Kenneth David ATKINSON

ATKINSON, Kenneth David, B.A., LL.B.

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  St. Catharines (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 17)


March 15, 1993

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, in its report on the St. Lawrence seaway the transport committee recognized that the seaway system is dependent upon eastbound grain traffic for its survival.

There is evidence that the current method of payment of the western grain transportation subsidy is distorting the natural directional flow of grain shipments. As such, the committee recommended that until various discrepancies caused by the Western Grain Transportation Act are dealt with, the subsidy should be extended to include grain export movements through the seaway.

I believe that the subsidy is causing a directional bias in the shipment of grain in this country to the detriment of the seaway system. This distortion not only affects grain traffic flowing east but also has an effect on cargoes that move in a westerly direction through the seaway, such as iron ore. This further impacts on a steel industry that is already suffering.

Changes are being considered in the Western Grain Transportation Act. These changes must take into consideration transportation issues in addition to the welfare of our western farmers. I ask the government to eliminate the current directional bias that is having such a great impact on the St. Lawrence seaway.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   WESTERN GRAIN TRANSPORTATION ACT
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March 8, 1993

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to present two petitions.

The first refers to the protection of civilian victims of war. Their rights should be made known and respected. This petition calls upon Parliament to help the Canadian Red Cross to mobilize governments and the public to be aware of the right of victims of war to receive food, medicine and shelter regardless of race, colour, creed or political, religious or ideological nature.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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March 8, 1993

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, my second petition is from a great number of individuals from St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and other areas of the Niagara peninsula in memory of Rosalynn Dupuis.

The petitioners ask that the Young Offenders Act be amended to provide greater protection to the public. The petition goes through many concrete suggestions. These include that the judicial powers should recognize the consequences to the victim and the victim's family as being paramount and give as much recognition to the victim as is afforded to the young offender. In addition, the parole system should be expanded to be responsible and have the authority to develop and conduct effective rehabilitation programs for dangerous young offenders when they are released from custody.

The petition also calls for life sentences for murder to be incorporated into the Young Offenders Act with the parole provisions at 10, 15 and 20 years. Obviously, the most important one is the provision of a parole system

which is not currently in effect with the Young Offenders Act.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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February 8, 1993

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, on January 15 there was a public meeting in Niagara Falls, New York, to hear reports by representatives of the environment departments of the United States, Canada, Ontario and New York State on their efforts to clean up toxic waste in the Niagara River.

We heard about the many difficulties encountered in measuring the various polluting chemicals and it seemed to me that there was a great deal of uncertainty as to whether the goal of 50 per cent reduction set in the Niagara River clean-up agreement would be attained by the target date.

We know that the largest source of these chemicals is the chemical waste sites located on the American side of the river. There are efforts under way to contain these chemicals leaching into the river and promises of a dramatic decline in a few years.

The government has to ensure that these actions are successful. This pollution affects all of us who live close to the Niagara River or live near Lake Ontario and take our drinking water from this source. This is a health issue for all of us.

It is essential that we heed the international joint commission which has called for the entire elimination of these chemicals. It is a goal that we simply must reach.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NIAGARA RIVER
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December 10, 1992

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the fourth report of the

Standing Committee on Transport which deals with the future of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system.

It calls on the government to eliminate distortions created by the Western Grain Transportation Act in order to ensure that grain transportation is mode, load and direction neutral. It further recommends a three-year freeze on seaway pilotage fees and seaway tolls, as well as federal contributions on all capital funding necessary for the seaway system to be a safe, efficient and reliable transportation route.

I am very pleased to state that we have had a unanimous report on this important transportation issue. I wish to congratulate all members of the Standing Committee on Transport and the members of the subcommittee on the St. Lawrence Seaway for a job well done.

[Editor's Note: See today's Votes and Proceedings.]

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
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