May 31, 1993

LIB

Ron J. Duhamel

Liberal

Mr. Duhamel:

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question on the downsizing of the funds that have been available for youth. It is particularly frightening because student debt has gone up at an alarming rate. It has more than doubled at certain levels and is at a point now where people are thinking about not going to college or university for fear of not being able to repay.

We have examples where tuition fees have gone up 300 per cent within the last few years. In some cases incidental fees are in a similar range. This is something Canadians have not realized because there is so much out there, but students have been hit from any number of sectors. They have been hit with the goods and services tax, additional incidental fees and additional tuition fees. Fewer jobs have been available for shorter periods of time. These have not been as well remunerated. Fewer funds have been available and the student aid program is completely inadequate. The students are in the eye of the needle. They are being hit from all sectors. Very often parents who were able to help cannot provide nearly as much as before.

There is tremendous despair. People are saying: "What is the use of getting an education? I might not be able to pay the money back. If I do get a degree or diploma will I be able to get a job?" Once one is faced with those particular realities obviously there is tremendous hesitation.

Not only do we need constant programs such an apprenticeship programs and others I have mentioned to get people back to work, but we also need to break this vicious cycle where people have said there is no use. We have to be the government that restores hope, removes the despair and creates a climate where people can work.

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Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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PC

Peter L. McCreath (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Peter L. McCreath (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for International Trade):

Mr. Speaker, I want to say a word or two about the very important subject of unemployment and in particular youth unemployment which is of great concern to the government.

My hon. friends opposite would have people believe they are the only ones in Canada concerned about this problem. I want to say to them there are very dedicated, hard-working public servants in 450 Canada Employment Centres who are very concerned about this problem. These people are the front line troops working with Canadians young and old to deal with problems of unemployment. Their challenge is a great one.

The function and role of the government in this regard is to assist these people through the employment centres. Our friends in the Liberal Party think the purpose of the government is to employ everybody in Canada.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Ron J. Duhamel

Liberal

Mr. Duhamel:

Tell us what you are going to do.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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PC

Peter L. McCreath (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McCreath:

But of course that would involve unlimited taxation and absolute lack of control.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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LIB
PC

Peter L. McCreath (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McCreath:

Of course the opposition members can spend all kinds of money because they have no authority to do anything at all.

My hon. friend opposite wants to know what this government is doing. I will tell him. This government has invested $3.55 billion in 1992-93 to train and assist more than 900,000 Canadians. I recall it was this government that brought in Bill C-21 to change unemployment insurance from being passive to active and assist unemployed Canadians through retraining and developing skills so they would be employable. Every member opposite, including the hon. member for St. Boniface who is making so much noise right now, voted against that. Their concept is not one of looking to the future. Their concept is not one of having faith and confidence in Canadian businesses and Canadian entrepreneurs to develop employment. Their concept is a 19th century one.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

I was just wondering if it was my arrival in the Chair that caused this uproar or was it like this all morning.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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PC

Peter L. McCreath (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McCreath:

Madam Speaker, we are so delighted to see you.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

It being two o'clock the House will now proceed to statements by members pursuant to Standing Order 31.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

PC

William D. (Bill) Casey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Casey (Cumberland -Colchester):

Madam Speaker, I call on the Minister of Agriculture today to expedite the release of funds for the extended federal-provincial development agreement with the Government of Nova Scotia.

The agriculture development season is now well under way but there is still no sign of the announced funding. This delay puts organizations such as the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and their member farmers in a very difficult position and interferes with their programs and planning.

Land development by farmers is only practical if it is done now during the short window of opportunity in Nova Scotia. Marketing groups must organize now in order to be ready for the harvest season and take advantage of that market. Human resource development is necessary now if our industry is to remain competitive in Nova Scotia.

For all these reasons and many more it is essential that this funding be released. I again ask the minister to expedite release of these co-operation agreement funds.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Sub-subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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REFUGEES

LIB

William Warren Allmand

Liberal

Hon. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace):

Madam Speaker, this morning a group of concerned Canadians held a press conference in Toronto to announce that they would declare a sanctuary unless there is a fair review for legitimate refugees who have been denied that status in Canada.

Although the refugee determination system is basically a fair one, mistakes are made due to negligent lawyers, incompetent translators, inadequate information and

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sometimes biased board members. In these cases a fair review is required although they are not taking place, and have not for more than a year.

Right now the Toronto group knows of 24 cases in which the individuals are in danger of death if deported. In virtue of the Geneva convention and the charter of rights the government has a legal obligation to protect innocent refugees. There should be a just review where mistakes have been made.

The Toronto group has said that if the government does not protect these refugees it will declare a sanctuary. It will not abandon these people.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   REFUGEES
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COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION

PC

Guy St-Julien

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Guy Saint-Julien (Abitibi):

Madam Speaker, on May 26, 1993 the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced the appointment of a special advisory committee to help him develop a Canadian strategy on community safety and crime prevention.

The committee will consist of 29 members selected on the basis of their interest and experience in community safety and crime prevention issues.

Ms. France-Claude Goyette, of the Centre d'aide et de lutte contre les agressions a caractere sexuel in Val d'Or, was selected to represent Abitibi-Temiscamingue.

I am very glad and proud that Ms. Goyette accepted the responsibility to continue the work done by the national seminar on community safety and crime prevention so that everyone in Abitibi will get the benefit of her experience.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION
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CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

NDP

Ron Fisher

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ron Fisher (Saskatoon -Dundurn):

Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.

In the past 20 years the council has changed and grown but several things have remained constant. The council has maintained a reputation for excellent, ground breaking and accessible research on women's issues, and for advocacy on violence against women, reproductive health, poverty, women and politics, teenage women and the legal status of aboriginal women.

This year the council is celebrating its diversity and is proud to be representative of the Canadian population, including its most senior members.

The council has made over 400 recommendations to the federal government over the last 20 years and a number of these recommendations have been influential in shaping Canadian public policy.

On behalf of the New Democratic Party I congratulate the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women for a job well done.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
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CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

PC

Edna Anderson

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Edna Anderson (Simcoe Centre):

Madam Speaker, I am honoured to rise today and bring to the attention of the House an important anniversary.

The Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women was founded 20 years ago today in response to one of the recommendations of the 1970 Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

The advisory council is a government funded, independent organization whose mandate is to advise the federal government on women's equality issues and inform the public of these matters.

The council has done an excellent job in fulfilling that mandate. Its ground breaking research and advocacy for women's rights helped lead to the women's equality provisions now contained in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On behalf of the members of this House I thank the council for 20 years of commitment to the goal of full equality for the women of Canada and I wish it many more years of success.

May 31, 1993

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
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CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

May 31, 1993