August 17, 1988

NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

When taxes were raised in 1985-

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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NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

When taxes were raised in 1986-

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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NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

When taxes were raised in 1987-

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   TAX REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED NATIONAL SALES TAX
Permalink
?

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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NDP

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Riis:

Now the Government intends to add insult to injury by introducing a new everything-included national sales tax. What will this mean for the average Canadian taxpayer?

When you get a haircut, you will pay the new tax. When you buy school supplies for your children, you will pay the new tax. When you go to see a movie or rent a video, you will pay the new tax. When you go to McDonald's, you will pay the new tax. When you buy insurance, you will pay the new tax.

As more and more average Canadians find out about this new Conservative sales tax they are asking-

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

Some Hon. Members:

Where is Brian?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   TAX REFORM
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED NATIONAL SALES TAX
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POLITICAL PARTIES

PC

Felix Holtmann

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Felix Holtmann (Selkirk-Interlake):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the Leader of the New Democratic Party for his astuteness in encouraging the former Premier of Manitoba, Mr. Howard Pawley of Selkirk, to run in the next federal election. Apparently the NDP consider Mr. Pawley to be a bright light. As the federal MP for that area I can assure you, Mr. Speaker, and this House, that the constituents know it is nothing more than low voltage and a dead fuse.

In the last provincial election Manitobans passed judgment on Pawley's NDP Government. At the same time they also passed judgment on one Mr. Sargent-remember?-who was defeated in Pawley's own riding.

In the next federal election Manitobans will have an opportunity to pass judgment on the man whose Party and leadership are sinking dramatically. Please, Mr. B., tell Mr. Pawley to run against me.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY-CANDIDACY OF FORMER MANITOBA PREMIER
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EMPLOYMENT

LIB

Sergio Marchi

Liberal

Mr. Sergio Marchi (York West):

Mr. Speaker, unemployment manifests itself in different forms and hits different people in different regions of our country. In Toronto, and in my riding of York West, for instance, I am encountering an alarming number of younger Canadians, fresh from high school, college, or university, who are unable to find job opportunities that suit their academic training and will provide them with the all important on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

This phenomenon is coupled with the experience of older workers who are being dismissed by employers despite their

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   CALL FOR PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG AND OLDER WORKERS
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COMMONS DEBAT. S


August 17, 1988 Oral Questions long years of service and experience and now face horrendous difficulties in convincing new firms to invest in their talents. Their dilemmas are not easy ones. Older workers still have mortgages to pay and families to maintain. The morale and self esteem of young graduates are being shattered every day. The Government has failed to address these two solitudes in our society. Through innovative employment programs we simply must combat this two-pronged employment malaise so that young Canadians are not denied a place to stand and older workers are not forgotten or abandoned.


ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

FREE TRADE

LIB

Jean-C. Lapierre

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lapierre (Shefford):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Right Hon. Prime Minister. Last Friday employees at Simonds Saw in Granby read on the bulletin board next to the "punch" that their employment with the company would end on November 11 this year, because of the company's decision to transfer its operations back to Massachusetts and cover the North American market from its plant in the United States, thus adding 131 Canadians to the ranks of the unemployed.

I sent a telex to the Prime Minister the same day, and I therefore want to ask the Prime Minister: Has he had a chance to look at the possibility of adjustment programs for these workers, a pre-retirement program or even a program to reopen the business with Canadian backing?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FREE TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   CLOSURE OF SIMONDS PLANT IN GRANBY-REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister for International Trade):

Mr. Speaker, we have dealt with this matter on two occasions this week. I believe the hon. gentleman is referring to the plant in Granby which he falsely stated was to be closed because of the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement. Of course, he has now had to drop those allegations.

All government programs in connection with situations where plants close, for retraining or assistance for workers who are laid off, are in effect under the Department of Employment and Immigration and others. Everything will be done to assist them, as is always the case whenever a plant closes in Canada for whatever reason.

In this case two of the company's four plants are being closed, one in the United States and one in Canada, for reasons, the company says, of economy and greater productivity.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FREE TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   CLOSURE OF SIMONDS PLANT IN GRANBY-REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE
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LOSS OF NUMERONS JOBS IN GRANBY-REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT ACCEPT ITS RESPONSIBILITY

LIB

Jean-C. Lapierre

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lapierre (Shefford):

Mr. Speaker, I would really like to have the Prime Minister's attention in this matter which is vitally important, since the 131 victims of free trade down in Granby are in their fifties. There is no pre-retirement progam for these people. As for the programs referred to by the Minister for International Trade, the only programs available are unemployment insurance for 52 weeks and welfare up to 65. I hope the Minister doesn't think these programs are designed to deal with the problems of these people.

Mr. Speaker, the workers at Simonds Saw are not looking for handouts. They didn't ask to have their jobs taken away and transferred to the United States. The workers at Simonds Saw want some consideration from the Government.

Mr. Speaker, I am not the only one who thinks this is a consequence of free trade. Even a supporter of free trade, the PQ MNA for Shefford, wrote to Premier Bourassa saying that manufacturing of knives and saws will be transferred to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in accordance with the principles of free trade.

Consequently, I want to ask the Government to act responsibly and ask the Prime Minister what he has to say to 131 people who just lost their jobs and who will be out on the street as of November 11.

[DOT] (K20)

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LOSS OF NUMERONS JOBS IN GRANBY-REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT ACCEPT ITS RESPONSIBILITY
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August 17, 1988