David Samuel Horne MACDONALD

MACDONALD, The Hon. David Samuel Horne, P.C., B.A., LL.D.(Hon.), D.D.(Hon.)

Parliamentary Career

November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Prince (Prince Edward Island)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Egmont (Prince Edward Island)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Egmont (Prince Edward Island)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Egmont (Prince Edward Island)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Egmont (Prince Edward Island)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
  • Minister responsible for the Status of Women (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
  • Minister of Communications (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Rosedale (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 540)


June 9, 1993

Hon. David MacDonald (Rosedale) moved

that Bill S-15, an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (sexual orientation), be read the first time.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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June 9, 1993

Hon. David MacDonald (Rosedale):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the minister responsible for external relations and international development.

A year ago at this time the Government of Canada led by the Prime Minister participated in the earth summit and in particular signed two very important treaties pointed in the direction of achieving international co-operation.

In the words of the Prime Minister: "This is not the time in the history of the environment to entrench, to regroup and to return to former positions. This is the time to test the outer limits of what we can achieve together".

One important commitment was to achieve the target of .7 per cent of ODA by the year 2000. This has since been ratified by two parliamentary committees this year. However the estimates of the department have suggested that we will only eventually achieve the target of .7 per cent.

Could the minister indicate what steps are being taken to achieve the commitment made in Rio a year ago?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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June 9, 1993

Hon. David MacDonald (Rosedale):

Madam Speaker, this year Festival Caravan is celebrating its silver anniversary with an array of 40 international "cities" representing over 70 cultural communities. This festival covers all of metropolitan Toronto and over two million people are expected to visit over its nine days.

Taking place from June 18 to June 26 this year, Festival Caravan was the first international festival in North America. This unique festival has often been emulated yet never duplicated.

Special recognition should be given to Zena Kossar, the founder of Festival Caravan, who for all 25 years has worked tirelessly to make the event the success it always is.

The festival is a celebration of the rich and diverse heritage that is Canadian culture with dance, art and music. It is a wonderful mosiac for all Canadians and international visitors to enjoy, making this year's 25th anniversary an outstanding success.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   FESTIVAL CARAVAN
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June 8, 1993

Hon. David MacDonald (Rosedale):

Madam Speaker, a year ago today, on June 8, at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development we acknowledged Oceans Day for the first time.

Since then there has been widespread support in both the national and international communities for the establishment of an annual global oceans day to raise public awareness and promote co-operative action for the health of the world's oceans.

The Oceans Institute of Canada in co-operation with citizens' groups, government and industry is co-ordinating Oceans Day '93 with public events and an international conference in Halifax. Activities are also planned for this day in other Atlantic provinces and British Columbia.

As all members know, the oceans play a vital role in sustaining life and livelihoods in this and all other countries. Over half the world's population lives within 60 kilometres of the oceans, which cover 70 per cent of this planet's surface.

Indeed, as we know now from our astronauts, when we look back at the earth it is not a green planet but a blue one. We should celebrate this blue planet on Oceans Day, June 8.

June 8, 1993

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   OCEANS DAY
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June 1, 1993

Hon. David MacDonald (Rosedale):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour this morning to present the eighth report of the Standing Committee on Environment entitled Our Planet, Our Future, in both official languages.

This volume, which is very large, contains the text of each of the committee's major reports with index of this Parliament and the government's response to all these reports.

In addition the report contains new material and the results of two round tables held with five distinguished Canadians including Mr. Maurice Strong, the secretary general of the earth summit, Mr. Jim MacNeill, who was the secretary general of the Brundtland commission, and the Speaker, who was gracious enough to open these hearings and offer some very important insights to our report.

This report is an attempt to say to the next Parliament what we think are the crucial survival and development issues that affect both the environment and the world's population. It is hoped this report will provide useful suggestions to our successors in Parliament on the crucial issues that need to be tackled.

Finally, as this is our last report to this Parliament, it is only fitting that we should thank the numerous individuals who have made this work possible: our clerks and their staff; the research officers; Secretary of State translation services; and the Centralized Support and Publications Service of the House. Without their collective efforts and professionalism we would not have been so well served.

Routine Proceedings

I also wish to pay special thanks to the indexing branch for preparing on very short notice the index to this publication which provides complete coverage of the last four and a half years.

Finally, I would personally like to thank the members of the committee on both sides and all those witnesses. Without their active participation and support we would not have achieved what I think has been a memorable contribution. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as chair of the environment committee.

Topic:   ENVIRONMENT
Subtopic:   EIGHTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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