Howard Douglas MCCURDY

MCCURDY, Howard Douglas, C.M., O.Ont., B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Windsor--Lake St. Clair (Ontario)
Birth Date
December 10, 1932
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_McCurdy
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5d32f582-9e97-4d15-86ad-267bcbd283c9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, biochemist, professor

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Windsor--Walkerville (Ontario)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Windsor--Lake St. Clair (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 322)


June 16, 1993

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-St. Clair):

Madam Speaker, I have a letter in my possession which was widely circulated that constituted a demand for a meeting that was finally held on June 2. The question was why so long and why so little as a result.

Is it not true that the reforms which have been proposed by the government, which have not yet been tabled, are widely opposed by virtually every university sector represented on the advisory group because it neither enhances nor increases student support? In fact it does not do anything more than restrict accessibility still further, especially for part-time students.

Why can the government not engage in real consultation to produce a program that recognizes the reality of

Oral Questions

students, for example the fact that student loan limits have not been changed since 1984?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   STUDENT LOANS
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June 16, 1993

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-St. Clair):

Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the Secretary of State who on June 10 said that she was engaged in

June 16, 1993

extensive consultations about improvements to be made to the student loan program and that the program was to be enhanced to provide students with increased support.

Is it not a fact that the National Advisory Group on Student Financial Assistance had been ignored for a year and finally had to demand a meeting which was granted on June 2? Among other things at that meeting, rather than consultation, they were told that the student loan limits would be unchanged and that the government's promise to remove the 3 per cent tax would not be fulfilled.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   STUDENT LOANS
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-St. Clair):

Madam Speaker, why does the Secretary of State have a national advisory group on student financial assistance? It is a committee that has been completely ignored by her. Alarmed by new financial arrangements with the banks, by lack of information on new needs assessment rules, by new minimum course loads, by effects on part-time students and by implications to accessibility and affordability of government plans, the group took the unprecedented step of calling its own meeting only to be told that the department's plan still cannot be revealed.

A year ago the Council of Ministers of Education also criticized the government's inaction and lack of consultation. The advisory group has demanded a meeting with the Secretary of State to end the impasse for the benefit of students.

She should get off of her duff and be there. Not to do so would be inexcusable.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EDUCATION
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June 2, 1993

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-St. Clair):

Madam Speaker, the hon. minister comes rather late to his expertise in science. I hope he will not again repeat the unmitigated falsehood that this member opposed the National Centres of Excellence Program. I did not.

June 2, 1993

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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June 2, 1993

Mr. McCurdy:

Give me the proof. My next question is for the same minister.

In view of the yet undenied cutbacks in the national Centres of Excellence funding and in view of the projected cutbacks in NRC and the crisis that precipitates, are we to understand it is now government policy as suggested in its prosperity initiative report to de-em-phasize research and development-and I am not so sure the minister knows what that is-in favour of the begging, borrowing and stealing of technology from elsewhere?

Most people, most scientists he may eventually meet, would see it as a prescription for the destruction of our capability to advance in technology or anywhere else involving science.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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