Morris P. BODNAR

BODNAR, Morris P., Q.C., B.A., LL.B.,

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Saskatoon--Dundurn (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
September 4, 1948
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Bodnar
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=94149a29-0a58-4b95-b7d1-3600efd63c1a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister and solicitor, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Saskatoon--Dundurn (Saskatchewan)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Western Economic Diversification (February 23, 1996 - July 9, 1997)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry (February 23, 1996 - July 9, 1997)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (February 23, 1996 - July 9, 1997)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 41)


February 17, 1997

Mr. Bodnar

Mr. Speaker, it is interesting that the hon. member mentioned that the ordinary citizens of Saskatoon do not support what Heritage Canada is doing. He must be walking on different streets from the ones I walk on.

The member is critical of what he referred to as cuts in spending. It is interesting to look at the Reform budget and the cuts which it suggested. The cuts are very interesting. The Reform Party suggested cuts to post-secondary education, cuts in health, cuts in the Canada assistance plan and cuts in equalization. Equalization cuts of 35 per cent. Cuts to the Canada assistance plan of 34 per cent.

Reformers are critical of what has been done to get the finances of the country in order. They would have butchered the system and destroyed it but all of a sudden, lo and behold, now that it is almost election time, they are the saviours. Three years ago when it was not election time they were the ones who would have destroyed the system.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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February 17, 1997

Mr. Morris Bodnar (Saskatoon-Dundurn, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the next two petitions call on Parliament to urge the federal government to join with provincial governments to make the national highway system upgrading possible.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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February 17, 1997

Mr. Morris Bodnar (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Industry, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, during his visit to Paris on January 22 and 23, the Prime Minister raised Canada's concerns over the French ban with both the French prime minister and the French president.

During the same visit, the Minister of Industry provided the French authorities with a copy of the report from the Royal Society. This study, commissioned by the Canadian government, raises some important questions regarding the report from the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale which is used by the French authorities to justify its asbestos ban. Prime Minister Juppé has agreed to have its experts examine the Royal Society report.

The federal government meets regularly with the Quebec government, the industry and the unions to develop a common approach in addressing the French ban on asbestos use, as well as its potential effects in other markets. This is in line with the concerted action plan agreed upon on July 24, 1996 by all the parties.

The federal government has raised this important issue at the highest levels in France. I anticipate that all interested parties will continue to play their respective roles in this jointly managed file.

As an example of that concerted approach, our missions facilitated the current meetings by the Quebec minister for international affairs in Germany, Belgium and the U.K., where the asbestos issue will be raised, as well as his upcoming visit to Senegal and the Ivory Coast.

The Canadian Minister of Natural Resources is also writing to her Quebec counterpart on a memorandum of understanding with the industry on the responsible use of asbestos.

We are also invoking our rights under the World Trade Organization to address the French ban. As a first step we formally asked the French government on January 27 to justify the ban under the technical barriers to trade agreement. France's reply will help us in assessing the asbestos ban in the context of France's WTO obligations.

Pending that reply, it is premature at this stage to discuss other options available to Canada under the WTO. When all relevant information on that file will have been gathered with the help of the Quebec government, the industry and the unions, the Minister for International Trade will decide on any further action.

Meanwhile, it is irresponsible to discuss publicly any strategy with regard to further WTO actions, as it could prove harmful to the asbestos industry and its related jobs in the region.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   Supply
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February 17, 1997

Mr. Morris Bodnar (Saskatoon-Dundurn, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions today.

First, the petitioners request Parliament to support the immediate initiation and conclusion by the year 2000 of an international convention that will set out a binding timetable for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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February 6, 1997

Mr. Morris Bodnar (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Industry, Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to respond to Motion No. 277, which calls for the government to include the words "Canadian",

"Quebecois", "English Canadian", "French Canadian" and "Acadian" on the question concerning ethnic origin in the census.

First I would point out that, for a number of censuses, respondents have been able to respond "Canadian" as well as "Quebecer"-

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Canadian Census
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