James Hugh FAULKNER

FAULKNER, The Hon. James Hugh, P.C., B.A.

Parliamentary Career

November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
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  Peterborough (Ontario)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
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  Peterborough (Ontario)
  • Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons (September 12, 1968 - September 30, 1970)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State of Canada (October 1, 1970 - September 1, 1972)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
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  Peterborough (Ontario)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (November 27, 1972 - September 13, 1976)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
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  Peterborough (Ontario)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (November 27, 1972 - September 13, 1976)
  • Minister of State for Science and Technology (September 14, 1976 - September 15, 1977)
  • Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (September 16, 1977 - June 3, 1979)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 702)


February 22, 1979

Mr. Faulkner:

I am not sure you know what a treaty right is all about.

Mr. Speaker, I tried to respond directly to the right hon. gentleman's question. It was he who raised the question of the Migratory Birds Convention and he pointed out that it restricted Indian rights. I agreed with him and said that a few weeks ago my colleague and I arranged with the other parties to the treaty to expand it. So what we have done, in fact, is to allow for the expansion of Indian hunting rights.

The right hon. member talks about a range of other rights. I would point out that there are presently discussions going on with the Indian people within the framework of amendments to the Indian Act which specifically deal with hunting, trapping and fishing rights. Furthermore, an agreement in principal has been concluded with the Inuvialuit of the Mackenzie delta which enshrines not only hunting, trapping and fishing rights but specialized rights, exclusive rights to harvesting. I do not want to be gratuitous, but I have to say that this government has probably done more than any previous government to ensure the rights of the Indian and Inuit people.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
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February 22, 1979

Hon. Janies Hugh Faulkner (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

I share the right hon. gentleman's view of the importance of the treaties to the Indian and to the people of Canada. They were sacred undertakings entered into by the Crown and by the Indians. I think this government has always recognized that. But I am puzzled by his reference to the Migratory Birds Convention, because in fact what my colleague, the minister of the environment, did in signing the

February 22, 1979

amendment to the convention with the Secretary of the Interior of the United States was to open up the possibility of finding a remedy for a grievance which has been felt since 1917, a limitation which confined Indian and Inuit hunting to the seasons applicable to all the others.

My colleague has opened up that situation now to allow negotiations with the provinces and the Indian people so that Indians and Inuit might hunt outside that season. So the move we made had the effect of expanding Indian rights, which I think was consistent with the treaty.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
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February 16, 1979

Mr. Faulkner:

That is what I meant.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ACT
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February 16, 1979

Hon. James Hugh Faulkner (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) moved

that Bill C-28, an act to amend the Northwest Territories Act, be read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

He said: Mr. Speaker, I will be very brief and in this way I hope to set an example which everyone else will feel compelled to follow.

Bill C-28 is a very short bill which contains only two clauses. It is a bill to which, I can say from the government side, we are prepared to put through all three stages today to expedite it. I have made that offer through private channels and I make it today publicly and await to see if it engenders a response from all opposition parties.

As I said, the bill contains two clauses. The First clause would provide the commissioner in council of the Northwest Territories with the power to alter the size of the council by territorial ordinance from 15 to as many as 25 members. This is a power that the Yukon territorial council has had since 1974. My impression is that this amendment would be supported by all members of the existing council. In fact, this particular provision has been the object of a fairly vigorous lobby in Ottawa by members of the council. They have made their concern known to me, and, I think, to hon. members opposite, that in their view this amendment is in the interests of the Northwest Territories and they ask the House of Commons to move on it. That is why I am prepared to move on all three stages of the bill today, if that meets with the support of the House.

The second clause of the bill would validate an ordinance passed by the commissioner in council at its October session in

February 16, 1979

Northwest Territories Act

anticipation that parliament would enact the bill before us today. The council amendment ordinance empowers the commissioner to describe 22 electoral districts upon passage of this bill, an increase of seven over the presently constituted council of 15 members.

The rationale for the bill is straightforward. Apart from the fact that it has the support of the council and many people in the Northwest Territories, I was able to meet with the new mayor of Inuvik in my office and she told me they strongly support it. I understand Chief Johnny Charlie from Fort McPherson made his views known on radio today and said that he supports it.

I know there are some who have misgivings about it, and I suspect the hon. member for the Northwest Territories (Mr. Firth) may want to develop that; but I think on balance it would be fair to say that the council as presently constituted with 15 members is too small to be properly representative of the cultural and geographic differences of the Northwest Territories. I think it is also fair to say that, given the period of time when we are moving in a very substantive way toward a responsible government in the Northwest Territories, there is a great deal of political communication that must be undertaken, and that can probably be undertaken more effectively by a council of 22 members than one of 15, given the land mass with which the members have to deal, the dispersed nature of the population and the cultural differences.

I think I should also point out to the House that 1 have discussed the bill before us with the special representative of the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau), the hon. Mr. Drury. He studied it and he indicated he thinks it constitutes a forward step and he strongly supports it. Obviously it is a move to reinforce the direction in which I think we are all going toward greater autonomy and responsible government, but it does not-this is a point I should like to stress because it is this point that the opposition, namely, those who wish to be cautious on this bill, are stressing-inhibit constitutional options that would be before us and before the Northwest Territories in the future. I think it is important to recognize that.

The final point I would make is the point about urgency. The statutory life of the council will expire on March 31 of this year and an election must be held soon thereafter. It will be conducted by the chief electoral officer of Canada who, of course, would appreciate as much lead time as possible to prepare for this event. I hope, given the general support that exists for the bill, the argument of urgency, and the fact that the bill in no way precludes constitutional options which we will be exploring, that hon. members will see fit to put this bill through all three stages today.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ACT
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February 16, 1979

Mr. Faulkner:

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I would be pleased to do that.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ACT
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