James (Jim) Alexander HART

HART, James (Jim) Alexander

Personal Data

Canadian Alliance
Okanagan--Coquihalla (British Columbia)
Birth Date
October 30, 1955
advertising executive, radio host

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
  Okanagan--Similkameen--Merritt (British Columbia)
June 2, 1997 - July 17, 2000
  Okanagan--Coquihalla (British Columbia)
March 27, 2000 - July 17, 2000
  Okanagan--Coquihalla (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 126)

May 9, 2000

Mr. Jim Hart (Okanagan—Coquihalla, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, as a matter of fact I am paying attention. It is the minister who is not listening to the United States whose signals are very clear that it wants Canada in the missile defence program.

Professor Jim Fergusson, an expert on defence issues from the University of Manitoba, has confirmed what I heard the ambassador say. He testified before the defence committee last week that not participating would harm Canada-U.S. relations. Does the Prime Minister agree with Ambassador Chrétien, or does he agree with the rantings of the foreign affairs minister?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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May 3, 2000

Mr. Jim Hart (Okanagan—Coquihalla, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, three weeks ago Canada's ambassador to the U.S., the Prime Minister's own nephew, told me that Canada would be foolish not to participate in the national missile defence system. He said that it would be harmful for Canada-U.S. relations.

I would like to ask the Prime Minister directly, does the Prime Minister support the national missile defence system, yes or no?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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May 2, 2000

Mr. Jim Hart (Okanagan—Coquihalla, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, I rise on behalf of the people of Okanagan—Coquihalla to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops.

To mark the 55th anniversary of the liberation and to serve as a lasting reminder of the role of Canadians in securing their freedom, a national monument to the Canadian liberators will be unveiled today by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet in Apeldoorn.

In May 1995 I attended the Canada remembrance ceremonies in the Netherlands and will never forget the genuine expression of gratitude the people of Holland displayed for the Canadian liberators of their country. The burgemeester of Arnhem told me that in relation to their actions Canadian veterans were far too modest.

The people of the Netherlands will never forget the 7,600 Canadians who gave their lives to liberate their country. Canadians too should be proud of the sacrifices of our veterans and those heroes, the young men who did not return to Canada. Because of this the Canadian flag will always fly prominently in Holland.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   National Canadian Liberation Monument
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April 14, 2000

Mr. Jim Hart (Okanagan—Coquihalla, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the human resources minister rejected the public's request for a public inquiry into the boondoggle at HRDC. The Oxford dictionary defines the words public inquiry as a search into a matter done by the people for the people.

I would simply ask the minister and the government why they do not want the Canadian public to get the information regarding the boondoggle at HRDC.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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April 7, 2000

Mr. Jim Hart

Mr. Speaker, I would have to study exactly what Mr. Day said in his analysis. As I explained to the member once already, we are hearing the frustration of a person who is at the executive level of the province of Alberta who is trying to wrestle with the issues of a large federal government which does not spend its money wisely.

Billions of dollars go to grants and contributions each and every year. The auditor general has said that he has severe concerns about that. There are mismanagement issues that have to be dealt with. That creates frustration.

The level of funding to health care should be restored. Priorities should be set by the federal government, but it is clearly not doing that.

Stockwell Day is accurate in his recognition that the federal government does not responsibly operate in the fiscal arena. That should be addressed. If Stockwell Day has a solution, then I am one Canadian who is willing to listen. I am one Canadian who will vote during the leadership race. I will be happy to hear and assess what the other candidates say as well.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Income Tax Amendments Act, 1999
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