January 18, 1988

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

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 69 petitions, being Petition Nos. 332-3313, 3323338, 332-3371 to 332-3382 inch; 332-3415, 332-3423, 3323436 to 332-3469 inch; 332-3472 to 332-3475 inch; 332-3480 to 332-3487 inch; 332-3489 to 332-3491 inch; 332-3505, 3323514, 332-3519 and 332-3534.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
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RAILWAY SAFETY ACT

MEASURE TO ENACT

PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Transport) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-105, an act to ensure the safe operation of railways and to amend certain other acts in consequence thereof.

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Shall the Hon. Member have leave to introduce the Bill?

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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Motion agreed to, Bill read the first time and ordered to be printed.


PETITIONS

NDP

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

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 106, it is my honour and, indeed, a pleasure to present a petition on behalf of a number of western Canadians who indicate that the Conservative Government has really no mandate from the people of Canada to conclude a trade deal with the United States.

The petitioners believe that the proposed trade deal 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. Since they also believe that the trade deal denies Canadians secure access to the United States market, which was the key objective of all of these negotiations, they are asking that Parliament dissolve now 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:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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LIB

Jean-Claude Malépart

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, 1 wish to table a number of petitions from people from all parts of Quebec who are asking the Government to withdraw the so-called Bouchard Bill aimed at older workers-mainly workers in our shipyards-who have lost their jobs and as a result of this Bill will be penalized because they will not be able to draw unemployment insurance benefits. The petitioners are asking the Government to amend the Bill and allow older workers to draw their full unemployment insurance benefits.

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT ALLOW ELDERLY WORKERS FULL UI BENEFITS
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NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with the Standing Orders, I have a petition signed by a number of residents of Spadina and other districts in Toronto who point out that the trade deal between the Prime Minister and the President of the United States threatens the sovereignty of Canada, that the Prime Minister has no mandate to negotiate it, and that it will also reduce Canada's ability to plan our economic, social and cultural programs and would integrate us further into the North American defence industrial base.

Therefore, the undersigned ask Parliament to ensure that a national debate take place on the Mulroney-Reagan trade deal

January 18, 1988

Order Paper Questions

and that this debate should result in a national general election before such an agreement is signed.

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

John R. Rodriguez (Deputy Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. John R. Rodriguez (Nickel Belt):

Mr. Speaker, 1 have the honour and responsibility to present a petition to Parliament signed by Canadians from Willowdale, Toronto, Montreal, Pierrefonds, Westmount, Laval, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Richmond, Delta, Surrey and Langley, all in British Columbia, and Sudbury and Garson in Ontario.

This petition points out that the Conservative Government had no mandate whatsoever from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States and, furthermore, the trade agreement negotiated by the Mulroney Government threatens the very fabric of Canadian political and economic sovereignty by removing the power of the Canadian Government to control effectively foreign ownership, to develop Canadian energy resources in the best interests of Canadians or to equalize opportunities between the regions. Furthermore, this 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 of America.

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

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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NDP

Marion Dewar

New Democratic Party

Ms. Marion Dewar (Hamilton Mountain):

Mr. Speaker, according to the procedures, I have the responsibility to register with you a petition that has been signed by citizens of Canada from Toronto, Markham, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Ottawa and Brandon.

All of these people are asking that, because the Mulroney Government has no mandate to negotiate a free trade deal with the United States, and because the Mulroney-Reagan trade deal would reduce Canada's ability to plan the economic, social and cultural programs Canadians need, and because the Mulroney-Reagan trade deal would integrate Canada further into the North American defence industrial base, Parliament ensure that a national debate take place on the Mulroney-Reagan trade deal and that this debate result in a national General Election before such an agreement is signed.

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE
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QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


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, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 116, 218 (corrected), 220, 224, 225 and 227.

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Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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PC

Mr. Fontaine (Chief Government Whip's assistant; Deputy Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

1. Does the Department of Public Works put at the disposal of third parties, on a temporary basis, space rented by or belonging to the Department?

2. In 1984, were any government capital assets unused and, if so (a) what is a complete list (b) in each case, what was the (i) description (ii) owners' names?

3. In 1984, was space unused due to lack of decision or budget and, if so, what space?

4. In 1984, did the Department rent space unused by the public service or Crown corporations and, if so (a) to whom (b) what were the terms?

5. Between 1980 and 1984, did the Department buy land and, if so (a) from whom (b) for what intended use (c) what is the current use?

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DPW-RENTAL SPACE
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PC

Stewart Donald McInnes (Minister of Public Works; Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Stewart Mclnnes (Minister of Public Works):

In so

far as Public Works Canada is concerned:

1. The Department leases space, which is not required for government occupancy or which is used to support government occupancy, e.g. cafeterias and canteens, to third parties on a temporary basis or on a fixed term basis.

2. In April 1984, the Department had on inventory 655,725 square metres of space in 592 buildings and 1,304,289 square metres of land, situated in 75 parcels, which were unoccupied. (See table below). The Department has an inventory of 255,413 square metres of space and 1,403,317 square metres of vacant land. See table below for a regional comparison.

3. Of the April, 1984, unoccupied inventory, 253,232 square metres of space located in 38 buildings and 855,936 square metres of land in 18 parcels were under study or pending decisions.

4. The Department let space and land, which was not required for government occupancy, to 539 third parties. The quantities were 184,720 square metres of space and 1,466,445 square metres of land. (See table below). To this day, the space let to third parties is 182,158 square metres of space and 1,174,823 square metres of land. See table for data comparison.

5. Between 1980 and 1984, the Department acquired interests in 1,246 parcels of land.

Vacant Space/Lands Comparison 1984/1987

Region 1984 Current (1987) Buildings Space Buildings SpaceAtl. 199 121,188 102 68,466Que. 60 65,332 59 58,536NCR 49 69,415 54 53,300'Ont. 72 175,542 35 38,256Wst. 118 174,825 68 23,967Pac. 94 49,423 30 12,888Total 592 655,725 348 255,413

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Region 1984 Current

#of # of

Parcels Land Parcels LandAtl. 1 15,555 37 112,487*Que. 29 120,638 1 24,085NCR 14 5,910 4 386,400*Ont. 10 20,993 5 37,096*Wst. 13 4,841 17 9,710Pac. 8 1,136,352 3 833,539Total 75 1,304,289 67 1,403,317'Includes lands not identified in 1984

Third Party Lettings 1984/87

Region 1984 Current Space Land Space LandAtl. 46,327 9,853 16,222 23,337Que. 14,637 466,193 21,828 267NCR 76,232 15,604 95,874 0Ont. 14,568 773,901 8,684 932,059Wst. 9,774 7,076 22,801 0Pac. 23,182 193,818 16,749 219,160Total 184,720 1,466,445 182,158 1,174,823

Topic:   RAILWAY SAFETY ACT
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DPW-RENTAL SPACE
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January 18, 1988