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View Rodney Weston Profile
CPC (NB)
View Rodney Weston Profile
2009-12-10 10:09 [p.7868]
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans in relation to the operation and maintenance of small craft harbours.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons the committee requests the government to table a comprehensive response to this report.
View Tilly O'Neill Gordon Profile
CPC (NB)
View Tilly O'Neill Gordon Profile
2009-12-10 14:07 [p.7902]
Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to pay tribute to Charles and William Delanoe.
Fifty years ago on December 16, brothers Charles and William Delanoe of Miramichi, New Brunswick, two volunteer firemen, were killed and two others were badly injured when an explosion from within a blazing two-storey concrete building sent most of the front wall hurtling down on them. Both brothers had been active volunteer firefighters for 15 years.
I wish to take this opportunity to remember the fallen firefighters and pay tribute to all the firefighters who put their lives on the line.
Every Christmas, firefighters across this country encourage people to think about fire safety in their homes. May we all have a safe and merry Christmas.
View Yvon Godin Profile
NDP (NB)
View Yvon Godin Profile
2009-12-10 14:18 [p.7904]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to pay tribute today to Ed Levert, a great man who passed away on December 6. Mr. Levert came to Bathurst from Sudbury in 1966 to organize the union at the Nigadoo mine. He had a lifelong passion for the union movement and served as an organizer and staff representative for the steelworkers until he retired.
He also helped establish New Brunswick's current workplace safety and workers' compensation standards and, after his retirement, became a defender of injured workers. Until quite recently, Mr. Levert was president of the New Brunswick Seniors' Council and an activist for seniors' rights. I had the chance to get to know Mr. Levert when I worked at the mine. He always worked to help those who were in need. He was very much admired, and the people of Acadie—Bathurst will remember his many achievements for a long time to come.
On behalf of the NDP, I would like to express my sincere sympathies to his wife, Jackie, and his children.
View Brian Murphy Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Speaker, today, December 10, is Human Rights Day.
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” These famous few words established the fundamental principle of international human rights law 60 years ago.
Yet today, the fight against discrimination remains a daily struggle for millions around the globe. Every one of us can make a difference, like our leader, who introduced Bill C-471 and said that equal pay for work of equal value is a basic human right that should never be subject to negotiation.
We must be united in the fight to end discrimination.
Liberals, like our leader, are in it for all Canadians and in it to end discrimination.
View Yvon Godin Profile
NDP (NB)
View Yvon Godin Profile
2009-12-10 15:03 [p.7912]
Mr. Speaker, I believe that the Minister of Finance needs a short course in mathematics. The $8.3 billion could support 101,000 families with children, 192,000 single parent families, or 293,000 seniors living alone. 293,000 seniors could live on the bonuses of the CEOs of the six largest banks.
What is the Minister of Finance waiting for to follow the lead of Great Britain and legislate against these excessive bonuses.
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
2009-12-09 14:42 [p.7831]
Mr. Speaker, with the Chief of the Defence Staff's revelations this morning, the Conservative story on detainees has now been totally discredited. Every time the Conservatives come up with a new story, the truth comes out and they are forced to create a new falsehood to cover up the untruth of their last falsehood.
Story after story from the government is untrue. Answer after answer is total fiction. Why does the minister not finally come clean, stand up in the House and tell Canadians the truth?
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
2009-12-09 14:44 [p.7832]
Mr. Speaker, with the chief of the defence staff's revelations this morning, the Conservatives' story does not hold up. Every time the Conservatives try to cover up the story about torture in Afghanistan, the truth comes out and they are forced to create a new falsehood to cover up their last falsehood.
When will the minister stop fabricating stories on the fly, stand up in this House and tell Canadians the truth?
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
2009-12-08 10:57 [p.7757]
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Markham for his incisive comments on the issue of tax harmonization.
This bill before the House of Commons is a tax measure. The Conservatives spend a great deal of time talking about taxes, pretending that they are interested only in lowering taxes when in fact we have seen in recent times, in recent examples rather massive payroll tax increases in the form of projected hikes to EI premiums.
I am wondering if my colleague, who served as a senior private sector economist, as the chief economist of the Royal Bank of Canada, and who was a distinguished academic before he ran, as he noted, in 2000, to serve in the House of Commons, could perhaps tell us briefly about the negative consequences of potential tax increases and in particular about the Conservatives' payroll tax increase they are planning to impose on Canadians in the form of EI premium increases.
View Jean-Claude D'Amours Profile
Lib. (NB)
Madam Speaker, this year the Soucy farm in Saint-Basile will be celebrating its 225th anniversary.
This farm was established in Saint-Basile in 1784 before the parish was officially founded. The Soucy farm is the only ancestral farm in northern New Brunswick. In other words, it is the only farm that has stayed in the same family since it was founded.
Paul-Émile Soucy, the current owner, is the seventh of his line to run the family farm. Before him, the farm was run by his father Conrad and his grandfather Léonide. Today, Paul-Émile Soucy raises sheep and rotates crops between potatoes and grains, in addition to owning wood lots and thus being involved in the forestry and maple syrup industries.
I want to congratulate Paul-Émile Soucy on his fine operation of the farm, which is an integral part of the historic and cultural heritage of Saint-Basile. The Soucy family, and the Madawaska community have reason to be proud.
Congratulations to the Soucy family on its 225 years of dedication and success.
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
2009-12-08 14:34 [p.7789]
Mr. Speaker, in 2006, the Red Cross gave warnings about the conditions that detainees transferred by the Canadian Forces to the Afghan police were being exposed to.
What was the Conservative Party's priority? Its priority was not to ensure that Canada was respecting its international obligations, but rather to come up with a communications strategy to cover up the matter.
Why was making better arrangements for the transfer of detainee at the bottom of the Conservatives' priority list?
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Dominic LeBlanc Profile
2009-12-08 14:36 [p.7789]
Mr. Speaker, a Department of Foreign Affairs document from 2007 on the strategy for managing Afghan detainees demonstrates that the Conservatives were more worried about their image than they were about protecting human beings, including our soldiers.
In a document entitled “Strategic (Macro) Level Engagement”, the possibility of establishing a better transfer and oversight mechanism is last on the list of priorities.
Why was it more important to cover up the matter than to solve the problem?
View Yvon Godin Profile
NDP (NB)
View Yvon Godin Profile
2009-12-07 12:14 [p.7656]
Mr. Speaker, the government has moved a motion that the debate on the HST, the harmonized sales tax for Ontario and British Columbia, be not further adjourned.
It is well known that the people of British Columbia and Ontario do not want the HST, as it will create another tax on many things that are not currently taxed, for example, heating and many other things.
I wonder why we have Parliament in this country. That is the question I want to ask the Leader of the Conservative Party. The Conservatives want to ram the bill through without a real debate, where we would take time to debate it and then send it to committee. The government is just ramming the bill through and not giving elected members of Parliament an opportunity to debate it.
The government is saying it is the provinces that asked for it. The provinces asked for it but at the same time the federal government has to take responsibility and allow debate on the bill and allow democracy to take place. I would like to know what the leader--
View Tilly O'Neill Gordon Profile
CPC (NB)
View Tilly O'Neill Gordon Profile
2009-12-07 14:13 [p.7669]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's recent visits to China and India are delivering results for Canadians. Approved destination status will bring millions of Chinese tourist dollars to Canadian businesses. Canadian pork and canola producers will benefit from bigger and better access to the Chinese market. Our nuclear co-operation agreement with India will provide tremendous opportunities for Canada's civilian nuclear industry.
In 13 years the Liberals signed a paltry three free trade agreements and caused long-term damage to our relationship with India. The Liberals are even helping the NDP hold up our trade agreement with Colombia. In less than four years, our Conservative government has concluded five new free trade agreements with eight countries. We have launched historic negotiations with the European Union and India, two of the world's largest markets.
The facts speak for themselves. When it comes to opposing protectionism and promoting free trade, our government is leading by example.
View Jean-Claude D'Amours Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Speaker, since 2006, more than 55,000 Canadians living in rural areas have lost the right to home mail delivery. More than 40 post offices have been closed.
Many Canadian seniors, like 86-year-old Elsie Bédard, now have to travel long distances to pick up their mail.
All Canadians should have the right to the same service, no matter where they live. The Liberal Party does not want a Canada where rural regions are penalized for the benefit of urban centres.
Why has the government done nothing to stop 55,000 Canadians from being deprived of home mail delivery?
View Jean-Claude D'Amours Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Speaker, if there were an agreement between the people of Canada and Canada Post, people would not be after federal MPs to change things.
Arlene Parks and other seniors of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, are losing their rural mail service and will now have to walk long distances or drive to get their mail. There are examples of this all across this country.
Regardless of where Canadians live, they have a right to an equal quality of service. The Liberal Party does not support a Canada in which rural Canada has a lower level of service than urban Canada.
Why has the government done nothing to ensure that rural Canadians have the same rights to have the same service? Tell us why.
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