Brent ST. DENIS

ST. DENIS, Brent, BASc.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Algoma--Manitoulin--Kapuskasing (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 27, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brent_St._Denis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1a7c426f-aaf9-41a4-b356-93e67ec08f64&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
executive assistant, industrial engineer, teacher

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Algoma (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Algoma--Manitoulin (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources (September 1, 1999 - August 31, 2000)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport (September 1, 2000 - September 12, 2001)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Algoma--Manitoulin (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport (September 1, 2000 - September 12, 2001)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Algoma--Manitoulin--Kapuskasing (Ontario)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Algoma--Manitoulin--Kapuskasing (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 81 of 81)


January 21, 1994

Mr. St. Denis

Mr. Speaker, governments are not businesses. I do not disagree with conducting our affairs in a businesslike manner. However, one cannot lay off a citizen. One can lay off an employee from a business but one cannot lay off a citizen. One cannot tell them to go away because one cannot afford to provide a certain fundamental and essential service.

When I talk about my concern about a single minded focus on the deficit as not being people oriented it is in recognition of the fact that people have to be working to pay the taxes that will allow the deficit to be managed.

I had this debate numerous times during the campaign. I really appreciated the other candidates in the campaign. They were excellent, all of them.

It is a matter of what comes first. It is not a chicken and egg problem because people must really be working first. If it requires investment to bring that about then I think we have to do it. If we have to use bottom line then we have to look at it in longer terms.

Consider the motion that was put forward about limiting the expenditures this coming fiscal year. Without thinking that through I have to question if it is people first or is it just a blind devotion to the bottom line without that consideration for people?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Speech From The Throne
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