May 26, 1988

NDP

Iain Francis Angus (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, I have two petitions to present this morning. The first one, pursuant to Standing Order 106, has been certified correct as to form and content by the Clerk of Petitions.

It deals with the concern of residents of the community of Atikokan in my riding because they have been left off the eligibility list for the northern residents' tax deduction. They point out that many of the communities left off the list, like theirs, share identical environments. Because they are northern isolated communities they pay increased costs for food, fuel,

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Order Paper Questions

and housing, and the tax deduction was designed to alleviate the added costs of living in these isolated communities.

The petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to declare the Township of Atikokan and the surrounding area to be eligible for the northern residents' tax deduction. There are approximately 240 names on this particular petition.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   NORTHERN TAX ALLOWANCE
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NDP

Iain Francis Angus (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, the second petition is one of many that I have tabled in this House over the last year. It is certified correct as to form by the Clerk of Petitions and is signed by residents of the Thunder Bay-Atikokan riding and the Thunder Bay- Nipigon riding.

The petitioners call upon the Parliament of Canada to allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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LIB

Jean-Robert Gauthier (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier):

Madam Speaker, it is my duty to present to the House a petition signed by many Canadians, most of whom are public servants working for the Government who care about official languages and who teach Canadians the second language. The petitioners humbly state that the Government of Canada, represented by the Treasury Board, has not recognized the principle of fair and reasonable course preparation time for federal language teachers and that this situation is seriously undermining the policy of bilingualism in Canada.

Therefore, the undersigned, your petitioners, ask Parliament to mandate the Treasury Board to negotiate a collective agreement with the federal teachers in the ED group that will provide 15 hours a week of course preparation time for language teachers.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   FEDERAL LANGUAGE TEACHERS-NECESSITY TO OBTAIN TIME FOR PREPARATION OF COURSES
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NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Madam Speaker, I have the honour to present two petitions, pursuant to Standing Order 106.

The first is signed by a number of people in my constituency. It says that the Conservative Government had no mandate from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States. Therefore, the petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement through a national general election.

The second petition is similar and is signed by residents in Winnipeg. It says that the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) promised in the course of bilateral trade negotiations that Canadian sovereignty would riot be compromised and,

therefore, they pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement through a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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PC

Dennis H. Cochrane

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dennis H. Cochrane (Moncton):

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 106, it is my honour and privilege today to present a petition containing the names of 39,894 New Brunswickers. They ask that the House of Commons consider the tragic effects of the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada and take immediate action to protect, defend, and respect the rights of unborn children.

The petition contains names from all over the Province of New Brunswick: 2,841 from my constituency of Moncton, over

11,000 from Madawaska-Victoria, over 3,200 from Gloucester, and over 1,600 from the constituency of Westmorland- Kent, as well as all other ridings represented by the signatures. The total petition represents over 5.5 per cent of the total population of the Province of New Brunswick.

The New Brunswick Right to Life Association, the sponsor of this petition, calls upon all legislators to respond to the wishes of the majority of Canadians by enacting legislation to protect the basic rights of the unborn child.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   ABORTION-SUPREME COURT OF CANADA DECISION
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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: 319 and 322.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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LIB

Mr. Boudria

Liberal

Is there a government publication entitled Canada's Seniors-a Dynamic Force and, if so (a) did the Government spend money on its production and, if so, what was the cost of (i) research (ii) preparation (Hi) publishing (iv) printing (v) distribution (b) what is the total number of copies printed (c) were any private consultants, printers or other non-governmental groups or individuals involved in the preparation and, if so, in each case (/) what was the name of the individual or firm involved (ii) what was the value of each edhtraet awarded if any (tii) which contracts, if any, were awarded by tender?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   "CANADA'S SENIORS-A DYNAMIC FORCE"
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Seniors)):

Yes, a government publication entitled Canada's Seniors: a Dynamic Force was developed for Senators and Members of Parliament.

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(a) (i) and (ii) For manuscript and design development including consultation in Ottawa, document review, preparation of English and French copy, production management from design development to mock-up $21,122.20

(iii) For creating art boards including typesetting, galley editing, corrections, layout and pasteup for English and French copy $6,071.00

(iv) First edition. For production of 2,000 bound tumble format copies including development of print specifications, film preparation, printing and binding $11,040.00 Second edition. For printing of additional 10,000 copies $13,069.12

(v) Distribution to Senators and Members of Parliament was managed within Health and Welfare Canada with no charges allocated.

(b) First edition: 2,000 copies; second edition: 10,000 copies.

(c) (i) First edition: Manifest Communications Limited; second edition: Love Printing Limited

(ii) One contract awarded in the amount of $38,233 for the development of the first edition.

(iii) The contract for the second edition was awarded by tender.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   "CANADA'S SENIORS-A DYNAMIC FORCE"
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PC

Mrs. Collins

Progressive Conservative

1. Since the passage of Bill C-91 in June, 1986, have any mergers been reviewed by the Director of Investigation and Research and, if so, what number (a) have been reviewed (b) have been referred to the Competition Tribunal for resolution (c) are still pending?

2. Is the main focus of the Director's review on compliance?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   REVIEW OF MERGERS
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PC

Harvie Andre (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Harvie Andre (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

1. (a) Throughout the period from June 19, 1986 to March 31, 1988, the Director of Investigation has examined 186 merger transactions in a significant fashion (defined as two days or more of examination). As of March 31, 1988, examinations were continuing on 25 of these transactions.

(b) The Director has made application to the Competition Tribunal in three instances since June 19, 1986.

(c) As of March 31, 1988, two applications before the Tribunal were still pending.

2. The Director takes a compliance-oriented approach in the administration of all the provisions of the Competition Act and in particular to his review of merger activity for which the compliance approach is particularly well suited.

The new legislation has encouraged parties to a merger to co-operate with the Director in resolving concerns he may have on the competitive impact of a particular merger. Equally, timing constraints are a factor both for the parties, who typically face a narrow window of opportunity for the purchase or sale of the assets or shares in question and for the Director,

Excise Tax Act

whose assessment of the impact of the proposed merger must be completed in a rather short time frame.

The objective of the Director's compliance approach is to offer a broad spectrum of alternatives to ensure that every reasonable opportunity is provided to business persons to structure their affairs within the parameters of the law.

The Competition Act provides the Director with broad discretion in the resolution of merger matters. There are six mechanisms, or compliance instruments available: advance Ruling Certificates (ARCs); advisory Opinions under the Program of Compliance (which may in certain instances be given in relation to a restructured transaction); monitoring (as allowed for by the three-year statutory period in which a merger may be challenged); undertakings; applications for Consent Orders; and contested applications before the Tribunal.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   REVIEW OF MERGERS
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PC

Frederick James (Jim) Hawkes (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hawkes:

I suggest, Madam Speaker, that the other questions be allowed to stand.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   REVIEW OF MERGERS
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Champagne):

The questions listed by the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary have been answered. Shall the other questions be allowed to stand?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   REVIEW OF MERGERS
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   REVIEW OF MERGERS
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GOVERNMENT ORDERS

EXCISE TAX ACT


The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-117, an Act to amend the Excise Tax Act and the Excise Act, as reported (without amendment) from the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.


PC

Andrée Champagne (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Champagne):

Is the House ready for the question?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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Some Hon. Members:

Question.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXCISE TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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May 26, 1988