Valerie (Val) MEREDITH

MEREDITH, Valerie (Val)

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
South Surrey--White Rock--Langley (British Columbia)
Birth Date
April 22, 1949
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val_Meredith
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5dcf65db-981b-4d6e-9644-dd4b556a94c3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businesswoman, realtor

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
REF
  Surrey--White Rock--South Langley (British Columbia)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
REF
  South Surrey--White Rock--Langley (British Columbia)
  • Canadian Alliance Caucus Chair (March 27, 2000 - July 31, 2000)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  South Surrey--White Rock--Langley (British Columbia)
  • Canadian Alliance Caucus Chair (March 27, 2000 - July 31, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  South Surrey--White Rock--Langley (British Columbia)
April 10, 2002 - May 23, 2004
IND
  South Surrey--White Rock--Langley (British Columbia)
April 16, 2002 - May 23, 2004
CA
  South Surrey--White Rock--Langley (British Columbia)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  South Surrey--White Rock--Langley (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 212 of 216)


February 22, 1994

Ms. Meredith

The member was here for at least 100-plus days.

My concern is that this is only dealing with cigarette taxes and that the government is not stopping smuggling. It is going to have smuggling of alcohol. It is going to have smuggling of alien persons. It is going to have smuggling of heroine and hard drugs. We have it now.

If the government is not going to enforce the laws, it will continue to have smuggling of these contraband items. Lowering the taxes of one item is not going to stop smuggling.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Excise Act
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February 22, 1994

Ms. Meredith

Mr. Speaker, I mentioned at one time that my constituency goes along the United States-Canadian border. I have two of the busiest border crossings in my constituency and this has not been identified as a major problem.

Yes, there is cigarette smuggling. I do not deny that, but it has certainly not been a problem to the extent that it has been in Ontario and Quebec. I do not think that problems are solved by isolating a solution for one area and putting it over the whole country. If there is a problem in one area of the country, solve it if it is isolated to that area. Do not assume that this problem is all across the country.

I know at my border crossings cigarette smuggling is certainly not at the limit it is in Quebec.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Excise Act
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February 22, 1994

Ms. Meredith

Mr. Speaker, I have a feeling the hon. member forgot the first part of my speech which was over an hour ago.

My concern is not that the government has just reduced taxes. My concern is that it did not enforce the laws that were there. If it had enforced the laws we would not have this problem.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Excise Act
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February 22, 1994

Ms. Val Meredith (Surrey-White Rock-South Langley)

Mr. Speaker, I will try to refresh everybody's memory as to what happened prior to question period.

I am afraid that what the government has done in this instance is to send a loud message that if enough people are ignoring the law, do not worry it will be changed. What the government should have done is enforce the laws that were there. If a law has the support of Canadians it must be enforced and there was support in the community for high taxes on cigarettes.

Calls to my office were six to one against lowering the tax on cigarettes and if someone can get my constituents to oppose the lowering of any tax then he or she has accomplished something. They do not like taxes. They want taxes lowered but they want them lowered in a sane and reasonable manner across the board. The government should have concentrated on enforcement, not on isolating tax cuts on contraband cigarettes.

Unfortunately some Canadians need the occasional reminder that there are laws that have to be enforced. There are laws against speeding despite the fact that most of us speed every now and then. The mere sight of a police car on the side of the road is enough to slow most drivers back to the speed limit. If the government had been in charge of the provincial motor vehicles act it would not have called for increased enforcement. It would have raised the speed limit and then boasted about how it got rid of the country's speeding problems.

In conclusion, the Customs Act and Excise Act both provide for significant penalties for those breaking the law. The government should have given its law enforcement officers some manpower and resources to have carried out its mandate. The initiatives implemented by ways and means motion No. 3 were short-sighted and in the long term this decision will be regretted.

It is unfortunate the government did not have the courage to stand up and address the issue head on. I hope when the alcohol smuggling issue comes before the government it is prepared to stand firm and resist repeating the same mistake.

My constituency runs along the Canada-U.S. border. My riding has two of the busiest border crossings in Canada, the Pacific crossing being one of them. I know there is smuggling of all sorts and I know that cigarette smuggling is not the main concern at the Pacific and Douglas crossing.

Enforcement of Canada's laws is the only way to deal with this issue, not giving in to the lawbreakers.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Excise Act
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February 22, 1994

Ms. Meredith

Mr. Speaker, I cannot say it any more than I have said it before. We have laws in our land. There are reasons for our laws. I do not think we solve anything by changing our laws to give in to criminal activity.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Excise Act
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