May 9, 1989

LIB

Don Boudria (Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Transport. It concerns the Transport Canada headquarters tender cancellation and the subsequent sweetheart deal with Campeau Corporation. I would like to ask-wasting

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taxpayers' dollars is not funny, I tell the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. I have a question for the Minister of Transport. I would like to ask him the following: I have in hand a copy of an internal memo signed by Mr. Glen Shortliffe, whom I believe to be a deputy minister, dated April 28, the day after the Budget, which says:

Agreement in principle has been reached with Campeau Corporation to renew the current leasing agreement for our Tower C premises -

Given that this document was sent the morning after the Budget, can the Minister of Transport tell us how it is that it could renew the lease for 560,000 square feet of office space overnight? Is that not a bit much, even for the Tory Party rewarding its friends?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   TENDER CANCELLATION-TRANSPORT CANADA HEADQUARTERS
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PC

Elmer MacIntosh MacKay (Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act; Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Elmer MacKay (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I can assure my colleague that this particular lease that he refers to as being renewed overnight was not renewed overnight. There were negotiations late in April which resulted in considerable savings for this particular building.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   TENDER CANCELLATION-TRANSPORT CANADA HEADQUARTERS
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An Hon. Member:

For the Budget.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   TENDER CANCELLATION-TRANSPORT CANADA HEADQUARTERS
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REQUEST FOR EXPLANATIONS

LIB

Don Boudria (Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary for the Minister of Finance. In light of the answer we were just given by his colleague the Minister of Public Works to the effect that his department had begun negotiations with Campeau Corporation even before the Budget was printed and before it was announced, how are Canadians to know whether Mr. Campeau or the Minister of Public Works had prior knowledge? In addition, can the Minister of Finance tell the House why, referring to restraints on page 26 of his Budget Papers, he states that the project was cancelled to save $200 million? How can he save $200 million, as he suggests, when the proposed building costs more than the new lease. Why claim he is saving money when he actually spends more?

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Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXPLANATIONS
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PC

Elmer MacIntosh MacKay (Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act; Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Elmer MacKay (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I am surprised to see my colleague drawing such unwarranted conclusions from this particular-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXPLANATIONS
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LIB

Don Boudria (Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. Boudria:

It was your answer.

Oral Questions

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Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXPLANATIONS
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PC

Elmer MacIntosh MacKay (Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act; Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacKay:

Mr. Speaker, my colleague has been around this House long enough to know, surely, that when negotiations are going on they are always subject to approval by Treasury Board. This particular matter does not involve, as he is trying to suggest, any sort of budgetary leak or any of these wild conclusions. This is just simply normal negotiations with respect to the Department of Public Works.

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Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXPLANATIONS
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

NDP

David Stupich

New Democratic Party

Mr. David D. Stupich (Nanaimo-Cowichan):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Right Hon. Secretary of State for External Affairs. Canadians know the damage caused by drift-net fishery. In 1987, we cancelled our own experimental drift-net fishery because it proved to be an environmental disaster.

In spite of that, Canada has entered into an agreement with Japan that provides for the expansion northward of the drift-net fishing. Does the Minister agree that this will mean an increased interception of Canadian origin salmon and steelhead?

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister for International

Trade): Mr. Speaker, the Hon. gentleman has his facts completely wrong. Canada has not agreed to any expansion of the Japanese squid drift-net fishery. In fact, we have objected to any expansion of the Japanese squid drift-net fishery. What we have achieved with the United States is an agreement to put observers on these Japanese vessels so we will be able to get part-time scientific information on the effect of the Japanese drift-net fishing on other marine life. The Japanese are operating in international waters, they are not operating in Canadian waters. We have no control in these waters. This is a significant advance. Certainly, we have not agreed and do not intend to agree to any extension of Japanese drift-net fishing. In fact, we have objected time after time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DRIFT-NET FISHING-AGREEMENT WITH JAPANESE
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DRIFT-NET FISHING-AGREEMENT WITH JAPANESE
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OBSERVERS ON FISHING VESSELS

NDP

David Stupich

New Democratic Party

Mr. David D. Stupich (Nanaimo-Cowichan):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question to the same Minister. The Minister may be right in saying we have not agreed to an expansion, but we have agreed to the border moving one degree north in July and two degrees north in August.

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Oral Questions

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Subtopic:   OBSERVERS ON FISHING VESSELS
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Some Hon. Members:

Right on.

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NDP

David Stupich

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stupich:

The Minister talks of a significant advantage. We are getting five observers on 1,000 vessels. There are 30,000 miles of these curtains of death in the ocean, and we are going to be allowed to put five people on 1,000 vessels. How can the Minister describe that as an advantage? Let him tell me why it is an advantage.

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Subtopic:   OBSERVERS ON FISHING VESSELS
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Subtopic:   OBSERVERS ON FISHING VESSELS
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member is such an expert at exaggeration that I imagine he will be a candidate-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   OBSERVERS ON FISHING VESSELS
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Subtopic:   OBSERVERS ON FISHING VESSELS
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

-for the leadership before he is finished.

Japan unilaterally extended the northern boundary for July and August, while remaining within the over-all boundary of 46 degrees north set in 1981 by Japanese domestic regulations. We are going to have 14 North American observers on 32-not 1,000, Mr. Speaker, not 900, not 800, not 500-on 32 Japanese squid drift-net fishing vessels for the 1989 fishing season. Try to be a little less exaggerated in your question, please.

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Subtopic:   OBSERVERS ON FISHING VESSELS
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TOURISM

May 9, 1989