Anthony Chisholm ABBOTT

ABBOTT, The Hon. Anthony Chisholm, P.C., B.A., LL.B.

Parliamentary Career

July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Mississauga (Ontario)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (September 15, 1976 - September 15, 1977)
  • Minister of State (Small Businesses) (September 16, 1977 - November 23, 1978)
  • Minister of National Revenue (November 24, 1978 - June 3, 1979)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 124)


March 26, 1979

Hon. A. C. Abbott (Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Small Business)):

Mr. Speaker, as is frequently the case, the hon. member is in error. Three hundred and fifty women have not been disqualified. A number of cases are being examined in accordance with the law, by virtue of the remittance by the Minister of Employment and Immigration of the question to our department.

By the end of April we expect to have a final answer on this problem. This is not an easy question which can be resolved on an emotional basis; it is one on which we, as a department, have to follow the law and render our decision in accordance with the law. Each case is being analysed on its own merits and we will be giving a decision on each case. But I can assure the hon. member that it is not a discriminatory policy; it is a matter of our being obliged to follow such matters as whether the women in question were fishing on their husbands' boats, whether they were actually fishing, or whether the squid had been delivered to them on shore for drying.

All these are matters we are taking up. I met with the representatives of these women on Friday, and I can assure the hon. member that we are very sensitive to the problem and we will be making an equitable and fair decision.

March 26, 1979

Oral Questions HEALTH AND WELFARE

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CHANGES TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT AFFECTING WOMEN
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March 26, 1979

Mr. Abbott:

Mr. Speaker, I think the rules are equitable. They involve proof that the dependant is indeed a dependant. Once that has been established, the law provides for a deduction equal to that provided for a Canadian supporting a dependant. The difficulty arises because the dependant is in a foreign and distant place and whether the evidence is valid or not is more difficult to ascertain. I do not think the rules need to be changed. 1 think it is simply that our officers must

March 26, 1979

Oral Questions

remain alert to the possibility that some cases will be fraudulent.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
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March 26, 1979

Hon. A. C. Abbott (Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Small Business)):

Mr. Speaker, I would suggest that the gloom and doom and unsubstantiated rubbish which emanates from the opposition is probably the major cause for the lack of morale among small businessmen. Until the hon. member and others are prepared to tell us how many corporate formations took place in the last five years, the fact that bankruptcies are rising-while regrettable, under difficult circumstances-really does not tell the whole story.

It is true that there were more bankruptcies in the last two years than any of us would like to see. It is also a fact that over the past four or five years a great many more businesses have been created than in any previous five-year period. It is in those first five years that any business faces its greatest difficulties.

I think the hon. member should simply express his regret about those bankruptcies and not attempt to colour his remarks with editorial opinions about gloom and doom. I suggest that it is the gloom and doom emanating from his side of the House that is causing a lot of our problems in this country.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NUMBER OF BANKRUPTCIES-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO REDUCE
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March 26, 1979

Mr. Abbott:

Mr. Speaker, thanks to modifications in the Small Businesses Loans Act, double the amount of loans were made in 1978 over 1977. The rate is increasing again this year and I expect that it will be double again by the end of 1979. The Federal Business Development Bank loaned over $600 million last year, which was well in excess of the money loaned the previous year.

I can assure the hon. member that the instruments of the government provided for small business in the way of loans under the Small Businesses Loans Act and the Federal Business Development Bank Act are being taken up with great enthusiasm. There is a lot of optimism out there, contrary to the gloom and doom which the hon. member is trying to purvey.

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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NUMBER OF BANKRUPTCIES-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO REDUCE
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March 26, 1979

Hon. A. C. Abbott (Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Small Business)):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, regrettably we are aware and we have prosecuted a number of cases. I gather that in Vancouver, while the preliminary report shows claims for $364,000, $268,000 were proved false and as a result 10 to 12 persons have been prosecuted. I gather also that in other parts of the country some one-third of the claims have been shown to be false. We are alert to this problem and we are taking action wherever evidence is brought forward.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
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