Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was agency.

Last in Parliament October 2000, as Liberal MP for Port Moody—Coquitlam (B.C.)

Lost his last election, in 2000, with 29% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Income Tax Amendments Act, 1998 May 10th, 1999

What about a brain transplant.

Income Tax Amendments Act, 1998 May 10th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, I listened to opposition members talk about the budget and a few other things. I have been here for only a year. I came from a city where I was a council member and a mayor for many years. All we hear from members opposite is crying and complaining about many things, but they never come up with any solutions.

We have surpluses in Canada for the first time in many, many years, and a balanced budget. The fact is that the federal government paid down the debt load by $30 billion just the other day. The debt load is coming down. We have a balanced budget and a few other things.

Members opposite mentioned health care. The premiers are very happy with the money the provinces received for health care.

Members opposite mentioned high income taxes. B.C., where I come from, has an income tax rate which is 15% higher than any other province. Ontario lowered its income taxes, but the Ontario government borrowed the money to do that. Does it make sense to borrow money to give people a break? This government will do it the way it should be done. When there is money in the budget it will lower taxes.

Does the member not believe in a balanced budget? With all the things he is crying about and with what he is complaining about that is happening or is not happening, I would like to ask him where the money would come from.

Organ Donation Act May 10th, 1999

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-511, an act to establish a national organ donor registry and to co-ordinate and promote organ donation throughout Canada.

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to introduce a bill in the House that will establish a national organ donor registry. Unfortunately in Canada there is a critical shortage of donated organs.

This private member's bill will co-ordinate and promote organ donation throughout Canada.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Granville Island Public Market May 6th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to recognize the 20th anniversary of a truly unique Vancouver landmark. Granville Island Public Market opened on June 12, 1979. Over the years the market and Granville Island have become a must-see attraction for visitors. The market is recognized as one of the most successful in North America.

Given that the market and Granville Island are seen to be synonymous, we are taking this opportunity to celebrate the success of this rejuvenated industrial area in the heart of the city. I am proud that the Government of Canada, through the CMHC, has contributed significantly to the development of sustainable communities such as Granville Island.

Budget Implementation Act, 1999 May 6th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, I listened with great interest to what the member opposite had to say. The one thing about it is yes, Canada is a great place to live. Studies show that Canada is the greatest place to live.

The government has put $11.5 billion into health, $15 million into cancer research, millions into breast cancer research and millions into diabetes research.

While I am fairly new in the House, the fact is I do remember the years when the Mulroney government was in power and ran up a budget deficit of $43 billion. It was in power for nine years. Imagine if it had been in power from 1983 to 1999, another six years. That averages about $7 billion a year. The deficit would probably be in the $70 billion range.

The Liberal government has paid down about $30-odd billion in our deficit as far as debt load. I am very much interested in whether the member opposite is interested in having a balanced budget. Were there any food banks during the years when the Mulroney government was in power?

Dr. Crosby Johnston May 4th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, it was with great pride that I attended a special presentation of the Governor General's awards in New Westminster, British Columbia, earlier this week.

Among those receiving the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award from our community was Dr. Crosby Johnston. The award was well deserved. As former mayor of Coquitlam I had the honour of bestowing the title of Freeman of the City upon Dr. Crosby Johnston in 1992.

As His Excellency stated, Dr. Crosby Johnston has indeed done a great job for the community. I am proud to know this deeply caring Canadian. There are many more Canadians like him across our great country of Canada.

Petitions May 4th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition signed by a number of Canadians, including those of my riding of Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam.

The petitioners call upon parliament to amend the decision to participate in NATO military action against Yugoslavia, to call upon our allies in NATO to cease their participation in the undeclared war against Yugoslavia and to support a peaceful solution to the crisis in Yugoslavia which is fair and acceptable to all sides.

The petition contains some 2,700 signatures.

National Organ Donor Week April 20th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to recognize that this is National Organ Donor Week in Canada. Unfortunately, there is a critical shortage of donated organs in Canada.

British Columbia is working towards reversing this trend by having established a B.C. Transplant Society. This society co-ordinates all aspects of organ donations, including related health issues. The B.C. Transplant Society is a success story and, I believe, a model in the future establishment of a national organ donor program.

Government Services Act, 1999 March 23rd, 1999

I wonder if Clark pays for his jet.

Richard Beamish February 4th, 1999

Mr. Speaker, DFO was pleased to offer support to the nomination of Dr. Richard, Dick, Beamish to the Order of Canada. Dr. Beamish has contributed substantially to fisheries science and Canada both in his various roles in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and through his promotion of science in general.

Two of Dr. Beamish's very significant contributions include the discovery of acid rain and his innovative work relating climate change to fish reproduction. Acid rain is of concern to many countries in the world and Dr. Beamish's pioneering work has heightened awareness of this problem.

Many nations are now moving to reduce the factors contributing to acid rain. Climate change also impacts on many aspects of our lives including the production of fish in our streams, lakes and oceans.