Lynn HUNTER

HUNTER, Lynn, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Saanich--Gulf Islands (British Columbia)
Birth Date
January 20, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Hunter
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=2522c99d-47e6-4f5f-8d9d-2fde1146a3cd&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
administrator, coordinator, educator

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Saanich--Gulf Islands (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 90)


June 16, 1993

Ms. Lynn Hunter (Saanich-Gulf Islands):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition with over 2,700 signatures to stop taxing child support payments in the hands of custodial parents.

The government system of taxing child support payments is a major contributing factor to the poverty of women and children. Two-thirds of single parent families headed by women are poor, while Canadian taxpayers provide higher income divorced fathers with huge tax breaks to the tune of $2.5 billion.

June 16, 1993

Routine Proceedings

This petition was signed in a short period of time mainly by residents of British Columbia but also from all across Canada. It shows the overwhelming amount of support for changing this unfair tax policy.

I also want to recognize the very diligent work done by my colleague and friend, the member for New Westminster-Burnaby on this issue. I am honoured to submit this petition on behalf of those 2,700 petitioners.

Topic:   NATIONAL NEIGHBOURHOOD ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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June 15, 1993

Ms. Lynn Hunter (Saanich-Gulf Islands):

Mr. Speaker, it is my duty and privilege to present a petition under Standing Order 36.

As many of us know there are a number of people in our country who oppose the concept of two official languages and who believe the decision was made without consulting the people of Canada.

Sixty petitioners from my district, in particular Sidney, B.C., ask Parliament to enact legislation providing for a referendum of the people binding upon Parliament to

June 15, 1993

Routine Proceedings

accept or reject two official languages, English and French, for the government and people of Canada.

The acceptance or rejection of the proposed amendments is to be determined by a majority vote of the total votes cast in the whole of Canada together with the majority vote in the majority of provinces, with the territories being given the status of one province.

Topic:   FAIR TRADE AND BENEFICIAL INVESTMENT ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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June 15, 1993

Ms. Hunter:

I understand we have a constitutional requirement for ferry service. We do not have a constitutional requirement to give money to the offshore companies that are going to be profiting from this. We have a duty to employ Canadians and use the tax system as a way of doing that.

I do not believe this project achieves that, and that is quite apart from the environmental concerns I talked about in my speech. When we are talking about hypocrisy I think the member should ask himself whether or not it is hypocritical to introduce environmental legislation and then not accept its recommendations.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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June 15, 1993

Ms. Lynn Hunter (Saanich-Gulf Islands):

Mr. Speaker, I noted the member indicated in his speech that he invited opposition and debate. Then he went into a 20-minute diatribe against those very things. It is sad that in the last few days of the House the Liberals feel so insecure on this project they cannot take the very valid criticisms put forward by the New Democratic Party.

I have a question for the member. The Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office put forward a recommendation not to proceed after the environmental assessment was done. It recommended not to proceed. The Department of Public Works rejected that recommendation. I would like his comments on that. I would also like his comments on the Federal Court's decision that this would be in contempt of the environmental assessment process.

These are valid concerns. It has nothing to do with electability. It is talking about an environmental assessment review, respect for that process and respect for the judicial process that has been assessed here. I ask him to tone down the rhetoric and get to the points we have been addressing in our comments before the House.

Mr. MacDonald (Dartmouth) Mr. Speaker, it is a bit

much to have the member opposite talk about rhetoric after what we have had to listen to from her people on this bill. It is absolutely incredible.

She asked about the concerns of the court. I do not think that by the Parliament of Canada supporting the bill we are in contempt of anything other than the behaviour of the New Democratic Party in not participating in a positive way in its development. That is what I am in contempt of.

Government Orders

I will say that the concerns addressed by the Federal Court in its decision in my view have been adequately addressed both by the Department of Public Works and by the province of Prince Edward Island. We can have debate on this project until the cows come home whether or not the member who asked the question thinks it has been addressed.

I want to say something about the kind of comments that have been made. I do not say this with a great deal of hyperbole. I find the approach of the New Democratic Party on this issue to be condescending and insulting to the 70 per cent of people in Prince Edward Island who are in favour and the hundreds of individuals who have appeared at committees, participated in the studies that have been done, and have provided input over the years.

I find the attitude of the New Democratic Party highly insulting. It is basically saying that we, the poor bumpkins down east, just do not know what is good for us. What malarkey. What lies. If there is anybody who is going to be looking after the interests of Atlantic Canadians it is members of this place from Atlantic Canada.

I understand the New Democratic Party and the member opposite have a real interest in the environment, but they have a greater interest at this point in this Parliament in opposing anything that comes forward so they can get more free press. That is all they are interested in.

I am not interested in free press. I am interested in the bill proceeding at this point at the end of the session after a great deal of study through this place so that we in Atlantic Canada, particularly in Prince Edward Island and parts of northeastern Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick, can finally be on an even playing-field, an even footing, with other regions of the country in terms of the ability to have modem transportation systems and connections between our producers and the Canadian and world marketplaces.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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June 15, 1993

Ms. Hunter:

Mr. Speaker, I think this is just another further continuation of a distressing lack of respect for opposing views. In the dying days of this Parliament it is unworthy of the member to suggest that I was casting aspersions on those in Atlantic Canada.

I represent Canada as a member of Parliament, not just the people of Saanich-Gulf Islands. I think that my time on the Constitution committee shows that I understand Confederation and the give and take far better than he does.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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