June 7, 1993

LIB

Marlene Catterall

Liberal

Mrs. Marlene Catterall (Ottawa West):

Madam Speaker, the chair of the poverty committee has received an invitation to do lunch with an advocate for the disabled and disadvantaged who live in my constituency of Ottawa West.

Ms. Karen Tracey suggests that the member for Don Valley North has a lot to learn about poverty and the need for food banks and that her ignorance might best be corrected by a period of community service at a food bank as a suitable penalty for sending her staff to rip off food intended for the poor.

As an unfunded, unpaid advocate living on disability benefits Ms. Tracey may not be able to entertain the member from Don Valley in the member's usual style. However if she is truly interested in enlightening her views on poverty she will accept the invitation to join Ms. Tracey for her lunch at her usual place, her neighbourhood soup kitchen.

I urge the member to accept this most gracious offer and open her eyes before she opens her mouth again.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   POVERTY
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HOUSING

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alan Redway (Don Valley East):

Madam Speaker, in February 1992 the government introduced two new housing programs, the 5 per cent down payment and the RRSP down payment. Both were aimed at allowing first-time home buyers to purchase a home while at the same time stimulating our sluggish economy.

Since then some 95,500 mortgages have been insured under the 5 per cent down payment plan allowing first-time home buyers to purchase homes costing over $9 billion.

Over the same period 148,000 Canadians withdrew almost $1.5 billion from their Registered Retirement Savings Plans to use for home down payments.

Our economic recovery still has a long ways to go. However imagine what the job picture would have been like during the past year and a half without the spending stimulus provided by these two housing programs.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HOUSING
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NDP

James Capsey (Jim) Karpoff

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim KarpofT (Surrey North):

Madam Speaker, in June 1992 the Subcommittee on Health Issues published a unanimous report outlining the growing concerns about foetal alcohol syndrome and foetal alcohol effect.

One of the recommendations made was that the federal government initiate a national program requiring warning labels on all alcoholic beverages setting out the danger of drinking during pregnancy.

At the time the minister of health stated that the government would at least initiate a pilot project. A year has passed and the government has done nothing except

cave into the pressure of the brewery and distillery industry.

Has the minister of health now changed his mind? Does he no longer support warning labels? I call on the minister of health to stand up for children and women and stand up to the alcohol lobbyists and initiate a health warning program on alcoholic beverages.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HOUSING
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AIRLINE INDUSTRY

PC

Scott Jon Thorkelson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Scott Thorkelson (Edmonton-Strathcona):

Madam Speaker, Air Canada is planning to appeal the decision of the National Transportation Agency to allow AMR Corp. to purchase a portion of Canadian Airlines.

Air Canada has said it believes Canada should have a single airline. Canadians want choice in air travel. They want the Canadian airline industry to be competitive. They want to receive the best possible service at the best possible price.

The federal government must maintain and encourage competition in our airline industry. The government should allow this foreign investment in a Canadian airline. This would provide Canadian airlines with greater access to capital.

This deal would keep thousands of Canadian jobs and would provide Canadian Airlines with the means to be more competitive in our airline industry.

This is in the best interest of Canadians.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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PAUL EDWARDS

LIB

Ron J. Duhamel

Liberal

Mr. Ronald J. Duhamel (St. Boniface):

Madam Speaker, congratulations to Mr. Paul Edwards, the newly elected leader of the Liberal Party of Manitoba.

The son of a minister, raised in small prairie towns for most of his life, Mr. Edwards was elected by universal suffrage of party members by which five times more people were involved than would have been the case if we had used the traditional method.

Mr. Edwards and his team will now set about identifying the issues of most critical concern to Manitobans and offer creative solutions.

June 7, 1993

Paul Edwards shows much promise and he will get a chance to show Manitobans his leadership ability in the next provincial election expected within a year or a year and a half.

Bravo as well to Kevin Lamoureux for having fought such an excellent campaign. He did a superb piece of work.

All Manitobans are winners in this leadership race.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   PAUL EDWARDS
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HEALTH CARE

PC

Robert Alfred Corbett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Madam Speaker, health care should be a grave concern to us all yet the New Brunswick McKenna Liberal government has turned its back on Saint John in a crass political move by yanking 103 beds out of the Saint John Regional Hospital hard on the heels of the destruction of St. Joseph's Hospital. Two hundred and fifty jobs will be lost in the process.

The premier then stood shoulder to shoulder with the Liberal candidate in Fundy-Royal proclaiming their good deeds, urging people to vote for a Chretien-led Liberal government so that they can work together for the people of New Brunswick.

The people of Fundy-Royal and Saint John are experiencing firsthand what Liberal governments do, not for them but to them. St. Joseph's Hospital stands as a pitiful testimony to what Liberal governments are all about.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HEALTH CARE
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NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

LIB

Lyle Vanclief

Liberal

Mr. Lyle Vanclief (Prince Edward-Hastings):

Madam Speaker, the United States is seeking side deals in the North American free trade negotiations to protect against import surges for fruit and vegetable products. This government, if it insists on forcing this agreement on Canadian producers, should do the same for Canadians.

Under a system proposed by grower associations in the United States a price threshold should be set and tariffs would be restored when prices fall below that set level. This would be recorded by a monitoring agent.

Presently, under the free trade agreement the snap-back provision is ineffective as it is based on volumes and comes into effect after the damage is done.

Canada must protect its food and industry from import surges which will arise as a result of the NAFTA. Canada should insist upon and endorse a price-triggered snapback to prevent harmful surges of imports.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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DISABILITY PENSIONS

PC

Gregory Francis Thompson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Greg Thompson (Carleton-Charlotte):

Madam Speaker, the process of application for a disability pension with the Department of National Health and Welfare should be reviewed.

The process as it now exists is lengthy and cumbersome. Virtually all initial applications are rejected. As a result the applicants step through a process which can take a year or longer to complete.

It is imperative that the government find the funding required to expedite the backlog of appeals. Reviews of appeals must be done in a much shorter time period. Many disabled people have absolutely no income while waiting for these decisions and a year is simply much too long to make them wait.

Let us find a way to speed up the process and improve the application process as well.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   DISABILITY PENSIONS
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AGRICULTURE

NDP

Victor Fredrich (Vic) Althouse

New Democratic Party

Mr. Vic Althouse (Mackenzie):

Madam Speaker, Tory ministers from this dying government make last minute announcements to farm policy which they hope will be irreversible and then they quit.

Hamstringing the Canadian Wheat Board in marketing barley is one case. Finishing the job of killing the Crow rate is another. Granted the Liberals began the attack on prairie farm communities when Otto Lang first took feed grains away from the wheat board to give processors cheaper grain. Otto also began killing the Crow rate but was stopped by his electorate. Liberals

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Pepin and Axworthy were not able to finish the job. Now the Conservatives are doing it for them.

They say they are addressing new realities. The reality is that time and history have not made prairie farmers closer to tide water. Time and history have brought fewer not more international grain traders and a stronger wheat board and Crow rate are still necessary in today's international reality.

Neither Liberal nor Conservative ideologies see this reality and they have become irrelevant themselves.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

INFRASTRUCTURE

LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Leader of the Opposition):

Madam Speaker, I have a question for the Acting Prime Minister.

Today Transport Canada reported that 40 per cent of Canadian highways need work. If cabinet members were not always flying in aeroplanes looking down at the roads instead of travelling by bus throughout Canada as I have been doing for the last two and a half months, they would realize that Transport Canada is right.

At this moment the municipalities and the provincial governments are asking the federal government to participate in an infrastructure program because it is the best time for it. There is a lot of manpower available and contracts can be obtained quite cheaply in relation to other times.

Will this government consider the reality and decide to invest in the infrastructure of the nation at this time?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INFRASTRUCTURE
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PC

Shirley Martin (Minister of State (Transport))

Progressive Conservative

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

Indeed, Madam Speaker, there are others than the hon. member who travel the highways in our country. We have been working with our provincial counterparts-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INFRASTRUCTURE
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June 7, 1993