August 29, 1988

PC

Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I do not see the logic in my hon. friend's trend of thought. But I guess that's obvious to everybody. Nevertheless, I do not think I was boasting about the particular Act that was passed and adopted on June 30, 1988. I was simply indicating that this Government, contrary to the former Government, took action. We finally came in with a Bill that was passed and adopted by the House which gives us the tools to deal with such situations. Those tools did not exist under the previous Government. Not only will we exercise our responsibility in federal jurisdiction but obviously, as we have been able to do since 1984, the Government will continue to work with the provinces in order to protect Canadian health and safety whenever possible.

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Subtopic:   GOVERNMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
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FINANCE

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Alan Redway (York East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of State for Finance. He should be aware that one of the best ways to cool off inflationary pressures in the Metro Toronto area without raising interest

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rates would be to institute a residential housing speculation tax.

Will the Minister give us his undertaking that the Government will institute such a tax in order to fight inflation in the Metro Toronto area and in southern Ontario, without discouraging economic growth in other parts of Canada by increasing interest rates?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT INTRODUCE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING SPECULATION TAX
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PC

Thomas Hockin (Minister of State (Finance))

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, it might be helpful to the Hon. Member if I reminded him of the number of steps taken under the tax reform leadership shown by the Minister of Finance with regard to measures that will inhibit speculation on real estate.

The measures involved include the elimination of MURB's, the increase in the inclusion rate for capital gains, the reduction in the capital cost allowance rate for real estate from 5 per cent to 4 per cent, and the introduction of the cumulative net investment loss account to discourage excessive sheltering of ordinary income.

Finally, as the Hon. Member knows, the Government continues to support, as do the majority of Canadians, the exemption of principal residences from capital gains taxation.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT INTRODUCE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING SPECULATION TAX
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PROPOSED LOCATION OF LABORATORY CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL

NDP

Cyril Keeper

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cyril Keeper (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of National Health and Welfare. The Minister appointed an expert committee with industrial and scientific capacity to make a recommendation with regard to the location of the laboratory centre for disease control in Winnipeg. This committee recommended that the centre be located near the medical school and the Health Sciences Centre.

The Tory MP's from Manitoba got together and unanimously recommended that the centre go to St. Boniface, which is presently held by a Conservative Member of Parliament. Will the Minister respect the recommendation of his committee, play straight with Winnipegers, and locate the centre where it had been recommended by the expert committee, or will he simply play pork-barrel politics with this centre for disease control?

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Subtopic:   PROPOSED LOCATION OF LABORATORY CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jake Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Hon. Member for the question. 1 appreciate that he has changed his view since we first announced the LCDC coming to Winnipeg when he did not think it was all that important. Now he feels that it is important. As I said in Winnipeg and elsewhere in Manitoba, an announcement will be made when there is a decision. I will not tell it to him directly today.

August 29, 1988

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Subtopic:   PROPOSED LOCATION OF LABORATORY CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL
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NDP

Cyril Keeper

New Democratic Party

Mr. Keeper:

I hope the Minister can back up what he said about my view with regard to the centre being located in Winnipeg. At no time did I downgrade the fact that this centre would be located in Winnipeg.

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Subtopic:   PROPOSED LOCATION OF LABORATORY CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL
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TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT

NDP

Cyril Keeper

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cyril Keeper (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr, Speaker, the people of Winnipeg want to know whether the Minister will place the centre where it should be in order to fulfil its promise or whether he will give into the temptation of playing pork-barrel politics just because his back-bench MP's are telling him to put it in St. Boniface. Put it where it belongs and stop playing pork-barrel politics. Tell us when you will announce that decision.

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Subtopic:   TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jake Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, I am glad that he is applauding the federal Government's initiative and putting the LCDC in Winnipeg. It is a very welcome change of tune from what I have heard from the NDP, both provincially and federally-

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Subtopic:   TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT
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NDP

Howard Douglas McCurdy

New Democratic Party

Mr. McCurdy:

What nonsense.

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Subtopic:   TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Epp (Provencher):

-saying about this Government's commitment to Winnipeg. While they may get a little irritated about my saying it, it is about time they heard it.

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Subtopic:   TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT
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NDP

Howard Douglas McCurdy

New Democratic Party

Mr. McCurdy:

There is nothing unusual about dishonesty from that side.

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Subtopic:   TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT
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PC

Arthur Jacob (Jake) Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Epp (Provencher):

Just relax, our health care costs will go up if you keep going on like that.

Advice has been given to me from the advisory committee. I made that quite public. There is also an environmental study that we have to do under federal regulations for buildings such as this. When that material is complete and I have made a decision, I will announce it.

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Subtopic:   TIMING OF ANNOUNCEMENT
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CHILDREN

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of National Revenue my question is directed to the Minister of Justice. It concerns the Criminal Code of Canada.

The Minister will know that a few weeks ago I publicly called upon the Government to ban the importation into Canada of an offensive product known as Garbage Pail Kids cards. These are bubble gum cards depicting the mutilation, dissection, burning and murdering of small children.

Given that the promoter of this product now says he wants to bring into Canada a movie known as Garbage Pail Kids- The Movie, will the Minister of Justice state in the House that he will not let this kind of offensive movie into our country?

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Subtopic:   CHILDREN
Sub-subtopic:   GARBAGE PAIL KIDS-REQUEST FOR BAN ON IMPORTATION OF MOVIE
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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I am informed by the Department of National Revenue that current regulations with respect to importation of obscenity into Canada are being strictly observed. If the Hon. Member has any influence with his caucus colleagues, he might want to draw their attention to very progressive legislation, Bill C-54, which has specifically directed prohibitions against pornography, which might be of assistance to him with respect to the kind of offensive material he describes. He might be able to convince his colleagues to bring this matter into committee so that we can see whether there are better ways to improve the protection at our borders with respect to salacious material.

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Subtopic:   CHILDREN
Sub-subtopic:   GARBAGE PAIL KIDS-REQUEST FOR BAN ON IMPORTATION OF MOVIE
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CRIMINAL CODE-APPLICATION OF PROVISIONS

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Mr. Speaker, perhaps for once I can try to get a non partisan answer from the Government. I will try to be the same myself.

My supplementary question is directed to the Minister of Justice. Given the present provisions of the Criminal Code on obscenity and crime comics, has the Attorney General, the Minister of Justice, attempted to receive information from his officials or the officials of the Department of Revenue in order to determine whether all of these products, the movie or the bubble gum cards in question, which offend millions of Canadians in their right mind, should be banned? Will he take that initiative and ban this offensive product that I believe is objectionable to all Members of the House and offensive to right-minded parents?

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Subtopic:   CRIMINAL CODE-APPLICATION OF PROVISIONS
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August 29, 1988