April 28, 1993

STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

THE BUDGET

LIB

Albina Guarnieri

Liberal

Ms. Albina Guarnieri (Mississauga East):

Mr. Speaker, for weeks Canadians have been led to expect a federal budget filled with significant measures to address the mounting number of casualties from the Toiy voyage to the bottom of the economy.

The document received Monday will be remembered as an April fool's budget, a sad hoax with nothing new and nothing now. This budget is more a prophecy than a plan. Virtually no new measures are included for 1993-94, nor is any improvement in unemployment or the deficit promised for the coming year.

Rather than assist growth this government assumes growth and assumes that Canadians will wait until 1998 for new jobs. Each Canadian who is out of work needs a new job, not the snow job offered by this government.

Canadians are tired of a regime that finds ways to be more mean with less means.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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THE BUDGET

PC

Robert Alfred Corbett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, in the budget that was presented by the Minister of Finance on Monday there were provisions for the privatization of a number of Crown corporations and other bodies. Among these was a commitment to study the feasibility of privatizing Transport Canada's helicopter operations.

Transport Canada operates a fleet of 44 helicopters whose chief responsibilities are navigational aid calibration, resupply operations, aviation inspector training, ice reconnaissance and pollution control.

Many of these responsibilities of Transport Canada's helicopter fleet are critical to save marine operations off the coastlines of Canada, including the Bay of Fundy which is partially in my riding of Fundy-Royal.

I would urge the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Finance to ensure that fiscal responsibility does not take precedence over the safety of mariners because no price is too great when human lives are at risk.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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PUBLIC SERVICE

LIB

Eugène Bellemare

Liberal

Mr. Eugene Bellemare (Carleton-Gloucester):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the President of the Treasury Board announced the government's plans to cut at least 16,500 jobs in the federal Public Service over the next five years and to review its work force adjustment policy. These measures are an obvious attempt by the Conservatives to blame public servants for their own incompetence in managing the economy.

According to Treasury Board officials these cuts could mean a loss of $825 million to the national capital region's economy. If it is wise management the government wants, why is it not listening to the public accounts committee and the Auditor General's recommendations instead of cutting services that are provided to Canadians?

What Canada needs is not more unemployment or more people on welfare. What it needs to get the economy moving again is jobs, jobs and jobs.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
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NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING


April 28, 1993


PC

Douglas Fee

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):

Mr. Speaker, on a sombre note I rise to pay tribute to victims of work related accidents on this National Day of Mourning.

In Canada work place fatalities and injuries cost about $9 billion each year for direct compensation to individuals, retraining and lost productivity.

No amount of dollars can replace a human life. Occupational health and safety is everyone's concern. Safety and health efforts must be both preventive and proactive.

Education and training are required to nurture the kind of awareness that will minimize work place accidents and illnesses. While governments and laws serve a useful regulatory function, it is still the workers and employers who must work together to create safe work places.

On this sombre occasion, it is not enough to mourn those who have died. We must encourage everyone, labour or management, to rededicate themselves to improved safety programs and to making safe and healthy work environments a reality.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING
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THE BUDGET

NDP

Raymond John Funk

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ray Funk (Prince Albert-Churchill River):

Mr. Speaker, the bond rating agencies and the national media claim that this government has not made enough cuts.

That depends on who people are and where they live. Young people in Prince Albert-Churchill River and other far away places in this country will pay for the deficit with their futures.

Their futures depend on training, experience and research and development but my riding alone will lose over $1.5 million in training funding because of the effect of UI changes on the CJS program.

The government put control over student loans in the hands of the Royal and Commerce banks. Students who do not have a local branch or come from low-income families can go to the end of the line.

As MPs we all know the government cut the SEED program, which means fewer summer jobs. It cut funding for friendship centres which provide support for aboriginal youth. It cut federal-provincial forestry and mining agreements which are the only source of research and development in my constituency.

Shame on the government for making young people pay for the deficit with their futures, and shame on the national media for not reporting what is really going on this country.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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THE BUDGET

PC

Marcel R. Tremblay (Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; 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, I think it is important to mention the impact of the budget on transfer payments to the provinces.

The message from the Minister of Finance is that it would be irresponsible to penalize the provinces by reducing transfer payments at a time when they already have trouble making ends meet.

In fact, our government has decided to act responsibly by urging the provinces to join us in seeking concrete solutions to the debt problem.

There is only one taxpayer, and the only way to deal with our tax problems is to cut spending on government operations, be better managers, in co-operation with the province, and reduce the tax burden on Canadian taxpayers.

We must secure the integrity of our country first.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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CANADA LABOUR CODE

LIB

Gilbert Parent

Liberal

Mr. Gilbert Parent (Welland-St. Catharines-Tho-rold):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to make it clear at the outset that I speak as a private member and not as the labour critic for the Liberal Party.

We are now in the process of revamping the Canada Labour Code. Among the suggestions I make to the House is one which would affect workers when they reach the final bargaining stage of a given work conflict.

April 28, 1993

I urge the House to consider the interest of the employees in allowing the employees to have a say in their future through a vote on an offer made by the management.

This is a feature which is already built into the constitutions of some unions but not all of them, which means that in some cases a significant number of employees may want to vote on the offer.

This feature might be of particular benefit when work conflicts last for an inordinate length of time. It should be noted that three provincial NDP governments, in Ontario, B.C. and Saskatchewan, already have this as part of their labour laws.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   CANADA LABOUR CODE
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EMPLOYMENT

PC

Louise Feltham

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Louise Feltham (Wild Rose):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to applaud the government of the province of Alberta for its initiatives to get people off welfare and into the labour market.

In 1990 the province began its Supports for Independence Program. The pilot projects have been a success and the minister of family and social services has announced a three-year plan to channel resources to provide support and incentive so that people on welfare complete their schooling, acquire job skills and find work.

Costs are recovered through a redistribution of welfare dollars. The focus has shifted from simply covering immediate financial needs to looking at the needs of each individual in order to get back on his or her feet.

It is a positive effort with the long-term goal of providing a path for people on welfare to a future of economic self-sufficiency. It is working because many on welfare want to be self-reliant.

This initiative is one that the federal government should encourage all provinces to follow.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
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THE PRIME MINISTER

LIB

Rey D. Pagtakhan

Liberal

Mr. Rey Pagtakhan (Winnipeg North):

Mr. Speaker, my constituents have been phoning my office with a very serious question. Namely, with one million children living in poverty and 1.4 million unemployed how can the

Prime Minister proceed with a $1 million farewell tour of Europe?

This leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of those who live hand to mouth, and further betrays the taxpayers who will be footing the bill for this extravaganza. These Canadians can never dream of spending thousands a night for hotel rooms for themselves and hangers-on. Many count themselves lucky to have a roof above them and a pillow on which to lay their heads.

A word of advice to this government on investing. Take the $1 million and send it to food banks like Winnipeg Harvest. For every $1 donated $20 worth of food can be gathered and distributed. Or take the money and put it into job training for the unemployed. That is investing in the future of all Canadians, not just in the future of the Prime Minister.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   THE PRIME MINISTER
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April 28, 1993