Simon Leendert DE JONG

DE JONG, Simon Leendert, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Regina--Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
April 9, 1942
Deceased Date
August 18, 2011
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_De_Jong
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5fd68b94-0c72-4ac3-a336-e9302792c3c8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
painter, restaurant owner

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
NDP
  Regina East (Saskatchewan)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
NDP
  Regina East (Saskatchewan)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Regina East (Saskatchewan)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Regina--Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
NDP
  Regina--Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 293)


April 25, 1997

Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina-Qu'Appelle, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I, as well, will not be running again in the next election. I want to take this opportunity, first of all, of thanking the community of Regina and the constituents there who have been re-electing me.

Our family came from the camps of southeast Asia to Regina, Saskatchewan in the early fifties and that community has honoured me by re-electing me since 1979.

The House of Commons is a tremendous institution that serves Canada well. It does need to change and as an organic institution I am sure it will. In the future I hope that some members will come here through proportional representation because the voices of hundreds of thousands of Canadians are not heard in this Parliament because of our electoral system.

Also, I hope in the future that the committee system will be strengthened because it is in the committee system that ordinary members of Parliament, regardless of what political party they are from or whether they are in the government or in the opposition,

can have an opportunity of making a contribution in developing the laws of this land.

I suggest that those two reforms are needed. I hope that this institution will serve Canada for many more years to come.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Member For Regina-Qu'Appelle
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April 21, 1997

Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina-Qu'Appelle, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Later today I will be introducing a petition signed by over 1,700 people. This is part of a larger petition signed by over-

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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April 21, 1997

Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina-Qu'Appelle, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, later today I will be presenting a petition with over 1,700 signatures opposing the cutbacks to the CBC. This is a small part of a petition which was started by a single individual in B.C. and now has over 36,000 signatures and continues to grow. There has been a groundswell of grassroots support from every province and territory.

The petition started from the outrage over the Liberal Party's failure to honour its 1993 red book campaign promise to maintain stable long term funding for the CBC. It also started from an anger against the Liberal Party's shortsightedness in dismantling the single most effective institution supporting Canadian unity by promoting communication and celebrating the unique values, strengths and aspirations of Canadians.

Another $100 million in cuts are scheduled for next year. For the sake of the future of Canada as a free, independent and democratic nation, they must be stopped.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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April 21, 1997

Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina-Qu'Appelle, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have the privilege of introducing a petition with some 1,700 signatures.

The petitioners point out that effective April 1, 1997 about 33 per cent of CBC radio and TV programming, both national and regional, will be lost. This is because of insufficient financial resources due to the Liberal Party's failure to honour its 1993 red book commitments.

Therefore the petitioners call on Parliament to immediately restore CBC funding to the promised level of financial support which existed as of January 1, 1994 so that the cutbacks and the layoffs at the CBC can be rescinded.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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April 21, 1997

Mr. de Jong

Mr. Speaker, the government in the red book in 1993 promised multi-year funding. What kind of long term stable funding results in hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts? How can government members face voters and claim that the red book commitment has been honoured without at least blushing?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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