Margaret Anne MITCHELL

MITCHELL, Margaret Anne, B.A., M.S.W.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Vancouver East (British Columbia)
Birth Date
July 17, 1925
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Mitchell_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c561ac11-18ab-4c6c-8b7b-86b2e5484dfd&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, community-development worker, social worker

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
NDP
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
NDP
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Vancouver East (British Columbia)
  • Deputy Whip of the N.D.P. (January 1, 1989 - January 21, 1990)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 424)


April 22, 1993

Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker,

I think the remarks my colleague put on the record are tremendously important. They show the ethical and moral reasons that the North American free trade agreement must be defeated.

I would like to comment on his remarks in which he said that the free trade agreement has had a tremendous impact on many of the industries where women are working at very low wages, and more often than not they

are immigrant women. The situation he describes in Spadina is very similar to that in my own riding of Vancouver East where the free trade agreement has largely been responsible for the fact that fish processing plants have been closing. Some of them have moved south of the border. One of the Liberal members mentioned earlier how we must have value added to our products. The trade deal certainly has been prohibiting that in many industries. The export of raw logs is another one.

I agree with the hon. member completely that in the garment industry it is a particular tragedy. Not only do we have plants closing and jobs going and many of the plants leaving the country, but we have this move to home industries. They do not have the standards of work that women predominantly should have. They are really including the cost of all the overhead and having to pay it out of very minimum wages.

I would like him to comment further on that and to explain why the NAFTA agreement will add to this tragedy.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-THE ECONOMY
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April 21, 1993

Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker,

I have a petition to present on behalf of quite a number of people from Vancouver who still express great concern about amendments made to the Immigration Act in Bill C-89.

They oppose the provisions that allow decisions to be made retroactively that would cause many individuals and families who have already relied upon an earlier decision to be affected in a serious manner. They call for the government to withdraw these amendments.

Topic:   PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
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March 29, 1993

Ms. Mitchell:

Thlk about child care.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DAYCARE
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March 29, 1993

Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I would hope that the minister, instead of just rubber stamping the previous opinions of local officials, which is what happened last week, would re-evaluate cases according to these new guidelines.

For Canada to deport women back to countries where they and their children face discrimination, depravation and danger is both cruel and inhumane. Why will the minister not use his ministerial powers and discretion to allow women like Amina Mohamed and these 34 other women who face gender discrimination to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds? Why will he not do this?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
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March 29, 1993

Ms. Margaret Mitchell (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of immigration. It concerns procedures for applying the new guidelines for women refugee claimants who face gender discrimination.

The minister is aware that 35 women who fear persecution as a result of their gender are to be deported because they arrived in Canada before the new immigra-

March 29, 1993

Oral Questions

tion rules took effect. Will the minister declare a moratorium on the deportation of these women and their children and allow them to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION
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