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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was liberal.

Last in Parliament October 2015, as Conservative MP for Calgary West (Alberta)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 62% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Committees of the House April 28th, 2010

Mr. Speaker, if the House gives its consent, I move that the first report of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, presented to the House yesterday, be concurred in.

Committees of the House April 27th, 2010

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament with respect to the quorum and mandate of the committee.

Missing Children Society of Canada April 26th, 2010

Madam Speaker, May 25 is National Missing Children's Day. Every 10 minutes a child goes missing in Canada, a child is kidnapped from his or her home, school or playground. A child may be targeted for the purposes of child prostitution, child trafficking or worse. The motivation of the abductor is often to exploit, rape and murder.

The Missing Children Society of Canada has been helping law enforcement and searching families for almost 25 years. It is the only organization that becomes involved at the preliminary stage of the investigation. It assists police and adopt the investigation if the police classify the case as inactive.

On May 27, the Missing Children Society of Canada is hosting its annual gala dinner in Calgary. All proceeds will be allocated to investigating abductions and the disappearances of Canada's children. If people can attend or assist in any way, it would be pleased to hear from them.

Committees of the House December 7th, 2009

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the eighth report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates with respect to the supplementary estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.

Wedding Anniversary Congratulations November 19th, 2009

Mr. Speaker, constituents, Harry and Femmy Slagter, are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary.

They came from Holland and theirs was a case of love at first sight. Harry joined the navy but still had a year to serve. He promised Femmy he would follow her. At the age of 21, he waved goodbye to his family and set sail for Canada. A two year courtship followed.

On November 19, 1954, they began their journey together as husband and wife. In 1959, they moved their growing family to Calgary. Harry is a welder who graduated with honours. Femmy won medals in speed skating, served as a nurse and also worked for Harry Strom, the former premier of Alberta.

Harry and Femmy's children have all married and are busy raising families. The Slagter family consists of 10 children, 51 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 20 spouses of children and grandchildren for a total of 110, and growing.

Harry and Femmy Slagter attend the Bethel United Reformed Church and are blessed to know the word of the Lord.

Justice May 7th, 2009

Madam Speaker, no one can argue against the fact that while an offender is in jail they cannot terrorize our streets or victimize our communities.

The mandatory minimum penalties that this government brought in for serious firearms offences and now for serious drug offences are aimed at disrupting criminal enterprise. By incarcerating a member of a gang, one weakens the criminal organization and disrupts their illegal activities. Mandatory minimum sentences provide uniformity in sentencing.

Judges should not agonize over what are appropriate sentences for the crimes in question. Take the case of James Lemmon, a Calgary man who has been sentence to 13 years in prison for sexual assault. One of his victims was his 10-year-old niece. It is outrageous that this is his fourth conviction.

Constituents in my riding want to see mandatory minimum sentences for crimes that involve the harm and sexual exploitation of children.

Petitions May 6th, 2009

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to present petitions and call for tougher penalties for sexual offenders. Current penalties for sexual offenders do not reflect the severity of the crime and subsequent life-altering consequences suffered by victims.

Therefore, sexual offenders must receive a minimum of 10 years' jail time with no parole; they must attend rehabilitation; and the public needs to be notified upon release of a sexual offender.

Petitions March 23rd, 2009

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to present petitions that call for tougher penalties for sexual offenders.

Current penalties for sexual offenders do not reflect the severity of the crime and the subsequent life-altering consequences suffered by victims.

Therefore, sexual offenders must receive a minimum 10 years jail time with no parole. Sexual offenders must attend rehabilitation and the public needs to be notified upon release of a sexual offender.

Petitions March 6th, 2009

Mr. Speaker, the people of Canada want tougher penalties for sexual offenders.

The current penalties for sexual offenders do not reflect the severity of the crime and the subsequent life-altering consequences suffered by victims.

These residents call for legislation providing that sexual offenders receive a minimum 10-year jail time with no parole, that sexual offenders must attend rehabilitation and that the public be notified upon the release of a sexual offender.

Calgary Stampeders November 21st, 2008

Mr. Speaker, it was in light of the hon. member not being with us for much longer.

At this rodeo we are going to horn in the Liberal carbon tax and steer the country in the right direction.

They make yards being my hometown and the ultimate touchdown.

They are the team for Canada's back-to-back elected, trusted and savvy Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Go Stamps go.