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 269 of 271)


October 21, 2004

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

moved:

That, in the opinion of this House, the government’s national defence policies are seriously out of date and funding has fallen dramatically short of what is needed to meet defence commitments, the combat capabilities of the Canadian Forces have been permitted to decay and the government is continuing this trend by proposing to raise a peacekeeping brigade at the expense of existing combat ready forces; and accordingly,

This House call on the government to commit to maintaining air, land and sea combat capability by ensuring that members of the forces are trained, equipped and supported for combat operations and peacekeeping, in order to enhance Canada’s status and influence as a sovereign nation.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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October 20, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, today I want to recognize the Ottawa Talent Initiative Action Centre in Kanata. This grassroots organization was started by unemployed high tech workers. OTI's mandate is to create a support network to assist the thousands of unemployed and underemployed high tech professionals in our area.

OTI is working with all levels of government to identify training, funding and support programs designed specifically for tech workers. One area which OTI has identified is the lack of programs to assist small start-up companies with product commercialization. Many laid off workers are trying to start their own businesses. They need assistance to identify viable products and bring them to market. Government expertise could help with this task.

Technology workers are essential contributors to economic growth and we want to keep them here. I applaud OTI for its work and ask all parties in the House to support efforts to return high tech workers to sustainable employment.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Ottawa Talent Initiative
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October 19, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, one of the severe consequences of chronic underfunding is the decay of the defence infrastructure. The prime example is married quarters. There are thousands across the country, the bulk of which are over 50 years old. A very large number are substandard, needing immediate refurbishment or replacement.

Will the Minister of National Defence confirm that he will invest what it takes to ensure that sailors, soldiers and aviators do not live in slums?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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October 19, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, underfunding by the Liberals has left defence in dire straits. There are not enough people to do the jobs, equipment is rusting out, airplanes do not fly and trucks do not move. It takes 10 years to get used submarines in service.

Will the minister explain why the government is investing less in the military today than it did 10 years ago?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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October 18, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister, as finance minister, took over $20 billion from the military.

We now have the unconscionable situation where the government is considering taking between $300 million and $800 million from the underfunded forces.

The revenue minister, who is in charge of this activity, said when he was Minister of National Defence that the forces need more money simply to keep operating.

Will the Minister of National Revenue provide the House with a justification now for taking money from the cash strapped forces?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   National Defence
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