September 1, 1988

NDP

Neil Young

New Democratic Party

Mr. Young:

In June of this year the Minister announced to the Canadian Convention of the Legion that he intended to expand the Veterans Independence Program to cover those veterans who served only in Canada in the First and Second World Wars.

Is the Minister in a position to announce when that will happen?

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

George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Seniors)):

Yes, Mr. Speaker. To start with I would like to thank all Hon. Members for their very kind and generous expression of goodwill which they accorded me a few moments ago. This is one of the reasons that makes serving in Parliament the finest profession that anyone can have. 1 have enjoyed it tremendously, not only because of the work that we are all able to do but because of the associations that we make,

not only with Members in our own Party but with Members in all other Parties. After all, everyone is here trying to do a job for the people of Canada.

Although our debates may at times get hot and overheated, they are just like football or hockey games. The teams play very hard against each other for an hour, and then usually sit with one another and have a beer.

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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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Minister of State (Seniors))

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

That is the spirit I have always found here. I have just as many friends on the other side of the House as I have in my own Party. I like them all very much. I have received tremendous support and friendship from Members on my own side of the House, and I appreciate so much the very nice accord given to me a few moments ago.

I appreciate receiving the question that I have from the Hon. Member for Beaches who has always shown a tremendous interest in veterans and their welfare. He has continued to do so all the years I have known him, and I know he will always continue to show this interest in the veterans of Canada.

In answer to the question, I am very pleased to advise that effective April 1, 1989, the Veterans Independence Program will be extended to our veterans who served in Canada during both World Wars.

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

Hear, hear!

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

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

This is the last day before the break. There is some indication that there is one question for the Deputy Prime Minister. The time for Question Period is over but the Deputy Prime Minister might be prepared to take the question. It is up to the Minister to indicate whether he is prepared to do so although the time has expired.

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

NDP

Iain Francis Angus (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Mr. Speaker, perhaps it is appropriate to ask the normal business question of the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Mazankowski) so that we have an understanding as to what the business of the House will be when we come back after the break. I also have a question regarding the Election Expenses Act.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The Hon. Member for Thunder Bay- Atikokan (Mr. Angus) has raised a question of the Deputy Prime Minister. Undoubtedly because he has other business he has left the House and it is well beyond the end of Question Period. Perhaps the Minister of State will be prepared to respond.

September 1, 1988

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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PC

Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Minister of State (Government House Leader); Minister of State (Treasury Board))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Doug Lewis (Minister of State and Minister of State (Treasury Board)):

Mr. Speaker. I wish to advise the House that when we return on September 13, the Government will be calling two Bills for consideration, Bill C-147, the Human Rights Institute followed by Bill C-152, the Canadian Heritage Languages Institute Bill. We hope, although I do not believe it is firm at this point, that there will be all-stage consideration of both Bills on that day.

On Wednesday, September 14, we will begin report stage consideration of Bill C-136, the Broadcasting Act.

My friend asked about the Elections Act. One knows that we presently have before us Bill C-79. There have been discussions and an exchange of correspondence with respect to election expenses. I understand that the matter of my friend's correspondence is still under consideration.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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NDP

Iain Francis Angus (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Angus:

Mr. Speaker, just further to the comments from the Deputy House Leader, will the Government be in a position to respond with regard to the election expenses prior to the scheduled reconvening of the House on September 13?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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PC

Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Minister of State (Government House Leader); Minister of State (Treasury Board))

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lewis:

I will have to check into that, Mr. Speaker. My friend's letter had some suggestions in it. I think we want to consider those suggestions fully. In any event, we are looking at the whole matter. I think if we come back and have some time, it is certainly something that could be considered.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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VACANCY

PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the House that I received a communication notifying me that the following vacancy has occurred in the representation, Stan Schellenberg-er,

-for the electoral district of Wetaskiwin by resignation. Accordingly, 1 have addressed my warrant to the Chief Electoral Officer for the issue of a new Writ of Election for the said electoral district.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   VACANCY
Sub-subtopic:   WETASKIW1N-STAN SHELLENBERGER, BY RESIGNATION
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

PETITIONS

NDP

Rodney Edward Murphy (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition on behalf of people in Nova

Petitions

Scotia, mainly from Halifax, but also from other parts of that province and Canada. The people from Nova Scotia in their petition express concern with the Government's proposals regarding child care. They believe it neither contains national objectives nor necessary funding arrangements and, as a result, will not ensure that families have access to higher quality child care.

Whereas the proposed Child Care Act is not in the best interests of young children, women or families in Canada, the undersigned call upon Parliament to withdraw the Child Care Act forthwith. The petitioners have signed the petition and the petition has been certified by the Clerk of Petitions.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
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NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present two petitions signed by residents of Scarborough, Markham and Ottawa, Ontario; Sydney and Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In both petitions they say that the Government had no mandate from the Canadian people to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States, that a trade agreement negotiated by the Mulroney Government threatens the very fabric of Canadian political and economic sovereignty by removing the power of the Canadian Government to effectively control foreign ownership to develop Canadian energy resources in the best interests of Canadians or to equalize opportunities between the regions. Therefore, they humbly pray and call upon Parliament to dissolve and allow the people of Canada the opportunity to accept or reject the proposed free trade agreement during a national general election.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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NDP

Marion Dewar

New Democratic Party

Ms. Marion Dewar (Hamilton Mountain):

Mr. Speaker, I have the responsibility and privilege of presenting a petition from many citizens of my riding of Hamilton Mountain and residents of the City of Hamilton as well as Peterborough, Scarborough, Stoney Creek and Belleville. All of these petitioners feel very strongly that families throughout Canada need a high quality, available, affordable child care service. Whereas the proposed child care Bill is not in the best interests of young children, women or the families of Canada, they therefore call upon Parliament to withdraw the child care Bill forthwith.

September 1, 1988

Order Paper Questions DESIGNATION OF ROUGE RIVER VALLEY

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
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PC

Pauline Browes (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Pauline Browes (Scarborough Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present to the Elouse of Commons today a petition about helping to save the Rouge Valley, and the petitioners join with thousands of volunteers who have been working on this project for some years. The Rouge Valley is a unique and precious natural area. Protecting the endangered wildlife and wilderness areas is in the national interest. I would like to invite Hon. Members of the House of Commons and those listening today to visit the Rouge Valley. It is a beautiful place. The petitioners call on the Parliament of Canada and the provincial Government to make this area a Canadian heritage land or a provincial park and the petitioners join with the Scarborough City Council, the federal Minister of the Environment (Mr. McMillan), Save the Rouge Valley System and the Coalition of Scarborough Community Associations.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
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September 1, 1988