June 1, 1993

NDP

Lynn Hunter

New Democratic Party

Ms. Lynn Hunter (Saanich-Gulf Islands):

A supplementary, Madam Speaker. I know that the Minister of the Environment has not spoken on the environment over the last couple of months so he obviously does not share the urgency that our committee members felt.

I want to go back. This government has a responsibility to the Canadian public to regulate the sale of sun screens and sun-glasses in the interests of reducing skin cancer and cataracts.

When is this government going to act? When is it going to legislate to protect the Canadian public?

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Subtopic:   THE ENVIRONMENT
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PC

Barbara Jane (Bobbie) Sparrow (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Barbara Sparrow (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Madam Speaker, indeed sun screens and sun-glasses are extremely important for all of us when we are exposed to ultraviolet rays.

There is a great deal being done with regard to public information and education on this. If one looks back very carefully it will be noted that the Minister of the Environment has been very vocal on this issue on how all Canadians have to take responsibility to protect themselves.

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Subtopic:   THE ENVIRONMENT
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VIOLENCE

PC

Guy St-Julien

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Guy Saint-Julien (Abitibi):

Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Communications.

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In the June 1993 issue of Justice League, the superhero starts his series of adventures in Quebec, more specifically in a toy warehouse in Montreal, and it is all very violent. A Quebec printing firm is responsible for printing and distributing the comic book in Quebec and Canada.

My question is this: Considering the comments by my colleague, the hon. member for Laval-Est, about this publication which is sold in Canada and printed in Quebec does the Minister of Communications, who is in favour of getting rid of violence on television, think we should let this kind of magazine be distributed in Canada and be available to our children? What steps does he intend to take to ban this comic book immediately?

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Subtopic:   VIOLENCE
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PC

Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Doug Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada):

Madam Speaker, if I may I would like to reply on behalf of the Minister of Justice.

The Minister of Justice has in fact asked his officials to review the comic book in question. However, I would point out to my hon. friend that it would appear to us at first glance that if any Criminal Code infraction has occurred it would be a prosecution carried by the Attorney General of Quebec.

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Subtopic:   VIOLENCE
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AIR INDIA

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alan Redway (Don Valley East):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Solicitor General who is aware that eight years ago this month Air India flight 182 crashed, killing over 300 Canadians. Since that time the RCMP has been conducting the most costly investigation there has ever been in the history of Canada.

After eight years is it not now time that we either laid charges or instituted a judicial inquiry?

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Subtopic:   AIR INDIA
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Douglas Grinslade Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Doug Lewis (Solicitor General of Canada):

Madam Speaker, with reference to my hon. friend's question I make no apologies whatsoever for spending whatever money is necessary to try and bring the people who perpetrated this heinous offence to justice.

If it is a question of money, that issue has never been brought up. We have never in any way suggested that the RCMP impede its investigation on account of cost. In fact, very costly investigations have been undertaken by the RCMP and it is reporting to me periodically. I would

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Tributes

expect that if it wants any further action taken by the government that I will be apprised of it shortly.

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Subtopic:   AIR INDIA
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CANADA POST

LIB

Jerry Pickard

Liberal

Mr. Jerry Pickard (Essex -Kent):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the minister responsible for Canada Post.

In today's annual report of Canada Post operations for 1992-93 there is no mention of certain extraordinary expense items such as rental and operation of a Sky-Dome box, promotion and expense of functions such as auto racing, air shows, sporting activities, bursary expenses for theatre and dance.

Will the minister confirm that indeed Canada Post continues to squander resources on these non-postal activities?

Will the minister immediately demand disclosure of such extraordinary expenses from Canada Post officials?

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Subtopic:   CANADA POST
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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, I gather that the hon. member's position and perhaps that of his party is that Canadian Post should not be engaged in the sponsoring of dancers and theatre in this country. It is not a position that we associate with.

The hon. member may be aware, and I am not sure that he is, that approximately 45 per cent to 50 per cent of Canada Post's business is fully competitive. In the competitive marketplace, one advertises if one wants to remain competitive and seek the business.

Canada Post engages in advertising along with a lot of other companies. The hon. member wants us to go back to the bad old days where the taxpayers subsidized the post office. It was not competitive. I am sorry, I do not think that we will take his advice in that regard.

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Subtopic:   CANADA POST
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PRESENCE IN GALLERY

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

I wish to draw to the attention of members the presence in the gallery of the

Russian Parliamentary Committee on Rural and Social Development, Agriculture and Food, led by Mr. Aleksey Andreevich Chernyshev.

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Subtopic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY
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Some hon. members:

Hear, hear.

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POINT OF ORDER

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, during early questions in respect of the aircraft being outfitted, I may have misinformed the House unintentionally.

The cost of the VIP unit is $2.5 million not $500,000 as I saw the hon. member for Edmonton Southwest referring to. I also neglected to inform the House that the new fleet saves about $6.5 million a year in operating costs. So in about four months, the cost of this unit would be repaid by savings in operating costs.

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Subtopic:   POINT OF ORDER
Sub-subtopic:   REPLY IN QUESTION PERIOD
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Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

I understand there is an agreement in the House for a tribute to a former colleague.

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THE LATE GORDON "CHUB" BARRETT

LIB

Gilbert Parent

Liberal

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

Madam Speaker, in the last two days Mr. Gordon "Chub" Barrett, the former member of Parliament for Lincoln in southern Ontario, passed away.

Chub was a member of this House from 1968 to 1972. He served with great distinction as a member of Parliament. When he left Parliament he took a position with the St. Lawrence Seaway which cuts right through the heart of the Niagara Peninsula and as such he continued to distinguish himself as a person who was very much involved in the seaway and also the surrounding communities that touch on the seaway.

It should be noted that Mr. Barrett was bom in Thorold which at that time was part of the Lincoln riding that he represented and is now part of my riding of Welland-St. Catharines-Thorold. Mr. Barrett served as a soldier from 1942 to 1945 and saw action overseas.

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Politically he was involved as a warden of the city of Welland. Besides that he was a member of Thorold council from 1946 to 1959.

Perhaps the people of Thorold will best remember Chub, as he was called affectionately, for his involvement in the athletic part of the community. He was an athlete. He coached different teams in baseball and hockey. I understand that he was also quite a football player in his time.

We here in this House have a chance to pay tribute to a man who made a great contribution to our country. He will be sorely missed by his family and by his friends in Thorold and indeed in Lincoln country.

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Subtopic:   THE LATE GORDON "CHUB" BARRETT
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PC

Shirley Martin (Minister of State (Transport))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Shirley Martin (Minister of State (Transport)):

Madam Speaker, I too would like to join my colleague from across the floor to pay tribute to Gordon "Chub" Barrett who was the member of Parliament for Lincoln, as was stated, from 1968 to 1972. The boundaries were slightly different at that time from what they are today, but it was still the riding of Lincoln that he served.

Mr. Barrett made a great contribution to Canadians not only in his public life where he served as reeve and warden and then came to Parliament to serve his people of Lincoln here in Ottawa, but he also served the needs of people in his private life.

When he worked at the Thorold Paper Company it was as a safety inspector looking after the safety of his employees. He looked after the safety of Canadians when he served overseas with the infantiy. When he left he still kept a very active role in safety areas within the community.

When he left this House he continued to serve his country and his area on the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority from 1973 to 1980. This was at the time of its heyday in the volume of traffic through the seaway and certainly through the Welland canal at which time the tunnel was built under a road by the canal where Mr. Barrett lived.

He represented the needs of the Welland canal and the Niagara area in the St. Lawrence seaway as a whole and continued to serve his country.

Just as an aside, he also left a mark in Ottawa when he left the seaway. In talking to his secretary, Velma

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Durant, who served with him at the seaway, she told me he left 12 ties behind when he left his office. They are still in the seaway office in Ottawa.

Mr. Barrett will be remembered by those at the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and those people he represented as well.

We offer our condolences to his family who I know will miss him sadly.

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Subtopic:   THE LATE GORDON "CHUB" BARRETT
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