December 13, 1988

PC

Shirley Martin (Minister of State (Transport))

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Martin:

We now have flights in and out of Hamilton.

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An Hon. Member:

Once a week.

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PC

Shirley Martin (Minister of State (Transport))

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Martin:

A little more than one a week, Sir. You should try it some time. Hamilton, certainly, will be part of the over-all study as we look at the medium and longterm problems within the area and as we look at the management of the airspace over southwestern Ontario.

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UNITED STATES TARIFF ON CANADIAN SHAKES AND SHINGLES

NDP

Joy Langan

New Democratic Party

Ms. Joy Langan (Mission-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister. Last week in a move that will be devastating to the shakes and shingles industry in British Columbia, U.S. President Reagan renailed the industry with a punishing 20 per cent tariff.

Does the Prime Minister recognize the seriousness of this tariff and does he intend to capitulate to this attack,

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or will he take action on behalf of the workers, the owners, and their families?

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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister for International Trade):

Mr. Speaker, unfortunately the free trade agreement was not in effect when-

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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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LIB

Lloyd Axworthy

Liberal

Mr. Axworthy (Winnipeg South Centre):

Read the agreement.

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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

I try to answer in a mild fashion, Mr. Speaker.

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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

If I might just start my reply again. Unfortunately, in 1986 when this matter arose, the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement was not in effect. If it had been in effect the shakes and shingles decision taken in the United States could not have occurred in the form-

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An Hon. Member:

You are choking.

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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

John Allen Fraser (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Perhaps the Minister could finish his answer.

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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

This is my first glass of water in 20 years, Mr. Speaker.

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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

I agree with the Hon. Member that this is a deplorable decision. It was a decision that is damaging to both the Canadian and the U.S. industries, and it is a great pity that President Reagan apparently was not advised so that he did away with the shakes and shingles action as he could have done. He did, however, reduce, as the Hon. Member knows, the amount of the additional duties that are being levied. I suppose we should be thankful for that, but this decision is harmful to the industries in both countries.

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NDP

Joy Langan

New Democratic Party

Ms. Langan:

Mr. Speaker, I would suggest to the House that loss of jobs in the shakes and shingles industry is not a laughing matter.

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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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NDP

Joy Langan

New Democratic Party

Ms. Langan:

I would thank Mr. Crosbie for his choking response.

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December 13, 1988