Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was program.

Last in Parliament May 2004, as Liberal MP for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound (Ontario)

Lost his last election, in 2004, with 36% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act March 9th, 2004

Mr. Speaker, I am in favour of the motion.

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

Supply March 9th, 2004

Mr. Speaker, I vote for the motion.

Petitions March 8th, 2004

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 and on behalf of the constituents of Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, I would like to table a petition.

The petitioners ask that Parliament pass the appropriate legislation to affirm the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.

Resumption Of Debate On Address In Reply February 12th, 2004

Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest to my colleague from the Bloc. I do not agree with everything he said. However, in terms of the farmers, as the member for Bruce--Grey--Owen Sound I am quite concerned about the farming community, the towns, the tractor suppliers and the banking people. Obviously, the farmers are stressed.

The Government of Canada has spent $.5 billion and I know it has another $120 million for the cull calf operation.

The thing that frustrates me is why the packers and other people in the community take most of the money that should be going to the farmers? When we had the floods, people were selling firewood and generators at obscene rates. The whole Canadian community put pressure on those people and forced them to drop the price and loan the generators.

I do not know why the packers can take so much money when it is needed by poor farmers. Sometimes government, even with all the mechanisms it has, does not deliver the money to the people who need it the most.

Does the hon. member have suggestions on the ways and means to get the money to the poorest farmers, the ones who need it the most?

Petitions February 3rd, 2004

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I have the honour to present on behalf of 650 of my constituents of Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound a petition confirming the traditional definition of marriage.

Supply September 16th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this occasion to make a comment to the Leader of the Opposition. He came to my riding and he wrote an article in the newspaper attacking my character. The Leader of the Opposition does not know me from a hole in the ground. With regard to same sex marriage, the next time he does that, I will do the exact same thing, and I hope his newspaper will cover it.

For the clarification of the House, I vote with my conscience and my conscience has to do with what is right. Fairness is important but to be equal does not have to be identical. Let us ensure that when this legislation goes through, it will go through the test that people will be treated fairly and that the church will be protected.

I would like to ask the Leader of the Opposition a question. Exactly how will he solve this problem? It is nice to use words and to make emotional statements and get everybody all stirred up. How will you solve this problem?

Petitions September 16th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, the third petition asks that the Government of Canada not participate in the U.S. missile defence system.

Petitions September 16th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, the second petition asks that Parliament uphold the definition of marriage which is the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.

Petitions September 16th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to present today three petitions on behalf of my constituents of Bruce--Grey--Owen Sound.

The first petition is an objection to Bill C-250.

Airline Industry June 11th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have a concern about their air travel this summer. My question is for the Minister of Labour.

Could the minister inform the House with regard to the dispute between Nav Canada and the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association?