Dennis Joseph MILLS

MILLS, Dennis Joseph

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Toronto--Danforth (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 19, 1946
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Mills
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=807fcbb4-74d0-4f1f-8ed7-957075db258d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, businessman

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Science and Technology (Industry) (December 6, 1993 - March 28, 1995)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (Industry) (December 6, 1993 - March 28, 1995)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry (March 29, 1995 - February 22, 1996)
May 8, 1996 - April 27, 1997
IND
  Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)
August 7, 1996 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Toronto--Danforth (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 362)


April 20, 2004

Mr. Dennis Mills (Toronto—Danforth, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this matter goes back to an issue that was brought before the House on April 1. It emanated out of our public accounts committee.

On March 29 a group from our committee on public works spoke to the lawyer of Mr. Chuck Guité, as he was unable to attend on a particular day. During that meeting, the committee requested of Mr. Guité's lawyer that the seal be taken off his testimony. Later that day, on March 29 at 3:30, the lawyer for Mr. Guité returned to the committee with a written acknowledgement that the seal could be taken off Mr. Guité's testimony. At that time we presented it and it was denied, so we restarted a motion in place so that the testimony would be released 48 hours later.

On Wednesday I was approached in a scrum and I made some statements that were part of that testimony. If there was a technical breach on this issue, I apologize to the House and the committee.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Privilege
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March 30, 2004

Mr. Dennis Mills

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I agree with the member that the personal income tax system is flawed and it needs reform. I have been saying that for 15 years. I have talked about my concept of a single tax system until I am blue in the face.

There is a way to really get this country going, and the NDP are going to freak out when I say this. We have the GST in place. The member acknowledged it is only $12 billion that we get from all businesses. As well there is the paper burden and all the duplication. I would abolish the federal income tax rate. If we abolished the federal income tax rate for the millions of small business men and women, imagine the paper burden that would vanish. Imagine the efficiencies that we could create.

Think of the international investment that would flow into this country for small businessmen and women. It would be incredible. That would drive interest rates down because the more capital there is in a market to rent, the cheaper it is.

We would have an investment climate where we celebrated men and women of ingenuity, men and women of creativity. I am going to repeat it until I am blue in the face. The one million small business men and women in this country drive our economy. They represent 85% of the jobs. The NDP has to stop talking about punishing the achievers.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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March 30, 2004

Mr. Dennis Mills

The member from the New Democratic Party said that leaders in this country who achieve and who accomplish pay lower taxes.

I personally have no problem. He has just made the very point that I want to make. I believe we should reward our achievers. I have never believed, as the NDP do, that we should punish people because they work hard and they achieve. I just never bought that philosophy and I have been elected four times over NDPers who tried every election to knock me because I said I wanted to reward achievers.

We will go at it one more time with Mr. Layton, and I can use his name because he is not in the House. I have watched Jack Layton day in and day out, year after year. He gets this big thrill in trying to punish achievers. The country needs all the achievers that we can find. I will never be caught talking about punishing achievers.

I want to make the point that the real essence of why we come to the House, and it is a great trust and honour to be here, is to speak for those people who do not have a voice and those people who are in real pain.

The budget deals with people in pain from nearly every part of the community. This is what drives me nuts about NDP members, that even though it is written here, and there is $150 billion worth of program spending, they just do not want to admit what goes on in terms of things that are done in the whole area of health.

It was an amazing thing the other day. The acting leader of the NDP stood up and asked the minister, how come he did not do anything in the budget for health care? The Minister of Finance stood up in response and said that, in fact, Mr. Romanow said very fine and positive things about the budget.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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March 30, 2004

Mr. Dennis Mills

They work in those companies.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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March 30, 2004

Mr. Dennis Mills

Mr. Speaker, I have tried repeatedly to educate my NDP opponent, Jack Layton, on the whole issue of taxes. On the notion of punishing achievers, whether they be small businesses or even large businesses that are paying Canadians good solid union wages, if all of a sudden we become such a persecutor of those people that are paying good solid union wages, those people are going to end up in countries where people get ridiculously low wages.

Jack Layton has to start cheerleading business. He has to start cheerleading those people that are creating jobs in this country, especially the small business men and women and especially those corporations that have good environmental standards and that pay good solid union wages. The day that this country slips into punishing achievers, that is the day when our fiscal framework will go right into the toilet.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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