June 14, 1993

PC

Bernard Valcourt (Minister of Employment and Immigration)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Valcourt:

-are part of 3.5 million decisions that are being made and handled by the department.

I am not saying that the question of delay is not important. We are concerned about Canadians getting quicker service. The department is trying to see how we can improve the situation so Canadians get access to the benefits they are entitled to with the least possible delay.

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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AIRLINE INDUSTRY

LIB

John Paul Manley

Liberal

Mr. John Manley (Ottawa South):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

Two weeks ago in a speech to the National Airline Commission in Washington the president of Air Canada called on the government to end the destructive competition that is harming the airline industry in Canada by introducing price regulation.

Incredibly last week in this House the Minister of Transport replied by saying essentially that the government's policies are working. Is the minister telling Canadians it is government policy to allow two large carriers to continue a process of destructive competition, causing loss of jobs and leading ultimately to the collapse ol one or both major national airline carriers in this country? Is that government policy?

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Subtopic:   AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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PC

Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport):

Madam Speaker, I would ask the hon. member this question. Does his party want to completely abolish competition in this country? In other words, is he on the side of the air carriers or is he on the side of the passengers?

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Subtopic:   AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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LIB

John Paul Manley

Liberal

Mr. John Manley (Ottawa South):

Madam Speaker, we have heard ridiculous answers before but that one takes the cake.

If there is going to be a monopoly, there will not be competition. The minister knows that. What we are talking about is the survival of a competitive Canadian-controlled airline industry.

The minister and the government have a few days left to make an important decision on this issue. Are they going to do so? Are they going to announce it? Do they favour a competitive Canadian-controlled airline industry? If so, what are they going to do to see that occurs?

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Subtopic:   AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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PC

Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Jean Corbeil (Minister of Transport):

Madam Speaker, in its recent report, the NTA indicated that it has examined whether the proposed transaction is in the public interest. It has concluded that it is in the interest of the Canadian public.

It has also referred to the competition aspect of the policy on transport and has agreed that the best way to maintain competition is to allow this transaction to happen.

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Subtopic:   AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP

LIB

Shirley Maheu

Liberal

Mrs. Shirley Maheu (Saint-Laurent -Cartierville):

Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship. It is hard to understand why a child born abroad of Canadian parents automatically has Canadian citizenship, while a baby adopted abroad does not have that status. The parents have to wait more than two years. Do these children represent some kind of risk for this country? Why did the minister fail to amend the Citizenship Act as he promised?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
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PC

Gérard (Gerry) Weiner (Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gerry Weiner (Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship):

Madam Speaker, I was not aware of this particular case, but last February I established a procedure-

-to handle these types of cases quickly and compassionately.

If there are no documents missing, we should be able to do this kind of case in five to six weeks. I will personally look into this case and get back to the hon. member at the earliest possible moment.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
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LIB

Shirley Maheu

Liberal

Mrs. Shirley Maheu (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville):

Madam Speaker, in this particular case a family in my riding adopted a little girl in China. She was only a few months old when she arrived in Canada last May. So far the family has received no assistance from the bureaucracy in the minister's department. The parents will have to wait another year. I am glad to hear the minister say he will use his discretionary powers. I hope he will do so before the end of his term and help this family which is suffering the consequences of this government's inefficiency.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
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PC

Gérard (Gerry) Weiner (Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gerry Weiner (Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship):

I want to thank the hon. member for raising this matter. As I said, I will look into this particular case and get back to the hon. member in the not too distant future.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
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HUMAN RIGHTS

NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (TVinity-Spadina):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for External Affairs.

Amnesty International's update report of June 1993 entitled "Mexico: The Persistence of Torture and Impunity" which I sent to the minister this morning states: "The Mexican government has repeatedly promised to defend human rights and to punish those who violate them. Yet torture is still widespread and to the knowledge of Amnesty International nobody has yet been sentenced for the crime of torture in Mexico".

My question to the minister is this. What action has the minister taken to insist that Canada's proposed partner in the North American free trade agreement begin to enforce the human rights principles that President Salinas has claimed to uphold for five years?

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Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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PC

Barbara Jean McDougall (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Barbara McDougall (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Madam Speaker, when I was in Mexico just over a week ago I stressed again what the government has been stressing with the Mexican government, including in my meeting with President Salinas, our concern for human rights in Mexico and in other countries in the region and our encouragement that they

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continue down the path of trying to better their human rights record in Mexico. I want to assure the hon. member, knowing his interest in the subject and my own,

I think we have some mutual ground on this.

There has been considerable progress in Mexico. President Salinas and members of his cabinet regard it as fundamental to the kind of changes they want to bring to Mexico, that they open up their legal processes, improve them, improve their policing and all of the things that matter in a democratic society where human rights are respected and encouraged.

One of the facts we are encouraged by is that the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, which we in Canada have assisted to set in place, set some parameters for and worked with, has reported that complaints regarding torture have fallen dramatically. It is not at zero. It should be at zero. The president knows that and so do we. We will continue to work along these lines.

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NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Dan Heap (TVinity-Spadina):

Madam Speaker, still the sentences are at zero after five years of promises like the one we have heard.

My supplementary is for the Minister of International Trade. Since this government signed the North American free trade agreement, giving up some of Canada's sovereign control over our natural resources and our trade to a North American administration shared with the government of Mexico, is this government aware of the continued widespread, unpunished human rights violations by Mexico's police since President Salinas took office five years ago? These are violations of the rights of peasants, trade union members, journalists and opposition politicians. How does the minister condone by silence in his negotiations the brutal practice of oppression by the Salinas government and how can the minister assure this House that we-

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Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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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 am afraid the question has been asked. Would the hon. member please end it?

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Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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NDP

Daniel James Macdonnell Heap

New Democratic Party

Mr. Heap:

Yes. The question is how these unfree workers and unfree peasants of Mexico are now being forced to provide unfair competition to Canadians.

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PC

Barbara Jean McDougall (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Barbara McDougall (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Madam Speaker, the second question really does not reflect the reality of the negotiating stance this government has taken or the kind of commitments that have been made by the Mexican government.

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We always walk a fine line between trying to encourage human rights in other countries while not isolating them. The important thing is that through the negotiating strategy this has been discussed at every other venue that we have with the Mexican government. The encouragement that Canada has provided has had tangible results.

Of course we would like to see more. So would the Mexican government. I think by continuing to press the issue and to work with them as partners and not isolate them in the international economic arena we will have a lot more impact than by sitting outside or simply trying to punish them.

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YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

LIB

David Charles Dingwall

Liberal

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

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of State for Youth.

The minister knows the unemployment rate among young Canadians is at a horrendous level. Although the minister has made reference to the fact that SEED funding has increased for this fiscal year it is nowhere near the level it was in 1985. In point of fact, there has been a 44 per cent decrease and 40,000 fewer jobs were made available under the SEED program.

Why is the Minister of State for Youth not fighting for additional funding in cabinet in order to provide much needed assistance to our young people who need that kind of economic opportunity to pursue their post-secondary studies as well as return to high schools and other kinds of training in this country?

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Subtopic:   YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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June 14, 1993