Last in Parliament April 1997, as Liberal MP for Markham—Whitchurch-Stouffville (Ontario)

Lost his last election, in 1997, with 3.46% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Broadcast Act April 22nd, 1997

Mr. Speaker, I am extremely pleased to rise in support of a very important piece of legislation which is of concern to every hard working Canadian including those living in Quebec.

I am speaking against the amendment because for too long Canadian pocketbooks have been gouged by big businesses whether they are major banks with exorbitant credit card rates, gas companies that have monopolized the market or, in the case of the legislation, cable companies that have been allowed to blatantly rip off honest, hard working Canadians.

We must not allow it to continue. It is our duty to ensure that all Canadians have the right to decide whether or not they want a product at a fair price. It is imperative that the government and the House do everything in their power to ensure all Canadians are treated fairly.

Bill C-216 is legislation aimed at eliminating negative option billing by cable companies. Some two years ago cable companies decided simply to add new specialty channels to all subscribers and then tried to charge the customers for this new service without even asking if they wanted it.

We are aware of the consumer revolt that ensued in which I played a part. As a result of the tireless efforts of my colleague from Sarnia-Lambton we have the opportunity today to enact into law what Canadian consumers have overwhelmingly supported. As

parliamentarians we have an opportunity to vote in support of what Canadians want over what lobbies representing special interest groups want.

It is time to put the issue to a vote. It is a victory of the consumer. Let the voice of the consumers be heard through the legislation.

First Nations Land Management Act April 22nd, 1997

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting yea on this motion.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Nelson House First Nation Flooded Land Act April 22nd, 1997

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting in favour of the motion.

York Factory First Nation Flooded Land Act April 22nd, 1997

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting in favour of the motions.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Income Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 1996 April 22nd, 1997

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting in favour of the motion.

The Election April 14th, 1997

Mr. Speaker, Canadians will be taking a long hard look at the Prime Minister's record in the June election. They will remember his failure to eliminate the dreaded GST. They will remember his failure to initiate an effective job creation program. They will remember his failure to bring real unemployment down.

According to a Statistics Canada report 50 per cent of Canada's youth are presently unemployed. This is almost four million Canadians between 15 and 24 years old who have been left out of the job market. Added to the 1.5 million adult Canadians who are unemployed, the total is a staggering 5.45 million Canadians with no job.

The Canadian dollar is down, long and short term mortgage rates have been increased. On top of this, Canadians have seen the unemployment rate remain at over 9 per cent for 78 straight months.

This is a dismal performance and Canadians will give the Prime Minister and his government a failing grade in the upcoming election.

Official Opposition March 19th, 1997

Mr. Speaker, for more than three years it has been evident to Canadians across the country that they have not had a strong and effective voice representing them in the official opposition benches of this House.

Canadians realize that the official opposition is nothing more than a single province party, committed to breaking up and destroying our great country.

It is time for the opposition members in this House to consider a parliamentary coalition of political forces to replace the separatist party from the official opposition benches. To this end, I offer my consent and support to the formation of a political coalition for the purpose of recognition of a group of 51 or more members as the official opposition. I invite my colleagues from the opposition side to join this coalition for the sake of keeping our country together.

Canadians need a strong and effective voice in the official opposition to challenge the Prime Minister and his government on their dismal record.

Copyright Act March 17th, 1997

Madam Speaker, I will be voting no on this motion.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Copyright Act March 17th, 1997

I will vote no on this motion, Madam Speaker.

(The House divided on Motion No. 45, which was negatived on the following division:)

Copyright Act March 17th, 1997

I will be voting yes on this motion, Madam Speaker.

(The House divided on Motion No. 36, which was negatived on the following division:)