John Horton MCDERMID

MCDERMID, The Hon. John Horton, P.C., F.R.I.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Brampton (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 17, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McDermid
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=71c118d7-3cce-4efc-865f-821d79ecc257&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
marketing manager, public relations officer, radio announcer, television announcer

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Brampton--Georgetown (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Brampton--Georgetown (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Brampton--Georgetown (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (November 1, 1984 - October 14, 1986)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade (October 15, 1986 - September 15, 1988)
  • Minister of State (International Trade) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Housing) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Brampton (Ontario)
  • Minister of State (International Trade) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Housing) (September 15, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Privatization and Regulatory Affairs) (January 30, 1989 - February 25, 1991)
  • Minister of State (Finance and Privatization) (February 26, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of State (Housing) (March 15, 1991 - April 20, 1991)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1002)


June 7, 1993

Mr. McDermid:

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member rightfully pointed out that there has been a reduction in employment in the industry.

As I mentioned in my remarks and as the industry itself has acknowledged, rationalization has had to go on. Modem equipment and far more productive operations have come into play. We have seen some very positive results. We have gone through a recession, there is no question about that. We have lost employment to that and we have lost some employment to rationalization.

One of the things I think we should point out to the Canadian public just to make a balanced presentation to them is that exports of apparels are up some 60 per cent since the free trade agreement came in. The Canadian producers of apparel found markets in the United States during the free trade agreement and have done very well with sales. With these changes and reductions in tariffs, it will make them even more competitive. I just wanted to get that on record.

I understand the hon. member's concern about manufacturing jobs and so on and he is right. There has been a reduction, but there has also been an increased productivity, very impressive by the way, in the industry. At the same time, there have been greater exports to the

United States which during a recessionary period have been very significant.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
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June 7, 1993

Mr. McDermid:

I have my Canadian suit on. It was made in Hamilton by Cambridge. I will give it a little plug today. Wait until you see the tie of my colleague across the way from Eglinton-Lawrence, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
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June 7, 1993

Mr. McDermid:

Well, here is the opposition. Their answer to every financial problem in the country is helicopters. That is rather interesting. That is their answer to every financial question. What they do not talk about are the 42,000 jobs that the helicopter program is producing in this country. They forget that and they do not tell that to the people of Canada.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INFRASTRUCTURE
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June 7, 1993

Hon. John McDermid (Minister of State (Finance and Privatization)):

Madam Speaker, I have a couple of comments I might make on the hon. member's statement.

Only a Liberal would say that half a billion dollars is insignificant. It is a tremendous amount of money and it comes from the taxpayers of this country.

Second, he compares the expenditures on highways to the United States and to Italy. First of all the United States does its highways in a different manner than we do. It is responsible for more of the interstates than we are in this country, as the hon. member knows. There are toll roads in the United States. Is he advocating that? We do not know if the Liberal Party would do that or not.

June 7, 1993

Oral Questions

Italy is responsible for the roads. It does not have provincial governments that are responsible for roads like we have in this country. He is comparing apples and oranges.

The Minister of Finance has brought forward a responsible program to help with infrastructure and certain parts of the Trans-Canada Highway which I think is very responsible, at the same time keeping in mind the fiscal responsibilities that any government in this country has.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INFRASTRUCTURE
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June 7, 1993

Hon. John McDermid (Minister of State (Finance and Privatization)):

Madam Speaker, the Minister of Finance has been very, very responsible in his presentation of financial statements and budgets over the past couple of years and in fact brought forward an infrastructure program to deal with our national transit system.

It was a modest program. The Minister of Finance has said that many times as others in our caucus have said. It is a modest program, but it is one that the government felt it could afford in the times that we are in.

The hon. member stands up and says that we should be throwing $14 billion, or whatever it is, at a highway program. What he fails to say to the people of Canada is

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where the money is coming from. He knows it will come from two places: either we borrow it or we raise taxes.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INFRASTRUCTURE
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