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 5 of 293)


September 18, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. It concerns the continuing cuts to the CBC.

Despite promises made in the Liberal red book during the last election, the government is proceeding with a further cut of some $190 million to the CBC budget. This will result in a 35 to 40 per cent reduction in both TV and radio services and a loss of some 2,500 jobs.

How can the minister possibly expect the CBC to fulfil its parliamentary mandate as a public broadcaster with these massive cuts to its budget?

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

Mr. de Jong

Indeed it is, Mr. Speaker. All New Democrats present today will be voting against this motion.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Department Of Public Works And Government Services Act
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March 22, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, as I am duty bound, I wish to present to Parliament a petition signed mainly by constituents from Regina, Saskatchewan and district.

The petition, as many others presented to this House, implores the government not to increase the tax on gasoline. It notes that the excise tax on gasoline has risen by some 566 per cent over the last 10 years.

While this petition has come to me after the budget, I suspect the petitioners are concerned about next year's budget. Therefore, I present this petition to the House.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 22, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, I am disappointed in the government's response to Motions Nos. 1, 69 and 25.

Motions Nos. 1 and 69 go a step further and add to the list of people for which there would not be any barriers to transportation. The act already talks about persons of disability and the motions would include elderly people.

There was some concern mentioned earlier about why we should include elderly people, that if they had disabilities they would surely be covered under that section. There is a grey area. People are living longer. They want to stay in their home communities rather than go to care facilities hundreds of miles away.

I know several elderly people who live quite active lives but their eyesight prevents them from driving. Sometimes they might even have difficulty renewing their drivers' licences. It is not that they are totally blind, it is not that they fall into the disabled category, but there is a need there. It is also a transportation need, particularly if their eyesight is not good enough to allow them to drive on the highways. They still have this tremendous need to go to other centres for medical services or to visit family members and so forth.

The amendment simply wished to spell out that elderly people should also be included in the grouping. If the government does not accept these motions, it will be because of the bureaucrats who do not like to see any changes to what they have proposed.

Motion No. 25 was introduced by our colleague from Saint John. She made excellent sense in presenting her case. I am again surprised the government has not listened to the legitimate concerns which are being expressed. Instead, it is listening to the

bureaucrats and ploughing ahead with what the bureaucrats have deemed, which is not what common sense would dictate.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada Transportation Act
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March 22, 1996

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

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the Minister of Human Resources Development.

As the minister must be aware, the moving of the some 50 jobs of the income security program from Regina to Winnipeg has become a major issue. The cost of the move could climb as high as $2.6 million and will certainly result in the deterioration of services to seniors and the disabled in Saskatchewan. Will the minister rescind this move of jobs from Regina to Winnipeg, a move that will squander scarce dollars?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Income Security Program
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