Howard E. HILSTROM

HILSTROM, Howard E.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)
Birth Date
March 18, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hilstrom
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b020e0ef-688c-42d0-9d8a-779fbe56ca77&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
police officer, rancher

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - March 26, 2000
REF
  Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Selkirk--Interlake (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 127)


April 30, 2004

Mr. Howard Hilstrom (Selkirk—Interlake, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, for what may be my last S. O. 31 due to the rumours of an imminent election call, I would like to tell the people of Selkirk--Interlake what a pleasure it has been to serve as their voice in Ottawa.

For the information of the House, Selkirk--Interlake is populated by Canadians with a tremendous diversity in ethnic backgrounds. We live in harmony with each other and work hard to make our region, our province and our country a better place in which to live. Agriculture, commercial fishing, light manufacturing industries, tourism, along with jobs in all economic sectors of Manitoba's economy are how we earn our living. Artistic efforts, along with many cultural activities enrich our lives.

Geographically the riding contains the largest southern portions of beautiful Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. Beautiful ranch and farmland, along with dynamic small towns nestled in a clean environment, make it a wonderful place to live.

Our future success as a region called Selkirk--Interlake is totally dependent on the opportunities for our children and grandchildren. Our youth and their futures are why I have spent the last seven years as the MP for Selkirk--Interlake doing the best I could, with my wife Faye by my side.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Selkirk--Interlake Constituency
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March 23, 2004

Mr. Howard Hilstrom

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The member is giving a great speech. I would like you to check on the number of members in the House to hear the speech. A quorum does not seem to be present. Would you check, please?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Customs Tariff
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March 23, 2004

Mr. Howard Hilstrom

I would certainly ask that member from B.C. to withdraw those remarks.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Privilege
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March 23, 2004

Mr. Howard Hilstrom

Mr. Speaker, I am just pointing out that the Liberal government, by signing that agreement, started the process by which supply management will ultimately meet its demise. We are the only country in the world with it. We have been committed by the Liberal government to negotiating the two pillars down. That commitment will go forward.

If Canada thinks it can say, just like it did back in 1993 to 1995, to what is now about 176 countries that this is ours and we will never change it, we will end up in exactly the same position of being unable to negotiate the best deal. We were told by the big countries and the rest of the world that we will have to change our supply management whether we like it or not.

I prefer the Conservative way of doing it, and that is negotiating the best deal for our supply management farmers rather than simply selling them out like the Liberals did back in 1995.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Customs Tariff
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March 23, 2004

Mr. Howard Hilstrom

Mr. Speaker, the Conservative Party would fight to maintain supply management during the negotiating process that is underway. The negotiating process underway was started by the right hon. member's party back in the 1990s. He may have been foreign affairs minister at that time. I do not believe he was prime minister, but his party started the negotiations.

I think what Canada did in those years was to isolate itself to the point where it could no longer protect article XI. Every other country in the world, particularly the United States and the European Union, said that Canada was the only one taking that position. Therefore, it told Canada that article XI would be taken away, and the Liberal government signed on to that agreement.

I do not say that what happened at that point was totally wrong. I have made the point that the Conservative Party of Canada believes in freer trade. We have to move forward based on what the former Progressive Conservative Party did at the WTO talks and on what the Liberals did by signing the very agreement, which they both negotiated. As a country, it is in our interest to continue with the WTO negotiations. No matter which party is in power, we will see it move forward.

Of all the parties in the House of Commons, the one with the best policies on international trade is the Conservative Party of Canada, of which I am a member. We are the best ones to lead the country into the 21st century on trade issues.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Customs Tariff
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