March 19, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Alastair William Gillespie (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources; Minister of State for Science and Technology)

Liberal

Mr. Gillespie:

Mr. Speaker, I am not going to debate the fine print with the hon. member. Perhaps this involves a legal opinion. I would draw his attention to the fact that under the heading "Objects, Powers and Duties," section 6(c) of the Petro-Canada Act reads as follows:
-(c) to import, produce, transport, distribute, refine and market hydrocarbons of all descriptions;-
I would underline the word "import". Section 7(1), which deals with powers, reads as follows:
The corporation may do such things as it deems expedient for or conducive to the furtherance of the objects of the corporation, within and outside Canada, and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, the corporation may,-
Then I would draw the attention of hon. members specifically to subsection (/):
-(f) enter into any arrangements with any government or authority that seem conducive to the attainment of the objects of the corporation and obtain from any such government or authority any rights, privileges and concessions, and carry out, exercise and comply with any such arrangements, rights, privileges and concessions;-
I think it is clear that there are very substantial powers vested in the corporation, but I would want to seek a legal opinion on whether the fine legal point that the hon. member makes is a valid one.

March 19, 1979
Energy Supplies

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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