House of Commons Hansard #148 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was liberal.

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Housing
Statements by Members

11 a.m.

Conservative

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to offer my sincere congratulations to the people of Eganville for their recent success in developing affordable housing for their community.

Fairfields was truly a community affair. Under the leadership of the chairperson, Preston O'Grady; the vice-chair, Gerald Tracey; chair of finance, Mayor Zig Mintha; the secretary-treasurer, Harry Goulet; the property chair Terry O'Brien; the property manager, Paul Kilby; and the board members, Elsie Zadow, Tom Green, Susan Taylor and Gertrude Berger, as well as hours of donated labour and materials from local residents and contractors, too numerous to list, Fairfields' affordable, supportive housing project is a dream that has become reality.

In the words of Fairfields chair, Preston O'Grady, “It's impressive what a community that pulls together can do in six months”.

While six months may represent the physical building, residents in Eganville and the surrounding area recognize the years of efforts that Preston and his board devoted to this project to see it to completion.

I congratulate Fairfields.

Remembrance Day
Statements by Members

11 a.m.

Liberal

Michael John Savage Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, NS

Mr. Speaker, one of the great privileges of being an MP for Dartmouth--Cole Harbour is the opportunity to represent a constituency with a strong military tradition.

In my community, people are acutely aware of the sacrifices that have been made to preserve freedom. As a major base of Canadian military operations, we know all too well the sacrifice that men and women from Dartmouth--Cole Harbour have made to win and preserve peace around the world.

Next Friday, in both Dartmouth and Cole Harbour, our veterans will be honoured and their sacrifice acknowledged.

One of the most positive aspects of Remembrance Day in recent years is the increasing number of children who come out to pay tribute to Canada's heroes. I will have the opportunity next week to visit a number of schools in my riding where children are actively connecting to this important part of our history.

As more of our veterans leave this Earth, it is encouraging to us all but particularly to them that their dedication and courage will continue to be remembered. There is no more fitting nor encouraging tribute to our great veterans than to see a child standing by the cenotaph in the cold at full attention and in awe at the sacrifice of these great Canadians.

We will continue to remember them.

Rotobec
Statements by Members

11 a.m.

Bloc

Réal Lapierre Lévis—Bellechasse, QC

Mr. Speaker, on September 16, the firm Rotobec of Sainte-Justine, in my riding, celebrated its 30th anniversary. More than 350 people took part in the celebrations and visited the facilities.

Rotobec is a family business which employs 220 people and generates $36 million in sales annually.

Because of the dedication of its employees and because it is distributing competitively priced quality products, Rotobec has emerged as a major player on the forestry equipment market.

It distributes products in Chile, Indonesia and New Zealand, among others. Faced with a serious recruiting problem, management developed innovative approaches which set Rotobec apart from its foreign competition.

Congratulations to all the employees, the founders and owners on what they have done for the economic development of our region.

Canada-Israel Friendship Group
Statements by Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Marlene Jennings Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC

Mr. Speaker, on October 27, the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship Group held its annual general meeting. It was a resounding success.

Never before did a friendship group have the substantive goals we have set for ourselves, nor the energy that everyone felt during the session. Already on Monday our members spearheaded an all party motion adopted by this House condemning the anti-Semitic remarks of the Iranian president.

The Canada-Israel Friendship Group plans on being very active. Just this week, in cooperation with the Canada-Israel committee, we hosted on the Hill a roundtable meeting to explore the anti-terrorism issue.

We are setting up an information service for all members to highlight Israel's scientific, cultural, social and educational achievements.

I take this opportunity to encourage anyone in this House or the other place who is interested to join the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship Group.

I will be there--

Canada-Israel Friendship Group
Statements by Members

11:05 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

The hon. member for Macleod.

Agriculture
Statements by Members

11:05 a.m.

Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Mr. Speaker, Canadian farmers are dealing with one of the most difficult years ever due to wet field conditions combined with the lowest grain prices in over 100 years.

Low commodity prices, slow grain sales and movement are at the root. The Canadian Wheat Board, the railways, the subsidies and domestic support programs in other countries, and our government's agriculture and trade policies, or lack thereof, are all to blame for the situation facing Canadian agriculture today.

Last week I met with the parliamentary secretary, as well as the Minister of Agriculture, and heard the same old responses: the CAIS program is in place, farmers have crop insurance and the Canadian Wheat Board has asked for an increase in initial prices. None of these will put money in farmers' pockets.

Producers still do not have the tools or the opportunities to add value to what they grow.

The government has failed to address this and many of the failures in CAIS and foreign subsidies. I will continue to push the Liberal government to reach an agreement at the upcoming WTO ministerial meetings that will help farmers. This is on the 12th anniversary of the government taking office.

Remembrance Day
Statements by Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Shawn Murphy Charlottetown, PE

Mr. Speaker, one week from today Canadians from coast to coast will put aside their daily duties for a moment of silence in remembrance.

November 11 marks a very important day in this country. It is the day we honour those Canadians who serve and have served their country, especially those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

With 2005 as the Year of the Veteran, this Remembrance Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the tremendous contributions of veterans. From Vimy Ridge to Juno Beach, from soldiers to peacekeepers, let us pay tribute to those who proudly wore the maple leaf into the front lines of history.

Our armed forces, past and present, are a subject of pride for all Canadians. My thoughts and prayers are with all our war veterans, the current members of our armed forces and their families. May their courage, devotion and commitment never be forgotten.

Veterans Week
Statements by Members

11:05 a.m.

Bloc

Gilles-A. Perron Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, QC

Mr. Speaker, the week of November 5 to 11 is dedicated to our veterans. I am proud to pay tribute to the men and women who went to war either in global conflicts or in peacekeeping operations.

This occasion reminds us of our obligation to take care of our veterans, including the more recent ones who often have a hard time fitting back into society because of the after-effects of their mission, for example post traumatic stress.

Let us be grateful and respectful to these thousands of men and women who made such a sacrifice in defending our freedom and democracy.

Let peace be our primary focus. The Bloc Québécois salutes those who defend this peace—

Veterans Week
Statements by Members

11:10 a.m.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Marcel Proulx)

The hon. member for Davenport.

Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association
Statements by Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Mario Silva Davenport, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association. At 1,300 members strong, the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association serves as the voice of the residential construction industry in the GTA.

The residential construction industry in the greater Toronto area is an economic powerhouse, accounting for more than 244,000 jobs, $10.4 million in wages, $18 billion in GDP and $5.4 billion in taxes paid.

I wish to congratulate Julie DiLorenzo, the president of the GTHA, for her dedication and tireless efforts to serve the members of the association. Thanks to her leadership, the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association has committed itself to improving the standard of living in the greater Toronto area. The GTHA's continuous support of Habitat for Humanity has also helped change the lives of families in times of need.

I am proud of the association's work and I am pleased to celebrate such an important and generous stakeholder in the greater Toronto area.

Liberal Government
Statements by Members

November 4th, 2005 / 11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Leon Benoit Vegreville—Wainwright, AB

Mr. Speaker, here is the record of 12 years of Liberal government.

Government spending on programs of hard-earned tax dollars has increased by 44%, or $49 billion. Health care is worse with longer waiting lists. Taxes have increased. Red tape has worsened. Seniors are worse off. Farmers are worse off. There is the $2 billion gun registry.

In fact, who is better off? Only the Liberals' friends. The list of scandals is long with Shawinigate, strippergate, Earnscliffe, ad scam, Radwanski, Dingwall, Ouellet, Pelletier. It starts to sound like the old country song I've Been Everywhere by Hank Snow. It is all Liberal names.

All of this is from the illegitimate Liberal government elected on stolen taxpayers' money funnelled to the Liberal Party.

It is time for a Conservative government led by the current Leader of the Opposition. His first piece of legislation as prime minister would be the federal accountability act, which would ensure that Canadians never again would get corrupt government like we have had from the Liberal government for the past 12 years.

New Brunswick Businesses
Statements by Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate two extraordinary entrepreneurs. Two weeks ago, Enterprise South East recognized Mike Breau, president of Ocean Pier Inc., located in Scoudouc, New Brunswick, for his significant contribution to our economy.

Founded in 1989, Ocean Pier is a leading manufacturer of prepared seafood products. It employs over 90 people year long.

The young entrepreneur prize was awarded to Eric LeBlanc of Shediac Bay Cruises. Eric operates this very successful tourism business from the Pointe-du-Chêne wharf. He offers thousands of tourists a dramatic and interactive Acadian cultural experience each year.

I have known both Mike and Eric for a number of years. I can attest to the great merit of these two outstanding award recipients.

I also want to congratulate Enterprise South East, its executive director, Serge Doucet, and the president, Léandre Cormier, for the outstanding work they do in our community.

Veterans Affairs
Statements by Members

11:10 a.m.

NDP

Bill Siksay Burnaby—Douglas, BC

Mr. Speaker, recently sod was turned for the Korean war memorial in a prominent place in Burnaby's Central Park. The memorial will commemorate the legacy of over 500 Canadian soldiers, 36 from B.C., who gave their lives in the Korean war.

This memorial will only be the second specific Korean war memorial in Canada. It will be a reminder of the contribution of over 30,000 Canadians who served in Korea. It will also be a bridge, a bridge between Canadian and Korean culture, a bridge between the generations that experienced the horrors of this war and those who only know the story, and a bridge between those memories and our hopes for a peaceful future.

This project is led by the Korean Veterans Association Western Canada Chapter and the Canadian Korean Veterans Association Pacific Region, and is supported by many others. The city of Burnaby and its Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission are key partners.

In this Year of the Veteran as we approach Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who defended freedom and democracy. Their sacrifice shall not be forgotten.

Yitzhak Rabin
Statements by Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Scott Reid Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, ON

Mr. Speaker, today marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in the history of the state of Israel. It was on November 4, 1994 that prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated after attending a peace rally. This came a year after Mr. Rabin had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yitzhak Rabin was a champion of peace because he understood the cost of war. He had served in the Israeli military for 27 years, culminating as chief of staff.

It was under his command that the Israeli defence force defeated three belligerent armies during the six day war. It was under his political leadership that Israel conducted the brilliantly successful rescue of Air France passengers hijacked and held hostage at Entebbe airport.

To such a man skilled in the arts of war, the value of peace was painfully clear.

During his second term in office as prime minister, in 1993, Mr. Rabin signed the Oslo accords, which seemed to point the way to a historic peace with the Palestinians. It was for this effort that he was forced to pay the ultimate price.

His example of courage should never be forgotten.

Sponsorship Program
Statements by Members

11:15 a.m.

Bloc

France Bonsant Compton—Stanstead, QC

Mr. Speaker, after orchestrating one of the worst scandals in Canadian political history and after this scandal came to light following five years of repeated questions here in the House, the Liberal government has not learned a single thing.

The Prime Minister's admission that, in an attempt to buy Quebec, public funds were shamefully played with and his condemnation of those who transported the envelopes full of dirty money is a first step. However, it is just as important to know who used this dirty money.

The Prime Minister still refuses to tell us who received the $120,000 that Marc-Yvan Côté, Liberal Party of Canada organizer for eastern Quebec, got from Michel Béliveau.

After trying to make Quebeckers and Canadians believe that he knew nothing about this scandal, the Prime Minister is now hiding the identities of those who campaigned using dirty sponsorship money.