House of Commons Hansard #125 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was farmers.


Tilly Johnson Scholarship Foundation
Statements By Members

1:55 p.m.


Beth Phinney Hamilton Mountain, ON

Mr. Speaker, several weeks ago Hamilton celebrated the sixth annual Dr. Tilly Scholarship Foundation's dinner and dance.

Dr. Ethilda Verona Johnson is an experienced businesswoman in Hamilton, and has owned and operated a number of businesses over the past 30 years. Dr. Johnson, who knows the value of perseverance and hard work, feels it is important to provide assistance to financially disadvantaged youth through her scholarship foundation.

Founded in 1997, the Tilly Johnson Scholarship Foundation assists young people of African-Canadian descent with post-secondary school expenses. This year it was able to assist eight students.

I am sure that all hon. members will join me in congratulating the recipients of this year's scholarships and in thanking Dr. Tilly Johnson for her efforts in support of education, courage and strength in our community.

Governor General
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Mr. Speaker, this has been a tough year for most Canadians. We have had SARS, West Nile virus, mad cow disease, wildfires in B.C., and in my home province of Alberta we had another year of drought and locusts, not to mention how hard it has been and continues to be for our ill-equipped troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Yet, as if by magic, the government has come up with extra money for the Governor General and her cronies to traipse across the northern hemisphere. This trip is unnecessary and insensitive to the needs of hard working Canadians. The elites will tell us that it is critical to spread Canadian culture. I think they are wrong.

Ron and Linda, Mel and Myrna, and Debbie and Darren are a few of my constituents who have not had a vacation in years. I would like the Governor General to explain the merits of this trip to these tired folks and every other Canadian who is working two jobs to make ends meet and cannot afford a day off. Or maybe she would rather explain to the parents who cannot afford a warm snowsuit for their child this winter or to the beef farmer who is forced to slaughter his entire herd and declare bankruptcy.

Get your priorities straight. Exporting Canadian culture is not more important than taking care of Canadians in need.

Perdita Felicien
Statements By Members

2 p.m.


Dan McTeague Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to pay tribute to the outstanding athletic achievement of Perdita Felicien of Pickering.

On August 27 Perdita took on the world by winning gold in the 100 metre hurdles at the world track and field championships in Paris. She accomplished this feat in the record time of 12.53 seconds breaking all previous Canadian records. Her victory is the first medal by a Canadian woman at the track event since the event was first held in Helsinki in 1983.

Perdita, celebrating her 23rd birthday a day after this momentous win, will finish her studies at the University of Illinois where she has twice been named national female athlete of the year by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association. She is also a two time Canadian champion in hurdles and holds the Canadian indoor mark in 60 metre hurdles.

Perdita has brought pride to herself, her family and her country and I join her family, friends and fellow athletes in wishing her well in her future scholastic and athletic endeavours.

It is on to Athens for Perdita. She is Canada's newest Olympic hope.

Joe Martens
Statements By Members

2 p.m.


Janko Peric Cambridge, ON

Mr. Speaker, this fall His Worship Joe Martens, Mayor of North Dumfries Township, will be stepping down after 18 years of strong leadership and committed service to his constituents.

Known for being a straight shooter and for his easygoing style, the residents of North Dumfries have always trusted him throughout his 21 years of public service.

A former councillor of North Dumfries Township, he also served as a Waterloo Regional Councillor and was a board member of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries, Grand River Conservation Authority, and Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro.

In 2002 he received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. However, if we were to ask Joe Martens for the highlight of his career, he would say that he is most proud of having served the people of North Dumfries for 21 years.

I have had the honour and privilege of knowing and working with Joe, and I wish him every success in the years ahead.

Davis Cup
Statements By Members

2 p.m.


Stan Dromisky Thunder Bay—Atikokan, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have reason to be proud today. Yesterday, 18 year old Frank Dancevic from Niagara Falls, Ontario defeated Brazilian Flavio Saretta and in doing so, led Canada to a 3:2 Davis Cup victory over Brazil. This is the first time in over 10 years that Canada has moved on to the World Group in Davis Cup play.

What is even more impressive is that Dancevic, a 10 time junior champion, was a last minute fill-in, called on to replace Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor. This is a great achievement for Canadian sport and these athletes are role models for all Canadians.

We wish Simon Larose, Frank Dancevic, Frederic Niemeyer and Daniel Nestor the greatest success as they prepare for next year's battle of the elite 16 team World Group.

Government of Canada
Statements By Members

2 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Jay Hill Prince George—Peace River, BC

Mr. Speaker, why is it that it does not seem to matter what crisis is facing our country, the Liberal government's response is abysmal?

Whether it has been SARS in Toronto, West Nile in Saskatchewan, or a mad cow in Alberta, the federal Liberals offer photo ops and excuses. During the power outage in Ontario, the Prime Minister was sleeping peacefully at the switch in Quebec.

Just as when he orchestrated a photo op by throwing a single sandbag to stem the Winnipeg flood, this year he belatedly interrupted his summer golf to drop from the sky to offer his sincere condolences to the firefighters and victims of B.C. forest fires. The federal Liberals offer empty promises to combat the devastation facing British Columbia's forests from the mountain pine beetle and the softwood lumber dispute.

Now the member for LaSalle—Émard says, on one hand, how proud he is of his government's record over the past 10 years and, on the other hand, asks Canadians to trust that he is the instrument of change. It is unbelievable.

Information Technology
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.


Andy Scott Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, last night in Toronto, CANARIE held its seventh annual IWAY awards.

The purpose of these awards is to honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to this country's information society.

Fredericton's own Bob Gamble was recognized as the national winner in the category of “Application of Technology”. This award recognizes individuals who have pioneered innovative uses of technology related to the development of Canada's information highway or have adapted existing products or applications in an exceptionally creative manner.

As President of Service New Brunswick, Mr. Gamble has worked to provide many online functions for the citizens of New Brunswick. In fact, Service New Brunswick currently provides more than 176 government services online. Mr. Andrew Bjerring, President and CEO of CANARIE said, “Under the direction of Mr. Gamble, SNB has accelerated and improved the way New Brunswickers access, use and benefit from government services”.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Bob Gamble on this award and thank him for his contribution to Canada.

Council on the Status of Women
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.


Christiane Gagnon Québec, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Museum of Civilization of Québec is organizing a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the Council on the status of Women and its significant contribution to the advancement of women.

These events started on September 10 and run until November 30, and include an exhibit, a major conference, a debate and a number of interpretive talks, as well as a very special presentation on September 29, that is not to be missed.

The Council on the status of Women has played a lead role for 30 years in improving the lives of Quebec women. In marking this anniversary, the museum is helping us learn just how much progress has been made and gauge what challenges remain to be met. I thank all the people behind this excellent initiative.

Le Droit
Statements By Members

September 23rd, 2003 / 2:05 p.m.


Marcel Proulx Hull—Aylmer, QC

Mr. Speaker, a reception was held last evening at the Library and Archives Canada to honour Le Droit on its 90th anniversary.

I would like to congratulate this newspaper for having tracked social change and playing a lead role in providing information to the francophones of eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region of Quebec over the years. Since it first appeared on March 27, 1913, its readers have appreciated the quality of the information presented and the professionalism of its journalists. Le Droit , with its broad range of subject matter and its hard-hitting editorials, has always met the needs of its readership. Throughout its long life, it has been able to adapt to the changes in our society and to our need to be kept informed. The fact that it has had such a long life is proof of this. Le Droit will always remain our daily newspaper, a reflection of our world. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone on the Le Droit team.

Criminal Code
Statements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, in recent years a new kind of violence against women has reared its ugly head at parties, on campuses and in nightclubs. Date rape drugs have become a violent weapon used to victimize women in cowardly assaults. It is long overdue for the government to act.

Starting today, and over the next two weeks, 48 Canadian Alliance campus clubs across Canada are involved in a campaign to raise awareness of date rape drugs and to encourage the government to classify them as a weapon in the Criminal Code.

From the University of Victoria, to York University, to Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and all points in between, the Canadian Alliance is pushing the need to protect women and students from the dangers of date rape drugs and to encourage the Liberal government to act to protect women from this ugly, and sometimes deadly assault.

Awareness is the first line of defence for young people targeted with this cowardly assault. Second is the strong arm of the law. Date rape drugs should not be treated the same way in the Criminal Code as heroin or cocaine because they are used to victimize other people involuntarily. Young Canadians deserve laws to protect them from sexual assault.

It is time for the Liberal government to step up and fight the cowardly use of these drugs and the sexual assault of women.

Cape Breton Seniors
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.


Mark Eyking Sydney—Victoria, NS

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform the House of a new project I announced yesterday to support seniors in Cape Breton. We are funding $284,000 over three years to provide for a project at the Cape Breton Seniors Community Learning Network, which will be implemented by the CAP Society of Cape Breton County.

This project will establish a self-sustaining network of community members who will build links between local, regional, national and global communities of seniors to promote lifelong learning and access to information technologies. To do this, the CAP Society will implement online development, mentoring, outreach and community learning activities.

This demonstrates again our commitment to promoting lifelong learning to all citizens in our country in this new age of technology.

Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Progressive Conservative

John Herron Fundy Royal, NB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday federal and provincial ministers finally met with Canadian farmers who are in desperate need of financial assistance to cope with the continuing beef ban and the closed border. Our federal agriculture minister shamelessly rejected their appeal.

The beef industry is losing $11 million dollars a day.

We have an agriculture minister who will only give out more funding to suffering farmers if the provinces blindly sign on to his new agricultural policy framework. The minister has no business ransoming needed emergency funds for farmers by hanging the APF over their heads.

It is incomprehensible that we have a Prime Minister who is morally obligated but refuses to meet with the U.S. government to reopen the border. The government has been recklessly shirking its responsibilities on this national crisis since the get-go.

The government needs to stop punishing farmers and abdicating its responsibility. It needs to sit down and work with our partners to the south, develop concrete solutions and get the border open once and for all.

Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.


Monique Guay Laurentides, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week, in a speech to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the former finance minister candidly admitted that once he has his new job, he will wage unrelenting war on the monster of accumulated debt, in the same way Ottawa attacked the deficit in the 1990s.

After touring everywhere in Quebec and Canada promising heaven and earth, now he has taken off his mask. The future Liberal leader confirms that once he has the reins of power in his hands, he will not hesitate to attack the unemployed by transforming employment insurance premiums into employment taxes, and continuing to refuse benefits to six out of ten unemployed people.

In so doing, he is also confirming that he will not hesitate to chop transfer payments to the provinces for health, education and social services, in order to reach his goals.

What he did not say, however, is why he prefers to take advantage of the tax haven in Barbados rather than be a part of the collective effort to reduce the debt by paying his income tax in the country he aspires to lead.

Official Languages
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.


John Godfrey Don Valley West, ON

Mr. Speaker, last week, 95 students in the Edmonton area received their French immersion high school diplomas.

These students were part of a pilot project established by the Edmonton public school board and the Public Service Commission. Each student earned a high school diploma and acquired a knowledge of French equivalent to that required for bilingual imperative positions in the public service.

Not only does the prodigious success of this project demonstrate the talent of these students and their teachers, but it will also enable the project to continue next year.

I would like to congratulate all the students who earned their high school diplomas in this immersion program. I would ask the House to join me in wishing success to this project in the years to come.

International Aid
Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.


Alexa McDonough Halifax, NS

Yesterday, Mr. Speaker, Winstone Zulu, a courageous Zambian living with AIDS, brought his story to Parliament Hill. Each of Winstone's brothers contracted TB. HIV positive and denied access to medications, one after the other his brothers died.

Forty-two million people in the world are living with HIV-AIDS, 70% in sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty million Africans have died from AIDS, leaving 14 million orphans behind.

Winstone Zulu pleaded with Canadians to implement the foreign affairs committee's recommendation for this government to pay its proportional share of the global fund to fight HIV-AIDS, TB and malaria by tripling our contribution.

It is regrettable in the extreme that the Prime Minister failed to use the occasion of this week's UN special session to measure progress in the AIDS battle to announce that Canada will meet its obligations. Nor did the Prime Minister commit to changing our laws to enable life-saving generic drugs to be exported to where they are desperately needed.

I urge this government today to end the delay and save Winstone Zulu's African brothers and sisters.