June 16, 1993

HOUSE OF COMMONS PAGES

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

Before officially starting the day, I would like to say a few words about our pages in the House of Commons. On behalf of all members, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our pages for the dedication and zeal with which they performed their tasks, in the course of a year that has given them a chance to see Parliament in action and during which they made life so much easier for the members and the Chair.

It is always invigorating to see young people seated by the Speaker's chair. I hope some of them may one day return to the Commons to occupy their own seats.

I ask hon. members to please join me in wishing the pages success in their studies and their future careers.

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Some hon. members:

Hear, hear.

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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:

Although they are leaving us I know they take with them great memories and experiences of Canada's Parliament, experiences they will share with others.

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STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31

PC

Terrence (Terry) Clifford

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Terry Clifford (London-Middlesex):

Madam Speaker, as a former minister of youth I certainly appreciate your talking about young people today.

I am pleased to announce that a unique initiative for Canada's young people is beginning its 1993 edition. This program, now in its third year, is called Global Vision: Our Competitive Advantage. Global Vision's aim is to create a trade corps of young Canadians, ultimately enhancing a trade culture in Canada. They will commence studies at the University of Western Ontario on July 10.

I am also pleased to announce that parliamentarians from both sides of the House have recognized and put aside their partisan differences to see the value and importance of the initiative.

Parliamentarians for Global Vision is and has been the major sponsor for three years, along with various corporations, community and government ministries, provincial and federal, and particularly the minister of trade.

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Subtopic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
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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 sorry to interrupt the hon. member, but his time has expired.

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PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK

LIB

Marlene Catterall

Liberal

Mrs. Marlene Catterall (Ottawa West):

Madam Speaker, this week, June 13 to June 19, marks the second annual Public Service Week pursuant to my private member's bill which was given unanimous consent in the House and royal assent on June 4, 1992.

Never before have those who worked for the people of Canada more needed and deserved a sign of respect in the face of a government that has continued to browbeat and stomp its own employees into the ground in its desperate search for scapegoats to blame for its own mismanagement.

The government that preaches partnership and co-operation has instead created confrontation and conflict with its own employees, undermining morale and destroying productivity. Those who work for the people of Canada are looking forward to a change of employer,

just as the Canadians they serve are looking forward to a change of government.

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NATIVE EDUCATION

NDP

Rodney Edward Murphy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Madam Speaker, last week I was in Norway House and met with the council there. One of the things I found out was that 80 native children would like to go on to post-secondary education but do not receive any funding from the federal government.

When we have high unemployment and high welfare rates I think it is time the government reversed its policy, removed the cap and made sure these students, 80 of them who would like to go on to community colleges or universities, have that chance.

The minister of Indian affairs is in the House. I hope he takes a look at this letter, looks at these 80 potential students and provides funding for them so they can get off the welfare cycle and go to school.

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MAGAZINE INDUSTRY

PC

William John Vankoughnet

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bill Vankoughnet (Hastings -Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Madam Speaker, I rise today to applaud the initiative of the federal government in the establishment this spring of a task force to review necessary measures to enhance its policy in support of the Canadian magazine industry.

Magazine publishers, such as the ones responsible for Equinox in my riding of Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, have concerns about the future of their industry. The task force will ensure the instruments within the current policy framework that have fostered the development of the industry are up to date and effective.

The Canadian magazine industry is an important economic sector and is a vital part of Canada's culture and identity. The purpose of the task force is to propose measures that will enable the government to effectively carry through on its policy objective of ensuring that Canadians have access to Canadian information through genuinely Canadian magazines.

The task force has recently delivered an interim report to the Minister of Communications. My constituents look forward to the positive results from the interim report.

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST LEGISLATION

LIB

Peter Andrew Stewart Milliken

Liberal

Mr. Peter Milliken (Kingston and the Islands):

Madam Speaker, as this Parliament comes to an end the Tbry record demands review. In the last election the Prime Minister said he would introduce a conflict of interest bill. He had no choice since so many of his MPs were caught in scandals.

On November 8, 1989 the Tories introduced conflict of interest legislation which the Prime Minister promised would be clear cut and brutal. The only thing brutal about this bill is that almost four years after being introduced the government has never even called it for debate. What an example of Tory dedication to clean government.

The Conservatives have also seen fit to abandon legislation which would restrict the actions of lobbyists. No doubt the hordes of consultants and advisers who worked for free on the various Tory leadership campaigns are smiling today. In return for their backroom support and cash donations the government and the new Prime Minister will once again turn a blind eye to their practices.

A new broom sweeps clean. The Liberal broom is on the way.

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TREES FOR THE FUTURE

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. TVemblay (Quebec-Est):

Madam Speaker, today I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Jocelyn Pepin, owner of the Pepin IGA supermarkets in Lebourgneuf, Quebec. On Saturday, May 31,1 was with Mr. Pepin and his dynamic team when 400 trees were planted as part of environment month. Another 125 IGA grocers did the same, so that altogether 50,000 trees were planted across the province.

People have become very environment conscious and initiatives like these can be used to revitalize vacant spaces and public places. This five-year program is proving to be very beneficial for all concerned and I urge the public to remain involved and use this project to plant trees for the future.

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June 16, 1993

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ALBERTA ELECTION

LIB

David Kilgour

Liberal

Mr. David Kilgour (Edmonton Southeast):

Madam Speaker, I want to congratulate Laurence Decore on a clean and dignified campaign in Alberta.

Edmontonians chose Liberals to fill all 18 seats in the capital city area. The Conservatives may have won the election but they certainly did not win my province's heart. I hope my fellow Albertans will not suffer too much under further Tory rule. At least they will have the opportunity to elect a new Liberal government next fall.

The Liberals won 32 seats in all. That is 23 seats more than before the election and the most since 1917. The Tories may have more seats but the Liberals have a much larger victory. I am confident this victory is a sign of things to come.

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June 16, 1993