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 2 of 369)


May 13, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present in both official languages, under Standing Order 34(1), the report of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association delegation to the Interparliamentary Forum on Transatlantic Dialogues at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held in London, in the United Kingdom, on April 18 and 19, 2004.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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May 12, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, a few days ago in Edmonton a new diesel electric hybrid bus was tested to reduce fuel consumption and pollution. It is a hybrid engine driven bus which combines electric and diesel power with fuel savings of 35% compared to a traditional diesel powered bus. Emissions reduction includes a 50% drop in smog-creating nitrogen oxides and a 90% cut in particulates and carbon dioxide.

Hybrid buses require less brake maintenance, store energy in their batteries, are quiet, and accelerate faster than conventional diesel buses. With the rising cost of fuel, hybrid buses can help reduce pollution, improve air quality and cut the incidence of respiratory diseases.

Governments at all levels would be well advised to adopt hybrid fuelled vehicles.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Hybrid Fuelled Vehicles
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May 11, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the order of reference of Friday, May 7, 2004, your committee has considered Bill C-34, an act to amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and agreed, on Monday, May 10, 2004, to report it without amendment.

I want to thank the hon. members who supported this bill and helped facilitate the completion of the work.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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May 10, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on May 3, I asked the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans why he requested a nine month suspension of the scientific panel's recommendation to protect 12 marine species, including 4 Atlantic cod populations? In doing so, the minister delayed the necessary and urgent action to protect these endangered species.

The minister's reply was contradictory. He listed conservation and the sustainable use of all marine resources as his first priority, but then went on to suggest that if these species were protected such action would have a significant impact on coastal communities. He also recommended a nine month consultation process on species, the very same scientists had declared endangered, threatened or of special concern. To make things worse, the minister allowed for 6,500 tonnes of Atlantic cod to be commercialized.

Given the strong message by the scientific community recommending an endangered species status, the consequences of the nine month delay plus the permission to catch some 6,500 tonnes of Atlantic cod will jeopardize the species identified as endangered, threatened or of special concern.

Let me bring to the attention of the House what scientists are saying. First, of the 12 aquatic species placed on the extended list in process, 9 have been given the designation of threatened or endangered, with the remaining 3 species being of special concern. Atlantic cod from Newfoundland and Labrador have been given endangered status because their population has gone down 97% since the early 1970s and 99% since the early 1960s. Scientists point to the fact that there has been virtually no recovery in their numbers. Scientists also point to fishing and fishing induced changes as two main threats to the cod population.

Second, statistics confirm Atlantic cod in the northern gulf of the St. Lawrence is also at a population low. It has declined by 80% over the last 30 years and has threatened status because of overfishing. Atlantic cod in the Maritimes is also in decline, also because of overfishing.

Third, the announcement by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to lift the moratorium on cod and reopen fisheries is evidence that commercial interests are given precedence over the Species at Risk Act that gives the government powers to protect all species, including cod, which become and when they become endangered.

Scientists say fishing is the primary factor responsible for the Atlantic cod becoming endangered. Why then reopen the cod fishery, thus flying in the face of well researched recommendations by scientists?

Therefore, tonight I urge the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to reconsider the decision to suspend the scientific recommendations and instead allow the recommended inclusion of the 12 marine species, under the Species at Risk Act, to become law.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act
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May 10, 2004

Hon. Charles Caccia (Davenport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is impossible to remain silent let alone indifferent to the pictures of Iraqi prisoners. It is hard to find words to express adequately the horror and agony caused to human beings by other human beings.

These pictures do not reflect on the American people. We know that. But they do reflect on the U.S. administration. Yet, no political action has been taken to turn into deed the indignation expressed by the U.S. President. As each day goes by, without resignation or dismissal, the impression grows that words are not being matched by action.

We can be grateful to the International Red Cross for having gone public with its report. We can be grateful for the existence of an international convention that makes the Red Cross the agent in defence of humanitarian treatment.

The pictures of Iraqi prisoners are devastating. We all have a responsibility to discharge if we are to rebuild peace with the Arab world. That is why we as parliamentarians have to speak up.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Iraq
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