John Edward BROADBENT

BROADBENT, The Hon. John Edward, P.C., C.C., B.A., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Ottawa Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 21, 1936
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Broadbent
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=aa40bd53-d3d5-4a04-8bff-608d6728890a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
professor of political science

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
NDP
  Oshawa--Whitby (Ontario)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
NDP
  Oshawa--Whitby (Ontario)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (January 3, 1973 - January 1, 1974)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
NDP
  Oshawa--Whitby (Ontario)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
NDP
  Oshawa (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
NDP
  Oshawa (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Oshawa (Ontario)
November 21, 1988 - December 31, 1989
NDP
  Oshawa (Ontario)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
NDP
  Ottawa Centre (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 2361)


November 21, 2005

Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Madam Speaker, I have a question and an observation for the hon. member. I too would like to praise everyone who has taken part in this debate. What is at root here is the profound importance of historical memory in relation to culture in the shaping of human identity. What we are all about as human beings at this point in the 21st century is, in one sense of the term, kind of an inevitable product of what has gone on in our past, broadly speaking, our cultural past.

Is the hon. member aware that in this context the bill amends the Criminal Code to make it an offence for Canadians abroad to indulge in theft of cultural property. For me that is a remarkable change in Canadian law and consistent with what we did in terms of the sex trade. Canadians can no longer go to any other country and abuse children.

In that context, recently in the House we adopted a recommendation of the foreign affairs committee that says that Canadian corporations in the mining sector can no longer do abroad what they have been stopped from doing here. It extends the Westray principle of health and safety, which is now embedded in Canadian law from Canadian corporations at home to Canadian corporations abroad.

I praise the government for extending our domestic law into these realms: cultural protection, sexual protection of children and the protection of workers abroad. I am sure the hon. member agrees with me on that.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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November 21, 2005

Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to rise and speak in defence of Bill C-251. It is a bill designed to strengthen the rights of the citizens of Canada, the men and women who vote in all our various constituencies. The bill is not designed to strengthen the political authority of political parties as the parliamentary secretary said.

In fact, I was quite amused to hear the parliamentary secretary propose certain reform measures that would strengthen the role of MPs in committees. He said that the government had already done great things in this regard.

I can say to the hon. member that it is really bizarre to hear a member of the Liberal government talk about democratic reform. First of all, the reforms the member is talking about I first heard when I was here in 1968. Thirty-seven years ago the Liberals were talking about doing this, and the government is still talking about doing it.

As I recall, It is the same Liberal Party that when a candidate of Chinese Canadian background in Vancouver was all set to become a candidate through a democratic process in the recent election, the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Martin, named the president of the Liberal Party in British Columbia over--

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Parliament of Canada Act
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November 18, 2005

Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the city of Ottawa is already the proud home of the world's largest chamber music festival. It now has the opportunity to become the home to a splendid new concert hall.

This hall has been proposed by the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and has been endorsed by the City of Ottawa which has committed $6.5 million in funding. The project is dependent, however, on both the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada matching this amount.

Many of us in Ottawa are excited at the prospect of a badly needed new concert hall. Ottawa is the only capital city in the western world without such a facility. It would be a major benefit for the cultural life of the citizens of Ottawa and for all those thousands of tourists who make Ottawa their destination.

I urge the government to decide in the coming week to provide the Ottawa Chamber Music Society with the matching $6.5 million which is essential for this important project.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Concert Hall Proposal
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November 16, 2005

Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister or the government House leader. Every member of every party in the House knows that we are going to have an election soon. The Conservative Party has compromised. The Bloc Québécois has compromised. We have compromised.

Is it not an example of unmitigated Liberal arrogance to say, “Either it is my way or no way?”

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Parliament of Canada
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November 15, 2005

Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-444, An Act to amend the National Capital Act (Gatineau Park).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my bill, an act to amend the National Capital Act, Gatineau Park. The bill is seconded by my colleague, the member of Parliament for Skeena--Bulkley Valley.

The bill would amend the National Capital Act to establish for the first time legal boundaries for Gatineau Park. If brought into legislation, it would give legal status to the park and would recognize that one of the objectives and purposes of the National Capital Commission is to acquire privately owned real properties or provincial properties situated in Gatineau Park. It would also require owners of real property situated in the park to give the NCC a right of first refusal on the sale of the property. In short, it would ensure Gatineau Park remains a treasure for future generations of Canadians.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   National Capital and Gatineau Park Act
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