August 17, 1988

PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

I have it here and I can assure you that what you just implied about Premier Bourassa and me is completely and flatly wrong.

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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I know Hon. Members will want to put their questions and their responses through the Chair. The Right Hon. Prime Minister.

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend referred to the transcript. I will give him the transcript. It said: "Yesterday in Montreal I met with Premier Bourassa and we discussed the proposal to build an aluminum smelter that is now under study by an international consortium. Of course, the final decision will be made by the investors, but the Premier and I agreed to promote Sept-Iles as the site of the proposed smelter".

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LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Mr. Axworthy:

Let us give the same guarantee to Manitoba.

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Some Hon. Members:

Keep going.

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Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

I will be delighted to continue: "The federal Government is monitoring this project's progress with interest. This project being studied by international investors of solid reputation would create many jobs and have a considerable economic impact on Sept-Iles, on the North Shore and all of Quebec. This is another example of how a stable political climate and open markets attract private investment".

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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

We do not have before the Cabinet or the Government of Canada a request from the Government of

Manitoba or the private developers in Manitoba seeking to develop a smelter in Manitoba. As soon as those plans are forthcoming they will be carefully considered and favourably considered, if the objective criteria are met, by the Government of Canada. We are very much interested in the approach that Premier Filmon is bringing to industrial development and clearly it will have very beneficial effect for Manitoba.

My hon. friend refers to the surprise of the people of Sept-Iles.

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LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Mr. Axworthy:

That is right.

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

They will be surprised in hearing a Liberal spokesman today denigrating a legitimate-

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LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Mr. Axworthy:

You retracted your guarantee.

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

-attempt by the Government of Canada to try to get rid of some of the high unemployment. My hon. friend's slogan is "Let the people decide". The Winnipeg Free Press suggests your slogan should be: "Tell the people the truth".

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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Mr. Axworthy:

Why do you not tell the people in your riding the truth?

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REQUEST THAT PRIME MINISTER PROMOTE MANITOBA SITE FOR SMELTER

NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg-Birds Hill):

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister for the most part was careful in what he had to say about this. One of the things that it appears he was careful not to say was that he would be promoting Manitoba as a site for an aluminum smelter. I am not so sure we have the flip-flop here that the Hon. Member for Winnipeg-Fort Garry says we have, unless of course we can get the Prime Minister to his feet to say that, indeed, he will be promoting Manitoba as a site for an aluminum smelter.

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Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, in fairness, usually a politician does get blamed for what he says. My hon. friend says: "I am now blaming the Prime Minister for what he has been careful not to say".

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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

We have a proposal from the Government of Quebec. As the gentleman from Manitoba indicated, they have been aware of the Quebec proposal for many years. It has not been a secret. The private sector representing people from Japan, Europe, the United States, and La Societe generate d'investissements du Quebec, has put together a consortium which proposes to build an aluminum smelter some place in the Province of Quebec. That is one of the proposals.

There is another proposal that had been unsuccessful over some years with the previous Government and which Premier

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Filmon is now seeking to resurrect and bring to fruition, which involves the establishment of an aluminum smelter in Manitoba which looks to entirely different markets and entirely different financing-an entirely different approach-both of which are sustainable in a country such as Canada.

My hon. friend asks me to be careful about what not to say. I will tell him what I told Premier Filmon when he raised the matter in a private meeting with me a week ago. It was that when the Government of Manitoba had all the facts and was ready to proceed with some recommendations, the Government of Canada would be delighted to sit down with him as Premier of Manitoba, with his colleagues, to make sure that if they thought this was a deal that would fly in Manitoba the Government of Canada would be there to help them.

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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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August 17, 1988