June 9, 1993

PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, the hon. member for Hamilton East refers to me as the people's champion and as an economic genius. Sheila, I didn't know you cared.

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LIB
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Some hon. members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

I have to tell my hon. friend I would be happy if she would table the document to which she refers because I have not-she is ready to table it. I am sure that at an appropriate time she will table it and we will take a look at it. We may be the few people in Canada who will understand what she has been talking about.

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

My hon. friend Stan says that it is my minister's. Why would that change anything? After all, my hon. friend refers quite properly to a very serious problem in respect to the steel industry. We have been working with the United States and I think quite productively to protect the interests of Canadian steel producers which are achieving a larger market share in specialized areas of the American market than before.

The best way that we can help the steel producers in Canada or any other industry is by producing low inflation. We have the lowest inflation rate in 30 years. We have the lowest interest rates in 20 years. We have the highest projected employment growth rate in 1993-94 of any industrialized country in the world. That is the way we help Canadian workers, by creating durable long term jobs.

June 9, 1993

Oral Questions YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

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LIB

Robert (Bob) Speller

Liberal

Mr. Bob Speller (Haldimand-Norfolk):

Madam Speaker, last month the youth unemployment rate rose to 18.2 per cent. That is 430,000 young Canadians who do not have jobs.

There is a crisis in this country of youth unemployment. I want to ask the minister what new ideas or new programs he has to put these young Canadians back to work and to give them hope. Clearly the old policies are not working.

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PC

Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport); Minister of State (Youth); Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) and Minister of State (Youth) and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons):

Madam Speaker, obviously my hon. colleague was not listening to me when I went before the standing committee recently and explained to the hon. member the initiatives that are there and are working.

The initiatives have been designed to help those youths who are seeking employment and particularly those youths at risk who are thinking of dropping out of school. We are making sure that they do not make that decision if it is possible. They are our future and they need the appropriate tools to ensure that they can face all the coming opportunities.

A strong recovery and a strong economy is exactly what we are giving them.

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LIB

Robert (Bob) Speller

Liberal

Mr. Bob Speller (Haldimand-Norfolk):

I listened to the minister, but the minister's programs are not working.

My supplementary is directed to the same minister. Young Canadians have lost hope. They need a government that understands them. When will the government offer specific programs that will provide jobs for young people?

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PC

Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport); Minister of State (Youth); Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pierre H. Cadieux (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport), Minister of State (Youth) and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons):

Madam Speaker, obviously this is a repeat in French of a question that was put in English. Young

people will not have to wait, because we are already giving them hope and trying to create the right economic climate, so they will get results as well.

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LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN

NDP

John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. John R. Rodriguez (Nickel Belt):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister. It concerns the fact that the campaigns of the Tory leader candidates are a virtual who's who of the Canadian lobbying industry. In fact more than 100 lobbyists are working on the campaigns of the top three contenders.

With the Campbell campaign are Bill Neville, Gerry Doucet and Nancy Jamieson. With the Charest team there are Jodi White, Gary Ouellet and Pat MacAdam, among many other lobbyists for profit. The Jim Edwards campaign is managed by John Laschinger and assisted by other lobbyists for profit like Chester Burtt.

Does the Prime Minister not think that his party and his government are sending out the wrong message to Canadians when lobbyists for profit who make their living off government procurement contracts are accumulating political IOUs that can be cashed in with the new Prime Minister?

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, I thank my hon. friend for his question. He raises a serious matter, according to him, of propriety.

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

For the country, I see, I am sorry I missed that.

In that case he would be interested in the following statement today that "the leader of Prince Edward Island's New Democrats is quitting his post for three months and collecting unemployment insurance to save the NDP party money".

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Some hon. members:

Shame.

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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

"The leader"-I use that euphemistically-"of the NDP, Larry Duchesne, 44, says the self-imposed lay-off will save the NDP about $4,000 from his annual salary".

June 9, 1993

I wonder if my hon. friend in terms of propriety will be on the phone this afternoon to the leader of the NDP in Prince Edward Island.

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Some hon. members:

Shame.

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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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June 9, 1993