Otto Emil LANG

LANG, The Hon. Otto Emil, P.C., O.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., B.C.L., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Saskatoon--Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
May 14, 1932
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Lang
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c97a5dad-3c56-4861-9d78-991bb0107b29&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
dean, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Saskatoon--Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (July 6, 1968 - September 23, 1970)
  • Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (October 15, 1969 - June 3, 1979)
  • Minister of Manpower and Immigration (September 24, 1970 - January 27, 1972)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (January 28, 1972 - September 25, 1975)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Saskatoon--Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (October 15, 1969 - June 3, 1979)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (January 28, 1972 - September 25, 1975)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Saskatoon--Humboldt (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (October 15, 1969 - June 3, 1979)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (January 28, 1972 - September 25, 1975)
  • Minister of Transport (September 26, 1975 - June 3, 1979)
  • Minister of Communications (October 25, 1975 - December 4, 1975)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (August 3, 1978 - August 8, 1978)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (August 9, 1978 - November 23, 1978)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 1326)


March 23, 1979

Mr. Lang:

The coastguard is certainly in operation in connection with this exercise. The Labrador and the St. Laurent are there, hard at work in an effort to free these vessels. 1 cannot understand the hon. member's logic. He is critical of the fact that passengers are stranded at Sydney and Port aux Basques. At the same time he is critical of the fact that vessels move out when we should know that at this time of year there is ice in the strait. Is he suggesting that we cancel service cross the strait at certain times of the year because there may be ice? I think that is a rather ridiculous suggestion.

I suggest that the right thing is to rely on the judgment of the people who are operating the vessels and who expect that, with coastguard help, they may be able to get through. When, suddenly, very difficult winds trap vessels which are ordinarily capable of managing the ice, obviously there is a difficulty. But I do not think the hon. member has any solution, unless he wants to build airports at each end as well.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ICE SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITY IN GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE
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March 22, 1979

Mr. Lang:

Mr. Speaker, I just informed the hon. member that they indeed consulted the farmers. The hon. member may have overlooked, as he overlooked the earlier answers, that there is an elected body of advisers to the Wheat Board who were elected toward the end of last year; it was the first year of their term. They were consulted. Beyond that, as to what they can or cannot do in precise legal terms, I suggest the hon. member should get legal opinions from his own advisers.

March 22, 1979

Oral Questions INDUSTRY

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
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March 22, 1979

Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, this matter has been raised before and it was explained in the House at the time of the original application by the Wheat Board when they were intending to purchase the cars. I indicated at that time that my consent was not required and that the board had their own authority in this matter.

I had advance knowledge of their consideration of the matter, and of course I realized they had discussed the matter with the elected advisory committee of producers. After public reaction about the hopper cars, I was concerned that they review the matter. The Wheat Board went back to the advisory committee, looked at it again and concluded again that the right thing was to go ahead with the purchase.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
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March 22, 1979

Mr. Lang:

Mr. Speaker, it would be my contention that we have not taken any unreasonable action in relation to filings and, therefore, I have optimism about the effectiveness of these Air Canada fares. The truth is that certain fares filed by American carriers in the past six or eight months were subject to suspensive action by the Canadian Transport Commission, and that led to the request by us for discussions with the United States about how to handle these filings in our two countries before our two regulatory agencies. I think we requested those discussions last September or November, but only now have the Americans agreed to having them and they will be held in April.

In the course of looking at the Air Canada fares, the Canadian Transport Commission indicated that certain parallel and similar fares filed by air carries from the United States would indeed be allowed. In other words, they would no longer be suspended and, therefore, they can go into effect. I am sure that the Canadian Transport Commission is ready and willing to look quickly at additional fares which may be filed by American carriers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AIR TRANSPORT
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March 22, 1979

Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, the course of action is very much in the hands of the United States, so I can only report where they stand in relation to their power to suspend or not suspend certain tariffs which have been filed by Canadian air carriers.

As I understand the American position at this moment, they did register a conditional note in relation to the fares filed by Air Canada, but they do not want these to take effect at this stage. Therefore, as I read the situation, the early part of the Air Canada lower fare season will certainly come into effect without impediment if the Americans do not change their position and take different action. At the same time, they have reserved the right to observe what happens to fares which may be filed by American carriers. Hon. members will know that the Canadian Transport Commission has been allowing certain of these fares similar to the Air Canada fares to come into effect when filed by carriers from the United States.

The American note also indicated that they would await the outcome of the discussions between Canada and the United States before taking any further action. Since those discussions are due to start in several weeks, it seems obvious that the first several weeks of the Air Canada program will be all right. Whether the rest of the program will be all right, obviously will depend on the conclusion of those discussions. I have no reason to doubt that they will be all right.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AIR TRANSPORT
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