September 1, 1988

PC

Monique Vézina (Minister of State (Employment and Immigration))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Monique Vezina (Minister of State (Employment and Immigration)):

Mr. Speaker, the eligibility standard expires on January 4, 1989. I want to thank the Hon. Member for his question, and I can assure the House that between September 1, 1988 and January 4, 1989, we have ample time to adopt a bill for the purpose mentioned.

Since with respect to the objectives we have sought to attain with this legislation since 1976 there always has been full cooperation on the part of all Members of the House of Commons, I am confident that such an amendment can be adopted within a week.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   PRESENTATION OF LEGISLATION ON QUALIFYING ELIGIBILITY PERIOD-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, my first question is directed to the Minister of the Environment. With the PCB fire in Seattle we are becoming increasingly aware of the danger of PCBs still in use, not just in storage. There are some experts who think that the whole Great Lakes system is a PCB storage site.

I ask the Minister if he would not agree that to have an adequate grasp of the PCB problem in Canada we would need a list not only of the storage sites in our areas but also of places where PCBs are in use, or at least major places where they are still in use, and of PCBs in major waterways where they are concentrated in large amounts. Could he provide us with a series of lists in order for us to have an adequate grasp of the PCB problem today?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INCLUSIVE LISTING OF PCB SITES
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PC

Thomas Michael McMillan (Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, I think that the Hon. Member will probably know that under very strict federal laws and regulations over the years the use of PCBs has been subject to quite rigorous sanctions, again at the national level.

I will be presenting to my provincial colleagues next week- I think on Wednesday, details have yet to be finalized-a plan from the national Government for their consideration as part of a Canada-wide effort involving both levels of government for the complete phase-out of PCBs.

In that connection, I will take the Hon. Member's recommendation under advisement as to the possibility of a list identifying the major sites where PCBs are used. It would be a very long list and it would be awfully difficult to compile, but to the extent that it could be done, 1 will consult with my officials to see that it is.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INCLUSIVE LISTING OF PCB SITES
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REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF CURRENT INFORMATION

NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question. My colleague, the Hon. Member for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, has managed to get at least a partial list, a provincial list, from the Province of

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Ontario, and the rest of us are still waiting for our lists. I wonder if he could not undertake at least to provide information that is immediately available while he is gathering that further information. Could he not give us a beginning, a start on this problem, and then provide us with the rest of the information when it is possible for him to do so?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF CURRENT INFORMATION
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PC

Thomas Michael McMillan (Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, I presume, in connection with this particular question, that the list that is being referred to is that of PCBs in use. Is that correct?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF CURRENT INFORMATION
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NDP

Lynn McDonald

New Democratic Party

Ms. McDonald:

Storage.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF CURRENT INFORMATION
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PC

Thomas Michael McMillan (Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McMillan:

1 will be very candid with the Hon. Member. I thought, as did my colleague, the Minister of Labour, that we would be able to provide the list of PCB storage facilities across the country as early as today or yesterday. It has not been possible. I have put a greater premium on making sure that the list is accurate and complete rather than on necessarily getting it out early.

I know that the Hon. Member would be the first to criticize the Government if I were to release something that was shoddy or incomplete or that the public could not have confidence in. However, I give this commitment as I speak to the Hon. Member, that the list is being prepared and that it will be as complete as possible when it is released, and I hope that it is as soon as next week.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF CURRENT INFORMATION
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I ask Hon. Members to be patient. I will take a single question from the Hon. Member for Trinity. I am then going to move back to the New Democratic Party because there is a Member who has a question for the Hon. Minister of Veterans Affairs, and I think that it is appropriate that it be asked today. The Hon. Member for Trinity.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF CURRENT INFORMATION
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BANKS AND BANKING

LIB

Aideen Nicholson

Liberal

Miss Aideen Nicholson (Trinity):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of State for Finance and it concerns fairness. Three years ago, in September, 1985, the Government moved in an unprecedented way to bail out the depositors of the Canadian Commercial Bank, many of whom were wealthy foreigners. But today, three years later, over 200 Canadian employees of that bank have not yet received severance pay.

Will the Minister explain this, and will he explain further why the Ministry of Labour, which has had a legal opinion for two years that those 200 Canadian employees who were innocently caught in this situation were entitled to severance pay, has not provided them with any help and they have been obliged to launch private suits?

September 1, 1988

Business of the House

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BANKS AND BANKING
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN COMMERCIAL BANK-SEVERANCE PAY OF FORMER EMPLOYEES
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PC

Thomas Hockin (Minister of State (Finance))

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I would have been able to answer this question better if I had been given notice. It is a serious and very specific question. I should say this. She knows of the proceedings with regard to these two banks being in receivership and being dealt with by the trustee making decisions on these matters. There is a difference between depositors and employees, and they are treated under difference processes, but I will certainly take her representations to the authorities in order to make sure that they are aware of the importance of this.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BANKS AND BANKING
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN COMMERCIAL BANK-SEVERANCE PAY OF FORMER EMPLOYEES
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I am afraid that this will have to be the last question. I would call on the Hon. Member for Beaches who, I understand, has a question.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BANKS AND BANKING
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIAN COMMERCIAL BANK-SEVERANCE PAY OF FORMER EMPLOYEES
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VETERAN AFFAIRS

NDP

Neil Young

New Democratic Party

Mr. Neil Young (Beaches):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Veterans Affairs. It may very well be the last chance that I have to ask the Minister a question in the House or, indeed, for him to give a response. I regret that very much, because the Minister's work has been appreciated by all Members on all sides of the House.

All Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   VETERAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   VETERANS INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM-EXPANSION OF COVERAGE
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NDP

Neil Young

New Democratic Party

Mr. Young:

Certainly it has been appreciated by the veterans in Canada, Mr. Speaker. Now comes the hard question.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   VETERAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   VETERANS INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM-EXPANSION OF COVERAGE
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   VETERAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   VETERANS INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM-EXPANSION OF COVERAGE
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NDP

Neil Young

New Democratic Party

Mr. Young:

I am always reluctant to ask the Minister a question because I always manage to make him look good.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   VETERAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   VETERANS INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM-EXPANSION OF COVERAGE
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   VETERAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   VETERANS INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM-EXPANSION OF COVERAGE
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September 1, 1988