Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):
Mr. Speaker, our Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) and the Ministers of this Government want all Canadians to be treated fairly. The rent charged RCMP and public servants who are living in government-owned houses in Banff and Lake Louise is excessive and out of line with rents charged in all other national parks and in all towns in Alberta of similar size.
Section 128 of the Treasury Board manual states:
The base shelter shall be reduced by 25 per cent where there is imposed occupancy.
The occupancy of these houses is imposed. There is no other available accommodation. They either live in these houses or they don't work. And the bureaucrats by placing a rigid meaning on the word "imposed" have been chiselling these dedicated police and workers. If we want to appear to be fair these excessive rents should be reduced immediately by 25 per cent.
September 21, 1988
Oral Questions AGRICULTURE