House of Commons Hansard #109 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-42.

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Judges Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

The Speaker

There are comments and questions. Both are legitimate. However, I know in my heart that the hon. member is coming to his question.

Judges Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

Liberal

John Bryden Hamilton—Wentworth, ON

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. If my colleagues in the Reform Party would just give me the opportunity to pose the question I shall.

I remind the Reform Party that it banished two members from its caucus for speaking out and later lost a member entirely. It banished the member for Calgary Southeast entirely. Seven MPs will be resigning, all because of the form of party discipline that the leader of the Reform Party imposes.

My question for the hon. member for Medicine Hat-

Judges Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

Reform

Randy White Fraser Valley West, BC

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The hon. member is stating something that is not true. The last individual he was talking about, who he said was banished, that is not true.

Judges Act
Government Orders

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The Speaker

We are going to take that question right now.

Judges Act
Government Orders

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Liberal

John Bryden Hamilton—Wentworth, ON

Mr. Speaker, the question is simple. Is the Reform Party not the party of the iron fist? Is this not the party of punishment? Is this not the party of intolerance when it comes to dissent among members of its caucus?

Judges Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

Reform

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, that is complete nonsense. I point out, as the member acknowledges, members in his party have been disciplined and kicked off committees. They have been warned that if they do not go along with legislation they will be kicked out of the party and will not have their nomination papers signed.

I also want to point out that it has been the Reform Party that has led the way in introducing parliamentary reform by allowing our members to speak up for their constituents. Our members stand up and vote for their constituents and have done so on numerous pieces of legislation. No one sees our leader saying that our members are not allowed to do that. Absolutely not. In fact I would argue that the Reform Party, of all parties, has introduced the whole notion of parliamentary democracy and democratic change. Hopefully some day the iron fist in the Liberal Party-

Judges Act
Government Orders

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The Speaker

I wish I had been here earlier. It sounds like it's a good one.

Not that I want to cut this off but it is almost two o'clock. I am going to stick around after question period because I want to hear the rest of it. We will go to Statements by Members.

Mrs. Doreen Janes
Statements By Members

1:55 p.m.

Liberal

Gerry Byrne Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte, NL

Mr. Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the dedication of one special volunteer from my riding, Mrs. Doreen Janes of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Recently Mrs. Janes was selected to receive a Canada Volunteer Award Certificate of Merit. This award recognizes her involvement with the Huntington's Society of Canada since 1980.

Mrs. Janes lost her loving husband to this terrible neurological disease. Since that time she has been involved in numerous community events, leading the fight against Huntington's disease. Her unselfish work and dedication have helped rebuild the local chapter of the Huntington's Society. Doreen has enlisted family, friends and anyone who shared her genuine interest to donate their time to this deserving cause.

The local chapter is now able to provide a network of educational resources to persons affected by the disease and to their families. She continues to make herself available to sit down and talk to all those affected. Doreen shows us why Canada is one of the greatest countries in the world.

I would like to congratulate Doreen Janes.

Child Poverty
Statements By Members

1:55 p.m.

Reform

Sharon Hayes Port Moody—Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, today I want to speak briefly to the issue of child poverty.

Recently the Liberals have awakened to the human consequence of their misguided social and fiscal policies of the last quarter century: hungry children, fractured homes and hopeless youth.

A federal debt of over $600 billion is not just a number. It is $26 billion in increased annual tax grabs since the last election. It is an average family with $3,000 less than in 1993 to meet their needs. It is skyrocketing divorce, unchecked poverty, teen suicides and violence. It is the working poor working poorer.

More money and more Liberal programs with more bureaucracy will only perpetuate the failure.

Reform policies will leave hard earned money where it belongs, in the hands of families. Reform policies will remove over one million Canadians from the tax rolls altogether. Reform policies will allow parents to direct their attention to their children instead of the tax man.

Human Rights
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Mr. Speaker, Amnesty International has just released its report on the human rights situation in Turkey.

According to the report, since the early 1990s the number of violations of fundamental rights in that country has multiplied, the excuse being national security. Extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture and the repression of freedom of expression have become widespread in Turkey. This is an intolerable situation.

I therefore wish to ask the Canadian government to act as a responsible member of the international community and put pressure on the Turkish government to respect international law on fundamental rights, legislation which it freely ratified as indicated in its own Turkish legislation. Canada has, in any case, a duty to promote respect for human rights.

Child Poverty
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

NDP

Len Taylor The Battlefords—Meadow Lake, SK

Mr. Speaker, at a national child welfare conference in Ottawa yesterday, Premier Roy Romanow and the province of Saskatchewan were acknowledged as leaders in caring for our nation's children.

In the words of the award presented to the premier, Saskatchewan was acknowledged for its commitment to investing in children as a key priority and a co-ordinated approach to policy development and delivery.

We are very proud of our province, our provincial party and our provincial premier.

Members may remember that in 1989 a resolution brought forward by then NDP federal leader Ed Broadbent to eliminate poverty by the year 2000 was passed unanimously in this House. Since then 46 per cent more children are living below the poverty line, a shameful illustration of the failure of this government to act on one of this country's most critical issues.

In congratulating Premier Romanow and the province of Saskatchewan, I also encourage the federal government to follow Saskatchewan's lead and make the elimination of child poverty a priority and begin that effort today.

Sky Hawks
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Jesse Flis Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, this year marks the 25th season for the Canadian forces parachute team, the Sky Hawks. This team gave an outstanding performance at the 198th Permanent Joint Board on Defence meeting in Trenton. Indeed everyone was impressed with the show, including the audience from the United States. I was particularly pleased to see the Canadian flag on the team's parachutes which symbolizes our Canadian pride.

The Sky Hawks are an excellent role model for Canada's youth by demonstrating fitness, teamwork and professionalism. Together with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police the team works to

promote a drug awareness program which encourages a healthy lifestyle to Canadian youth.

I applaud the Sky Hawks for the excellent 25 years of service they have provided. They are a great source of pride for Canada.

Ruth Redmond
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Gary Pillitteri Niagara Falls, ON

Mr. Speaker, today I rise in this honourable House to recognize Miss Ruth Redmond, a constituent of Niagara Falls. On December 1, 1996 she will officially receive the Gabrielle Léger award for her work in preserving a significant part of the historical Lundy's Lane Battlefield site.

Miss Redmond was educated at Queen's University and has had a long and honourable career as a teacher, serving at Stamford Collegiate in Niagara Falls from 1926 until her retirement in 1967. Among the many students who considered Miss Redmond a mentor was Judy LaMarsh, former Liberal member of Parliament for Niagara Falls and a former federal cabinet minister.

The Gabrielle Léger award, given under the patronage of Madam Gabrielle Léger, wife of the late Governor General Jules Léger, is the highest award given by the Heritage Canada Foundation.

I am sure that all in this House will join me today in congratulating the efforts and the admirable commitment that Miss Redmond made to future generations by helping to preserve our past.

Search And Rescue
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

John Murphy Annapolis Valley—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, in recent weeks we have all heard about the valiant efforts of search and rescue teams on the Labrador Sea.

I am proud to say that the crew members of the Hercules 311 which rescued a crew member aboard a Danish fishing vessel on November 12 were dispatched from CFB Greenwood 14th Wing in my riding of Annapolis Valley-Hants. Members of this crew braved frigid temperatures and blizzard conditions in order to perform their duties.

I also want to recognize the work of the crew members aboard the Canadian forces Griffon helicopter that crashed, and their rescuers who are also from CFB Greenwood 14th Wing, for their bravery in the face of tremendous adversity.

I ask all members of this House to join me in recognizing the outstanding efforts of all those Canadians involved in search and rescue operations. They provide a service for which we should all be thankful.

Israeli Prime Minister
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Bloc

Philippe Paré Louis-Hébert, QC

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Bloc Quebecois, I would like to say we are profoundly disturbed by the intransigence of the Israeli Prime Minister. This week he again defied the Palestinians and the international community by going to the Jewish settlements on the West Bank to support their plans for expansion. Such plans are a real time bomb.

Instead of taking serious risks by pursuing a policy of confrontation, Prime Minister Netanyahu ought to speed up negotiations relating to the peace process and wind up the talks on the Israeli withdrawal from Hebron.

We hope that this new episode, which comes after the tunnel in Jerusalem, will not trigger a new wave of violence. The Canadian government should openly condemn this behaviour by the Israeli authorities.