August 17, 1988

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21

CHILDREN

LIB

Lucie Pépin

Liberal

Mrs. Lucie Pepin (Outremont):

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to protest vigorously against the distribution of Garbage Pail Kids cards in Montreal. These cards, inserted in chewing gum packages, show absolutely disgusting and unacceptable pictures of children. For example, one card shows a baby with its elbow in its behind and its umbilical cord plugged into an electric outlet. Another shows a small boy scalding his hands under a hot water tap and the skin literally melting away. The cards also give reprehensible advice, such as eating until you vomit and watching what has happened to the food consumed.

Mr. Speaker, who has responsibility? According to a Montreal Urban Community police officer, nothing can be done about it. Unfortunately, the prosecutors he consulted told him that there is no legal recourse to stop the distribution of these cards.

Mr. Speaker, we are facing a serious problem. We must put on pressure to stop the distribution of these cards. It is true that children's education plays an important role, but if our laws are powerless to stop the social abuse I described, it is time to change them.

I ask the Conservative Government to investigate the possibility of amending the Criminal Code to prevent the distribution of such material, to stop the abuse of children's rights in the media and to put an end to such disgusting and abusive material.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   CHILDREN
Sub-subtopic:   RETURN OF GARBAGE PAIL KIDS CARDS-REQUEST THAT CRIMINAL CODE BE AMENDED
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Reginald Francis Stackhouse

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Reginald Stackhouse (Scarborough West):

Mr. Speaker, word has been received that this morning the President of Pakistan, the United States Ambassador to Pakistan, and 35 other civilians died in a plane crash over Pakistan. Apart from any other consideration, the manner of their deaths must impress all Members of this House and law-abiding and peace loving citizens of this country. We must ask ourselves, in view of the possible assassination, what manner of world this is becoming when any person in a position of public leadership faces the risk that any leader faces today. It causes us to make note of the need for greater security for leaders and to value the peace that is part of this country.

I know that, apart from any political considerations, the sympathies of this country will go to the families concerned.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PAKISTAN-DEATH OF PRESIDENT IN PLANE CRASH
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BANKRUPTCIES

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, a couple of weeks ago Best Outer Wear Limited in Spadina went out of business, stopped making ladies coats, and dismissed 20 workers, owing each an average of $1,000 in back wages. The workers cannot collect their pay because the Bank of Montreal, being the secured creditor, has claimed the company's assets, leaving nothing to pay the workers. This is outrageous because this same Bank of Montreal in 1982 made $239 million profit but paid no taxes at all. In fact, it received a $22 million tax rebate.

This year, according to the Canadian Bankers' Association, none of our banks expects to pay tax. It is unconscionable that workers must pay taxes on their wages to subsidize banks that pay no taxes but the banks then have the power to seize the workers' wages. Canadian banks do the same to the peoples of Latin America where workers and peasants must watch their children suffer malnutrition and disease so that billions of dollars in external debt can be repaid to Canadian banks.

The people of Canada must organize to end these unjust Canadian laws made by the bankers' friends in the House of Commons and the Senate.

August 17, 1988

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   BANKRUPTCIES
Sub-subtopic:   BANK'S SEIZURE OF COMPANY ASSETS-LOSS OF WORKERS' WAGES
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NATIONAL PARKS

PC

Gordon Edward Taylor

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, the view from the Shadow Lake area, about 11 miles up a mountain in Banff National Park, is magnificent and glorious. For years Bud Brewster has been taking Canadians seven miles up the mountain in a vehicle on a fire road, and then even a man on crutches can go the rest of the way. Thus, scores of seniors have been able to visit Shadow Lake and marvel in ecstasy at this handiwork of God. However, this fall Parks Canada threatens to close the fire road which means that no aged or crippled Canadian will ever again visit Shadow Lake.

In 1979 Parks Canada was stopped by the then Minister of Parks, the Hon. John Fraser, from closing this road. Our national parks are not just for the young and the strong. I plead with the Minister and the Government of Canada to keep this road open so all Canadians, including the aged, the weak, and the crippled, can enjoy our national parks.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic:   BANFF NATIONAL PARK-THREATENED CLOSURE OF ROAD TO SHADOW LAKE
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

LIB

Alfonso Gagliano

Liberal

Mr. Alfonso Gagliano (Saint-Leonard-Anjou):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday we attended a press conference that was a real farce. There were the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson), the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion and Minister of State for Science and Technology (Mr. de Cotret) and the Minister of State for Small Businesses and Tourism (Mr. Valcourt). The three were all there to announce the idea of an entrepreneurship institute.

When journalists asked them about its mandate and budget and what they would do, the Minister of State for Small Businesses and Tourism said, "I will get back to you in a month to make an announcement about that." A real farce!

Today, small business is stuck with bank charges, people have to pay twice for a returned cheque, and the Government is dragging its feet. Why don't they announce really necessary things that help small business instead of electioneering, as they did yesterday?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP-REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
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ABORTION

PC

James Kenneth (Jim) Jepson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jim Jepson (London East):

Mr. Speaker, I read with regret in The Ottawa Citizen, and had it confirmed by the Justice Department, that Justice officials are continuing to try to deny Joe Borowski his day in court. It is regrettable that the obvious bias of some Justice Department officials is continuing to prejudice Mr. Borowski's case which is to come before the Supreme Court in October.

I call on the Minister of Justice (Mr. Hnatyshyn) to allow due process of law to be carried out in a free and democratic way. I get the distinct impression that Justice officials are afraid of the possible outcome of the Borowski trial and that, indeed, the life of the unborn might be protected under the Charter as Mr. Borowski claims in his submission.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   ABORTION
Sub-subtopic:   ATTEMPT TO SECURE POSTPONEMENT OF SUPREME COURT HEARING
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APARTHEID

NDP

Howard Douglas McCurdy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-Walkerville):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday we heard the tragic news that Nelson Mandela has been transferred to a hospital and is seriously ill with tuberculosis, a disease produced by cramped and inhumane prison conditions. The white South African Government still refuses to release him, even on humanitarian grounds. It insists he is a criminal and a terrorist.

The crime for which he has spent the last 25 years in prison was refusing to accept the South African Government's view that blacks are less than equal. Nelson Mandela is a political prisoner. Anyone with a conscience knows that, just as people know who the real criminal and terrorist is in South Africa.

More important, Mandela is a symbol of black South Africans' struggle for justice. His refusal to bend to the racist regime or to be robbed of his human dignity is nothing less than a fiery demand by all black South Africans for full and complete equality, socially, politically, and economically.

The South African Government must release Nelson Mandela, not because he is sick but for the same reason it should free all black South Africans, because it is right. Canada and the world should insist upon it.

August 17, 1988

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   APARTHEID
Sub-subtopic:   SOUTH AFRICA-CALL FOR RELEASE FROM PRISON OF NELSON MANDELLA
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AIRPORTS

PC

Robert Pennock

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform the people of Canada that irresponsible municipal government action has created a potential health hazard at Pearson International Airport.

On a daily basis Pearson is producing 40 tonnes of waste. The compactors at the airport can handle only 21 tonnes. It does not take a mathematical genius to conclude that Pearson has 19 tonnes of excess garbage to dispose of each day, every day.

Mounds of garbage already surround the planes and the disposal site. Flies and rats are infesting this refuse. These known carriers of disease pose a grave health hazard to the people working at the airport and in the surrounding area.

A new disposal system is being put in place at Pearson but, temporarily, the garbage must go somewhere. Toronto has an incinerator on Commissioner Street. Despite requests from Pearson Airport, Toronto closed this incinerator.

Hamilton has an incinerator running at 50 per cent capacity only. Why? Because they do not have enough garbage. Yet they refuse to take the garbage from Pearson until they get planes from Pearson.

Toronto and Hamilton's self-serving interests are holding the country to ransom. Their narrow-minded attitude is endangering the health of airport personnel, citizens of Canada, and the agriculture industry at large. Something must be done.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   AIRPORTS
Sub-subtopic:   PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT-DISPOSAL OF GARBAGE
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TAX REFORM

NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson A. Riis (Kamloops-Shuswap):

Mr. Speaker, when the Conservative Government raised taxes on families in 1984 average Canadians asked-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   TAX REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED NATIONAL SALES TAX
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Some Hon. Members:

Where was Brian?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   TAX REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED NATIONAL SALES TAX
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August 17, 1988