August 11, 1988

PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, when the Leader of the Opposition hears the Member for Shefford speak of his leader with affection, he must be worried when he hears such things.

The question from the Hon. Member for Shefford, who has set the record for hypocrisy... The Hon. Member for Shefford is more or less repeating his leader's question, except that the question from the Leader of the Liberal Party was more precise.

I took the liberty to answer by using not only the arguments in the document but also the arguments made by Premier Bourassa and his Liberal Government in Quebec. He says that the Hon. Member for Shefford need not worry, Quebecers approve of the free trade treaty.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHARE SAVINGS PLAN
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PRIME MINISTER'S POSITION

LIB

Jean-C. Lapierre

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lapierre (Shefford):

Mr. Speaker, an unsatisfactory answer if there ever was one! I want to ask the Prime Minister, and I am not asking him to repeat Mr. Bourassa's arguments, I want to ask him whether he is prepared to set up a federal stock savings plan and whether, in that case, the free trade agreement wouldn't be an obstacle because of the standards of performance and national treatment provisions. My question is this: Wouldn't all more or less generous stock savings plans be at risk as a result of the free trade agreement?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRIME MINISTER'S POSITION
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PC

Michael Holcombe Wilson (Minister of Finance)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, my understanding of the Hon. Member's question is that there is nothing in the free trade agreement which would affect the ability of the Government of Canada to establish a stock savings plan.

August 11, 1988

Oral Questions

TRANSPORT PUBLIC SERVICE

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRIME MINISTER'S POSITION
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MOVEMENT OF GRAIN THROUGH ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

NDP

Iain Francis Angus (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Deputy Prime Minister, in the absence of the Minister of Transport and the Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board. The Deputy Prime Minister will know that those two Ministers met with officials from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway industry approximately three weeks ago. They offered a plan of action to the Government to deal with the current crisis in the movement of grain and other products from the West through Thunder Bay, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Is the Deputy Prime Minister prepared to advise the House and the thousands of men and women who are affected along the system what action the Government is now prepared to take?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MOVEMENT OF GRAIN THROUGH ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY
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PC

John Wise (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John Wise (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, anyone with a knowledge and understanding of the importance of the agri-food industry in Canada would not be surprised by the negative effects on a whole variety of aspects of the Canadian economy.

The Minister in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board is in Winnipeg today meeting with the provincial Minister of Transport with respect to the Churchill issue. The Department is analyzing the report of the coalition. The Hon. Member will appreciate the fact that any decision that is made will have to be made in the interests of the coalition of the ports in all regions, Canadian farmers, and certainly in the interests of our grain customers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MOVEMENT OF GRAIN THROUGH ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY
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GOVERNMENT POSITION

NDP

Iain Francis Angus (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is directed to the Minister of Agriculture. It has now been three weeks, and there are more layoffs every day. At the very least could the Minister indicate when the people of Canada can expect a decision and an announcement by the Government on the actions that it will take to assist those who are suffering because of the lack of movement of grain?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION
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PC

John Wise (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John Wise (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I think the Hon. Member must also appreciate the fact that the federal Government stays out of the day-to-day operations of the Canadian Wheat Board. The Canadian Wheat Board does not tell our grain customers where to buy their grain.

The Hon. Member might take some satisfaction from a copy of a telex I have here. It is signed by the Commissioner of the Canadian Wheat Board. It states: "I can assure you that we are continuing to pursue all possible marketing opportunities".

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT POSITION
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SECOND FIRING OF IMMIGRATION OFFICER

LIB

Sheila Maureen Copps

Liberal

Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Prime Minister. I would like to ask the Prime Minister why the Government continues to wage a campaign of harassment against Canadians and, in particular, government employees who want to tell the truth to Canadians about a number of issues.

I would like to ask specifically why, for the second time, the Government has fired John Quigley, the immigration officer from Toronto who last year had the guts to tell the truth about a bad immigration policy.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SECOND FIRING OF IMMIGRATION OFFICER
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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, my information is to the effect that Mr. Quigley has been informed that his services are not required any more because of an abuse in telecommunication privileges. Mr. Quigley has all recourses open to him from now on. If he wants to appeal that decision, the law provides for that type of recourse.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SECOND FIRING OF IMMIGRATION OFFICER
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CANADA POST CORPORATION

LIB

Sheila Maureen Copps

Liberal

Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct my question to the Prime Minister. I have a case here of a woman who, for 15 years, delivered rural mail. Last month she was terminated by Canada Post allegedly because of a disagreement over air conditioning, but the real reason was because she was a founding member of the Rural Route Mail Carriers of Canada and a founding member of Rural Dignity. Why was Sue Eybel fired from Hagersville? Why was John Quigley fired from Toronto? Why is the Government running a campaign of harassment against employees who are trying to fight for Canadian rights?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF HAGERSVILLE EMPLOYEE
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PC

Lise Bourgault (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Lise Bourgault (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to respond to the question about the alleged firing of the post mistress in the riding referred to by the Hon. Member. Mr. Speaker, I intend to ask for a full investigation of this matter, and I will get back to the Hon. Member with a detailed reply.

August 11, 1988

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF HAGERSVILLE EMPLOYEE
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BANKS AND BANKING

NDP

Simon Leendert de Jong

New Democratic Party

Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Minister of State for Finance. The Minister is, of course, aware of the hearings which the Finance Committee held on bank charges. He is also aware of the representations the small business community across Canada has been making to him and to Members of Parliament that many of the same recommendations, made concerning bank service charges to the consumer, by the Finance Committee, be applied to small business. Many small businesses feel captured by the banks and feel that they are unable to object to many unfair charges imposed by the banks.

Is the Minister prepared to act on behalf of the small business community of Canada against the big banks?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BANKS AND BANKING
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE CHARGES APPLIED TO SMALL BUSINESSES
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PC

Thomas Hockin (Minister of State (Finance))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Tom Hockin (Minister of State (Finance)):

Of course, Mr. Speaker, the Government is prepared to act. We made this clear a good number of months ago.

First, all the principles which we came up for the consumer: disclosure, advance notice, a complaints mechanism, and abolishment of obnoxious charges, should be applied to the business community as well.

The Hon. Member is very late in coming to this issue. We have a meeting today between the small business organizations and the Bankers' Association. I hope they will be able to resolve the details to make sure that we can have in place a regime just as strong for the small business sector as we have for consumers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BANKS AND BANKING
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE CHARGES APPLIED TO SMALL BUSINESSES
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REQUEST FOR INTRODUCTION OF REGULATORY LEGISLATION

August 11, 1988