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 4 of 293)


November 25, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance.

The banks will be announcing another $6 billion profit, a record. We hear members of the Liberal caucus making progressive noises in the finance committee about the banks' service charges and interest rates charged on Visa cards. But the real question is: What is the government going to do?

Will the Minister of Finance commit his government to putting a ceiling on interest charges on Visa, Mastercard and the other credit card companies? Will he act?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Banks
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November 25, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, the big six banks are rejoicing over their early Christmas gift of $6 billion in record profits, but we know that many more Canadians cannot be part of this celebration.

While bank profits soar, so do bank service charges. On the heels of celebrating its windfall profits, the CIBC is hiking the fee for using another bank's cash machine from $1 to $1.25.

While the Bank of Canada prime rate has dropped to 3.25 per cent, the big banks continue to charge 18.9 per cent on Mastercard and 16.5 per cent on Visa.

The banks have been quick to lower the interest paid on the savings accounts of hardworking Canadians, so low that they pay only one-quarter of 1 per cent per annum on these savings.

I challenge this Liberal government to take legislative action that will bring debt relief and fair treatment to Canadian consumers, small business people, seniors and working families. They too deserve an early Christmas gift.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Banks
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November 5, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, the classic children's character, Winnie the Pooh, often de-

scribes himself as "a bear of very little brain". Well, Canada Post has entered into a campaign of very little brain.

In promoting its series of Winnie the Pooh postage stamps, Canada Post is also promoting the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida. Caps, T-shirts and stamps with Winnie the Pooh in front of Disney World are available at your local post office outlet as well as entry forms for a free trip to Florida.

Countries around the world use postage stamps to promote what they are proud of: national heroes, historic events and natural beauty. So what is Canada Post promoting? Disney World. What is next: McDonald's or Coca-Cola?

To use the much loved Winnie on Canadian postage stamps to promote a commercial enterprise outside the country is exploitive and demeaning. Is there no national dignity left? Can space be bought on postage stamps to the highest bidder?

It is about time this Liberal government took our national image more seriously.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Postage Stamps
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November 1, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Acting Prime Minister.

This week CBC Radio is celebrating 60 years of service. Especially in remote areas, it is a vital link that holds our country together. For example, CBQ in Thunder Bay serves half the province of Ontario.

Despite all the rosy promises in the red book about stable multi-year financing for the CBC, when will the government deliver on one of its most important commitments to the Canadian people? What is the future of the CBC and stations like CBQ with the Liberal government?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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September 26, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government never tires of telling the Canadian public that it has been working to get the economic fundamentals right.

Low inflation and drastic cutbacks to social spending were supposed to have set the stage for future jobs. We have had very low inflation for years and the government is ahead of schedule on deficit reduction.

But Canadians are facing the highest rate of unemployment during an economic recovery since the last depression. Where are the jobs? When can we expect that bountiful harvest of jobs that the Liberals have promised?

I commend the distinguished economist Pierre Fortin for so convincingly showing Canadians in the past few days that the harvest of jobs will never occur under the Liberal policies because they have their fundamentals wrong.

While the American policy makers have tolerated 3 per cent inflation in order to achieve near full employment, the Liberals have inflicted the strait-jacket of 1 per cent inflation and high real interest rates which have killed, according to Fortin, 850,000 jobs.

The Liberals cannot expect Canadians to believe the talk of jobs when their actions of inflation are calculated to kill jobs.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Employment
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