June 27, 1988

LIB

André Ouellet

Liberal

Hon. Andre Ouellet (Papineau):

Mr. Speaker, on June 22, the Minister told this House:

We are confident that Canadian security was not compromised and that

Canadian authorities have acted to preserve our security.

Can the Minister still maintain this position and confirm for us that this statement made last week still stands today?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   STATUS OF INTERNAL SECURITY
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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Joe Clark (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   STATUS OF INTERNAL SECURITY
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RAILWAYS

NDP

Jack Harris

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister stated in this House last Monday that the railway workers of the Newfoundland Railway supported the financial package which closed the Newfoundland Railway and would provide $70 million for labour adjustment. Was it because they had been deceived by the statements of the Minister for International Trade and the President of CN into thinking that the $70 million was available for negotiated benefits over and above what their collective agreement or employment contracts required?

Will the Deputy Prime Minister end the uncertainty among workers and confirm, first, that there is no extra $70 million available to the employees in addition to the contractual obligation of CN; and, second, that this money is not part of the Government's contribution since CN is already obliged to make these payments to its workers?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND RAILWAY DISBANDMENT-COMPENSATION FOR WORKERS
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PC

Gerry St. Germain (Minister of State (Transport))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gerry St. Germain (Minister of State (Transport)):

Mr. Speaker, I believe the Hon. Member knows that the negotiations will take place on July 5. I think anything that we do at this point in time could possibly damage any negotiations that will take place. The package that will be put in place will be one of the most generous that this country has ever seen.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND RAILWAY DISBANDMENT-COMPENSATION FOR WORKERS
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GOVERNMENT POSITION

NDP

Jack Harris

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the confusion that the Government has created among the workers of CN in Newfoundland is astounding. The workers were convinced that the Government has a package of $70 million over and above their contractual obligations. I now hear that this is not the case. Why does the Minister not come clean and tell the people the truth?

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Gerry St. Germain (Minister of State (Transport))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gerry St. Germain (Minister of State (Transport)):

Mr. Speaker, I repeat again that it would be premature and irresponsible to make any statements until we have sat down and properly negotiated the agreements as laid out.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION
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HOUSING

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Alan Redway (York East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of State for the Treasury Board. It involves the disposal of federal surplus lands. When the federal Government is disposing of surplus lands it has a policy of offering them first to provincial Governments, and then to municipal Governments, before making them available for housing.

Will the Minister direct the Bureau of Real Property Management of the Treasury Board to adopt a housing first policy so that when surplus lands are disposed of, particularly in areas where there is a housing crisis such as Metropolitan Toronto, they will be offered first for badly needed housing before anything else?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS FEDERAL LANDS IN METROPOLITAN TORONTO
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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, the House should know that since we took office in 1984 we have adopted a policy of reviewing the federal Government's landholdings and wherever possible disposing of excess federal property. To date we have sold some 492 properties. That has returned to the Treasury some $171 million.

Specifically with respect to the Hon. Member's question, I would tell my hon. friend that a review of federal landholdings in the Toronto area is presently under way. Once that is completed it is a question of discussing the matter with the provincial and municipal authorities and deciding on the best use of that property. That decision will be taken at that time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   DISPOSAL OF SURPLUS FEDERAL LANDS IN METROPOLITAN TORONTO
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LABOUR RELATIONS

LIB

Jacques Guilbault (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Liberal Party Deputy House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Jacques Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to raise the issue of the operators' and technicians' strike at Bell Canada, which threatens to affect telephone services for about seven million Canadians who reside in Quebec, Ontario and the North West Territories. Those most likely to be affected are people with a hearing disability and the physically disabled who need operator assistance to make a call. Furthermore, people who are trying to communicate an

June 27, 1988

Oral Questions

emergency situation cannot make do with a tape recorder that answers "This is a recording".

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   BELL CANADA STRIKE-SERVICE FOR THE HANDICAPPED-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Richard Grisé (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Grise:

Don't call us, we'll call you.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   BELL CANADA STRIKE-SERVICE FOR THE HANDICAPPED-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Jacques Guilbault (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Liberal Party Deputy House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Guilbault (Saint Jacques):

I therefore want to ask the Government, which certainly has a responsibility to ensure that such services are maintained, to inform the House what it intends to do so that the disabled can continue to make calls during the strike and emergency situations can still be reported.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   BELL CANADA STRIKE-SERVICE FOR THE HANDICAPPED-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

Barbara Jean McDougall (Minister of Employment and Immigration; Minister responsible for the Status of Women)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Barbara McDougall (Minister of Employment and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I understand from my colleague, the Minister of Labour, that officers of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service have been in contact with the parties and are following the developments in the dispute. There was a conciliation process in place earlier that failed to win the support of the union members.

I understand that under its terms of licence the company must continue to provide service and that it is prepared to do

so.

We will of course continue to monitor the situation. It is a legal strike. My colleague, the Minister of Labour, will be following the situation to ensure that for those in need there will be the necessary services.

[ Translation]

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   BELL CANADA STRIKE-SERVICE FOR THE HANDICAPPED-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Jacques Guilbault (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Liberal Party Deputy House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Mr. Speaker, while I was asking my question, the Member for Beauce thought he was being funny when he said: "Don't call us, we'll call you!" That shows the extent of his concern for the disabled.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   BELL CANADA STRIKE-SERVICE FOR THE HANDICAPPED-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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LIB

Sheila Maureen Copps

Liberal

Ms. Copps:

The clown from Beauce.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   BELL CANADA STRIKE-SERVICE FOR THE HANDICAPPED-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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CONCILIATION COMMISSIONER'S REPORT

LIB

Jacques Guilbault (Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition; Liberal Party Deputy House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Jacques Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

We are aware that a report had been commissioned from Mr. Warren Edmunson, a conciliation commissioner. We know the Government has a copy of the report in hand. I would like to ask if the Government is in a position to table the report forthwith, or at least to release the essential elements of the report in order that Canadians may better understand the issues at stake, especially as they threaten a service that they have paid for and to which they feel entitled?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CONCILIATION COMMISSIONER'S REPORT
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June 27, 1988