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Small Business Loans Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like my colleague from the Progressive Conservative Party to listen to what I have to say, as well the member from the NDP who never seems to have any solutions except criticizing. Today I rise to voice my opposition to Bill C-21, an act to amend the Small B

March 13th, 1998House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Canadian Census  Mr. Speaker, yesterday a young Canadian cried out when the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism rose to defend her government's racial census. Millions of Canadians share this youngster's anguish. Despite this government's best efforts the citizens of this country want to be

February 24th, 1998House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Census  Mr. Speaker, two years ago StatsCanada asked Canadians who they were and being Canadian was not an option. It is reassuring to note that over 8.6 million defied the bureaucrats at StatsCanada and wrote “Canadian” as their heritage. Good for them. Will the government stop conduct

February 17th, 1998House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, I will start by recognizing the good work the customs officers at the borders are doing for Canada. They are our ambassadors. When visitors and businessmen come to our country they are their first contact. Their behaviour brings goodwill to Canada. Therefore I would

February 6th, 1998House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Immigration  Mr. Speaker, Canadians are losing confidence in our immigration process. In addition to blatant abuses of immigration policies, we now hear of corruption and fraud by more than one former immigration officer. Can the minister inform the House how many criminal investigations are

February 5th, 1998House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Black History Month  Mr. Speaker, February is Black History Month in Canada. Across our country Canadians of African descent will be celebrating and reflecting upon their rich and diverse heritage. To mark Black History Month I will be hosting a reception this evening to announce the launch of my pr

February 5th, 1998House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Refugees  Mr. Speaker, last week the auditor general stated that he “deplores the fact that it takes on average more than two and a half years to settle a refugee claim”. Today 38,000 refugees have their lives on hold as they wait to have their claims heard. The fact of the matter is that

December 11th, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Amendment To The Constitution Of Canada (Newfoundland)  Mr. Speaker, there are some good analogies there. To answer the question, in the case of slavery, that referendum was taking away the basic human rights of someone, treating someone as inferior. In this case we are talking about a change in the system, not about taking away the

December 8th, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Amendment To The Constitution Of Canada (Newfoundland)  Mr. Speaker, I do not think so. I still say that this is a change, not taking rights away. I still feel that parents in Newfoundland have the basic right to educate their children in the manner they want. I know that in Calgary those who do not agree with that are teaching their

December 8th, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Amendment To The Constitution Of Canada (Newfoundland)  Mr. Speaker, I rise today after hearing compelling arguments put forward by members on both sides of this issue. Having listened to my colleagues it is a very difficult situation for me to make a decision on. I have thought and thought about it. Especially being a minority mysel

December 8th, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

The Senate  Mr. Speaker, today I join a growing number of Albertans who want their next senator elected. Many residents in my riding have called saying they want the Prime Minister to allow the province of Alberta to elect its next senator. But the Prime Minister is not listening. The poor

November 25th, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Anti-Personnel Mines Convention Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to speak in support of this bill today. Bill C-22 is an important bill and I am happy to have this opportunity to share my comments with my colleagues in this House. I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation for the tireless hours t

November 24th, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, the riding I represent is made up of small business people, single parents, working families and seniors. They are trying to make ends meet. These Canadians do not want government handouts. All they want is the government to take its hands out their pockets. My ques

November 24th, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Saguenay—St. Lawrence Marine Park Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak on the final reading of Bill C-7, the Saguenay—St. Lawrence marine park. When the Reform Party critic from Kootenay—Columbia spoke on November 4 on this bill, he raised certain issues of concern. I quote from the Reform member for

November 21st, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform

Saguenay—St. Lawrence Marine Park Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak on the final reading of Bill C-7, the Saguenay-St. Lawrence marine park.

November 21st, 1997House debate

Deepak ObhraiReform