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 321 of 322)


November 21, 1984

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-Walkerville):

Mr. Speaker, the Romans recognized even in ancient times the indispensable requirement for a census in the determination of public policy. Of course the census counts people, but it appears that to this Government people do not count, at least not until 1991, in view of the announced cancellation of the 1986 census. This action has escaped critical notice until now.

Now we have the Royal Commission Report on Equality in Employment. Its recommendations for legislated employment equity indicate a critical requirement not only for census data but for an expanded data base respecting numbers and employment patterns for women, the disabled, native people, and visible minorities.

Indeed the report is complex and will require time for implementation. However, the Government has an easy way of quickly signalling its commitment to the achievement of employment equity-it must reconsider its cancellation of the 1986 census and implement it with an expanded data base, in light of the additional statistical information necessary for the effective implementation of the Abella report.

This is a step that must be taken. Otherwise, it will again reinforce the impression of the Government that social justice or sacred trusts should not stand in the way of prosperity for the privileged few.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21
Subtopic:   THE CENSUS
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November 15, 1984

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-Walkerville):

Mr. Speaker, I read yesterday's speech by the Hon. Secretary of State for Youth (Mrs. Champagne) with great interest, and I congratulate her on her speech as well as on her important appointment. Clearly both of us are assigned to youth because we have each drunk at the fountain thereof.

I note that the Hon. Secretary of State has promised to be a spokesperson for young people. She has further stated that she believes "every youth must have all opportunities to fully develop his own potential, whether rich or poor, male or female, native or immigrant and so on". She appears therefore to recognize what her colleagues in the Cabinet do not, and that is that prosperity cannot be achieved without social justice. They are inseparable.

Therefore, I look forward to working with the Hon. Secretary of State as we speak for those represented on the Hill today, and youth generally, in urging the Government to act to obtain assured and adequate levels of funding for post-secondary education from both the federal and provincial Governments through the Established Programs Financing Act, rather than consultation to cut funding. We must ensure that federal student aid is adequate, that it encourages part-time studies, and that it helps overcome the particular barriers faced by the poor, by women, and by minorities. That will discourage the provinces from cutting their aid programs as B.C. has done. I hope, as well, that the Hon. Minister will speak for youth in fighting to have the cuts from the Canada Student Loans Program and Summer Canada restored.

Topic:   RESTORATION OF CUTS IN STUDENT LOANS PROGRAM URGED
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November 9, 1984

Mr. McCurdy:

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Hon. Member for Davenport (Mr. Caccia) and it concerns his

November 9, 1984

speech. In the early part of his speech he took the Government to task for having failed to consult young people in particular with respect to the demise of the Summer Canada program. It is not clear to me whether his concern is about the failure to consult or about having broken a promise to consult. If it were the former, I would ask the Hon. Member, if his concern is about consulting, how does he reconcile that with the failure of the government of which he was formerly a part to consult with students and young people concerning cuts in postsecondary education for which that government was responsible?

Topic:   SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Subtopic:   RESUMPTION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY
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November 8, 1984

Mr. McCurdy:

Mr. Speaker, I gather that the Prime Minister believes that it is more advantageous for students to go into debt than it is for the Government to go into slight debt in order to ensure not only that there will be educational opportunity but also the prospect of real economic growth.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EDUCATION
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November 8, 1984

Mr. Howard McCurdy (Windsor-Walkerville):

Mr. Speaker, I will pursue my supplementary question to the Prime Minister along these lines. Will the Government consider a new post-secondary education act, as proposed by the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which is supported by the Canadian Federation of Students, to provide the following: one, a national tripartite, independent post-secondary education advisory council involving the federal and provincial Governments and the post-secondary education community; two, a House of Commons standing committee on science, research and post-secondary education to provide a periodic review of government initiatives in regard to post-secondary initiatives; and, three-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
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