Douglas FEE

FEE, Douglas, B.Ed.

Personal Data

Progressive Conservative
Red Deer (Alberta)
Birth Date
July 21, 1944
personnel manager, teacher, vice-principal

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
  Red Deer (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 39)

April 20, 1993

For each fiscal year since 1968 to date, how much did the federal government spend on capital expenditures?

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April 19, 1993

Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance has an onerous task ahead of him as he completes his budget. He is to be commended for the

extensive pre-budget consultation that he has held across Canada.

It is a major challenge to reduce and eliminate our deficit. The problem is not just ours within this Chamber, all Canadians must share the challenge of balancing our wants with our needs and both of those with our ability to pay. If we learned nothing else from last year's referendum we should have learned that Canadians think for themselves and want to be involved in decisions that affect them.

With this in mind I invited the people in my constituency to offer suggestions on the budget and they responded. In a random but extensive survey they told me that they want restraint and no tax increase. I was told that transfers for health care, education and seniors' pensions are too important to be reduced, while regional development, special interest groups, unemployment insurance, Crown corporations and even farm aid need to be re-evaluated.

I have a strong message from Red Deer, one that tells me Canadians are ready to accept the tough decisions that must be made.

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March 29, 1993

Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):

Mr. Speaker, during the government's consultation on the prosperity initiative one subject that came up many times was the need to

March 29, 1993

reconcile our educational system with a rapidly changing world.

One man in Red Deer is already grappling with this problem. Dr. Joe Freedman became involved in the educational system the way many of us do, as a concerned parent, but his concern about the quality of education prompted him to go one step further and undertake a comprehensive study of the Canadian educational system.

Dr. Freedman's report, entitled "Failing Grades", reviews major studies in the field of education. His conclusion is that Canadian students perform poorly in comparison with students in other industrial nations. He says that part of the solution is national co-ordination of educational policy.

Dr. Freedman's report deserves a serious second look. He has sent his video and report free of charge to every school superintendent in the country. Hopefully, they will receive it in the spirit in which it was delivered, as the work of a concerned parent who wants what is best for our country and its children.

Subtopic:   EDUCATION
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March 24, 1993

Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):

Madam Speaker, it is my honour to present a group of petitions to add to some earlier ones that have been certified correct according to Standing Order 36.

These petitioners recognize that treaty rights entitle Indians to preserve their traditional way of life, including hunting, fishing and gathering, but express concern that completely unregulated hunting interferes with good conservation and sound wildlife management practices.

They ask that this government conclude an agreement with Canada's treaty Indians regarding sound wildlife management practices, including restrictions on native rights to hunt, fish and gather, to personal consumption needs and prohibiting the sale for profit of wildlife meat or parts obtained by treaty rights.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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March 23, 1993

Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):

Mr. Speaker, recent changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act were intended to tighten up parole eligibility for those convicted of violent crimes. However, loopholes in the parole system are thwarting our attempts to protect the public from violent repeat offenders.

March 23, 1993

Last week Albertans learned that because of the practice of sentence merging a convict on parole who reoffends has his new sentence added to his old sentence for parole purposes. Time served on the first offence counts as time served toward parole on the second.

A convicted rapist in Edmonton sentenced to 15 years will be eligible for parole in only 18 months. If he had reoffended after his parole was completed the earliest he would have been eligible for parole would have been the year 2000.

We must ensure that the justice system works the way it is intended to, and the way Canadians expect it to. In the case of violent offenders, sentence merging for parole purposes must be stopped.

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