August 11, 1988

NDP

Jack Harris

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the native people of Newfoundland and Labrador have been the victims of an apparently intentional effort by the Government of Canada to deny them the full rights to which they are entitled under Section 91(24) of the Canadian Constitution and the provisions of the Indian Act. Studies commissioned by me, including an examination of official documents, have revealed that from early after Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, a systematic denial of rights has been a fact of our history and continues to affect the lives of native people in Newfoundland and Labrador. It amounts to discrimination against native people because they live in this province. It is time for this hidden history to be fully exposed.

I have therefore called upon the Government of Canada to establish immediately a Royal Commission on Native People

in Newfoundland and Labrador. Such a commission would have a mandate to inquire into the treatment of aboriginal peoples since 1949, with specific focus on the rejection by the federal Government of its constitutional responsibilities with respect to the native people in the province. The commission should have the authority to recommend measures to correct the historic and current injustices, and to ensure cultural survival and promote self-government for the native people of Newfoundland and Labrador. This record of official injustice must be exposed and redressed.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NATIVE PEOPLES
Sub-subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR-CALL FOR APPOINTMENT OF ROYAL COMMISSION
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TRIBUTE TO WAYNE GRETZKY, CANADIAN

PC

Gordon Edward Taylor

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, today I pay tribute to a great Canadian, Wayne Gretzky. He has lived his life up to now in Canada and for the last nine years has been an Edmonton Oiler. With his tremendous ability as an athlete, the greatest among them all, he won the hearts of every Albertan with his kindness, his courage, his excellence, and his humility. Being the leader in winning four Stanley Cups was a tremendous achievement, but even that was superseded by the honesty of this man who never lost the common touch.

He is and has been Canada's greatest ambassador. He is properly called "The Great One" who, wherever he went, promoted Canadianism, honesty, fair play, decency, and respect for all humans irrespective of race, colour or creed.

We have not lost him; we have gained a great representative. Wherever Wayne Gretzky goes, Canada's best will be on display because in his heart there is a maple leaf. This Parliament applauds "The Great One", Wayne Gretzky.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   TRIBUTE TO WAYNE GRETZKY, CANADIAN
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   TRIBUTE TO WAYNE GRETZKY, CANADIAN
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THE LATE FELIX LECLERC

LIB

Lucie Pépin

Liberal

Mrs. Lucie Pepin (Outremont):

Mr. Speaker, today Quebecers are in mourning. Felix Leclerc is being taken to his final rest. A giant is being put to sleep. Felix Leclerc is one of our Quebecois and Canadian poets and singers who set the tone for us, who gave us a taste for Quebec, especially in his songs and poems. Who among us has not hummed Moi, mes souliers and C'etait un p'tit bonheurl He reminded us of our origins and made us proud to be Quebecers. He was a greathearted man who gave us not only the desire to be but also, and especially, the desire to be what we are and what we want to be.

August 11, 1988

I conclude this humble tribute by extending my sincerest condolences to all his family and friends and reminding them that Felix Leclerc will always have a special place in our hearts. I would like to repeat what Felix wrote about death:

"It is better to die on a task that cannot be done than to live resignedly but uneventfully."

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE LATE FELIX LECLERC
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ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

PC

Stan Darling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, Canadians across this great country can rejoice at our latest victory in the fight against acid rain. This Government has been pursuing quiet diplomacy. Perhaps it is not the confrontation method the Opposition would have preferred, but we have succeeded.

Last Friday, President Reagan announced that his administration would freeze U.S. emissions of nitrogen oxides at 1987 levels for seven years. Finally, all the hard work of this Government and the Acid Rain Committee is paying off.

No one in Canada doubts that acid rain is a killer and that a great deal of work needs to be done. This summer the information campaign engineered by the Minister of the Environment (Mr. McMillan) has proven to be highly successful in making the average American aware of our concerns and the damage this problem is creating for both our countries.

This is only the beginning, and every day we are making progress. The Americans realize more and more how critical this problem is and that we must combine our efforts to combat this menace called acid rain. Let us give credit where credit is due and encourage our Minister of the Environment to continue his good work.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ACID RAIN-ACTION TAKEN BY UNITED STATES PRESIDENT
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THE LATE FELIX LECLERC

NDP

Cyril Keeper

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cyril Keeper (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, a singer has died but his songs live. For Canada, Felix Leclerc is proof of the benefits of the Canadian mosaic over the American melting pot. For Quebec, he became the spirit, voice and pride of a whole generation. Felix Leclerc: we remember!

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE LATE FELIX LECLERC
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MULTICULTURALISM

PC

William (Bill) Gottselig

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Gottselig (Moose Jaw):

Mr. Speaker, there was a very interesting headline in our local newspaper, The Outlook, this past Monday. "Noisy Jim is on the road again," the headline read, and the article went on to say that Jim Kook was going to Ottawa to participate in Cultures Canada 88 as a result of having previously participated in a similar program at Expo 86.

I was very pleased last night to be with Jim and his wife May on the parliamentary lawn, with the historic Peace Tower in the background, at a very special ceremony in which the Minister of State for Multiculturalism (Mr. Weiner) as well as Mrs. Jean Pigott, representing the National Capital Commission, participated.

The various participants in Cultures Canada 88, many displaying costumes from their native lands, were taking part in this very colourful ceremony on Parliament Hill which is the heart of Canada. This once again displayed the colourful mosaic of our country which is greatly enriched by maintaining this heritage. I salute my constituent, Noisy Jim, as well as all participants in this cultural event.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MULTICULTURALISM
Sub-subtopic:   CULTURES CANADA 88-CEREMONY ON PARLIAMENT HILL
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DISASTERS


1985 GANDER AIR CRASH-CALL FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY


LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Mr. Speaker, the investigation into the 1985 Gander Arrow air crash has been plagued with controversy, contradiction, resignations and confusion. Crucial testimony has been neglected, documents have been hidden from the Canadian Aviation Safety Board members, and tentative conclusions have been nothing short of illogical.

Now there are new revelations. Several firemen who worked on extinguishing the fire resulting from this unfortunate crash are ill from what they believe to be the ingestion of toxic gases. What caused those toxic fumes? What caused fire extinguishing equipment to activate prior to the plane crashing? Why is information being withheld from the Canadian Aviation Safety Board? More important, why blame the crash on the pilot of that plane?

We need a public commission of inquiry into the Gander air crash. We must find out the truth about this most unfortunate disaster.

August 11, 1988

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   DISASTERS
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REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

PC

Barbara Jane (Bobbie) Sparrow

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Barbara Sparrow (Calgary South):

Mr. Speaker, our Government has made three particularly significant contributions toward the economic health of Canada's West.

First was the Western Accord which started the process, now completed, of dismantling the punitive National Energy Program.

Second was the Western Economic Diversification Program which, in its first year, approved 231 proposals for $44 million in assistance to Alberta businesses as of the end of July. There were 503 proposals in the whole of western Canada for a total investment of $345 million. Twelve Calgary companies received assistance ranging from $20,000 to $720,000. Not only does this assist in broadening our economic base, it also creates jobs.

Last month we had the announcement of the western procurement initiative which will increase the amount of federal procurement carried out in western Canada by more than $600 million over the next four years. That is an increase of 16 per cent. In addition, our Government is committed to sourcing a greater portion of contracts over $100 million from western suppliers.

Who can say that this Government has not responded to the needs of western Canada? No one!

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sub-subtopic:   FEDERAL MEASURES TO ASSIST WESTERN CANADA
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

NDP

James Douglas Manly

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Manly (Cowichan-Malahat-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow at the UN, the Special Committee on Decolonization will consider the illegal occupation of East Timor since 1975 by Indonesia. Since that time Indonesia has waged a genocidal war against the people of East Timor.

This is the human rights situation that Canada chooses to ignore. Because of extensive trade links with Indonesia, Canada turns a blind eye to its human rights abuses. Indonesia has been called the most totalitarian country in the world, and its doors are closed to such organizations as Amnesty International and the International Red Cross.

In spite of Canada's pretence that our development assistance is linked to human rights, Indonesia remains one of our largest aid recipients. Our ambassador even went to the extent of accompanying the former Minister of External Affairs, Mr. Mochtar, on a visit to East Timor during a phoney election campaign.

Canada must recognize that it is time to end the double standard and speak up for human rights in East Timor.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   EAST TIMOR-OCCUPATION BY INDONESIA
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CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-POSITION OF LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

August 11, 1988