Steve BUTLAND

BUTLAND, Steve, B.A., M.Ed.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 26, 1941
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Butland
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=9215f31c-20f9-48ea-b0c0-7ecd25041e42&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
school principal, teacher

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 76)


June 15, 1993

Mr. Steve Butland (Sault Ste. Marie):

Mr. Speaker, I am happy and proud to present a bill in the name of the hon. member for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca. It is entitled the fair trade and beneficial investment act. It amends the Special Import Measures Act so that the Canadian International Trade Tribunal can investigate whether the lack of enforced internationally recognized standards on labour, environment and human rights comprise a hidden subsidy to products imported into Canada. When CITT finds such a case it can slap these products with a countervailing tariff that is equal to the value of the hidden subsidy.

Second, it amends the Investment Canada Act to allow Canada to amend the performance requirements for foreign investment in Canada and lower the investment review threshold down to $10 million.

Topic:   FAIR TRADE AND BENEFICIAL INVESTMENT ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Butland:

No, I have not visited P.E.I. but I promise you folks I will get there. I will still catch the ferry. I have some affinity to ferries because as a youngster-this is an anecdote-before the bridge was built in Sault Ste. Marie there were ferries back and forth. I earned my keep as a summer student on those ferries. Maybe that is why I have a personal affection for the ferry route rather than the bridge route. I promise the members I will go to P.E.I. If the ferries are still operating-I understand they will have to-I will take the ferry.

I have not read but I have been inspired perhaps to get Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea and read some of the text. People have accused us of going back to the future. The NDP is always back to the future. A lot of Canadians are looking back to the future and saying what a wonderful time it was. What are they going to say 50 years from now? Maybe we want to go back to the future in 1994 when we had car ferries and Anne of Green Gables as we knew her. I am going to end with a 30 second comment.

I quote Lucy Maud Montgomery who made this comment in 1911:

When I am asked if Anne herself is a real person I always answer no with an odd reluctance and an uncomfortable feeling of not telling the truth for she is and always has been from the moment I first thought of her so real to me that I feel I am doing violence to something when I deny her an existence anywhere save in dreamland.

That is from the author of Anne of Green Gables. It is a bit of nostalgia but I wonder if 50 years from now we will regret the decision that obviously is coming forward from the government side and the opposition side.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Butland:

Since I have finished, Mr. Speaker, I hope what I previously said will be accepted. I appreciate the consent from the members.

Topic:   FAIR TRADE AND BENEFICIAL INVESTMENT ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Steve Butland (Sault Ste. Marie):

Madam Speaker, it is a good answer.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
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June 15, 1993

Mr. Steve Butland (Sault Ste. Marie):

Mr. Speaker, just when you think everything has been said I thought of one more thing. However, the member for Egmont will still get the last word which is only appropriate.

I have a very brief comment. I think it was John Donne who said that no man is an island. I have to make that politically correct and say that no person is an island. However, it has just dawned on me: When is no island an island? When a bridge is built, it is no longer an island.

June 15, 1993

Government Orders

The member equated the international bridge between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to this particular link. He knows that is totally erroneous. My neighbouring colleague from Algoma asked how the member for Sault Ste. Marie could be against this link when he wants a little link in his own constituency rebuilt. It is a lock. It is a $12 million to $13 million project. He asked how it was possible to vote against this link and at the same time look for funds from the government to repair that lock. Both analogies are absolutely erroneous and I know the member will agree with me when he stands.

Various polls have been taken. We probably have to accept the fact that the plebiscite or whatever it was called several years ago was 65-35. I understand that another poll has been taken and it is still predominantly in favour. I wonder whether the members from P.E.I. have asked the young people because they have most at stake in this.

I just came across a letter written by liana Kunclius, president of Students for Environmental Action in Bluefield High School. She is talking about the analysis being rushed. "We feel that for Public Works Canada to continue this megaproject without the suggested and crucial environmental studies is irresponsible". This comes from a young person and I am just wondering in all sincerity, what is the feeling of the young people of P.E.I. about this project?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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