House of Commons Hansard #69 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was going.

Topics

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Government Orders

11 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order. I hesitate to interrupt the hon. member. There are two minutes left in the time for questions and comments, but it is now 11:00 o'clock and we must proceed with statements by members.

Maskwacis RCMP Detachment
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Conservative

Blaine Calkins Wetaskiwin, AB

Mr. Speaker, this morning the Samson, Ermineskin and Montana First Nations bands at Hobbema, in the great constituency of Wetaskiwin, will celebrate the grand opening of the new Maskwacis RCMP detachment that will serve their respective communities.

The primary function of government is to provide for the safety and security of its citizens. This new facility will help to do that and more. It signifies a new beginning for these reserves that have wrestled with drugs, gangs and violence.

Three years ago, when gangs were recruiting the young people and causing havoc in these first nations communities, RCMP Constable Richard Huculiak, along with sergeant Mark Linnell, started a community cadet program that attracted over 900 young people from the four bands at Hobbema.

Teamwork, discipline, leadership and the courage to face challenges are skills the cadets are learning from their RCMP leaders. Instead of falling in with gangs, guns and crime, participating in the cadet corps provides them with new, rewarding experiences.

This is just one example of the dedicated leadership role the RCMP plays in our communities. I want to congratulate the RCMP on the grand opening of this new modern building as it continues to serve and protect Canadians.

Canadian Forces
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Liberal

Keith Martin Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is the day we honour the sacrifices our veterans made on D-Day, and this Sunday is Canadian Forces Day.

On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the men and women who serve in the military, and their families, for the extraordinary sacrifices they make for our nation. I especially wish to thank the forces members and their families who serve at CFB Esquimalt, a group that I serve.

There are a number of things the government should do to help our military: first, create more day care and primary care centres near CF bases; second, create a centre for excellence for the care of CF members and their families; third, adopt initiatives that will prevent and treat operational stress injuries like PTSD; fourth, screen every CF member coming back from a combat mission for operational stress injuries; and fifth, ensure that the immediate family members of CF members are able to be covered federally for health care.

Our armed forces members and their families make an unlimited commitment to Canada. Canada should make a similar commitment to our armed forces members and their families.

Georgette and Gaston Legault
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Bloc

Luc Desnoyers Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, QC

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to pay tribute to a remarkable couple from my riding, and to highlight an extraordinary event. On June 18, Georgette and Gaston Legault will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

It is always a great pleasure for me to send heartfelt congratulations to couples, like this one, who are fortunate enough to be celebrating 60 years of married life, and indeed Mr. and Mrs. Legault are a wonderful example of understanding, tolerance and love.

On behalf of the Bloc Québécois, I wish them many more years of happiness and health together.

Congratulations and happy 60th wedding anniversary.

First Nations Energy Summit
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

NDP

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow in Morristown, British Columbia, northwestern B.C., first nations will be hosted by the Wet'suwet'en chiefs, who will be holding an all nations energy summit.

Now this is showing a path and a future that all Canadians should pay attention to. First nations will be gathering business groups, environment groups, and municipal leaders together to talk about the energy future of the northwest, an energy future which includes green jobs, sustainable jobs for all of our communities.

It is almost a year ago to the day when this House received the first nations apology from the Prime Minister. It talked about a new relationship with first nations, one that was respectful and based on traditional values. Here we have a practical application and the government needs to pay attention, and listen to the way that first nations are coming forward and describing the future they want for themselves and their communities.

We can no longer have a model of government that describes energy in a way that is top down, driven only by the oil interests. This has to be from the grassroots up. The Morristown band is leading the way.

Canada Day
Statements By Members

11 a.m.

Conservative

Laurie Hawn Edmonton Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, we all know that tomorrow is the 65th anniversary of D-Day, and we have heard many eloquent words of gratitude and remembrance in this House.

We all know that thousands of brave Canadians are serving in Afghanistan and elsewhere today, and we are all inspired by their incredible efforts. Their service and sacrifice allows us to securely celebrate Canada Day every July 1.

For this 142nd Canada Day, I and several dozen other Conservative members of Parliament are challenging our constituents to show their pride by launching our “Proud to be a Canadian” campaign.

We have all sent out thousands of paper flags as part of our householders to the people of our ridings to display in their windows on July 1, to celebrate the rich heritage of our country and our flag.

People can sign up by filling out and returning the reply section of the householders which will allow us to keep track of how many people are showing their pride in Canada.

I know that Edmonton Centre will show that it is the most patriotic riding in Canada, but wherever we are across the land, let us all fly the maple leaf proudly on Canada Day and never forget who has given us the ability to do that.

David Humphrey
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Brian Murphy Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, NB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the Hon. David Humphrey, who died on May 17. Justice Humphrey was a leading criminal lawyer in Toronto for nearly 40 years prior to his appointment to the bench. He defended accused persons from all walks of life during his career. He achieved great success and received acclaim as one of the great counsel of his day.

He was passionate about justice, and always empathized with those who found themselves in the criminal justice system.

Prior to the coming of Legal Aid, he often acted in serious cases pro bono. During his career, in the 1950s and the 1960s, David Humphrey often acted without fee, even in capital cases.

When he was appointed to the bench, he soon acquired a reputation for not shying away from a stiff sentence when the crime warranted it.

He rejoiced in the nickname “Merciful Dave”.

Mr. Speaker, permit me to express the thanks of the bar, the House and all Canadians on the passing of this great Canadian.

Vernon Vipers
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Conservative

Colin Mayes Okanagan—Shuswap, BC

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to congratulate the Vernon Vipers, who secured their place in Canadian Junior A hockey history with their fifth national title, on May 10, with a 2-0 victory over the Humboldt Broncos of Saskatchewan.

Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria was filled with energy as two of the best Junior A hockey teams in Canada took to the ice.

The Vernon Vipers secured their victory in the final game with goals scored by Braden Pimm and Kyle Bigos, winning the Royal Bank Cup.

The latest victory for the Vipers is in addition to winning the Interior Championship Cup, the Fred Page Cup and the Doyle Cup.

On behalf of my constituents of Okanagan—Shuswap, I applaud the Vipers, their management, their coaches and the entire staff for their hard work, which has led to another Vipers successful hockey season.

Benoît Tousignant
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Bloc

Meili Faille Vaudreuil-Soulanges, QC

Mr. Speaker, today is world environment day, and over 350 students from Vaudreuil-Soulanges are here on Parliament Hill asking us to take real action to protect the environment.

These students were mobilized by Benoît Tousignant, a "cyclonomad" and teacher at the Soulanges high school, who completed a 40,000 km cycling trip around the world. The purpose of his journey, which took him to 24 countries, was to raise awareness among young people about the environmental problems we have to fight every day. In an effort to obtain our support for sustainable development, these students wrote over 14,000 letters that they will be dropping off at the Prime Minister's office.

On behalf of the students and the people of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, as well as of my Bloc Québécois colleagues, I would like to sincerely congratulate Benoît Tousignant for his efforts to inspire us all to work toward a greener planet.

India
Statements By Members

June 5th, 2009 / 11:05 a.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, on Wednesday, Meira Kumar was elected unanimously as the speaker of the 15th Lok Sabha, the lower house in the Indian parliament.

Meira Kumar joins other female leaders of India, the likes of Indira Gandhi and current President Pratibha Patil, and business leaders, like the CEO of the ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar, all of whom inspire millions of women in South Asia.

Ms. Kumar, of Dalit background, has created another milestone as her appointment breaks through centuries of discrimination against the Dalits in India.

Like all fights against social evils, the fight against barriers for women and Dalits is a work in progress.

I wish to officially congratulate Ms. Kumar for this outstanding achievement.

Rodrigue Landriault
Statements By Members

11:05 a.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Mr. Speaker, on May 12, Rodrigue Landriault, a great Franco-Ontarian, passed away at the age of 71. As a lawyer and deputy judge, he was known for his courage, honesty and expertise.

Mr. Landriault was also very involved in his community, particularly in French education. As a school board member for over 20 years, he served in many capacities, including as vice-president of the Ontario branch of the Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française.

In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Chantecler prize in education from the ACFO and the 125th anniversary medal of Canada.

Rodrigue Landriault was a great role model: a good father, an involved citizen, a generous companion, a reliable partner, a gentleman and, above all, a proud francophone. I would like to salute him and thank his wife, Marguerite, and their five children, Lucie, Anne-Marie, Yves, Diane and Jocelyne, who shared this outstanding man with us.

Thanks for everything, Rodrigue.

Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Chris Warkentin Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal leader said Canada has become a laughing stock of the world. How dare he?

How dare he come back to Canada after being away for 34 years, after calling himself an American, after accusing his fellow Canadians of living in a fantasyland, after calling our flag a pale imitation of a beer label, and call Canada a laughing stock?

This is a country with the best managed economy in the G7, that is weathering the global economic storm far better than others, a country that is rebuilding its military, defending its Arctic sovereignty and asserting itself on the world stage, a country that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of new Canadians just last year. We are one of the most peaceful and prosperous nations the world has ever known.

The Liberal leader should know that Canada is no laughing stock. Canada is strong. Canada is proud. Canada--

Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. member's time has expired.

The hon. member for Hamilton Centre.

Homelessness
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

NDP

David Christopherson Hamilton Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, I recently attended the second annual social justice fair organized by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

Students from as many as 22 Hamilton area schools are watching this live, right now, to see their concerns brought to Parliament.

Here is their message: “On any given night in Hamilton, 399 men, women and children stay in emergency shelters. There are at least 600 homeless or street-involved youth in Hamilton. Youth homelessness is a very serious issue, not only in Hamilton but in our country. There are things being done to help the homeless people in our city, but it is not enough to keep them off the streets. As a school board and as individuals, we find this inadequate. More things need to be done, but they are simply not happening. We need more transitional housing for youth and more mental health services. Fundraising is not enough because it only provides a band-aid solution. It is time for our government to take action”.

I agree with that statement and I congratulate these Hamilton students for sending this important message to Parliament. Now let us see it acted upon.

Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Jacques Gourde Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, QC

Mr. Speaker, Le Devoir put it well in a headline this morning which reads: “No additional powers for Quebec”. The Liberal leader told the newspaper he had no plans to take any action following the recognition of Quebec as a nation.

The Liberals have not changed. No one on this side of the House is at all surprised. The Leader of the Opposition embodies the worst centralist tradition of the Liberal Party. Although he tries to sweet-talk us, he too just wants to put us in our place. He told the Canadian Press as well that if he is elected, he has no plans to give Quebec additional powers.

Should Quebeckers be at all surprised to hear more double talk from the mouth of another Liberal leader? Pierre Elliott Trudeau promised change and then invoked the War Measures Act. Jean Chrétien promised clean government and then gave us the sponsorship scandal. Conservatives from Quebec have come to Ottawa specifically to put an end to this Liberal hypocrisy.

That was our promise and we got the job done.