June 15, 1993

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

I am sorry but the member's time has expired.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   JUSTICE
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CREDIT CARDS

PC

Marcel R. Tremblay (Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance; Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport))

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Marcel R. Tremblay (Quebec-Est):

Madam Speaker, this week the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs released its latest quarterly report about credit card charges. In this report consumers are warned about the cost involved in using credit cards in order to help them select and use credit cards wisely.

As the summer season approaches, consumers should also remember to take additional precautions when using their credit cards and always make sure they are kept in a safe place. A person's holidays may be ruined if his or her cards are stolen, and in the end, all consumers pay for these thefts.

I would therefore urge all Canadian consumers to get a copy of this publication at their nearest Consumer and Corporate Affairs office. Don't leave home without it.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CREDIT CARDS
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SHELLFISH INDUSTRY

LIB

Joseph Blair (Joe) McGuire

Liberal

Mr. Joe McGuire (Egmont):

Madam Speaker, once again the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is threatening the closure of the fishing station in Ellerslie, P.E.I. and jeopardizing the well-being of the shellfish industry in the area.

Given the over-all state of the fishery in Atlantic Canada I find it incredible that DFO would now start to play games in a sector that is not only reasonably healthy but also has potential for considerable growth.

An aquaculture development program, which is a co-operative effort by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the RE.I. Department of Fisheries and the P.E.I. Shellfish Association, is making great progress.

The program's main objective is to increase shellfish production in the public fishery using enhancement techniques in areas of high potential for increased

natural production. It would be tragic if this program were to die because of the short-sightedness of DFO.

The costs of operating the station are low and the returns to the local economy are high. In addition to its contribution to the shellfishery the research station also provides jobs for over 50 people in an area that already has high unemployment.

It is inconceivable that DFO would abandon a program which is making such a significant contribution to an industry which we do have the capability to influence for the greater good.

I ask the minister to scrap-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SHELLFISH INDUSTRY
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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:   SHELLFISH INDUSTRY
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GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO

PC

Alan Redway

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alan Redway (Don Valley East):

Madam Speaker, the Prime Minister designate intends to convene an immediate meeting of provincial premiers aimed at achieving a common national economic strategy. This is absolutely essential.

In February 1992 the federal government cut personal income taxes in order to increase consumer spending, stimulate the economy and create jobs. Two months later the Ontario NDP government raised personal income taxes, thus nullifying the federal job creation initiative.

This year the Ontario NDP increased taxes yet again by a further $2 billion. Every $40,000 tax increase wipes out one job. The 1993 Ontario NDP tax increases will wipe out 50,000 jobs. With 10.7 per cent unemployment in Ontario this is absolutely insane. The Ontario NDP must get its act together and realize that Canada desperately needs a common national economic strategy.

Audrey, for Heaven's sake, please reason with the Ontario New Democrats.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

NDP

Cyril (Cid) Samson

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cid Samson (Timmins-Chapleau):

Madam Speaker, when Bill C-113 was being discussed I offered to table a leaked document which provided guidelines on the application of just cause arguments for quitting a job.

Today I have the official document that will guide the decisions made by agents who will ultimately unfairly reject thousands of UI claimants' attempts to receive benefits. Again, as then, there are buts attached to every just cause in this latest version of the "but book".

The document lists what it calls reasonable alternatives, which are really the government's escape clauses to get out of paying benefits. The minister of unemployment has created a situation in which injustice will occur on a daily basis in Employment and Immigration centres across the country. The minister must reverse this legislation.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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GREAT LAKES

PC

Kenneth Albert James (Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ken James (Sarnia-Lambton):

Madam Speaker, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River need careful planning. As finite resources these waterways must readily serve the generations to come.

Regretfully, the recent recommendations of the International Joint Commission's levels reference study failed to meet that need. The six-year old study ought to have produced regulatory plans to address the concerns of riparians and allow them to stay on the shore. However, all of these plans were rejected by the study board.

A constituent of mine, Mr. Duncan McCracken, chairman of the Great Lakes Coalition, submitted a three lakes plan, which was also rejected.

Shoreline property owners were not happy with the terms of reference of the IJC study or its recommendations. This study has only managed to "teach riparians not to park their homes on the lakes".

The IJC should not accept this study and it should be sent back to the committee with a new chairperson. A workable regulatory plan is needed and required.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   GREAT LAKES
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HUMAN RIGHTS

LIB

Beryl Gaffney

Liberal

Mrs. Beryl Gaffney (Nepean):

Madam Speaker, the United Nations and the European Community have denounced human rights violations by a repressive government in Sudan dominated by fundamentalists who

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seek to impose Islamic law on the Christians living in the southern part of the country.

For nearly ten years Sudan has been tom by war between its largely Arab and Muslim north and its African and Christian south. In the past decade a million people have died in the south.

Canada's position on enhancing the relations with other countries of the world must be influenced by the values Canadians believe in. Freedom of expression, socio-economic participation and personal dignity are inherent human rights and all individuals who are free to exercise these rights have a moral obligation to support those who do not.

Human rights have no borders and any relations the Canadian government has with Sudan, and indeed all countries, must be considered in this context.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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AIRLINE INDUSTRY

PC

Jack Wendele Shields (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jack Shields (Athabasca):

Madam Speaker, Air Canada, headed by Hollis Harris, has done everything in its power to destroy Canadian competition in the airline industry.

Air Canada has applied to the cabinet to overturn the ruling of the National Transportation Agency, claiming that cabinet should not allow American Airlines to purchase a share of Canadian Airlines while at the same time Air Canada has bailed out the bankrupt Continental Airlines in the United States. Hollis Harris then calls for re-regulation of the airline industry in Canada. Is he also advocating re-regulation in the United States? Hollis Harris and Air Canada want a monopoly on air service to Canadians. Air Canada does not want competition.

I urge all members of Parliament in this House and the cabinet to give a resounding no to Hollis Harris and Air Canada and tell him to get on with the business of running an airline, negotiate Canadian out of Gemini and allow competition to flourish in Canada as it does in his home country, the United States.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   AIRLINE INDUSTRY
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PUBLIC WORKS

LIB

George Albert Proud

Liberal

Mr. George Proud (Hillsborough):

Madam Speaker, I rise today in the midst of perhaps the most important debate involving the province of Prince Edward Island since we joined Canada in 1873. The construction of a

fixed link between P.E.I. and New Brunswick will bring extra benefits to many Islanders.

Included in this is the construction of a new Hillsborough River bridge in my riding. The bottleneck between Charlottetown on the one side of the river and the communities of Bunbury, Southport and Keppoch-Kin-lock on the other is aggravating and unsafe, to say the least.

A second bridge has been needed for years but the province has been unable to meet the financial requirements for its construction. However one of the conditions for the construction of a fixed link is that a new bridge spanning the Hillsborough River will be built at about one-half of what it would normally cost, a result of the expertise and facilities made available to the province as a result of the work on the link.

The addition of a new Hillsborough River bridge will be a great asset to my riding and will be appreciated by not only those in my riding but the thousands of people who use that bridge on a daily basis, be it going to work, shopping or visiting friends.

A new Hillsborough River bridge is just one of the ways Islanders will benefit from the construction of a fixed link and I urge members in this House to unanimously support this bill.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
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CONSERVATIVE PARTY

PC

Garth Turner

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Garth Turner (Halton-Peel):

Madam Speaker, I would like to say a couple of words about an incredible experience that I had last weekend. As we all know, the Progressive Conservative Party held its leadership convention and I was honoured and privileged to be one of five candidates at that convention.

I would like to thank my party for affording me the opportunity of doing that. I would like to thank the Prime Minister and my caucus colleagues for their support and their encouragement. I would even like to thank some members of the opposition who I went to for advice and who also encouraged me in this task.

I would like to pay tribute to the other candidates and those supporters who worked tirelessly for them. I would like to congratulate the new Prime Minister designate and tell her that she has my complete support as this government heads toward its third consecutive majority this fall. I would like to finally say that true victory for me has come in the knowledge that when we stand up and

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Oral Questions

say what Canadians want to hear that they will actually respond in the incredible fashion they have for me.

I would like to say that I have more faith now in this party and this country than at any point before.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CONSERVATIVE PARTY
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