PENNOCK, Robert, B.A.

Personal Data

Progressive Conservative
Etobicoke North (Ontario)
Birth Date
December 14, 1936
businessman, contractor

Parliamentary Career

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

Most Recent Speeches (Page 20 of 20)

March 27, 1985

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, the new agreement on oil and gas pricing in Canada initialled yesterday by the Minister of Energy (Miss Carney) and her provincial counterparts in western Canada is further evidence of the Government's positive record of success.

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March 27, 1985

Mr. Pennock:

This agreement, like the Atlantic Accord, is proof that consultation and co-operation are the way to achieve positive results. For over four years, agreements of this nature eluded the previous administration.

Since September Canada's economy has witnessed growing signs of strength. The unemployment rate has fallen. Investment confidence is strengthening. Consumer spending and manufacturing orders are rising, and interest rates have dropped.

There are tough economic decisions that lie ahead of us, but those decisions will be made after listening to the people of Canada and getting their advice and opinions. The recent

March 27, 1985

economic conference was an opportunity for Canadians to be heard and for politicians to listen.

On September 4 last, the people of Canada placed their confidence in this Government. We have achieved much in seven months. We will achieve more in the next four years.

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November 19, 1984

Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you, Sir, and the Hon. Member for Don Valley West (Mr. Bosley) on your appointments, and to express my personal confidence in you and your office. I would also like to congratulate the Hon. Member for Sarnia-Lambton (Mr. James) and the Hon. Member for Montreal-Mercier (Ms. Jacques), the mover and seconder respectively of the address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne. In particular, I would like to commend them for their eloquent and sincere addresses.

As a new Member of Parliament, I am sure that I can speak on behalf of all new Members in thanking the veteran Members of Parliament on both sides of the House for the assistance they have provided us in these first few weeks. I know many of my colleagues would agree that the sheer volume of information that has been thrust upon us has made us feel much like we are trying to paddle a canoe up a waterfall without a paddle.

Having the opportunity to present my maiden speech in the House so early in my parliamentary career is both difficult and exhilarating. The institution of Parliament is steeped in history. However, it was not until the division bells rang and I walked through the curtains behind me into the House for the first time that I realized the gravity of my new responsibility fully. For me personally, it was a time for deep reflection.

On September 4, our Party was given a mandate for change; not just a change in Government but a change in the nature of the relationship between Government and the people. 1 am deeply honoured to be part of the new Government and to meet this new challenge.

I represent the Riding of Etobicoke North which is geographically situated in the Northwest corner of Metropolitan Toronto. I am proud of the fact that I am the first local resident of my community ever to represent our riding in the House of Commons. I have lived in the riding for 26 years. It is where I have made my home, founded my business and raised my children.

November 19, 1984

I have a deep sense of commitment to the people of Etobicoke North who placed their confidence in me. For that I thank them. They can be assured that I will work diligently and effectively on their behalf because I look forward to representing them from the government benches for many, many years to come.

The name "Toby Cook" appeared on the maps of early Upper Canada and it referred to the rivers and land now known as Etobicoke. Toby Cook was a mispronunciation of the Indian word meaning "the place where the alders grow". Although the Constituency of Etobicoke North has only been in existence since 1979, the communities of Thistletown, Rex-dale and Albion which largely make up the riding have long and deep histories. These villages were first settled in the early 19th century by the Queen's Simcoe Rangers and the United Empire Loyalists.

Today in Etobicoke North we have a cross-section of people from all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. The diverse blend of ethnic groups adds to the flavour of our community. In a sense, Etobicoke North could be viewed as a replica of the larger Canadian ethnic mosaic. Many of the residents are new Canadians, just as the United Empire Loyalists were 150 years before them.

If I had to describe my constituency in one word, it would be the word "mixture". As I have mentioned, we are blessed with an ethnic as well as a socio-economic mixture. Businesses in our community are quite diverse and range from small single proprietorships to primary industries, from small construction firms to advanced high-tech industries active in research and development. There is even a balance between single-family homes and apartments.

When I first moved to Etobicoke North, farms, orchards and cow fields were the predominant features. Today our community offers the residents a variety of social services and recreational facilities. There is everything from bachhi courts to the new Woodbine race track. Perhaps in the very near future, Hon. Members will be able to refer to Etobicoke North as the home of the dome. Although Etobicoke North is primarily an urban riding, it still contains two farms.

As I mentioned earlier, Mr. Speaker, the people of Canada have given our Party a mandate for change. The Throne Speech has provided our Government with a blueprint for that change. The people of Etobicoke North join with me in applauding the Government for its sensible, honest approach in dealing with Canada's truly difficult and complex problems. The Speech from the Throne addresses those issues of concern that have been voiced to me throughout the course of the recent election campaign, including economic growth, social issues and legal reform.

Etobicoke North is no different from any other urban industrialized riding in that the recent recession has caused unemployment. Many factors contributed to the recession and to the corresponding rise in the unemployment rate. Personally, I see no merit in dwelling on the past. The Throne Speech spoke in very positive tones with new approaches to dealing with the issues. The past is the past; what concerns us is the

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future and the best security for one's future lies with a steady job. However, the key to long-term job creation is economic renewal.

On Thursday, November 8, the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) put before the House an economic statement which outlined the Government's economic agenda. The responses I have received from my constituents thus far indicate their strong support of the Government's initiatives, particularly with respect to its approach to fiscal responsibility. The people of Etobicoke North recognize the necessity of tough policy during tough times. They have tightened their belts and expect the Government to do the same. They know that through responsible Government, renewed growth and prosperity in the future is achievable.

The problems facing our youth today go beyond the economic ones. During the election campaign I promised my constituents that I would create a local task force adopting a similar approach to that contained in the Throne Speech. The idea was to bring together local businessmen, educators, labour representatives, youth groups and representatives of the three levels of Government to discuss long-term job opportunities in a spirit of consultation and co-operation. We must work in a harmonious environment with the provincial Governments to ensure that our educational system is training young Canadians for jobs that will be in existence 5, 10 and 20 years into the future.

The private sector forecasts its employment and technical requirements in advance. Only through co-operation with that sector will we avoid the unfortunate situation that is occurring today, a situation in which young people have been or will be trained for jobs that do not or will not exist.

The fact that the Throne Speech equally addressed social as well as economic issues serves to reaffirm to the Canadian people the Government's commitment to the maintenance of our social programs. The Canada of today is not the Canada of 20 years ago. Alterations in the economic and social fabric of our country have created new circumstances. My constituents applaud the Government's commitment to positive action in dealing with these new circumstances. I would like to deal briefly with some of these circumstances.

Issues that concern women are very important to me personally. My wife has always been my partner; first in marriage, then in business and now in politics. I also have two teenage daughters and, like all fathers, I wish to ensure that they have the opportunity to attain their goals, whatever those goals may be. Today, because of economic conditions, technological changes and a desire for personal advancement, women have become a more integral part of every sector of the work force.

I am proud that our Government has reaffirmed its position of favouring equality for women in all sectors of society. The principle of equal pay for work of equal value remains a cornerstone of the Government's social policy. As well, I am pleased that the Government intends to place greater emphasis on employment opportunities for women in the public sector.

November 19, 1984

The Address-Mr. Gerin

In Etobicoke North, as in the rest of Canada, we have witnessed a significant rise in the number of single-parent families. The issue of daycare is, therefore, becoming increasingly important to us. It is encouraging that the Government has proposed the creation of a Parliamentary Task Force to study the future of daycare. Undoubtedly, positive solutions will be proposed to effectively deal with this important issue.

Seniors' issues are as well vital to my constituency. More than 18 per cent of the population of Etobicoke North is over the age of 60. There are several large senior citizens' developments in the riding. We must ensure that those Canadians receive sufficient benefits in their retirement. I am pleased to report to my constituents that positive action in this direction is forthcoming in the Government's proposed legislation to extend the income-tested Spouses Allowance to those aged 60 to 64, and as well, in the legislation to enhance the financial situation of veterans.

The Government has shown its progressive nature through the proposals put forth in the Throne Speech which dealt with legal reforms. It has only been within the last 10 years that the Government and agencies have made positive steps toward aiding those individuals who, tragically, have become the victims of crime. It is a most unfortunate situation when a society spends much of its taxpayers' dollars incarcerating criminals and only a fraction on aiding and assisting the victims of crime. I am pleased that the Government intends to work in conjunction with the provinces toward developing policies designed to provide more assistance to those who have fallen victim to crime.

I am also pleased that impaired driving will be addressed. The issue of impaired driving has received much publicity in recent years and is a truly vital concern. One only has to speak to the parents of a victim of an impaired driver to realize the importance and gravity of this issue. My constituents are no strangers to this problem. The programs to reduce impaired driving, now being used by police forces all across Canada, were initiated in Etobicoke North. However, government legislation is not the only means by which to curtail impaired driving. Equally as important is education. Through education we can teach our children the dangers of such actions.

In conclusion, I would like to add a few personal comments. As I look around the House and see my colleagues, I am filled with confidence and hope. With some of them 1 have become good friends. I look forward with anticipation to working closely with them all. But, what I see most is tremendous potential; potential that I am confident will translate into success. Why am I confident? Because Canada is a country which is truly blessed. We have enormous potential for development, not only with respect to our natural resources, but, more importantly, with our human resources. It is individual Canadians who are the key to our future. No doubt there will be difficult times ahead. Everyone will have to pull

together and contribute. I believe that our Government has set a fine example.

To be very honest, this is a totally new experience for me. I have much to learn, but 1 believe I have something to offer. I am excited by the prospect of being a member of the team which will put Canada back on track. Under the leadership of the Right Hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), Canada will once again become a great and prosperous nation.

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