House of Commons Hansard #68 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was person.

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Community Support Organization in Lemoyne
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

NDP

Sadia Groguhé Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, with the holiday season upon us, I would like to take a moment to extend my best wishes to the people of Saint-Lambert. May the new year be filled with peace, health and happiness.

The holiday season is the perfect time for everyone to get together with family and friends in order to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Thanks to the contributions of several community organizations in my riding, many people will be able to enjoy this time of joy and sharing more fully. In particular, I would like to commend the essential role of the Comité d'action populaire de Lemoyne, whose main goal—with the help of many volunteers—is to fight poverty in the community by taking steps to improve housing and food security.

At a time when so many people are having trouble making ends meet, I feel it is my duty to regularly call the attention of the House to the importance of community organizations and the need to provide them with stable funding over the next few years.

2012 Ontario Winter Games
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Conservative

Kellie Leitch Simcoe—Grey, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today in support of the 2012 Ontario Winter Games being hosted in the beautiful town of Collingwood in my riding of Simcoe—Grey.

The Ontario Winter Games, which are less than 100 days away, are a chance for over 2,000 young athletes from across Ontario to compete in 24 different sporting events.

Our Winter Games, which include everything from skiing to curling and hockey to snowboarding, are an excellent opportunity to see some of our province's best young athletes.

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet the chair of the Ontario Winter Games, former rowing Olympian and Collingwood resident, Brian Saunderson, who kicked off the games and spoke about the important lessons that young athletes learn at these types of competitions. These games are, for some athletes, a stepping stone to the Olympics and they promote healthy active living among young adults.

I am proud to be part of a government that supports Canadian athletes. I wish the town of Collingwood, Mayor Cooper and the over 2,000 athletes all the best in the Ontario Winter Games.

Zelman Cowen
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Irwin Cotler Mount Royal, QC

Mr. Speaker, I rise to honour the memory of the late Sir Zelman Cowen, former governor general of Australia, and one of the great jurors and leaders of the 20th century. A distinguished constitutional lawyer and academic, Cowen attended Oxford. As a Rhodes scholar, he became dean of law at Melbourne University and served as provost at Oriel College, Oxford.

A truly remarkable human being, his inspiring leadership as governor general helped unify Australia at a time of national division.

I met with Sir Zelman Cowen and his wife, Lady Anna, in the summer of 2010 and told him that he had always been a role model for me, as he had been to so many others in Australia and beyond. Indeed, I had the privilege of delivering the Sir Zelman Cowen Oration on International Affairs upon my first trip to Australia in 1998, which was a particularly moving experience for me.

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sir Zelman Cowen. May they all be inspired by his memory and may that memory serve as a blessing.

Government of Canada
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Conservative

Brian Jean Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

Mr. Speaker, today is the last day of Parliament and I want to highlight some of our great Canadian achievements in 2011: First, the shipbuilding contracts and jobs from coast to cost; second, the very successful visit of the Royal couple; third, legislation to end the discriminatory Wheat Board; fourth, legislation to end the wasteful long gun registry; fifth, out of Kyoto and into real environment solutions; sixth, creating jobs, jobs and more jobs to keep us the strongest economy and the best country in the world; seventh, the Winnipeg jets return to the great city of Winnipeg; eighth, our brave men and women in uniform return from two very successful missions both in Libya and Afghanistan; and finally, Canadians elect a strong, stable, national Conservative government.

It has been a great year for our Conservative government and a great year for Canada. I wish all my friends, family, constituents and the great team that I work with, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah.

Vallée Bras-du-Nord Co-operative
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

NDP

Élaine Michaud Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier, QC

Mr. Speaker, Vallée Bras-du-Nord is a co-operative whose purpose is sustainable tourism development in Saint-Raymond. This social-economy co-operative has launched the En Marche project, a social and occupational integration program for young people that has developed and continues to maintain a network of walking trails.

In 2006, the co-op received a Quebec trail award from the Quebec hiking federation, which is a testament to the quality of the facilities and proof that young workers can carry out this type of project.

In the past few years, more than 100 young people in this rehabilitation program have worked on developing over 140 km of trails.

The project was funded by the skill links program and Emploi Québec, but in summer 2011, the skill links program reduced its funding. The co-operative was able to hire only four young workers, when it had hired a dozen or so in previous years. There were 20 young people on the waiting list.

The Vallée Bras-du-Nord co-op is known for having a positive influence on young people and it is imperative that its funding be restored—

Vallée Bras-du-Nord Co-operative
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, please. The hon. member for Saint Boniface.

Doreen Champagne and Hyacinth Colomb
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Shelly Glover Saint Boniface, MB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour two very special people who, unfortunately, both passed away on Monday, December 12.

My beloved friend, Doreen Champagne, passed away at the Riverview Health Centre surrounded by friends and family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was known for her volunteer work with the Boy Scouts from the 4th Winnipeg Group, including sewing neckerchiefs since the 1970s. She was also a regular blood donor and very active with her social club at 41 Clayton Drive. Her smile and warmth will be sadly missed by our community and her family.

I would also like to take a moment to remember Hyacinth Colomb, a 95-year-old elder and aboriginal leader from Pukatawagan. Throughout his life, he served his community as chief, band councillor and president of the Manitoba Trappers Association. He operated a trap line until he was 86 years old. Cree people deeply appreciated his wisdom and vast knowledge of their history, culture and traditions. He worked for Manitoba Conservation for more than 30 years and, in 2001, he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba recognizing his life of service to others.

I ask the House to join me in honouring the memories of both Hyacinth Colomb and Doreen Champagne. May they rest in peace.

Tanzania
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Deepak Obhrai Calgary East, AB

Mr. Speaker, on December 9, I had the honour to represent Canada at Tanzania's 50th anniversary celebration in Dar es Salaam. I left Tanzania 34 years ago with my wife and eldest daughter to immigrate to Canada to start a new life. Tanzania will always have a place in my heart as it is the land of my birth, where I studied and spent the early years of my life working as an air traffic controller.

East Africa, including Tanzania, remains imbedded in our hearts and I had the honour and privilege to be strongly engaged in promoting strong relations between Canada and East Africa. I am happy to note that progress has been made in Tanzania since implementation of the multi-party democratic system. However, as President Kikwete said, “more needs to be done”.

I wish the leadership and all Tanzanians at large the best in the next 50 years for the country to become prosperous and economically powerful under sustained peace and unity.

David Robertson
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

NDP

Dan Harris Scarborough Southwest, ON

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to remember a good friend and colleague, David Robertson, who passed away last Friday, December 9.

David Robertson served his community for decades in various capacities. He served as a councillor for 13 years on Etobicoke City Council. He worked in Premier Rae's correspondence department in the 1990s. We were Scarborough running mates in the 2006 federal and municipal campaigns and, more recently, David was my campaign manager in this year's federal election.

In addition to his many years of public service, David was a teacher who taught ESL programs to new Canadians, a job he was very passionate about, and helped to integrate thousands of new Canadians into our society.

I wish to offer my most sincere condolences, those of the New Democratic Party of Canada and her Majesty's Loyal Opposition to David's mother, Helen; his wife, Phoenix; their son; Long You; and sister, Joan.

I thank David for dedicating so much of his life to building a better Toronto, a better Ontario and a better Canada.

International Trade
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

Randy Hoback Prince Albert, SK

Mr. Speaker, Canadians gave our Conservative government a strong mandate to stay focused on what matters: creating jobs and economic growth.

On Monday, the NDP said that it would vote against the Canada-Panama economic growth and prosperity act. Yesterday, when the Canada–Jordan economic growth and prosperity act was debated, the NDP trade critic said that the NDP had issues with the bill and suggested that the NDP would not move forward on this agreement.

The NDP streak of opposing trade continues. Our government will press forward with our pro-trade plan. These bills would create jobs and economic growth for Canadian workers and families.

Yesterday, the Minister of State for Sport was in Brampton highlighting the Canada–India trade negotiations. Today, the hard-working Minister of International Trade is at the WTO fighting protectionism and opening up new markets for Canadian workers.

With one in five Canadian jobs generated by trade, the NDP's anti-trade agenda is proof that it is simply unfit for Parliament.

Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

NDP

Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise in the House on behalf of the NDP to pay tribute to one of Parliament's most distinguished procedural officers, Robert R. Walsh. Since his appointment in 1999, Rob has carried out his duties as Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel with fortitude and expert knowledge.

I have had the honour to know Rob over the years and to appreciate his wisdom, integrity and fairness. We recall in particular, in 2009, his outstanding contribution to uphold the rights of MPs to disclosure of documents pertaining to Afghanistan detainees. He never wavered in providing advice and expert opinion to the House.

He has shown immense dedication to serve and support individual MPs. He has courageously defended the democratic mandate of this parliamentary institution, a true public servant in the most honourable sense.

I know I speak for members from all sides in giving sincerest thanks to Rob for his service to Canadian democracy, and wish him all the best in his retirement.

New Democratic Party of Canada
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

John Carmichael Don Valley West, ON

Mr. Speaker, the NDP has had quite a year of attacking Canada at home and abroad. Its members fought against good paying union jobs in the energy sector. They have opposed tax measures that helped Canadian families. Instead they offer lavish spending schemes that would push Canada off track and from a return to balanced budgets and have offered a whole range of higher taxes.

The NDP leadership candidates have proposed tax hikes on job creators, on consumers, on investors, on families, on banks and even a carbon tax that would raise the price of gas, energy and almost everything people buy.

The NDP agenda will put the economic recovery at risk, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and hurt Canadian families. Canadians cannot afford the ineffective, disunited NDP—

New Democratic Party of Canada
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

The hon. member is out of time.

The hon. member for Cape Breton—Canso.

Government of Canada
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Cape Breton—Canso, NS

Mr. Speaker, 'twas the week before Christmas and all over the Hill
The self-absorbed Tories were imposing their will
The stockings in Muskoka were stuffed to the brim
But life on first nations remained woefully grim.
And at the North Pole, Santa's problems abound
There was much work to do, but no workers around.
How can we do Christmas with no reindeer or elves?
The sleigh is a wreck, there are no toys on the shelves.
Costs have just spiralled, the elves threaten strike
They won't work this Christmas without a pay hike.
Federal money for deer feed and vets
Has just been reprofiled for big jails and jets.
Heartbroken children would spring from their beds
The first Christmas ever shut down by the feds.
No presents for Christmas, Tories felt the frustration
So they saddled the elves with back-to-work legislation.
No reindeer or sleigh can stop our roof-topper
Call Coast Guard and send in a Cormorant chopper.
The moral I share: Tories lack rhyme and reason
Nonetheless, all the best for a great Christmas season.

Religious Freedom
Statements By Members

December 15th, 2011 / 2:15 p.m.

Conservative

Candice Bergen Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are concerned about crime and that is why they gave our government a strong mandate to keep our streets and communities safe. We have taken strong action on this file, specifically with the safe streets and communities act. However, we still see in our society ugly incidents of violence and discrimination based solely on an individual's race, colour or creed.

Violent attacks against synagogues, mosques and churches cannot be tolerated. That is why our government introduced the security infrastructure program in 2007, and that is why we extended it in the budget.

This program is important for cultural and religious communities to protect themselves from those who wish to harm them.

Today, the Minister of Public Safety has announced that we are now accepting applications for the next round of funding. I encourage any religious or cultural group that needs protection from racist or religious attack to bring forward an application.

As Canadians, we can all work together to protect important religious and cultural institutions from violence.