February 26, 1993

LIB

Dennis Joseph Mills

Liberal

Mr. Dennis Mills (Broadview-Greenwood):

Madam Speaker, the Metropolitan Tbronto Hockey League, under the leadership of John Gardiner, has plans to build an international hockey and figure skating facility on 12 acres of land at the Downsview Air Force Base in Toronto.

This world-class facility will create instant construction jobs, long-term jobs in tourism, longer term jobs in fitness and amateur sport, not to mention the benefit to tens of thousands of figure skaters and hockey players, as well as a home for other Canadian cultural events.

The MTHL has raised the construction money from private sponsors and the government has declared the land redundant.

On behalf of all members of the greater Toronto Liberal caucus we urge this government to cut through the red tape and get this project going. It should remember its promise of jobs, jobs, jobs.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   DOWNSVIEW AIR FORCE BASE
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RIGHT HON. PRIME MINISTER

PC

Gabriel Desjardins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Madam Speaker, speaking on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Temiscamingue, I want to thank the Prime Minister of Canada for the energy and determination with which he served this country during the past eight years.

The people in my riding have always seen him as a true leader, whose tenacity, determination and courage are extraordinary. We will remember him as a man driven by a consuming passion for his country and as a man of great warmth and generosity who was sensitive and attuned to the needs of the regions.

Clean air, decentralization of federal services, regional development and a Ministry of State for Seniors are all initiatives that were welcomed by my constituents.

I therefore want to join my fellow citizens in wishing the Prime Minister and his family a happy and prosperous retirement, and once again, we want to say, loud and clear: Thank you!

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   RIGHT HON. PRIME MINISTER
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GOVERNMENT WHARFS


Mr. Francis G. LeBlanc (Cape Breton Highlands - Canso): Madam Speaker, inshore fishermen in the Gulf of St. Lawrence can be accused of feeling that this government and particularly this department of fisheries have it in for them. First it was the imposition of dockside monitoring fees which these fishermen have had to fight in court. Then it was the attack on the bona fide licensing program. Now there is the standoff at the government wharf at Lismore right in the backyard of the Minister of Public Works. February 26, 1993



It is true the federal government is making much needed repairs to the government wharf. Unfortunately this has required the destruction of a shed owned by a small lobster buyer. The fishermen believe a modest payment to the buyer to help replace this facility is warranted. The amount is negotiable. Instead, the government wants to provoke a costly court battle with the fishermen, a battle neither it nor the taxpayers of Canada can afford. Why does this government not try accommodation instead of confrontation in dealing with its inshore fishermen whose backs are against the wall because of its disastrous policies?


THE LATE DANNY GALLIVAN

PC

Barry D. Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Barry Moore (Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle):

Madam Speaker, we were all saddened today to hear of the passing of a great Canadian, Mr. Danny Gallivan.

All Canadians from coast to coast have lost an irreplaceable citizen and a friend. Danny Gallivan will best be remembered as a pioneer. He revolutionized sports broadcasting as we know it today. We will all remember the voice behind Hockey Night in Canada and the Montreal Canadiens. We will surely remember the excitement and the euphoria he brought to our living-rooms on Saturday nights. The scintillating saves and the cannonading drives were all synonymous with Danny Gallivan.

One could feel his love for the game but, more important, his love for his country. Although best remembered as an avid broadcaster, Danny Gallivan nonetheless contributed as much time and dedication to the greatest of his concerns, human welfare.

In fact his love for this country and its people may be best exemplified by the multitude of charitable organizations he supported and contributed to. As well, his love for the youth of Canada was unmatched.

We will all miss Danny Gallivan.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE LATE DANNY GALLIVAN
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ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

NDP

Raymond John Skelly

New Democratic Party

Mr. Raymond Skelly (North Island-Powell River):

Madam Speaker, the Gwa'Sala and Nakwaxda'xw Indian

bands at Smith Inlet and Blunden Harbour were forcibly amalgamated and moved to Port Hardy, B.C. in the 1960s.

This forcible amalgamation and relocation were exclusively for the convenience of the department of Indian affairs. Once the move was made the department of Indian affairs broke every promise it ever made to these people about housing, education, health and economic development. When they left it burned their traditional community so there could be no return.

The Gwa'Sala-Nakwaxda'xw sank into 30 years of hell, totally engulfed by social disintegration and social problems. One of the measures of these social problems was the fact that 300 children were apprehended by social services and taken out of that community. Some were adopted as far away as Europe, never to return again.

It is our hope that the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples would meet on the north end of Vancouver Island to hold sessions in the community to inquire into the impact of the policy of the department of Indian affairs concerning forcible amalgamation and forcible relocation of Indian people with no commitment to the promises made.

In the case of the Gwa'Sala-Nakwaxda'xw-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

The hon. member's time has expired.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
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IMMIGRATION

PC

Douglas Fee

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):

Madam Speaker, in a survey last year my constituents expressed concern about the integrity of our immigration system. The majority supported the need to tighten up immigration laws to filter out those who would abuse our system.

I was one of several members who gave up time in my riding last summer to hear witnesses on Bill C-86, the amendments to the Immigration Act.

We were told by Immigration officials of cases where immigration officers would see a passport sticking out of the pocket of would-be refugee but had no right to seize the document. The power to search, they said, would greatly assist them in their efforts to prevent abuse.

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We learn from the paper today that already those new powers are having an effect. Since the beginning of the month immigration officials have been able to seize several fake passports and documents, in some cases simply by asking people claiming to have no documents to empty their pockets. In one instance the phoney documents led to an RCMP investigation into a smuggling ring.

Canada is one of the most generous countries in the world when it comes to opening its doors to those who seek to enjoy what it has to offer. We want to continue our tradition of compassion but, to ensure this, officials must have the powers necessary to uphold our immigration system.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
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PC

Andrée Champagne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Madam Deputy Speaker:

The hon. member's time has expired.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
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THE LATE DANNY GALLIVAN

LIB

Russell Gregoire MacLellan

Liberal

Mr. Russell MacLellan (Cape Breton-The Sydneys):

Madam Speaker, it was sad to learn this morning of the death of one of Cape Breton's finest sons, Danny Gallivan.

The broadcast voice of the Montreal Canadiens for three decades, Danny Gallivan's high-pitched and unfailingly colourful description of the games transfixed hockey fans around the world.

For more than 22 consecutive years he did not miss a single game because of illness. His great contribution to the sport was recognized in 1982 when he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

On a personal note, I count the Gallivan family among my friends and I want to express to them my deepest sympathies.

Danny Gallivan's Canadiens were undoubtedly the greatest hockey team in the world. Their heroes included Maurice Richard, Doug Harvey, Jean Beliveau, Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, and too many others to name here. But to me as a youngster, and even today, the greatest Canadien hero of all was the guy from down the road in Whitney Pier, Danny Gallivan.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE LATE DANNY GALLIVAN
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VOLUNTEERS

PC

Fernand Jourdenais

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fernand Jourdenais (La Prairie):

Madam Speaker, on February 14,1 had the honour and the privilege as the federal member of Parliament for La Prairie to give nearly 50 people in my riding the commemorative medal for Canada's 125th anniversary on behalf of the Governor General.

More than 650 guests attended this ceremony where I was very pleased to honour and thank publicly these volunteers who have worked for many years to help my constituents in the arts, social affairs, culture and sports.

Such tribute had never been paid to them publicly and, as several of them said to me, this will help them continue to work tirelessly and even more eagerly to help the most disadvantaged and those in greatest need.

Congratulations to every one of them on behalf of all my constituents and in my own name. Any well-organized community needs such volunteers and should thank them in appreciation for their good deeds.

Once again, thanks to all.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   VOLUNTEERS
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MAIN ESTIMATES

NDP

Dawn Black

New Democratic Party

Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster-Burnaby):

Madam Speaker, yesterday's budget estimates brought good news for helicopter makers and spies but bad news for women and children.

Spending on military helicopters has skyrocketed from $4.4 billion to $5.8 billion and Canada's spy agency is richer by almost $12 million. Yet $1 million was cut from women's programs, $5 million was cut from the child care initiatives fund, and billions were lost for child care in dramatically reduced transfer payments to the provinces. The health and welfare branch, which funds family planning and health promotion, was cut by $20 million.

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Funding to prevent unwanted pregnancies and their costly social and economic consequences began a rapid decline under the Liberals and is continuing under the Tories.

Why are military helicopters and spies more important than the women and children of Canada? This government continues to mouth a commitment to equality but takes our society in exactly the opposite direction.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MAIN ESTIMATES
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February 26, 1993