June 14, 1993

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

NDP

Cyril (Cid) Samson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cid Samson (Timmins -Chapleau):

Madam Speaker, like all members in the House I would like to offer my congratulations to the newly elected leader of the Conservative Party and the soon to be Prime Minister.

I would like to remind the House that when Bill C-113 was being introduced we predicted that it would affect women the most. Metro Toronto figures are now bearing this out.

In the month of May there was a rise of 4.3 per cent in the number of employable single females requiring UI compared to a .4 per cent increase in the number of employable single males requiring assistance. There was also an increase of 3.5 per cent in the number of female family heads requiring welfare.

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As many witnesses testified during hearings on Bill C-113, women are far more likely to be forced into quitting their jobs because of harassment, child care or the need to follow a spouse.

The so-called just reasons are often not accepted by the commission-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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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 member's time has expired.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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CONSERVATIVE PARTY

PC

Louise Feltham

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Louise Feltham (Wild Rose):

Madam Speaker, it is a great pleasure for me to rise in the House today to congratulate my colleague, the hon. Kim Campbell, on her historic leadership victory yesterday.

We in the Progressive Conservative Party are very fortunate to have had such a strong field of candidates to choose from. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my colleagues, the hon. Jean Charest, Jim Edwards, Patrick Boyer and Garth Turner. The quality of their campaigns, which focused on policy and serious issues, and their dedication to the party and to Canada deserve special mention.

However the highest congratulations must go to Kim Campbell who has shown that she has support in every part of this country and from every walk of life. All of us on this side of the House support Kim. We are confident that she will lead us to a third consecutive majority government.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CONSERVATIVE PARTY
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MONTREAL ECONOMY

LIB

Alfonso Gagliano (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. Alfonso Gagliano (Saint-Leonard):

Madam Speaker, yesterday the Conservative Party elected a new leader, Congratulations.

Will Quebec be better represented by this new leader? The answer obviously is no. The hon. member for Vancouver Centre has supported the GST, a monetary policy that was absurd, free trade and all the other policies as a result of which today Montreal is the poverty capital of Canada.

Thanks to these policies, which were defended by the minister of defence, more than 220,000 people in Montreal are unemployed and more than 22 per cent are

living below the poverty line. More than 20 tons of food are distributed daily in the metropolitan area.

Even with a new leader, Quebecers and Canadians will massively reject the Conservative Party which is repons-ible for this disaster. What Canada needs is an election and a new government.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL ECONOMY
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HON. KIM CAMPBELL

PC

Barbara Greene

Progressive Conservative

Ms. Barbara Greene (Don Valley North):

Madam Speaker, on Sunday, June 13 Progressive Conservatives chose the hon. Kim Campbell as our next national leader.

In this race there were no losers. Runner-up Jean Charest has dramatically increased his stature, as have Jim Edwards and Garth Thmer. Our national party has also gained as all Conservatives are united behind the first woman Prime Minister of Canada and the first Prime Minister bom in British Columbia.

Kim Campbell won this leadership because she is competent, highly qualified, decisive and an excellent communicator. There is tremendous significance in this decision for all women in Canada. It means that any person in this country can aspire to the highest political office in this land.

Our challenge now will be to win the trust and confidence of all Canadians as we pursue our agenda: a confident, competitive country that offers the highest of opportunities and quality of life to all its diverse people. Congratulations, Kim.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HON. KIM CAMPBELL
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HON. KIM CAMPBELL

LIB

David Walker

Liberal

Mr. David Walker (Winnipeg North Centre):

Madam Speaker, I rise in the House today to congratulate the member for Vancouver Centre on being selected as her party's new leader and Canada's first woman Prime Minister.

Westerners are particularly interested in this new leader. We will be watching with interest to see how she turns around Tory policies that have ignored the collapse of our grain industry, refused to respond to the needs of our large aboriginal population, refused to deal with the crises in our air and rail industries, refused to aid job

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creation, refused to deal with the collapse of Senate reform, and most important, refused to deal with the fiscal crisis brought about by the mismanagement of the economy and the federal debt.

While the west welcomes one of its own what it really wants is a new government.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HON. KIM CAMPBELL
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SOMALIA

NDP

John F. Brewin

New Democratic Party

Mr. John Brewin (Victoria):

Madam Speaker, unfortunately this weekend UN forces in Somalia reportedly fired into a demonstration, killing 20 Somalis. Among those killed were a 12-year old and a 2-year old child.

Relief officials in the area are worried about the impact of this incident on the fundamental role of the United Nations. Jaimie McGoldrick, deputy field director for Save the Children Fund in Britain, said:

These are not tactics to rebuild. These are tactics to destroy. Unless

the United Nations gets its act together, it's lost all credibility.

We in Canada know of some of the problems there and in the relationship between the peacekeepers and the people of Somalia. Given the long-term objective we would call on the government to take a look at the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs report tabled last week in the House and consider the recommendations that it publish its views on the future role of UN peacekeeping.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SOMALIA
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THE LATE GERARD COTE

PC

Charles A. Langlois (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence; Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Charles A. Langlois (Manicouagan):

Madam Speaker, today the international sports world in Canada and Quebec is in mourning. A four time winner in Boston, Gerard Cote went through the finish line at his last marathon this weekend. In Saint-Hyacinthe, as we walk along the avenue that bears his name, we remember his ready smile, his solid determination and his extraordinary generosity.

Madam Speaker, I am sure all members of this House will join you, since he was a personal friend of yours, in extending to his wife Lucille and members of his family our sincere condolences and the assurance that we will always remember him.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE LATE GERARD COTE
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CAMBODIA

PC

Walter Leland Rutherford (Lee) Clark (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lee Clark (Brandon-Souris):

Madam Speaker, the Cambodian people turned out to vote in incredible numbers in the recent election despite the threats of intimidation and acts of violence to which they were subjected.

Although 10 per cent to 15 per cent of Cambodians were not able to vote due to Khmer Rouge opposition and despite the fact that an estimated 200 deaths occurred during the campaign itself, mostly due to government attacks on opposition party workers, the election results should be accepted as being the will of those voting.

Sadly, however, the Huan Sen government is now refusing to accept its defeat. Faced with renewed threats of violence from government troops and widespread looting, UN civilian personnel are being withdrawn.

The people of Cambodia have suffered almost unthinkably in their past. Their hope now depends on the ability of a new government to implement its policies.

The international community must do whatever it can to ensure that the will of the people is respected. If that is not the case, there will once again be civil war in that much too troubled land.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CAMBODIA
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THE DEFICIT

LIB

Mark Joseph Assad

Liberal

Mr. Mark Assad (Gatineau-La Lievre):

Madam Speaker, I would like to comment on the deficit. Unfortunately, these days at practically all political levels the deficit is seen as one of the causes of our faltering economy. I feel I must point out that the deficit is not a cause but rather a consequence of misdirected policies. We should deal with the causes instead of treating the deficit as the main problem.

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Oral Questions

These misdirected policies are economic, financial and fiscal in nature. For instance, government budgets at all levels are financed with the help of foreign loans. Our monetary policies are designed to protect the interests of foreign investors, instead of meeting our domestic needs. Furthermore, there is a total lack of control over all kinds of foreign investment.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE DEFICIT
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HON. KIM CAMPBELL

June 14, 1993