William (Bill) Douglas GILMOUR

GILMOUR, William (Bill) Douglas, B.Sc.F.

Personal Data

Canadian Alliance
Nanaimo--Alberni (British Columbia)
Birth Date
December 29, 1942

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
  Comox--Alberni (British Columbia)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
  Nanaimo--Alberni (British Columbia)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
  Nanaimo--Alberni (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 86)

March 17, 2000

Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, we know it is St. Patrick's Day but there is more than a wee bit of the blarney in that answer.

It is rather ironic that the main beneficiary in terms of jobs in the Prime Minister's riding is the RCMP.

There are currently at least three RCMP criminal investigations within his own riding, more than in any other riding within the country.

When we listen to the Minister of Veterans Affairs we would expect that it is simply a coincidence that these things happen in the Prime Minister's riding. Why is it that the Prime Minister's riding attracts criminal investigations—

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Human Resources Development
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March 17, 2000

Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, before you give your ruling, I would ask that you give the member for Lakeland the opportunity to tell his side of the story in the House. I know there is another side to this story that I think you would want to hear.

Subtopic:   Privilege
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March 1, 2000

Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Ref.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-448, an act to amend the Access to Information Act (Crown corporations).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce my private member's bill, an act to amend the Access to Information Act, which would include all crown corporations.

Clearly, Canadians want an open and accountable government and access to information ensures that the government is as transparent as is reasonably possible. Yet some crown corporations, not all, such as CBC and Canada Post, which are funded by public money, are exempt from access to information.

Crown corporations must be open, accessible and accountable to all the taxpayers because we pay the bills.

What my bill would do is open all crown corporations to public scrutiny and ensure that the corporations are open to honesty, integrity and openness. In other words, all corporations would be available to access to information.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Access To Information Act
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February 28, 2000

Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians deserve a fair and just legal system. Yet this week marks the 17th anniversary of Patrick Kelly's incarceration for the murder of his wife.

Six years have passed since the key witness admitted she lied during the trial bringing the entire investigation and conviction into question. Since then Patrick Kelly has been fighting for a new trial.

In a split 2:1 decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Judge Goudge felt Kelly had been denied justice because of the false testimony of the key witness and called for a new trial.

Last December I asked the justice minister to use her power to order a new trial or, at the very least, refer this case to the Supreme Court of Canada. We are still waiting for the minister's response.

This issue is not about guilt or innocence; it is about a fair and open justice system. Canadians, including Patrick Kelly, expect nothing less.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Justice
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February 23, 2000

Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, nothing bothers Canadians more than to be interrupted on the telephone by someone trying to sell a good or a service that they do not want. Many consider this an invasion of their personal privacy or, at the very least, an annoyance.

There are currently laws in five U.S. states to prevent telemarketers from phoning people who do not want to be bothered. I have introduced a private member's bill that would make this law in Canada.

My bill would force telemarketers to consult a list to ensure people who do not want to be bothered are not contacted by establishing a do not call list that will be controlled by the CRTC. For individuals or companies who ignore the list, substantial fines under the Telecommunications Act would be imposed.

Canadians simply want privacy in their own homes. My bill will help make that happen.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Telemarketing
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