having raised it under a question of privilege.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINTS OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINTS OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

However, I think the point has been made. It is not a matter with which the Chair can interfere and I suggest that now that the point is within the knowledge of both

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the Government and the Opposition perhaps some discussions might correct the matter.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINTS OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   ATTENDANCE AT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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INTERJECTION BY MEMBER

PC

Blaine Allen Thacker (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Blaine A. Thacker (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday's Hansard at page 11760 contains factual errors on the part of the Hon. Member for York South-Weston (Mr. Nunziata) and the Hon. Member for Hamilton East (Ms. Copps) as to my interjection. The statement by the Hon. Member for Athabasca (Mr. Shields) on that same page sets out exactly what I said, and I stand behind that comment.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INTERJECTION BY MEMBER
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GOVERNMENT ORDERS

WAYS AND MEANS

PC

Harvie Andre (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Harvie Andre (for Minister of State for Finance) moved

that a Ways and Means Motion to amend the Excise Tax Act, laid upon the Table on Monday, December 14, be concurred in.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Sub-subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Sub-subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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Some Hon. Members:

On division.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Sub-subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
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Motion agreed to.


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December 15, 1987