August 10, 1988

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21

HERBICIDES


2,4-D-SUGGESTED BAN FOR NON-ESSENTIAL USES


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Hon. Chas. L. Caccia@Davenport

Mr. Speaker, statistics show a steady increase in the occurrence of a form of lymphatic cancer linked to the common weed killer 2,4-D. The frequency of this type of cancer and the number of deaths it causes have doubled, claiming 1,500 lives in 1986, at a time when most other types of cancer have been declining.

About 5,000 tonnes of 2,4-D are sprayed annually on seven million hectares of land including crops, parks, golf courses, lawns, in forests, and under power transmission lines.

We urge the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Wise), as a first step, to ban all non-essential uses such as municipal and residential spraying, and instruct all federal agencies to stop using 2,4-D immediately. Then, the use should be reduced to a minimum in agriculture and forestry.

At the same time the Government must intensify research on alternatives to 2,4-D instead of cutting research and corners at the expense of public health.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   HERBICIDES
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THE LATE FELIX LECLERC

PC

Marcel R. Tremblay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Marcel Tremblay (Quebec-Est):

Mr. Speaker, for the past two days, Quebecers and other Canadians have mourned the loss of our great national poet which filled us with a sense of profound sadness and sorrow. This "Grand Canadien", as the French called him, was the best ambassador we ever had, who not only made his people known but also gained recognition for them as a people.

Mr. Speaker, this man, who was integrity personified, who was both very forthright and extremely sensitive, has left us a treasure that will be a lasting tribute to his memory.

Like Felix Leclerc, let us be proud and stand up for our ideals. Thank you, Felix Leclerc, "le Canadien", we will never forget you!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   THE LATE FELIX LECLERC
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

NDP

Derek Nigel Ernest Blackburn

New Democratic Party

Mr. Derek Blackburn (Brant):

Mr. Speaker, my Party has always been a strong advocate of the United Nations and its peacekeeping role. That is why I am very happy that Canada is taking part in the peacekeeping force that is on its way to the Persian Gulf. I would like to offer my Party's official support for this action.

We can only enhance Canada's international reputation as a peaceful nation by helping to supervise the cease-fire between Iran and Iraq. We all hope that this will also contribute to the final resolution of this conflict. It might even show other troubled nations that there is a way to resolve their differences peacefully; and it will surely strengthen the role of the United Nations in resolving international disputes.

I wish our troops well. May they have a safe trip and, more important, a speedy return. Of course that depends on Iran and Iraq. They must show the world that they are willing to resolve their differences peacefully. A cease-fire is better than war, but it is not enough. The world needs a lasting peace in this troubled region.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CEASE-FIRE IN IRAN-IRAQ WAR-CANADIAN PEACEKEEPING ROLE
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DISASTERS


1987 EDMONTON TORNADO-COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE


PC

Steve Eugene Paproski (Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Steven E. Paproski (Edmonton North):

Mr. Speaker, on July 31 of this year I had the privilege and honour to represent the people of Canada in Edmonton North at a ceremony which paid tribute to those who were lost in the tornado of July 31, 1987.

On their behalf, Sir, they wish me to convey through you their sincere thanks to all Canadians who so generously helped

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them in their time of need. On their behalf I am presenting you this plaque I hold in order that you can put it in the Hall of Honour.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   DISASTERS
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PORT OF CHURCHILL-NON-SHIPMENT OF GRAIN

LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Winnipeg-Fort Garry):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to draw to the attention of the House the very serious circumstances facing the Port of Churchill. That port is an essential part of the grain delivery system for western Canada. At this time of the year it has yet to receive any allocation of any grain shipments whatsoever. In other words, the port is completely dead still and not in operation.

That runs totally contrary to an agreement signed in 1984 with the provincial Government of Manitoba when the Wheat Board offered to make best efforts to ensure that grain shipments would go through the Port of Churchill. What we are experiencing now is not only the loss of jobs in Churchill itself, but the loss of a very vital and essential ingredient in the economic development of western Canada.

I call upon the Government to ensure that there are grain shipments through the Port of Churchill, and that it live up to the commitments made by the previous Government in 1984.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   PORT OF CHURCHILL-NON-SHIPMENT OF GRAIN
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SHIPBUILDING

PC

Joseph Lloyd Reid

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Joe Reid (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, last month the Government announced plans to acquire badly needed minesweepers. In doing so it stated that it hoped to give smaller shipyards with a proven expertise a chance to develop Canadian shipbuilding.

A national consortium of smaller shipyards already exists and is geared up to do the type of work ordered. There are six different yards in four provinces, headed by Canadian Shipbuilders and Engineering Company of St. Catharines. A proposal for design and ship construction has already been made.

It has been stated by people in high places that an unemployed shipbuilder anywhere is still unemployed.

These yards are capable and now available. The Government will be able to close that disgraceful gap in our coastal defence earlier and more economically by negotiating with the CSE consortium without delay.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF MINESWEEPERS
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SUPPLY AND SERVICES

NDP

Ian Gardiner Waddell

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ian Waddell (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, according to the most recent government statistics, the four western provinces, which make up 30 per cent of the Canadian population, received only 11 per cent of national contracts handed out by the Department of Supply and Services in Ottawa.

My home province of British Columbia, with 11.4 per cent of the population, received only 3.6 per cent of the contracts from this administration. Incredibly, the Conservative Government has given the West an even smaller share of these contracts than the previous Trudeau Liberals-and you know what the West thought of them, Mr. Speaker! Ontario and Quebec received between them 77 per cent of federal procurement.

It is an attitude. The Government sees the Province of British Columbia mainly as a source of natural resources. The Government does not understand that British Columbia needs funds for research and development. We are not asking for any more than our fair share, but we want our fair share of contracts for our printers, computer programmers, advertising agencies, consulting firms, and research and development.

There is going to be an election. The Conservative MPs from British Columbia will have to answer to the people of the West on why they have let the West down.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   SUPPLY AND SERVICES
Sub-subtopic:   WESTERN CANADA PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS
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IMMIGRATION

PC

John Martin Oostrom

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Oostrom (Willowdale):

Mr. Speaker, the total number of potential refugee claimants reached an all-time high of 56,237 as of July 22, 1988, thanks to the Liberal controlled other place playing cheap political games. This figure is expected to increase dramatically even with the passage of Bills C-55 and C-84, since their provisions to prevent abuse of our immigration system will not be in effect until January 1, 1989. In the meantime, unscrupulous individuals and so-called consultants will have another four and a half months to create further chaos in Canada.

The Government must create a mechanism to prevent this possible onslaught of bogus claimants until the new regulations take effect. The Canadian people will not forget how the Liberal controlled Senate played politics with the lives of human beings.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   BOGUS REFUGEE STATUS CLAIMANTS
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REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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