June 9, 1993

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

I will of course recognize the hon. member on a supplementary, but let us be careful that it does pertain to the administration of government.

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John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. John R. Rodriguez (Nickel Belt):

In response to the Prime Minister's comments, first of all it has nothing to do with lobbying and second-

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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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An hon. member:

Cut him off.

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NDP

John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rodriguez:

Madam Speaker, second, Mr. Larry Duchesne did not make his money lobbying government for his private interests.

My supplementary question for the Prime Minister is this. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that you dance with the one who brung you. Well, by golly, the lobbyists and the Tories are still dancing. I might add they are not ballroom dancing, they are dancing the lambada.

Given that the Tory leadership candidates are continuing to boogie with lobbyists, the question that I and many Canadians want to ask the Prime Minister is this. Is this not a clear signal that it is better to know the Prime Minister than to be the Prime Minister?

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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:

The Prime Minister may want to answer, but this certainly is not in regard to the administration of government.

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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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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:

Is there a question about government from the hon. member for Nickel Belt?

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NDP

John R. Rodriguez

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rodriguez:

Madam Speaker, it has everything to do with government. It has to do with the private sector interest interfacing with the public interest and where does the government square on the issue? That is my question for the Prime Minister.

Where does the government come square when private interests intermingle with public interests? Whose interests are protected?

Oral Questions

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PC

Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, my hon. friend says that his indignation has everything to do with government.

If I may, Madam Speaker, I do this reluctantly but I will read the next paragraph.

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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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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 want to assure the House that that was not my voice.

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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

No, Madam Speaker, and I can understand why the NDP yelled "order" just as I began the answer.

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An hon. member:

Be gentle.

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Martin Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mulroney:

I will be gentle. The NDP leader Duchesne said party officials checked with Ottawa last year and the measures meet federal eligibility guidelines for unemployment insurance. I quote: "It is something the NDP party does every year".

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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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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 think we should continue.

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June 9, 1993