December 16, 1987

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21

SENIOR CITIZENS

LIB

Gilles Grondin

Liberal

Mr. Gilles Grondin (Saint-Maurice):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that 1 support the position taken by the coalition including the Federation de Page d'or du Quebec, the Forum des personnes agees de Montreal, the Golden Age and the Association quebecoise pour la defense des retraites, all of which favour a truly progressive taxation system under which corporations and the wealthy will pay their fair share. They want the Government to maintain the investment income deduction of $1,000, which means that the first $1,000 is not taxable. They also want full indexation of our personal income tax system so that tax credits and deductions increase with the cost of living.

Mr. Speaker, 1 think the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) should listen carefully to the demands being made by these organizations and by all senior citizens who come to see usregularly at our constituency offices to complain aboutfinancial pressures and who want the Minister of Finance to

pay special attention to their demands.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   SENIOR CITIZENS
Sub-subtopic:   OPPORTUNITY FOR GOUVERNMENT TO LISTEN ATTENTIVELY TO DEMANDS
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FINANCE

PC

Dave Nickerson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dave Nickerson (Western Arctic):

Mr. Speaker, the communique issued on December 10 by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) is good news for northerners who had been concerned about the narrow application of the tax rules applied to northern travel benefits.

Under the new rules tax benefits will be extended to trips for all destinations, including those in the North, thereby allowing northerners to take their holidays in the North should they so wish.

The maximum deduction, of course, still is tied to the cost of travel to the designated southern point. Northerners will wish to thank the Minister for listening to their problems and developing workable solutions.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   EXTENSION OF NORTHERN TRAVEL TAX BENEFITS
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MULTICULTURALISM

NDP

Abram Ernest Epp

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ernie Epp (Thunder Bay-Nipigon):

Mr. Speaker, an effective policy of multiculturalism requires an effective program to improve race relations in Canada. The present Conservative Government has been tragically weak in this area.

The Race Relations Directorate has been allowed to deteriorate to the extent that it includes only an acting director and one program officer. Such a limited staff, which makes the title "directorate" a bitter joke, is quite incapable of mounting the programs that this country needs.

Is that the reason the program promised last March by the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Bouchard) to fight fear, bigotry, and racism among Canadians has not yet been announced? The Minister promised an aggressive federal public education campaign for this fall. Where is it?

The Minister spoke truly when he declared: "You only beat racism, discrimination and prejudice by defeating the ignorance and stupidity from which they spring". When does the Government expect to act on that fine declaration?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   MULTICULTURALISM
Sub-subtopic:   CALL FOR NEW ANTI-RACISM EDUCATION PROGRAM
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LABOUR RELATIONS

PC

William Lesick

Progressive Conservative

Mr. William G. Lesick (Edmonton East):

Mr. Speaker, this morning's reports that Air Canada and its 8,500 ground workers have come to an agreement is one Christmas gift for which all Canadians can be thankful.

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My colleagues from western Canada will attest that travelling of late has been nothing short of horrendous. This past Monday, for example, it took me seven hours to arrive here from my riding of Edmonton East. As you well know, Mr. Speaker, such travel can be exhausting, inconvenient, and can only impede our efforts to serve Canadians better.

Commendation should be extended to the Minister of Labour (Mr. Cadieux). When the talks broke down the Minister acted swiftly in appointing a mediator with instructions to resolve the impasse with all possible haste. The Canadian public was again held at ransom as labour and management resorted to strike and lock-out. Surely there must be some better method of settling disputes and differences.

Travelling Canadians will now be assured of being home for Christmas with family, friends, and loved ones.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   AIR CANADA-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE
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INDIAN AFFAIRS

LIB

B. Keith Penner

Liberal

Mr. Keith Penner (Cochrane-Superior):

Mr. Speaker, for almost 50 years the Lubicon Lake Indian Band in northern Alberta has struggled for a resolution of its outstanding land claim. The people are still waiting for the land they are entitled to and were promised almost 50 years ago.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LUBICON LAKE INDIAN BAND-REQUEST FOR MEDIATION OF LAND CLAIM DISPUTE
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AGRICULTURE

PC

John Kenneth Gormley

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Gormley (The Battlefords-Meadow Lake):

Mr. Speaker, I would like personally to thank the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), the Ministers of Agriculture (Mr. Wise) and Finance (Mr. Wilson), and all of my colleagues on the government side of the House for their timely assistance package for agriculture and western farmers.

The initiative includes a 1987 Special Canadian Grains Program payment of $1.1 billion, farm fuel tax rebates for two additional years at a cost of $400 million, $100 million will be committed to soil conservation, and the Farm Credit Corporation will receive an additional $330 million over the next three years for debt restructuring.

Farm Debt Review Boards will be extended until 1991, and $750 million of the Western Grain Stabilization Plan debt will be written off and new measures brought in to include all western farmers in stabilization.

In the last election campaign the Government made a commitment to farmers across Canada. These new initiatives illustrate our belief in standing up for western farmers.

The NDP is completely devoid of any agricultural policy. As farmers all too well know, the Liberals never acted responsibly on behalf of farmers. The Mulroney Government continues to listen and deliver for agriculture.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS
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TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS


Negotiations are stalled at the present time because the federal Government has refused the band's request for a mediator. Surely it is reasonable to request mediation in a dispute that has dragged on for so long. The proposed mediator is a highly respected former federal Conservative Justice Minister, the Hon. E. Davie Fulton, who has carefully examined the Lubicon Lake situation and is willing to serve in that capacity. The federal Government, however, is ignoring this opportunity for a just settlement. Instead, the federal negotiator is working out a deal with the province without the band's involvement. The negotiator has said that he "can make a deal with the province" and the Lubicons are going to have to accept it. "They will have to be left holding the bag." In Canada we take pride in our record on human rights. That record, however, is a blemished one, and the Lubicon Lake issue proves the point.


CONSULTANTS' REPORT ON DANGERS TO HIGHLY POPULATED CENTRES

LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (York Centre):

Mr. Speaker, the transportation of dangerous goods by rail is a matter of great concern in major centres in Canada, including Toronto. In 1979 we in the Toronto and Mississauga area had the near tragedy of a derailment of railway cars containing dangerous chemicals. Ever since then measures have been implemented to make the carriage of dangerous goods more safe.

Currently, a task force set up by the Government is looking into the rail transportation of dangerous goods. The IBI Group consultants' summary report which they commissioned refers to the risk that is much greater when goods are carried through highly populated centres than when they are carried further north. The report states that there is a "basic trade-off between public safety and over-all cost," in bringing goods through Metro.

I note with alarm the prospect of northern railway tracks and central Ontario railway tracks being shut down and urge

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the Government to have the task force consider the consequences to Toronto of closing down railway tracks through remote regions which could result in dangerous chemicals having to be carried through our metropolitan areas.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   CONSULTANTS' REPORT ON DANGERS TO HIGHLY POPULATED CENTRES
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WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

PC

Terrence (Terry) Clifford

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Terry Clifford (London-Middlesex):

Mr. Speaker, today with the arrival in Ottawa of the Olympic Torch, the Parliament of Canada had the opportunity to share the spirit. As the Torch lights up 800 Canadian cities, towns, and villages, its glow is reaching the hearts of millions of Canadians.

The Government of Canada's initiative to share the Olympic spirit with the Celebration '88 Program is an overwhelming success. More than 2,000-and counting-voluntary self-financed community committees are creating and implementing hundreds of Olympic-themed events.

The City of London Celebration '88 Committee, with 40 members and 30 organizations, has organized, among other events, a program on January 3, 1988, named "The London Winterfest", a special day when the Torch arrives for all Londoners to join in the Olympic spirit. The London Celebration '88 medal award winners who proudly manifest the Olympic ideals are Darrel Foley, Jennifer Armstrong, John Simmons, Harvey Bailie, Tim McLennan, and Jimmy Agathos. As all communities of Canada "catch the flame" we will truly recognize the ultimate goal-a unity among Canadians, and their pride in showing the world "our Canada" at Calgary in 1988.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
Sub-subtopic:   THE OLYMPIC TORCH-CELEBRATIONS PLANNED BY CITY OF LONDON
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INDIAN AFFAIRS

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