Jay D. HILL

HILL, The Hon. Jay D., P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
Birth Date
December 27, 1952
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Hill
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5c079946-a5d3-4808-819f-f7b9e073f5a3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
REF
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
REF
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Deputy Whip of the Official Opposition (June 20, 1997 - January 30, 2000)
  • Chief Opposition Whip (January 31, 2000 - July 31, 2000)
  • Whip of the Reform Party (Caucus Coordinator) (January 31, 2000 - March 1, 2000)
  • Whip of the Canadian Alliance (March 27, 2000 - July 31, 2000)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Chief Opposition Whip (January 31, 2000 - July 31, 2000)
  • Whip of the Canadian Alliance (March 27, 2000 - July 31, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Whip of the PC/DR Coalition (September 19, 2001 - April 9, 2002)
April 10, 2002 - May 23, 2004
IND
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
April 16, 2002 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Whip of the Conservative Party of Canada (July 22, 2004 - January 27, 2005)
  • Chief Opposition Whip (July 22, 2004 - January 27, 2005)
  • Conservative Party House Leader (January 28, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (January 28, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Conservative Party House Leader (January 28, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (January 28, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Whip of the Conservative Party of Canada (February 7, 2006 - October 29, 2008)
  • Chief Government Whip (February 7, 2006 - October 29, 2008)
  • Secretary of State and Chief Government Whip (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
October 14, 2008 - October 25, 2010
CPC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Whip of the Conservative Party of Canada (February 7, 2006 - October 29, 2008)
  • Chief Government Whip (February 7, 2006 - October 29, 2008)
  • Secretary of State and Chief Government Whip (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Conservative Party House Leader (October 30, 2008 - August 5, 2010)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (October 30, 2008 - August 5, 2010)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 495)


October 4, 2010

Hon. Jay Hill (Prince George—Peace River, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with deeply mixed emotions. Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that I first walked into this august chamber. It was so intimidating and, in some ways, even after nearly 17 years, it still is. What an honour, privilege and, most days, a pleasure it has been to have a seat here, one of 308.

I wish I had a minute for every year I have been here for there are so many to thank in such a short amount of time.

First, and perhaps most important, I want to thank the constituents of Prince George—Peace River for their trust, loyalty and consistent majority support throughout six elections and three party incarnations.

Second, I thank my party loyalists, those who served so generously on my board of directors or on successive campaign teams and who worked so hard over the years to win me this job pounding the election signs through snow and frost of winter campaigns, sitting through countless town hall meetings or all candidate forums in one of the eleven communities, large or small, in northeastern British Columbia.

The folks back home know who they are and there have been far too many of them over these many years to name them all. However, I do want to mention one, my mentor and great friend, Short Tompkins, a man of unshakeable integrity. His eulogy was another very difficult speech, for saying goodbye is never easy.

Third, I thank my caucus colleagues. There are about 250 MPs, past and present, who have served in the caucuses I have been privileged to be part of. Politics is best played as a team sport and I have been honoured to be a part of some of the best. I hope they will somehow forgive me for all those years I expected and asked so much of them as their whip or House leader.

Fourth, I thank colleagues from other parties because, no matter what our personal party of choice, we are all here for the same reason: to try our best to faithfully represent our constituents in this, Canada's house of democracy.

Fifth, I thank my staff, current and former, the dozens I have been privileged to have on my teams over the years, loyal, talented, committed and hard-working Canadians.

I only have time to mention the longest suffering, er...I mean serving, Mr. Speaker. These are: Charmaine Crockett, more than 14 years; Christine Wylupski, 10 and still counting; Ann Marie Keeley from the whip's office, on and off for the last 15; and, in my hometown of Fort St. John, Carol Larson, my senior constituency assistant for more than a decade, including serving as my campaign manager for the last three elections. Their steadfast support, exceptional talent, hard work and friendship over these many years made this life not only tolerable, but enjoyable. I will miss them all.

I thank Kera and Kenzie for being here as well today, along with a number of close personal friends.

My best parting advice for new members is that they choose their staff wisely because their choices can make or break their career.

Sixth on my list to thank is you, Mr. Speaker, at the risk of sucking up, for your guidance in all things procedural, your friendship and our shared adventures abroad as part of your delegations. On behalf of Leah and myself, thank you, Mr. Speaker, or should I say, PMilly? You have not only been our longest serving Speaker but, in many ways, one of the very best, despite what I may have said recently.

I also want to thank and pay special tribute to our table officers, clerks, guards and all the staff on Parliament Hill, especially for their terrific leadership, our Clerk and Sergeant-at-Arms.

I have had the honour to serve four times as the whip and twice as House leader both in opposition and in government. I thank the leaders who had that much faith in me, Preston Manning, like Short, a man of impeccable integrity and a true visionary.

I would like to thank our Prime Minister, whom I first met in Calgary's Heritage Park more than 22 years ago, prior to both of us running for the fledgling Reform Party in the 1988 election. Much later he and I shared adjacent offices in the attic of the Confederation Building, between 1994 and 1997. I was honoured and humbled when he brought me into cabinet in 2007 as secretary of state to assist the Prime Minister in addition to being his whip, and I hope I was of some assistance.

Then following the 2008 election I received the ultimate privilege when he named me the leader of the government in the House of Commons. Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for entrusting me with such weighty responsibilities.

Next is my family: my father, now passed away, tragically something else that the PM and I share, for we both lost our fathers on the very same day; my mom, how can I every thank her enough; my older sister and three younger brothers, their partners and families; my three wonderful children who really were just kids when I began this journey, Holly, Heather and Heath. I hope someday they will forgive me for subjecting them to the political life and that someday they will be half as proud of me as I am of each of them and their partners. To Leah's father, Bill Murray, who is here today supporting us as he always has, and his wife Michelle, thank you.

Naturally, Mr. Speaker, I saved the best for the last, and you know her well. I thank Leah for helping with my transformation, not just from being the second worst dressed MP into the member who is notable for his terrific ties, but for chiselling off the rough edges, for making me a happier man, a much better person and a stronger representative for the great people of northeastern British Columbia. Leah's unwavering support, constant encouragement, persistent good humour and unbelievable work ethic throughout the past 11 years have been a huge part of whatever success I have managed to achieve.

Lastly, I want to say that the thing I will miss most about politics is the people, vibrant, passionate people. For life is about relationships, our personal ones with family and friends, our professional ones with workmates, staff and colleagues. Because of politics I have been privileged to meet great Canadians in every corner of our great nation, and indeed great men, women and children of many nationalities, religions, cultures and colours all around the world. It is those relationships and the ones with friends here on both sides of the aisle that I will always cherish and that I will miss the most.

However, in the end it is ultimately up to each of us to determine when it is the right time to leave, when the passion has begun to wane, when we may no longer be sufficiently motivated to give the job the 100% that our constituents deserve. We are fortunate if we get to choose the time of our departure rather than our constituents making the choice for us. For me that time is now, Mr. Speaker, for you will soon receive my official letter of resignation effective October 25.

Over the past 17 years I have come to respect, to honour and to cherish the traditions, practices and history of this place but in the end, I would ask all colleagues to reflect upon and to keep in mind the title of Erik Nielsen's biography, The House is not a Home.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Resignation of Member
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October 1, 2010

Hon. Jay Hill (Prince George—Peace River, CPC)

Madame Speaker, I rise today to remind Canadians of their democratic duty.

Never have I been prouder to be Canadian than when I helped to serve a hot Christmas dinner in 2006 to troops just coming off the front lines in Afghanistan, and again in the last election when I received an email from a commanding officer detailing how his troops were willingly accepting additional risks to deliver ballot boxes to those same front lines, to ensure that no soldier missed the opportunity to vote.

Compare these young Canadians, who are already putting their young lives on the line to bring democracy to a war-torn land, including extra risks in the name of democracy, with citizens back home in Canada who have become so apathetic, they cannot even be bothered to cross the street to vote.

There is no greater privilege than having the right to vote. People have died to preserve that right; indeed some people still are in some lands. I implore all Canadians to think about their choices and re-engage in the political process.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Right to Vote
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June 17, 2010

Hon. Jay Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, first of all, perhaps to deal with the issue that was raised by one of my colleagues, the member for Kelowna—Lake Country, about Jazz Air, the Minister of Labour, who has been working diligently on this file for weeks now and certainly at an intensified rate over the last 48 to 72 hours, has addressed that issue.

As she noted, the government filed a notice that appeared on the order paper this morning, indicating that were there to be a work stoppage that would threaten our communities serviced by Jazz Air, threaten the livelihoods of many Canadians, indeed inconvenience business, threaten the fragile economic recovery that we are seeing in all parts of Canada, but obviously would severely threaten the economic recovery in those parts serviced by that airline, the government is prepared to act expeditiously to ensure that work stoppage would be of the shortest possible duration.

As for the business of the House, as it is the Thursday question, today we will continue to debate the opposition motion and then later this evening, the business of supply.

In a few minutes, to address the other question that the official opposition House leader asked, I hope to create and complete, at all its remaining stages, Bill C-23A, an act to amend the Criminal Records Act. We will also be adopting, at all stages, Bill C-40, celebrating Canada's seniors.

When the House meets again, we will continue to debate on Bill S-2, the sex offender registry, and Bill S-9, tackling auto theft.

As we near the end of this sitting, I want to thank my colleagues for their co-operation, particularly in these last few weeks. We have had many challenges and I think we have met most of them. Most notably was the challenge of these two five-week sitting blocks. I would point out, however, that anyone who just watched question period would have to draw the conclusion that it truly is silly season here in the House of Commons, given the level of the debate.

However, the challenge being that we had to be absent from our constituents and families, the upside of course was that we as members had the opportunity to spend so much quality time together. Just like any good family visit, unfortunately all good things must come to an end.

I would also like to speak briefly to express my appreciation to the House staff who serve us so well.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Business of the House
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June 17, 2010

Hon. Jay Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I do have a second motion dealing with Bill C-40. I move:

That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, Bill C-40, An Act to establish National Seniors Day, shall be deemed to have been read a second time, referred to a committee of the whole, deemed considered in committee of the whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage and deemed read a third time and passed.

I believe my colleague, the Minister of Public Works, also has a point of order and a motion.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Celebrating Canada's Seniors Act
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June 17, 2010

Hon. Jay Hill (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I think if you seek it, you may find unanimous consent for the following motion. I move:

That, notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, when the House adjourns today, it shall stand adjourned until Monday, September 20, 2010, provided that, for the purposes of Standing Order 28, it shall be deemed to have sat on Friday, June 18, Monday, June 21, Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23, 2010.

Mr. Speaker, if the House accepts this, I would wish all hon. members a pleasant summer. Hopefully, we will not have to return to pass back-to-work legislation in the Jazz Air labour dispute.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of the House
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