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 4 of 194)


February 2, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert

Mr. Speaker, I had an opportunity to review some of the testimony and Professor Salter's comments and they certainly jibe very much with the Privacy Commissioner's concerns. It is even worse than the member said because in fact the information would be held from seven days to 99 years. What the member pointed out and what the professor indicated very strongly is that is more of what we should be looking at rather than giving the store away.

I say again, when the Prime Minister is in Washington on Friday, this should be one of the priorities because we keep giving away information for purposes other than what it should be used for.

I agree with the hon. member that had that testimony been implemented as one of the amendments to the legislation, it would have been most helpful in providing the kind of security and privacy that Canadians would expect from their government.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Strengthening Aviation Security Act
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February 1, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert (Richmond Hill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to all Canadian veterans, but in particular to those who have fallen on hard times since leaving the Canadian Forces.

In early 2009, the Veterans Affairs ombudsman noted the serious constraints the government faces when trying to help homeless veterans, who often require urgent assistance but lack the required proof of identification to obtain it.

More recently, a study conducted by the University of Western Ontario drew attention to the plight of some Canadian homeless veterans. Often afflicted with addiction or mental health problems developed during their military careers, the study found that many of these once-decorated Canadians now find themselves in grave need. While this study identified only a few dozen homeless veterans in two Ontario cities, there is no doubt that countless others need help in cities from Victoria to St. John's.

For this reason, I encourage all members of this House to make great efforts to identify and assist the homeless heroes in their communities, and I ask all of them to rise to pay tribute to these brave men and women.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Veterans
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January 31, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert

With regard to the government’s efforts to lobby support for its proposed purchase of F-35 fighter jets for use by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces: (a) what are the details of all government promotion and communications efforts pertaining to this purchase, including Ministerial and Prime Ministerial travel expenditures relating to these efforts, as well as travel expenses of other government officials or representatives and members of the Canadian Forces who have been dispatched across the country to discuss this issue with private individuals or organizations (i) between January 1, 2010 and May 26, 2010, (ii) between May 27, 2010 and July 15, 2010, (iii) since July 16, 2010; and (b) how many person-hours have officials and officers from the Canadian Forces dedicated to promoting and communicating this purchase since July 16, 2010?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Return
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January 31, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert

With regard to efforts to have Richmond Hill’s “David Dunlop Observatory” declared a National Heritage Site: (a) what are the contents of all Heritage Canada departmental memos on this topic, excluding those memos that principally served to advise a Minister; and (b) what are the contents of all Finance Canada departmental memos on this topic, excluding those memos that principally served to advise a Minister?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Return
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January 31, 2011

Hon. Bryon Wilfert

With regard to the failed negotiations that led to the recent restrictions of the Canadian Forces’ use of the Camp Mirage Air Base in the United Arab Emirates: (a) on a line-by-line basis, what are the known and estimated financial costs of losing privileged access to this base for the Canadian Forces; (b) on what date were these cost estimates completed and by which federal department(s); (c) on what date were these cost estimates submitted to the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office, respectively; (d) what are the details of the expanded landing rights offered to the United Arab Emirates as part of discussions on revising the Canada-UAE Air Services Agreement, including details of all constraints on seat capacity and maximum flights to any and all destinations in Canada; and (e) has the Department of National Defence or the Canadian Forces completed a detailed analysis of how the restriction of the Canadian Forces' use of Camp Mirage will impact the mortality rate of Canadian soldiers ending a tour of duty in Afghanistan and, if so, (i) what are the contents and results of this analysis, (ii) which ministers had access to these results and on what dates did they receive access?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Return
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