House of Commons Hansard #45 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was senate.

Topics

Senate Reform Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux Winnipeg North, MB

Mr. Speaker, that is a very good point. In a nutshell, we would have figured the government would have conducted consultations.

With regard to the provinces conducting elections, under the bill that cost would be passed on to the provinces. The provinces would have to come up with the funding.

I was on the task force for the province Manitoba. In the dialogue we had with the Conservatives and the NDP, they insisted that Ottawa should pay for it, not the provinces. We can tell the government really has not done the consultation that one would have expected prior to introducing the bill to the chamber.

Senate Reform Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, I want to ask my colleague from Winnipeg to do one thing. He should go to a local tavern, legion or Lions Club in his riding, and without the assistance of Google, a BlackBerry or anything, sit down and ask the first person he sees if he or she can name the senators from Manitoba. I will guarantee, if not set up, the person may get one, if any at all. It shows us that most Canadians have no idea who is in the Senate.

It is not a question of Canadians wanting a Senate like this, they do not understand the Senate. They do not give a second thought to the Senate. For the hon. member to say that the majority of Canadians really want a reformed Senate, I think he has his facts all wrong. I challenge him to do what I have asked him to do and report back his findings to the House.

Senate Reform Act
Government Orders

1:55 p.m.

Liberal

Kevin Lamoureux Winnipeg North, MB

Mr. Speaker, I invite the member to come to Winnipeg North and we will host a public meeting so he can hear first hand.

I suggest that if he goes into a local legion or a local hall, he will find a good number of people cannot even list their school trustees, their local city councillors or their members of Parliament, which might be a little difficult on our egos.

Generally speaking, we have to cut a little slack, provide a few more facts on the table, approach it with an open mind and see the value that the Senate could contribute in the future. That is the challenge, and I know it is a big challenge for the New Democratic Party.

Mining Industry
Statements by Members

2 p.m.

Conservative

Dan Albas Okanagan—Coquihalla, BC

Mr. Speaker, last week I was able to visit the great community of Merritt in my riding of Okanagan—Coquihalla. One of my stops was at a construction site for a new silver mine.

I know there are some members of the House who continue to oppose the mining industry at every opportunity. This is a small silver mine that is still required to undergo all the environmental assessment processes required of a large mine. The owners are still required to obtain discharge permits, despite having invested $3 million in technology to ensure there is no water discharge.

What is exciting is that there are roughly 15 workers, working to assemble $6 million of new mining equipment. Once this mine is up and running, that workforce will quadruple to over 60 jobs. These jobs pay on average twice as much as the local forestry sector and 30% of those jobs will be filled by first nations. This new mine will inject $15 million annually into the local Merritt economy.

I ask that all members of the House be mindful that mines create jobs and help to support our rural economies.

Brossard Legion
Statements by Members

November 14th, 2011 / 2 p.m.

NDP

Hoang Mai Brossard—La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week, we honoured Canadians who have served our country. In my riding of Brossard—La Prairie, I had the honour of attending the activities organized by the Brossard Legion, which celebrated its 60th anniversary on October 22.

Thanks to volunteers like the legion's president, Jean-Guy Lavallière, himself a veteran, the Brossard Legion provides support to the veterans in my riding. I had the privilege of meeting Walter Amos, who served for six years, Roger Robidoux, a Vietnam war veteran, and Raymond Lecours, a veteran of the second world war. Unfortunately, last week, we lost Jacques St-James, a Korean war veteran. We will remember the sacrifices of the families in mourning.

We will speak up for those who do return, so often scarred by war's traumas. They deserve home care benefits that were promised and to have their pensions paid without unfair clawbacks. Let us salute the fallen by standing up for the living.

Lest we forget.

Veterans
Statements by Members

2 p.m.

Conservative

Bradley Trost Saskatoon—Humboldt, SK

Mr. Speaker, last week our country honoured its veterans through a week of remembrance. Today, I would like to put a face to that remembrance, the face of my constituent, Nick Sokolan.

Nick was born in 1922 near Wynyard, Saskatchewan. Like many Saskatchewan farm boys, during World War II he volunteered to serve his country. As a member of the Regina Rifles, he landed on Juno Beach and fought in the Battle of Normandy. Nick served with the Rifles, fighting through Belgium and the Netherlands into Germany.

Nick served to the end of the war, only taking a few weeks off to recover from the bullet that struck him in the arm. Returning, he settled in Humboldt, to marry his wife Nettie, to raise four boys and work for CP Rail. To this day, he continues to teach young people the meaning of war and the price of peace.

Nick did what many young Canadians of his generation did. They gave above and beyond. They gave for home and country.

On behalf of the House of Commons, we thank Mr. Sokolan and his comrades for all they did on behalf of all Canadians, past, present and future.

Steel Industry
Statements by Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Geoff Regan Halifax West, NS

Mr. Speaker, representatives of the Canadian Steel Producers Association from across Canada are here today to highlight the importance of their industry.

Steel is integral to Canada's manufacturing sector and our economic future. The industry employs 25,000 Canadians, with 100,000 spinoff jobs. It is essential to our industrial clusters like shipbuilding, automotive, energy and construction.

Today's steel is more efficient, innovative, strong and environmentally sustainable than ever before. Since 2005, Canadian steel companies have invested over $2 billion in new technologies and manufacturing processes.

I would encourage all members to support a strong future for the steel manufacturing sector in Canada.

Saskatchewan Party
Statements by Members

2 p.m.

Conservative

Randy Hoback Prince Albert, SK

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Premier Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party on a historic re-election. Wall and his party received 64% of the popular vote, winning 49 of the 58 seats.

The big spending, high taxing NDP experienced its worst performance ever, relegated to just nine seats. Even the NDP leader was sent packing. He may choose to leave the province, but as we speak more and more of Saskatchewan's kids are returning home to Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan has experienced a fundamental shift. It has rejected an era of confrontation and defeatism in favour of one of co-operation and prosperity. It has become a proud “have” province, contributing to Canada. The media contrived orange crush was handed a crushing defeat and Saskatchewan and Canada are better for it.

I would like to congratulate my local MLAs Darryl, Kevin, Delbert, Scott, Fred, Nadine and Victoria on their electoral success.

Jenna Morrison
Statements by Members

2:05 p.m.

NDP

Peggy Nash Parkdale—High Park, ON

Mr. Speaker, this morning, I joined hundreds of cyclists and other community members at the corner of Sterling and Dundas Streets in the west end of Toronto. It was there, on November 7, that Jenna Morrison, who was cycling to pick up her five-year-old son, died under the back wheels of a truck.

We came together this morning to express our condolences to Jenna's family and to grieve. The shock of Jenna's loss is very difficult to accept. A ghost bike was installed on that corner today, another one of the all too many reminders of cyclists killed on our city streets.

Making our streets safe requires governments at all levels to act. This afternoon I will join my colleague from Trinity—Spadina to second her bill that would require side guards on trucks to prevent deaths like Jenna Morrison's death.

I urge my colleagues here in Ottawa to do their part by quickly adopting this bill. Lives depend on it.

Fifty Years of Priesthood
Statements by Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

James Rajotte Edmonton—Leduc, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Father Mike McCaffery who recently celebrated 50 years of priesthood. Father Mike entered the seminary after attending a meeting with Father Bill Irwin who was himself then recently ordained and became the founder of Catholic Social Services.

His life's work is vast and varied and includes serving in a number of parishes, as well as a year with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa and another year for the British Columbia Alcohol and Drug Commission.

Father Mike's academic life includes a master's degree in sociology from New York, studying pastoral theology and counselling at Notre Dame University and being president of Newman Theological College for six years.

He was the rector of St. Joseph's Basilica and, during his time there, presided over the wedding of Wayne and Janet Gretzky, an event that he says made him famous for five seconds.

Father Mike is known and loved around Edmonton for his sense of humour, his love of golf, his strong attachment to family and friends, his fondness for all things Irish and his efforts to be respectful toward others and inclusive of all.

We thank Father Mike for his 50 years of service to God and to our community. God Bless him.

Remembrance Day
Statements by Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Parm Gill Brampton—Springdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to share with the House my incredible experience during Remembrance Day. At times, I think we are all prone to taking our country for granted, however, this was not the case on Friday.

I had the honour of attending the Remembrance Day parade organized by the city of Brampton and Branches 609 and 15 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Thousands of citizens lined the streets to pay tribute to our brave men and women in uniform.

In Brampton, there was a renewed sense of pride fuelled by a growing understanding and appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans.

We are very fortunate to live in one of the most prosperous, safest and accommodating countries in the world. Being part of this Remembrance Day ceremony was another reminder that Canadians will never forget those who gave their lives and those who continue to give their lives for our freedom.

Democracy
Statements by Members

2:05 p.m.

NDP

Jean Rousseau Compton—Stanstead, QC

Mr. Speaker, I crisscrossed my riding over the past two weeks to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies being held across my riding.

In Stanstead, Sawyerville, Weedon, Coaticook and North Hatley, to name just a few locations, I met men and women from the Royal Canadian Legion who, for decades, have carried on the memory of all fallen soldiers. Let us never forget that our troops came home with powerful memories and left behind the brothers and sisters who gave their lives to defend our rights and freedoms.

However, the democracy so dearly defended by our country in conflicts since the first world war no longer seems to concern the men and women of today. In fact, although 61% of Canadians did not vote for the current government, and despite its regressive social and economic policies, people seem to be quite stoic and passive about it all. The government refuses to debate the important issues that will have a profound effect on the future of our country.

Nevertheless, I will hold high the torch of freedom and democracy in tribute to all those—

Democracy
Statements by Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order. The hon. member for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke.

CFB Petawawa
Statements by Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Cheryl Gallant Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, ON

Mr. Speaker, in the most recent national Communities in Bloom competition between Canadian military bases, this year the best base in Canada goes to CFB Petawawa.

This reconfirms what we in the upper Ottawa valley already know. The Canadian Forces Base Petawawa is tops as a beautiful place to call home, as well as a great place to serve our country in Canada's armed forces.

Canadians know CFB Petawawa as one of the busiest operational army bases in Canada, more than pulling its weight during the recent mission in Afghanistan. Soldiers know that when it comes to keeping the home fires burning, our local community is there.

We mourn the loss of those who did not return from the great wars of the last century. We remember a different generation in conflicts like Korea, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

In Petawawa, every day is red Friday. We welcome our troops home to the prettiest base in Canada.

Canadarm
Statements by Members

2:10 p.m.

NDP

Hélène LeBlanc LaSalle—Émard, QC

Mr. Speaker, today, I invite my colleagues to celebrate with me the 30th anniversary of the Canadarm, which is an enduring example of Canadian innovation and know-how in space. The strength and versatility of the Canadarm illustrate the infinite potential for innovation in Canada. Overseen by the National Research Council of Canada, hundreds of our best minds spent an entire decade working on this monumental task. Together, they created this robotic technology capable of withstanding the most extreme weather and even moving a bus full of passengers. Since its debut, the Canadarm has logged more than 100 missions with space shuttles.

The NDP is 100% behind our Canadian scientists and engineers, who have shown that Canada's reach extends not only throughout the world but also into space and that the only limits on our innovation are the ones we create.