June 2, 1993

OFFICIAL REPORT

THIRD SESSION-THIRTY-FOURTH PARLIAMENT


42 Elizabeth II


VOLUME XVI, 1993 COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE SECOND DAY OF JUNE, 1993 TO THE TWENTY-THIRD DAY OF JUNE, 1993 INDEX ISSUED IN A SEPARATE VOLUME


Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons by the Queen's Printer for Canada Available from Canadian Communication Group - Publishing, Supply and Services Canada, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0S9.



Wednesday, June 2, 1993



Prayers


STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

PC

Guy St-Julien

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Guy Saint-Julien (Abitibi):

Madam Speaker, in June 1989, our Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Brian Mulroney, signed the official declaration for National Access Awareness Week, inviting all Canadians to make this week a special event and improve the quality of life in their communities.

Since then, communities across Canada have improved access to public places, services and facilities for persons with disabilities. However, much remains to be done to eliminate all barriers encountered by the disabled, who are entitled to take an active part in the daily life of their community and to have access to the same basic services as the rest of the population.

The impact of National Access Awareness Week should last throughout the year.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Sub-subtopic:   NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK
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TIOXIDE CANADA

LIB

Shirley Maheu

Liberal

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

Madam Speaker, Tioxide Canada, a company that pollutes the waterways of Quebec with no apology whatsoever, has just been fined $4 million, which is peanuts. The company heaved a sigh of relief, because it was expecting a fine of $36 million as well as prison terms for some of its board members. What a difference a fine makes.

Why does the government not impose sentences that would deter effect polluters? Although Environment

Quebec now has two cases pending against Tioxide Canada, the Crown merely rapped the company's knuckles. The Conservative government had a moral obligation to go to the wall on this. This is certainly no way to clean up our environment. The federal government must wake up and impose sentences that will make all polluters think twice. Tomorrow, it will be too late.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   TIOXIDE CANADA
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THE ABB PLANT

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):

Madam Speaker, I was delighted to hear that ABB, a high tech company in my riding, has taken another step to make its Quebec plant one of its most important condenser manufacturing units in the world.

Since it opened in 1991, the Quebec plant has been growing steadily and will double its capacity for the production of condensers by the first quarter of 1994, to supply the North American market.

ABB employs about 2,700 people in more than 35 plants in Canada and has annual sales of about $1 billion. It is involved in many activity sectors including the production, transmission and distribution of electric power, industrial automation, steam generating systems, robotics, measuring instruments, environmental technologies, telecommunications and high-speed trains. The people of Quebec are proud to be part of the technology boom generated by ABB's experts.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   THE ABB PLANT
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SMALL BUSINESS LOANS

LIB

Robert Daniel Nault

Liberal

Mr. Robert D. Nault (Kenora-Rainy River):

Madam Speaker, the Royal Bank announced discounts of 10 per cent on service charges for small businesses. The major financial institutions continue to miss the point. Figures from October 1991 to October 1992 show that the value of small business loans by the big six banks increased by a

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modest 3.8 per cent, compared with a 12 per cent increase for loans to large corporations.

In the same period 450,000 new jobs were created by small business. By contrast, large organizations cut

96,500 people from their payrolls.

Most will know that last year the financial institutions increased their service charges, in some cases by 400 per cent. Now they want us to believe they are doing us a favour by reducing service charges to small businesses by 10 per cent. They control the majority of lending to business. Given that position, they are not just responsible to their shareholders, they are responsible to the country.

The big six have two choices: Change their ways or get ready for the onslaught of new banks in this country.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
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QUEEN ELIZABETH II

PC

Douglas Fee

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):

Madam Speaker, today is the 40th anniversary of an historic event. On June 2, 1953 our sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned Queen of Canada and took an oath to govern the peoples of Canada and her other realms according to their respective laws and customs. In response to this oath parliamentarians, new citizens and those entering into the Queen's service take a reciprocal oath of allegiance to Her Majesty.

Four days prior to her coronation the Queen issued a proclamation under the Canadian Royal Style and Titles Act officially adopting the title of Queen of Canada, thereby fulfilling the dreams of the Fathers of Confederation who often referred to Queen Victoria as the Queen of Canada.

I would like to quote two famous Canadians, one a Conservative and one a Liberal, who lived a century apart. Sir George-Etienne Cartier said that the monarchy was the essential element of the Constitution and Vincent Massey said: "The monarchy is essential to us. Without it as a bastion of Canadian nationality, Canadian purpose and Canadian independence we could not remain a sovereign state".

God save the Queen.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   QUEEN ELIZABETH II
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VISITORS' VISAS

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (THnity-Spadina):

Madam Speaker, today's edition of The Ottawa Citizen highlights the frustrations faced by Canadians with relatives still residing in their former countries such as Lebanon, Guyana, and India, to name a few.

Many of those relatives would like to visit Canada before the death of loved ones and not just for burial ceremonies. The government seems to assume that everyone applying to enter Canada from a country with civil unrest or poverty will stay illegally even when the applicant has a spouse, two children and a family business back home.

Canada is now home to over four million foreign-bom people, representing 16 per cent of the population. I call on the Minister of Employment and Immigration to review the duty of overseas officers in deciding to issue or not issue visitors' visas. Let us have fair and equal treatment.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   VISITORS' VISAS
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TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY

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