Gordon Edward TAYLOR

TAYLOR, Gordon Edward

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Bow River (Alberta)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Bow River (Alberta)
  • Deputy Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party (September 9, 1981 - January 1, 1982)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Bow River (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 481)


August 30, 1988

Mr. Taylor:

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. When are we going to stop one Member from getting up and talking, talking and talking, not even concerning things the Minister asked about, so as to stop someone else from asking questions? That is not the purpose of our question and comment period at all. One person should not be able to monopolize it as was done a few minutes ago.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT MEASURE TO ENACT
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August 30, 1988

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Madam Speaker, I just want to say a word or two. I think that all of us feel very strongly about those who have inadequate pensions, particularly when it was promised. A few years ago when we found that the workers under the Workers' Compensation Board in Alberta were not getting enough to live upon, the Government decided to put money into it out of general revenue and, consequently, those on workers' compensation have been able to get by at least better than they would have had before. I thought that I should mention that, because there are ways of solving these problems.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS-MOTIONS RAILWAYS TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT OF CANADIAN RAILWAYS EMPLOYEES' PENSION ASSOCIATION
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August 30, 1988

Mr. Taylor:

Mr. Speaker, as I listen to Hon. Members in the Liberal and New Democratic Parties I have to conclude that history repeats itself. The last speaker again reiterated that we will lose our sovereignty. Other speakers in both opposition Parties are saying that we are selling out to the United States, that they are going to take over our industries, that they are going to come in and run the country.

I heard that in the early 1940s when the Alberta Government, of which I was a part, wanted to get our oil and gas developed, we could not get a dollar from eastern Canada or anywhere else in Canada. We went to France and to Britain. No one would invest their money and take a chance on the oil and gas in Alberta. The Americans came in and spent millions of dollars.

When we arranged with the Americans to come in to find our oil and build up an oil and gas industry, the Liberals and the CCF at that time vowed up and down that we were selling the country, that we would lose our sovereignty and our social programs. Well, the Americans spent millions of dollars and today we have a gas and oil industry of which Canada can be proud and which the Liberals tried to eliminate a few years ago with the national energy policy.

We have an oil and gas industry in Canada because the Americans risked their money. We did not lose one social program and we did not lose any sovereignty. They did not take over our country. They did not run our country. They lived according to the rules we set. Under this agreement the Americans will live according to the rules set by the Canadian and provincial Governments. They will not run the country. We can get a tremendous benefit from this just as all of the country has benefited from the oil and gas industry which was developed. All the threats, fears, and gossip put out by the Liberals and the CCF in 1940 was complete hogwash. There was nothing to it. This agreement can give us tremendous industries and we will not lose one iota of sovereignty.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT MEASURE TO ENACT
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August 30, 1988

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, Alberta has another first, thanks to La Vida Communities Incorporated, a privately based company located in Calgary.

Last weekend I attended the official opening of the club house of a seniors village called Woodside on the Green. This unique project is designed to meet the special lifestyle needs of senior citizens over the age of 55. In addition to providing beautiful single-family homes it contains an array of convenience and safety features. It is beside the Bethany Care Centre.

August 30, 1988

Lifeline, which is a centrally monitored medical and security response system, is in every home. An 18-hole golf course is adjacent to the club house, while Calgary, Banff, Kananaskis, and Drumheller are within easy reach.

Seniors of Canada, come to Alberta and complete a lifetime of activity in a La Vida home where fullness of life at Hea-theridge in Cochrane, or Woodside on the Green in Airdrie, can culminate your retirement with peace, happiness, and contentment among friends of your own age.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SENIOR CITIZENS
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August 29, 1988

Mr. Gordon Taylor (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, last weekend it was my pleasure to represent the Minister responsible for Youth (Mr. Charest) at the thirty-seventh International Conference on Hostelling which was held at the University of Calgary. Present were 240 delegates from 60 countries and this was the first time in 80 years of hostelling that the conference was held in Canada.

It was a fitting area for the conference because Canadian hostelling was commenced in 1933 at Bragg Creek, Alberta, by two dynamic ladies who erected a tent and charged a 25 cents overnight fee. It was the first hostel in North America.

August 29, 1988

One of the ladies, Miss Mary Barclay, was present at the conference and was honoured by the delegates.

The Canadian Hostelling Association and Canada's fitness and tourism programs are complementary. Besides attracting to Canada hundreds of youths from around the world, it is an instrument of understanding and peace, blended with environmental appreciation. I compliment the Canadian Hostelling Association and urge the Government to continue and increase its financial support to this splendid organization.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL CON FERENCE ON HOSTELLING
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