May 31, 1993

PC

Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification; Minister responsible for the Status of Women; Minister of State (Environment))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker, let me assure my colleagues once and for all that Mr. Small was employed on a contract by the department to undertake certain activities, certain responsibilities.

He fulfilled those responsibilities in every way. What he did with the rest of his time obviously was up to him.

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Subtopic:   THE ENVIRONMENT
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LIB

Brian Vincent Tobin

Liberal

Mr. Brian Tobin (Humber-St. Barbe -Baie Verte):

Madam Speaker, the Minister of State for the Environment is skating better than Wayne Gretzky these days.

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Last week the Minister of State for the Environment said that no contract was given in excess of $50,000. We now know that that is wrong.

Last week the minister said during Question Period that Mr. Small was not the campaign manager of the Minister of the Environment. We now know that that is wrong.

Last week the Minister of the Environment said: "When he came on board the team to work during this race he resigned his position with the department'. We now know that is wrong.

I want to ask the Minister of State for the Environment what actions this minister and the government are taking to investigate properly this conflict of interest and to recover taxpayer funds which have been used improperly to subsidize a Tory leadership race.

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Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification; Minister responsible for the Status of Women; Minister of State (Environment))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker, again it is not very difficult to put forward the answer.

Mr. Small was employed under a contract for the Department of the Environment to carry out certain responsibilities. He carried out those responsibilities. The taxpayers' dollars were used very effectively in the work that he did for the department to follow up the UNCED process and related to the green plan.

I can assure my colleague that taxpayers' dollars were indeed used appropriately in the employment of Mr. Small.

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LIB

Brian Vincent Tobin

Liberal

Mr. Brian Tobin (Humber-St. Barbe - Baie Verte):

Madam Speaker, Treasury Board rules make clear that contracts cannot be split to avoid the requirements of the Treasury Board rules on the letting of contracts.

All contracts over $50,000 are to be publicly tendered to give every Canadian an opportunity to do that work.

In the case of Mr. Small contracts were systematically broken up to less than $50,000 to deny Canadians the opportunity to compete for that work and to guarantee that Mr. Small was given the work. In one case the contract was exceeded by $33,000; not by $1, not by $10, not by $100, but by $33,000.

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Canadians want to know what this minister is doing to make matters right and will she quit making excuses for the Minister of the Environment.

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Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification; Minister responsible for the Status of Women; Minister of State (Environment))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to serve with the Minister of the Environment in the excellent work that he does, but let me clarify it again perhaps in looking at the Tteasuiy Board guidelines. Treasury Board guidelines are not hard and fast. They say that normally there are public tenders but there are exceptions.

In this case the department reviewed the potential people that might be employed. Mr. Small was chosen because of his excellent background and expertise in international work and work related to the environment.

He completed his first contract. He had done the work leading up to UNCED. Further work was going to be required so in the normal course of events he was asked to stay on and complete that work. I think that is logical and is good use of the taxpayers' dollars and I can assure everyone that Mr. Small undertook his work very effectively for us.

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AIRLINE INDUSTRY

NDP

Iain Francis Angus (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

I have in my hand a memo dated March 18 from the assistant deputy minister of aviation to the deputy minister of transport. It outlines a series of cost-cutting measures implemented by the department. A number of them make sense, I will say that right off the top. However a number of them give me great concern as they relate to aviation safety.

The key one that really concerns me is a decision to reduce frequency of dangerous goods inspections to save seven person-years and $500,000.

I have given the minister a copy of the memo. Will he investigate this to make sure that things like hazardous goods inspections are not decreased? If anything they should be increased. Will he give the House a commitment to do that?

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Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport):

Yes, Madam Speaker.

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Subtopic:   AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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Iain Francis Angus (Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, the other area where the memo suggests cuts are being made is in the area of air traffic control overtime.

We all know that Pearson has been a nightmare for a number of years. It is particularly worse in the summertime during construction.

Will the minister revoke the decision to reduce overtime until such time as new air traffic controllers can be put in place so that there is a full complement and not the under-serviced area that is already there?

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PC

Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport):

Madam Speaker, the question of safety is of prime importance in the Department of Transport. When Mr. Justice Mo-shansky tabled his report he reconfirmed that the Canadian skies are safe.

With respect to these reductions I think the hon. member would certainly be condemning the Minister of Transport if attempts to cut the operating budgets were not being made in accordance with the cuts in all other departments.

I can assure him that the cuts are being made at the level of service and not at the level of safety.

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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

PC

Guy St-Julien

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Guy Saint-Julien (Abitibi):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice. On February 2,1 spoke in this House about the case of Mr. Robert Maltais, of Amos, who is waiting to be heard by a Federal Court umpire. I wrote to the Chief Justice, the Hon. James A. Jerome, the same day, and he never acknowledged receipt of my letter.

For months, Mr. Maltais and his family have been anxious about a technical administrative error made in his file by an unemployment insurance computer. Can the minister confirm to me today that an umpire will be in Abitibi soon to hear Mr. Robert Maltais's case as well as the 31 other outstanding cases? I have the feeling that Canada's umpires have forgotten about Abitibi-Temis-

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camingue because the last time an umpire was in our area was in April 1990.

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Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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Pierre Blais (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Minister of State (Agriculture))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pierre Blais (Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Minister of State (Agriculture)):

Madam Speaker, I understand and sympathize with my colleague. Of course, the judges who hear these cases and Federal Court judges in general have been overloaded with work in the past year. Other cases from other areas have also been added.

I believe that the Chief Justice is aware of the hon. member's concerns. By the way, I also know that my colleague is interested in tight control on government spending. Obviously, we cannot at this time increase spending as spending on the courts must be controlled. I will ensure that the information or the question raised by the hon. member will be forwarded to the Chief Justice so that he can consider it. I do not think that the government should intervene in the day to day operations of the court, but I will ensure that my colleague's concerns are submitted to the Chief Justice for consideration.

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UNITED NATIONS

PC

Scott Jon Thorkelson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Scott Thorkelson (Edmonton -Strathcona):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the minister answering for the minister of external affairs.

In the post cold war environment, the United Nations has played an increasingly crucial role in the world's political and economic affairs. The UN is funded by contributions from its member countries and Canada has consistently paid its assessed dues. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for our neighbour to the south.

I would like to ask the minister: What is the status of Canada's diplomatic efforts to urge the United States government to pay its badly overdue contributions to the United Nations?

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PC

Harvie Andre (Minister of State (Without Portfolio); Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Harvie Andre (Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons):

Madam Speaker, as the hon. member acknowledges, Canada has been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that all UN members pay their dues in full and on time. Both the

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Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for External Affairs have mentioned this issue at the United Nations and in bilateral meetings with the U.S.

Since 1990 the United States has been making annual payments both of its dues and arrears. Today its arrears are much smaller both in relative and absolute terms than they were in 1990.

We are confident the U.S. will continue to recognize the importance of paying arrears. However, we will continue to make this point with the United States and indeed with all other countries that are tardy in paying their UN fees.

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REDRESS

LIB

Shirley Maheu

Liberal

Mrs. Shirley Maheu (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville):

Madam Speaker, in 1984 the Prime Minister promised the Chinese, Italian, Ukrainian and German communities that he would finally settle the redress issue by negotiating in good faith.

We know that the government negotiated in good faith for the Japanese redress. The minister of multicultural-ism had a mandate then.

Why has the Prime Minister denied the minister a mandate today and ordered him to impose a take it or leave it proposal on these communities? Why the double standard?

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PC

Gérard (Gerry) Weiner (Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gerry Weiner (Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship):

Madam Speaker, I was very proud to bring forward a series of initiatives which I thought would be very helpful in advancing an issue the Prime Minister is personally committed to doing something about.

I had a very clear understanding. We discussed it completely with members of the six communities. They have now responded in a very faithful fashion and in an articulate and clear way. We in turn are now very carefully examining what they have said to us.

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LIB

Shirley Maheu

Liberal

Mrs. Shirley Maheu (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville):

Madam Speaker, negotiating and having a mandate are two different things. The minister made it very clear that he did not have a mandate for this particular issue to my

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colleague from York West and also the parliamentary secretary.

On the weekend, 100 neo-Nazi skinheads gathered to give fascist salutes and scream racial slogans. Later they rioted and charged through the city streets. This is not a joking matter. These events took place in Ottawa and right here on Parliament Hill.

When will the Prime Minister finally take action to combat racism and establish a comprehensive hate-crime strategy?

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May 31, 1993