Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was services.

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

Petitions March 2nd, 2000

Mr. Speaker, the second petition deals with child pornography. The petitioners ask that we put stringent rules in place so that if there is a conflict between a child and an adult the child is protected first, and that sexual activity should not commence until the age of 18.

Petitions March 2nd, 2000

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I would like to present two petitions on behalf of constituents in my riding of Bruce—Grey. One deals with genetically modified organisms. The petitioners ask that there be a five year moratorium and that nothing happen until we have a thorough investigation.

Bruce—Grey February 23rd, 2000

Mr. Speaker, this week we are welcoming to my community in Bruce—Grey several educators from Nunavut who will be in my riding exchanging ideas about how to educate young people from the north. In my riding of Bruce—Grey, we have some of the best educators.

Our country is very unique. Its tapestries are interwoven with many cultures and many ideas and our great geography will allow a great exchange between the teachers in my riding of Bruce—Grey and the people from Nunavut.

I want to wish them all a great exchange and I hope we will visit back and forth to continue to make our country great.

Health February 17th, 2000

Mr. Speaker, our system of public health was created by Canadians who believed that all citizens deserve equal access to high quality medical care regardless of where they live in this great country. Canadians I have spoken to are proud of this accomplishment.

Today our health care system is under stress. Both service demand and costs are rising while hospitals and medical personnel are attempting to stretch their budgets to new limits. Clearly the realities of health care have changed over the last 30 years. While we know more about illness prevention, we continue to depend on technology and drugs to cure ailments that might be addressed at a lower cost with equal success.

It is time to engage in open, inclusive debate to address the challenges of our health care system. I believe we can continue to provide Canadians with the care they deserve by renewing our health care system and addressing today's realities.

Points Of Order February 16th, 2000

Mr. Speaker, the human being is the only animal that when one word is used inappropriately gets into all kinds of problems. That is why we have Beauchesne's, Robert's Rules of Order and what have you.

It is important in this House when one member is speaking that other members are listening. For the most part I sit here very quietly and listen to a lot of rhetoric from all sides. It is very important for us and the Canadian people that when somebody is speaking, other people have the courtesy to be quiet.

Petitions February 15th, 2000

Madam Speaker, the third petition comes from all areas in my riding of Bruce—Grey and deals with child poverty.

The constituents ask that all possible services be provided by the Government of Canada to eradicate child poverty this year.

Petitions February 15th, 2000

Madam Speaker, the second petition comes from Leith, Owen Sound and Kemble and deals with genetically modified foods.

The petitioners ask that all genetically modified foods be subject to labelling.

Petitions February 15th, 2000

Madam Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36 I have the honour to present a number of petitions on behalf of the constituents of my great riding of Bruce—Grey.

The first one deals with the charter. It come from Formosa and Mildmay. The petitioners ask that all references to God remain in the charter.

Committees Of The House December 15th, 1999

Where would the member find the money he is asking for farmers and the money he is asking for the RCMP? We have a great country with a great social program. That is why we are the best in the world. Where would he find all this money? Would he cut jobs?

Committees Of The House December 15th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Medicine Hat speaks a lot of rhetoric. Members of the opposition are telling us to spend a lot of money. They keep comparing us to the United States.

In global trade the United States has 47% of the market share, the Japanese 17%, the Europeans 27% and we have about 20%. The American budget represents trillions of dollars. We have $106 billion to spend. This government has done a great job with the budget. When it came in there was a $42 billion deficit.

I wish Reform members would tell their constituents, Hugh, Andrew and Dorothy, that we have the best country in the world in which to live.

Since the government has come into power it has cut taxes over the last number years, and they have gone beyond bracket creep. The tax cuts provided over the last—