HAIDASZ, The Hon. Stanley, P.C., K.C.St.G.G., G.C.S.J., B.Ph., L.Ph., M.D., Ph.D.(Hon.), D.Adm.(Hon.)

Personal Data

Parkdale (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 4, 1923
Deceased Date
August 6, 2009

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
  Trinity (Ontario)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
  Parkdale (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
  Parkdale (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare (May 14, 1963 - February 19, 1964)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for External Affairs (February 20, 1964 - September 8, 1965)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
  Parkdale (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources (January 7, 1966 - September 30, 1966)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (October 1, 1966 - April 20, 1968)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (April 20, 1968 - April 23, 1968)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
  Parkdale (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (August 30, 1968 - October 19, 1969)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare (October 20, 1969 - September 30, 1970)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
  Parkdale (Ontario)
  • Minister of State (Multiculturalism) (November 27, 1972 - August 7, 1974)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
  Parkdale (Ontario)
  • Minister of State (Multiculturalism) (November 27, 1972 - August 7, 1974)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 144)

February 10, 1978

Hon. Stanley Haidasz (Parkdale):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 43, I request the unanimous consent of the House to present a motion concerning an important matter of pressing necessity respecting the limited number of Canadian citizens who are not now eligible under the provisions of the prisoners of war legislation. I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Halton (Mr. Philbrook):

That this House urges the Minister of Veterans Affairs to consider introducing appropriate amendments to the prisoners of war legislation so that compensation provided therein will apply to those who are Canadian citizens and were prisoners of war or escapees in World War I or World War II and who fought alongside the Canadian armed forces.

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February 9, 1978

Hon. Stanley Haidasz (Parkdale):

Mr. Speaker, on February 1, when the traditional heart month was launched, I asked the Minister of National Health and Welfare (Miss Begin) what new initiatives she had taken to help Canadians fight cardiovascular disease. What prompted me to ask this question was the statistics concerning the epidemiology of this disease in spite of improved medical and surgical technology. Although a perceptible decrease in mortality from cardiovascular disease has been noted, it is still the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada. In fact, cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately 77,000 deaths in our country. Recent statistics also reveal that there are about 2.5 million Candians suffering from some form of cardiovascular disease.

This kind of incidence is of epidemic proportions, and yet government health authorities do not consider cardiovascular disease to be an epidemic. That is why initiatives at all levels of government are few and inadequate. Cardiovascular disease in our country causes absenteeism, reduced productivity, wage loss, chronic disability and death which in economic terms alone amounts to a loss to Canada which exceeds $200 million annually. Above that, the human tragedy and suffering are incalculable.

Arteriosclerosis is known to be a multifactorial disease with many risk factors, such as obesity, hypertension, tobacco smoking and so on. To date medical research has achieved a great deal to cope with some forms of this disease. But it is clear that coronary heart disease, in particular, has a multifactorial origin. Many factors are related to it in relatively consistent but unknown ways. Many of these factors can be controlled or prevented. Therefore, there is hope to develop a fairly effective preventive approach.

This approach can become more effective if appropriate investigation into these factors is carried out. This means more

research and better public education in cardiovascular disease are needed. In this area, the Canadian Heart Foundation has taken many initiatives and its members and volunteer workers are doing a tremendous job for which they are to be commended. Any increased financial assistance from all levels of government and from the public would be beneficial and appreciated by health workers and especially those people directly or indirectly affected by cardiovascular disease.

It has been well known for many years that most deaths due to acute myocardial infarction, the most common cause of death in Canada, occur within the first two hours of the onset of symptoms and are specifically due to disturbances in cardiac rhythm. Effective electrical and drug treatment of arrhythmias has reduced the hospital mortality, but not the home or community mortality. Therefore, if mortality from acute myocardial infarction and other causes of sudden unexpected death is to be reduced substantially, a major reorganization of emergency medical services is needed. Public education in basic life support procedures, such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, is a necessary primary task.

Next, rapid delivery of highly trained ambulance personnel should be available. For this type of case, more public education and trained personnel are necessary. This means more financial resources. But above all, coherent provincial and national policies are necessary.

Therefore, the Minister of National Health and Welfare (Miss Begin) can take greater initiatives and allocate more resources to meet this new challenge. A vigorous campaign of federal leadership is urgently needed. The minister could call an early meeting with provincial health ministers and the medical profession to launch a co-ordinated comprehensive program at all government levels to fight this insidious epidemic. Mobilizing all the necessary resources could do a great deal to diminish the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

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February 1, 1978

Hon. Stanley Haidasz (Parkdale):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare. In view of recently published statistics that cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of mortality and morbidity in Canada, and that the month of February is dedicated by the medical world as "heart month", I should like to ask the minister what new steps she has taken to help Canadians fight cardiovascular disease.

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December 20, 1977

Hon. Stanley Haidasz (Parkdale):

Mr. Speaker, I welcome this opportunity of debating, along with other members of the House, Canada's stand on various international relations and to hear so many members speak on these matters with such enthusiasm and interest. It is regrettable that we cannot have such debates more frequently, as we do not have the forum that we have here in the House of Commons in the Standing Committee on National Defence and External Affairs. However, I hope things will improve in the future.

This debate on Canada's international relations is very timely. It comes not one day too soon as we follow with amazement the swift pace of the historic negotiations between Israel and Egypt in this last month of 1977 as well as the progress of another history-making meeting which is now taking place in Belgrade which is reviewing the implementation of the commitments contained in the Helsinki Final Act and the conclusion of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe.

In saying this I do not discount the importance of the war between Ethiopia and Somalia, as well as other wars and upheavals in many parts of Africa which are heating up each passing day. We must not forget the people who have lost their lives in these wars and upheavals and we must not fail to speak out, as these tragedies are tremendous ones. Canada, as a member of NATO and the Commonwealth, has a particular interest and concern in these grave developments.

Economics dominated the international scene last year. The economic situation has important implications for Canada whose growth depends a great deal on international trade and co-operation. It is to the credit of the federal government that we are making great efforts to work for an orderly and equitable evolution of the international economic system, for example, by participating in the Conference of International Economic Co-operation and expanding its development assistance program. The possibility of an interdependent world order based on peaceful relations and justice depends upon collective action in a world which inexorably is becoming smaller, more populated and increasingly industrialized.

We must, however, face hard facts and come to terms with the real world. The explosion of east-west trade and moneylending by western banks has generated not only opportunities for profit, but also problems of debtor-creditor relations. Debt servicing difficulties encountered by east European and other borrowers is only one aspect of these problems. Prudent foresight is necessary if we are to avoid an international market and banking breakdown. I hope Canada and its partners will work co-operatively to help resolve this problem without delay. This trade and lending explosion developed in the atmosphere of detente.

External Affairs

For this reason, as well as for others, we must also review the development of this detente especially as it has affected compliance or non-compliance with the commitments undertaken in the Helsinki Final Act. This is what the Belgrade review meeting of the Helsinki Final Act is all about. The major and most popular subject of this meeting is the need to respect human rights. The world-wide trend to assert individual and collective aspirations has produced human rights movements which must not be ignored. This trend carries significant implications for east-west relations, and in particular for NATO-Warsaw Pact relations and relations within the Commonwealth.

Having observed the Canadian delegation working at the Belgrade meeting, I can report to this House that Canada's stand on human rights in particular is being clearly and courageously expounded and upheld. Our team is on the offensive and is bringing to task those signatory countries that have violated their commitments and are suppressing human rights principles enshrined in the Helsinki Final Act and in other human rights covenants and declarations as well as in many modern constitutions, including those of the Soviet Union and the east European countries.

Furthermore, the Helsinki Final Act recognizes the collective rights of peoples to self-determination and equal status in the international community as well as freedom of religious belief and practice. Western advocacy of respect for human rights must be intensified and apply equally to all countries, not just on a selective basis; it must arise from our genuine appreciation of the intrinsic value of each human being and from our conviction that respect for human rights is the best guarantee for peace.

The pursuit of justice in international relations transcends every other obligation. Unfortunately, the Charter of the United Nations has been breached many times. We sadly recall the invasion of our sister Commonwealth country, Cyprus. Last month, both the UN Security Council and the General Assembly spoke in favour of an early and just solution of the Cyprus question. Because the members of the United Nations are obligated by these resolutions, I urge Canada, through the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Jamieson), to pursue their implementation vigorously. The people of Cyprus stand on the side of legality and justice. They demand not just sympathy, not just judicial endorsement of their rights, but action.

As in the case of Cyprus and that of many other unfortunate countries where human rights are being violated, we, most fortunate among the countries of the world, are challenged for the sake of justice and peace. In facing this challenge we support the efforts of Canada's representatives under the leadership of the Secretary of State for External Affairs in the hope that a rule of justice will bring in true and lasting peace.

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December 14, 1977

Hon. Stanley Haidasz (Parkdale):

Mr. Speaker, I welcome this opportunity to make a few remarks on the amendments to the Canada Labour Code, Bill C-8, and to congratulate the hard-working Minister of Labour (Mr. Munro) for bringing in such progressive amendments to the Labour Code-a real milestone in the long line of improvements in labour legislation initiated by Liberal administrations. Of course, primarily affected by this legislation are workers under federal jurisdiction, but its principles will no doubt be an inspiration and example for other jurisdictions to emulate.

As a physician, I am particularly interested and happy that the bill proposes comprehensive measures for the safety and health of workers. I am sure that all in this House agree with the minister that Canadian workers have a fundamental right to an environment that neither damages their health nor imperils their safety. This principle is also an important element in the maintenance of improved employee-employer relations and, consequently, improved productivity and profitability.

I am particularly interested in the minister's announcement as far as a better work environment for Canadians is concerned, and establishing a Canadian centre for occupational health and safety. There is a great need today for such a national institution. Such a centre would promote the concept of a safe-work environment and the enhancement of the physical and mental health of working people throughout the country. It would facilitate consultation and co-operation among provincial, territorial and federal jurisdictions in the establishment and maintenance of high standards of occupational safety and hygiene appropriate to the Canadian situation and compatible with recognized international standards.

I have in mind, in particular, the need for research and enforcement of appropriate regulations for the workers in asbestos mines and asbestos-related industries, and also special and strict standards to protect the worker from deafness which occurs from the occupational hazard of noise which often occurs in factories. It is imperative that this centre co-operate with the various workmen's compensation boards of the provinces in this country, in order to have special committees established to deal more quickly with those workers who have been injured on the job, and especially those who after many years in mines and asbestos-related factories have suffered damage to their lungs, liver and other vital organs of their bodies.


December 14, 1977

Canada Labour Code

Another health problem which is gaining a lot of attention these days in the occupational health field is that of deafness. It is one of the fastest rising illnesses in this country. It is high time for a centre such as the Canadian centre for occupational health and safety to take strong initiatives and bring about a lowering of the noise levels in our factories and urge the various provincial workmen's compensation boards to deal more quickly with cases of deafness.

In conclusion, this bill is a great step in providing a better work environment and, therefore, better worker-management relations in our country. I look forward to making further remarks when the bill is studied in committee.

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