September 21, 1988

LIB

Russell Gregoire MacLellan

Liberal

Mr. Russell MacLellan (Cape Breton-The Sydneys):

Mr. Speaker, the post office in Sydney is one of the most profitable in the country. Labour costs as a percentage of total revenues are 12.5 per cent of every dollar earned. If you exclude income from postage meters, priority post, and postal boxes, labour costs are still a very reasonable 45.8 per cent of every dollar earned.

Revenue projections for the current year are up by over $109,000 to $2,312,322. The people of Sydney have demonstrated their support for the Canada Post outlet by their utilization of this Canada Post outlet in the downtown area.

Yet despite all this good economic news, the Government through the Corporation is closing the downtown outlet and moving it to a low traffic area. The Government, with no regard for the workers, has plans to sell the Sydney post office to one of its corporate friends who will then reap the benefits of this very profitable operation.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   NOVA SCOTIA-PROPOSED SALE OF SYDNEY POST OFFICE
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ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA LIMITED

NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg-Birds Hill):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to call the attention of the House to an agreement between Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and the office of Atomic Energy for Peace in Thailand. This has to do with technology transfer, particularly the transfer of food irradiation technology.

Two things about the agreement concern me, Mr. Speaker. The first is that part of the contract refers to the obtaining of Canadian governmental regulatory approval for the sale of three irradiated Thai foods in Canada, apparently papaya, mangos, and shrimp. The second aspect of the agreement, Article 6, provides that AECL will be compelled to take back any of the spent Cobalt 60.

Many times in this House I have said the Government's eagerness to approve food irradiation in this country and AECL's eagerness to prove that it has solved the nuclear waste problem have been related more to global marketing strategy vis-a-vis food irradiation than to anything else. I think we see here in this agreement between Canada and Thailand the proof of that claim.

I would ask the Government to explain why it is setting Canada up to being a nuclear waste depository for the entire world.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   CANADA-THAILAND FOOD IRRADIATION TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT
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NATIONAL PARKS

POLITICAL PARTIES

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gabriel Fontaine (Levis):

Mr. Speaker, more and more, Canadians choose the team that will have to govern in the coming years, which will be a time of change. The Constitutional Agreement, co-operation among the provinces, the quality of social programs, our control over the economy, our action on the deficit and our job creation are acknowledged and Canadians are getting ready to say yes to the team made up of people like Wilson, de Cotret, Crosbie and Mulroney. Canadians want to have nothing to do with the bounty hunters and the rats. Nor will Canadians want to have anything to do with the eccentric and marginal world of Broadbent-they never have!

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PARTIES
Sub-subtopic:   CANADIANS'CHOICE
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BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE-RENTS CHARGED RCMP AND PUBLIC SERVANTS

PC

Gordon Edward Taylor

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, our Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) and the Ministers of this Government want all Canadians to be treated fairly. The rent charged RCMP and public servants who are living in government-owned houses in Banff and Lake Louise is excessive and out of line with rents charged in all other national parks and in all towns in Alberta of similar size.

Section 128 of the Treasury Board manual states:

The base shelter shall be reduced by 25 per cent where there is imposed occupancy.

The occupancy of these houses is imposed. There is no other available accommodation. They either live in these houses or they don't work. And the bureaucrats by placing a rigid meaning on the word "imposed" have been chiselling these dedicated police and workers. If we want to appear to be fair these excessive rents should be reduced immediately by 25 per cent.

September 21, 1988

Oral Questions AGRICULTURE

Topic:   BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE-RENTS CHARGED RCMP AND PUBLIC SERVANTS
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CANOLA INDUSTRY-EFFECT OF UNITED STATES EXPORT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

LIB

Maurice Brydon Foster

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):

Mr. Speaker, canola is a triumph of Canadian agricultural research and technological development. However, today the Canadian canola industry is being destroyed by the United States Export Enhancement Program. Sales are down by 15 per cent in just the first six months of this year. This represents a loss of income of $150 million to Canadian agriculture producers, stolen away by the U.S. export subsidy programs. This is a direct violation of the Prime Minister's (Mr. Mulroney) trade deal with the United States.

The United States undertook in that agreement to take into account Canada's interests in the use of the Export Enhancement Program. This the Americans are not doing. Likewise they are violating the "standstill provision" of the agreement.

The viability of the Canadian Canola industry is at stake in this matter. 1 call on the Government to make the United States Government live up to the terms of the agreement.

Topic:   CANOLA INDUSTRY-EFFECT OF UNITED STATES EXPORT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

LIB

John Napier Turner (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. John N. Turner (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday in Toronto the Prime Minister accused others of "grubby little scenarios". I want to tell him that he is the master architect of grubby little scenarios.

The Prime Minister spent four years gutting the Department of the Environment. Now he pretends to have a new national vision for the environment.

He said he wouldn't raise taxes by one cent and during the past four years he has imposed the heaviest tax burden in history on Canadians to the amount of $26 billion.

He talked about a commitment to fiscal responsibility-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I do hesitate to interrupt the right hon. gentleman but 1 think the preamble may be going on a bit too long. I ask the Leader of the Opposition to put his question.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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LIB

John Napier Turner (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Turner (Vancouver Quadra):

Mr. Speaker, I am leading up to a question for the Prime Minister.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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LIB

John Napier Turner (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Turner (Vancouver Quadra):

And to give him time to prepare, I am setting out his grubby little scenario.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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LIB

John Napier Turner (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Turner (Vancouver Quadra):

He said he was going to have fiscal responsibility, paraded his Minister of Finance around, and dished out millions of dollars as a pre-election slush fund for the Conservative Party. Leading to the question, Mr. Speaker, he said he was against-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RECORD
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September 21, 1988