Constantine George (Gus) MITGES

MITGES, Constantine George (Gus), B.V.Sc., D.V.M., V.S.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Bruce--Grey (Ontario)
Birth Date
February 5, 1919
Deceased Date
November 1, 2009
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Mitges
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=67b4f925-6633-435c-a34b-55dabc7de32d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
veterinarian, veterinary surgeon

Parliamentary Career

October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Grey--Simcoe (Ontario)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Grey--Simcoe (Ontario)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Grey--Simcoe (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Grey--Simcoe (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Grey--Simcoe (Ontario)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Bruce--Grey (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 103)


December 2, 1992

Mr. Gus Mitges (Bruce -Grey):

Mr. Speaker, at the upcoming Council of Europe meeting in Edinburgh there could be a tendency toward reversing the Lisbon decision which states that the Republic of Skopje would not be recognized if it insisted on the use of the word Macedonia as its name.

Macedonia is a Greek name. It has always been part of the history of Greece and of the Greek people. It is not to be usurped by others including the Slavo-Albanian country of Skopje which has neither ethnological nor historical relation to Alexander the Great's Macedonia.

A reversal of the Lisbon agreement would not only be dangerous but would also wound the European Community's credibility and prestige. It would also loosen the solidarity among its numbers and create greater destabilization in the Balkans.

However, the compliance of Skopje with the Lisbon decision not to use the name Macedonia in its name would go a long way toward the establishment of security and friendly relationships between the two countries, Greece and Skopje. Let us hope this will be the case.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   REPUBLIC OF SKOPJE
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November 27, 1992

Mr. Gus Mitges (Bruce-Grey):

Madam Speaker, UN chief Boutros-Ghali denounced Thrkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for the lack of progress in the recent round of UN-sponsored Cyprus peace talks in New York and called on the Turkish side to review its position.

In his report he suggested several measures that would contribute greatly to the success of the negotiations. These included a reduction of the Thrkish occupied troops, the handing over of the Thrkish occupied town of Famagusta to the UN, the promotion of contacts between the two communities, less restrictions of foreign visitors, communal co-operation with the UN for the resettlement of Thrkish Cypriots, proposals for bi-communal projects and a Cyprus-wide census.

The report takes a harsh stand against Mr. Denktash, noting that the solutions he is seeking are incompatible with the UN set of ideas to provide a bi-communal, bi-zonal federal Republic of Cyprus with a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality.

Hopefully, when talks resume again in March, some concrete results will be forthcoming for the betterment of Cyprus and all its people.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
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September 9, 1992

Mr. Gus Mitges (Bruce-Grey):

Mr. Speaker, there is no question the world community now believes that conditions have matured for the restoration of justice in Cyprus, respect for the human rights of all its population, and for the implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations whose efforts and particularly those of the Secretary General and the Security Council, must be sincerely supported at this crucial point of the Cyprus problem.

The occupation of northern Cyprus by Ibrkish troops since 1974 has developed into a heavy burden for Turkey which will not end unless a just, viable and workable settlement is attained for the reunification of Cyprus.

The international community expects the TUrkish government to promote a real sense of responsibility and a down-to-earth approach toward the peace talks between Greece and Tirkish Cypriots which will resume at the United Nations on October 26.

Let us hope that on October 26 we will see a greater degree of political will by the parties involved for a lasting agreement.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
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June 16, 1992

Mr. Gus Mitges (Bruce-Grey):

Mr. Speaker, the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Society of Canada wants the federal government to legalize the pill RU-486 for abortion purposes in Canada.

RU-486 pathologically affects the lining of the pregnant women's womb, causing the baby to undergo slow and agonizing starvation, followed by death and expulsion from the body. The drug has been known to cause fatal internal bleeding in some women.

The society is reported to have stated that: "The problem of legalizing the use of RU-486 is not with the government, but with the company itself, for fear of reaction from the pro-life people".

It is my opinion that the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Society of Canada now considers itself the chief advocate and lobby group for Rousell Canada, the drug manufacturer, pushing for the legalization of RU-486.

I would expect that the government will remain firm and steadfast and not be swayed in any way in this decision to refuse the use of this drug for abortion use in Canada.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HEALTH CARE
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June 15, 1992

Mr. Gus Mitges (Bruce-Grey):

Mr. Speaker, in 1990, 94,180 Canadian babies were aborted. That comes to approximately 24 abortions for every 100 live births.

For those abortions done in hospitals and even in some private abortion clinics, medicare funded by tax dollars is paying for a procedure that has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with the destruction of human life.

The House resumed at 2 p.m.

June 15, 1992

Abortion is not therapeutic. It treats no medical, psychiatric or social problem. It cures no disease. However, we know for certain abortion eats up a hefty chunk of the health care budget.

We have a crisis in medicare with people waiting for life-saving treatment while provincial governments fund an elective procedure, abortion, at a time when genuine health services are being slashed. By paying for abortions, governments are mismanaging scarce tax moneys entrusted to their care.

In view of the increased pressure on health funding, I call upon all governments to stop public financing of abortions.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ABORTION
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