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 8 of 417)


November 25, 2010

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

Mr. Speaker, one of the things I found completely shocking is that while putting our troops in harm's way, who have done an extraordinary job, the government has not backed up its efforts by a diplomatic initiative that is crucial.

I want to ask the hon. member this. Where is the regional domestic strategy to flip elements with respect to the insurgency? This is absolutely crucial to enable us to deal with the challenge. Where is the regional working group that has to get India and Pakistan on the same page if we are going to quash this insurgency? Lastly, where are the efforts to get aid on the ground where it is needed?

The surgeons I met at the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar city do not even have the ability to provide for general surgical capabilities. They cannot even do general anesthesia. They are doing general surgery under local anesthesia. This is cruel and inhumane.

I would like the member to please respond to these questions, which are crucial to the success of the mission.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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November 25, 2010

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

Mr. Speaker, we all agree that training the security forces is crucially important but there are some fundamental issues that have not been dealt with.

Within the Afghan national army, there is a very unnatural situation. The leadership in the ANA is actually made up of non-Pashtun leaders for the most part for a Pashtun-dominated army. This is a completely unstable situation. We need rectify that situation by ensuring the leadership is more representative of the tribal makeup of the country.

While the military aspect is crucially important in the scale-up of the training, we need to have an on-the-ground diplomatic mission in order to hive off elements of what is a complex insurgency made up of different groups with different motivations. There is no plan for this.

Does the member not think that in order to support our troops the government needs to work with Afghans and other groups to develop this on-the-ground diplomatic initiative to hive off elements of the insurgency?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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November 24, 2010

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

Mr. Speaker, Eveline Apoko is a hero.

When she was 10 years old, Eveline was abducted by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, a vile group engaged in mass rapes, mutilation, murder and the kidnapping and sexual enslavement of more than 20,000 children. During her abduction as a 12 year old, a bomb ripped off half of her face while she was protecting a baby. Eveline escaped the LRA by walking through the bush.

Today she is a voice for the hundreds of thousands of children worldwide who are forced to become child soldiers, their childhood stolen from them. Her charity, Strongheart Fellowship, will give hope to these children.

On behalf of Parliament, I would like to honour Eveline Apoko for her courage, love and compassion as a messenger for peace and a beacon of hope to the world's most brutalized children.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Eveline Apoko
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November 19, 2010

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

Mr. Speaker, last month a number of my constituents were presented with Canada's highest honours for bravery.

On August 14, 2008, master corporal David King and able seaman Jaret McQueen rescued an unconscious man from his submerged vehicle that had plunged into the Pacific Ocean.

On February 3, 2007, Victoria police officers John Ayers, Michael Johnston and Clifford Watson protected the public with their own bodies from a driver who was trying to run them over.

On July 24, 2007, Victoria police officers Dale Sleightholme and Paul Spencelayh plunged into the icy waters of the Pacific Ocean to rescue a suicidal man.

These great Canadians committed acts of extraordinary bravery. On behalf of all members of Parliament, I salute them, honour them and give thanks for their acts of extraordinary courage under extremely difficult circumstances. They are Canadian heroes.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Acts of Bravery
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November 16, 2010

Hon. Keith Martin

Madam Speaker, I want to thank my friend for his very kind and gracious comments. He really serves his constituents well and will continue to advance the issues that are important not only to his constituents in Newfoundland and Labrador but also to Canadians from coast to coast.

The member is absolutely right in terms of harm reduction. It is unfortunate that the evidence-based harm reduction policies that work, such as the Insite program that Dr. Montaner and his team have run out of St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, or the NAOMI project, which is an acronym for the North American opiate medication initiative, are not embraced.

Essentially, the NAOMI project is a drug substitution program for narcotics. It has enabled people to actually get on with their lives, to stop taking drugs or to have their drug issues managed, which has led to a reduction in crime or a reduction in harm. It has led to people become productive members of society and get back with their families.

Rather than taking an ideological approach, as the Prime Minister has in the past on this, I would strongly encourage that he becomes educated about this. There is great work that has been done in Canada. Communities from coast to coast need to have access to those programs.

Rather than impeding access to those programs, I hope the Prime Minister and the government will become facilitators to those programs for the communities that would like them.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Protecting Canadians by Ending Sentence Discounts for Multiple Murders Act
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