LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF
Thursday, December 5, 1991
The House met at 1:30 p.m.
At 1:30 p.m., all members and guests standing, the Sergeant-at-Arms, carrying the Mace shoulder high and followed by the Speaker and the Clerks of the Legislative Assembly, entered the Chamber and proceeded along the west side. The Speaker took post on the east side of the Chamber and the Clerks took post on the west side of the Chamber and the Sergeant‑at‑Arms returned along the east side of the Chamber to the main entrance where he stood and awaited the arrival of His Honour the Lieutenant‑Governor.
The Premier, members of the Executive Council, military and civil aides, and officers comprising the officer escort, met in the Lieutenant‑Governor's reception room.
The Premier, members of the Executive Council, military and civil aides and officer escort accompanied His Honour from the reception room to the Chamber in the following order:
The civil aide on the right;
the military aide on the left;
the officer escort;
the members of the Executive Council;
the Premier; and then
At the main entrance, the military and civil aides, the officer escort, members of the Executive Council and the Premier halted and turned inward to allow the Lieutenant‑Governor to advance to the head of the officer escort, where His Honour was met by the Mace.
Deputy Sergeant‑at‑Arms (Mr. Roy MacGillivray): His Honour the Lieutenant‑Governor.
The Lieutenant‑Governor then, preceded by the Mace carried shoulder high, and followed on his left by the military aide and on his right by the civil aide, proceeded along the west side of the Chamber to the throne. The Premier proceeded along the east side and stood on the floor on the east side of the Chamber. The members of the Executive Council took their places.
The military aide took up his position on the right of the throne and the civil aide took up his position on the west side of the Chamber.
The officer escort was positioned to the left of the throne.
The Lieutenant‑Governor seated himself on the throne; the Mace made obeisance and retired to the east side of the Chamber.
The civil aide advanced from the position he had taken on the west side of the Chamber and, after the usual obeisance on each step, handed the Lieutenant‑Governor the Speech from the Throne.
The civil aide then retired, step by step, and took up his position on the west side of the Chamber.
(The Lieutenant‑Governor seated the House.)
SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Hon. George Johnson (Lieutenant-Governor of the
I welcome you to the Third Session of the Thirty‑fifth
Legislature of the
Je vous souhaite la
bienvenue a la troisieme session de la trente‑cinquieme legislature de la
May I express the wish that your goals and aspirations and the needs of the people you represent will be met through your service as Members of this Legislature.
Manitobans have a tradition of working together in good times and in bad. Our undeniable spirit and determination have helped us endure the most difficult circumstances encountered in our past. They are the solid foundation on which we have built our lives and our province, and they are the keystone to a bright and secure future.
My ministers believe that the unique
Manitobans have demonstrated the strength of their collective resolve repeatedly throughout our province's history. Whether the challenge is national economic recession or international strife, Manitobans have come together to help each other cope with difficult circumstances and persevere.
The past year has provided no shortage of difficult circumstances for all Manitobans. We are all well aware of the severe impact of one of the worst national recessions in Canadian history and the way it has touched the lives of many Manitobans.
My government shares the concern and frustration felt across our province, and my ministers will continue to help shoulder the burden with Manitobans, as we work together to build a strong economy.
Despite these trying economic times, Manitobans still managed to record several outstanding community achievements over the past year.
Only two weeks ago, we witnessed the tremendous Grey Cup
Festival '91 success, which set a high standard of efficiency, friendliness and
community spirit that will be long remembered and not easily matched by other
hosts. Manitobans' dedication of time,
energy and spirit has been recognized across
This summer another group of energetic and determined
This spring the world came to
The citizens of our great province have demonstrated to
Seldom has that spirit been more prominent than in the recent rallies concerning the agriculture crisis. Farmers from every corner of the province came together to draw attention to their plight in a reasonable, responsible and determined way. Their success is a testament to their ability to work together for the common good. My government supports their efforts and is committed to work with them to return stability to the family farm.
Fifty years ago, Manitobans had also been called upon to put aside
their differences and answer a grave and daunting challenge. On December 7, 1941, a fateful air attack on
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of joining with this
province's first Minister in unveiling a plaque commemorating the 50th
Anniversary of the Winnipeg Grenadiers' departure from
Those of us in this Chamber and particularly younger generations of Canadians owe much to the valiant deeds of these and the thousands of other Canadians who served so that we may continue to enjoy democratic freedoms.
Let us not forget their contributions nor the rights and
privileges we enjoy in a democratic and united
Given that vital foundation, Manitobans have worked together to meet past challenges and build a society which enjoys a quality of life among the best in the world.
Meeting the Economic Challenge
The challenges we face today, as a province and as a nation, may not be as fundamental and ominous as world war. Nonetheless, finding solutions to the economic and constitutional questions now confronting us will provide a stern test of the strength of our spirit and determination.
Interest rates have fallen substantially over the past year and
a half, but so have rates in the
For well over a year, my government has been calling for a First Ministers' Conference on the economy to develop a co‑ordinated approach to a national problem. It is important, as well, to deal directly with such issues as federal offloading which has such a negative effect on provincial budgets and economies. Earlier this week, three Premiers, including the First Minister of this province, once again urged the Prime Minister to convene such a conference as soon as possible.
For over three years my government has worked hard to build a
solid foundation for economic development and growth. My ministers' efforts to control government
spending and create a positive climate for investment have been very important
My government will continue to protect tax payers by freezing personal income taxes for a fourth consecutive year.
My ministers recognize that government has a significant role to play in fostering the economic growth Manitobans want and need. However, my ministers know that government alone cannot create an economic recovery.
The only true generators of wealth in our economy are Manitobans themselves. My government believes that using Manitobans' own ideas for local, regional and provincial growth is the best way to build a strong economy. Manitobans have proven that they are capable of competing successfully in the national and international marketplaces. My ministers are confident that by working together Manitobans can turn the tremendous potential of our province into real opportunities and real jobs.
Creative New Approaches to Economic Growth
My government has
To this end, a new Economic Development Board of Cabinet has been created with a mandate to co‑ordinate government wide efforts aimed at economic growth, within the framework of sustainable development.
The Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism will also be restructured to increase the emphasis on strategic initiatives. Under this new structure, the department will become more project‑oriented in its approach, working with individual firms and groups of companies to create development opportunities.
In addition, my ministers will bring forward legislation to
restructure the Manitoba Research Council into the Manitoba Economic Innovation
and Technology Council. This new body
will link and draw upon the resources of government, business, labour and the
research community to help guide
As part of this overall approach, my government has already brought forward several new programs designed to put Manitobans to work at building a strong and competitive economy.
The Crocus Investment Fund has been established to assist
workers in taking an ownership role in the business that employs them. The Vision Capital Fund provides financing
for Manitobans with good ideas that can be turned into jobs. The
Nowhere is the need for economic development and growth greater
than in rural
The hardship faced by
My government believes in the people and communities of rural
My government has recently introduced several initiatives that
The Rural Development Grow Bond Program provides the means for rural communities to participate directly in strengthening their local economies and in creating jobs for their young people.
Grow Bonds can act as a catalyst for local development and diversification, bringing together local people with money to invest in community‑based industries such as manufacturing, processing, tourism, commercial water and gas distribution, exporting and the provision of goods or services for the protection of the environment.
This program allows rural Manitobans to invest in themselves creating jobs and opportunities right in their own home towns.
My government will proceed with the Rural Economic Development Initiative program for communities that must upgrade their local infrastructure to better serve economic development. The program will be funded by revenues generated by the Video Lottery Terminals Initiative announced this summer.
My government is also assisting several
My ministers believe that the Community Choices program is another integral part of rural economic recovery. This program encourages neighbouring municipalities to work together in making decisions about local economic priorities and directions.
In addition, my ministers advise me that the Department of Rural Development is being reorganized to work more effectively with rural Manitobans as they strive to get their local economies growing.
In the final analysis, rural economic recovery will be as
strong as rural Manitobans can make it.
They will plan their own local economic development strategy, upgrade
their infrastructure, raise their own pool of investment capital and get their
local economy growing. My ministers are
confident that the future of rural
However, more than courage, determination and hard work are
needed to cope with an international subsidy war, crowded and highly
competitive world markets and rapidly advancing food technology. My government will work with
Further diversification of agriculture and value‑added activities will be facilitated through such measures as feeder associations and rural development bonds. These approaches will assist producers in being less vulnerable to international market trends.
Right to Farm Legislation will be introduced during the current session of the Legislature to enable farmers to plan production investments with greater certainty and to facilitate further diversification within our province.
The Manitoba Department of Agriculture through an extensive consultative process involving farmers, producer groups, agri‑business, and researchers reviewed the long‑term opportunities and challenges facing the agriculture and food industry.
As a result of this consultative process the department will
As well, my government has launched a comprehensive review of the Manitoba Crop Insurance system to ensure that government support best meets the needs of producers.
Improving our own system of agricultural practices and procedures
is important if
However, much broader solutions are urgently required to deal with the relentless attack on Manitoban and Canadian farmers by countries presently engaged in an international subsidy war.
For my government, the single most important objective in the
current round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations is winning a cease‑fire
in the subsidy war between the
My government has taken
As well, my government will continue to ensure that we take
maximum advantage of trade opportunities for all
Economic Co‑operation Agreements recently reaffirmed with
the State of
My government shares the joy of Manitobans of Ukrainian descent
at the recent Declaration of Independence by
The significant contributions made by Ukrainian Manitobans to
the building of our province and to our way of life are typical of the
multicultural strength of our province.
My government has also commenced negotiations with the
My ministers will continue to concentrate their efforts on
products, strategic markets and businesses that capitalize on
Strategic business and industrial development opportunities have been identified in the aerospace, environment, health and information technology sectors.
A new economic development strategy to capture opportunities in the telecommunications and information technology industry will be launched.
A series of joint government‑industry sponsored
initiatives to foster investment and job creation through communication
technology will form a major part of this strategy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of
technologies and services to support economic growth in rural
My ministers will continue to seek opportunities to build upon the growing base of health industries in our province.
My government will introduce an Industrial Recruitment Initiative
to stimulate expansion of
My ministers also remain committed to economic development based on innovations in science and technology.
During the next several months, the Canadian Space Agency will
complete a Long Term Space Plan which will provide direction to
The reactivation and expansion of the
My government is acting to ensure that the proposed Conawapa/Bipole 3 projects are subjected to the most comprehensive environmental review ever undertaken for northern hydro projects.
For the first time, funding will be provided to better enable interested parties to participate in the environmental review process.
My government will proceed with development of legislation to
provide the Energy department with a mandate to develop energy policies and
conservation programs for
During this session a new Oil and Gas Act will be laid before
the House to encourage, promote and facilitate the exploration and development
My government is also committed to assisting Northerners in determining the best way to take advantage of the North's tremendous potential for economic development.
My ministers have brought together individuals with a broad range of northern experience and expertise to serve on the Northern Economic Development Commission. Through the commission, northern residents will be able to provide important advice on the development of policies, projects and programs in, and for, the North.
Tourism is an important component of the northern economy. My government recognizes tourism as an industry sector with vast potential. My ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure that the development of resource‑based tourism is carried out in harmony with the environment.
My government will continue aggressive Tourism Marketing programs in concert with industry partners and corporate sponsors, to improve our position in the marketplace.
My ministers will continue to work in partnership with tourism industry operators on a number of initiatives including an agreement with the other western provinces and the territories to develop occupational standards for the tourism industry.
My ministers also expect to announce a new Canada‑Manitoba Tourism Agreement which will stimulate the development and promotion of new tourism products with international market appeal.
Similarly, my government is continuing to negotiate a new
Highly trained and well qualified Manitobans are the underpinning of a competitive and growing economy. My government has commenced efforts to ensure that our most valuable resource, our people remain productive.
The WORKFORCE 2000 Program is in its first year of
implementation and, in the new partnership, private sector businesses
A new Canada/Manitoba Labour Force Development Agreement will soon be finalized and a provincial labour market strategy developed to ensure Manitobans are equipped with the skills they need to compete and prosper.
The importance of an effective and responsive educational system to the long term economic and personal well‑being of Manitobans has been fully recognized by my government.
Many improvements have been made in
My government will give continued attention to elementary and high school education. Vital areas to be addressed include multicultural, vocational and gifted education, sustainable development and violence in the school and home.
The emphasis on educational standards throughout
By the end of this year, a new funding model for schools will be in place. It will provide for more equitable funding, better control of funding levels and greater accountability.
As announced, my government is committed to proceeding with a review of school division boundaries and a review of university education.
Nous avons recu le rapport du Groupe de travail sur la gestion des ecoles franco‑manitobaines, groupe qui a ete cree a la suite d'une decision de la Cour supreme du Canada. Nous l'etudions actuellement afin de determiner la facon de respecter la decision de la Cour.
Mon gouvernement poursuivra la mise en oeuvre de la Politique en matiere de services en langue francaise, politique qui a ete presentee aux membres de cette Assemblee et qui a ete approuvee par tous les partis.
he report by the Task Force on Governance of Francophone
Schools that was necessitated by a Supreme Court of
y government will continue to implement the French Language Services Policy that was presented before Members of this House and endorsed by all parties.
My government will intensify its efforts to work with Aboriginal communities to improve education and training for their young people. These initiatives will include a policy on Aboriginal languages, increased accessibility to programs and enhanced participation of Aboriginal communities.
Aboriginal input will be sought through the newly established Advisory Council on Native Education.
Social Services and Community Protection
My ministers share Manitobans' desire to make our province a place of harmony, security and promise for all our residents. Manitobans' capacity for caring for those less fortunate and sharing the benefits of our society seems to be without limit. My government is committed to supporting and protecting the vital services Manitobans depend upon.
My ministers are committed to maintaining and enhancing vital social programs for Manitobans who are in need or at risk.
Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the killing of 14
women at the Polytechnical Institute in
My government is marking this occasion by wearing white ribbons as part of the national campaign to end violence against women.
My government has taken a strong stand against domestic violence. My ministers have acted on the recommendations put forward by the Domestic Violence Review report to give Manitobans a more responsive justice and social support system, sensitive to the needs of domestic violence victims.
This year marks the first anniversary of
My government will also continue to give priority to the shelter needs of women and children at risk.
The protection of
Amendments to The Social Allowances Act and The Municipal Act will be introduced this session to regulate municipal social assistance rates and policies. These regulations, which are based on consultations with municipal governments, will result in more equitable benefits and treatment across the province.
My government will introduce legislation to protect and reinforce the rights of adult Manitobans living with a mental disability. This legislation, which will replace Part II of The Mental Health Act, will respond to recommendations from a review committee appointed this past June to examine protection and support services for mentally disabled Manitobans.
Initiatives will also be announced in response to recommendations from the working group on community living. The working group was established to examine ways to improve the quality of life and independence of Manitobans living in the community with a disability.
Legislation will be introduced this session to establish an
Office of the Children's Advocate. The
Children's Advocate will ensure that children in the care of
The Department of Family Services is proceeding with several important initiatives to improve the management of child and family services cases, including the implementation of an automated information system and adoption of a high‑risk indicator to help workers priorize cases.
Consultations are planned regarding ways to improve the provision of child welfare services to aboriginal Manitobans on reserve and in urban centres, taking into account recommendations from the Report of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry.
My ministers are also looking forward to receiving recommendations regarding policies and procedures for reporting child abuse from the independent review of residential care facilities.
Manitobans have an outstanding record of working together to
care for each other. My ministers
believe that strong sense of community is a valuable resource in the delivery
of health care services in
My government will place a stronger emphasis on community based care by moving to provide a greater proportion of available funding to a wide range of appropriate services within the community. My government will promote the integration of a variety of health services, including prevention, treatment and support. As a result, my ministers advise me that Manitobans will have more opportunities to choose lower cost but equally effective health care in the communities where they live and work.
My government has identified five areas for priority action: cancer, cardiovascular disease, child health, mental health and substance abuse. The health professionals who work in these areas will be asked to come together in a partnership to establish a provincial plan that will see delivery of these services through a better balance among prevention, treatment and support services.
My ministers advise me that the
This concept encourages service providers to work together with consumers to identify and to bring about significant and affordable improvements to services. My ministers are convinced this approach can have a major impact on improving the health status of Manitobans.
My government will introduce the Manitoba Health Status
Improvement Fund to provide incentives to
A healthy environment is essential to the well being of all Manitobans. My government will take action to ensure that economic development activities do not leave a legacy of pollution and environmental degradation that jeopardizes public health and safety.
My ministers will lay before the House legislation designed to hold polluters financially and legally accountable for their actions.
My government will soon finalize discussions with the
My government believes all Manitobans are becoming more personally involved in activities that benefit our environment. This is true particularly of our young people. My government will continue to work with Manitobans to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the amount of solid waste generated by the year 2000.
A program promoting more responsible and effective regional waste collection, recycling and handling will be introduced during this session.
Unfortunately not all Manitobans share this respect for our
resources and our wildlife. My
government will take strong action to combat the slaughter of
My ministers advise me that they will continue to take decisive
measures to make
My government believes that long term national economic growth will be threatened without national unity.
I am advised that members of this Chamber serving on the all‑party
Legislative Task Force recently submitted their report to the First
Minister. Once again they have
demonstrated the unique
The Task Force has recommended and my ministers have accepted a
positive program for constitutional reform that will help to unite our
country. At a time when many are
In the words of the Task Force report: "In presentation
after presentation, a strong commitment to a united
My ministers share this belief. My government will work diligently to ensure that the Constitution protects the rights of all Canadians, reflects their values and is a source of pride, not division.
For this to occur, the
We must not only address the longstanding issue of
In August, the
commissioners for the inquiry into the administration of justice and aboriginal
peoples delivered their long‑awaited report to the government and to the
My ministers are committed to working with aboriginal Manitobans to develop a positive agenda for change. My government intends to address not only the concerns expressed in the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, but also the whole range of aboriginal issues that arise from the policies of the past.
My ministers believe that the rightful place of aboriginal Canadians as the original people of our land should be reflected in the Constitution. My ministers propose that the inherent right to self‑government within the Canadian constitutional framework be recognized, and that a process be entrenched in the Constitution that would work towards practical implementation of aboriginal self‑government.
The evolution of issues pertaining to Aboriginal rights, self‑government and related issues, concerning land and resource use, will continue to have a major impact on the development of provincial policies.
Fulfilling outstanding obligations in such areas as
government addressed the omissions of twenty years by providing compensation to
local residents for disruption caused by creation of the
Toward a Stronger
confronting the members of this Assembly in the year ahead promise to be no
less significant than those of the past year.
Fostering economic growth, protecting
My government will stand with Manitobans to meet the challenges that lie ahead. My ministers are confident that, by working together, we can build a stronger province, create economic growth in our communities and provide a better way of life for our children.
My government believes that by keeping taxes down and deficits under control we have begun to lay the foundation for a strong economy that is capable of supporting the many important human services Manitobans rely upon.
My government has worked side by side with Manitobans to
accomplish these goals and believes that this tradition of working together
will be the driving force in building a stronger
My ministers will lay before this Legislature a wide ranging array of legislation for debate and approval.
Estimates for the requirements for the public services of the province for the next fiscal year and the public accounts for the last fiscal year will be placed before you for your consideration.
Je vous laisse maintenant aux nombreuses taches que vous allez
etre appeles a accomplir fidelement. Que
I leave you now to the faithful performance of your many duties
and trust that in meeting them you will have the guidance of Divine
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The civil aide advanced and, after obeisance, received the speech from the Lieutenant‑Governor and retired to the west side of the Chamber.
The Mace then made obeisance before the Lieutenant‑Governor and preceded him along the east side of the Chamber to the main entrance, accompanied by the Premier, the aides and the officer escort. All members and guests stood.
(God Save the Queen was sung)
The Speaker proceeded to the Chair after His Honour retired from the House.
The Premier proceeded to his seat in the Chamber.
The Sergeant-at-Arms proceeded to the Speaker who was standing before the Chair. The Mace made obeisance and returned to the table.
Mr. Speaker: O Eternal and Almighty God from Whom all power and wisdom come, we are assembled here before Thee to frame such laws as may tend to the welfare and prosperity of our province. Grant, O Merciful God, we pray Thee, that we may desire only that which is in accordance with Thy Will; that we may seek it with wisdom, know it with certainty and accomplish it perfectly for the Glory and Honour of Thy name and for the welfare of all our people. Amen.
Please be seated. I would just like to take this opportunity to welcome all the members back to the Third Session of the Thirty‑fifth Legislature.
On behalf of all honourable members, I would like to welcome all our invited guests here present this afternoon.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
Bill 1‑An Act respecting the Administration of Oaths of Office
Hon. Gary Filmon (Premier): I move, seconded by the honourable Minister of Rural Development (Mr. Downey), that leave be given to introduce Bill 1, An Act respecting the Administration of Oaths of Office; Loi sur la prestation des serments d'entree en fonction; and that the same be now received and read a first time.
Motion agreed to.
Mr. Speaker: I wish to inform the House that in order to prevent mistakes, I have received a copy of the Address of His Honour, which was read.
I am pleased to introduce to the House the six young people who
have been selected to serve as pages at this session, and they are, beginning
at my right: David Andrews, from
Mr. Filmon: I move, seconded by the honourable Minister of Environment (Mr. Cummings), that the Votes and Proceedings of the House be printed, having first been perused by the Speaker, and that the Speaker do appoint the printing thereof, and that no person but such as the Speaker shall appoint do presume to print the same.
Motion agreed to.
Mr. Filmon: I move, seconded by the honourable Minister of Finance (Mr. Manness), that the speech of His Honour the Lieutenant‑Governor be taken into consideration tomorrow.
Motion agreed to.
Mr. Filmon: Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Minister of Culture, Heritage and Citizenship (Mrs. Mitchelson), that the House do now adjourn.
Mr. Speaker: Before putting the question to the House, may I inform all present that a receiving line composed of Their Honours the Lieutenant‑Governor and Mrs. Johnson, the Premier and Mrs. Filmon, and the Speaker and Mrs. Rocan will form shortly in Room 200 at the north end of the building and that refreshments will be served in Room 254 at the south end of the building in five minutes time.
Motion agreed to and the House adjourned and stands adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday).