February 19, 1992

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

REFUGEES

PC

Barbara Greene

Progressive Conservative

Ms. Barbara Greene (Don Valley North):

Mr. Speaker, on December 11, 1991, the Prime Minister signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on behalf of all Canadians. Article 9:1 reads:

States Parties shall ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will, except when competent authorities subject to judicial review determine, in accordance with applicable law and procedures, that such separation is necessary for the best interest of the child.

As Canadians we all agree with the United Nations that the family is the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members, and particularly children.

I therefore urge members of this House to support my Motion No. 634 and petition to the Minister of Employment and Immigration and urge the minister to change his policy to allow spouses and children of refugees to be reunited in Canada as do the United States and France.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   REFUGEES
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GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE

LIB

Catherine S. Callbeck

Liberal

Ms. Catherine Callbeck (Malpeque):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my support for the dairy, poultry, and egg farmers of Canada in their efforts to impress upon this government the extreme importance of protecting and strengthening article XI and preserving our supply management system.

There are approximately 700 farmers and farm families in Prince Edward Island who will be at risk. It is estimated that as many as 6,250 jobs in Atlantic Canada could be lost. If the farm quota restrictions are devalued, what will happen to the balance sheets and the net worth of our farmers?

No area will be harder hit than Prince Edward Island. Island farmers hold a greater proportion of the nation's butter fat quota.

Since Island farms tend to be smaller than the national average, the Prince Edward Island dairy industry will be more vulnerable to United States competition.

Supply management products play a proportionally larger part in the economy of Prince Edward Island. Supply management must be preserved.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE
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IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE BOARD

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (IHnity-Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, the Immigration and Refugee Board has done it again. Two Ahmadi brothers from Pakistan claimed religious persecution-identical cases, one was accepted, and one was rejected; two different tribunals and two difference decisions on the same evidence. Amnesty International reports:

Members of the minority Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan

continue to be charged and condemned to prison terms for the

peaceful exercise of their religious beliefs.

There is no consistency in the decisions of these IRB tribunals.

I therefore join with refugee coalition groups and the churches in calling for an independent inquiry into the decision-making process of the IRB, the increase of negative decisions, the use of prefabricated, fill-in-the-blanks prepared decisions on the negative, and the outrageous conduct of some members when hearing cases.

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I also call on the minister to review the case of the 23-year old Ahmadi and allow him to remain in Canada, as is his authority to do, on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE BOARD
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HEALTH CARE

LIB

Rey D. Pagtakhan

Liberal

Mr. Rey Pagtakhan (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday I sat in this House in amazement, listening to a partisan New Democrat painting his party as the champion of medicare. His holier-than-thou rhetoric failed to mention that all first ministers of all political stripes and the Prime Minister agreed to discuss user fees at their meeting last week.

It was not until three days after the conference ended that the B.C. NDP took a stand on the issue, long after my leader and myself again stood in this House and challenged the first ministers.

Let it be known that the current Canada Health Act was introduced as a Liberal initiative in this Parliament in 1984.

It has since guaranteed that Canadians would not need to go first to the bank before they go to the hospital.

The message is clear. The federal government shall not be allowed to renege on its financial and moral commitment to the provinces to ensure the continued survival of medicare.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   HEALTH CARE
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MYRIAM BEDARD

PC

Marcel R. Tremblay (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Youth); Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport))

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Marcel R. Tremblay (Quebec-Est):

Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I would like to draw the attention of the House to another Canadian athlete who won a medal in Albertville today.

I want to congratulate Myriam Bedard of Neufchatel, Quebec, who won a bronze medal in the women's 15-kilometre biathlon. She displayed all the technical skills and endurance required in this demanding Olympic sport. This is the first Winter Olympics in which women officially participate in the biathlon.

Canadians feel joy and pride over such an Olympic performance, which is also very motivating for all athletes in Canada.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   MYRIAM BEDARD
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SIT-RITE PRODUCTS LTD.

PC

Robert Nesbitt Horner

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Horner (Mississauga West):

Mr. Speaker, a recent edition of The Financial Times explained the circumstances of yet another plant closure.

Sit-Rite Products Ltd., a manufacturer of ergonomic office and industrial work place furnishings, closed a

48,000 square foot facility in Atlanta, Georgia, in order to expand its facility in Mississauga.

On the basis of consistent quality, delivery, and service performance, Sit-Rite management found that products out of the Mississauga plant were superior to those from Atlanta.

Though Canadian employees earned higher wages, other factors such as lower employee turnover rates, access to skilled tradespeople, and better supplier reliability favoured the Mississauga plant.

The benefits of Sit-Rite's consolidation efforts are showing as the company reported a 30 per cent improvement in sales in 1990 to approximately $15 million.

Who says Canada cannot compete?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   SIT-RITE PRODUCTS LTD.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH

LIB

Ronald MacDonald

Liberal

Mr. Ron MacDonald (Dartmouth):

Mr. Speaker, February is Black History Month in Nova Scotia.

This month has been set aside to recognize the outstanding contributions of black Nova Scotians, who have played a vital role in the history of my province since the early 17th century.

As a Nova Scotian, I take great pride in celebrating Black History Month, but I find this pride is overshadowed by the continued existence of hate literature.

Almost three months have passed since I asked the Minister of Justice to initiate investigations and, indeed, actions against the distribution of a racist piece of literature entitled Stop Apologizing.

Literature such as this only furthers the problems minority Canadians face on a day-to-day basis. Yet three full months later all the minister has done is write to me

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to say the issue really is not her responsibility and maybe I should contact the Ontario Attorney General.

I find this non-action not only unacceptable but offensive. Each day the minister did not act was another day this deplorable hate literature sat on Canadian bookshelves.

As a sign of respect for Black History Month in Nova Scotia, I call on the Minister of Justice to take the necessary action today to stop passing the buck and to use the weight and influence of her office to stamp out this and other examples of bigotry and racism in Canada.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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PRESIDENT OF QUEBEC'S UPA

PC

Lise Bourgault

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Lise Bourgault (Argenteuil-Papineau):

Mr. Speaker, on Monday I met farmers in my riding, in Lachute. Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada met Canadian farm leaders to reassure them about our position in GATT.

Except for Mr. Proulx, the president of the UPA in Quebec, they all said that they were very satisfied with this meeting and confident that the Canadian delegation, which leaves for Geneva tonight, will gamer significant support from the hundred other GATT member countries.

What was Mr. Proulx doing yesterday morning when he met the leader of the Bloc Quebecois several hours before his meeting with the Prime Minister? It is easy to understand that the strategy developed by these two leaders who are dedicated to Quebec separation is clear, and they especially do not want Canada to succeed and prevail on the subject of article XI.

Many farmers think that Mr. Proulx has no choice but to resign, and I agree with them, because he showed yesterday that his political interests take precedence over Quebec agriculture.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   PRESIDENT OF QUEBEC'S UPA
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LIBERAL PARTY CONVENTION

NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg Transcona):

Mr. Speaker, a welcome is in order for the many Liberals who are in the national capital region for the Liberal convention.

But this welcome should also be accompanied by a warning to those actual and potential Liberals who are opposed to the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement or free trade with Mexico and want to see these agreements abrogated: You are at the wrong convention.

To those actual and potential Liberals who are opposed to the GST and proposing tax loopholes for the rich, you are at the wrong convention.

To those who wish to preserve medicare over and against the wishes of many Liberal premiers, you are at the wrong convention.

You are welcome to attend the next NDP convention where you will find a party that is not funded like the Liberal Party is, by the same people who fund the Tories.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   LIBERAL PARTY CONVENTION
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PRESIDENT OF QUEBEC'S UPA

February 19, 1992