Personal Data

New Democratic Party
Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 16, 1937
consultant, draftsman, fire fighter

Parliamentary Career

February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
  Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
  • N.D.P. House Leader (October 7, 1981 - September 3, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
  Hamilton Mountain (Ontario)
  • N.D.P. House Leader (September 4, 1984 - September 5, 1986)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 951)

February 18, 1987

Mr. Jean-CIaude Malepart (Montreal-Sainte-Marie):

Mr. Speaker, in a few hours the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) will make his third Budget presentation. We should say his third and a half Budget.

Mr. Speaker, I would suggest that elderly Canadians have every right to expect the Government to redress some of its injustices towards them ever since the Conservative Government was elected in 1984. Naturally, I am referring to making all persons living alone, and all others who are single, separated or divorced eligible for the spouse's allowance; second, reimbursing immediately the 35,000 early retiress who have been deprived of their unemployment insurance benefits; third, continuing a real reform concerning retirement policies, the indexation of private pension plans, and increasing public assistance benefits; fourth, as promised by the Government in

1984, making sure that the three million homemakers will be covered under the Quebec and Canada Pension Plans; and fifth, with respect to family policies, restoring the full indexation of family allowances.

Mr. Speaker, I conclude by expressing the hope that at 4.30 this afternoon the elderly and families in Canada will hear good news.

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January 20, 1987

Mr. Jean-CIaude Malepart (Montreal-Sainte-Marie):

Mr. Speaker, this is a sad day for Canada because the result of the debate is that, on this issue, the Canadian Parliament is acting as a branch plant of the American Government. This decision and this Bill introduced by the Government do not reflect the will of Canadian men and women, nor that of the Canadian

January 20, 1987

Government or of the Official Opposition, they quite simply are dictated by the American Government.

I am not surprised that we should have reached that point after two and a half years under the administration of the present Prime Minister. We need only remember recent events and remind ourselves that this man was appointed president of Iron Ore just so he would shut down operations without fanfare. Well, Mr. Speaker, again today we are witnessing a lack of leadership and courage in this matter. It is imperative that the people who are listening and watching should know why we are stooping so low, why the Canadian Parliament is being forced to follow the dictates of a foreign Government and impose a tax on Quebec and other Canadian companies, a tax which will be paid by Canadian workers.

Mr. Speaker, Quebec is hit as hard as the other provinces. For instance, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region unfortunately is represented by four Conservative Members: yet not one of them has spoken against this measure. The forest industry is a major employer in that region and it will be severely affected by the decision of the Government. Abitibi is also represented by two Conservative Members, yet we have not heard a peep from them even though workers in those ridings may indeed lose their jobs. We must bear in mind that people like our grandparents fought against annexation by the United States. There are people who took up arms to keep this from happening. Even Quebecers, who sometimes like to set themselves apart from the rest of Canada, even Quebecers joined up with people from the other provinces to ensure that Canada would not become an American state. But as luck would have it, the landslide in 1984 brought us Chicken Little who was elected Prime Minister, so that today, in 1987, the debate is on legislation and decisions that are not being made by the elected representatives of the Canadian people.

Yesterday, I heard the Hon. Member for Charlevoix (Mr. Hamelin) say it was the best possible settlement. There was nothing else we could do. I say that when people get to the point where they say there is nothing else they can do, there is something they can do: they can resign and make way for others who are prepared to protect and support the interests of Canadians.

Mr. Speaker, all this bullying and today's decision to agree to impose a 15 per cent tax on the lumber industry, a decision forced on us by the United States, all this will lead to further pressure. Tomorrow, the Americans will say: We don't like your unemployment insurance system, and you are going to change this and that. Conservative Members will say, with their Leader: Yes Sir, Mr. President, anything you say. And it will be yes, Sir, again, when the Americans start criticizing something else. For instance our health insurance plan, the best in this country, which enables all Canadians to be insured, whatever their income and gives them access to the best medical care, and helps them survive. With the kind of

arrangement the Conservatives are accepting on bended knee today, tomorrow the Americans may well be telling us, since they do not have this kind of health insurance: We think you should get rid of your health insurance plan because you are competing unfairly with such and such an industry. That is what it will come to, Mr. Speaker.

When I think that the Hon. Member for Levis (Mr. Fontaine)-oh, I'm not surprised. He is never on the right track, which is why the shipyards in Lauzon are in such poor shape. And speaking of tracks, Mr. Speaker, I have the impression he thinks Lauzon makes trains instead of ships, which is probably why the Hon. Member is so confused.

Mr. Speaker, I realize I don't have much time left. I want to make it clear that I intend to support my Leader in his battle to ensure that this Bill is not passed and that Canadians will continue to hold their heads high and decide for themselves what they will do to protect our lumber industry and uphold the dignity of this country.

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November 4, 1986

Mr. Jean-CIaude Malepart (Montreal-Sainte-Marie):

Mr. Speaker, there were bad news for Quebecers today. The Ultramar Corporation has announced an increase of close to 2 cents a litre on gasoline at the pump.

Mr. Speaker, we all remember that nine months ago, this Conservative Government approved the purchase by Ultramar of the Gulf refinery and other facilities, so that it could shut down the Montreal East End refinery, reduce competition, secure a monopolistic position and increase fuel prices at the pump.

It is my hope that this Conservative Government and the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Mr. Masse) will ask Petro-Canada not to follow the bad example set up by Ultramar. And I am inviting all Quebecers to boycott Ultramar and to fill up at other stations where they can have cheaper gasoline.

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October 16, 1986

Mr. Jean-CIaude Malepart (Montreal-Sainte-Marie):

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) swore there would be no cuts in unemployment insurance benefits. So how does he reconcile that with what was said by the President of the Treasury Board (Mr. de Cotret), who clearly indicated in the document that the Government saved $30 million on unemployment insurance benefits for pre-retirees?

Mr. Speaker, there are 50,000 Canadians whose unemployment insurance benefits have been cut following a decision by this Government.

And, Mr. Speaker, if this Government approves the Forget Report's recommendations, Quebec stands to lose $930 million; Newfoundland, $210 million; Prince Edward Island, $50 million; Nova Scotia, $130 million; New Brunswick, $230; Saskatchewan, $60 million; Alberta, $130 million and British Columbia, $430 million.

Mr. Speaker, I would urge all Conservative Members to wake up and force this Government to be fairer to unemployed Canadians.

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June 27, 1986

Mr. Ian Deans (Hamilton Mountain):

Mr. Speaker, it is regrettable that we have to spend so much time on a matter such as this. I would like to suggest that the whole thing could be resolved if the Government would take our advice and abolish the Senate.

Subtopic:   POINT OF ORDER
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