Roy CULLEN

CULLEN, The Hon. Roy, P.C., B.A., C.A., M.P.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Etobicoke North (Ontario)
Birth Date
December 31, 1944
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Cullen
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a366e212-f1a1-4e5e-b543-2d1f0af4815e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
chartered accountant

Parliamentary Career

March 25, 1996 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Etobicoke North (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Etobicoke North (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (September 1, 1999 - September 12, 2001)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Etobicoke North (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (September 1, 1999 - September 12, 2001)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Etobicoke North (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Etobicoke North (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 202)


May 14, 2008

Hon. Roy Cullen (Etobicoke North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, a tireless community worker, Ms. Delia Dyke, has recently announced her retirement.

Delia has been a diligent worker, a committed volunteer and a true friend of the residents of Etobicoke North.

She began her career at the Willowridge apartment complex and, while there, Delia helped set up a day care centre, Willowridge Training Wheels and Welcome Baby, as well as many other neighbourhood programs.

In 1997, Minister Marc Lalonde appointed Delia to the National Council on Welfare.

Delia then began working at Albion Neighbourhood Services in 1988 as an information counsellor and, later, as the manager of its access program.

Delia's wry sense of humour as well as her reputation for assisting Etobicoke North residents with their income tax preparation will be missed. She was also a very able and hard-working Commissioner of Oaths.

Letters of congratulation to Delia have been pouring in over the years from mayors, MPs, MPPs and city councillors. The letters that touched Delia the most were from the residents she has helped over the years.

We wish Delia the very best that life can offer in her well-deserved retirement.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Retirement Congratulations
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May 13, 2008

Hon. Roy Cullen (Etobicoke North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the member for Laval for her speech on Bill C-47. I am a bit surprised. I do not believe that aboriginal women are supporting this bill, even though it concerns family homes situated on first nation reserves and matrimonial rights to or interests in structures and lands situated on those reserves.

Why does the member for Laval think that the Conservative government introduced a bill that concerns the rights of aboriginal women, even though these women do not support this bill?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
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May 13, 2008

Hon. Roy Cullen (Etobicoke North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I listened very intently to the remarks of my colleague from Scarborough—Rouge River. I can imagine that there are not that many aboriginal or first nations people in his riding as there are not in my riding either of Etobicoke North. I was quite impressed with his knowledge of the landscape of this particular bill.

I have been following the debate on the bill and I think it is a very important piece of legislation. I am surprised that a bill dealing with matrimonial interests and rights does not seem to have the support of aboriginal women in Canada nor does it seem to have the support of the Assembly of First Nations. I find that rather shocking and perhaps if the bill goes to committee there will be ways to improve and enhance the bill.

However, I am surprised that the Conservative government would table a bill that does not seem to even remotely have the support of some of the key stakeholders that would be involved.

I know that my colleague from Scarborough—Rouge River is a very accomplished lawyer. I wonder if he could expand on some of the jurisdictional issues that he touched on and that I have become aware of in following this bill and the debate that is going on.

It is my understanding that the Supreme Court in 1986 ruled that when a conjugal relationship breaks down on reserve, the courts cannot apply provincial and territorial family law because reserve lands fall under federal jurisdiction. So, although on the face of it that seems fairly straightforward, I wonder if the member for Scarborough—Rouge River would speak about some of the constitutionalities of those issues.

These provisions, which I gather if this legislation would come into force, would be an interim measure and would be a bridging measure that would suffice until the various first nations communities brought in their own laws. Indeed, we have been moving toward self-governance among the aboriginal people of Canada.

Currently, how are these problems resolved in the absence of this legislative framework and how does he see it moving in transition from this legislation to a world where there is more self-governance within the aboriginal communities?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
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May 8, 2008

Hon. Roy Cullen (Etobicoke North, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I think the member for Windsor West is definitely on to something. The Conservative government has been in power for two years plus and keeps talking about how it is getting the job done. It is not getting the job done when it comes to the incomes of working and middle class Canadians.

The Conservatives inherited a very strong economy when they formed government in 2006. The Liberals had record surpluses, low unemployment, a strong fiscal capacity, and good growth prospects. What did the Conservative government do? It spent money and left the cupboard bare.

The Bank of Canada estimates that growth this year could be 1.4%. At that rate, we are heading into a deficit.

The Conservatives keep saying that they are getting the job done. What kind of flexibility do they have to deal with the challenges facing low income and middle class Canadians? They have taken away the flexibility our Liberal government gave them in 2006 when they formed government.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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May 6, 2008

Hon. Roy Cullen

With regard to marriages of convenience, orchestrated for personal gain or for gaining entry into Canada as a landed immigrant: (a) has the minister or her officials taken any action to address this issue; (b) has the Minister, or her predecessor, implemented any policies or procedures to alleviate the concerns associated with marriages of convenience; (c) is the Minister of the view that marriages of convenience that are perpetrated in Canada are growing in numbers beyond normal demographics or immigration patterns; (d) what systems, processes, or procedures are in place to deal specifically with complaints from the victims of marriage fraud; and (e) what action is being taken to restore the confidence of the victims of marriages of convenience that the government is working effectively and efficiently on their behalf?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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