Terence James (Terry) SARGEANT

SARGEANT, Terence James (Terry), B.A.

Personal Data

New Democratic Party
Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)
Birth Date
May 19, 1946
office manager, personnel administrator, public policy consultant

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
  Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
  Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 78)

June 26, 1984

Mr. Terry Sargeant (Selkirk-Interlake):

Mr. Speaker, I was disturbed to learn this weekend that the Liberal Government is toying with the notion of a flat tax that would tax every Canadian taxpayer at the same rate, regardless of income. In considering the flat tax proposal the Government has to share the stage with such notables as the Hon. Member for Ottawa Centre (Mr. Evans), and Peter Pocklington, one of the more outrageous contenders for the Tory leadership last year.

It is not hard to tell what a flat tax would do to Canada. It would attack what little fairness there is in our tax system by taking more tax from the poor and taking less tax from the rich. Even that ultra right wing think tank on the West Coast admits that.

At a flat rate of a little more than 19 per cent, people who earn between $5,000 and $15,000 a year would pay on average $176 more in income tax. Those Canadians who make more than $200,000 would pay $37,000 less in income tax. It should not surprise anyone that the people who would be hardest hit by this notion would be the elderly poor because they have little chance of increasing their income in the future and taking advantage of the tax saving that goes with it.

Proponents believe a flat income tax rate is good because it would leave money in the hands of the rich and they know what to do with that money to stimulate the economy. That sounds like a pretty thin excuse for a major tax grab on behalf of Canada's richest citizens. The notion of a flat earth was relegated to the trash bin of history centuries ago. The flat tax proposal deserves nothing less than the same fate.

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June 4, 1984

Mr. Sargeant:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Hon. Member whether there are any more of his constituents whom he did not name.

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June 4, 1984

Mr. Terry Sargeant (Selkirk-Interlake):

Mr. Speaker, for a number of years the Canadian Navy had used the Hawaiian Island of Kahoolawe for shelling exercises. For a thousand years this island has been considered sacred to Hawaiian people. Yet from 1941 until 1979 its use for religious and cultural purposes was banned by the United States Navy.

In 1981 the entire island was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places because of its invaluable historic significance. At this very moment the Canadian Navy is again participating in exercises which include shelling this island,

exercises that pose an immediate threat to some of the archaeological sites, despite petitions from thousands of Hawaiians, despite resolutions from the State Legislature and municipal governments, in opposition to the shelling, and despite the fact that the navies of Japan, Australia and New Zealand have ceased their participation in shelling. To these entreaties the Canadian Government has shown an amazing insensitivity.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau), two Ministers of National Defence and various government and military officials have dismissed out of hand Hawaiian concerns and their requests that Canada respect their cultural and religious heritage by withdrawing from the shelling exercises.

I call upon the Canadian Government to cease immediately any participation in any shelling of this region which is very important to Hawaiian people.

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May 25, 1984

Mr. Terry Sargeant (Selkirk-Interlake):

Mr. Speaker, on May 1 some 2,500 students were kept out of schools on four Manitoba reserves to protest the very sorry state of affairs at those schools. Over 600 of those students have yet to return.

Whether or not one agrees with the tactics, there is no denying that, when compared to provincial schools, reserve schools are seriously underfunded. Unfortunately, the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Mr. Munro) has not been giving this issue serious attention despite his nice sounding platitudes.

At the beginning of May the Minister agreed that their complaint was valid and promised to do something about it. He urged the chiefs to be patient and said that he would take their case to Cabinet as soon as possible. Three weeks passed, with no action.

Last Monday in Winnipeg, at a meeting with the four chiefs involved, the Minister gave his word to the chiefs that the submission for funding would go to Treasury Board on Tuesday. As of this morning that submission was still on the Minister's desk awaiting his approval before it could go to Treasury Board.

Indian students cannot wait for the Minister to squeeze their concerns into his leadership campaign schedule. If he cannot find the time to address these concerns he should resign and turn the Ministry over to someone with both the time and inclination to give Indian concerns the urgent attention they need.

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May 9, 1984

Mr. Terry Sargeant (Selkirk-Interlake):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to comment briefly on the regrettable decision of the Soviet Union to withdraw its team from the Los Angeles Olympics. As in 1980, New Democrats oppose such a boycott. At that time my colleague, the Hon. Member for New West-minster-Coquitlam (Miss Jewett), said:

We regret also the decision to single out our athletes to bear personally the total burden of our anger. No comparable sacrifice is asked of others. Furthermore, crippling the games in Moscow probably signs the death warrant of future Olympic Games as well.

The same still holds true, Mr. Speaker. Athletes, many of whom have worked for many years for this one chance, will again be the big losers. Whether they be from countries that participate in the boycott or those who do go, they will never know if they competed against the best.

A second consecutive boycott by a major participant would not bode well for the continued well-being of the international Olympic movement. I call upon the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau) to act in the interests of the world's Olympic athletes and of the movement itself, by expressing Canada's displeasure with such a politicization of the Games, and I ask him to call upon Chairman Chernenko to reconsider his nation's decision to withdraw, and on President Reagan to give his personal guarantee ensuring the total security of the Soviet team.

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