Peter VAN LOAN

VAN LOAN, The Hon. Peter, P.C., B.A., LL.B., M.A., M.Sc.Pl.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
York--Simcoe (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 18, 1963
Website
http://petervanloan.com
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=aa58e8f5-4a46-4c79-8e97-b9ebe28c9d9a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
peter.vanloan@parl.gc.ca
Profession
lawyer, professor

Parliamentary Career

June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  York--Simcoe (Ontario)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  York--Simcoe (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (February 7, 2006 - November 26, 2006)
  • Minister for Sport (November 27, 2006 - January 3, 2007)
  • Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (November 27, 2006 - January 3, 2007)
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council (November 27, 2006 - January 3, 2007)
  • Conservative Party House Leader (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Minister for Democratic Reform (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  York--Simcoe (Ontario)
  • Conservative Party House Leader (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Minister for Democratic Reform (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Minister of Public Safety (October 30, 2008 - January 18, 2010)
  • Minister of International Trade (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  York--Simcoe (Ontario)
  • Minister of International Trade (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
  • Conservative Party House Leader (May 18, 2011 - November 3, 2015)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (May 18, 2011 - November 3, 2015)
October 19, 2015 -
CPC
  York--Simcoe (Ontario)
  • Conservative Party House Leader (May 18, 2011 - November 3, 2015)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (May 18, 2011 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 683)


November 23, 2017

Hon. Peter Van Loan (York—Simcoe, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I heard the member for Winnipeg North ask the hon. member if the role of the Ethics Commissioner was not to keep issues from being partisan here in Parliament. I am sorry, but is it the hon. member's view that the role of the Ethics Commissioner is actually to protect the government from ethical controversy, and to protect its members from being accountable? Is that really the role of the Ethics Commissioner? That is what I heard the parliamentary secretary to the Liberal House leader say. I would be very shocked, but it does not surprise me that it is indeed the view and attitude of the Liberal members.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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November 23, 2017

Hon. Peter Van Loan

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. There is a rule in the Standing Orders that requires people speaking to a motion in the House of Commons to respect the rule of relevance. They must actually speak to the specific motion on the floor of the House.

While I hear the member talking about interesting things, these are not anywhere even remotely close to the actual motion on the floor, which relates to the affairs of the finance minister and his failure to disclose to Canadians transparently, as required, the holdings he has in order to establish he is following the ethics rules. This is nowhere close to that.

I would ask, Mr. Speaker, that you require that anybody addressing this motion show some shred of relevance. I understand latitude is often provided, but we are so far out of the ballpark here that it is not even close.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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November 23, 2017

Hon. Peter Van Loan

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I have been listening patiently following your encouragement that we wait to see if there might be some relevance in this speech and arguments. I thought that when we got into the government's housing strategy, we might hear about the French villa that was part of the finance minister's assets that he failed to disclose to the Ethics Commissioner.

The motion states:

That the House agree with the Prime Minister’s statement in the House on November 1, 2017, that “sunshine is the best disinfectant”; and call on the Finance Minister to reveal all assets he has bought, sold or held within all his private companies or trust funds since he became Finance Minister, to determine if his financial interests have conflicted with his public duties.

The member has failed to say a passing word related to the motion on the floor. He is speaking about everything the finance minister has done, except with respect to his ethical disclosures.

As I said, I thought that when we got into the housing policy he might talk about the French villa the finance minister failed to disclose, and that when he started talking about pensions, he might address the ethical conflict of holding shares in a company that regulated those pensions. He did not address that. He just went right on by that issue.

There is simply no relevance whatsoever in his speech. In fact, it fits the pattern of the government all the way through, which is to stonewall, and stonewalling, by failing to be relevant, is simply not permitted. We have a lot of latitude. However, what we have here is a shameful disregard for the role of this Parliament with respect to the ethics rules, the failure to disclose, and the fundamental nature of the motion. The member's failure to address the motion with even a word heightens and furthers that contempt by the government.

Therefore, I would ask that, unless the member gets to the point and in some way addresses the motion, you conclude that this speech is not in order and is not relevant.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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November 23, 2017

Hon. Peter Van Loan

Respect the ruling, please.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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November 23, 2017

Hon. Peter Van Loan (York—Simcoe, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, on Sunday, all of Canada will be focused on our most important annual sporting event, the 105th Grey Cup. The much storied Toronto Argonauts are underdogs to win a record 17th championship. The Argos won their spot through last-minute heroics in a come-from-behind win over Saskatchewan, sparing the green 'Riders the uncomfortable awkwardness of being the eastern team facing Calgary.

The Argonauts, led by a youthful 38-year-old Ricky Ray, deliver when it counts. With stars like S.J. Green and DeVier Posey, Marcus Ball, Martese Jackson, James Wilder, and York—Simcoe's own Corey Watman on the line, the double blue are an exciting team to watch.

We thank Argo's owner Larry Tanenbaum for supporting the remarkable rebuilding, led by Michael Copeland, Sara Moore, Marc Trestman, and Jim Popp.

Congratulations to new CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie for outstanding leadership and a great season.

Let us all take in the great tradition, a deep part of our identity, a week-long party of fans from across Canada, capped off by the uniquely Canadian game, the Grey Cup. Go, Argos.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Grey Cup 2017
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