August 11, 1988

RESEARCH, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


Prayers


ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

JUSTICE

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table, in both official languages, as well as in Polish, copies of a Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and Poland.

I am also pleased to table, in both official languages, copies of exchange of diplomatic notes between Canada and Yugoslavia.

Both these agreements will enable Canadian officials to gather evidence in Poland and in Yugoslavia for use in legal proceedings in Canada against individuals charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CANADA AND POLAND AND OF DIPLOMATIC NOTES BETWEEN CANADA AND YUGOSLAVIA
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PETITIONS

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Richard Grise (Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Treasury Board):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 106(8), I have the honour of tabling, in both official languages, the Government's response to 33 petitions numbered as follows: 332-4910, 3324911, 332-5113 to 332-5142 inclusive and 332-5152.

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

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
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PC

Nic Leblanc

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Leblanc (Longueuil):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour of tabling, in both official languages, the Fourth Report of the Standing Committee on Research, Science and Technology respecting centres of excellence.

Today, science and technology have an impact on all sectors of the economy and on all spheres of human endeavor. To adapt to the changes stemming from the applications of science and technology, we must concentrate our efforts on providing quality education at all levels. Furthermore, we must establish and maintain ties between universities and the private sector, where research is carried out.

The centres of excellence program was announced earlier this year with these specific objectives in mind. In view of this program's importance as a means of making Canada more competitive on world markets and since it is a new way for the federal government to fund research activities, the Standing Committee on Research, Science and Technology wanted to study its provisions closely. In so doing, it wanted to gauge the reaction of those whose primary concern is the quality of research in Canada and to make recommendations with a view to ensuring that the program becomes a major initiative in our drive to enhance our competitive position.

Among other things, the Committee notes in its report that this initiative will go a long way toward ensuring a pool of trained, highly qualified researchers and quality research projects. However, it also states clearly that the centres of excellence program should not be viewed as a substitute for the invaluable research funding provided by the three grant councils.

The Committee believes that ties must be forged between universities and industry to help the latter develop a more innovative approach. This is precisely the goal of this innovative program and the Committee hopes that this report will contribute to the development of truly excellent and successful scientific networks.

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 99(2), the Committee asks the government to provide a comprehensive response to this report.

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

August 11, 1988

Introduction of Bills

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Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF THE FOURTH REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE
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TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT

MEASURE TO AMEND

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-146, an Act to amend the Tax Court of Canada Act and other Acts in consequence thereof.

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

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

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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Some Hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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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 an honour to present a petition on behalf of a number of constituents who are of the opinion that the federal Government has no mandate from the people of Canada to conclude a trade deal with the people of the United States. That believe that Parliament should dissolve now to allow the people of Canada an opportunity to accept or reject the proposed trade deal during a national general election.

I also have a second petition which contains pages and pages of signatures. They believe that the sovereignty of Canada is being threatened by the proposed trade deal and that the trade deal itself would reduce our country's ability to plan our economic, social and cultural future. They ask Parliament to ensure that a national debate take place on this trade deal and indicate that the debate should result in a national general election before such a trade agreement is signed, in the final analysis.

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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NDP

Derek Nigel Ernest Blackburn

New Democratic Party

Mr. Derek Blackburn (Brant):

Mr. Speaker, I, too, have the privilege to rise under Standing Order 106 to present a petition from several of my constituents who are very concerned about the proposed trade deal with the United States, in that it will prevent Canada from being able to determine its own economic and social future and to create a society distinct from that of the United States.

They also call upon the Government to call an election right away so that the people of Canada can vote on this very important issue.

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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NDP

James Ross Fulton

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Fulton (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present to the House today. The first one is certified correct pursuant to Standing Order 106 and is from a large number of residents of the Queen Charlotte Islands, from Sandspit, Queen Charlotte City, Masset, Port Clements, and other communities on the Queen Charlotte Islands. They petition Parliament regarding the cost of living on the Queen Charlotte Islands which is already high.

There is a federal subsidy to the ferry to offset its operating costs, but it is not reflected in the freight rates. An example they give is that a 50-pound sack of flour costs $16.50 in Vancouver, whereas once it is shipped to the Queen Charlotte Islands it costs $26.90. Since freight costs have doubled in a year, the petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to ensure, possibly by reallocation of part of the subsidy, equitable trucking and freight rates to the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EQUITABLE TRUCKING AND FREIGHT RATES TO QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS
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NDP

James Ross Fulton

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Fulton (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I also have a petition, which has been certified correct pursuant to Standing Order 106, from residents of the Queen Charlotte Islands and other areas. Since the Government, through Bill C-33, seeks to deindex the pensions of federal public servants which now have complete inflation protection through full linkage to the Consumer Price Index and other points, the petitioners humbly pray and call upon Parliament to reject Bill C-33 as regressive, unfair, untimely, and against the best interests of public servants and all Canadians, and to affirm full indexing to the Consumer Price Index as the model for inflation protection for all Canadians.

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   OPPOSITION TO BILL C-33-SUPERANNUATION
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NDP

James Ross Fulton

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Fulton (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition, which has been certified correct pursuant to Standing Order 106, with a large number of signatures from Smithers and Telkwa, which, as you would know, Mr. Speaker, is in the Bulkley Valley of British Columbia.

The petitioners point out that since the distinguished justices of the Supreme Court of Canada in striking down Section 251 of the Criminal Code of Canada have left Canadians without any law restricting abortions, they call upon and pray that Parliament will pass into law legislation that will protect the life of the unborn child from conception and in all stages of development, with the exception of the extremely rare situation in which an abortion is performed in order to save the life of the mother.

Topic:   TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN
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August 11, 1988