Thomas Speakman BARNETT

BARNETT, Thomas Speakman

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
Birth Date
September 3, 1909
Deceased Date
June 5, 2003
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Speakman_Barnett
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=64ac8c88-87af-41f6-8ffe-90fa135ebb4e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
editor, factory worker, sawmiller

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
CCF
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
April 8, 1969 - September 1, 1972
NDP
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
NDP
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 651)


April 11, 1974

Mr. Barnett:

I have one other question I wish to address to the minister.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPROVEMENT, SMALL BUSINESSES AND FISHERIES IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACTS AMENDMENTS RESPECTING LOANS AND GOVERNMENT LIABILITY
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April 11, 1974

Mr. Barnett:

I will not press the minister for a detailed answer to this question tonight. I realize there may be some responsibilities in this area that are under the Department of National Revenue. However, I would appreciate if the minister or one of his colleagues would undertake to provide me with an outline of how this operates.

I have another question. Is there a rule against the importation of fishing vessels into Canada? I am trying to get a picture of just how this operates in relation to the two programs. What substance is there in the suggestion that, if we did not have a subsidy program, the fishermen would go abroad to get their fishing vessels, whereas with

[The Assistant Deputy Chairman.]

an assured lending program, with a rate of lending somewhat below what might otherwise be available, this is purely a program for the fishermen?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPROVEMENT, SMALL BUSINESSES AND FISHERIES IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACTS AMENDMENTS RESPECTING LOANS AND GOVERNMENT LIABILITY
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April 11, 1974

Mr. Barnett:

I am anxious to get the distinction between the two programs. If the minister looks at the report on the money spent under the Fisheries Development Act he will see that the bulk is spent on the Atlantic coast, even though one member from Nova Scotia pointed out this afternoon in committee that the weight of the spending appears to be on the Pacific coast. Under this program are fishermen free if they wish to have their boats built or improved in a non-Canadian yard?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPROVEMENT, SMALL BUSINESSES AND FISHERIES IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACTS AMENDMENTS RESPECTING LOANS AND GOVERNMENT LIABILITY
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April 11, 1974

Mr. Barnett:

Mr. Chairman, I have no objection to sitting for a little while but I do not want to impose on other hon. members. I have two or three questions to address to the minister. I hope, if I sit down while waiting for the minister to reply, that the committee will not disband.

I was making a point with regard to refinancing. The minister said that the bill, as drafted, and the act as operated, were designed to finance new vessel construction through direct lending, and vessel improvement. This raises questions which have arisen in connection with the Fisheries Development Act. That act, as the minister is aware, provides under certain circumstances grants in aid for accomplishing the same purposes as are provided for under this legislation.

The Minister of Fisheries, when discussing the Fisheries Development Act and when dealing with estimates in committee, where this subject matter has also come up, has repeated a number of times that the Fisheries Development Act, so far as it applies to fishing vessels, is designed not to assist fishermen but to assist the shipbuilding industry. He has advanced the argument that if it were not for the grants in aid which apply to small fishing vessels under the program he operates, fishermen on the Atlantic coast would go outside Canada to have their vessels constructed.

I would like to ask the minister whether the operation of this act is designed to assist the fishermen or to assist the boat building and repair industry.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPROVEMENT, SMALL BUSINESSES AND FISHERIES IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACTS AMENDMENTS RESPECTING LOANS AND GOVERNMENT LIABILITY
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April 11, 1974

Mr. Barnett:

Mr. Chairman, I realize there was some reference to the proposed amendment to the Fisheries Improvement Loans Act in the general discussion under the Farm Loans Act, but I thought the point I should like to raise could be more appropriately dealt with whilst dealing with the specific proposal to amend the Fisheries Improvement Loans Act.

I have one or two questions which I should like to address to the Minister of Fisheries, but as he is not here I will put them to the Minister of Finance. The question of the applicability of the assured lending program under the act for use by fishermen in re-financing loans that they already have, has been raised before.

Generally speaking, as I understand the operation of this act, the lender, in effect, requires a chattel mortgage on a fishing vessel even though there is an assured loan. I have never been able to understand why a fisherman, who may have had an unfortunate financial transaction, should not be able to take advantage of the assured lending

April 11, 1974

program which this act provides, in order to refinance his boat under more favourable terms which he may be able to secure through a bank or credit union.

If the minister would turn his mind to some earlier discussions on this subject he would recall the concern expressed by the hon. member for Skeena and myself. Long before this act was passed, the fishermen of British Columbia in many cases were almost perpetually in debt to the fish processing and manufacturing companies because of the type of lending agreement which tied them to those companies.

Since we are now opening up this act I should like to ask the minister whether this matter has been under consideration, and if the regulations will be changed to give more flexibility to this program, so that fishermen who wish to get out of an unfavourable agreement through refinancing, can do so under this program.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FARM IMPROVEMENT, SMALL BUSINESSES AND FISHERIES IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACTS AMENDMENTS RESPECTING LOANS AND GOVERNMENT LIABILITY
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