Gordon O'CONNOR

O'CONNOR, The Hon. Gordon, P.C., B.A. , B.Sc.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Carleton--Mississippi Mills (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 18, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_O'Connor
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=84b1612a-384e-4a19-8425-3ddbe9d7d1e4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
consultant

Parliamentary Career

June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Carleton--Lanark (Ontario)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Carleton--Mississippi Mills (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Defence (February 6, 2006 - August 13, 2007)
  • Minister of National Revenue (August 14, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Carleton--Mississippi Mills (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Revenue (August 14, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Chief Government Whip (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of State and Chief Government Whip (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
  • Whip of the Conservative Party of Canada (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Carleton--Mississippi Mills (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of State and Chief Government Whip (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
  • Whip of the Conservative Party of Canada (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
May 2, 2011 -
CPC
  Carleton--Mississippi Mills (Ontario)
  • Chief Government Whip (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of State and Chief Government Whip (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
  • Whip of the Conservative Party of Canada (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 271)


November 28, 2014

Hon. Gordon O'Connor (Carleton—Mississippi Mills, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates in relation to its study on supplementary estimates (B), 2014-15.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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November 19, 2014

Hon. Gordon O'Connor

Better.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Agricultural Growth Act
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November 4, 2014

Hon. Gordon O'Connor

Mr. Speaker, I do not believe the speaker is relevant. I cannot understand what he is talking about. He is not talking about the issue that is under consideration here, and I would ask that he return to the issue.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Privilege
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June 18, 2014

Hon. Gordon O'Connor (Carleton—Mississippi Mills, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have listened to my colleague's speech. It was quite wide-ranging, so I cannot air every part of it, but I want to hit a few of the points.

First, he mentioned Mr. Pearson and peacekeeping. Today there is not much demand for Canadians as peacekeepers. They go to countries that have large militaries, they subsidize those militaries, and they do the job. Africans look after Africans and Asians look after Asians, and they do quite well.

However, the member might note—I do not know if he wants to do the whole history—that Mr. Pearson also brought nuclear weapons into Canada. I do not know if he agreed with nuclear weapons or not, but he brought them into Canada. Nuclear weapons, I think, are worse than cluster munitions.

Now you said that we are going to use and transport cluster munitions. First of all, we do not have any cluster munitions now. We had them in the past. I guess that at the time, people thought it was a good idea. They do not think it is a good idea anymore. In any case, we are not committed to using or transporting cluster munitions.

The other point is that you have a view of the world and we have a view of the world. You may think that we are diminished, somehow, in the world. We do not. We think we are doing quite well in the world. We think we have a very strong position in the world. We stand up for what we believe, and you do not.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act
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June 18, 2014

Hon. Gordon O'Connor (Carleton—Mississippi Mills, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have a few points for the member. It has already been said that we will not use cluster munitions. Even though we had them a while ago, we did not use them and we will not use them in the future because we will not have any. That also means we will not produce, stockpile, transport and, as I said, use munitions.

I listened to the member's explanation of article 21. It sounds okay to me. I do not have any problems with article 21.

The other point I want to make is this. If our troops are in battle with the United States and an airstrike comes in, the Americans would not tell us what they would strike with; they would just tell us to stay out of a certain area. It may be cluster munitions; it may not be cluster munitions. In that case, they have not signed any treaty so it is okay for them. We have signed a treaty so we cannot use them, but we would take advantage of it if it is there. We would not walk away from it. It would be silly to do that. We would not say to our American neighbours that we would not ever go to war with them because they had cluster munitions.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act
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