House of Commons Hansard #82 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was farmers.

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Coast Guard Radio Station
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Bloc

René Canuel Matapédia—Matane, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has requested that the closing of the coast guard radio station in the Magdalen Islands scheduled for March 31 be postponed.

Given that no serious study has shown the closing to be justified, is the minister prepared to postpone this closing and take the time to consult with fishers and those who use the station?

Coast Guard Radio Station
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, before the decision was made some months ago we carried out extensive consultations with all stakeholders. We also did an extensive analysis of the technology involved. In this instance there is no loss of jobs. People will be moved as we consolidate at Rivière-au-Renard.

While I respect the committee's report, in essence it came too late to vary the decision that was made.

Atomic Energy Of Canada Limited
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

Mr. Speaker, at this very moment, 250 workers at AECL Pinawa are being handed this letter which says “It is with sincere regret that I inform you that your employment with AECL will terminate on March 31, 1998”. This is every worker's worst nightmare. The layoff freeze lifted on Wednesday. On Friday they get their pink slips. On Tuesday another 250 Canadians will be out on the street.

The sale of AECL has been delayed. What is the urgency to dump these workers with one day's notice? What happened to the election promises that Ottawa would take care of these workers? What is the minister doing to help these workers whose lives are being turned upside down by this government's downsizing frenzy?

Atomic Energy Of Canada Limited
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, it was less than a week ago that this very member asked me in this House to ensure that the workers who would be laid off at Pinawa would be protected under the government's early retirement incentive program. In order to make sure those workers were protected under that program it was a legal requirement that they be notified with respect to their layoff status no later than March 31.

The notices which have been served are for the very purpose of ensuring that the affected workers can benefit from the maximum amount of protection available under the programs of AECL and under the early retirement incentive program.

Atomic Energy Of Canada Limited
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for St. John's West.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Progressive Conservative

Charlie Power St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, the recent fisheries committee report recommended that Canada “immediately adopt a position that there are no fish in excess of Canada's needs anywhere inside of our 200-mile zone on either coast”. Under present international agreements this government is still trading away Canadian fish and with them, Canadian jobs.

Will the minister of fisheries immediately accept this recommendation? Will he table a list of all international agreements that involve the trading away of Canadian fish?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, the policy of the government is to Canadianize to the greatest extent possible our eastern Canadian fisheries. As a result we have moved the foreign take within the 200-mile limit from over 380,000 tonnes down to approximately 2,000 tonnes in the most recent year. In other words it is now half to one per cent of what it previously was.

There is no fishing by any foreign vessel within our 200-mile limit unless Canadians have been offered those fish. Only when they refuse is that fishery opened up to foreign vessels under international agreements. They are the same international agreements that allow us—

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Pontiac—Gatineau—Labelle.

National Defence
Oral Question Period

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Robert Bertrand Pontiac—Gatineau—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence.

During the January ice storm, Canadians again saw the exemplary work of our soldiers. During its hearings, however, the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs was informed that their salaries were not high enough to meet their families' basic needs.

What is the Liberal government doing to ensure that members of the armed forces are adequately paid?

National Defence
Oral Question Period

Noon

York Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Art Eggleton Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, I applaud the hon. member and the committee for the fine work they are doing. The government is listening.

I am pleased to advise the House today that there will be two adjustments to pay made for our services personnel effective April 1. One deals with a catch-up with public service salary rates of 1.2% and the other is an economic increase of some 2%.

This means that over the past two years, accumulatively, the increases have been 9.3% for non-commissioned members and 9.4% for general service officers.

Railways
Oral Question Period

Noon

Reform

Lee Morrison Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

Mr. Speaker, I share the concerns of Canadian taxpayers who cannot help but wonder if the ministerial musings of the Minister of Transport about the need for public-private partnerships to revitalize the passenger rail system might be just another excuse to scratch the back of a Liberal friendly company.

I would like to know just what the plans on the table are for a sweetheart deal for that perpetual Liberal darling, Bombardier.

Railways
Oral Question Period

Noon

Don Valley East
Ontario

Liberal

David Collenette Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member's imagination is running away with itself.

He is a member of the Standing Committee on Transport which is looking at this very issue. The government does not have a fixed agenda.

What we want is to make sure that the passenger rail system in Canada is financed in such a way that we can continue the high standards we have had over recent years, while allowing the taxpayers to get off the hook in terms of the refinancing of capital projects such as rolling stock.

If the hon. member has any ideas, he should present them at the committee. I know there are lots of companies that would be interested in this change.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Liberal

Claudette Bradshaw Moncton, NB

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It is Friday and we have a staff person upstairs, Big Bob, who is retiring today. I thought it would be nice for the Chamber to wish him good luck. He has been excellent to us and to the staff. I thought, since it is Friday, we might want to wish him all the best.

Points Of Order
Oral Question Period

Noon

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Order In Council Appointments
Routine Proceedings

Noon

Peterborough
Ontario

Liberal

Peter Adams Parliamentary Secretary to Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to table in the House today, in both official languages, a number of Order in Council appointments which were made recently by the government.

Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 110(1), these are deemed referred to the appropriate standing committees, a list of which is attached.