Pat MARTIN

MARTIN, Pat

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)
Birth Date
December 13, 1955
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Martin
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=4ac38ab4-c480-4dde-8f12-a80ff2b4f215&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
carpenter, unionist

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
NDP
  Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
NDP
  Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
NDP
  Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
NDP
  Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
NDP
  Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
NDP
  Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)
May 2, 2011 -
NDP
  Winnipeg Centre (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 518)


June 17, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, it is not okay to put poison in our food just because it is properly labelled. Banning trans fat will save lives, full stop, period, yet 11 years after Parliament directed government to ban trans fat, we are still clogging our children's arteries with this toxic goop.

The United States has taken direct action and banned trans fat in all its forms. Will Canadians have to wait until the NDP forms the next government before we can protect consumers from this public health hazard?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Health
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June 11, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 11th report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, in relation to its study on the programs and the activities of the Canadian General Standards Board.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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June 8, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin

Mr. Speaker, my concern is again on the issue of relevance. We are wasting valuable time that is dedicated to the deliberation on vote 1, which is an appropriation of $57 million to the Senate. I am interested in asking a question of the parliamentary secretary. He is wildly off topic. I wonder if you, Mr. Speaker, will rein him in, call him to order, or ask him to sit down so that I can ask a question of him.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   MAIN ESTIMATES 2015-16
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June 8, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin

Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, I have cut the hon. parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister a lot of slack. I know he is running out of gas and running out of ideas. I think he got the short straw on who would try to defend the indefensible tonight, but he is straying wildly off the subject matter, which is vote 1 in the main estimates and whether the House of Commons should approve the appropriation of $57 million to send over to the Senate for its members to spend as they please.

He is wildly off topic. We have tried to be tolerant because I kind of feel sorry for the guy. He always gets stuck with this crappy job of trying to defend the indefensible, but he is so far off topic that he is doing a disservice to the debate.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   MAIN ESTIMATES 2015-16
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June 8, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives have dropped the ball on the Senate, and I share the frustration. We have to give them credit for trying, and they did try. I went with the Prime Minister on the day he introduced the bill in the Senate regarding limiting the term to eight years. I was curious to see how the public and Senate would react. The fact is that it is now put on the too-hard-to-do pile. The Prime Minister has washed his hands of any commitment to reform the Senate.

I remember when the old Reform Party used to bring out the Mexican hat dance and the mariachi band, and play outside the Senate, criticizing those senators who spent all their time on the beach in Mexico. That was when we had people who were committed to reform the Senate, and we joined them in their enthusiasm.

However, the fact is that tonight we are voting on sending another $57 million to the Senate with no more accountability than the last pile of money that it abused.

Canadians have to ask themselves if they want us to spend their hard-earned tax dollars this way, and if so, why?

I ask all members of Parliament if, deep in their own conscience, they are accurately reflecting the will of their constituents if they vote in favour of funding the undemocratic, unelected, under indictment Senate.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   MAIN ESTIMATES 2015-16
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