John HERRON

HERRON, John, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Independent
Constituency
Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
October 21, 1964
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Herron_(New_Brunswick_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0ec6b471-5f77-4899-840d-c1496ee34942&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, manager, sales and distribution manager

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
PC
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
PC
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
February 2, 2004 - May 23, 2004
IND
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 105 of 106)


October 24, 1997

Mr. John Herron (Fundy—Royal, PC)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday people died in the north Atlantic. Today the eyes of the world are on Canada's search and rescue operations. We have excellent people who cannot do their jobs without excellent equipment.

In response to a serious question the Minister of National Defence gave partisan lines that were inappropriate. Every single Canadian knows that it was this government that cancelled the helicopter deal that could have made a difference yesterday. When will this government stop playing partisan politics and act responsibly by properly equipping our coast guard?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Search And Rescue
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October 24, 1997

Mr. John Herron (Fundy—Royal, PC)

Mr. Speaker, my colleague asked twice yesterday and I am asking for a second time today. Soon is not good enough. Yesterday's events made it clear that Canadians need an answer. Please take this question seriously.

Today we have a platform out there, the Hibernia platform. Any helicopter could have actually flown to the platform, refuelled and continued on. We did not have the flexibility to actually make that step because we did not have the helicopters in the first place.

I ask the parliamentary secretary—

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Search And Rescue
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October 23, 1997

Mr. John Herron (Fundy—Royal, PC)

Madam Speaker, I was very interested in the comments made by the hon. member. I know that he is an individual who is deeply concerned for the welfare of all Atlantic Canadians.

As a fellow Atlantic Canadian I also understand the tragedies that the families in Atlantic Canada and in British Columbia for that matter have actually undergone over the collapse of the fishery, particularly with respect to groundfish.

I do not even live in a riding that actually has groundfish to speak of. However it does not take very long for us to realize and contact some of our friends and our families who have actually ended up leaving Atlantic Canada for other places.

I think it is important for us to recognize the real issue here. It is not necessarily a matter of which government was in power at this point. It is not a matter of which government was in power before us. I know the hon. member understands this is an issue that has to be addressed today. The solutions that we need are solutions that we need today for the future of all Atlantic Canadians. I know the hon. member respects that comment. The motion before us today is to discuss constructive solutions about the future of Atlantic Canadians.

I know the hon. member was sincere in terms of not making this a partisan issue. He has spoken often with respect to the fishery in Newfoundland. I know he is a very respected member in Newfoundland. This is an issue in which we are trying by this motion to ensure that we can find solutions in terms of helping these families who are desperately in need. That is the issue.

I will point to my colleagues on this side of the House as well. I know it is in everybody's interest from time to time to make political hay in terms of who was in government. But the issue in play is that we need to find solutions for the families who are hurting.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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October 20, 1997

Mr. John Herron (Fundy—Royal, PC)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for the Reform Party mentioned that we have entered into this debate because Reformers believe that the government has been usurping the parliamentary process.

What Parliament has to do is to talk about the issues that actually concern Canadians: that of less taxation, that of providing Canadians with balanced budget legislation, that of providing Canadians with a national health care guarantee.

I would like to point out to members of the Reform Party that initiatives in terms of theatreship as opposed to leadership with respect to legislation and the votes which we wasted time on after the throne speech do not provide Canadians with less taxation. They do not provide Canadians with a national health care guarantee. This sort of thing, to actually prove a point, deters the professionalism of Parliament. Therefore, I would encourage all members of the House to work in a more constructive manner. We do not have to have showdowns and take people on on a day to day basis.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Division No. 11
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October 20, 1997

Mr. John Herron (Fundy—Royal, PC)

Mr. Speaker, today marks the beginning of small business week.

This government can say all it wants about helping small business but the fact remains that the tax burden is higher in Canada than in most competing jurisdictions.

High payroll and corporate taxes form a barrier to jobs and growth because they tax business for every new job created. Small and medium enterprises are struggling in today's global economy and this means fewer jobs and opportunities for all Canadians.

The government could do a lot more for job creation if it actually allowed small business to grow. But its high EI payroll taxes, its whopping increases to CPP payroll taxes and its high small business and corporate tax rates only stifle growth and job creation.

The Progressive Conservative Party believes small and medium businesses are the real job creation engines of this country. When it comes to taxation less really means more, more growth and more jobs for all Canadians.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Small Business
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