Crucial Fact

  • Her favourite word was east.

Last in Parliament April 1997, as Liberal MP for Vancouver East (B.C.)

Lost her last election, in 1997, with 37% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Chinese Immigrants November 23rd, 1994

Mr. Speaker, between 1885 and 1923, immigrants from China had to pay a tax to enter Canada.

By 1923 the Canadian government collected approximately $23 million from Chinese immigrants. After the tax was removed the government enacted the Chinese Immigration Exclusion Act which forbid the immigration of Chinese to Canada and as a result less than 50 Chinese entered Canada between 1923 and 1947.

The legislation applied only to Chinese separated families and imposed immense hardship on a community that built the railway, the national dream.

Both the Chinese Canadian National Council and the National Congress of Chinese Canadians have called upon successive Canadian governments to acknowledge the grave injustices and racial discrimination inherent in the head tax of the exclusion act.

I encourage the Canadian government to recognize the enormous contribution made by the Chinese to Canada and to resolve the problem of the tax and the Chinese Immigration Exclusion Act as soon as possible.

Standing Committee On Industry November 14th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, this has been the system until now. Of course, as I said, we are looking into it and we are trying to get rid of it.

We have to remember the disparities in this country. We have to create some kind of an atmosphere all over Canada that brings in the money and the jobs that are necessary to survive. This has been there all along and it is something that we have to cure.

Standing Committee On Industry November 14th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I went to some of the hearings. Of course, there are those people who say: "Don't give any subsidies". Some people say: "We need the subsidies".

We will slowly get there. Canada is a big country with a few people and a lot of regional disparities. We eventually will get there. We will eventually find a way to let businesses prosper on their own. There are more and more doing that. I am hopeful. I am a positive person.

Standing Committee On Industry November 14th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, first of all I want to remind my hon. colleague that we were elected to do what we are doing, to create an atmosphere, and not to cut our deficit in three years or our debt in five. We were elected to do what we are doing.

Second, the approach is very simplistic. We have been in government for one year. We have done a lot of things. We listen to people. They tell us what we should do. We have been hearing them. We listened and we heard.

We are trying to put into place what we have heard. In the meantime we are taking care of the deficit as we promised.

Standing Committee On Industry November 14th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, first of all I would like to say that the Liberal Party was voted into government. That is where we get our strength to do what we are doing and also get back to being a little more positive.

I am pleased to rise in this House today to speak to the motion on small business. My riding of Vancouver East contains many small businesses. Our proximity to the Asia-Pacific region makes us major players in negotiations with Asia and South America.

Team Canada's trip to the Orient led by the Right Hon. Prime Minister generated a great deal of interest and enthusiasm. Small businesses do not have the resources required to negotiate directly with China but, with governmental assistance, they can create many jobs for Canada, as they have done for several years.

Last May, I had the privilege of participating in a trade mission to Beijing together with over 100 small and medium-sized business owners. I learned a lot during this trip; I realized in particular that small and medium sized businesses cannot operate alone. They need help. Canada has much to offer to the world in terms of skills and resources, but we must sell our potential. Trips to foreign countries are extremely important to ensure our country's well-being and to let the world know all that Canada has to offer, including solid, honest and capable business people. In short, we must learn to become more aggressive.

Canada is a trading nation. The challenge is to transfer Canada from a nation dependent on trade into a true trading nation with a much larger role being played by small business.

Having said that, I would like to discuss the export sector of our country. Facing global competition has become the sine qua non of any serious business plan. The best way to find out if your company is truly competitive is to tackle the export challenge.

The arithmetic is simple. In the global market for many niche products and services, Canada often accounts for only 1 per cent or so of global consumption. Companies that do not export are often ignoring literally 99 per cent of their potential customers.

The process of exporting successfully though is somewhat difficult, particularly for small companies who have never even dreamed they would have to enter global markets. The vast majority of companies has to take to exporting one step at a

time, pausing at each step to seek advice and information about what lies ahead.

The owners of small businesses always emphasize that they are in the market for information about market opportunities and how to exploit them. Canada's trade commissioners can help to achieve this goal. The trade commissioner service has 100 years of experience in opening doors to foreign markets. It knows the ropes and can help exporters deal with the challenges of complex foreign environments.

The government is in the business of offering all kinds of guidance to exporters, particularly to the small and medium sized companies that need help most.

For example, the focus of Canada's program in support of fairs and missions has shifted to smaller businesses. Then there are the programs to provide hands-on training to new exporters to the United States border states, Mexico and Europe.

WIN Exports, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's electronic databank of Canadian firms capable of taking on export challenges, as well as its market intelligence and information program, is also being enhanced to better meet the needs of small businesses seeking niche markets worldwide.

The efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade are to assist exporters start right at the beginning, when the decision to export is first being examined by entrepreneurs.

To that end government officials work closely with the Forum for International Trade Training. The Forum for International Trade Training philosophy is that to compete successfully in world markets, a company that wants to export has to act like a long distance runner who trains for a marathon. To help out, the Forum for International Trade Training provides a wide range of services which can be customized to the skill and experience levels of participants. This year the program is operating in 30 community colleges across Canada with some 1,000 students registered.

FITT is a major undertaking, patterned after the government-business training vehicles that have long been in operation in Germany and Japan. As such, FITT has received federal and provincial government funding along with the support of business associations, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Exporters Association and the Canadian Manufacturers' Association.

As significant as these developments are, we can still do better. We cannot rest on our laurels.

Over the last months the Minister for International Trade has been listening to what Canadians have had to say through meetings with small and medium enterprises across Canada as well as a number of other venues. The message conveyed was consistent and clear; do less but do what you already do better. Government is being told that there are too many programs being run by too many players.

In response to demands by the private sector, our government has already taken some preliminary steps which will benefit the business community as a whole but, more important, will also benefit small business.

For example, because of their size, small businesses often do not have the resources to find international trade leads. Accordingly, we are undertaking a number of improvements to the way we collect and disseminate market intelligence and market information. We have put into place an electronic bulletin board service that allows exporters access to the latest international market information by a personal computer and a modem.

We are also developing a market intelligence messaging system for broadcast faxing of trade opportunities. Furthermore, small businesses often complain about the plethora of government programs and are confused by what different levels of government are responsible for when it comes to international trade. This government is therefore undertaking a second set of measures to provide greater cohesion and focus to the support role played by governments.

There is a need for better co-ordination of international business development activity among both federal departments and the provinces.

Accordingly, this year's International Trade Business Plan will include the input and international business activities of all provinces, as well as 18 federal departments and agencies that are already part of the process.

In addition, in conjunction with the provinces and a number of federal government departments, this government is undertaking a new initiative called Trade Team Canada. We are looking to optimize services to clients by co-ordinating the delivery of international business development activities among various levels of government. We intend to move ahead promptly by setting up pilot projects in co-operation with those provinces that have already shown an interest in the idea.

In conclusion, the initiatives that I have been describing are based on a co-operative approach of the kind we need to mobilize Canada's export potential and in particular the potential of our small and medium sized businesses.

Our government is making a conscious effort to consult extensively with our clients. We promised that and we are doing that. I do not think we should just go to our next door neighbours to consult but we should call all of Canada to consult with us and tell us what they want.

Our government is making a conscious effort to consult extensively with our clients, the people of Canada who run our small businesses. I wish to assure the House that we will continue to seek ways to work together with the business community so it can meet the challenges and opportunities of an expanding world market. We will not stop trying until the world beats a path to the door of Canadian small and medium sized businesses.

Standing Committee On Industry November 14th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, apparently one of my colleagues in the opposition would like to speak first. He has an emergency. I would not mind letting him go first.

Pulp And Paper Agreement November 14th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, the federal government entered into an administrative agreement on pulp and paper with the province of British Columbia.

Through this agreement, co-signed by the B.C. minister of environment, lands and parks, the federal regulations under the Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act will be administered in harmony with British Columbia's laws on liquid effluents from pulp and paper mills. It is an important example of this government's commitment to harmonizing its efforts with all provinces and territories to improve Canada's environment.

This is a win, win, win arrangement. Taxpayers win by having a more streamlined government. Management and pulp and paper workers win by having streamlined reporting and other procedures. The environment wins by having policies and procedures that are strong and consistent.

This agreement also meets an important objective of the Canada-British Columbia action plan on improving the efficiency of the federation.

Career Week November 3rd, 1994

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my colleagues, the Secretary of State for Training and Youth and the Minister of Human Resources Development, I am pleased to inform the House that this week more than 1,500 junior and high schools, colleges and Canada Employment Centres will participate in the 1994 edition of Canada Career Week.

Canada Career Week is designed to focus the attention of students and all Canadians on what prospects the job market is likely to hold for them and which skills they will need to succeed in an ever evolving economy.

Education is the key to sound career planning because knowledge opens doors. Young people have to start planning their future very early. Canada Career Week activities like job sharing and career and job fairs will have them face the challenge of making the right career choice.

I convey my best wishes for success to all Canada Career Week organizers and participants.

Rose Charlie October 27th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate Rose Charlie, the grand chief of B.C. on receiving one of the Governor General's awards last week. The awards are given in commemoration of the Persons case, the decision of the British Privy Council which declared Canadian women to be persons.

Rose was given the award for over 25 years of public service and for her outstanding contributions to improving and advancing the life of natives, aboriginal women in particular.

As a founding member of Indian Rights for Indian Women, Rose helped change discriminatory legislation that deprived aboriginal women of their status when they married non-Indians or American native men. The change has enabled thousands of women and their children to regain their status. She also helped to start the Indian Homemakers Association of B.C. in the late

1960s when there were not any native organizations in the province.

Rose remains active in the community today serving as president of the Mission Friendship Centre and participating in numerous organizations.

Please join me in recognizing the accomplishments of Rose Charlie.

Cycling For A Miracle October 26th, 1994

Mr. Speaker, I have the great honour and privilege to recognize the accomplishments of Suzanne MacLean of Vancouver. Suzanne demonstrated profound courage, remarkable strength and depth of humanity in her recent cross-Canada bicycle journey "Cycling for a Miracle".

Travelling across this vast country is always challenging, but to do so in renal failure and on peritoneal dialysis is truly unbelievable and a miracle in itself.

Suzanne set out to promote organ donation awareness and to raise money for transplant research. However, she has also instilled in us a strong sense of hope and confidence in being able to overcome traditional physical obstacles and in meeting our expectations and aspirations. She has generated tremendous public support for organ donations. The impact has already been felt; Canadians have signed their organ cards and are discussing the idea of donating.

I am proud to have had the opportunity to lend my support to Suzanne and to this worthy endeavour. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Suzanne MacLean.