House of Commons Hansard #100 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

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Conestoga College
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Janko Peric Cambridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, for the fifth year in a row Conestoga College has been rated the number one college in Ontario by the independent key performance indicator survey.

This annual survey ranked Conestoga College in my riding of Cambridge the best among Ontario's 24 colleges. Conestoga topped all colleges on the graduate employment survey with an employment rate close to 94% within six months after completion of studies.

This KPI result reveals Conestoga's continued dedication to excellence and vision for improving its quality of education.

I congratulate the faculty of Conestoga College for implementing successful programs that offer its graduates secure employment after graduation.

Junior A Hockey
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Shawn Murphy Hillsborough, PE

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate all those involved in organizing and participating in the Royal Bank Tier II Junior Hockey Tournament which was held in Charlottetown throughout the past week.

First of all, I want to sincerely congratulate and thank the hundreds of volunteers under the chairmanship of Wayne MacDougall, who put so much time, energy and enthusiasm into organizing this great event. The whole thing went off without a hitch.

I want to congratulate the management, coaches and players from the five participating teams from Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Humboldt, Saskatchewan; Camrose, Alberta; Wellington, Ontario; and Lennoxville, Quebec. Each of these teams were champions in their own regions.

The hockey was terrific, the games were competitive and the fans enjoyed each and every game.

Finally, on behalf of everyone in the House I want to congratulate the Humboldt, Saskatchewan Broncos, the winners of the 2003 Royal Bank Cup.

Queen's Jubilee Medal
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Darrel Stinson Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to congratulate 20 recipients of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal from my riding of Okanagan--Shuswap. This medal recognizes the achievements of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the community and to society as a whole.

The recipients are Colonel Douglas Walton, Audrey Abramenko, Julia Taylor, Eric Hornby, Del Hornby, Tony Metz, Matt Hassen, Michael Bruce Blain, Dorothy Sawicki, Patrick Nicol, Verle Shockey, Valeria Ferguson, Keith Evans, Mary Woolam, John Topping, May McIntyre, Mike Vanderbeck, Melvin Briggeman, Gay Jewitt and Patrick Bonin.

On behalf of the people of Okanagan--Shuswap, I thank each one of them for their endless hours of service that help to make our communities a better place in which to live.

Norad
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

David Pratt Nepean—Carleton, ON

Mr. Speaker, on this day 45 years ago the governments of Canada and the United States first created Norad.

Norad has been one of the cornerstones of defence cooperation between Canada and the United States since 1958. Throughout the cold war Norad guarded the northern approaches to our shared continent providing security for Canadians and Americans alike. Norad has since evolved in response to changes in the international security environment.

It demonstrated its flexibility and reaffirmed its utility during that infamous day in September 2001 when it helped restore order to the skies over North America and demonstrated a reassuring presence in the weeks and months thereafter.

I am sure that all members of the House will join me today in congratulating past and present Canadian Forces members assigned to Norad for a job well done, and wish this critical and important organization continued success in the future.

Landart Festival
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Bloc

Pauline Picard Drummond, QC

Mr. Speaker, for a second year in a row, two of my constituents will take part in the 5th Landart Festival in Grindewald, Switzerland, from June 5 to 12. Marc Bergeron and Daniel Levasseur, of Drummondville, are the only North American ambassadors at this international competition.

Landart is an artistic movement characterized by the artistic use of the landscape as raw material. As such, the works that are created may be ephemeral, or more durable. However, they must be harmoniously integrated into the location chosen for their creation. It is a contemporary art form that sets itself apart in that it is done in and with nature.

Buoyed by their experience last year, where Marc Bergeron and Daniel Levasseur won the first public prize and the second jury prize for their work, they will represent us again this year with strength and determination.

I invite members of the House and the public to join me in supporting them and wishing them the best of luck.

Hockey
Statements By Members

May 12th, 2003 / 2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Bryon Wilfert Oak Ridges, ON

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate and salute Canada's gold medal winners at the World Hockey Championships in Finland.

This is what being Canadian is all about: determination, pride and love of country.

Sean Burke who, rather than waiting for a call to play, phoned the organizers and said “If a goalie is needed, I am available”. He is always there for his country.

Ryan Smyth, who played 42 games for Canada and is a critical member of the team, stated “To wear that maple leaf on my chest and finally win, it is awesome. I have so much passion I could never say no to coming here.”

Coach Andy Murray, his staff and all the players are true Canadians, unselfish and prepared to demonstrate to the world that this is Canada's game.

Anson Carter's grit and skill came together with that great wraparound goal. He is the toast of Canada.

Roberto Luongo stepped in at a critical time and demonstrated that he is a world champion.

Congratulations. This is my idea of real hockey.

National Police Week
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Randy White Langley—Abbotsford, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join all my colleagues in saluting the men and women who protect our families and communities on a daily basis.

As part of the celebration of National Police Week from May 11 to 17, officers from across Canada will be participating in numerous activities promoting the concept of police and community working together to promote safety and security. They will showcase the latest in equipment and technology used on the front lines in the thankless job they do.

This is also National Road Safety Week. The RCMP and local police forces are joining together to target impaired driving, use of seat belts, intersection safety and unsafe driving.

I urge my fellow Canadians to support their police not only this week but every week. My congratulations to the Abbotsford police and the RCMP for a job well done in my area of Langley--Abbotsford.

Nursing
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Sarkis Assadourian Brampton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, nursing is the art of combining skills, education, science and nurturing. It is the art of balancing emotional care as well as physical care. Nurses are present in our hospitals and nursing homes seven days a week, 24 hours a day sharing critical moments in their patients' lives.

The professionalism and dedication of our nurses were never more evident than during the recent SARS epidemic. Their efforts on the front lines on our behalf deserve our recognition and thanks.

I invite my fellow members of Parliament to join me in recognizing the tremendous contributions made by our nurses by celebrating National Nursing Week the second week of May each year. Congratulations to all the nurses.

Insurance
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

NDP

Brian Masse Windsor West, ON

Mr. Speaker, since September 11, 2001 the world has changed in many ways. It has affected our society, as individuals and as a collective. In the world of business many companies have had to cope with dramatic consequences which often affect their business plans and viability.

Overlooked at times is the issue of the cost of insurance for people and business. Recently the Bank of Canada singled out rising costs of auto and home insurance as a significant contributor to core inflation. Moreover, many independent business owners are coping with increased costs and reduction or elimination of carriers for their services. Indeed, some policyholders with impeccable records have witnessed significant hikes in premiums or loss of coverage altogether.

The time has come for the federal government to examine this issue as it currently wanders without leadership in a bureaucratic wasteland. Canadian consumers and business owners need it reviewed to ensure fairness and integrity in these rising costs.

Softwood Lumber
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Bloc

Serge Cardin Sherbrooke, QC

Mr. Speaker, more than seven months have passed since the announcement of measures to help workers affected by the softwood lumber crisis, but we are still waiting for the second phase of the aid package.

In the meantime, sawmills are closing their doors; people are losing their jobs and are doubly penalized by the government's lack of empathy and the rigidity of the Employment Insurance Act, which does not recognize seasonal work at all.

The Minister of Human Resources Development should demonstrate some interest in these workers who are asking nothing less than for the seasonal nature of their employment to be recognized and the employment insurance rules to be relaxed during the softwood lumber crisis.

By refusing to recognize the very existence of seasonal work, and by dragging its feet on implementing the second phase of the aid package, the federal government is directly contributing to the impoverishment of the affected communities.

Crime Prevention
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to announce funding for four important community based projects in my riding of York West.

Conflict Mediation Services of Downsview, the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women, Youth Clinical Services, as well as the La Marsh Centre for Research on Violence will all receive funds under the national crime prevention strategy to help prevent crime, reduce violence, build tolerance and make our communities safer.

These four programs are designed to reach out to children and youth, visible minority women and high school students, as well as to bring together those community members who are the best able to develop solutions that will work for each unique neighbourhood.

The Prime Minister's caucus task force on urban issues recognized that community safety is an issue that affects the quality of life in our urban regions. I am delighted that the government is supporting local initiatives in the fight against crime and is acknowledging the efforts of leaders in our communities.

Hockey
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

Loyola Hearn St. John's West, NL

Mr. Speaker, the Progressive Conservatives congratulate Canada's hockey team on winning the World Hockey Championships.

From veterans like Ryan Smyth, who wears his country on his sleeve, Kris Draper and Cory Cross to youngsters like Jay Bouwmeester, Dany Heatley and Daniel Brière, they represented us well, as did the star, Anson Carter, holding the Canadian flag and singing O Canada from the heart. I mention in particular Sean Burke who asked to play so that he could wear the maple leaf one more time.

Why is it that 23 hockey players can do what 301 politicians cannot?

For six days last week we talked about Canada failing us as a country. Yesterday we stood together with pride.

Maybe it is not the country that is failing us; maybe it is the team leading the country. Maybe it is time to switch to a new team. Maybe it is time to switch to the team with the blue jersey.

Political Financing
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Bloc

Pierrette Venne Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, QC

Mr. Speaker, on January 29, the government introduced a bill on political financing that provides for the payment of a quarterly allowance to registered political parties

This is really just a bonus given to the established parties, so that they can build their election war chests with public money. This measure will hinder the emergence of new parties which, like independent members, will not receive any public funding but will be subject to the constraints in the new law.

Instead of worrying about keeping the existing parties in good financial health, the government should have followed the lead of Quebec and made provisions such that the allowance given to the parties would be contingent on producing accounts, in order to reimburse the real expenses incurred.

The government seems very timid when it comes to integrity, because it could have gone a lot farther, making it more difficult to get around the spirit of the law by such subterfuges as the “in and out” method which was favoured by a certain political party in the last general election, and which will no doubt be used once again.

Huntington Disease
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Aileen Carroll Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the House and all Canadians that May has been designated Huntington Disease Awareness Month.

Huntington disease is a hereditary brain disorder with devastating effects on both mind and body. One in every 10,000 Canadians has Huntington disease. One in every 1,000 Canadians is touched by HD, as a sufferer, a person at risk, a friend, a family member, or a caregiver.

The Huntington Society of Canada is a national network of volunteers and professionals united in the fight against HD since 1973. Their goal is to find new treatments and ultimately a cure for Huntington disease and to improve the quality of life for people with HD and their families.

Please join me in congratulating the many volunteers of the Huntington Society of Canada for providing Canadians with valuable programs and services. We wish them all the best for a prosperous campaign during Huntington Disease Awareness Month.

Industry
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Rajotte Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, last week the industry minister appeared before the standing committee to outline his plans and priorities.

What are they?

First, he is very focused on smart regulation, so focused that he has actually set up a committee. Second, the minister spoke about the importance of the auto sector to the livelihood of Canada's economy. This sector is so important that the minister has made the effort to set up a committee. Third, the minister spoke about Kyoto and climate change. Even though he completely failed to address any of the concerns of any industry during the debate over Kyoto, he informs us that he is now on top of the issue in cabinet because he is working on a committee.

I have a suggestion for the industry minister. Since he has such a love for committees, I would be willing to trade him positions. He can have my position on the industry committee and I will be the industry minister. I promise that as minister I would take some leadership on these issues and not set up any more committees.