Elinor CAPLAN

CAPLAN, The Hon. Elinor, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Thornhill (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 20, 1944
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elinor_Caplan
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=690efc95-9200-41df-8551-244ce92b5807&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businesswoman

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Thornhill (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health (July 16, 1998 - July 15, 1999)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (August 3, 1999 - January 14, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Thornhill (Ontario)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (August 3, 1999 - January 14, 2002)
  • Minister of National Revenue (January 15, 2002 - December 11, 2003)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 146)


May 14, 2004

Hon. Elinor Caplan (Thornhill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take the opportunity to do what I have not done often enough over the last 25 years, and that is to say thank you.

I wish to thank my husband Wilf, my best friend and my lover; my children, David and Leigh, Mark and Claire, Zane and Meredith; my grandchildren Findlay Lillian, Talia Jane, Benjamin Russell, Max Louis, Angus John, and Jacob Isaac, all Caplan; my sister Carol Lou and family who have always been there for me and loved me even when I was not there for them.

I wish to thank the voters of ward 13 in North York, the provincial riding of Oriole, and the federal riding of Thornhill for giving me the honour and the privilege to represent them and their interests since 1978 to 2004.

I wish to thank my wonderful staff who did their best to make me look good, often with great difficulty, as I made it hard for them.

I wish to thank former Premier David Peterson who allowed me to serve in his cabinet and gave me the opportunity to be the first Jewish woman in Canadian history to serve in a cabinet. I was his chair of cabinet, chair of management board, minister of government services and minister of health.

I wish to thank Prime Minister Chrétien for the opportunity to serve in his cabinet as minister of immigration and minister of national revenue.

I wish to thank old friends who have been waiting for 25 years for my return and to new friends, whose friendship will endure, and colleagues who I will never forget;

To Bill Graham for the thank you, and finally, to Prime Minister--

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Member for Thornhill
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May 14, 2004

Hon. Elinor Caplan (Thornhill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of State for Infrastructure. While I would like to commend the minister for working in partnership with the province of Ontario and the city of Toronto to provide $1 billion for the Toronto Transit Commission, my question is regarding the government's commitment to public transit throughout the greater Toronto area, Ontario and Canada.

Could the hon. minister please tell my constituents in York region, who are anxiously awaiting the construction of phase one of the York region transit plan, to others who are awaiting the GO Transit expansion and to those communities across Canada that support public transit--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Infrastructure
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May 13, 2004

Hon. Elinor Caplan (Thornhill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, born in China, she emigrated to Canada in 1962, received the Order of Canada in 1994 and, when elected to the riding of Vancouver Kingsway in 1997, became the first Canadian woman of Chinese origin elected to the House of Commons.

We were elected together and we worked together. We travelled to China and successfully secured travel documents for the misguided youths who boarded boats for a dangerous journey that led them to detention in a Canadian jail for a year, but saved them from a life of slavery.

I was moved by her impassioned plea to the most senior Chinese officials to help their children return home and alert other youths of the perils of the snakeheads. She said, “They are your children and your future”.

The House of Commons is losing a strong voice, an individual whose dedication and commitment to her constituents and this country have been an inspiration. She really made a difference.

We wish success to the member for Vancouver Kingsway, my dear friend and colleague.

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Subtopic:   Member for Vancouver Kingsway
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April 28, 2004

Hon. Elinor Caplan (Thornhill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question today is for the hon. Minister of Health.

Just over a year ago my constituents in Thornhill, their neighbours throughout York region, the GTA and in fact all Canadians lived through the SARS outbreak that affected Canada.

Given the recent emergence of SARS in China, what new precautions are being taken by the federal government, and particularly Health Canada, to ensure the residents of Thornhill and all Canadians that we are prepared so that we will not live through another outbreak?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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April 20, 2004

Hon. Elinor Caplan (Thornhill, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this week, as Canadians remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide, we also understand the evil consequences of remaining silent when hate confronts our society.

As the Prime Minister rightly said, “hate-motivated crimes are an assault on all Canadians”.

Last week the hon. Minister of Justice visited my riding of Thornhill. He met with members of the community, religious and elected leaders. He visited both the Jaffari Islamic Mosque and Temple Har Zion next door.

These two religious institutions have set a concrete example of the Canada we want. The mosque and the synagogue share their driveways and parking lots. All those who stood on that driveway made a commitment. There will be no acceptance of bigotry, racism and hate in this country. We are taking action together. We will not remain silent. We have learned from the lessons of history.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Holocaust Memorial Day
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