John G. WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, John G., F.C.G.A.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Edmonton--St. Albert (Alberta)
Birth Date
December 31, 1946
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_G._Williams
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=233caca3-acc5-4554-9c4f-4abf75950440&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
accountant

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
REF
  St. Albert (Alberta)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
REF
  St. Albert (Alberta)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  St. Albert (Alberta)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  St. Albert (Alberta)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  St. Albert (Alberta)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Edmonton--St. Albert (Alberta)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Edmonton--St. Albert (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 266 of 270)


February 11, 1994

Mr. John Williams (St. Albert)

Mr. Speaker, in order to save taxpayers' money, would the minister be willing to support an amendment to the Auditor General Act that would empower his office to conduct the review of the revenue estimates?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Department Of Finance
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February 11, 1994

Mr. Williams

Mr. Speaker, I confirm to my hon. colleague again we recognize there is a problem and it has to be dealt with as far as the dearth or extinction of the fish in the Atlantic and the Grand Banks and the need for Canadians to help the fishermen there is concerned.

I just want to point out there has to be clarity in the role. the House has set forth a specific direction within the legislation that perhaps was not clear. The Auditor General has picked that up. As our servant he is telling the House that we should revisit that and ensure our instructions to the government are crystal clear and the government can then follow through.

I do not in any way whatsoever dispute the need to help the fishermen in Newfoundland and other areas which have been hard hit by the extinction of the fish stocks.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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February 11, 1994

Mr. Williams

Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague has made tremendous recommendations.

I started my speech by saying that this is only the third time in the history of the House that we have had a serious debate on the Auditor General's report. I would certainly encourage and support any action that can be taken by the government that the debate of the Auditor General's report be given much more serious attention and become a standard part of the calendar of the House.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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February 11, 1994

Mr. Williams

I appreciate the comments made by the hon. member. These types of things can be brought out in a debate such as we are having today on the Auditor General's report.

There are many ways to skin a cat and the member has put forth a positive and sincere suggestion. If the debate continues this way for the rest of the day we will come away from here with some serious proposals and suggestions to ensure that our taxpayers' dollars are spent wisely and effectively and that we get the best bang for our buck. That is what we want to ensure every time, at all times.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Reform Party I would like to advise the House that pursuant to Standing Order 43(2) from now on our speakers on this motion will be dividing their time.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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February 10, 1994

Mr. Williams

Mr. Speaker, I think I missed the question in that little discourse but I do agree with the hon. member that there is more than one way to solve a problem.

The way that Confederation has been designed has worked great for Canada for the last 125 years. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever that it cannot continue to make sure that problems, programs, assistance and government overlap from one jurisdiction to another shall remain in the federal jurisdiction.

We see that in fisheries, for example, the flow-over from one province to another. We see it in other areas. The hon. member mentioned agriculture.

We also see other opportunities where governments of different provinces might address the problems of budget deficits and management of their own tax revenues. I believe New Brunswick was mentioned. In my home province of Alberta we have seen the government take a real hard firm stance to address these problems to ensure that it can live within its means. This is an example for us here in the capital to follow and perhaps other provinces that have the same problem.

I think the hon. member has a good point and it should be noted today.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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