Dave VAN KESTEREN

VAN KESTEREN, Dave

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Chatham-Kent--Leamington (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 7, 1955
Website
http://davevankesteren.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6dfe3b54-024b-432d-bc01-7f89da30b7cd&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
dave.vankesteren@parl.gc.ca
Profession
automobile dealer

Parliamentary Career

January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Chatham-Kent--Essex (Ontario)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Chatham-Kent--Essex (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Chatham-Kent--Essex (Ontario)
October 19, 2015 -
CPC
  Chatham-Kent--Leamington (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 74 of 75)


June 5, 2006

Mr. Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am very encouraged. I want to let the House know at this point that, although we are known for a lot of things in Chatham-Kent—Essex, very few people know that we have the largest freshwater fishery in the world. I say that without exception.

We too have some problems with our harbour. The good people of Wheatley, where our harbour is found, have a problem with dredging. I am encouraged by what I heard, but could the member tell me if I will be able to go back to the people of my riding and tell them that this spring they will be able to do dredging with a commitment from the government?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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May 29, 2006

Mr. Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we heard a lot today about crime and punishment. I would like to challenge some of those statistics and some of the statements.

I grew up poor and I would bet that there are a lot of people here who grew up poor, too. All my friends grew up poor. Quite frankly, we did not break the law, but we did get into a lot of trouble at home.

I want to challenge some of these things that members are talking about and then I will ask the member a question. Another thing that I hear repeatedly is prison being referred to as repression. I wonder where we are going with all this.

Crime is going down. I have heard that so much. I have two sons who are police officers. We just listened to the hon. member on the other side. My sons tell me crime is not going down but the reporting of it is going down. The police and public are reporting less. The police are frustrated and I would suggest that the public is getting frustrated, as well. We have a system that just does not seem to be working.

Whether or not we agree on these issues, and we could debate them for a long time, but the underlying issue is, should the time be indicative of the crime? Is this repression we are talking about or should there be punishment for wrongdoers, and should it reflect what they have done?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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May 17, 2006

Mr. Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it has been roughly 100 days since the Prime Minister and this Conservative government took office. We came into office promising to clean up government, to do things differently in Ottawa, respect Canadians and deliver real results for them.

In 100 days we have cut the GST by 1% and delivered a budget with tax relief for all Canadians. We have given parents the choice in child care through a universal benefit for all families. We introduced legislation that will finally get tough on criminals. We introduced the federal accountability act, a landmark document that will give Canadians a clean government. We are the first government to take a hard line on Hamas. We have given Quebec a greater voice within our Confederation. We have settled the softwood lumber dispute and negotiated a new long term agreement.

We have accomplished more in 100 short days than the previous government did in 13 long years, and we will continue to deliver for all Canadians.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Conservative Government
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May 3, 2006

Mr. Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, under the guidance of our finance minister, this Conservative government delivered its first budget and it delivered for all Canadians.

There is immediate tax relief for all families through the GST reduction and child care allowance. There is relief for students, apprentices and seniors, and significant investment in public security and health care.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Urban Transit Association have applauded this budget for its major investment in infrastructure, and it has been endorsed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canadian Cancer Society, Canada Council, and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

In my riding of Chatham-Kent—Essex, the $1.5 billion investment in agriculture will give farmers the help that they so desperately need.

The previous government overtaxed and hoarded our money for 13 years. Canadians deserve a focused government that invests in them and addresses their needs and the budget of 2006 did just that.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Budget
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May 1, 2006

Mr. Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent—Essex, CPC)

Mr. Chair, I am listening with interest as we debate the atrocities that we are seeing unfold before us. It strikes me as strange that we have not yet addressed the obvious facts that much of it, if not all of it, is a result of religious conflict.

I listened with interest too, to the Bloc and was reminded of Jefferson, of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We seem to have a desire in the House to export our democracy, but we have missed the obvious point that in order to do so, we must be prepared and we must be forceful in our ability to encourage other countries to also have the expression of religious freedom that we have in this country.

I would like to ask the hon. member, as we talk about it, will we have the courage to address the fact that much of the atrocities that are going on are as a result of the Muslim north and the Christian south? Will we be able to say to these other countries that we want them to have the same freedoms that we have here if we are to expand our democracy? Will we have that courage?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Darfur
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