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 1001 of 1002)


December 5, 1979

Mr. McDermid:

Would the hon. member for Etobicoke-Lakeshore accept a question? If the government is so irresponsible in presenting this bill, would the hon. member tell me why the housing critic for his party, the hon. member for Winnipeg-Fort Garry, has suggested it be extended to include renters and other groups?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
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December 4, 1979

Mr. McDermid:

Mr. Chairman, I rise on a point of order.

Adjournment Debate

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT
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December 4, 1979

Mr. McDermid:

Mr. Chairman, I think the figures which are being used by the hon. member are completely inaccurate. Five years ago at this particular time the interest rate for a mortgage when I refinanced my home was 12'/2 per cent. The hon. member is standing here telling us it was 10 per cent and 11 per cent, and the figures he is giving are on mortgage rates which are not in existence today.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
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November 21, 1979

Mr. John McDermid (Brampton-Georgetown):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport. It was rumoured this morning in the Toronto Sun that the inquiry scheduled to begin in Mississauga on December 4, conducted by the Canadian Transport Commission, has been cancelled. Could the minister give us a status report on that hearing?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
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November 19, 1979

Mr. John McDermid (Brampton-Georgetown):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to support the motion presented by my hon. friend from Surrey-White Rock-North Delta (Mr. Friesen). In the past week I have had the privilege of attending two openings in my constituency of Brampton-Georgetown, one of a senior citizens' drop-in centre, the other of a public swimming pool, both designed with the handicapped in mind and heavily supported not only by the government but by the private sector. The swimming pool facilities allow wheelchair access to the pool and also to the whirlpool bath, a new idea which is a very worth-while thing. 1 congratulate the people, the politicians and the staff of the Region of Peel and the city of Brampton on both those worth-while projects.

There is one area 1 should like to talk about for just a moment, the issue of transportation of the handicapped. There have been numerous representations in the past seeking an extension of the general exemption for the disabled. One reason which is often given is that it would provide for special transportation costs faced by many of the handicapped in getting to and from work. One feels sympathy and admiration for handicapped persons who have the energy and ambition to get out and work. I agree with the hon. member on the other side that we should increasingly encourage these endeavours. I also believe various areas of the House of Commons should be more accessible to the handicapped.

To get back to the subject of transportation, the answer which has been given in the past is that there should not be a general widening of the exemption since this would benefit others who don't have the same transportation expenses. The general question of employment related expenses has long been a difficult issue. Under tax law, transportation expenses can be

November 19, 1979

subject to a wide variety of circumstances and personal choice. Because of this, nearly every tax system follows the practice of not allowing a general deduction for transportation expenses. That was also the conclusion of the Carter Royal Commission on Taxation.

It is a difficult problem, and the solution arrived at in the Canadian income tax context is to provide a flat-rate employment expense deduction to recognize all of the many and varied personal expenses incurred by people in earning income from employment. Up to last year this deduction was 3 per cent of a taxpayer's income up to a maximum $250. For this year that maximum allowance has been doubled to $500.

I would urge that the committee to be set up to study the special needs of handicapped and disabled persons take a fresh look at this area of transportation. Increasing importance is being given to the desire and ability of the handicapped to get into the work force where they can play a very beneficial role in society. Many adjustments have to be made. I know a number of handicapped people who drive cars and who have had to spend tremendous amounts of money getting hand controls set up in their automobiles. I think this whole matter should be looked at again with a view to providing legitimate tax deductions related to the transportation needs of the handicapped.

It is a pleasure for me to support this motion and I urge all hon. members to endorse its passage.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX
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