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 75 of 76)


December 22, 1988

Mr. Steve Butland (Sault Ste. Marie):

Mr. Speaker, I welcome the opportunity to address the House on an issue which will likely affect all Canadians early in 1989. This issue is the negotiations or lack thereof between the federal Government and its 137,000 civil

servants. These negotiations could result in the largest strike in Canada's history.

The negotiation process has been stalemated by the Treasury Board and apparently its strategy is to offer little, request concessions, force overtime, and generally bully the workers into submission. There is also the ever present threat of cut-backs.

Morale is non-existent.

Generally these people are being treated as second-class citizens. It actually is no surprise since we have already experienced government's attitude to displaced workers as a result of free trade.

We should all make ourselves, as responsible representatives, aware of the plight of our civil servants, acknowledge it and finally address it before a most serious crisis is upon us.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE NEGOTIATIONS
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December 20, 1988

Mr. Steve Butland (Sault-Ste-Marie):

I am reminded of a line from a favourite Christmas poem: "I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep."

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MINISTER'S POSITION
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December 20, 1988

Mr. Butland:

I suggest that the Minister offers just a half a promise.

The Minister's answer to the homeless, then, is "no". And in the Christmas spirit, shelter for people-this is not a Christmas wish list; it is a necessity. It is housing for those without homes.

My supplementary question for the Minister is this. What specific answer does he have for the homeless in this country, and when will his Draconian attitude toward the homeless change?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MINISTER'S POSITION
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December 20, 1988

Mr. Butland:

I believe we have. We have tied Canada to a unilateral market, one that will indeed swallow us up, as Mr. Yeutter has said. The Government has cut back on the very budget that could rescue us from economic domination, and that is research and development.

December 20, 1988

Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

The Right Hon. Prime Minister in his book, Where I Stand,-he stands in many places-but where he stood, said:

The starting line for me is the technological dimension. Either we go into the game and become important players in this major league or we become a nation that will, during its entire lifetime, play in the Junior B circuit... Research and development, and the resulting innovations are the lifeblood of a successful economy and country.

So the Prime Minister called for a 20 per cent funding increase for the National Research Council and he promised to double Canada's research and development debt by the end of his first mandate. What did he do? He decreased the amount.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT MEASURE TO ENACT
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December 20, 1988

Mr. Butland:

It is not false. What of the reconciliation, the healing process of which the Prime Minister speaks? There was no thought to entertaining any amendments to the Free Trade Agreement no matter how innocuous. Specifically, our Amendment No. 14 to Bill C-2 states that the Bill should be amended immediately after line 7 at page 4. For greater certainty the Government will bring immediately trade adjustment legislation for those dislocated as a result of the agreement.

The tribunal that we would form should be made up of representatives from government, business, workers, communities, and other interested groups. The tribunal shall receive and investigate representations from groups of companies and workers who believe that they are or are likely to be adversely affected by subsided U.S. imports, including those provided by the U.S. Defense Department. The tribunal shall report annually to Parliament on the status of adjustment to the agreement and make recommendations for improving the process. None of this will be heard in the appropriate forum.

The wounds are only deeper as a result of this process that we are going through. We are speaking to be heard, but I am sure that no one is listening.

Professor Ross A. Rotstein of the University of Toronto said it perfectly when he stated: "Sometimes I suspect that members of the free trade camp are so intoxicated by the classical free trade rhetoric that they find it hard to come down to earth and look at the specifics of the agreement".

Let me look at the specifics. For example, Article 1602-national treatment of Americans; Article 604- harmonization of laws; Article 1902-either party can

change anti-dumping laws or countervail duties at any time.

The bottom line will be the loss of our unique Canadian identity. This will happen over time. One does not lose one's identity over a short period of time but over a long period of time. I believe that it will happen. If we will not monitor changes as they occur, put on the blinders and ignore what is happening, it surely will happen. In some areas it will be imperceptibly, and in other areas it will be dramatically. We are genuinely fearful. It indeed is a leap of faith rather than a leap of trust. When one takes a leap one ensures that there is a safety net or a cord to keep him or her from straying too far into whatever abyss there is. Neither is provided by the Government.

In conclusion, I hope Members opposite are correct. If they are wrong, they will have committed the ultimate treason. It will be small consolation that history books will condemn them. I pray Members opposite are right for the sake of Canada.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT MEASURE TO ENACT
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