Bryon WILFERT

WILFERT, The Hon. Bryon, P.C., B.A., B.Ed., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Richmond Hill (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 14, 1952
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryon_Wilfert
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=270eed77-cf5d-4c14-9ee8-2e8ad61fba99&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
teacher

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Oak Ridges (Ontario)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Oak Ridges (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (February 19, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Richmond Hill (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Richmond Hill (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Richmond Hill (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 194)


March 25, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert

With regard to the procurement of the Joint Strike Fighter: (a) since 2006, how many and which private sector consultants has the government hired in order to assess the feasibility and technical capabilities of the F-35; (b) how much were each of these consultants paid for their work; and (c) for how many billable hours did each consultant invoice the government?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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March 25, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert

With regard to the withdrawal of Canadian Forces from Afghanistan: (a) what were the Department of National Defense's initial cost estimates, prior to November of 2010, for the removal of equipment and personnel from Afghanistan in spring-summer of 2011; (b) what additional costs are anticipated now that Canada has lost access to Camp Mirage in the United Arab Emirates; and (c) what funds have been reallocated within the department in order to cover these cost overruns?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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March 24, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert (Richmond Hill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian delegation of the Canada-Japan interparliamentary group, respecting its participation in the 17th bilateral meeting of the Japan-Canada Parliamentary Friendship League held in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, British Columbia, January 3 to 7, 2011, and the report of the Canadian parliamentary delegation respecting its participation and the annual visit of the co-chairs of the Canada-Japan interparliamentary group to Tokyo, Japan, February 13 to 18, 2010.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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March 21, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert (Richmond Hill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, last week, the international community spoke with a united voice to take action to protect the Libyan people from the Gadhafi regime. Despite the UN resolution, Gadhafi has continued to kill his own people.

The Liberal Party of Canada has been calling for a no-fly zone since the Libyan crisis began as a means to live up to our responsibility to protect. It is a shame that Canada is not a member of the Security Council, as we could have then cast a vote in favour of this historic resolution.

In keeping with the Security Council resolution, the Liberal Party supports Canada's participation in this operation. However, Parliament must also have a say in this and other combat operations. We expect the government to consult Parliament on this decision. We also want the government's commitment to obtain Parliament's approval if it plans to extend this deployment beyond three months.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave members of our Canadian Forces as they embark on a dangerous mission in the defence of the people of Libya.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Libya
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March 7, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert

Mr. Speaker, my colleague would suggest that what I said was nonsense. Is it nonsense to follow procurement policies as outlined very clearly in the Treasury Board guidelines, which I had quoted another time to my hon. friend? Is it nonsense to want to save the taxpayer money? Is it nonsense in an ongoing recession to be looking at a situation where we are not getting the best value?

My colleague has not been able to produce one document showing why this is in fact the best airplane to go with.

It is not nonsense to say we should have a competition, because that is the cornerstone of what governments do in this country. They would look for the best aircraft in this case, not sole-sourced competition.

Again, we have not seen what led the government to this particular decision. It says, “Just trust us. Don't worry.” I do worry for the taxpayer. I do worry for the forces. Again, if he says that the F-35 is the only fifth generation aircraft, then it is the only one. However, there are others on the market of a different generation that we may want to look at.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
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