March 7, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Iona Campagnolo (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport))

Liberal

Hon. Iona Campagnolo (Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport)):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows very well that the sport governing body is supreme in our system. The Canadian Alpine Ski Association underestimated the amount it would need for this year's program. There has been some $720,000 spent on skiing by my department this year, of which $325,000 was for Alpine skiing: $63,000 in the world cup, $147,000 in competition, and $115,000 in training.
I presume the hon. member is referring to two people, the Pratt family of the "C" pool of skiers who have been asked to provide some funds to the sport governing body to assist with the "A" pool training program. They would be refunded at the end of this year.

The hon. member's motion under Standing Order 43 stated that this was a result of Loto Canada profits. Somehow or other he must have forgotten that 82.5 per cent of the profits of Loto Canada go to defray the Olympic debt until the end of 1979. There will be funds up to $24 million for sport, starting in 1980; that is, if people do not listen to the Leader of the Opposition.

Topic:   REQUEST THAT MINISTER LIQUIDATE DEFICIT OF CANADIAN ALPINE SKI ASSOCIATION
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