Personal Data

New Democratic Party
Kootenay West--Revelstoke (British Columbia)
Birth Date
May 9, 1939
executive secretary, financial secretary, woodworker

Parliamentary Career

February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
  Kootenay West (British Columbia)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
  Kootenay West--Revelstoke (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 162)

June 1, 1993

Mr. Lyle Kristiansen (Kootenay West-Revelstoke):

Mr. Speaker, that is Kootenay West-Revelstoke, but we forgive you again.

I had been engaging in a few remarks on Motion No. 2 before us which is:

That Bill C-62 be amended by adding immediately after line 36 at

page 3 the following new Clause:

"Review of an Operation of Act

4. Five years after the coming into force of this Act, and at the end of every five year period thereafter, a comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of this Act including the effect of those provisions shall be undertaken by such committee of the House of Commons as may be designated or established by the House for that purpose".

I had been commenting just before the luncheon recess on a number of the problems surrounding the earlier consideration of this bill and the various amendments before us on which the Speaker has just ruled.

The problem we had in committee and the problem we see now is that the government introduced 51 amendments during clause-by-clause consideration in committee. It placed all committee members in a state of some confusion in trying to sort out just where they were in the process and what they were dealing with.

Normally members operating on a committee during the period of clause-by-clause study have some idea of what they are dealing with. But in this case the government used a very odd procedure, particularly on a bill that is so complex.

The bill deals with an industry wherein the volume of the rapidly changing technology affects it greatly. It makes the whole matter so complex that we really wonder where we will be a couple of years down the road in terms of whether or not this legislation as envisaged and put together will do the job expected of it.

This industry not only is one of the largest domestic service industries, it is also one which is so absolutely

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crucial to our international trade, both in terms of the hardware and the export of technology and expertise we have been engaged in. I am sure in the future it will consume even more attention of those in industry and government.

The motion before us asks for a review after five years. We feel that in the special circumstances which have developed during consideration of this bill that is perhaps too long a period, especially initially, to determine whether what we have done in this place and in committee will stand the test of even that relatively short period of time.

In order to give ourselves, the government and the industry and all interested parties in the country an opportunity, I would like to move a subamendment to Motion No. 2. I move:

That Motion No. 2 be amended by replacing the word "five" with

the word "two".

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May 31, 1993

Mr. Lyle Kristiansen (Kootenay West-Revelstoke):

Madam Speaker, I rise pursuant to Standing Order 36 with two petitions, which are the latest in a series of petitions presented by me and my colleagues in the New Democratic Parly.

The two petitions are signed by approximately 75 Canadians from the Ottawa-Hull area. Without going into all the formalities because the House is familiar with them, the petitioners call on Parliament to press the government to finally, after some seven years, move to proclaim parts II and III of the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act.

Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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May 28, 1993

Mr. Kristiansen:

The pollution of the Columbia River.

Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-WATER
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May 28, 1993

Mr. Kristiansen:

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Prince George-Bulkley Valley for the question. Indeed there are a number of meetings, seminars and conferences being planned throughout West Kootenay and East Kootenay in the coming weeks and months. I am also glad to hear that there are meetings going on in his area.

These meetings are being set up not only on the volition of a number of New Democrats who have been concerned politically for some time, but also by the provincial power agencies and others concerned with the


administration of the treaty. This is being done to ensure that whatever decisions we do make and whatever lobbies we do mount are done with the greatest amount of knowledge as to exactly what those agreements are and exactly what limitations we are forced to work within.

I would like to pay tribute to some of my predecessors of two parties in my own area, particularly the squire of the Kootenays, Mr. Bert Herridge, who was the member from 1945 to 1968. During the negotiations of the Columbia River Treaty Mr. Herridge did so much to fight what he thought were the bad provisions of that treaty and on balance the treaty as a whole.

Another tribute goes to a predecessor from 1968 to 1974, the member for Kootenay West, Mr. Randolph Harding, who was also a provincial member. I think he destroyed three or four of his own cars travelling around to the communities that were to be flooded. He added his voice to this and did so much, together with a later member, Mr. Brisco, my alter ego with whom I bounced ideas back and forth on numerous occasions.

All of us, in our own time and in our own way, have done what we could to keep our people informed and to try to get the reality as opposed to the myth of the agreement established in people's minds so that we are bargaining with facts and not simply with emotions. It has probably been deduced not just from my tone but from that of my colleagues and some members on the other side that the emotions run as deep and as strong as do the waters and the generating capacity of the area from which I come.

Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-WATER
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May 28, 1993

Mr. Lyle Kristiansen (Kootenay West-Revelstoke):

Mr. Speaker, just very briefly I would like to add my own comments. My colleague from Esquimalt has mentioned this, but I cannot help but think that he and his family still come from the city that we used to disparagingly call Toronto before he made his move to the west coast.

As a long-time resident of British Columbia and someone who has known our colleague from Regina some years, before he was a member of this place, I would like to add my own particular congratulations, especially as Revelstoke one of the main communities along the CP Rail line in the Rocky Mountains, owes him a great debt of gratitude for his fight to help to keep passenger service alive in that area.

Our colleague from Regina is one who is loved by all of us in this party and is held in great esteem by people across the country from all parties. I just wanted to add my own and my community's great respect and thanks to him for the many battles that he has put up on our behalf.

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