December 18, 1987

PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

The heart of the most important question is, at the end of the day exactly what kind of Canada, what kind of a country do we want?

All Members of the House have had to deal in the last six months of this year with some sensitive, challenging issues. We came together in a great statement of national affirmation and purpose and defined some fundamental issues, not without some difficulty, and set out a vision of Canada that said we had had enough of the evolution of two Canadas. We wanted one Canada, united, prosperous and strong. In my judgment the greatest hallmark of a united country is its tolerance. The greatest attribute of a civilized society has to be its sense of tolerance. So at the end of the day each of us in his or her mind will have to speak out about the kind of country and the kind of leadership he or she wants.

It is not good enough in 1988 to say that because the Government is in favour of this, I will tear it up and throw it away. That is not good enough anymore. If you are against this, you have to say what you are in favour of. If you are against the Meech Lake conception of Canada you have to speak out exactly about what kind of Canada you will define, what kind of leadership you will provide and what kind of a future our children will inherit.

I can tell you, Mr. Speaker, that we want a country that will be renowned for its competitive excellence, a country very much on the leading edge of all of the technologies, and a country capable of creating jobs. We have done that. Those jobs are very favourably distributed to women, to ethnic minorities in Canada, but it is not just enough to create jobs. They have to be stimulating and enriching jobs. For our youth we are looking for lasting prosperity for their tomorrows as

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well, a country where working women will achieve real dignity. That is what the national child care program is about. That is what the revolution in the kinds of job structures we have brought about is all about. Where women used to get the back of the bus, women are now getting quite properly the lion's share of these new jobs. This we have brought about and this can only come about with a stimulating, exciting new economy, a country we want celebrated for its economic achievements and its social compassion, a country called Canada, a model of tolerance and prosperity among the nations of the earth.

That is what we want, Mr. Speaker, a strong, united, prosperous and tolerant Canada, a country of which all Canadian men and women will be proud to be citizens.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear! Hear!

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Standing Order 19(4), the House will now proceed to statements by Members pursuant to Standing Order 21.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21

THE ADMINISTRATION


Mn Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell): Mr. Speaker, as Christmas comes near let us take a moment to reflect on the performance of this Government during 1987. January was the Oerlikon affair. In February was the Brodilaf affair in Drummondville. March was for Place Vincent Massey in Hull. April the RCMP set up a special investigative squad to investigate the Government. In May the Minister of Public Works resigned. In June was the RCMP investigation of the Peloquin advertising contract. July was Guccigate. In August the Government recalled Parliament to deal with the invasion of Canada by refugees. In September there was an RCMP investigation over alleged kickbacks in Trois Rivieres. In October the RCMP investigated Intergestion GD over greenhouses at Mirabel. November was the Parker Commission Report. December is Christmastime in Mirabel.


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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   PERFORMANCE IN 1987
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TAX REFORM

CONSULTATION WITH AND EFFECT UPON MUNICIPALITIES

PC

William Lesick

Progressive Conservative

Mr. William G. Lesick (Edmonton East):

Mr. Speaker, some three months ago in Edmonton fears that tax reform would impose added costs on municipalities, and by extension

to home owners, were being needlessly perpetuated. So on September 16 I asked the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) whether tax reform would bring added costs to municipalities for performing various services like snow removal and garbage pickup. The Minister indicated then that before announcing anything he would first hear the representations of cities from coast to coast.

As we all now know, the Minister delivered on his promise to consider these views. He has stated that municipalities, school boards, hospitals, colleges and universities would not pay any more after tax reform than they did before.

[DOT] (M40)

The phrases "consultation before implementation" and "participatory government" have been used since the dawn of democracy, but they have never been more evident and more practised than by this Government and this Finance Minister.

Topic:   TAX REFORM
Subtopic:   CONSULTATION WITH AND EFFECT UPON MUNICIPALITIES
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FISHERIES

ATLANTIC SHELLFISH INDUSTRY-CALL FOR COMPENSATION PROGRAM

NDP

Jack Harris

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jack Harris (St. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (Mr. Siddon) has failed to respond to repeated requests in the House to consider a compensation program for the Atlantic shellfish industry. While the health concerns are a priority, they are the concern of the Minister of National Health and Welfare (Mr. Epp). However, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has a responsibility too.

The losses to producers are serious in an industry that is growing but financially fragile. St. Peter's Bay Mussel Farm in P.E.I. has lost 675,000 kilograms of mussels. Mr. Ken McWilliams of Nova Scotia will lose $100,000 as a result of the problem. David Walsh of Atlantic Ocean Farms in Newfoundland will lose $20,000 and stands to lose his business. Pecherie Hubert of Montreal stands to lose $500,000.

These companies and many others are facing a serious situation as a result of this crisis. Along with our Party, the Minister of Fisheries of P.E.I. has also called for a compensation program. I call again on the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to break his silence on this issue and to announce immediately that his Department will provide a compensation program for Atlantic fishermen and producers who have suffered serious financial consequences stemming from this crisis.

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Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   ATLANTIC SHELLFISH INDUSTRY-CALL FOR COMPENSATION PROGRAM
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CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-POSITION OF NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY

PC

Gordon Edward Taylor

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, all this talk by the NDP about loss of sovereignty and loss of jobs under free trade does not fizz on me. I heard the same arguments 40 years ago made by the CCF when the Alberta Government invited the Americans to bring their capital and expertise to develop our gas and oil under Canadian rules.

The socialists cried then, as the NDP is crying now: "We will lose sovereignty, we will lose jobs!" Well, the Americans came, rigidly adhered to Canadian law, and developed our gas and oil industry that has been such a boon to Canada. Thousands of jobs were created, hundreds of people earned cheques instead of getting welfare, the standard of living rose, and a buoyant economy brought revenue to the Governments and put money in the pockets of the people. There was no loss of sovereignty.

The CCF has changed its name but the New Democrats have not learned a thing in 40 years. They are so brainwashed with socialism that they cannot recognize a good thing when they see it. Free trade will do for Canada what American capital did for Alberta, so on with free trade!

Topic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-POSITION OF NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY
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PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS

NEWFOUNDLAND-ELECTION OF LIBERAL PARTY LEADER TO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

LIB

Brian Vincent Tobin

Liberal

Mr. Brian Tobin (Humber-Port au Port-St. Barbe):

Mr. Speaker, I know that all Hon. Members would want to be aware that last night marked the beginning of a great and important crusade in the history of that great Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Hon. Members would want to know that, despite the best efforts of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Crosbie), who hollered, stamped his feet and beat his breast, despite the great efforts of the Premier of Newfoundland, Mr. Peckford, who hollered and beat his breast and carried his minions from Cabinet behind him with baubles and taxpayers' purses hanging out of their pockets, last night in the great historic Province of Newfoundland, a crusade began when the Liberal leader of Newfoundland was elected in a byelection to the House of Assembly.

It is important to note that this crusade not only put the lie to the myth of the Tory notion that you can buy the taxpayers with their own dollars, it also burst the bubble of the NDP myth. The NDP polled a total of 9 per cent of the vote last night and lost their deposit, in that great Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I say that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador answered the Prime Minister's (Mr. Mulroney) plaudits, words, adjectives, and exhortations to the people of Canada

last night when they elected a Liberal leader in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, a leader who will join with the federal team to put an end to the scourge of phony Toryism in the Province of Newfoundland and in Canada come the new year, whenever they have the nerve to call a federal general election.

Topic:   PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND-ELECTION OF LIBERAL PARTY LEADER TO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
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NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

GOVERNING BOARD-SELECTION OF NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL

December 18, 1987