Rick CASSON

CASSON, The Hon. Rick, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Lethbridge (Alberta)
Birth Date
December 30, 1948
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Casson
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=70fbc416-ab1b-4f44-a513-8b182035047a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
manager - printing services

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - March 26, 2000
REF
  Lethbridge (Alberta)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Lethbridge (Alberta)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Lethbridge (Alberta)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Lethbridge (Alberta)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Lethbridge (Alberta)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Lethbridge (Alberta)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Lethbridge (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 136)


March 24, 2011

Hon. Rick Casson (Lethbridge, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, in yet another chapter of partisan politics, the Liberals are proving to the public that they are not concerned about policy or people, but are just in it for themselves.

After the tax exemption for volunteer firefighters was presented in the budget this week, the member for Malpeque was falsely claiming that it was a Liberal idea.

That is really interesting because, on October 8, 2003, he voted against that tax credit put forward in my private members' bill, Bill C-325. The bill, which I originally introduced in December 2002, failed by a narrow margin of 96 to 99. Ninety-seven of the 99 members who voted against it were Liberals.

Does it matter whose idea something was? Are we not here to get things done for the people of Canada? How can Canadians trust Liberal members who at one time vote against something but change their position when they feel some political advantage is possible?

Is this not just another deliberate effort to mislead on the part of the Liberals? This is a question voters will need to consider when they choose their next member of Parliament.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Liberal Party of Canada
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March 21, 2011

Hon. Rick Casson (Lethbridge, CPC)

Mr. Chair, it is good that we are having this debate. We all have our concerns and questions and certainly we want to highlight the issues in Libya.

I appreciate the comments of the member opposite. We sat on the defence committee together some time ago.

To have a debate in the House like this today, considering some of the other debates that have taken place and some of the other antics that have gone on, it is good to get down to something serious where we can discuss and work toward a common goal.

The 1973 UN Security Council Resolution is many pages long. It delves into a lot of different areas and does indicate the protection of the people, to stop what is happening there. It goes on about the no-fly zone, ensuring the arms embargo, asset freezing, the whole issue. Then it gets into the humanitarian aspect of it.

I believe, and we have heard this from all today, that this is a necessary step, taking into account that all other avenues have failed. The last action we want to take is what we have to do, particularly flying over a foreign country.

Having said that, nothing else has happened. In the past, the only thing that Colonel Gadhafi responded to was a threat similar to this in his country and things changed after that.

Does the member think there is any salvation for the Gadhafi government or himself? Is this a point in time in the history of the world where he has to completely be removed from governing a country or governing a people?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   United Nations Security Council Resolution Concerning Libya
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March 21, 2011

Hon. Rick Casson (Lethbridge, CPC)

Mr. Chair, I would like to ask my colleague, a former member of the forces and a pilot as was indicated, a question about the process that goes on here.

It took a while for the United Nations to assess the situation and to come up with this resolution. The resolution is very complex, and it handles a lot of the situation as it unfolds, from the arms embargo to the no-fly zone, and on and on.

There was some concern expressed earlier about how the command structure works as this deployment unfolds, and as the sorties go on and increase in number.

I would like to ask the member if he is aware of how the actual command structure works, of who is making the decisions on what happens over there, and of what our boys and girls are going to be doing?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   United Nations Security Council Resolution Concerning Libya
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February 14, 2011

Hon. Rick Casson (Lethbridge, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the second petition has to do with the Omar Khadr case.

The petitioners bring to the attention of the Government of Canada the devaluation of the Canadian justice system in the case of Omar Khadr.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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February 14, 2011

Hon. Rick Casson (Lethbridge, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions today that deal with two different issues. Pursuant to Standing Order 36 I would like to table these.

The first petition calls upon the Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments to cease negotiations with the EU while nation-wide public consultations take place.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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