Robert PENNOCK

PENNOCK, Robert, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Etobicoke North (Ontario)
Birth Date
December 14, 1936
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pennock_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4a262831-908b-4ce4-8c2f-a6959804df4e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, contractor

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Etobicoke North (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 20)


September 28, 1988

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, the protection of its citizens is a valued right in any country. In this regard concern is being expressed by Canadians and an international human rights organization about the plight of a Canadian citizen, a resident of Etobicoke North. I refer to Balkar Singh in detention in India since November 2, 1987.

The renowned international organization, Amnesty International, in a report last month urged the Indian Government to release him or charge him, and bring him to trial under normal judicial procedures, with all customary legal safeguards.

While recognizing the efforts of the Government to obtain consular access to the detainee to ensure adequate medical treatment and cessation of torture, I would like Members to join with me in urging the Indian Government to bring Balkar Singh to trial at the earliest opportunity, and urge the Government of Canada to continue in its worthy efforts to bring the matter to an early resolve.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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August 31, 1988

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member for Hamilton East (Ms. Copps) has led this House to believe that Hamilton never agreed to assist Pearson Airport with its waste disposal. For the record, 1 have a letter dated October 7, 1987, from Hamilton-Wentworth to Air Canada agreeing to assist Pearson. I quote an excerpt: "Regional Council at its meeting on October 6, 1987, approved the committee's recommendations". In July, 1988, only seven and one-half months later, when Pearson was in a bind, it reversed its approval stating: "Give us planes and we will take your garbage". I do not believe Canadians, even Hamiltonians, would consider that fair play.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   AIRPORTS
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August 22, 1988

Mr. Pennock:

May I say that at no time did I suggest that Hamilton takes Toronto's garbage but recommended that, on a short-term basis, Hamilton could play a major role in alleviating a temporary crisis. I would encourage the Hon. Member to research this issue, and after she has done so, she will find that a very serious health condition exists in Canada that we could all work together and help to alleviate. If Hamilton would take the garbage on a temporary basis, I would be first to rise in the House and congratulate it.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINT OF ORDER
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August 22, 1988

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to attempt to correct an improper impression left by the Hon. Member for Hamilton East (Ms. Copps) related to an issue I raised in the House last Wednesday concerning a potential health hazard to all Canadians. Canadians have a

August 22, 1988

Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

right to know that a health hazard exists because of a waste disposal problem at Pearson International Airport.

In her statement to the House on Thursday, August 18, the Hon. Member for Hamilton East jumped to the conclusion that I had accused the City of Hamilton of creating a potential health hazard at Pearson International Airport. An examination of my comments in Hansard will prove otherwise.

The Hon. Member for Hamilton East attempted to turn this into a "we versus they" or a "Toronto versus Hamilton" issue, which it is not. The Hon. Member for Hamilton East attempted to turn it into a garbage issue, which it is not. It is a health issue. We are dealing with a potentially serious health hazard which could have ramifications for the people of Canada and animals, particularly cattle, if it is not dealt with expeditiously.

I would like to state for the record that Pearson International Airport is not within the boundaries of the City of Toronto, as the Hon. Member suggested. It is an international airport in the great city of Mississauga and one, if not the major, gateway to Canada.

I have concern when an issue involving public health and safety in Canada is attempted to be brought down to the level of partisan politics. International garbage is coming into Canada from countries where foot and mouth disease is a very serious concern. In 1952, a foot and mouth epidemic was started by a single piece of sausage. Today a sea-gull could pick up a similarly tainted piece of meat and fly to the City of Hamilton.

Unlike the Hon. Member, I have taken the time to research the background and-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POINT OF ORDER
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August 17, 1988

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture. It is my understanding that today Agriculture Canada was going to announce if it would approve the trucking of excess garbage from Pearson Airport to another province for incineration. Every day 19 tonnes of excess garbage builds up at Pearson Airport. Can the Minister tell us whether permission was granted?

Since Hamilton has the capacity to deal with our waste because its incinerator is running at only 50 per cent capacity, can the Minister assure this House that something will be done to prevent Hamilton from holding the safety of this country for ransom by refusing to alleviate this serious, critical health condition?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AIRPORTS
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