Martin Brian MULRONEY

MULRONEY, The Right Hon. Martin Brian, P.C., C.C., G.O.Q., B.A., LL.L.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Charlevoix (Quebec)
Birth Date
March 20, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Mulroney
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1335c5d9-2c4e-4ed4-b8d2-c85f1099e8d8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, corporate executive, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

August 29, 1983 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (August 29, 1983 - September 16, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Manicouagan (Quebec)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (August 29, 1983 - September 16, 1984)
  • Prime Minister (September 17, 1984 - June 24, 1993)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Charlevoix (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (September 17, 1984 - June 24, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 7 of 1423)


June 8, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, I thank my hon. friend for a very important question.

Obviously the problem of income inequality and poverty distribution in Canada has been exacerbated here as it has elsewhere in the industrialized countries by some

2.5 to three years by a very difficult economic situation.

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Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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June 8, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, I would think it would be the contrary.

My hon. friend's party for almost four years endorsed recommendations of various kinds, many times unanimously, of parliamentary committees saying to the federal government: "You must have the courage to abolish the manufacturers' sales tax and substitute therefor a consumption tax".

Moreover my hon. friend's party signed that report and said: "If you want to be fair and honest you must make that consumption tax visible so that the Canadian people will know what they are paying as opposed to having a hidden secret 13.5 per cent manufacturing sales tax that penalizes our manufacturing base".

We brought in, pursuant to a unanimous recommendation that my hon. friend's party signed as did the

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Liberals, a consumption tax. We made it visible. It now is working its way through the Canadian economy. Because it is momentarily unpopular, my hon. friend is running for the hills.

The next election campaign is going to be about those who had the courage to take unpopular actions and not run with their tails between their legs just because a Gallup poll turned bad on them.

[Translation}

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Subtopic:   GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
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June 8, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, this is exactly the way in which a serious problem is trivialized by members of the NDP.

I just indicated to his leader that this year we are spending $103.3 billion on social expenditures, a major portion of which is devoted quite properly to children.

My hon. friend points to an expenditure he disagrees with spread over 14 years which averages approximately $200 million a year-which he deplores for our national defence. Whereas $2.6 billion, 14 times that amount, was deployed in a new initiative last year by the Minister of National Health and Welfare to assist children.

Why does he not stop trivializing Canada and its achievements and work with people constructively to help children rather than engage in this kind of attack?

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Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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June 8, 1993

Mr. Mulroney:

My hon. friend says cutbacks. Perhaps she would like to listen to this.

In 1984 when we came in, the total amount of federal social expenditures-I can point them out from OAS, to child benefits, to job creation, to veterans, social housing and so on-was $56.1 billion a year. This year they are $103.3 billion a year.

In spite of our difficult economic times, we have increased federal social expenditures at a rate of 7 per cent a year every year, although government expenditures have been contained to 3 per cent. As a proportion of GDP-and I think this will interest my hon.

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friend-12.6 per cent of the total GDP expenditures in 1984 were devoted to social expenditures. Today they are

14.4 per cent, a significant improvement.

I want to point out to my hon. friend that while it is not perfect, Canada has made more progress in this area than any other industrialized country in the world.

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Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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June 8, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, why would my hon. friend ask a question of such importance in such a vexatious manner?

Everyone in this House has treated the question of child poverty with the greatest seriousness. I have just provided his leader with facts and figures indicating that the Government of Canada and the people of Canada have dramatically increased their assistance to social programs, including those for children.

One child living in poverty is one child too many. The object of the exercise of programs initiated by the minister of health, $2.6 billion for example in new money alone, indicates the enormous commitment and sensitivity of all Canadians to this problem of children living in poverty. That is the record. That is the record-

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Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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