Charles L. CACCIA

CACCIA, The Hon. Charles L., P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Davenport (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 28, 1930
Deceased Date
May 3, 2008
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Caccia
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=328b9cb9-24ea-4602-abb8-ff33227c2f3f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
economist, educator, publisher

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada (October 20, 1969 - March 4, 1970)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (March 5, 1970 - September 30, 1970)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Manpower and Immigration (October 1, 1970 - September 30, 1971)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (January 1, 1974 - January 1, 1975)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (January 1, 1974 - January 1, 1975)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (January 1, 1974 - January 1, 1975)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (January 1, 1974 - January 1, 1975)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (September 22, 1981 - August 11, 1983)
  • Minister of the Environment (August 12, 1983 - June 29, 1984)
  • Minister of the Environment (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
  • Minister of the Environment (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Davenport (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 369)


May 14, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, let me thank the member for Halifax for her thoughtful initiative today. I want to add my words of thanks to the member for Hamilton East for the fine contribution she has made to Parliament and to the development of good laws for Canada and the global community.

In her role as minister of the environment, I cannot think of a more exciting period in the last 10 years on the Hill because of the measures that she introduced at that time, particularly the one that dealt with the removal of manganese from gasoline.

She then went on to become the minister of Canadian Heritage. I would like to thank her for the tremendous work that she did in strengthening Canadian identity, in strengthening cultural policies and for the respect that she had for all of us at UNESCO in Paris by putting Canada on the map on culture.

I join my colleagues in this tribute to pay homage to her and I want to say how glad I am that in her remarks today she said “au revoir” and not “adieu”.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Member for Hamilton East
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May 14, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have some brief remarks to conclude the debate. A number of very positive points have been made. I would like to indicate my profound appreciation and express my thanks to the member for Gander—Grand Falls. When we met in committee to hear the presentations by officials a couple of weeks ago, the member for Gander--Grand Falls was present. He was so enthused and impressed by the presentation as to the bill's potential, its desirability and urgency, that he asked the committee to recommend to the House leaders that the bill be dealt with at all stages in the House immediately without sending the bill to the committee for the usual clause by clause examination, the usual hearing of witnesses, et cetera.

It was that kind of enthusiasm that prompted us to move more speedily with the bill than otherwise would have been possible. Nevertheless, we were not as fast as we would have liked to have been. This raises the question that has been referred to by my colleagues who have spoken so far, namely the member for Windsor—St. Clair, and the member for Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques and the member for Red Deer, namely the role of the other place.

It is our hope that efforts will be made to convince the Senate Speaker to reconvene the Senate next week and not on May 25 as it has been announced already, so as to deal with the bill and pass it so it can be proclaimed. I am expressing the hope that very intensive efforts will be made to that end.

The fact that legislation is finally before us only now is certainly a matter of great concern. We were told in committee that the bill required the cooperation of five departments. We were also told that technology and factors related to evidence that is required by the courts made it difficult to come forward with this type of legislation before.

The bill as it stands now is a combination of two measures, which include the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. It has a number of clauses in it that give the bill particular strengths and muscle. Therefore its implementation looks very promising. We accept the explanation given to us in committee that this could have not been done before.

Having said all that, I would like to thank all members of the committee for their cooperation in getting this measure before the House today. I express the hope that some sensitivity will be developed in the other house of Parliament, namely in the Senate, so that it can reconvene next week and give the bill the approval it requires and deserves.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994
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May 14, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, a century of ongoing clearcut logging in British Columbia's old growth forests has driven the spotted owl to the verge of extinction. About 33 adult pairs are left.

An effective scientific recovery strategy has been prepared to reach the goal of 125 adult pairs; however, this effort has only received 3% of the funds requested from the British Columbia government.

Researcher Andrew Miller of the British Columbia spotted owl recovery team recommends a temporary logging moratorium in certain areas to protect the habitat for owls, and the provision of funds needed to help the remaining owls.

To prevent extinction of the spotted owl, the federal government can enforce the emergency clause of the Species at Risk Act, as it was originally intended to do in the first place. I urge the Minister of the Environment to take federal action.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   The Environment
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May 14, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is to the Minister of Justice. It has to do with the ineffectiveness of the justice department in enforcing legislation aimed at protecting migratory birds.

Despite clear evidence of a 116 kilometre-long oil slick found near the Teacam Sea ship, could the Minister of Justice explain why the department did not prosecute, given that the ship's engineer was not able to account for 15,000 litres of used oil captured by satellite imagery and Coast Guard surveillance?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Environment
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May 13, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, researchers at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom report an accumulation of plastic fibre pollution, from seabeds to beaches. Marine organisms are swallowing microscopic fragments of plastic from pop bottles, grocery bags, rope, fragments of nylon, and polyester. It takes between 100 and 1,000 years for plastic to disintegrate.

Researcher Dr. Thompson says that the evidence suggests we are dealing with a problem quite widespread in the oceans and expresses concern that there may be the possibility of food chain contamination.

Plastics contain various additives, such as hormone interfering compounds and are also known to aid in collecting, transporting and releasing of additional toxins into the ocean.

For the sake of future generations we should actively and firmly prevent plastic pollution.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Environment
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