Rodney Edward MURPHY

MURPHY, Rodney Edward, B.A., B.Ed.

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
NDP
  Churchill (Manitoba)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
NDP
  Churchill (Manitoba)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Churchill (Manitoba)
  • Whip of the N.D.P. (September 5, 1986 - January 21, 1990)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Churchill (Manitoba)
  • Whip of the N.D.P. (September 5, 1986 - January 21, 1990)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 503)


June 16, 1993

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Madam Speaker, last week I was in Norway House and met with the council there. One of the things I found out was that 80 native children would like to go on to post-secondary education but do not receive any funding from the federal government.

When we have high unemployment and high welfare rates I think it is time the government reversed its policy, removed the cap and made sure these students, 80 of them who would like to go on to community colleges or universities, have that chance.

The minister of Indian affairs is in the House. I hope he takes a look at this letter, looks at these 80 potential students and provides funding for them so they can get off the welfare cycle and go to school.

Topic:   HOUSE OF COMMONS PAGES
Subtopic:   NATIVE EDUCATION
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May 28, 1993

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Madam Speaker, yesterday the government used its majority to pass the North American free trade agreement in the House of Commons. Now it is up to the people of Canada to stop NAFTA.

May 28, 1993

In the next federal election Canadians will have a choice. If they want the free trade agreement and NAFTA they can vote for the Conservatives. If they believe that the free trade agreement and NAFTA must be stopped they know that the New Democratic Party will not allow these fundamentally flawed agreements to continue. If they want confusion they can support the Liberals who will not promise to kill the free trade agreement, who will not promise to stop NAFTA if there are no changes and who, even if they achieve their five desired changes to NAFTA, would still be supporting the sell-out of Canada.

The Liberal leader wants it both ways, he wants the financial support of big business and the votes of ordinary Canadians. However he cannot have it both ways. The Liberals need to tell Canadians now that they will stop NAFTA and they will kill the free trade agreement. Nothing else will save Canada, save Canadian jobs and save Canadian communities.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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May 27, 1993

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Madam Speaker, to the government House leader, I am wondering if the government has any intention to move on the last package of legislation that the special committee on electoral reform presented to this House a number of weeks ago. I understood that the legislation was almost ready. Does he have any information he can share with the House and if he does would he do so? Also does he have any time set aside on the legislative agenda to enable us to look at that legislation?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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May 14, 1993

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Acting Prime Minister.

Twelve years ago on Parliament Hill 100,000 Canadians protested the high interest rate policies of the then Liberal government. Tomorrow we know that tens of thousands of Canadians will be here to protest this government's policies on free trade, high unemployment and high interest rates.

Would the Acting Prime Minister not agree that these people, whether they are the Catholic bishops, NAC or the Canadian Labour Congress, are not enemies of Canada?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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May 14, 1993

Mr. Rod Murphy (Churchill):

Madam Speaker, yesterday the Leader of the Opposition tried to remedy his reputation as yesterday's man by reminding Canadians about the good old yesterdays of Liberal governments.

"Yesterday Chretien" forgot to tell Canadians about the high interest rates of 20 per cent when he was in government 12 years ago which provoked 100,000 Canadians to march on Parliament Hill.

"Yesterday Chretien" forgot to mention high unemployment, the elimination of the Department of Regional Economic Expansion, wage controls, and cutting back transfer payments for health and post-secondary education, all of which happened when the Liberals had a majority government.

"Yesterday Chretien" forgot to mention his white paper which would have assimilated native Canadians.

"Yesterday Chretien" did mention medicare but forgot to mention the father of medicare, NDP Tommy Douglas.

"Yesterday Chretien" forgot to mention that medicare, the Canadian Pension Plan, Petro-Canada, training and employment programs were started when Liberal minority governments were forced into these programs by the NDP.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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