James William (Jim) GOUK

GOUK, James William (Jim)

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Southern Interior (British Columbia)
Birth Date
April 15, 1946
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Gouk
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=2776efff-9dde-480e-952c-f73e3ae47719&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
air traffic controller, businessman, realtor

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
REF
  Kootenay West--Revelstoke (British Columbia)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
REF
  West Kootenay--Okanagan (British Columbia)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  West Kootenay--Okanagan (British Columbia)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Kootenay--Boundary--Okanagan (British Columbia)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Kootenay--Boundary--Okanagan (British Columbia)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Southern Interior (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 146 of 147)


February 10, 1994

Mr. Jim Gouk (Kootenay West-Revelstoke)

Mr. Speaker, it seems that some customs houses are also not aware of the plans of the revenue minister. As I understand it, the American customs are not co-operating in this action plan and are closing at their regular hours.

Could the minister explain the rationale of how opening up the Canadian side of customs was supposed to end smuggling in the first place?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Cigarette Smuggling
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February 10, 1994

Mr. Jim Gouk (Kootenay West-Revelstoke)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Revenue.

Yesterday I learned that many customs ports with limited hours of operation will now be open 24 hours a day as part of the government's action plan on smuggling. An hour later I learned that this decision was largely reversed.

Could the minister explain to the House why such a massive program was instituted without first informing all MPs and why these ill-conceived plans were just as abruptly cancelled?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Cigarette Smuggling
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February 8, 1994

Mr. Jim Gouk (Kootenay West-Revelstoke)

Mr. Speaker, for nine years the Liberal Party complained, and rightly so, about patronage appointments of unqualified people by the Conservative government.

My question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development. What procedure has his department developed to ensure that all appointments in his department are based on merit, not patronage?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Government Appointments
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February 7, 1994

Mr. Jim Gouk (Kootenay West-Revelstoke)

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise in the House to announce that the neighbouring cities of Trail and Castlegar in the riding of Kootenay West-Revelstoke have jointly been selected as the location for the 1996 British Columbia Summer Games.

Kootenay West-Revelstoke is made up of many small towns and communities, the largest having a population of about 10,000.

The games are traditionally held in large urban areas but nowhere will visitors find the hospitality and enthusiasm that will be present during the 1996 games. The two towns are representative of the spirit and hospitality which can be found throughout the riding.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite all members of the House and all of their constituents to visit the most breathtaking area in western Canada and to enjoy the spirit of the games and the hospitality of my riding.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   1996 British Columbia Summer Games
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February 2, 1994

Mr. Jim Gouk (Kootenay West-Revelstoke)

Mr. Speaker, I have been receiving a growing number of letters from constituents regarding unemployment insurance premiums and benefits, one of which reads as follows:

As an unemployed person who is required to pay unemployment insurance premiums, I am incensed at the recent government decision to increase premium rates instead of reducing program costs. My after tax dollars are scarce to begin with, I don't need them shrunken further!

Unemployment insurance should provide only benefits for people who find themselves unexpectedly out of work. I cannot afford all the other benefits the government seems to want to build into the system.

The letter lists seven items which the writer thinks should be cut. I will provide a copy of that to the appropriate minister.

The letter concludes:

As the Member of Parliament for my riding, I request your support in making the unemployment insurance system more effective and affordable.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Unemployment Insurance
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