August 31, 1988

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21

INDUSTRY

LIB

Maurice Brydon Foster

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Government finally announced its program for grape producers in Ontario that it is putting out of business with the Mulroney trade deal. The Government declared that there will be $100 million of aid, but when we check the details we find that $10 million will be used for tax credits to the wine companies and another $10 million will be used for an annual grape surplus purchase program. That will leave less than $80 million to assist the half of the grape growers who will be put out of business.

The Ontario grape growers have demanded $156 million over the next six years to begin to adjust to the destruction of their farms, their livelihood, and their business. Thus, there will be only one-half of the funds that are needed to assist these grape growers. Worse still, the funds will be provided over 12 years instead of six years.

This is a foretaste of the treatment that workers and businesses which will be destroyed by the Prime Minister's (Mr. Mulroney) trade deal, will receive. It is totally inadequate, unfair to people, too late, insensitive, and lacking in any care for the people whose lives are being destroyed.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ONTARIO GRAPE AND WINE INDUSTRIES
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TRIBUTE TO THE LATE HONOURABLE JEAN MARCHAND

PC

Gabriel Fontaine (Chief Government Whip's assistant; Deputy Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gabriel Fontaine (Levis):

Mr. Speaker, the late Jean Marchand was fond of quoting this sentence by Peguy: "Tout commence par la mystique et finit par la politique". Jean Marchand started with the "mystique" and always came back to it, and his message to us is not to become a slave to politics.

Today, on the day of his funeral, Hon. Members would do well to think about this message, about the role of democracy, the powers of the House of Commons, the legislative authority

of the House of Commons, the independence of the Senate and about frankness and honesty.

That would be the most eloquent tribute we could pay Jean Marchand.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   TRIBUTE TO THE LATE HONOURABLE JEAN MARCHAND
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IMMIGRATION

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, last week Immigration Canada stopped examining refugee claimants in Toronto, Windsor, and Vancouver, saying that the new immigration and refugee board would handle all the 50,000 or more cases in the backlog.

This irresponsible action throws still more refugee claimants onto provincial public assistance, although they are eager and able to work. It also leaves them in deepening destructive anxiety about their future.

This week the Chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board, Gordon Fairweather, declared that his Board has neither the money nor the personnel to handle the backlog. He pointed out that the Cabinet must decide between an amnesty for all in the backlog, an amnesty for only some, such as the former administrative review, or more money and staff for his board.

1 call on the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) to remember his promise of compassion toward refugees by breaking this deadlock, allowing refugee claimants to work, and making a clear, quick decision about their future.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   DELAY IN PROCESSING BACKLOG OF REFUGEE STATUS CLAIMS
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NORTHERN AFFAIRS

PC

Dave Nickerson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dave Nickerson (Western Arctic):

Mr. Speaker, last week giant BCE Inc. of Montreal bought Terra Nova Tel. This week it bought profitable NorthwestTel, the other formerly CN-owned telephone company. BCE, through Bell and its other subsidiaries, now controls some 65 per cent of all telephone lines in Canada and has a monopoly on service north of 60.

August 31, 1988

In order to be a good northern corporate citizen, BCE should operate NorthwestTel as an autonomous affiliate, seek ways to ensure northern ownership in NorthwestTel, and have resident northerners both sitting on its board of directors and also in senior management positions.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   OPERATION OF NORTHWESTEL
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IMMIGRATION

LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Winnipeg-Fort Garry):

Mr. Speaker, this morning at the Winnipeg International Airport immigration officials executed a deportation order against Miss Sally Espineli, just the latest example of an uncaring, unforgiving attitude which has permeated the Department of Immigration since the Government came to power.

Miss Espineli first came to Canada eight years ago. She was unable to get a job under her married circumstances, and told immigration officials she was single because that was a requirement by the company, even though she is now divorced.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is currently investigating Miss Espineli's case to determine whether immigration policies have in fact discriminated against the human rights code. This decision will have national implications.

Yet despite presentations by the head of the Human Rights Commission to the Minister directly, and the mock signs of concern, the deportation order was executed. By refusing to display any sense of compassion she has shown herself well suited to the administration of the kind of Draconian immigration policies which have characterized the Government. To use Sally Espineli's own words: "This is my home now, my second country".

The Minister has ensured that this is no longer the case. There is still a final chance. Miss Espineli will not have to leave the Port of Vancouver until five o'clock. I remind everyone of the ancient words of the Talmud: "To save one life as if you saved the whole world.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
Sub-subtopic:   EXECUTION OF DEPORTATION ORDER
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FREE TRADE

PC

Marcel R. Tremblay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Marcel R. Tremblay (Quebec Est):

Mr. Speaker, we cannot build a strong Canada, as the Leader of the Opposition

(Mr. Turner) would have us do, with a weak economy, a record deficit and record inflation, interest and unemployment rates, which was the situation we had under the previous Government.

To stand on its own two feet and defend its sovereignty, Canada must be strong and it must be respected. The kind of sovereignty to which the Leader of the Opposition referred is theoretical and illusory.

The sovereignty we defend is genuine sovereignty that allows political and economic relations with other countries and at the same time makes Canada stronger.

Mr. Speaker, I hope the Liberals in this House and in the Senate will not take Canadians hostage, because those same Canadians will soon be judging their actions, and that judgment will be merciless.

1 also ask the Senators to ratify the agreement within the next few days, because otherwise Canadians will ratify the agreement for them, thus making those Senators redundant.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   FREE TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST THAT SENATE PASS BILLC-130
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CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-EFFECT ON NEWFOUNDLAND

NDP

Jack Harris

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jack Harris (St. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, it was a great surprise to hear the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) yesterday suggest that the trade deal with the United States would enhance Canadian vitality and ensure the expression of our nationhood, and then use Newfoundland's union with Canada in 1949 as an example.

He should know that by joining with Canada in 1949, Newfoundland forever gave up its right to be a sovereign nation and many decisions about Newfoundland's future would be made in Ottawa, not in Newfoundland and Labrador, including social programs and regional development policies.

He should also know that the earned income of Newfoundlanders in 1949 was less than half the Canadian average and now is only slightly better at 55 per cent, after almost 40 years.

It is still the province with the highest unemployment and the least share of regional development funds. Average Newfoundlanders and average Canadians will not benefit from throwing our lot in with the great North American market and tying our hands regarding our future.

August 31, 1988

Even within Canada, Newfoundlanders must struggle to get treated fairly and obtain economic independence. Newfoundlanders and Canadians need government action to ensure fairness for all regions and all Canadians. They do not need a Conservative Government which gives up this battle.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-EFFECT ON NEWFOUNDLAND
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AIRPORTS

PC

Robert Pennock

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member for Hamilton East (Ms. Copps) has led this House to believe that Hamilton never agreed to assist Pearson Airport with its waste disposal. For the record, 1 have a letter dated October 7, 1987, from Hamilton-Wentworth to Air Canada agreeing to assist Pearson. I quote an excerpt: "Regional Council at its meeting on October 6, 1987, approved the committee's recommendations". In July, 1988, only seven and one-half months later, when Pearson was in a bind, it reversed its approval stating: "Give us planes and we will take your garbage". I do not believe Canadians, even Hamiltonians, would consider that fair play.

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

LIB

Sheila Maureen Copps

Liberal

Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):

Mr. Speaker, I would invite the Member for Etobicoke North (Mr. Pennock) to come into my riding and find out what the people of Hamilton-Wentworth think about his garbage. The fact is that when the initial approval was given, it was claimed there would only be 20 metric tonnes of garbage a week. We then discovered that the airport planned not only on dumping its international garbage on us, but all its garbage, 250 metric tonnes per week.

It was the Member's Government and the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Transport that misled the people of Hamilton into believing it would only be 20 metric tonnes.

Frankly, 1 think it is an insult to the people of Hamilton. We are not good enough to fly into. The Member for Etobicoke North says Hamilton is just a small town and someday we may be a big city and people may be able to fly there, but in the meantime he expects us to take his garbage. Well, you can have your garbage, you can the mess from the Toronto International Airport, and you know where you can put it.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   AIRPORTS
Sub-subtopic:   PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT-DISPOSAL OF GARBAGE
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S. O. 21 TRADE CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-SUPPORT FROM SMALL BUSINESSES

August 31, 1988