Geoffrey Douglas SCOTT

SCOTT, Geoffrey Douglas

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Hamilton--Wentworth (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 2, 1938
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Scott_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7210c04b-6e1d-4223-b647-04facd2ad870&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
broadcaster, journalist

Parliamentary Career

October 16, 1978 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Hamilton--Wentworth (Ontario)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Hamilton--Wentworth (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Hamilton--Wentworth (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Hamilton--Wentworth (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications (November 1, 1984 - November 24, 1985)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State of Canada (November 25, 1985 - October 14, 1986)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Hamilton--Wentworth (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 153)


April 22, 1993

Mr. Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank you on behalf of the House. As a servant of the people and of this House you have upheld in an exemplary manner the true principles of democracy in this place.

I would like to congratulate the member for Saint-Hubert.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
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March 25, 1993

Mr. Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth):

Madam Speaker, on a point of order, I have seen this kind of dispute in the House of Commons for well on 35 years, 20 years up there in the press gallery and 15 years here.

When we reach such an impasse, is it not advisable to adjourn the House for 15 minutes and let the key parties discuss how we are going to resolve this? It must look crazy to the public watching. To cool down tempers we should adjourn the House for 15 minutes and let the people involved discuss it.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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December 8, 1992

Mr. Geoff Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, the decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal to ban the CBC's mini-series on sex abuse, The Boys of St. Vincent, was astonishingly stupid and a dangerous precedent toward censorship.

Moreover, the ban in Ontario and Montreal was ludicrous in this age of satellite technology. Anyone who saw it from British Columbia to Newfoundland has told those they know who wanted to see it what this fictionalized series was all about. My mother said from Vancouver: "You did not miss much". Newfoundland

commentators in St. John's claimed reactions were supportive and positive.

I am speaking as a former and I hope soon to be born-again broadcast journalist. There is a very serious constitutional issue involved here. We are trying to balance free speech and freedom of the press on the one hand and the very sensitive legal aspects of this most sensitive case on the other.

I hope the matter is appealed to the Supreme Court and that the mini-series is aired everywhere.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE BOYS OF ST. VINCENT
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November 23, 1992

Mr. Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. We can vote through tonight into tomorrow morning until the cows come home, but the pages' shifts normally end at this hour of 8.30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and many of them have exams in two weeks. I do not believe these young people should be held hostage to lengthy marathon votes.

I would move, seconded by the hon. member for Etobicoke, that the pages be dismissed forthwith and give them a break. They have got exams coming up. Let us go-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   PAIRED-MEMBERS
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September 10, 1992

Mr. Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth)):

They say: "Tell him that". I did.

The other right hon. member in this House who should be applauded is the right hon. member for Yellowhead, the Minister responsible for Constitutional Affairs. My wife and I are very proud of that right hon. member. I have never seen him in better form, tired as he may be, over the 16 months of trying to cobble together what is the most important Canadian exercise since we were formed 125 years ago.

The question that people are being asked is the following one:

Do you agree that the Constitution of Canada should be renewed

on the basis of the agreement reached on August 28, 1992?

I went into Zehr's Plaza across the street from where I live in Ancaster, in beautiful downtown Hamilton- Wentworth, and I asked the first 10 people: "What does the question mean to you?"

In effect, what they said was: "What the hell are you talking about? What package? What is in it? Will you be specific?" With the co-operation of editors of six weekly newspapers that I put my column in every single week, I decided to ask my own question. The question is in two parts:

September 10, 1992

1. "Do you want to keep Canada together? Yes_________

No________"

2. "What is the best way to do that?"

Really what we have to decide is whether we believe in Canada. If not, why not? I am not putting that in writing.

I am just saying that. I feel that you can examine nothing with a closed mind. Let nothing be invoked but the truth and the truth is we have the best country in the world to reside in according to the United Nations and according to all of us who live here. The truth is that the only answer can be yes to keeping this country together.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE CONSTITUTION
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