February 17, 1993

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

JAPAN'S ECONOMY

PC

Guy St-Julien

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Guy Saint-Julien (Abitibi):

Mr. Speaker, the effects of the recession are being felt in Japan, where businesses are limiting overtime and cutting staff. Bankruptcies are at the highest level in six years: there were 14,167 in 1992, compared to 10,723 in 1991.

According to some economists, Japan's economy has never been worse since the 1973 oil shock and businessmen are calling for lower taxes and a recovery budget.

Hundreds of firms have laid off contract, term or part-time workers hired in boom times. Other companies are encouraging employees to leave by taking early retirement.

These staff cuts subsequently affect small retailers and small and medium sized businesses, which are the backbone of the Japanese economy.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   JAPAN'S ECONOMY
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INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

NDP

Robert Evans Skelly

New Democratic Party

Mr. Robert E. Skelly (Comox-Alberni):

Mr. Speaker, on December 10, the beginning of the International Year of Indigenous Peoples, the Australian Prime Minister apologized to aboriginal Australians for the damage caused to them by colonization.

A few days ago Bill Clinton drew attention to the fact that many American children experience conditions like those found in Third World countries such as Haiti and Bolivia.

In Canada, we have witnessed incidents such as substance abuse at Davis Inlet, high suicide rates at Big Cove, a rash of sexual assault charges at Sandy Bay and racist taunts of young Micmac hockey players.

When is our Prime Minister going to follow the lead of

U.S. President Clinton and recognize that many aboriginal children in Canada live in Third World conditions?

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
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LITERACY DAY

PC

Kenneth Albert James (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ken James (Sarnia-Lambton):

Mr. Speaker, as all members have been made aware, today is Love Literacy Day. With the support of the Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship, Frontier College, the Canadian Alliance for Literacy and the Movement for Canadian Literacy, we are focusing attention on this day.

It is a most appropriate time to pay tribute to the literacy organizations and the many volunteers who are active on this vital issue. The Canadian Alliance for Literacy, composed of national organizations working for literacy, brings together advocates for the promotion of literacy in Canada.

It is partnerships among funders such as the National Literacy Secretariat within the Department of Multiculturalism and Citizenship as well as provincial governments. It is partnerships between the non-governmental organizations, business, labour and governments.

Canadians and the organizations which support the literacy movement are the front line champions of literacy. On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I offer my sincere gratitude for their efforts to achieve full literacy for all Canadians.

Love Literacy Day is an opportune time for recognizing the indispensable importance of literacy volunteers and their organizations to Canadian society.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   LITERACY DAY
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LIB

Stan Kazmierczak Keyes

Liberal

Mr. Stan Keyes (Hamilton West):

Mr. Speaker, constituents have brought to the attention of some members of the House that the Department of External Affairs circulated a data input form inviting Canadians to document breaches of humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia.

The form states that: "Canada will draw on information gathered by this process in preparing a report to the UN Secretary-General" and should be mailed to an Ottawa post office box.

The form asks for the name of the person filling out the form, a description of events such as "rape, torture, execution, unfair trials and so on". It also calls for names and commentary on individuals who have allegedly committed breaches of law under the heading "Perpetrators".

How has Canada become involved in this witch-hunt which smacks of McCarthyism. Imagine someone in Canada who knows someone or some people in the former Yugoslavia they do not like. They attribute all sorts of atrocities to them and get others to do likewise.

How is this information verifiable? Is Canada to be party to this potential kangaroo court? More important, how can this Draconian measure be condoned by this government? I ask the Prime Minister to direct his ministers to put a stop to this shameful exercise.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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TOBACCO SMUGGLING

PC

Lise Bourgault

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Lise Bourgault (Argenteuil-Papineau):

Mr. Speaker, ridicule will finally kill society.

Rich tobacco smugglers can buy real estate and other property with complete peace of mind, owing to a defect in the Criminal Code that does not provide for the seizure of goods acquired from the sale of smuggled cigarettes.

The warehouses of flue cured tobacco producers are robbed in broad daylight by criminals who sell the contraband in our famous flea markets. Distributors and retailers lost over $150 million in 1992 because of this illegal trade.

The governments in Quebec and Ottawa lost almost $1 billion in 1992, $450 million for Quebec and $500 million for Ottawa as its share of the tax that would have been collected in Quebec. Imagine the disaster for all of Canada.

Crime has increased 100 per cent and Canadian smokers have become the accomplices of organized crime, something which has not been seen since Prohibition. This has been going on since July 1991 and it is time to stop it.

Quebec and Ottawa must drastically cut taxes in order to kill the black market. The Criminal Code must be amended to prevent these criminals from laundering money obtained from smuggling, the exits from the Indian reserves must be controlled and above all, Quebecers and Canadians must stop buying contraband cigarettes; otherwise, the governments alone will be unable to wipe out this evil.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   TOBACCO SMUGGLING
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MEMBERS FOR SKEENA AND CHAMBLY

LIB

Mark Joseph Assad

Liberal

Mr. Mark Assad (Gatineau-La Lievre):

Mr. Speaker, the French define politics as war in peacetime.

Indeed the member for Chambly and the member for Skeena seemed to be at war with each other. But upon checking, we found out that the member for Skeena was misquoted and so was the member for Chambly.

What I make of that is that people were misquoted. At least they agree that they disagree. I would ask both hon. members, the one for Skeena and the one for Chambly, to realize that this is not a battlefield but a place of peace.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   MEMBERS FOR SKEENA AND CHAMBLY
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PETITIONS

PC

Benno Friesen (Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-South Langley):

Mr. Speaker, last fall the member for Surrey North filed a petition with the House containing the names of people who purportedly were objecting to the provisions of Bill C-86.

February 17, 1993

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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I thought it would be a good idea for the people who had signed the petition to get information from a government member too. I wrote to them and gave the government position on Bill C-86. Lo and behold, 15 per cent of the letters were returned to me by the post office, saying no such person or no such address. It may be the post office did not look far enough. It may be the post office should have looked at the tombstones in the local cemetery for some of the names. After all, some elections have been won that way. I am sure the member for Surrey North would not do a thing like that but I do think, Mr. Speaker, you have a problem with some of the petitions.


LIB

Sergio Marchi

Liberal

Mr. Sergio Marchi (York West):

Mr. Speaker, the government continues to say the recession is over but as we know few Canadians believe them. Certainly not those Canadians living in metropolitan Toronto.

Despite these very proud Tory declarations, the economic malaise in the metropolitan Toronto region, an indispensable part of the national economic fabric, continues virtually unabated.

This Friday the metro chairman, Mr. Alan Tonks, will be convening an economic summit of all three levels of government, business, labour and the Canadian public.

The Conservative government is sending four ministers to the conference. I would suggest the time for empty words is over, the time for inaction is over, the time for staying a course that is clearly not working for Canadians in Toronto and across the country is over.

Torontonians want change. They want action. They want a proud government that is prepared to intervene, to stimulate the economy and to get this indispensable part of the Canadian machinery going again.

Between the Tory government in Ottawa and the NDP government at Queen's Park, Toronto is being sold out.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   METRO TORONTO
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PC

Barry D. Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Barry Moore (Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle):

Mr. Speaker, the Conference Board of Canada has predicted a year of relative labour peace in the Canadian work place.

Low inflation and the leadership of the federal government in exercising fiscal restraint has meant that bargaining priorities have shifted to such important work place improvements as access to job training and other non-monetary benefits.

Flying in the face of these positive developments is the president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Mr. Daryl Bean, who has vowed to take money from a $1.25 million collective bargaining account to target certain candidates for defeat in the upcoming election.

I wonder if PS AC members are aware of Daryl Bean's intention to endorse and to work for the election of Bloc Quebecois candidates.

It strains all credulity to see PS AC's endorsement of a party that is committed to the demise of Canada and with it the disappearance of some 45,000 federal jobs in Quebec. If I were a member of PSAC, I would demand my money back.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   METRO TORONTO
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NDP

Cyril (Cid) Samson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cid Samson (Timmins-Chapleau):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize the members of Mouvement Action-Chomage, some of whom are here today, for the role they have played in raising the public profile of the sweeping and destructive changes planned for the UI Act.

Mouvement Action Chomage can tell many horror stories of their experiences with the UI system, problems which will escalate under the new legislation.

Mouvement Action-Chomage has done an excellent job of informing the public about the proposed amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act and Bill C-105. I urge them to keep on fighting with the same enthusiasm and determination they have shown so far.

We still have much to do to kill this bill.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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PC

Godfrey Stanley (Stan) Wilbee

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stan Wilbee (Delta):

Mr. Speaker, for the past several weeks, Canadians from all areas and walks of life have been outraged by the systematic rape of women in Bosnia to create as much social and racial disruption as possible.

The degradation of women has been one of the most sickening atrocities of this conflict that has had more than its share of new lows in human behaviour.

Many people from Delta have called or written demanding that the Canadian government do more to stop this type of outrage in the former Yugoslavia.

The Government of Canada would be delighted to stop this senseless conflict but there has to be some initiative on the part of the combatants themselves. Therefore I appreciate the fact that Canada is sending 1,200 more troops to the area to try and help the helpless and to use their well-honed skills in peacekeeping to restore some sanity and humanity to this sick country.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   S. O. 31 BOSNIA
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February 17, 1993