Maurice Brydon FOSTER

FOSTER, Maurice Brydon, D.V.M.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Algoma (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 8, 1933
Deceased Date
October 2, 2010
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Foster
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=04c88469-fd47-40e9-b8ad-fbb8a173dcb9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
veterinarian

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (January 1, 1972 - January 1, 1974)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (January 1, 1972 - January 1, 1974)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (December 1, 1972 - January 1, 1973)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council (January 1, 1974 - May 9, 1974)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (September 15, 1974 - September 14, 1975)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (October 10, 1975 - September 30, 1976)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (March 1, 1984 - June 29, 1984)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (June 30, 1984 - July 9, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 496)


June 16, 1993

Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):

Madam Speaker, I want to call the attention of the House today to the fact that a week from tomorrow, on June 25, will be the 25th anniversary of the election of 1968 when some 96 members of Parliament were first elected.

This was a very historic election. Some 64 Liberals, 16 Progressive Conservatives, 9 New Democrats and 7 Creditistes were first elected. There are members who are still in the House who were among that group of 96 members of Parliament first elected in 1968, including the Deputy Prime Minister. That group also included the former Leader of the NDP, Mr. Broadbent, the former leader of the Ralliement Creditiste, Mr. Andre Fortin, who was unfortunately killed in a very sad and tragic accident, the former Speaker of the House, Mr. Jerome, the former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Lincoln Alexander, many judges, four or five senators and a number of provincial party leaders.

There are only six members left in the House today. The member for Vegreville who is the Deputy Prime Minister, the Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Whole, the hon. members for Yorkton-Melville, Regina- Lumsden, York Centre, Davenport and me. After this Parliament, as was mentioned earlier this afternoon, only two members will be running again in the next election. They are the hon. member for Yorkton-Melville and the hon. member for Davenport. We congratulate them on their tenacity, stamina and political longevity.

I might mention in passing that the Speaker of the House, Mr. Fraser, ran in 1968. Unfortunately he was not elected at that time but he has often extended great hospitality to the class of '68. There was the annual dinner and reception, sponsored by the Speaker and his wife, Cate. I want to extend my good wishes to them today as tributes are being paid.

We also often adopted the hon. member for Papi-neau-Saint-Michel. He was not exactly in the class of '68 as he was actually elected in a by-election in November 1967. However he has always hung around

Tributes

with the gang. Our theme song this afternoon might be They're Breaking up that Old Gang of Mine because after this election there will probably be only two in the House.

As we look back on that election in 1968, we were just coming off the centennial celebration. Clearly the country was in a mood of great confidence and great determination. There was a certain esprit de corps which we did not really have last year. I hope the country will regain that esprit de corps when the new Parliament, the 35th Parliament of Canada, is gathered together this fall or early next winter. Even though we have many problems in this country, with that kind of spirit, confidence and enthusiasm I think we can overcome those problems.

To my colleagues who were elected in 1968 and other friends throughout the House I extend my very good wishes. Being here these last 25 years has been one of the most exciting, challenging, stimulating and rewarding experiences of my life. I am sure that is true for every other member, especially those who are retiring with this Parliament.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HON. JOHN FRASER
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Foster:

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to join with the House leader in paying tribute to you on your 25th anniversary of serving in the House of Commons.

You were among some 96 members who were elected in 1968, of which there are only six left. I believe at the

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end of this Parliament there will only be two. We want to congratulate you on your 25 years in the House of Commons. As the House leader said, you are a former Edmonton Eskimo and when you became the deputy opposition whip in 1972 to 1976 you led some mighty challenges and attacks on the government front benches benches during that time.

I recall as well that you led some great sing-songs at Speaker Jerome's summer home in the Gatineau on a few occasions.

You served as the Minister of State for Fitness and Amateur Sport and Multiculturalism in the Clark government in 1979 and in 1984 you were chosen Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Whole House. You have been able to bring all your skills of diplomacy to bear on this place.

I want to congratulate you. You are a really great family man. You have five children and three grandchildren. One was bom I believe March 30.1 recall we were paying tribute to you at that time or to your new grandchild. I had the honour of mentioning Kathleen's name in the House. It is probably the first time that a child has been born and introduced to the House of Commons the following day. That is something that I remember about your family.

I want to say that in your biography, it mentions that you are a great singer. Those of us who have had occasions to be with you on more festive occasions know that is true.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Foster:

Maurice Chevalier.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PENSIONS
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Foster:

You might even put the Minister of National Health and Welfare to shame if you were to do your rendition of Hello Dolly right now. One of your other favourite songs is Sunny Side of the Street.

That is one of the great tributes that can be paid to you, Mr. Speaker. Whenever you enter a room to join in, you bring joy, happiness and exuberance to the occasion. That is what will be remembered most.

We are glad that you have been here for 25 years. You have brought joy, exuberance and good feelings to this place and specially in your position as Speaker. We wish you well. We wish Betty well and we wish your entire family well.

June 15, 1993

Government Orders

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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June 14, 1993

Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):

Madam Speaker, that is a real rant.

My question is for the Minister for International Trade. Last week the government struck out again in its relations with the United States when the United States imposed a countervail duty of $20 per hog for the 1989-90 year. This is going to cost the Canadian pork

producers some $14 million dollars over and above the $4 million which they have already paid.

I want to ask the minister: Is this not simply another failure of the free trade deal? What is the government going to do to stop this constant harassing of Canadian pork producers which has been going on since 1985? What is the minister going to do?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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