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 5 of 518)


May 26, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Winnipeg General Strike was the most significant turning point for working people in Canadian history. Before the strike was over, many were injured, some were killed and its leaders were thrown into jail on trumped up charges of sedition.

However, because of their courage and determination, Canadian workers won the right to organize, the right to free collective bargaining and the right to a living wage.

The lesson is that prison bars cannot contain ideas, just as revisionist Conservatives cannot sanitize history by eliminating the exhibit paying tribute to the strike at their museum of selective history.

The Conservative government never misses a chance to undermine the rights of workers and the Liberals inexplicably even find fault that the NDP's staff enjoy the protection of union representation. It is clear that the old line parties cannot be trusted to respect collective bargaining.

I assure everyone that after October 19, the newly elected NDP administration will set the history books straight and ensure the trade union movement gets the respect it deserves in the story of the social development of our country.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Winnipeg General Strike
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May 25, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin

Who elected them?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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May 25, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, if members believe the minister's last answer, I have some real estate they might be interested in.

In actual fact, this move has the stink of political interference all over it. First the Conservatives change the name of the museum, then they change the mandate of the museum and then they try and sanitize Canadian history to eliminate any reference to things they do not like.

In actual fact, the Winnipeg general strike was a turning point in the rights of Canadian working people. It is up for its 100th anniversary in four short years.

Why does the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages butt out of the museum business and let curators curate?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canadian Heritage
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May 4, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives have done their best to sanitize their language in dealing with this bill. They have done their best to try to downplay the potential impact, but the impact is not lost on Canadians.

I have met with first nations groups who are increasingly concerned that this bill is not about trying to make Canadians safer. This bill is more about having the Conservative administration snooping on its enemies. There is a Nixonian quality to this bill.

As we get closer to the election and the Conservatives lose their major premise for the ballot box question, they get tighter and smaller in their world view. They are paranoid to the point where they think they are surrounded by nothing but their enemies. It is embarrassing to watch, as we see the death rattle of a political administration infringing on rights and freedoms in a last desperate effort to hang on to power.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Anti-terrorism Act, 2015
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May 4, 2015

Mr. Pat Martin

Mr. Speaker, he asked for some clarification on the language that I used. The language that I used was “gutless”, “spineless”, “feckless” and “political cowardice”, all to describe the Liberal Party's position.

In answer to his question, the leader of my party and the critic for this area have both said clearly it would be repealed in an NDP administration. The member for Winnipeg North is selectively misquoting or paraphrasing a comment that was quite dated.

Repeal, repeal, repeal instead of the gutless, cowardly, feckless performance by the Liberals who say they cannot stand the bill on principle but they are going to vote for it because they are afraid someone might use it against them if they vote against it. That does not show a political backbone. That is classic Liberal policy. It is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall, trying to figure out how to deal with Liberals.

When one stands for everything, one stands for nothing and trying to be all things to all people makes one useless in the political sphere, in my view.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Anti-terrorism Act, 2015
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