February 3, 1993

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

PC

Wilton (Willie) Littlechild

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Willie Littlechild (Wetaskiwin):

Mr. Speaker, on December 10 Canada moved a motion at the United Nations proclaiming 1993 the International Year of the World's Indigenous People. The main objective was to strengthen international co-operation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous communities, such as human rights, environment, development, education and health.

I ask this House to acknowledge and thank the many individuals and NGOs that worked so hard to make this a reality, in particular the International Organization for Indigenous Resource Development and its members, the Four Nations of Hobbema, the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, the Grand Council of Crees, the Four Directions Council and the four chiefs: Victor Buffalo, Herman Roasting, Leo Cattleman and John Ermineskin, along with the Secretary of State for External Affairs and Dennis Marantz.

The theme for this year is "Indigenous People-A New Partnership". I request all our colleagues in both chambers to support the many activities and programs that will occur throughout 1993 to ensure and secure a new and positive partnership in Canada.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
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STUDENT LOANS

LIB

Ron J. Duhamel

Liberal

Mr. Ronald J. Duhamel (St. Boniface):

Mr. Speaker, the annual report of the Canada Student Loans Program was tabled yesterday indicating-this is an horrific statistic-that the number of students who graduate with a

total debt load of over $15,000 has increased by 500 per cent over four years.

I ask the new Secretary of State to address the Canada Student Loans Program so that the students of Canada can in fact continue to go to college and university.

The debt load is horrific but there are also other problems. There is a 3 per cent tax on student loans which should not exist. There is the extra six months of interest which ought to be removed, and the criteria for the allocation of moneys have not changed since 1984.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   STUDENT LOANS
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HIBERNIA

BQ

Nic Leblanc (Bloc Québécois Caucus Chair)

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Nic Leblanc (Longueuil):

Mr. Speaker, in 1990 the federal government presented the Hibernia project to us as the project of the century. We were told that the government had excellent reasons for investing $3 billion in it. The main reason was that it was supposed to make money. However, most experts tell us today that the Hibernia project will never be profitable, because for that, oil would have to sell at $30 a barrel, but it is less than $20 a barrel now.

They also talked about technology transfers. A $ 100-million contract was just awarded to Korea to make the platform, and the reason given was that Canadians do not have the necessary expertise. Exactly. They must be given time to acquire this expertise.

Once again the government lied. That is proof that the government continues to spend money that Quebecers and Canadians do not have.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   HIBERNIA
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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK

PC

William D. (Bill) Casey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Casey (Cumberland-Colchester):

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to draw the attention of the House to the celebration of Canada's third annual International Development Week which is being held now from February 1 to February 7.

February 3, 1993

All across the country a wide variety of events are designed to raise awareness of international development and to encourage us to take a moment to think about the world we share with more than five billion people.

The theme this year is partnership and the slogan chosen for the development week is "Together we can change our world".

1993 marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian International Development Agency. For a quarter of a century this organization has been at the forefront of Canadian efforts to improve living conditions for less fortunate people around the world.

Thanks in part to the hard work and commitment of countless Canadians, we now live in a world where more infants see their first birthdays, more children are going to school and learning to read and write, and people are living longer and healthier lives.

I am sure the members of this House will join me in encouraging Canadians to take part in International Development Week and to see how we can help make the world a better place for everyone.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK
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SOFTWOOD LUMBER

NDP

Brian L. Gardiner

New Democratic Party

Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George -Bulkley Valley):

Mr. Speaker, on Friday the Prime Minister will meet with President Clinton to discuss various trade issues between Canada and the United States.

The current round of U.S. countervail action against Canadian softwood exports was initiated by George Bush and it should be stopped by Bill Clinton.

When the Prime Minister meets with President Clinton we urge him to raise the softwood tariff issue and to call upon him for a show of good will to Canada by dropping the current softwood countervail action against our country.

We expect that when the Prime Minister returns to Canada he can tell the people who live in the over 300 communities dependent on the forest industry that the softwood action has been dropped and, if not, that this government will get the courage to scrap the free trade agreement and not proceed with NAFTA.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   SOFTWOOD LUMBER
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VIOLENT CRIME

PC

Lee Richardson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lee Richardson (Calgary Southeast):

Mr. Speaker, the people of Calgary Southeast are shocked and appalled at the outrageously light sentence handed out to cult leader and mass murderer, Roch Theriault. The message that this sentence sends is not acceptable to the vast majority of Canadians.

Violent crime, especially crime of the particularly brutal and sexual nature of this case, must not go unpunished. In a mere seven years this man will be eligible for parole and if released he will again be a threat to the communities and people of Canada.

The criminal justice system must be toughened to deal with dangerous offenders such as Mr. Theriault. I join with thousands of Calgarians in urging the government to take the necessary steps to ensure that this individual and those like him remain behind bars.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   VIOLENT CRIME
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METROPOLITAN TORONTO

LIB

Sergio Marchi

Liberal

Mr. Sergio Marchi (York West):

Mr. Speaker, for the last three years the Conservative government has been promising Torontonians that economic prosperity was just around the comer. However we see that this Conservative government's political rhetoric has not matched up to economic reality.

Although the government continues to declare that the recession is dead and that its policies are working, regrettably the facts indicate that in metro Toronto the recession continues alive and well.

More than half of all jobs in Canada lost during the recession have been in the metropolitan Toronto area. There were 74,000 lost jobs last year and 150,000 lost jobs in 1991. Furthermore, recent figures reveal that last year there was a record number 13,000 business and consumer bankruptcies in metro Toronto alone with liabilities adding over $3 billion.

In these times both the Mulroney and Rae governments continue to ignore the problems and needs of metro Ibronto and are stalling on projects worth more than $9 billion.

The country deserves a national government which recognizes that a strong metropolitan Toronto economy is a plus for the nation.

February 3, 1993

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   METROPOLITAN TORONTO
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VIOLENCE

PC

Edna Anderson

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Edna Anderson (Simcoe Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to raise an issue that was brought to my attention by the PC caucus committee on family issues. It is killer cards and killer board games.

Glorifying notorious assassins and allowing into Canada a game with an objective to collect as many dead babies as possible is not only obscene but immoral.

We as members of Parliament are derelict in our duties if we do not act in concert to stop the spread of such violence. Surely there must be a way to ensure this kind violence is stopped.

The options put forward by the caucus committee on family issues are worthy of serious consideration. I urge the Minister of Justice to review this matter and take the necessary steps to correct it.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   VIOLENCE
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

LIB

Bob Wood

Liberal

Mr. Bob Wood (Nipissing):

Mr. Speaker, on December 2 the government announced major changes to the Unemployment Insurance Act to take effect on April 1. Among the changes are the reduction of benefits from 60 per cent to 57 per cent and the disqualification of individuals who voluntarily leave their present employment or are fired with just cause.

What is just cause? It is an incredibly ambiguous term. This particular measure will place an unnecessary burden on insurance agents who will have to determine if a person is eligible to receive benefits. Furthermore appeals will increase and the processing of claims will take longer, which can only mean more hardship for the claimants.

Finally, what disturbs me the most is the unfortunate situation of individuals who will be denied unemployment insurance benefits. Where will they go? The answer is simple: welfare and food banks.

I wish the government could tell Canadians and the people of Nipissing how they intend to save money with this scheme. Maybe, with all the speculation of the Prime Minister leaving, he should do so before April 1 if he wants to apply for UIC because after that date he will not be eligible even if he has paid into it.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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VIOLENT CRIME

February 3, 1993