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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was reform.

Last in Parliament April 1997, as Reform MP for Nanaimo—Cowichan (B.C.)

Won his last election, in 1993, with 40% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Petitions May 31st, 1996

Mr. Speaker, I have another petition signed by 128 constituents from the Chemainus area who call on Parliament not to amend the Constitution as requested by the Government of Newfoundland and to refer the problem of educational reform back to the Government of Newfoundland.

Petitions May 31st, 1996

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by 100 members of the public asking that Parliament consider the advisability of extending benefits or compensation to veterans of the war time merchant navy equal to that enjoyed by veterns of Canada's World War II armed services.

National Unity May 31st, 1996

Mr. Speaker, we hear much talk these days about what individual Canadians are doing in the interest of national unity.

In my riding of Nanaimo-Cowichan one person has done a great deal of writing and broadcasting about Canadians who have, through their achievements, made us proud of the country in which we live and call home, Canada.

Dick Drew has written a book entitled The Canadian Achievers as part of his effort to highlight the outstanding contributions made by people from coast to coast. His best selling book and ongoing radio show outline the accomplishments of some of Canada's least known and well known personalities and in so doing focuses on the very source of Canadian unity, our people.

For those looking to find a source which highlights the spirit and motivation of individual Canadians, Dick Drew's radio show and book on Canadian achievers are a welcome contribution to Canadian unity.

Petitions May 10th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, I present a petition from 29 of my constituents who ask that peace tax legislation be passed into law and specifically that the conscientious objection act be made into law.

Human Rights May 1st, 1996

Mr. Speaker, the plain and simple truth is that I made a mistake. The comments attributed to me regarding minority employees are neither a reflection of my personal views nor of Reform Party policy. They were hypothetical answers to hypothetical questions posed by reporters and they were the wrong answers.

I do believe all Canadians are equal and should be treated fairly without regard to race, religion, language, culture, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. Human rights are paramount. I

would never fire or discipline an employee based on anything other than his or her performance. This is the point I was trying to get across in the interview.

Having discussed this with my colleagues in caucus, I realize that nothing less than an unequivocal apology to everyone is in order. That is what I am saying. I apologize without reservation for the statements made and for any hurt they may have caused any person or group.

Budget Implementation Act, 1996 April 29th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, I believe you will find that most Reformers will vote yes to the amendment to the amendment, except those who might wish to vote otherwise.

Somalia Inquiry April 29th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, through you to the Minister of National Defence, how will the minister guarantee to the public of Canada that the Somalia commission will get to the bottom of all of the allegations concerning General Boyle and the whole alleged cover-up of information in the Somalia affair?

Somalia Inquiry April 29th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure the public is going to be very happy with the answer from the Minister of Justice.

I will ask the Minister of National Defence again, how are you going to guarantee that the public-

Somalia Inquiry April 29th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, this afternoon I was stunned to learn that a government lawyer appearing in front of the Somalia commission opined that the commission had no mandate to look at the alleged cover-up of information from the Department of National Defence. The Minister of National Defence day after day and week after week has been telling us to relax and take it easy, that the Somalia commission will give us all the facts on this. What is his story today?

Supply April 29th, 1996

Madam Speaker, I certainly believe in justice for everyone.

The member in his intervention really is trying to take our focus off the motion before us to say now that the rights of the gay community are coming up, can we get a commitment from the member. Justice is justice. I do not think we should single out any particular group and say they should be given special rights. We are saying justice for all.

The issue before us today is justice for the victims of crime as opposed to the continued over justice for the perpetrators of crime. That is what I would like us to zero in on.