December 14, 1988

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

THE FRANCHISE

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Hon. Chas. L. Caccia@Davenport

Mr. Speaker, the sound of disappointment, anger, and even despair on the part of citizens who discovered to their dismay that they were not empowered to vote on election day because the deadline for being placed on the voters' list had expired still rings in my ears.

Thousands and thousands of voters across Canada could not exercise their right to vote because they were not on the list. It is on behalf of each and all who were disenfranchised on November 21 that I urge the Government, with the co-operation of all parliamentarians, to change the Canada Elections Act to provide for registration up to and including polling day regardless of whether one lives in rural or urban Canada.

Let us make sure that Canadian citizens will never again be denied the right to vote. Our fine democratic system will thus be made stronger and fair to everybody in rural as well as in urban Canada.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   THE FRANCHISE
Sub-subtopic:   VOTER REGISTRATION-CALL FOR AMENDMENT OF LEGISLATION
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FREE TRADE

PC

Nic Leblanc

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nic Leblanc (Longueuil):

Three years ago, Mr. Speaker, the McDonald report came out strongly in favour of freer trade relations with the United States.

Today's high technology means that we need more time and money to build up our industrial concerns, so it follows that they must seek wider and longer-term markets.

Through the Liberal non-elected majority in the Senate the Liberal Official Opposition blocked our free trade initiative and forced us to call an election on the issue.

Mr. Speaker, the people gave us a clear mandate. Liberals and New Democrats, for heaven's sake show respect for democracy and the choice made by Canadians, let this House work in peace and dignity for the well being of Canadians!

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   FREE TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   IMPORTANCE OF LEGISLATION
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CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT INCREASED BUSINESS INVESTMENT

PC

Claude Girvin (Girve) Fretz

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):

Mr. Speaker, the socialists and the Official Opposition are quick to condemn the Free Trade Agreement. They are reluctant to mention the great news of plant openings and expansions throughout Canada. Here are some examples. Campbell Soups will spend $50 million; Cargill, $50 to $400 million; General Foods, approximately $5 million; Nestle, $38 million; Pillsbury, approximately $12 million; Quaker Oats, $15 million; and Unilever, $5 to $15 million. There is more, Mr. Speaker.

In the east, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, National Sea Products will spend $2 million; on the Prairies, High Water, Alberta, there is the building of a $50 million slaughter house. Such an operation will lead to significant export sales.

In the west, the president of Prudential Bache Securities Canada in a speech reported on December 1, said:

Investment in Canada from industrialized Asian countries is likely

to increase significantly because of the Free Trade Agreement.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT INCREASED BUSINESS INVESTMENT
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CANADA POST CORPORATION

NDP

Leonard William (Len) Taylor

New Democratic Party

Mr. Len Taylor (The Battlefords-Meadow Lake):

Mr. Speaker, Canada Post is in the process of closing rural post offices including one in Mont Nebo, a rural community in the Battlefords-Meadow Lake constituency. In doing so it is moving the services offered to private sector contractors, corner stores, cafes, and even grain elevators.

During the past year the communities affected and the contractors involved have found the practice unsatisfactory and inadequate. One year ago the organization, Rural Dignity, was formed to protect the rights of people living in rural Canada from the uncaring attitudes of Canada Post.

I want to pay tribute to Rural Dignity today as it celebrates its first anniversary, and again request that the Minister responsible for the Post Office ask Canada Post to review its plan of operations, to commit itself to a system of strong post offices in rural Canada, and to begin the process of finding ways to improve the income side of Canada Post rather than trying to remove the postal deficit by cutting back on the delivery of services to Canadians who live in the rural areas of our country.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   RURAL POST OFFICE CLOSURES
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HUMAN SOLIDARITY

PC

Nicole Roy-Arcelin

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Nicole Roy-Arcelin (Ahuntsic):

Mr. Speaker, as the newly elected Member for the beautiful riding of Ahuntsic I want to thank all my constituents who voted for progress and the future, namely for the Progressive Conservative Party. Their democratic action shows that they did understand our message in support of elderly people, women and ethnic minorities whose future is directly tied to the early passage of the free trade legislation.

Though my election is a source of joy for the residents of Ahuntsic who voted for me, Mr. Speaker, some of my constituents are now experiencing infinite sadness. I am referring to Canadians of Armenian ancestry who are living through yet another tragedy in their eventful history. I share their sorrow and thank my Government for rushing to their help. Human solidarity did not require anything less than that.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   HUMAN SOLIDARITY
Sub-subtopic:   VICTIMS OF ARMENIAN EARTHQUAKE
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HUMAN SOLIDARITY

LIB

Sheila Maureen Copps

Liberal

Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):

Mr. Speaker, human solidarity is fine as far as it goes, and attentiongetting announcements concerning the tragic events in Armenia may be welcomed, but I think action is needed as well.

Last Friday the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) announced a $5 million donation to help the Armenian victims, but I am very disappointed by the fact that the Canadian Red Cross which is expected to deliver medical and other supplies to the Armenian people has yet to be told whether funds will be available to buy medical supplies.

I certainly commend the Government for the $5 million assistance to the Armenian people. I would suggest, however, that, as well as making the announcement, the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) should tell the Canadian Red Cross so it can go ahead immediately to secure the necessary medicine, dialysis machines and other machines. Five days have elapsed since the Prime Minister made his announcement. There has been no money forthcoming to the Red Cross. I ask the Government to act in the most expeditious way to address this necessary issue.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   HUMAN SOLIDARITY
Sub-subtopic:   EARTHQUAKE IN ARMENIA-FORWARDING OF AID
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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

PC

William Henry (Bill) Domm

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Domm (Peterborough):

Mr. Speaker, the case of Charles Ng has brought to light problems in our system for dealing with fugitives who come to Canada seeking refuge from foreign authorities.

The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has ruled there is sufficient evidence to extradite Ng from Canada to face 19 charges in California, 12 for capital murder. Ng has appealed this decision by way of a habeus corpus application. He has a further appeal to the Alberta Court of Appeal, along with other legal manoeuvres which are available to him.

Ng not only has our appeal process to exhaust but there is also the possibility that the Minister might refuse extradition because of Article 6 of the Canada-U.S. Extradition Treaty of 1976 which provides Canada

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with the right to refuse the surrender of fugitives who face the death penalty.

We must ensure that, in our attempt to uphold justice, Canada does not become the destination for desperate fugitives attempting to seek a safe haven here.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   CHARLES NG-APPEAL AGAINST EXTRADITION RULING
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AIRPORTS

PC

Geoffrey Douglas Scott

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Geoff Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, as a Member of Parliament for Hamilton Airport, my attempts over the years to encourage the Government of Canada to re-route traffic to Mount Hope have been well known to successive Ministers of Transport.

More recently, with the crisis at Toronto International Airport, I have made public statements in my community, and privately pleaded with the Minister of State for Transport (Mrs. Martin), to regard Hamilton as Toronto's third terminal for the time being. I am delighted to see another Hamilton Member of Parliament playing catch-up and offering support in the House yesterday.

We are talking about a $52 million federal government investment. It is an hour by ground transportation from the tarmac at Mount Hope to the Royal York Hotel.

Our colleagues from Metro and the Peninsula are asking what is going on. Hamilton Airport is the best kept secret in southern Ontario.

I know the Transport Canada policy of not ordering airlines to fly into certain airports. But I am asking the Government to make an exception and make Hamilton Airport fly.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   AIRPORTS
Sub-subtopic:   HAMILTON AIRPORT-CALL FOR GREATER UTILIZATION
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CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT SPECIAL LABOUR ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMS ADVOCATED

LIB

William Warren Allmand

Liberal

Hon. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace):

Mr. Speaker, one thing that was absolutely clear in the

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recent election was the overwhelming support by Canadians for special adjustment programs for those hurt by the Free Trade Agreement. This was the case even among those who supported the agreement.

Earlier this year every provincial Premier requested special adjustment programs. The Economic Council and the Macdonald Commission made similar recommendations.

No one accepts the Government's response that the Canadian Jobs Strategy is adequate for free trade adjustment or that we should wait for the de Grandpre Commission next summer. Since 1984 employment and training programs have been cut by 32 per cent from $2.2 billion in 1984 to $1.5 billion in 1988. Right now thousands of Canadians cannot get into training and retraining programs and there is a shortage of skilled workers in some parts of Canada.

Already many Canadians have been hurt by the Free Trade Agreement. Gillette workers in Montreal are a good example. We absolutely need special adjustment programs for free trade disruption. When will the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) start listening to Canadians?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT SPECIAL LABOUR ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMS ADVOCATED
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CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT INCREASED BUSINESS INVESTMENT

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