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. McCurdy:

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question.

Yes, we are talking about real interest rates. That is the difference between the cost of borrowing and the increase in the CPI.

The fact is that right now and for this past decade for the first time our interest rates have been as high as they were during the Depression. That is very interesting. Only in the last Great Depression, and I mean the thirties, were real interest rates as high as they are now.

Not since the thirties has there been such unencumbered freedom for transnationals and financiers to advantage themselves. There are so many parallels between now and then that it ought to cause us all to wonder. Did we not learn from the Depression that we cannot have a world in which the selfish greed of corporations can be pursued without limits, controls or regulations because inevitably that will be at the expense of the vast majority of people. That cannot go on.

Right across this world, across this land and across Europe we are seeing the results of it as unemployment mounts. All other statistics indicate economic growth, whether it be GDP, inventories or any of those things that this government cites, but the fact of the matter is that unemployment continues to mount.

Germany, a nation that has had an unemployment rate of 4 per cent or less for many years, today has an unemployment rate of 12 per cent. That is the inevitable result of a system in which corporations are free of any obligations to any nation. A policy such as that which has generated the deficit, which favours corporations as the Liberals did to an extreme and as the Conservatives are doing now to an equal extreme, is a policy that means

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devastation for too many, as we see now, and that must change.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MAIN ESTIMATES 1993-94-VOTE 1
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June 2, 1993

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

Madam Speaker, the musical Showboat is a period piece which depicts blacks in the minstrel show tradition.

A new, supposedly updated, production in North York has evoked heated controversy and division among black and Jewish communities in spite of claims that Afro-Ca-nadians' sensitivities are being addressed.

In Toronto to deliver a lecture named after Garth Drabinsky, the show's producer, William F. Buckley entered the dispute. He said that Jews have a right to be sensitive because of the Holocaust, and he is right. But according to him blacks who suffered over 200 years of

slavery, 25 million dead in the Atlantic crossing, 100 years of second class citizenship, lynchings and showboat stereotypes are described as preposterous to express their sensitivity.

What could be more destructive to an historic alliance between two communities, both of which have suffered, than this racist trivialization of the sufferings of one by comparison to the other?

If the voices of the Buckleys are the price for Showboat, Mr. Drabinsky, it is not worth it.

Topic:   OFFICIAL REPORT
Subtopic:   SHOWBOAT
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