May 8, 1974

PC

J. Michael Forrestall

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Forrestall:

Also on a point of order, Mr. Speaker, may I remind the parliamentary secretary that on a previous occasion I expressed concern that a series of questions on the order paper dated February 28 have not been answered, in particular, question No. 220 which asks why there is no audit of the Unemployment Insurance Commission in the report of the Auditor General. Perhaps the parliamentary secretary could take note of this question, which is not starred but perhaps should be, and respond if we are here tomorrow.

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LIB

Maurice Brydon Foster (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. Foster:

I will be pleased to look into the matter the hon. member has raised. I would note that 54 per cent of all the questions placed on the order paper have been answered to date this session.

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An hon. Member:

Is that all?

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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

LIB

Maurice Brydon Foster (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Foster (Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, I ask that all notices of motions for the production of papers stand.

May 8, 1974

Oral Questions Mr. Speaker: Is this agreed?

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

FINANCE

PC

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Trinity):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister. In view of the fact the Minister of Finance refused five times yesterday to indicate the projected growth in the gross national product in current dollars, and in view of the vital importance of this information to labour, industry and consumers in formulating their plans, will the Prime Minister, as head of the government, provide the House with this information to which it is entitled?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INDICATION OF PROJECTED GROWTH IN GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT IN CURRENT DOLLARS
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the answers given yesterday by the Minister of Finance.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INDICATION OF PROJECTED GROWTH IN GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT IN CURRENT DOLLARS
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PC

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hellyer:

Can the Prime Minister advise the House if there has been any other Minister of Finance in recent Canadian history who has denied the House of Commons this information, which is usually provided in the budget address and is automatically included in budget papers in other countries, including the United States?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INDICATION OF PROJECTED GROWTH IN GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT IN CURRENT DOLLARS
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

Mr. Speaker, if the hon. member will permit me to take notice of that question, I will get some historians to track down the answer.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INDICATION OF PROJECTED GROWTH IN GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT IN CURRENT DOLLARS
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PC

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hellyer:

Is it a fact that the Department of Finance has prepared a secret report on which the budget figures are based, indicating an inflation figure so outrageously high that its publication would affect public expectations, labour settlements and the political prospects of the government?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

No, Mr. Speaker. The only thing that is outrageously high is the smell of the questions.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INDICATION OF PROJECTED GROWTH IN GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT IN CURRENT DOLLARS
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Subtopic:   FINANCE
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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

No affiliation

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member for Trinity will be recognized on a further supplementary, but if hon. members want to ask further supplementaries they will have to wait until we have completed the first round of questioning. The hon. member for Trinity is recognized for a supplementary.

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Subtopic:   FINANCE
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INDICATION OF PROJECTED GROWTH IN GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT IN CURRENT DOLLARS
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PC

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hellyer:

Mr. Speaker, it is not a supplementary; it is a question of privilege. It does occur to me that the Prime Minister might practice being a little more gracious and reasonable if he intends to appeal to the more moderate members of the electorate.

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Subtopic:   FINANCE
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

Mr. Speaker, I was trying to practice that advice for one more day, but I should like to indicate that many, many allegations are made in the form of questions such as the hon. member just raised-

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PC

Erik Nielsen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nielsen:

They are made in answers, too.

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Subtopic:   FINANCE
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

-and I would suggest that these allegations, almost all unfounded, are a way of spreading rumours that is deleterious to the democratic process.

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Subtopic:   FINANCE
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May 8, 1974