Keith P. MARTIN

MARTIN, The Hon. Dr. Keith P., P.C., B.Sc., M.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
Birth Date
April 13, 1960
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Martin_(physician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c0377f5d-9a2b-4831-919c-8f5553270c2c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
REF
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
REF
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
January 14, 2004 - May 23, 2004
IND
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 417)


March 24, 2011

Hon. Keith Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, before I put my question to the hon. member, I did omit one thing in my final speech. First, I really wanted to thank the constituents of Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca for their enduring support. Second, I wish to thank those who work in my offices, Jeff Silvester, Vikki Simmons in Victoria, as well as Jesse Dickinson and Jeff Guignard in my office here. Without their help and support, I could not have done what I have. And, to the volunteers over the 17.5 years who have enabled me to do what I have done, our victories are their victories, and I thank them so much for what they have done.

To my hon. colleague, I wonder if she does not agree that we need an innovation agenda in our country where there are going to be strategic investments in the private sector for research and development, education and infrastructure. Does she have an idea of how the private sector could be incented to make those strategic investments so we could improve our productivity?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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March 24, 2011

Hon. Keith Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, 17.5 years can certainly fly by in the blink of an eye. Fewer than 1 in 100,000 Canadians has the privilege and honour of standing in this House to represent the hopes, wills and aspirations of our citizens. We are all blessed to have that opportunity.

I have seen much in the last 17.5 years and I will miss much from this House.

I want to first thank each and every member. I have had the privilege of being a member of a two political parties. Some members have been colleagues on that side and on this side sit in this House today. Sometimes our profession gets besmirched but, as all of us here know, everyone in this House works doggedly hard in the interests of our citizens and in the interests of our country. We may have differences, and vital differences of what those differences may be, but all of us, to a person, to a man and to a woman, give our heart, our soul and put our life into this House and into our country for the future of our country.

I hope that at the end of the day we can work together. We have differences and we must have those knock-down, drag-out battles. Those battles must occur, but I hope that the serious and vital issues of our country will be dealt with, not only for the interests of our citizens here at home, but also for what happens half a world away. We know that like a pebble in a pond, what happens in our country is like a ripple that goes beyond our borders. Our borders are porous. What happens far away affects us here at home. Of all the things we are most privileged to have a chance at is to reach out and help in those in our country and in our world.

I want to thank each and every member for being a colleague.

Last, I want to thank my parents, Colleen and Cyril; my four brothers, Neil, Andrew, Paul and Darryll and their families; and my partner Gina who is here today. Without their endearing support and help, we could not do what we do.

I wish all my colleagues the very best of luck in the future. I know they will all do great things. I am thankful for their camaraderie and collegiality. Carpe diem.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Resignation of Members
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March 22, 2011

Hon. Keith Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, regardless of what I said in my comments on how many members we have here, this still boils down to the fundamental concern of all Canadians, including the people of Quebec, about the ability of their MPs to represent their hopes and aspirations effectively.

Does my colleague not think that a different voting structure, one where there would be fewer votes of confidence and MPs would have a greater ability to vote freely according to the will of their constituents, would be a much more fundamental solution to an enduring problem? Would he support that solution?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Democratic Representation Act
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March 22, 2011

Hon. Keith Martin

Madam Speaker, we support sending this bill to committee.

The member has a good private member's bill in the House which would empower members of Parliament, and I support his bill.

This bill should have broad, long-term deliberation at committee. Those committee hearings should be aired publicly on television so that our citizens can witness what is taking place and that the issues at hand will be at play.

A lot of our voters do not understand why their voices are not being heard in the House. They cannot understand why we are not able to represent their will and their wishes in the House. I hope this bill will act as a springboard to dealing with these more fundamental issues, in educating the public, and show the real challenges and problems that we have. The power has to be removed from leaders' offices and put back into the hands of MPs thereby giving the power back to the people.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Democratic Representation Act
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March 22, 2011

Hon. Keith Martin

Madam Speaker, coming from the Yukon, my colleague has an extraordinarily large area to represent and he travels across the country every week. I do not know how he does it. He is an iron man as far as I am concerned.

My colleague is talking about the possibility of representation by population. I have some very serious issues with that, for a number of reasons. There are some rep by pop that are done very poorly. Israel and Italy are examples of that, where they have constant turmoil and minority governments that are continually falling. There are some that may work, such as the situation in Germany, where they have a form of representation by population. As I said before, what is much more important than how we elect members of Parliament, is their ability to represent the people and to do their job. The effectiveness as an MP is an order of magnitude more important than how many members we have in the House and how we are selected.

We can change this any way we want. We can have any rep by pop we want and have more seats. However, if the MPs are still disempowered to represent their people, then what is the point? Our citizens want us to represent them. Therefore, we have to turn this whole equation on its head. We have to empower members of Parliament to have the freedom to speak, to innovate and to vote and not have the penalties laden on us when we try to represent our constituents.

The challenge that our citizens do not understand, because we have not explained it, is this. When we do not do what we are told to do, then there is a series of penalties that comes with that. This should not happen because it is not democratic. That is what we have to change.

The empowerment of MPs and the solutions I gave might be some of ways the House may want to consider the future.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Democratic Representation Act
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