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 194 of 194)


September 25, 1997

Mr. Bryon Wilfert (Oak Ridges, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, first of all I would like to congratulate you on your appointment and I would like to congratulate the member on his election.

It is unfortunate that there are not more members in the House today. It may be due to the fact that we keep hearing all the negativism. Canadians are fed up with negativism. Clearly we point out to the member that his party not that long ago talked about the deficit as the number one issue in this country.

Maybe the member of the opposition went to the school of Orwellian politics, doublespeak. On the one hand, they want the deficit eliminated. Now the deficit is being eliminated and they say “Well gee, we don't like the way this is being done”.

My comment is that in order to stimulate the economy, we had to get that deficit down, slay that $42 billion dragon. Clearly there are more Canadians going back to work. We saw 900,000 Canadians put back to work because of this government and the actions of this government. Want ads are fuller today than they have ever been.

Clearly reducing taxes, yes, I think all Canadians would like to see taxes reduced. The question is the timing of those reductions basically because, if we are taking in more money in order to be able to deal with the deficit and certainly the debt—we have a $600 billion debt which I hope they would deal with—I would say that the hon. member talks about chequebook politics. Could he explain to me what are the chequebook politics? Helping Canadians I believe is what the government is doing in the throne speech. Maybe he should read that.

Could the member comment on what he defines as chequebook politics?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Speech From The Throne
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September 25, 1997

Mr. Bryon Wilfert (Oak Ridges, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, 25 years ago this week Dr. Tom Bolton discovered the first evidence of black holes while working at the David Dunlap Observatory, University of Toronto, located in Richmond Hill.

A black hole is a collapsed star of such mass and density that nothing can escape from it, not even light. There had long been speculation that black holes existed, but Dr. Bolton produced the first credible evidence.

This is an event of great importance, not only to my riding of Oak Ridges, but also to Canada. We are in the forefront of great scientific discoveries, working with the largest telescope in Canada.

The University of Toronto boasts one of the world's greatest programs in astrophysics and with continued support, not only from the federal government but also from committed private supporters, I am sure we can look forward to maintaining Canada's leading edge discoveries and contributions to international space exploration.

I congratulate Dr. Bolton.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Dr. Tom Bolton
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