June 10, 1993

PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act; Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

He is a bit of a flounderer, my deskmate says.

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Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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PC

Elmer MacIntosh MacKay (Minister of Public Works)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacKay:

Give him a fair herring, John.

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Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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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 know that quite a few other members want to ask questions. I think we may gain a lot by having questions shorter and the answer shorter.

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Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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LIB

Francis G. LeBlanc

Liberal

Mr. Francis G. LeBlanc (Cape Breton Highlands - Canso):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary is not for the fisheries minister, the fourth we have seen in the last nine years of this government, but to the Deputy Prime Minister in the absence of the Prime Minister.

Like so many other fields of activity in which it has been engaged, this dying government is leaving the Atlantic fishery in a shambles. As he prepares to leave office, along with the Prime Minister, will the Deputy Prime Minister explain to this House how he intends to justify this monumental failure by his government to manage one of Canada's most vital industries?

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportu-

Oral Questions

nities Agency): Madam Speaker, we certainly realize that this is partisan rhetoric because in the long history of Canada there has never been a period of 18 months where a government committed $1.2 billion to meet a situation in the fishery not caused by the government but caused primarily by environmental conditions that have affected fish stocks; $1.2 billion, including $191 million in the Atlantic adjustment program that the hon. member opposite is scoffing at now. In the long history of Canada it is the greatest amount of assistance to fishermen ever.

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Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA AGRICULTURE AGREEMENT

IND

John Patrick (Pat) Nowlan

Independent Conservative

Mr. Pat Nowlan (Annapolis Valley-Hants):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the minister of fisheries but it is not on fish. It is in respect to his position in terms of ACOA. Could he please seriously bring us up to date on the status of the Canada-Nova Scotia food agricultural agreement in which so many projects are on hold until we sort out a few problems?

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Subtopic:   CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA AGRICULTURE AGREEMENT
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act; Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency):

Madam Speaker, I am glad on this occasion to answer a question from a former leadership candidate in our party as a former leadership candidate myself and I believe we are both supporting the same candidate at this particular convention.

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Subtopic:   CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA AGRICULTURE AGREEMENT
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Some hon. members:

Hear, hear.

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Subtopic:   CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA AGRICULTURE AGREEMENT
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Some hon. members:

Oh, oh.

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Subtopic:   CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA AGRICULTURE AGREEMENT
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PC

John Carnell Crosbie (Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act; Minister of Fisheries and Oceans)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Crosbie:

Madam Speaker, with reference to the agricultural matters that the hon. gentleman refers to, and he is often of course standing in agricultural matter himself, we are hoping to straighten out the matter of a renewal of an agricultural agreement with Nova Scotia in the next several weeks. There have to be some adjustments as a result of the budget. All members of the House are against the deficit, including the Leader of the Opposition. We are against the deficit. I had to deal with that situation because I am against the deficit and when it is all over we will know who is for the deficit and who is against the deficit and whether or not we can enter into such an agreement.

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Business of the House

AGRICULTURE does the Minister of Finance want to get up in the House

and repudiate the Minister of the Environment, stand by Hon. Ralph Ferguson (Lambton-Middlesex): Madam his budget and not-

Speaker, this week the Government of France made

some concessions relating to the oilseeds production that Madam Deputy Speaker: The hon. member who is an have been regarded as a major breakthrough in GATT experienced member knows that this is not a receivable negotiations. question.

Recently a very well informed appointed member of the other place stated that a GATT agreement would be forthcoming from the G-7 summit meeting in Tokyo in July. This same Tory senator stated that we will see the demise of marketing boards in Canada and that they will be replaced by tariffication.

Will the government tell us when it changed its position? Why is it changing its position? Why is it giving up on article ll(2)(c) when the United States is moving toward a system of planned production in its dairy industry?

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Subtopic:   CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA AGRICULTURE AGREEMENT
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PC

Michael Holcombe Wilson (Minister for International Trade; Minister of Industry, Science and Technology)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade):

Madam Speaker, we have not changed the position. The position remains the same as it has always been, the unified position on Canadian agriculture that has been supported by all sides of the agriculture sector. That is to protect the marketing boards system and to seek a strengthening clarification of article ll(2)(c).

My hon. friend is quite aware of that position and I know that he supports it as well.

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Subtopic:   CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA AGRICULTURE AGREEMENT
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TRANSFER PAYMENTS

NDP

Lorne Edmund Nystrom

New Democratic Party

Hon. Lome Nystrom (Yorkton-Melville):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

Yesterday the Minister of the Environment in his capacity as a leadership candidate said that he would like to cut some $8 billion from transfer payments to the provinces which is contrary to what the Minister of Finance has said from time to time.

I know that the Minister of National Defence has said that the Minister of the Environment has never had a substantive portfolio in this government. In spite of that,

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Subtopic:   TRANSFER PAYMENTS
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GUN CONTROL

PC

Guy St-Julien

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Guy Saint-Julien (Abitibi):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Justice. In Nova Scotia, the Liberal government wants to exempt gun clubs in the province from Bill C-17 by allowing target practice with para-military and semi-automatic firearms with large-capacity cartridge magazines. These are dangerous weapons, however.

My question is this: could the minister explain why the Liberal government of Nova Scotia issues exemptions in violation of the Criminal Code?

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Subtopic:   GUN CONTROL
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PC

Pierre Blais (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Minister of State (Agriculture))

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Pierre Blais (Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Minister of State (Agriculture)):

Madam Speaker, the hon. member may recall that last year, Parliament delegated authority for designating and identifying shooting competitions to the attorneys general of the provinces. It is therefore up to the provinces to make such identification.

I hope there will be some form of standardization in the way this is done. I know that Nova Scotia's decision has been criticized. I will monitor this very closely with my officials. I am waiting to see how the other provinces will react as well, but I am monitoring the situation.

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Subtopic:   GUN CONTROL
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

David Charles Dingwall

Liberal

Mr. David Dingwall (Cape Breton-East Richmond):

Madam Speaker, I want to ask the government House leader to confirm the business for the remaining part of today, which I understand will be on Bill C-126, and whether or not we will be proceeding to Bill C-103 and thereafter Bill C-106. Can he confirm that.

June 10, 1993

Would he also confirm for members of the House as to what the business will be next week. As I understand it, he intends to proceed with the report stage and third reading on Monday and Tuesday of Bill C-110, namely the fixed link. It is my understanding that on Wednesday he will proceed with an adjournment motion at 3 p.m. Can he confirm that for members of the House?

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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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, the House leader of the Liberal Party has it all right except the precise time of the adjournment motion next Wednesday.

I would like to discuss with House leaders opposite in terms of what business might be conducted on Wednesday. It would be our hope to move the adjournment debate that day.

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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June 10, 1993