John MCCALLUM

MCCALLUM, The Hon. John, P.C., B.A., Ph.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Markham--Thornhill (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 9, 1950
Website
http://johnmccallum.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=826dc268-dbda-48fa-ae4a-eefebd5716e1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
john.mccallum@parl.gc.ca
Profession
author, economist, professor

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Markham (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (September 13, 2001 - January 14, 2002)
  • Secretary of State (International Financial Institutions) (January 15, 2002 - May 25, 2002)
  • Minister of National Defence (May 26, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Minister of National Revenue (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of National Revenue and Acting Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Revenue (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of National Revenue and Acting Minister of Natural Resources (September 26, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
LIB
  Markham--Unionville (Ontario)
October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Markham--Thornhill (Ontario)
  • Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (November 4, 2015 - )

Most Recent Speeches (Page 465 of 466)


April 4, 2001

Mr. John McCallum (Markham, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I will begin by congratulating the hon. member for Jonquière on her bill.

I think that the government fully supports her bill's objective, what she seeks to accomplish. It is just the method that is a problem. We think that there are alternative ways of accomplishing the same thing, but more effectively.

I should like to comment on how touching it was to hear the Canadian Alliance all of a sudden jumping on the green bandwagon and wishing to transfer all these funds to seniors and low income people.

It was touching but a little hypocritical. If one recalls the election campaign, that party had essentially no position on the environment. It had its so-called flat tax or single rate tax that would have produced the largest transfer of wealth to the rich. Suddenly the Canadian Alliance has changed its tune on this matter, and that is very nice to see.

The member for Fundy—Royal claimed that the government had done absolutely nothing on the subject of the environment. I would point out that it has committed $1.2 billion over four years for environmental projects. In the Liberal books, $1.2 billion is not nothing.

We need to do further work in this area. Public transit is a hugely important issue, especially with George W. Bush saying no to the Kyoto accord. Achieving environmental success in this area is all the more important because we may be more limited in areas such as forestry, oil and gas.

The Bloc member's basic objective is a laudable one, but we have more work to do in investigating alternatives on how to get there. What is the most efficient way of improving public transit? Is it through the tax system or through expenditures, for example through direct government support for public transit?

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Income Tax Act
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April 3, 2001

Mr. John McCallum (Markham, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, with the exception of a few Quebec separatists, never have I met an individual so loose with his facts as the finance critic of the Canadian Alliance.

According to him, our foreign debt and our government debt rank second among OECD countries. Again, this is false.

The fact of the matter is that our foreign debt is lower than it has been in 50 years. The fact of the matter is that our government debt fell by more than that of any OECD country in the last five years.

To put the icing on the cake, he says that our income tax is higher than at any time in our history. That is utterly impossible when we cut taxes on January 1.

The member should refrain from trashing the Canadian economy with statements that are utterly false.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Economy
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March 26, 2001

Mr. John McCallum (Markham, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, one thing that drives me moderately up the wall is declarations on the Canadian dollar by that well known economic guru, the Leader of the Opposition.

The quickest way to get a 50 cent dollar would be a return to the huge deficits the Alliance was calling for during the last election campaign.

On the other hand, if a stronger dollar is what we want, the only thing that can be done in the short term is to raise interest rates, and that would be the worst possible thing to do.

I have two suggestions for the Leader of the Opposition. First, he should do what good little right wing parties do and trust the markets to determine the value of the Canadian dollar, given that this is a time of U.S. dollar strength rather than Canadian dollar weakness.

Second, at this time of economic turbulence he should stop trashing the Canadian economy on the floor of the House of Commons.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Economy
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February 23, 2001

Mr. John McCallum (Markham, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the United Nations has declared 2001 the Year of International Volunteers. As we know, many Canadians benefit from the tremendous efforts of volunteers across the country.

My question is for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue. Could she tell the House how volunteers are assisted by her department's community volunteer income tax program?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Volunteers
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February 19, 2001

Mr. John McCallum

Mr. Speaker, without going into further detail, then, let me register the point that their claims that I said there would be a deficit under the Liberal program are untrue.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Presence In Gallery
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