House of Commons Hansard #149 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

Employment
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Beryl Gaffney Nepean, ON

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development.

The government has announced that it will be making it easier for immigrants with high tech experience to enter Canada. The reason given is that there are too few Canadians qualified to fill these jobs.

Canadian university graduates are sitting idle. The government has a youth employment strategy. Should the education process not begin right here at home?

Employment
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Papineau—Saint-Michel
Québec

Liberal

Pierre Pettigrew Minister of Human Resources Development

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for her question. It is a very important one.

The government is totally committed to jobs being available to Canadians first. That makes a lot of sense. There is a great shortage of Canadian workers in the software industry. We lack, some people tell me, about 15,000 to 20,000 according to the industry.

We have had to conduct a pilot project as a short term solution. As a government, we are committed to making sure that the youth employment strategy will provide, in the future, young people with work experience and the right training in that industry.

In the meantime-

Radar Hill
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Reform

Bill Gilmour Comox—Alberni, BC

Mr. Speaker, while the Prime Minister was on his last trade mission to Asia, he took the liberty of renaming a local landmark in my riding. Our local landmark is known as Radar Hill.

Radar Hill was named for its prominence during World War II and has historical significance to British Columbians. It has now been renamed Kap'Yong Hill, a Korean name, and my constituents are furious.

The Prime Minister overstepped his authority. He failed to consult local residents. He ignored the recommendations of Parks Canada and, to my knowledge, has failed to receive the required agreement of the province of B.C.

Will the Prime Minister agree to a compromise put forward by Parks Canada, and reinstate the name of our local historical landmark, and establish a small memorial to Kap'Yong on the hill instead?

Radar Hill
Oral Question Period

Noon

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I would like to clarify, first of all, whether the member is speaking for the entire Reform Party when he announces the renaming of a Canadian monument in

respect of the Korean war service which was carried out by, among others, the Korean War Veterans Association of Canada, of which I happen to be an honorary member.

I know that Canadian Korean war veterans very much appreciate the attention of the Prime Minister to this issue. I am sure the Prime Minister and Parks Canada will do everything possible to ensure that everyone feels included.

I find it rather tragic that the member would decry respect for Korean war veterans, which was the intention of this monument.

Northern Cross Ltd.
Oral Question Period

Noon

NDP

Audrey McLaughlin Yukon, YT

Mr. Speaker, my question is for whomever is responding for the minister of northern affairs or the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Northern Cross Ltd. is proposing to do resource development in northern Yukon. I would like to ask the government what consultation there has been regarding this application with the Old Crow Resource Council and what work has been done in the United States to clarify that in this area under discussion it does not constitute part of the area of the calving ground for the Porcupine caribou herd.

Northern Cross Ltd.
Oral Question Period

Noon

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian government has a bilateral treaty with respect to the calving ground. I am sure that any activity we would want to follow very closely.

We will take the request of the hon. member and pursue it to ensure that the calving ground area is not endangered.

Government Response To Petitions
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to 41 petitions.

Ways And Means
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Scarborough East
Ontario

Liberal

Doug Peters Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 83(1), I wish to table a notice of ways and means motion to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 18, 1997.

I also wish to table a notice of ways and means motion to amend the Excise Tax Act in accordance with the proposals set out in the attached notes and the accompanying publication.

I ask that an order of the day be designated for the consideration of each motion.

Tobacco Legislation
Routine Proceedings

March 21st, 1997 / noon

Eglinton—Lawrence
Ontario

Liberal

Joe Volpe Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Health

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I am pleased to table, in both official languages, proposed tobacco access regulations, tobacco labelling and reporting regulations and tobacco seizure and restoration regulations with respect to Bill C-71.

Committees Of The House
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Fundy Royal
New Brunswick

Liberal

Paul Zed Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the 61st report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding the guidelines with respect to conduct during question period in the House.

The committee unanimously recommends that a question be not ruled out of order on the sole basis that it anticipates orders of the day.

I also have the honour to present the 62nd report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs regarding its order of reference from the House of Commons on Thursday, February 20, 1997, in relation to the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1998 with regard to vote 20 under privy council Chief Electoral Officer.

The committee reports the same.

Canada Cooperatives Act
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Beauséjour
New Brunswick

Liberal

Fernand Robichaud for the Minister of Industry

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-91, an act respecting cooperatives.

(Motion agreed to, bill read the first time and ordered to be printed.)

Immigration Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Vancouver South, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-392, an act to amend the Immigration Act (right of landing fee).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased and honoured to rise in the House today to introduce three private member's bills. Today I will be introducing a bill to amend the Income Tax Act which will allow for an increase in the small business deduction from its current threshold of $200,000 to $300,000.

I am introducing a bill to amend the Immigration Act to eliminate the right of landing fees.

I am introducing another bill to amend the Immigration Act to raise the age of dependent daughters and sons from 19 to 21 years of age.

I hope my colleagues will become familiar with these initiatives and that they will support them when they come before the House.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Income Tax Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Vancouver South, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-393, an act to amend the Income Tax Act (business limit).

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Immigration Act
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Herb Dhaliwal Vancouver South, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-394, an act to amend the Immigration Act (dependent sons and daughters).

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)

Petitions
Routine Proceedings

12:05 p.m.

Liberal

Mac Harb Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by constituents in the national capital region who are calling on the House of Commons to ask the government to declare that Canada is indivisible.