August 29, 1988

PC

Blaine Allen Thacker (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Thacker:

Why didn't you say something about it sooner? You sat on it all weekend!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STORAGE REGULATIONS
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PC

Harvie Andre (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Andre:

Why didn't you do something Thursday about it-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STORAGE REGULATIONS
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NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blaikie:

I did.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STORAGE REGULATIONS
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PC

Harvie Andre (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Andre:

-if it was so life threatening?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STORAGE REGULATIONS
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NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Blaikie:

I didn't say it was life threatening.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STORAGE REGULATIONS
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member for Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine East.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STORAGE REGULATIONS
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE


Hon. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine East): Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Justice or the Minister of Employment and Immigration. Mr. Speaker, in a recent judgment the Federal Court of Appeal confirmed a ruling of the Canadian Human Rights Commission that spouses who worked for their mates should not be denied unemployment insurance benefits. Since the Unemployment Insurance Commission may still appeal this judgment to the Supreme Court of Canada, will the Minister state today whether the Government has agreed to accept the judgment of the Federal Court and forgo any appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada? In other words, will the Government accept the ruling of the Canadian Human Rights Commission that spouses should have the same right to unemployment insurance as all other Canadians?


PC

Barbara Jean McDougall (Minister of Employment and Immigration; Minister responsible for the Status of Women)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Barbara McDougall (Minister of Employment and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, it is early days yet on this decision. The Department of Justice and my Department are reviewing the decision and once we reach a conclusion we will be able to report back to the House.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS OF PERSONS EMPLOYED BY THEIR SPOUSES
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PARENTAL BENEFITS-FEDERAL COURT HEARING


Hon. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine East): Mr. Speaker, this is a fairly clear-cut matter. I had hoped we would have a decision before the end of this week. Will the Minister also tell the House whether the Government has decided to accept the Federal Court decision in June that parental benefits under the Unemployment Insurance Act should be available to natural parents in the same way as adoptive parents, that these benefits should be available to both father and mother, and that they should be distinct from August 29, 1988



pregnancy benefits? Would the Minister inform the House with respect to that judgment today if possible?


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, with respect to that particular judgment, Mr. Justice Strayer has asked counsel to put forward suggestions to him with respect to the form of judgment. There is, in fact, no judgment as yet as a result of the decision of last June. By the end of this month there will be a formal judgment issued by the court, at which time we will have an opportunity of assessing that with respect to future courses of action.

[ Translation]

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PARENTAL BENEFITS-FEDERAL COURT HEARING
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THE ENVIRONMENT

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister responsible for the Environment. Last week, my party leader asked for a list of PCB storage sites in Quebec and throughout Canada. Environment Canada promised to provide it by the end of last week. Now we have not received this most important list. Why? Does such a list exist? And when will the Government provide this list of PCB storage sites?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ENVIRONMENT
Sub-subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF LIST OF PCB WAREHOUSE SITES-MINISTER'S POSITION
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PC

Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, as I indicated when I was in the House last Friday, such a list exists and it will be made public this week.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ENVIRONMENT
Sub-subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF LIST OF PCB WAREHOUSE SITES-MINISTER'S POSITION
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REQUEST THAT CONSTITUENCY LISTS BE DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, will the Minister supply each Member of Parliament, who is naturally very concerned about his or her own area, with a list of PCB storage sites there in order to enable Members to take further action? Can each Member of Parliament receive a list of storage sites of PCBs in their constituencies?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT CONSTITUENCY LISTS BE DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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PC

Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I am not aware which method the Department of the Environment was to use to make the list public. I will bring that to their attention and insist that a copy of the list be sent to each Member of Parliament.

Oral Questions ABORTION

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT CONSTITUENCY LISTS BE DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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POSITION OF PRIME MINISTER-INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION

August 29, 1988