Giuseppe (Joseph) VOLPE

VOLPE, The Hon. Giuseppe (Joseph), P.C., B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed., M.Ed.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 21, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Volpe
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=80ee6b25-0594-4740-b0a0-69aa667e9758&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
educator, school principal, teacher, vice-principal

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare (Health) (February 23, 1996 - July 11, 1996)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health (July 12, 1996 - July 15, 1998)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health (July 12, 1996 - July 15, 1998)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)
  • Minister of State (Human Resources Development) (December 12, 2003 - January 16, 2005)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)
  • Minister of State (Human Resources Development) (December 12, 2003 - January 16, 2005)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (January 14, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (January 14, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Eglinton--Lawrence (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 288)


March 25, 2011

Hon. Joseph Volpe (Eglinton—Lawrence, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I must first thank, on behalf of all of the committee members, the clerk and analysts who have worked so hard for the committee. I must also thank the members from all four parties for their work in committee, especially during the difficult moments over the past few days.

On their behalf I present, in both official languages, the following report of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts: the 27th report on Chapter 3, "Service Delivery," of the Fall 2010 Report of the Auditor General of Canada. Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Mr. Speaker, I, too, would like to reflect for but a very brief moment on your service to the House. You and I came here to the House together many years ago; some would say a lot. We faced the challenges of serving the public together in different capacities. On behalf of all of those people who demonstrated confidence in my ability to represent them, I know that they would want me to thank you for the enormous service that you have provided the Canadian public and this great institution, the House of Commons of Canada. Thank you very much.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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March 21, 2011

Hon. Joseph Volpe

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite just raised a very important point, and that is that the SH government has no agenda for getting tough on crime. It does not have a reasonable approach to dealing with crime and promoting justice. In fact, there are no more resources being allocated for justice issues.

How can one be tough except by one's own wrath?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act
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March 21, 2011

Hon. Joseph Volpe

Mr. Speaker, I welcome the hon. member's intervention because, with his legal training, he has an insight into the way the law would work, from which other members of Parliament might benefit.

Trying to tap on his expertise, I would like to get his views on whether it has been necessary for this legislation, Bill C-60, to be as expansive as it has become. We were essentially trying to address the issue of a citizen's right to arrest, period, pure and simple. The government has unnecessarily burdened this debate with other issues that will take the public's attention away from a very small amendment to the Criminal Code.

In fact, it is an amendment that had been studied by various university law professors and had been worked on by those associated with Mr. Chen. I compliment Chi-Kun Shi and all her team of legal experts who provided the energy and incentive to Mr. Chen and gave him the courage to stand up to government, to speak truth to power and to ask for a change in law so citizens could be protected.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act
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March 21, 2011

Hon. Joseph Volpe (Eglinton—Lawrence, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. colleague is a lawyer and is accustomed to ensuring that precision is part of the presentation. He will recall that, on June 16, I presented a private member's bill to draw the government's attention to the fact that Mr. Chen's case was languishing in a stupor of indifference. The member for Trinity—Spadina followed that up the following September, still in 2010, weeks before Mr. Chen's case appeared in court for deliberation. Still there was no action by the government. Remember, the government says that it is tough on crime, but it is indifferent to victims.

Those of us who really wanted a balanced approach to life were looking for an indication that the government would deliver on its promises, promises made by the Minister of Immigration and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. Even the Justice Minister, in his presentation, indicated that in the fall of 2009 he was already in consultation with the provincial attorneys general to do something, and did nothing. Does the member not find this all strange?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act
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March 21, 2011

Hon. Joseph Volpe (Eglinton—Lawrence, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I think that the members in the House need to pay attention to the Bloc member when he says that the devil is in the details.

This could have been a very easy bill to address had the government told everybody that it saw a problem with a specific element in the Criminal Code that it wished to address. It had unanimous support in the House. Witness the two bills by the member for Eglinton—Lawrence and Trinity—Spadina. However, the government has taken a position, and I hope my hon. colleague will comment on this, that the entire Criminal Code needs an uplift, needs sorting out and greater attention, but it has not made the case for this bill.

We are looking for government members and government ministers to convince the House and the general public why the bill needs to be accepted in all its complexity as presented to the House.

The hon. member has just made a compelling case for saying there are very important issues that need to be addressed. The business of citizen's arrest is one of them. It is a crucial one. It tips the balance toward the citizen on reasonable grounds on a case-by-case basis--

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act
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