June 2, 1993

PC

William D. (Bill) Casey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Casey (Cumberland -Colchester):

Madam Speaker, the new Government of Nova Scotia has announced that it will review the route for the new Trans-Canada Highway. I believe that the government is obligated to do this review as it campaigned on that promise and would be criticized if it did not follow through.

Having said that, I am very concerned about the people who are so very much affected by any change in this route. People's lives, homes, and businesses will all be destabilized during this review. As well, a lengthy delay would result in more tragic accidents on the present Trans-Canada Highway.

I urge that the new government consider all points of view from all the communities involved. I also urge the people who are affected to make their points of view known to the provincial department of transport.

I trust that we can take the politics out of this decision and choose the best route for all Nova Scotians. I pledge to do all I can to work with the new government to help resolve the issue.

June 2, 1993

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY
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SMALL BUSINESS LOANS

LIB

Diane Marleau (Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mrs. Diane Marleau (Sudbury):

Madam Speaker, according to a government press release on small business: "Loans to small businesses in Canada will become more accessible as a result of the significant changes to the Small Businesses Loans Act".

A constituent of mine applied to a local bank for a loan under the program. The interest on the loan would have been about 7 per cent. He has long been known in Sudbury as a hard worker and for his dedication and commitment to his customers. He offered his personal home as collateral. However the bank in question turned him down.

Despite the bank's failure to help him he established his business by mortgaging his house. However he is paying an interest rate of 13.25 per cent, more than double what it should be costing him. That is unfair. Despite all of that his business is doing well and is already creating a number of jobs.

I want to make the point that the banks deal in a very heavy-handed way with small businesses. How many others have the banks turned down across this country? How many others have not established their businesses? How many jobs have not been created?

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
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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 regret that the member's time has expired.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
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NDP

Dawn Black

New Democratic Party

Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster-Burnaby):

Madam Speaker, access to abortion services remains uneven across the country.

Fourteen hundred abortions are performed on Canadian women in American border states because of lack of access in parts of Canada. Women in the Atlantic provinces, the north and those outside urban centres spend a great deal of money and time to travel for this simple medical procedure.

When they do reach a clinic they are often forced to walk through a barrage of picketers who harass them. While they were in power both the Liberals and Conservatives significantly cut funds for family planning education, thus increasing the need for abortion.

I ask the health minister to make RU-486 available in Canada, as it is in the U.S., and for the government to reverse its policies of economic and social inequality which rob many women of the choice to have children and of the right not to have children.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
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POVERTY

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alan Redway (Don Valley East):

Madam Speaker, a United Nations committee has criticized Canada for not dealing with domestic poverty.

The UN has also criticized Canada for not spending enough on foreign aid to fight poverty in the Third World. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has criticized Canada for not accepting more poor refugees, especially severely disabled refugees.

Another UN agency, the International Monetary Fund, has criticized Canada for not reducing our deficit and our debt fast enough. We might find some of the necessary resources in our defence budget but the UN Security Council keeps asking Canada to provide more of our military and its equipment for UN peacekeeping forces.

If we are going to address all of these very laudable concerns in the short run, we certainly have our work cut out for us.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   POVERTY
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PATRONAGE

LIB

John Harvard

Liberal

Mr. John Harvard (Winnipeg-St. James):

Madam Speaker, the endless parade of patronage and sleaze continues.

We have seen the baby-sitter get an appointment. We have seen the barman get an appointment. We have seen the barber get an appointment. Even the barber's wife got a little gift from the Mulroney-Charest-Campbell cabinet.

Now we hear that former Tory MP Jim McGrath has received a plum patronage posting. McGrath has been given a three-year appointment to the National Transportation Agency.

The Canadian people are sick and tired of this kind of sleaze and nepotism. They are sick to death of the old ways of the Conservative Party.

Oral Questions

The Prime Minister may like to think that he is protecting the defence and environment ministers from the inevitable backlash. However that will not happen. These Order in Council appointments were made by the Governor in Council, meaning the cabinet.

The defence and environment ministers are part of that cabinet. They said yes to patronage for Toiy flacks, hacks and bagmen. However on election day Canadians will be saying a loud no to them.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   PATRONAGE
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NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK

PC

Vincent Della Noce (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship; Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Vincent Della Noce (Laval-Est):

Madam Speaker, from May 31 to June 6, Canadians all across the country will celebrate National Access Awareness Week, which promotes a fundamental value of our society: equal opportunity for all citizens. Based on community participation and partnership among the disabled and various sectors of activity, this national week is meant to be a special opportunity to emphasize the active participation of the disabled in the life of our society.

In Canada, tangible progress has been made in the quality of life and social and economic integration of the disabled, but much still remains to be done. Today I call upon my colleagues to take an active part in National Access Awareness Week and thus to promote the full and complete integration of the disabled in Canadian society. Access is more than a wish; it is a right for 4.2 million disabled Canadians.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK
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SHOWBOAT

NDP

Howard Douglas McCurdy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-St. Clair):

Madam Speaker, the musical Showboat is a period piece which depicts blacks in the minstrel show tradition.

A new, supposedly updated, production in North York has evoked heated controversy and division among black and Jewish communities in spite of claims that Afro-Ca-nadians' sensitivities are being addressed.

In Toronto to deliver a lecture named after Garth Drabinsky, the show's producer, William F. Buckley entered the dispute. He said that Jews have a right to be sensitive because of the Holocaust, and he is right. But according to him blacks who suffered over 200 years of

slavery, 25 million dead in the Atlantic crossing, 100 years of second class citizenship, lynchings and showboat stereotypes are described as preposterous to express their sensitivity.

What could be more destructive to an historic alliance between two communities, both of which have suffered, than this racist trivialization of the sufferings of one by comparison to the other?

If the voices of the Buckleys are the price for Showboat, Mr. Drabinsky, it is not worth it.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   SHOWBOAT
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DIRECT AIR LINKS

LIB

Beryl Gaffney

Liberal

Mrs. Beryl Gaffney (Nepean):

Madam Speaker, in the nation's capital we have the Ottawa Lynx baseball club, the Ottawa Senators hockey club, an advanced technology sector and many industries with a large market to the south. Yet we have a government and a transportation minister that are incapable of approving a direct air link from Ottawa to the American market, and in particular, Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Ottawa was the only city in Canada excluded from the original Canada-U.S. air treaty in 1974. As someone said recently, the Minister of Transport should crawl out from under this desk.

Yesterday we heard this same minister has awarded direct air service from his hometown to Pittsburgh. I say shame on him.

The lack of air links is costing the Ottawa region $500 million annually. People from Ottawa and its environs have no choice but to throw this government and this minister out of office in the next election.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   DIRECT AIR LINKS
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Leader of the Opposition):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Acting Prime Minister. This morning in Washington, the Prime Minister met President Clinton and, after lunch, the Prime Minister said that he did not agree with the President of the

United States on sanctions to strengthen the parallel accords.

If the Canadian government does not agree with the President of the United States on the kind of sanctions proposed to solve the problems, could the minister tell us what other sanctions will be put forward or what other sanctions the government is proposing, so that when we have agreements, there will be penalties for those who break them?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
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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 think the point the Prime Minister was making was a point that the Minister for International Trade has made on several occasions. The trade deal is the trade deal.

Now the question on a parallel accord respecting the environment and labour codes should have mechanisms for ensuring compliance and so on, but those mechanisms should not effectively undermine the accomplishments of the trade deal.

The Americans have put a position on the table, negotiations are going on and we will see where those negotiations end up. Canada's position is very clear. We do not want to undermine the benefits of the trade deal by adopting inappropriate conclusions on the parallel accord.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
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LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Leader of the Opposition):

Madam Speaker, it is not a very convincing argument put forward by the minister.

We would like to know the position of the government at the negotiations at this time. If we need to have some rules governing the environment and the labour conditions, we would like to know exactly what kind of penalties this government is proposing to make sure that every one of the partners will respect the conditions agreed upon.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
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June 2, 1993