Thomas Michael MCMILLAN

MCMILLAN, The Hon. Thomas Michael, P.C., B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
October 15, 1945
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Michael_McMillan
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b0a1f10c-bd00-4b10-934b-ac7b026143e4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
political scientist

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (September 7, 1983 - September 1, 1984)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (September 7, 1983 - September 1, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Hillsborough (Prince Edward Island)
  • Minister of State (Tourism) (September 17, 1984 - August 19, 1985)
  • Minister of the Environment (August 20, 1985 - December 7, 1988)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 200)


September 29, 1988

Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, I think the premise of any question would be relevant to any answer to the same question.

In any event, if the Hon. Member wants to measure the commitment of the Government of Canada to the environment, perhaps he would like to look at the figures which indicate that five months into the current fiscal year the Government of Canada, through my Department, was already spending $20 million more than the previous Liberal Government did in the entire year when last it was in office.

If you add to the budget of my Department, Mr. Speaker, all the expenditures that have been drawn from other Departments for major environmental initiatives of the Government of Canada, you will see that we have far exceeded inflation in expenditures on the environment relative to that which was spent on the environment by the previous administration.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSITION OF CABINET
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September 29, 1988

Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member comes into the House and he picks one program and he says that because it is not exactly the same as it was when we took power in September of 1984 that there has been a cut-back, or an elimination, or some reduction in our commitment to the environment. I think he should judge us on our over-all record.

For example, this is the first Government to bring in a major environmental Bill, recently passed by the Parliament of Canada and proclaimed on June 30, since Environment Canada was established in 1971, that is, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. This is the Government that overhauled the National Parks Act, for the first time in over half a century, in addition to all the new national parks we have created.

I advise the Hon. Member and his Party when he wants to compare our record with that of previous admistrations to look at the over-all record-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING
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September 29, 1988

Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act is one instrument and we are using it. Another instrument is the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement which we completely overhauled in favour of cleaning up the Great Lakes by including all sources of pollution, not just toxic chemicals; by setting targets and schedules for the clean up of the Great Lakes; and by weaving into the fabric of this binational agreement mechanisms for accountability to ensure that not only this Government but future Governments live up to the targets and schedules I mentioned.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRAGIC DEATHS OF BELUGAS IN ST. LAWRENCE-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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September 29, 1988

Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, scientific analysis of the blubber of Belugas indicates one of the offending pollutants, for example, is Myrex, which has never been manufactured or even marketed in Canada. Its origins are as far away as New York, into the Niagara River, which in turn empties into the Great Lakes and from there into the St. Lawrence River Basin. That is one of the reasons why this Government signed with the Governments of the United States, of New York and of Ontario, the first ever four jurisdiction agreement that will slash all toxic loadings into the Niagara River by 50 per cent by 1996. That is the kind of strong environmental action this Government has provided in this area as in others.

September 29, 1988

Oral Questions MINISTER'S POSITION

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRAGIC DEATHS OF BELUGAS IN ST. LAWRENCE-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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September 29, 1988

Hon. Tom McMillan (Minister of the Environment):

Mr. Speaker, I can hardly comment on a document 1 have not seen and do not know about. The Member waves it in front of the House. It could be anything.

The premise of his question that the Government has only recently discovered the environment is fundamentally wrong. I remind him and all Members of the House that it was this Government that came into power at a time when, for example, motor vehicle exhaust emission controls were one-third as stringent here in Canada as those in the United States. Now we have the strongest such controls of any nation in the world.

When we came into office the controls on lead in gasoline were one-tenth as stringent as those in the United States, and now we have the strongest program on lead in gasoline in the industrialized world.

This is the Government, after all, that established five new national parks and has set the stage for two new national parks which we hope will be created before long. More national parks were created in three and a half years alone than were created in a decade and a half under the previous Liberal administration.

The premise of the question is wrong. I think the Hon. Member might like to do a little bit more homework on his questions before he comes into the House.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
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