September 1, 1988


Motion agreed to, Bill read the second time and referred to a legislative committee.


PC

Andrée Champagne (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Champagne):

It being eleven o'clock a.m., pursuant to Standing Order 19(4) the House will now proceed to Statements by Members pursuant to Standing Order 21.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF COMMONS CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT MEASURE TO AMEND
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STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

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Hon. Chas. L. Caccia@Davenport

Mr. Speaker, Ontario's Minister of the Environment, Jim Bradley, announced that he is establishing a round table on the environment and economy as recommended by the National Task Force on the Environment and the Economy. For this we congratulate Mr. Bradley. It is interesting to note that Adam Zimmerman, chairman of Noranda and a former member of that task force, is quoted as saying:

The whole case has been thoroughly made. My view is that the task force report really said pretty well everything and now the thing is really to pursue it, do something, and not sit around studying it.

We applaud Mr. Zimmerman's words. As the Chief Executive Officer, he is ultimately responsible for MacMillan-Bloedel in British Columbia, a forest company not noted for its careful treatment of the environment and presently engaged in a battle to clearcut the virgin rain forest of Meares Island.

September 1, 1988

Actions speak louder than words. Mr. Zimmerman could take his own advice and act to stop MacMillan-Bloedel from clearcutting the ancient, beautiful, and culturally important forest on Meares Island.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   MEARES ISLAND-CALL FOR HALT TO LOGGING
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CANADA SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM

AWARDS TO 2,500 STUDENTS

PC

Dave Nickerson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dave Nickerson (Western Arctic):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to underline the importance of the Canada Scholarships Program. The Government is very pleased to honour some of Canada's best students through this innovative program. Fifty-three young Canadians have recently been in Ottawa as representatives of the 2,500 1988 Canada scholarship winners. Each student will be eligible for $2,000 per year for a total of $8,000 per scholar.

The Canada Scholarships Program was announced by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) last January in Toronto at the National Conference on Technology and Innovation. It will help fill the pressing need for highly qualified personnel in industry, universities, and government. Our future prosperity will be greatly enhanced by the contributions of these well trained, bright young people. As the Prime Minister stated at the University of Waterloo in March, 1987, the western world is moving toward knowledge-based economies, and Canada must move with it.

Topic:   CANADA SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM
Subtopic:   AWARDS TO 2,500 STUDENTS
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NORTHERN AFFAIRS

YELLOWKNIFE-APPLICATION OF NORTFIERN TAX BENEFIT

NDP

Audrey Marlene McLaughlin

New Democratic Party

Ms. Audrey McLaughlin (Yukon):

Mr. Speaker, federal employees in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, are being subjected to seeing a benefit quickly become a liability. The northern tax benefit has become a nightmare for over 600 employees owing to the Government's refusal to set the housing benefit at a fair rate. As a result, there is the clearly inequitable situation in which a federal employee in the Yukon might receive a $600 credit in taxes as a result of the northern benefit while a Yellowknife employee receives a $2,000 to $3,000 liability in extra taxes.

To complicated this situation further, Treasury Board has not been deducting the appropriate tax at source and employees are now hit with owing as much as $5,000 to $6,000 in back taxes. So much for fairness for average families. Revenue Canada's response is "Pay up or else". Treasury Board's response is "If you don't like it, leave the North". That is exactly what is going to happen. Yellowknife employees are requesting to be transferred out and other

employees are indicating that they will refuse assignments to Yellowknife.

I challenge the Minister responsible for Revenue Canada, whose Government likes to preach tax reform, to go to Yellowknife and meet with federal employees to resolve this unjust, unfair, and inequitable situation.

Topic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   YELLOWKNIFE-APPLICATION OF NORTFIERN TAX BENEFIT
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RESPECT FOR INDEPENDENT MEMBERS

PC

Gabriel Desjardins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, we must deplore the undignified circus atmosphere which took over the House during last night's historic vote on Bill C-130 concerning the liberalization of our trade with the United States.

Topic:   RESPECT FOR INDEPENDENT MEMBERS
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LIB
PC

Gabriel Desjardins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Desjardins:

The NDP Members displayed on national television a childish behaviour. They acted in their usual irresponsible and immature way. They have demonstrated once again they are not ready to govern this country.

And what can we say, Mr. Speaker, about the noisy and undignified intervention by a small group in the Opposition galleries? It will be up to you to decide, Mr. Speaker, whether the Opposition should be censured for this disgraceful and unbecoming spectacle.

Let me say to the Liberals, who keep on calling for an election, that they will get it soon enough and that they will pay dearly for their foolhardiness. Canadians will teach them a good lesson.

The only dignified event last night was the vote by three independent-minded members of this House. They were not afraid to let their convictions be known by voting with the Government. They understood that the country's best interests required that they do so. For the courage they showed, they at least deserve our respect.

Topic:   RESPECT FOR INDEPENDENT MEMBERS
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PARLIAMENT HILL

PEARSON STATUE-NAMING OF SCULPTOR

LIB

Don Boudria

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, on October 1, 1986, I introduced a motion in this House asking Parliament to cause a statue to be erected in honour of the Right Hon. Lester B. Pearson, Canada's 13th Prime Minister. Today I am glad to say that the maquette honouring Mr. Pearson was unveiled. We also now know the name of the successful sculptor, Mr. Danek Modzenski, of Edmonton, Alberta.

September 1, 1988

I want to congratulate Mr. Danek Modzenski for having been chosen as the sculptor of the Pearson statue, and I also want to indicate my appreciation to the Elon. Member for Lincoln (Mrs. Martin), the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works, who was the chairman of our committee and without whose help all of this would not have been possible. 1 also want to thank the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Mclnnes) for agreeing to erecting a statue in honour of the Right Hon. Lester B. Pearson.

Topic:   PARLIAMENT HILL
Subtopic:   PEARSON STATUE-NAMING OF SCULPTOR
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A SALUTE

PC

Gordon Edward Taylor

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, Canada is a fantasy land to millions of people in almost every country in the world. Productive soils, abundant grasslands, beautiful hills and mountains treasuring minerals galore, pure cold waters, timberlands, animals and fish, everything desirable to ambitious humans to work and build, with a burning hope to own their own land are all in Canada. No wonder people of every race and colour and creed want to live in the Land of the Maple Leaf.

I like to think of Canada as a vast mosaic containing something typical of every peoples and the countries from which they came. 1 salute Canada, the land of the brave and the home of the free!

Topic:   A SALUTE
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September 1, 1988