February 3, 1988

NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blaikie:

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister knows full well, as does everyone in this House, that from time to time we do express ourselves about what other Governments do, whether it is the Government of South Africa, the Government of the Soviet Union, or any other Government which, in our judgment, is imperilling the peace of the world.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CENTRAL AMERICA-UNITED STATES' FUNDING OF NICARAGUAN CONTRA FORCES
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POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT

NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg-Birds Hill):

Mr. Speaker, 1 ask the Prime Minister not to attack the United States but simply to offer a legitimate criticism on behalf of the Canadian people that now is the time for the United States to do what all five Governments in Central America are saying that it should do, that is, to discontinue funding for the Contras.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I understand that the American parliamentarians are considering an important vote today. That is entirely their right, as it is for Members of Parliament to vote moneys as we deem fit in the national interest. I presume that is what all American parliamentarians will do.

In regard to the position of the Government of Canada, the Secretary of State for External Affairs, who is presently in southern Africa, was most recently in Central America setting out with some success and influence, I believe, an appropriate and independent statement of foreign policy which reflects the

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Petitions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSITION OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS


views of the Government and people of Canada as to the manner in which peace can best emerge in Central America. That is the right and obligation of the Government of Canada, a sovereign nation. That is what we have done and that is what we will continue to do.


PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

The Speaker:

I wish to advise the House that 1 have received notice from the Hon. Member for Langelier (Mr. Cote) who wishes to make a statement to this place on a question of personal privilege.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
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PRIVILEGE

PC

Michel Côté

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michel Cote (Langelier):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, at the request of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), I handed in my resignation as Minister of Supply and Services. Today, I would like to explain here in the House the circumstances that led me to do so. The demands of political life in recent years, both on my family and on me personally, led me to ask an old friend for a personal loan, and he agreed.

Mr. Speaker, I want to make it clear before the House that this circumstance never in any way placed me in a position where my interests conflicted with the ministerial duties that were mine in this Government. Furthermore, Mr. Speaker, 1 can assure my colleagues in the House that the friend in question never received any favours or privileges in return.

However, I involuntarily neglected to declare this situation as required by the conflict of interest directives, thus contravening the spirit of the Ministers' code of conduct.

Mr. Speaker, I can assure you that I sincerely regret this serious error of omission.

Mr. Prime Minister, obviously I sincerely regret the embarrassment I have caused the Government and you yourself, Prime Minister.

In concluding, Mr. Speaker, 1 would like to say that it has been an honour and a privilege to serve as a Member of Cabinet, and 1 would like to thank my colleagues and all Members of this House who gave me their support when I was exercising my ministerial duties.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, 1 also wish to thank my constituents in Langelier for their constant support, and I can assure them that I will continue to be a faithful defender of their interests, both here and in my riding.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
Sub-subtopic:   FORMER MINISTER S STATEMENT RESPECTING RESIGNATION
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ABORTION

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, on Monday, the Hon. Member for Hamilton East (Ms. Copps) requested that the Minister of National Health and Welfare (Mr. Epp) table a letter which he had sent to his provincial counterparts regarding the Supreme Court decision on abortion.

I am pleased to table copies of these letters today on behalf of the Minister of National Health and Welfare who is unable to be here at this time.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   ABORTION
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF MINISTER'S LETTER TO PROVINCIAL COUNTERPARTS
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GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION ACT, ATLANTIC CANADA, 1987 PRESENTATION OF FIRST REPORT OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

PC

J. Robert Howie

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. Robert Howie (York- Sunbury):

Mr. Speaker, as chairman of the legislative committee on Bill C-103, an Act to increase opportunity for economic development in Atlantic Canada, to establish the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts, I have the honour to present the committee's first report in both official languages.

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

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION ACT, ATLANTIC CANADA, 1987 PRESENTATION OF FIRST REPORT OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
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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 an honour and privilege to rise pursuant to Standing Order 106 to present a petition on behalf of a number of constituents who are concerned because the Conservative Government does not have a mandate from the people of Canada to conclude the trade deal with the United States.

They believe that this trade deal would deny Canada the policy freedom to determine its own economic future and thereby undermine Canada's ability to build a society distinct from that of the United States. They believe that the trade deal denies Canada secure access to the U.S. market which was, of course, the key objective in the trade negotiations, and threatens the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs in this country. Therefore, they call upon Parliament to dissolve now in order to allow the people of Canada the opportunity to

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Petitions

accept or reject the trade deal during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE-CALL FOR GENERAL ELECTION
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NDP

Audrey Marlene McLaughlin

New Democratic Party

Ms. Audrey McLaughlin (Yukon):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour and duty pursuant to Standing Order 106 to present a petition from residents of Canada who are concerned about the trade agreement between Canada and the United States and feel that it will have a fundamental impact on Canada's economic, cultural and political independence. Therefore, the petitioners request that the Parliament of Canada obtain a clear mandate from the Canadian people by calling a general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE-CALL FOR GENERAL ELECTION
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NDP

Steven W. Langdon

New Democratic Party

Mr. Steven W. Langdon (Essex-Windsor):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition which deals with the same subject. It is signed by hundreds of people from my constituency and parts of southwestern Ontario. It indicates their serious concern with the plans of the Conservative Government to proceed with signing a trade agreement with the United States despite the lack of a mandate from the Canadian people.

These people feel that this 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 undersigned therefore humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and permit the Canadian people to make a choice with respect to this issue before it is too late.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE-CALL FOR GENERAL ELECTION
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NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, 1 also have petitions from the City of Vancouver, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, British Columbia, all three very illustrious and important areas in British Columbia.

The petitions deal with the trade agreement originally signed with the United States. The petitioners state that the agreement removes the power of the Canadian Government to control foreign ownership effectively and, more important to develop Canadian energy resources in the best interests of Canadians, and to equalize opportunities between the regions. The petitioners humbly pray that before the Government completes this deal and enacts it into legislation, it will call a national general election on the issue.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED FREE TRADE-CALL FOR GENERAL ELECTION
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LIB

Marie Thérèse Rollande Killens

Liberal

Mrs. Therese Killens (Saint-Michel-Ahuntsic):

Mr. Speaker, the two petitions I am tabling today were signed by residents of St. John's, Newfoundland; London, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Douglastown, New Brunswick; and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The undersigned deplore the fact that last year, over

100,000 persons were homeless in Canada; that the number of homeless young people, women and entire families is increasing steadily; that the number of affordable housing units is still

dropping; and that the Government has yet to take action to deal with these problems.

Wherefore your petitioners humbly pray Parliament to take immediate action to provide all Canadians with acceptable and satisfactory accommodation and to establish social reintegration programs to help these needy Canadians become part of our society again.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   HOUSING THE HOMELESS-REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION
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February 3, 1988