House of Commons Hansard #257 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was mmt.

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Take Our Kids To Work Day
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Augustine Etobicoke—Lakeshore, ON

Mr. Speaker, I wish to recognize Wednesday, November 8, 1995 as Take Our Kids to Work Day.

Today over 153,000 Ontario students will accompany a friend, parent or volunteer sponsor to their workplace in an effort to learn about the demands and opportunities of the working world. The program is an initiative of The Learning Partnership which provides students with an interactive hands on work experience in a field of interest to them while emphasizing community responsibility for the future of our young people.

I would like to welcome Anne McGuire, a grade nine student from Bishop Allen Academy in my riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Anne is spending the day here in my office on Parliament Hill to further her interest in politics. Perhaps at some time in the future she will join us here as a colleague in the House of Commons.

Veterans
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Reform

Dale Johnston Wetaskiwin, AB

Mr. Speaker, the week of November 4 to 12 has been set aside to honour those Canadians who fought and those who died in two world wars, in Korea and in peacekeeping missions.

When veterans returned home from Europe 50 years ago they were filled with hope, pride and optimism. They were ready to build a strong Canada. How disappointed these veterans must be today. The country they were willing to give their lives for is $567 billion in debt and is in danger of breaking apart.

If action is not taken immediately to solve the debt crisis, to build a new Canada within a new federalism, to reform health care, the Canada pension plan and unemployment insurance, if we do not put justice back in the justice system and make Canadians feel safe on their streets and in their homes again, the efforts of those valiant Canadians will have been in vain.

Reform Of Federalism
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Independent

Gilles Bernier Beauce, QC

Mr. Speaker, if our political leaders in Canada have not grasped the very clear message sent by Quebecers on October 30, they will have to live with the consequences. Quebec wishes to regain its proper place within the Canadian context. Rather than being purely symbolic, the proposed changes should respond to the legitimate and traditional demands of Quebec.

People of Canada, the steps that are taken must be in harmony with what has been said in recent weeks. Let us put an end to double talk. Federalism as we know it must be reshaped; moreover, Quebec is not the only one calling for federal withdrawal from areas of provincial jurisdiction. More than ever, we must demonstrate a desire to make the changes necessary for national unity, while respecting our differences.

Take Our Kids To Work Day
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

John Maloney Erie, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to announce the addition of a high powered office consultant to my constituency staff for one day, Mr. Travis Dolinski, who is participating in the program called Take Our Kids to Work.

Today in Ontario over 153,000 grade nine students are at work with a parent, guardian, relative, friend or volunteer host. They are all experiencing possibly for the first time the challenges of the workplace. They will spend a day on farms, in hospitals, factories, offices, retail stores and many other places of work.

Often students do not fully understand the links between education and work and how important successful work is to their future. Through this exposure they will see the value of a good education in our rapidly changing workplace. They will begin to think about the choices they will have to make and the paths they must follow

to meet their career goals. They will also better appreciate what their parents do to provide them with the necessities of life.

With the co-operation of Erie riding's business and industry, our youth will have an informative, fascinating and stimulating experience. I encourage my colleagues to support this program or similar ones in their ridings.

Heart Research
Statements By Members

November 8th, 1995 / 2 p.m.

Liberal

Ronald J. Duhamel St. Boniface, MB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remind colleagues of the leading role Canadian doctors play in the advancement of heart research.

In a report to be published in the European Heart Journal this November, Canada is cited as one of the top three research leaders in the field of cardiology despite ranking 13th in expenditure on research and development per capita.

This year, Canadian physicians again made an enormous contribution at the congress of the International Society for Heart Research, held in Prague.

I was especially delighted to note the achievement of Dr. Naranjan Dhalla of Winnipeg who has served as president of that body for the past 25 years. Dr. Dhalla was identified at the congress as "the person primarily responsible for the remarkable development of the International Society for Heart Research". In fact, with the assistance of others he was also able to bring the 17th congress of this prestigious association to Winnipeg for the year 2001.

Mr. Speaker, the impressive-

Heart Research
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

The Speaker

I am sorry, your time is up.

Canada Remembers
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Harold Culbert Carleton—Charlotte, NB

Mr. Speaker, this Saturday, November 11, communities across Canada will be holding special commemorative ceremonies in honour of Canadian veterans to let them know Canada remembers their valiant deeds.

In this century alone, over 100,000 Canadians have given their lives in the service of their country. Some remember these Canadians as friends of their youth, as comrades in arms in the service, some as mothers and fathers, or brothers and sisters, or spouses.

It is also a time for all Canadians to remember and pay tribute to those who purchased peace and freedom for us through their sacrifices, their suffering and with their lives.

We are what we are today, we have what we have today because of the people we honour on Remembrance Day. Throughout Carleton-Charlotte and indeed across Canada we will always remember them and their deeds.

Minister Of National Defence
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Bloc

Réjean Lefebvre Champlain, QC

Mr. Speaker, in response to a question on the unacceptable actions of certain soldiers at Petawawa in celebrating, on at least two occasions, the terrible events at the Ecole Polytechnique, the minister of defence made remarks that were insulting, degrading and unworthy of his position.

Rather than condemning his soldiers' actions unequivocally, the minister unleashed his full contempt upon the Bloc, accusing its members and all sovereignists of racism.

In so doing the minister is insulting the half of the population of Quebec which voted yes in the referendum, continuing the mudslinging campaign begun by the Deputy Prime Minister last week. These statements are odious and demonstrate the minister's insensitivity toward the murder of young women in an incident which outraged all Canadians.

The minister must stop making statements which are unacceptable from a representative of the people, and must provide serious responses to the legitimate questions asked by the official opposition.

Justice
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Reform

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have continually asked how bad can it get. Now they are asking how much worse will it get. They are talking about violence and the fact this justice minister fiddles while Canadians burn.

Two teens club to death a retired senior couple. The justice minister cancels a meeting in their riding and continues to fiddle. A 10-year old girl is kidnapped and murdered by a known dangerous offender. The justice minister plays the same tune. Now in our nation's capital youth gangs with adult leaders are gathering. They use torture chambers to kill and maim our youth. Obviously the justice minister has not the will nor the courage to get with it and do his job.

Here are some suggestions. Scrap the Young Offenders Act. The act does not provide for proper correction for young offenders. Publish the names and pictures of violent youth, especially violent gang members. Let Canadians know whom they should protect themselves from. Scrap the politically appointed parole board. Let the frontline workers decide who is ready to return to society.

This Liberal minister and his justice system have failed. Now is the time for a new Canada with new-

Justice
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. member for Beaches-Woodbine.

Denise Meehan
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Maria Minna Beaches—Woodbine, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of a constituent from the riding of Beaches-Woodbine.

In mid October Ms. Denise Meehan, the founder, president and sole shareholder of Lick's Ice Cream and Burger Shops won the quality plus award in the 1995 Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year awards. In winning the quality plus award Ms. Meehan has demonstrated the ability to develop and maintain excellence in every aspect of her company's offering to her customers, employees, the community and the environment.

Ms. Meehan has six Lick's locations in the Toronto area as well as six franchises in the cities of Sudbury, Ottawa and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ms. Meehan constantly pays attention to staff development and customer concerns. She believes that instilling good work habits, life skills and a caring attitude toward customers and the community fosters creativity and self-confidence.

I commend Ms. Meehan for her outstanding contribution to small business development in Canada.

The Late Bernie Newman
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Shaughnessy Cohen Windsor—St. Clair, ON

Mr. Speaker, Bernie Newman, a former Liberal MPP for Windsor-Walkerville, passed away on Monday night.

Bernie was a teacher, an Olympic gymnastics coach of some renown, a great family man as well as a tremendous advocate for the city of Windsor.

Bernie believed in what he called positive representation which he defined as follows: "Positive representation is standing up on the floor of the legislature and hammering at problems others would like to ignore. It is overcoming indifference and getting action. It is the proper combination of the enterprise and energy of youth together with the weapons of experience".

Throughout eight successive victories and 28 years at Queen's Park, Bernie is best known for his commitment to and his love of his constituents. They kept sending him back to represent him over all those years. I do not know very many people living in Windsor-St. Clair during the years of Bernie's tenure at Queen's Park who did not receive cards or letters from him for anniversaries, birthdays and in sympathy.

I know all members of the House will join me in offering condolences to the Newman family and in honouring the memory of Bernie Newman.

National Spirit Of Peace Run
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Fred Mifflin Bonavista—Trinity—Conception, NL

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to draw attention to the National Spirit of Peace Run which has been happening in cities across Canada and which will be concluded tomorrow by a commemorative ceremony here on Parliament Hill and at the peacekeeping memorial.

The peace run is an activity organized by the Canada Remembers program as part of veterans week. I am pleased to say that in every city the run has brought together Canadians of all ages in a tribute to those who served our country during wartime.

Peace torches were carried in each city. These torches have been transported to Ottawa where they will be carried by second world war veterans to the centennial flame during a very special ceremony tomorrow that will celebrate Canada's continuing commitment to peace.

The ceremony will represent the passing of responsibility for peace from the young men and women of 50 years ago who defended it to the young men and women of today who will continue to protect it in peacekeeping missions around the world.

Helicopter Purchase
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Bloc

Richard Bélisle La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, today the Minister of National Defence announced his plans to rent or purchase 15 new search and rescue helicopters at a cost of approximately $600 million.

The minister was unable to give any guarantees this morning that the new helicopters would be less expensive than those the Conservatives planned to buy.

Even worse, there will be no Canadian content requirement for bidders. When we know that the aerospace industry is based mainly

in the Montreal region and that barely two months ago, the same minister awarded, without tender, a $2 billion contract for armoured personnel carriers to Ontario, this is simply outrageous.

The minister announces his expenditures on military equipment in dribs and drabs. How much will the final bill be, including on board helicopters and submarines, the next items on his shopping list?

While this government makes savage cuts in social programs and unemployment insurance, the army gets the royal treatment. This says a lot about the priorities of this government.

Government Policies
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Reform

Herb Grubel Capilano—Howe Sound, BC

Mr. Speaker, last week in Vancouver the Deputy Prime Minister attacked my suggestion that the prompt and unconditional devolution of some government functions to provincial governments would meet the aspirations of Quebec and other provinces and therefore would keep the country together.

My constituents have been irate over this attack. They feel the minister's objections reflect her party's elitist attitudes and callous disregard for the wisdom of ordinary Canadians, which have led to a near break-up of the country.

What exactly does the federal government know that the provincial governments do not know better about manpower training, cultural, medical, language and other policies for the benefit of their citizens who hold them accountable at every election?

My constituents are happy to be Canadian and have Ottawa remain responsible for the policies it can carry out best, but they are tired of having distant politicians and bureaucrats run their affairs. Pay attention, Liberals, before it is too late.