August 11, 1988

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Alan Redway (York East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Finance. Are the reports true that the Government intends to give a tax break to food companies which donate surplus food to food banks? Whether this is true or not, would the Minister of Finance not agree that it would make much more sense to address the problem of why the number of food banks is increasing even though we are in a period of relative prosperity, rather than giving tax breaks which will in fact encourage more food banks to be created?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   TAX TREATMENT OF COMPANIES DONATING TO FOOD BANKS
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PC

Michael Holcombe Wilson (Minister of Finance)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I did not hear the last part of the Hon. Member's question, but I should point out to him that there is a means now whereby companies which are producers or wholesalers of food are able

August 11, 1988

Oral Questions

to provide food to food banks and receive a tax credit which will provide them with the encouragement I think the Hon. Member is seeking.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   TAX TREATMENT OF COMPANIES DONATING TO FOOD BANKS
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IMMIGRATION

LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (York Centre):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of Employment and Immigration my question is directed to the Prime Minister. It concerns the Government's soft policy on South Africa. There are in Canada a number of white South Africans here as draft resisters, unwilling on conscientious grounds to serve in the Armed Forces to enforce apartheid, who face possible imprisonment if they return home. They are uncertain as to whether they will be allowed to remain in Canada. There are non-white South Africans here in Canada because they oppose living in a racist society and fascist country, who are also uncertain about their future in Canada.

Will the Prime Minister today declare that South Africans will have blanket approval to obtain landed immigrant status in Canada provided they are admissible under the Immigration Act, as did the former Government with its B-I list, including such countries as El Salvador and Lebanon, countries in Eastern Europe and other countries as well?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   ADMISSION OF SOUTH AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA
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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, we will, of course, as a Government, look with care at any question that is raised with respect to Canada and Canada's role, and the succour Canada can provide to refugees or people seeking our assistance. We have done that before and we will do so again in this case.

My friend will understand that I must take exception to his reference to a "soft policy" of this Government on South Africa. The former Ambassador to the United Nations, Stephen Lewis, referred to the tremendous leadership shown by Canada in the United Nations with respect to South Africa. The comments of my hon. friend have been repudiated by President Mugabe, President Kaunda, and Prime Minister Ghandi, all of whom believe that Canada since 1984 has been playing a particular and effective role of international leadership with respect to South Africa.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   ADMISSION OF SOUTH AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA
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STATUS OF IMMIGRANTS

LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan

Liberal

Hon. Bob Kaplan (York Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I have raised a number of specific measures in the House which my Leader mentioned in his speech last November as the policy of the Official Opposition, the Liberals, and I have asked a very specific question today. The Prime Minister refuses to give a specific answer. Will South Africa be added to the B-I list of the Minister and the Department of Employment and Immigration so that blanket approval will be available to South

Africans seeking haven here, and so a signal will be sent to South Africans in their own country who want to resist the official policy of apartheid in that country?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   STATUS OF IMMIGRANTS
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PC

Jean J. Charest (Minister of State (Youth), Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Minister of State (Youth))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jean J. Charest (Minister of State (Youth)) and Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport)):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Employment and Immigration, I will be happy to take notice and transmit the question to the Minister on behalf of the Hon. Member. In the meantime I want to remind the Hon. Member that there is a process now by which people can acquire refugee status, if that is the case, through legislation if they feel compelled to do so because for political reasons their lives may be threatened. That process is there for people who want to make that case and argue it before an adjudicator.

I think it is quite clear that this Government has made its position known on South Africa very forcefully. We have assumed a position of leadership as was demonstrated recently in the sports community. We are very conscious of the role we want to play in the world in this respect.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   STATUS OF IMMIGRANTS
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WESTERN DIVERSIFICATION FUND

NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister responsible for the Western Diversification Program. From information provided by his office a few days ago on all projects released in each of the four western provinces up to July 31 of this year, we see that Manitoba received the smallest amount of any of the provinces, $2,800,000. Saskatchewan with a slightly smaller population received $9,500,000. That is more than three times as much as Manitoba. Alberta received $27.5 million, and British Columbia received almost $50 million.

Some of us suspected that as long as Manitoba had an NDP Government it would be ignored, but since April Manitoba has had a Conservative Government. I would like to ask the Minister what has he got against the people of Manitoba and Premier Filmon so that Manitoba gets grants that are so abysmally small.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WESTERN DIVERSIFICATION FUND
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO MANITOBA
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PC

William Hunter (Bill) McKnight (Minister of Western Economic Diversification; Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Bill McKnight (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to reply to the question of my hon. friend. Over 500 proposals have been approved by Western Diversification in the last 12 months since the Prime Minister established it, totalling some $345 million, to build and strengthen the economy of western Canada.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WESTERN DIVERSIFICATION FUND
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO MANITOBA
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WESTERN DIVERSIFICATION FUND
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO MANITOBA
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PC

William Hunter (Bill) McKnight (Minister of Western Economic Diversification; Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McKnight:

I know the Hon. Member has a concern for his home province, as do Members of Parliament from that province on the government side. I would like to inform the Hon. Member that some 40 projects have been approved in Manitoba for $20 million.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to provide over $1 million to Otto Bock. That company is processing and putting in a CAD-CAM prosthetic operation to bring technology from Germany. It is investing $3 million of its money and $1 million from western economic diversification to diversify the economy and to serve Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Yesterday I also had the opportunity to participate in an agreement with Morfee Wheel. This is technology developed in British Columbia and transferred to Manitoba by the company to develop truck wheels. It is the first new development in truck design since the disc brake.

I can tell the Hon. Member that everything is well in Manitoba and well in western Canada.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   WESTERN DIVERSIFICATION FUND
Sub-subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF GRANTS TO MANITOBA
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GRANT TO STEINBACH


Mir. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North): Mr. Speaker, the figures I quoted were not pulled out of the air. They were figures released by the Minister's office as of ten days ago. Why is it that when the City of Winnipeg has so diversified an economic base that it can produce almost anything in the list which he provided, the only grant for over $1 million was to the town of Steinbach which happens to be in the constituency represented by the Minister of Health and Welfare? It reminds us Manitobans of the type of things we heard when the Member for Winnipeg-Fort Garry was a Minister and his grants were so political.


PC

William Hunter (Bill) McKnight (Minister of Western Economic Diversification; Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Bill McKnight (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Steinbach is well known for representing his riding. I would like to inform the Hon. Member of the activities that took place yesterday in Manitoba, and the opportunities to sign prior to that meeting with our colleagues from the Province of Manitoba. My colleague the Minister of Health, the Hon. Member for Provencher, on behalf of the Government of Canada was able to sign an agreement on a health strategy with the newly elected Government in Manitoba. This health strategy agreement will contribute greatly to the economic activities that will take place in Manitoba.

The announcement yesterday with Otto Bock for $1.4 million which created a company-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GRANT TO STEINBACH
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Some Hon. Members:

Order!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GRANT TO STEINBACH
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member for Shefford.

Oral Questions

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Subtopic:   GRANT TO STEINBACH
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SHARE SAVINGS PLAN

LIB

Jean-C. Lapierre

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lapierre (Shefford):

My question is for the Right Hon. Prime Minister and follows on my leader's. I would ask the Prime Minister not to hide behind Robert Bourassa.

If, for example, the federal Government wanted to match Quebec's stock savings plan, can the Prime Minister tell me how, under the terms requiring certain results and national treatment, we could continue to require something like the head office being located in Quebec or Canada, or at least 50 per cent of the salaries being paid to employees in Quebec? Would such conditions for a stock savings plan be acceptable under the Free Trade Agreement?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHARE SAVINGS PLAN
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August 11, 1988