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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was atlantic.

Last in Parliament September 2008, as Liberal MP for Egmont (P.E.I.)

Won his last election, in 2006, with 53% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Petitions November 16th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, in the last petition the petitioners pray that Parliament act immediately to extend protection to the unborn child by amending the Criminal Code to extend the same protection enjoyed by born human beings to unborn human beings.

Petitions November 16th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is with regard to euthanasia. The petitioners request that Parliament ensure the present provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibiting assisted suicide be enforced vigorously and that Parliament make no changes in the law that would sanction or allow the aiding or abetting of suicide or passive or active euthanasia.

Petitions November 16th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to be presented under Standing Order 36 from my constituents in Egmont.

The first one is on sexual orientation and the petitioners pray and request that Parliament not amend the Human Rights Act or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in any way that would tend to indicate societal approval of same sex relationships or of homosexuality, including amending the Canadian Human Rights Act to include in the prohibited grounds of discrimination the undefined phrase sexual orientation.

Social Program Reform October 6th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development.

As the minister knows the three main industries in Atlantic Canada, in P.E.I. in particular, are agriculture, fisheries and tourism. These are all seasonal industries for obvious reasons.

Could the minister indicate to the House how he plans to deal with the issue of people who are seasonally employed? These people are needed, are trained and need UI for the winter.

Petitions June 15th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to present a petition under Standing Order 36 on behalf of the member of Parliament for Kent. His constituents petition in regard to the building of an ethanol plant in his riding which will create 1,100 person-years of work.

They petition the government to maintain the present exemption on the excise portion of ethanol for a decade. This would allow for a strong and self-sufficient ethanol industry to develop in Canada.

On his behalf I present this to the House.

Supply June 2nd, 1994

I agree.

Coastal Fisheries Protection Act May 11th, 1994

Madam Speaker, I too congratulate the minister for introducing the legislation today. It is just one more step in a lot of decisions the minister has been making over the past seven months. There have been more decisions made over the past seven months than have been made over the past seven years.

I congratulate him on his very active efforts on behalf of the people of Atlantic Canada and on behalf of the people of his province. Many of his fellow citizens in Newfoundland are not going to fish for quite a number of years and some will never fish again. For Newfoundlanders I suspect that is a sentence of death. They are giving up and losing an awful lot for the sins we have committed in the past, both ourselves and people from other parts of the world.

I see by the map that the legislation covers the nose and tail of the Grand Bank. Adjacent to it is the Flemish Cap, a very important breeding ground for cod and other groundfish.

Could the minister explain why the legislation stops short of the Flemish Cap and whether he has confidence that NAFO with the agreements he secured a month and a half ago is in a position to police that area?

Fisheries May 2nd, 1994

Mr. Speaker, last week the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced measures that will return over 500 frozen licences to groundfish fishermen who have demonstrated a long-term attachment to the industry. Over 200 of these restored licences belonged to fishermen in the province of Prince Edward Island.

This whole sorry mess was the result of an arbitrary decision by the previous "no-Tory-us" government. Sad to say it is only one of such messes in the fishery that we have inherited.

I want to commend the minister, not only for correcting this injustice but also for the establishment of a consultative process which in this case involved 11 different fishing organizations.

Even though it is a very difficult period in the Atlantic fishery, this type of co-operation between the minister and the stakeholders in the industry will go a long way toward alleviating pain and anguish while the industry is being restructured.

This new spirit of co-operation and negotiation bodes well both for redefining the concept of professional fishermen and for establishing the framework of the fishery of the future.

In conjunction with the sentiments expressed by the P.E.I. Fisherman's Association, I once again commend the minister for his work in resolving this situation.

Potato Industry April 13th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the parliamentary secretary to the minister of agriculture.

I and my colleague from Malpeque, the P.E.I. potato industry and others have been working with the agriculture ministry for the past five months trying to solve the PBY-n compensation problem.

We were all expecting cabinet to make a decision on the issue this week, thereby putting an end to a four-year ordeal by the P.E.I. potato seed industry.

Can the government tell the P.E.I. potato industry when a decision will be made on this issue? A lot of farmers' futures depend on it.

Prince Edward Island Fixed Link February 15th, 1994

That is a good idea.