Iain Francis ANGUS

ANGUS, Iain Francis

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Thunder Bay--Atikokan (Ontario)
Birth Date
June 1, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Angus
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1d08ba9e-539b-40c9-bee4-9df3fc8b36ee&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
community-development worker, park planner

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Thunder Bay--Atikokan (Ontario)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (September 5, 1986 - January 1, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Thunder Bay--Atikokan (Ontario)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (September 5, 1986 - January 1, 1989)
  • N.D.P. Deputy House Leader (January 1, 1989 - January 1, 1990)
  • Whip of the N.D.P. (January 22, 1990 - September 5, 1994)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 336)


June 16, 1993

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Mr. Speaker, I rise not to speak on the motion but to say a few words about the mover of the motion.

Today has been a day of tributes to many members. The member for Skeena will not be re-offering, as they say out east, but has chosen to move on with his life. I want to say a few words on behalf of my caucus and Canadians about Jim Fulton.

We have clearly heard in the last couple of minutes his passion for the environment. There is no question about his commitment to making this country and this planet a place that will survive. But he has also fought hard for justice for the aboriginal peoples. He has fought hard for Canada to keep it Canada. He has been involved for many, many years with the Canadian-U.S. parliamentary association. He has taken the issues into the United

June 16, 1993

Private Members' Business

States or brought American legislators into Canada to talk about the issues that affect us on both sides of the border. I can remember a number of times when he said 54:40 or fight in caucus. He had a passion for matters that affected us.

I want to say thanks to Jim Fulton on behalf of Canadians, on behalf of this House and on behalf of the NDP caucus. I also want to say thanks to Liz and the kids for loaning Jim to us for awhile. There are a few of us who recognize that there is a time to move on and get back into the family which Jim has done. He has made the decision that he wants to spend some time with his kids while they are still kids and while he can still know them.

Mr. Speaker, if I can say through you to Liz and the kids, we want him back after awhile. We want him to seek a new mandate four years from now or eight years from now because he has a lot of intelligence, a lot of knowledge and a lot of heart which is part of what makes this place work so well and part of what makes this country so great.

I am pleased to be able to say that Jim Fulton is a friend, although quite frankly as Whip of my caucus there were times when he has driven me not just to distraction but beyond it. In fact I am told that a previous Whip actually had to call Air Canada to prevent Jim Fulton from getting on a plane one day when he was supposed to be back here for a vote. I have never had to take those steps although I have grabbed him by the ear or the scruff of the neck to say: "Jimmy, what are you up to?" But he is a friend and we are all going to miss him and we all say thanks.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   THE ENVIRONMENT
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, my final supplementary is for the same minister. The minister knows full well that CN and CP are currently examining the future of the rail industry east of Winnipeg. It is entirely likely that this summer they will announce their intention to abandon one of the main lines connecting Winnipeg through Thunder Bay, through northwestern Ontario to eastern Canada.

We are not just talking about the railways' bottom line. We are talking about hundreds, if not thousands of communities. We are talking about tens of thousands of workers. In fact we are talking about whether regions of this country will be connected to the rest of Canada.

Will the minister finally show some leadership and instruct the NTA not to accept any further applications until this mess can be sorted out by the national government, not by the railways?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, a supplementary. When Parliament passed the National Transportation Act in 1987 Parliament did not consider that the act it was passing was dealing with the question of main line abandonments. In fact the government concurred because since then the government has not used its power in section 159(3) of the act to

prescribe regulations describing how main line abandonments should occur.

I want to again ask the minister: In the absence of a clear government policy and the fact that the railways are in financial trouble, although at the same time the reality is that they are rolling up the tracks faster than they can repair them, will the minister issue a moratorium not forever, but just until such time as a national rail network has been established? He knows his own committee has been working on it for 18 months now. Will he put in place a moratorium and set a deadline to get it done?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

Last Monday the National Transportation Agency began hearings in Sydney into the sale of the Truro to Sydney line. Last Friday CN and CP started the legal process to consolidate the operations in the Ottawa valley including the abandonment of one of the two main lines. Yesterday in Saint John the NTA began the process of hearing CP's application to get out of Atlantic Canada entirely.

All of these are going forward in the absence of a national transportation policy and at the veiy least in the absence of a national rail network having been decided upon. Is the Minister of Transport now prepared to have a moratorium on the National Transportation Agency so that no further main line applications will be heard until such time as a national rail network has been established?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS
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June 4, 1993

Mr. Iain Angus (Thunder Bay-Atikokan):

Madam Speaker, as the House knows my caucus has not supported time allocation in the House. We have opposed it in the past because it tends to be a unilateral action by the government of the day.

On this unique occasion we are supportive of the motion the government House leader has just put forward. This is not a unilateral action; this is a collective action on behalf of the people of Canada. They support it. We support it.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF TIME
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