March 1, 1979

LIB

Marcel Lessard (Minister of Regional Economic Expansion)

Liberal

Mr. Lessard:

Mr. Speaker, as it has been indicated and as I have indicated myself to the hon. member on a number of occasions, we did indeed set up a small task force. The Nova Scotia premier and I had agreed to put three of four people on this particular matter in December, so that all aspects might be reviewed, and there have been indeed meetings with Tisco officials to clarify some clauses of the contract. Since then our officials have submitted a report to us concerning the contract as such, and it is on the basis of the findings of this task force that we have been able to make proposals to the cabinet on which it will have to act.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION
Sub-subtopic:   FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SYDNEY STEEL PLANT
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CASH INCENTIVES PROGRAM TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATE SOURCES OF ENERGY

PC

Almonte Douglas Alkenbrack

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. D. Alkenbrack (Frontenac-Lennox and Addington):

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of State for Science and Technology. It is pursuant to my motion in this House last Thursday.

In view of the apparent sustained energy problems in motive power that now exist in this country, will the minister and the government devise some form of cash incentives program which could offer national prizes to encourage our inventors and scientists to develop and attain more efficient uses of fossil fuels as motive power and also to develop alternate sources of energy for the same purpose?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CASH INCENTIVES PROGRAM TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATE SOURCES OF ENERGY
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LIB

Alastair William Gillespie (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources; Minister of State for Science and Technology)

Liberal

Hon. Alastair Gillespie (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, I will be very pleased to take that representation under consideration and to discuss the specifics of it with the hon. member.

March 1, 1979

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CASH INCENTIVES PROGRAM TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATE SOURCES OF ENERGY
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

PC

Philip Bernard Rynard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. P. B. Rynard (Simcoe North):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. The International Labour Organization meeting in Geneva has expressed very deep concern at the rapidly increasing, aging labour force which will put a severe strain on resources, social security and pension systems, and have recommended that older workers should be free to choose when to retire, depending on their health and capabilities. Has the Department of Labour made any study, or does it propose to do so, and does it have a labour representative at Geneva?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   ILO RECOMMENDATION THAT OLDER WORKERS SHOULD CHOOSE AGE OF RETIREMENT
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LIB

Alan Gray Martin (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. Martin O'Connell (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, as the House knows, the government established an interdepartmental committee two years ago to examine pensions both in the public and in the private sectors. Any announcement to be made with respect to this matter will be made in due course. The proposal concerning a flexible retirement age is one which is under consideration by the interdepartmental committee here in Ottawa.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   ILO RECOMMENDATION THAT OLDER WORKERS SHOULD CHOOSE AGE OF RETIREMENT
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PC

Walter David Baker (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baker (Grenville-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, it being Thursday perhaps I might ask the government House leader some questions with respect to the business of the House.

First, may I ask him whether he will designate Wednesday of next week as an allotted day in accordance with the schedule he and I have discussed. I understand it is the intention to call Bill C-29, the National Housing Act amendments, today. With respect to government business, can the hon. gentleman tells us what he plans for tomorrow and the coming week? Further, is he in a position today to give the House a definitive statement as to the government's legislative priorities looking down the road toward the Easter adjournment?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Mr. Speaker, to begin with, I am quite agreeable to designating next Wednesday as an allotted day. As the hon. member has stated, today we shall continue the debate on the housing bill and, if necessary, tomorrow as well, although I should like to raise privately with the representatives of the parties the possibility of dealing with the Judges Act amendments at the beginning of the day tomorrow. After the housing bill I would consider taking Excise Tax Act and Income Tax Act amendments arising from the budget of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Chretien).

If the hon. member would like me to project a number of other bills, I would certainly want to mention Bills C-6, C-22, C-27, C-32, C-41, C-44, C-13, S-2, S-4 and S-7.

Business of the House

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Happy Easter.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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PC

Walter David Baker (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baker (Grenville-Carleton):

Just one question: The hon. member went through that list so fast that 1 could not follow all the numbers. Was the Arab boycott bill among the bills he mentioned?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Yes, Mr. Speaker, Bill C-32. That is the bill to which the hon. member has referred and if we could reach some agreement to deal with it quickly I would call it at an early date.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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PC

Walter David Baker (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Baker (Grenville-Carleton):

I believe some amendments were being proposed by the government. Would they be available? As I understand it, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (Mr. Horner) has one amendment to make. Would that be available at the same time? Also, would the hon. gentleman tell me whether there is any sanctity attached to the order of legislation or is this still a matter of discussion? The answer would be very helpful in terms of planning.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

1 have never detected any sanctity in my immediate presence as far as the opposition is concerned, whatever may be said of the legislation. No, there is no special ranking; these are the bills which are on the docket. As to Bill C-32 about which the hon. member inquired with respect to a possible amendment, whatever amendment may be in mind would be available to hon. members before the bill is called. If we could agree to pass this bill in all stages in one day, I would consider calling it.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, in so far as some of these matters require consultation among the parties we are, of course, prepared to participate. May I say with respect to the proposal to call the second reading of the bill amending the Judges Act tomorrow that we would go along with it, and the likelihood is that that debate would be short provided that the bill we shall be dealing with is the reprinted version and not the original copy. The original bill contains proposals for salary increases which I am glad to see are not in the reprint. I see I get the approval of the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lalonde). Speaking of sanctity, I thought the burial of Bill C-22 had been sanctified. Is it not a mistake on the minister's part to put it back on the list?

There is one other question 1 would like to put to the minister. A few years ago in another capacity he promised a certain piece of legislation before the end of September of that year. He did not make it and his excuse was that he had forgotten that September had only 30 days. I wonder if he would speak to his colleague the Minister of Veterans Affairs (Mr. MacDonald), who promised us a statement on the review of the War Veterans' Allowances Act in February. Well, February has only 28 days and those days have gone. I seriously hope the government House leader will prompt the Minister of Veterans Affairs to make that statement very early in the month of March.

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Business of the House

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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SC

Joseph Adrien Henri Lambert

Social Credit

Mr. Lambert (Bellechasse):

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker.

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The hon. member for Bellechasse on a point of order.

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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SC

Joseph Adrien Henri Lambert

Social Credit

Mr. Lambert (Bellechasse):

Mr. Speaker, in spite of the speed with which the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Mac-Eachen) replied to the question asked by the Leader of the Official Opposition in the House, I tried to take note, as best as I could, of the numerous bills on which the government intends to seek approval before Easter. I was wondering if the Deputy Prime Minister intends to table a motion to postpone the date of the Easter recess.

Seriously, Mr. Speaker, I would like to assure the government House leader of our utmost co-operation in the consideration of all these bills. I would also like to ask him if there have been any new developments concerning Bill C-12 now before the Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates, and if the government intends, when the bill is brought back to the House, to have it examined seriously at the report stage and seek passage on third reading before the Easter recess.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Sub-subtopic:   WEEKLY STATEMENT
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March 1, 1979