August 11, 1988

LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Winnipeg-Fort Garry):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Prime Minister. He will recall that some three or four months ago a Commons

committee unanimously reported to the House a recommendation that with the omnibus Trade Bill in the United States not giving an exemption to Canada we should not proceed with the trade agreement. At the same time, Ambassador Gotlieb, on behalf of the Government of Canada, wrote to the United States administration and Congressional leaders that: "The proposed redefinition of subsidy represents a significant and dangerous departure from generally accepted international norms. If enacted, they would undermine the GATT".

On Section 103 of that same Bill, Ambassador Gotlieb said: "These proposals could lead to U.S. actions inconsistent with the GATT and would exacerbate international trade tensions".

Yesterday the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade said the Government of Canada no longer has a problem with that Bill. He said that all of the matters have been dealt with and that there is no problem. Yet the very same concerns and issues raised by Ambassador Gotlieb are still in the Bill.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary speaking for the Government? If so, why has the Government changed its position? Why is the Government abandoning its previous position stated by the full Commons committee? Why is the Government not protesting U.S. trade action that will continue to harass Canadian exporters?

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES OMNIBUS TRADE BILL
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the question by my hon. friend is whether the Parliamentary Secretary, in his response, spoke for the Government. May I say that not only has the Parliamentary Secretary spoken for the Government, he has done so in an eloquent, effective, and tremendous way here in the House of Commons.

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES OMNIBUS TRADE BILL
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES OMNIBUS TRADE BILL
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES OMNIBUS TRADE BILL
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NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

We are talking about McDermid.

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES OMNIBUS TRADE BILL
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

The House Leader of the New Democratic Party insists on naming him. Yes, it was McDermid who did such a wonderful job.

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Subtopic:   UNITED STATES OMNIBUS TRADE BILL
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CANADIAN POSITION

LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Winnipeg-Fort Garry):

Mr. Speaker, if it is true that the Parliamentary Secretary in his own fashion is speaking for the Government, then the question stands. Why is the Government retreating from its position? Why has it changed the stated position of the Minister in the House that we would protest those measures in the omnibus Trade Bill which contravene the trade agreement even though those measures are still in the Bill as it has been passed by the Congress? Why has the Government once again lost its backbone when it comes to protecting Canadian interests and has subjected Canadian exporters to further trade harassment?

August 11, 1988

Why are we perpetrating a joke on the Canadian people by having tougher trade laws?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN POSITION
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PC

John Horton McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John McDermid (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for International Trade):

Mr. Speaker, first, the House and the country owe a great deal of gratitude to Ambassador Gotlieb for his work in fighting this omnibus Trade Bill, in having the most severe sections of it removed and other parts watered down. He has done a masterful job of representing our interests in Washington and should be recognized.

Second, we have reviewed the text of the omnibus Trade Bill and we are satisfied there are no provisions in it that would require the administration to take any action which would be inconsistent with the free trade agreement. We have examined that. We have not retreated one iota on this. The free trade agreement is going ahead. We look forward to debating the silly amendments the Hon. Member has brought into the House.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN POSITION
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VISIBLE MINORITIES

NDP

Abram Ernest Epp

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ernie Epp (Thunder Bay-Nipigon):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Prime Minister who has already recognized the long-standing support of the New Democratic Party for redress to Japanese-Canadians and which, of course, remembers his own question that last day in June of 1984, to former Prime Minister Trudeau when he asked for redress.

The Prime Minister knows that the American President has signed a Bill authorizing compensation to individual Japanese-American survivors. Recognizing that the issue of individual compensation has been the sticking point in all the discussions with the National Association of Japanese Canadians, will the Prime Minister now authorize negotiations with the National Association of Japanese Canadians on the issue of individual compensation for Japanese-Canadian survivors?

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Subtopic:   VISIBLE MINORITIES
Sub-subtopic:   INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-CANADIANS DURING WORLD WAR II-ISSUE OF INDIVIDUAL COMPENSATION
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Muironey (Prime Minister):

I am happy, Mr. Speaker, to refer again to the support of the New Democratic Party for the position I raised in the House of Commons in June of 1984. My hon. friend refers to the fact that compensation was the "sticking point". Compensation was not the sticking point. The sticking point was the refusal of the Liberal Government for 40 years to even acknowledge and apologize for what had taken place.

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Subtopic:   VISIBLE MINORITIES
Sub-subtopic:   INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-CANADIANS DURING WORLD WAR II-ISSUE OF INDIVIDUAL COMPENSATION
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NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

What about right now?

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Subtopic:   VISIBLE MINORITIES
Sub-subtopic:   INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-CANADIANS DURING WORLD WAR II-ISSUE OF INDIVIDUAL COMPENSATION
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Muironey:

Since this Government has been sworn in, and with the support of my hon. friend in the New Democratic Party, certainly not elsewhere, there has been arranged an

Oral Questions

agreement whereby there is to be a trust fund with respect to anti-racism. There is to be a formal apology delivered in the House of Commons on behalf of the Government and the people of Canada with respect to this tragedy that took place so many years ago.

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NDP

Margaret Anne Mitchell

New Democratic Party

Ms. Mitchell:

But no negotiations.

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Subtopic:   VISIBLE MINORITIES
Sub-subtopic:   INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-CANADIANS DURING WORLD WAR II-ISSUE OF INDIVIDUAL COMPENSATION
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Muironey:

There are ongoing discussions with the representatives of the National Association of Japanese Canadians at this very moment. I know my hon. friend will be happy to learn that those negotiations are moving ahead and they are in the extremely competent hands of the Minister for Multiculturalism.

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Subtopic:   VISIBLE MINORITIES
Sub-subtopic:   INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-CANADIANS DURING WORLD WAR II-ISSUE OF INDIVIDUAL COMPENSATION
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REQUEST FOR COMMITMENT TO DISCUSSIONS

NDP

Abram Ernest Epp

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ernie Epp (Thunder Bay-Nipigon):

Mr. Speaker, it is imperative that the Prime Minister's word "negotiate" describe a reality that has not been followed since January of 1985. Through you, Mr. Speaker, I ask the Prime Minister to give his word on behalf of this Government that there will be full and fair discussions with the National Association of Japanese Canadians to arrive at an agreement acceptable to the association to provide the kind of redress that is essential if this blot on the national honour is finally to be expunged.

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Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR COMMITMENT TO DISCUSSIONS
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Muironey (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. friend for referring to this matter because it is indeed a very serious blot on Canada's honour and, to me, it is a matter of very considerable regret that for over 40 years this matter was left untouched by the previous series of administrations. We have made some important progress with respect to resolving the matter and, with the support of my hon. friend, hopefully this matter can be brought to a proper and appropriate resolution which will be satisfactory to all concerned.

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FINANCE

August 11, 1988