Michael Morris CASSIDY

CASSIDY, Michael Morris, B.A., M.B.A.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Ottawa Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 10, 1937
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Cassidy
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=73691101-5b1e-44e8-ae9c-efa230280b14&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
journalist, professor (assistant) - journalism

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Ottawa Centre (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 442)


September 26, 1988

Mr. Cassidy:

Madam Speaker, I want to comment on the intervention of the Hon. Member for Capilano (Mrs. Collins) who represents one of the wealthiest ridings in the country. Perhaps tax breaks assist her constituents, but I would like to point out to her that if there were groups involved with the problems of families, of women and of kids across the country that supported the day care legislation, they have had six weeks or seven weeks to speak out. If the Conservatives agreed that those groups would not appear before the committee, why have those groups not spoken out in other ways? Why have we not been reading about their interventions in The Globe and Mail or The Vancouver Sun? Why have I not had correspondence from them urging me and members of my Party to support Bill C-144? The groups that have come forward carry a great deal of weight. I notice that the Canadian Day Care Advocacy Association was opposed to Bill C-144, as were the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

Does the Hon. Member for Capilano suggest that those groups have no credibility on this particular issue at all? Does she think that on day care we should be listening only to the Business Council on National Issues, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, or the Citizens' Coalition in London with its right wing views? Is this whom we should be listening to, or should we in fact be listening to women?

The Labour Congress, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the National Federation of Nurses' Unions, the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the Ottawa-Carleton Day Care Association, the teachers, and many other groups oppose this legislation.

The Hon. Member for Capilano speaks of the initiatives taken by her Government and suggests that those have aided families. Does she mean the deindexing of the family allowance, the deindexing of the child tax credit, the increase in taxes on average families of more than $1,000 since 1984 while taxes on rich people were reduced to aid people in her constituency? Does she mean the deindexing of the child tax credit? Are these the measures of which she is so proud? Let her defend those during the election campaign.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
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September 26, 1988

Mr. Cassidy:

Nothing, according to this Bill. Nothing at all.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
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September 26, 1988

Mr. Mike Cassidy (Ottawa Centre):

Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the Hon. Member for entertaining the House with his comments and suggest that when he leaves this House, as he may well do after the election, he apply for a job at Skit Row row on Elgin Street in my constituency.

I would like to remind you that the history of this country over the last 50 years is that the New Democratic Party and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation were the Parties consistently at the cutting edge in the fight for social reforms. Whether adequate pensions, medicare, or hospital insurance, it

Canada Child Care Act

was the CCF that carried the fight. It was an NDP Government in Saskatchewan that brought in hospital insurance and medicare. The Conservative Party, backed by its allies and friends in the business sector, has consistently been on the opposite side, carping, complaining, bitching, and trying to find every way possible to oppose these social progress measures. I could go back to the 19th century-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
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September 26, 1988

Mr. Cassidy:

Not true.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PUBLIC PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY
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September 26, 1988

Mr. Cassidy:

It is a lousy Bill to put into place.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA CHILD CARE ACT
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