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 4 of 17)


December 9, 1992

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Industry, Science and Technology.

The announcement in St. Catharines of the closure of the foundry and the intended closure of the axle plant are causing bitter feelings in my community. It has been acknowledged that these operations are profitable, modern and efficient and that the workforce enjoys an advantage of approximately $9 per hour over their American counterparts. The reason given was the lack of ability to expand these operations to take in other parts of the GM operation.

Is the department able to do anything to help maintain the viability of these operations or alternatively, can it help in looking for a purchaser, especially for the axle plant which General Motors has indicated will be for

sale?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
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November 30, 1992

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, in 1991 the government awarded a large contract for the construction of 12 mine countermeasures vessels for the Canadian forces to SNC-Lavalin group with the ships being constructed at Halifax-Dartmouth shipyards.

methyl bromide, a chemical 40 times more destructive to the ozone layer than chlorofluorocarbons.

We urge this government to launch programs that help developing countries eliminate methyl bromides, through increased research and the transfer of technologies.

I along with many people in my riding were disappointed with this announcement as St. Catharines is home to Port Weller Dry Docks which had bid on this contract.

It is time for this government to start practising what it preaches.

There were many critics who claimed that this decision was purely political and that the government had interfered in the ultimate awarding of the contract.

The Auditor General in his latest report has examined this contract and at page 447 states: "We examined the planning phase and options analysis for this project. The department carried out an adequate needs analysis and fully analysed the options for meeting the needs as well as the vessel options presented by the bidding firms".

We are proud of the people of Port Weller and of their record for producing and repairing ships on budget and on time.

I trust that this report of the Auditor General will relieve concerns that this contract was awarded unfairly.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
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June 12, 1992

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Madam Speaker, I would like to remind the House that this is RP Awareness Week which is sponsored by the RP Eye Research Foundation.

I commend the work of the RP Eye Research Foundation in providing information about retinitis pigmentosa,

June 12, 1992

promoting public awareness of RP and related disorders and providing funds in support of RP research.

Funds collected from this year's tenth annual "Ride for Sight" fundraising events will help to continue the advancement of knowledge about RP that is so important to thousands of Canadians and their families.

I wish to thank the volunteers of the RP Eye Research Foundation for their hard work and dedication. I encourage all Canadians to take part in the "Ride for Sight" activities in their communities.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   RP AWARENESS WEEK
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June 5, 1992

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, when the announcement was made earlier this year that the General Motors foundry in St. Catharines would close in 1995, the city council reacted by calling on the federal

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and provincial governments to establish a program to encourage our citizens to buy products domestically.

I am glad to say that the federal government has responded to this resolution and has listened to similar suggestions made during the Community Thlks meetings across the country.

Last month the government launched the "Canada- Buy Into It" program. It is a campaign designed to ask Canadians to take a fresh look at the quality and range of products we produce in Canada.

This is an important initiative. Our manufacturers are responding to competitive pressures to improve the quality of their products, and this program highlights that fact.

I am confident that this initiative will be very helpful in promoting the idea of supporting wherever possible the businesses of neighbours and friends.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUY CANADIAN PROGRAM
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June 5, 1992

Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):

Mr. Speaker, I listened to the hon. member's speech and especially the portion on taxes. I know he has done a fair bit of work in regard to simplifying the taxation system. I think that is something we all want to see. In reading his book, it seemed that as he got into the system he found that he had to make exemptions that were similar to the ones that already exist in the tax system to take into account various matters that we need to do in terms of our social structure. I also noticed that a lot of the calculations take place off the particular paper itself. As I said, I welcome the attempt to simplify the tax system.

I have a couple of questions about the tax system. I know he is interested in the environment. Should there be incentives or should we be using the tax system with regard to environmental matters? What does he feel in that particular regard? I would certainly like to know his feelings on that.

There is also the whole idea of the third party who seemed to feel that all we have to do is to put more tax on what they call the rich and all our problems will be solved and the middle class will not have to pay its share. We have to raise a certain amount of revenue and we are all going to have to pay, no matter what percentages we put on it.

The third party in Ontario has apparently defined a rich person as earning $53,000. I would like the member's comments on those particular items.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-ONTARIO ECONOMY
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