Mr. Speaker, I want to draw the attention of the House to a $14,000 advertisement on page A-ll of today's The Globe and Mail. This advertisement contains a thoroughly repugnant picture of an infant shackled by a ball and chain. The text below this tasteless picture concerns the need to cut Canada's deficit.
Last November during the federal election campaign this country saw corporate Canada finance the free trade agenda of the Conservative Party through an unprecedented amount of advertising. Now that free trade is an unfortunate fact of Canadian life, it appears that corporate Canada is continuing to act as front men for Conservative policies. While our Parties may disagree on just how the deficit should be addressed, I think all Members would agree that ads such as this are distasteful, inappropriate and unacceptable to all Canadians. I call upon the Government to make this known to its supporters.
Topic: POLITICAL PARTIES
Subtopic: ADVERTISING PRACTICES
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to take this opportunity to recognize the important contributions made by a group of valuable Canadians, namely, volunteers. Volunteers are being honoured across Canada through National Volunteer Week. It is also important for Canadians to use this week as an opportunity to realize just how important the role played by volunteers is to our society.
Each day volunteers make significant differences to the lives of those around them. Many organizations such as the Red Cross, firefighters, Canadian Cancer Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, would be unable to offer the same range or quality of services without volunteers.
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As the Member of Parliament for Erie, I want to join my fellow Canadians in saying thank you to volunteers, for giving of their time and energy, and for making a difference.
Topic: VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS
Subtopic: TRIBUTE TO VOLUNTEERS
Mr. Speaker, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is in mourning following the loss this week of both its co-founder, Betty Farrally and its popular artistic director, Henny Juriens. On behalf of my colleagues and all Canadians who have enjoyed the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, I wish to express our sadness and sympathy to the families and friends of both these great contributors to Canadian culture. Fifty years ago, Betty Farrally co-founded a dance studio. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet evolved from the performance club established for its best students. Today, it is a company that all Winnipegers and indeed all Canadians take great pride in. We were all saddened to learn of the death of this great cultural pioneer.
Henny Jurriens and his wife Judy died tragically Sunday. Mr. Jurriens is remembered as an enthusiastic and popular member of the troupe. Both Betty Farrally and Henny Jurriens will be sorely missed by Canada's cultural community. Their contributions will long be remembered.
Topic: ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET
Subtopic: TRIBUTE TO CO-FOUNDER BETTY FARRALLY AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR HENNY JURIENS
Mr. Speaker, April 17th will mark the beginning of a special week honouring Canadian volunteers who so generously participate in social and community activities, and particularly in recreation, cultural, sport and service programs offered to the needy.
We don't always know the names of these volunteers, but we do know about the unlimited generosity and tireless efforts they put in their work. Unfortunately, we often ignore the expenses these people incur for the association and community they serve!
If the municipal, provincial or even federal governments were to pay the salaries and expenses of all the volunteers, they would be faced, I think, with costs beyond belief.
I for one would like the various government levels to be more sensitive to the financial needs of volunteer organizations.
In conclusion, I wish to express my gratitude to all the volunteers in the 52 cities and municipalities of my beloved constituency of Richmond-Wolfe.
Topic: VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS
Subtopic: TRIBUTE TO CANADIAN VOLUNTEERS
Mr. Speaker, there are precious few issues on which 89 per cent of Canadians agree, yet Gallup informs us that 89 per cent of us from every region of Canada want VIA Rail retained and upgraded. Given the tools to do the job, VIA could increase its service and ridership dramatically, yet the Tories have consistently sabotaged efforts VIA has made to improve itself as part of the Government's agenda eventually to destroy VIA Rail completely.
At this moment, the final assault is being led by Erik Neilsen, the Tory who has always called for VIA's end, as he holds hearings in an effort to mobilize popular opinion against VIA Rail. The Government and Mr. Neilsen have failed. Eighty-nine per cent of Canadians disagree with this Tory agenda item. They feel betrayed since, during the election campaign, the Tories said they would expand VIA. Now they are in the process of destroying it.
The Government should listen to the people, keep its promise, live up to its word and keep VIA Rail. If the Government must cut, may I suggest that it cut Mr. Neilsen.
Topic: VIA RAIL
Subtopic: SUPPORT FOR UPGRADING OF SERVICE
Mr. Speaker, earlier this week, the Minister of Employment and Immigration (Mrs. McDougall) announced the Government's progressive new labour force development strategy and improvements to the unemployment insurance program which currently costs over $13 billion a year. The focus of the unemployment insurance program will shift from passive income support to a more constructive and active
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involvement in the labour market. More generous UI benefits for new parents and workers over 65 years of age were announced.
Elowever, there will be an increase in the penalties for workers who quit without just cause, refuse a suitable job or are fired for misconduct. Penalties for fraudulent use of the UI program for workers and/or employers will be significantly increased.
I applaud the Minister. The proposed changes will help all Canadians cope better with the changing workplace of the 1990s and beyond while maintaining a caring and compassionate approach for those who are truly in need.
Topic: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic: SUPPORT FOR CHANGES TO PROGRAM