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Conservative MP for Mississauga East—Cooksville (Ontario)
Won his last election, in 2011, with 40.00% of the vote.
Statements in the House
School Graduations June 19th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, this time of year is a very special time for the young women and men graduating from secondary schools as well as grade schools.
Tomorrow morning I have the special privilege of participating in the commencement ceremony for T.L. Kennedy Secondary School in my riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville, which will be honouring 170 students who are graduating.
I would like to acknowledge T.L. Kennedy's principal, Mr. Paul Freier, and vice-principals, Rosemary Stiglic, Mark Botnick and Brent Serebrin, along with the entire staff for their roles in the lives of these young people. We should also congratulate the students' parents, grandparents, caregivers and relatives who all share in these special moments.
To all who will be graduating as part of the class of 2014, my very best wishes on this special occasion.
Finally, I would like to ask my colleagues in the House to join me in thanking and congratulating all teachers and faculty members across our country for their hard work and success this school year.
Health June 17th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, this week is Sarcoma Cancer Awareness Week. Sarcoma is a type of cancer that attacks connective tissue within the body, often causing tumours in muscles, bones, nerves, fat, and blood vessels. It is especially common in children and young adults. In fact, Terry Fox had a form of sarcoma cancer, leading to his death.
Close to 1,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with sarcoma each year. Tragically, approximately 500 will die from one of its 50 identified types.
Would the minister tell us what steps our government is taking to address this important health issue?
Petitions June 16th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition on behalf of Canadians residing in Ontario.
It was recognized by this House, by adopting Motion No. 230, that anaphylaxis is a serious concern for an increasing number of Canadians. Therefore, the petitioners request that Parliament enact a policy to reduce the risk for anaphylactic passengers, which would be applicable to all forms of passenger transportation falling within its jurisdiction.
Birthday Congratulations June 13th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, it is a great pleasure to offer my heartfelt congratulations to a great Canadian World War II hero, my constituent, Mr. Anthony Bartoszewicz, who is celebrating a milestone on Sunday when he will become 100 years young.
Born in Siemiany, Poland, on June 15, 1914, he experienced the Bolshevik war as a young boy. As a young man, Tony served active duty during the Second World War and rose to the level of colonel. Coming to Canada in 1947, Tony worked hard in the prairies before moving his family to Ontario. He still cuts the grass and manages his own home.
This evening there is a special celebration at the Cooksville Legion where Mr. Bartoszewicz regularly attends the Friday evening dinners.
As Mr. Bartoszewicz shares this incredible milestone with his wife, Loretta, along with his three children, nine grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren, may he find happiness in the many memories of these moments spent together.
Congratulations, Tony. Sto Lat.
Ratanak International Walkathon June 10th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to bring attention to a special event, the third Ratanak 5 km walkathon that took place in Mississauga this past weekend. Ratanak International's focus is to provide support and safety to benefit Cambodian children rescued from the sex trade and to help put their lives back together after facing horrible experiences. Ratanak has helped provide medicine and medical services, rescued and rehabilitated victims of sex slavery and has funded a variety of agricultural programs to help Cambodians rebuild their country.
I would like to congratulate and thank my constituent, Larry Dearlove and his organizing team, volunteers, and over 300 participants, who have raised over $35,000 for this important cause. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning with uplifting people who were there to raise much needed funds, but also to raise the spirits of children so far away. It is a true privilege to support organizations like Ratanak whose work changes people's lives.
Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act June 9th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, with respect to the last point the member opposite touched upon, dual citizenship, there are not two tiers of citizenship. There is one Canadian citizenship. Dual citizenship is the choice of the person. If a child is born here and the parents choose two citizenships for that child, they have to be ready to accept the implications that come with it. There are not two citizenships. People do not have to have two citizenships. Whether they are naturalized or they are born here, they can have one. They could choose Canadian only, and they would not have any problems.
52nd Mississauga Scouts June 2nd, 2014
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to acknowledge the young people from the 52nd Mississauga Scouts, in my riding.
On May 10, as in previous years, I joined this wonderful group of young people at Silver Creek Public School for their 9th annual food drive. We went through the Mississauga valley neighbourhood collecting food donations to help the Mississauga Food Bank for the summer season, when donations are lowest.
I am very proud to announce that about 4,200 pounds of food donations were collected for the Mississauga Food Bank that day.
I would like to thank the residents of Mississauga East—Cooksville who provided the donations, and congratulate Mr. David Chant, the cub pack leader, and his team, for organizing the food drive. Congratulations to the wonderful young people of the 52nd Mississauga Scouts for their enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work to help those in need. They are truly a shining example of the Scouts' principle of “duty to others”.
Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act May 28th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I listened to the hon. member's speech very carefully and I am quite confused. He is jumping all over the place. The issue of visitors visa are dealt with by the visa officers at the embassies. The rules are clear. They have a lot of discretionary power. It was no different when the Liberal government was in office. I do not think the rules have changed that much.
There was mention of the backlog. When I came to the country, over 28 years ago, the waiting period for applicants was six months. That was during a Conservative government. When the Liberals left office, over 800,000 people were waiting in line and the waiting time was anywhere from two to three years.
Is there a relation between the number of applications that you accept and the number of people who you admit to the country?
Fair Elections Act May 12th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I do truly believe that the bill would bring democracy in our country to a higher level.
As I mentioned in my speech, the fair elections act would reflect on the recommendations that were given by the chief electoral officers. It reflects on the fact that there were irregularities in the past elections: reference the Supreme Court case.
This was all taken into consideration and addressed to improve the democratic process at our federal elections.
Fair Elections Act May 12th, 2014
Mr. Speaker, this is a process that every bill goes through. We have debate in the House at second reading, then third reading, final reading. The bill goes to the committee and is discussed. There are some amendments that will be voted on, I believe, today. Some amendments are accepted in the process and some are not. This is a democratic process.
We, as members of Parliament, represent our constituents, and I suppose every member has had some kind of contact with constituents on this bill. I did. I received responses. There are some people who are against it. However, in my riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville, most of the responders strongly support the bill.