Raymonde FOLCO

FOLCO, Raymonde, B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Laval--Les Îles (Quebec)
Birth Date
March 16, 1940
administrator, businesswoman, educational development advisor, manager, senior public servant, teacher

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
  Laval West (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources Development (September 1, 2000 - January 12, 2003)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
  Laval West (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources Development (September 1, 2000 - January 12, 2003)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
  Laval--Les Îles (Quebec)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
  Laval--Les Îles (Quebec)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
  Laval--Les Îles (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 152 of 156)

March 19, 1998

Ms. Raymonde Folco

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member. Let us reflect together on an important question. If democracy had won in Spain, would there have been a second world war? The answer is no. These soldiers—and yes, they were soldiers—fought for freedom and democracy ahead of time.

It must be noted that we are discussing a situation where monetary compensation is not the only solution these veterans want.

To the survivors, psychological and emotional redress is even more important. I think that discussing this amounts to questioning the democratic and egalitarian foundations of our citizenship, to questioning our solidarity.

In conclusion, I would like to share with you an interesting discovery. In the course of my research on this matter, I found a photograph taken in June 1937 on the battlefield in Jarama, Spain. The photograph showed a handmade sign that said, and I quote:

“To our fallen comrades, our victory is your vengeance. June 1937”.

Today as in 1937, a positive conclusion to this matter would give that victory to the survivors and to those who fell on the battlefield. I am very proud of their courage.

They had the courage to stand up and be counted.

I support this motion.

Topic:   Private Members Business
Subtopic:   Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion
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March 12, 1998

Ms. Raymonde Folco (Laval West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Canada's economic success in the next century will depend largely on a vigorous and accessible research and development infrastructure.

In its 1997 budget, the Canadian government set aside $800 million to establish the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The government also promised to increase the funds earmarked for granting councils by $400 million over the next three years.

The Canadian government is pursuing two specific goals. First, it is strengthening partnerships between universities and industry. Second, our government is increasing assistance to graduate students in the form of postdoctoral research scholarships.

The Canadian government will continue to play an active role in the field of research, which it sees as the key to the prosperity of all Canadians in the economy of tomorrow.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Research And Development
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March 11, 1998

Ms. Raymonde Folco (Laval West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to join in the debate on Bill C-288, an act to amend the Broadcasting Act.

With regard to this bill, we must think first and foremost about Canadian consumers. The hon. member for Sarnia—Lambton deserves our praises for bringing their concerns to our attention.

When broadcasting started only radio existed. Even then, the Parliament of Canada saw fit to pass legislation in this area to meet the needs of consumers.

Indeed, for over 60 years, as the network has been expanding, successive parliaments have used their powers to ensure that Canadians have access to quality programming produced by Canadians, as well as to the best programs from abroad.

This is a fundamental characteristic of Canadian broadcasting, which has remained the same in spite of the many technical changes we have witnessed regarding radio, and television where programs were initially in black and white, then in colour; first programs were received using a conventional antenna, then came cable TV and other forms of transmission including direct-to-home satellite broadcasting.

There have been changes not only in transmission techniques, but also in programming formulas and choice of packages offered. Traditional television stations and networks are now competing with a broad range of specialized offerings, as well as the pay TV channels and pay-for-view TV.

These changes and improvements have not been without their problems, as this bill shows.

We have, however, always found a way to solve the problems caused by changes in broadcasting, and to attune the Canadian broadcast network to the needs and interests of Canadians.

This will continue to be our main focus and we owe thanks to the hon. member for Sarnia—Lambton for having brought to our attention the problems associated with the launching of specialized television services in Canada.

For the past 30 years, Parliament has entrusted the CRTC, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, with the mandate under the Broadcasting Act of regulating and monitoring the Canadian broadcast network so as to implement the policy objectives set out in that act.

Generally speaking, this has worked well and I am convinced the CRTC will continue to take Canadian public opinion into consideration, and to strike a fair balance in its search for the means to realize the policy objectives set for it.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Broadcasting Act
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March 9, 1998

Ms. Raymonde Folco (Laval West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the whole world celebrated International Women's Day.

The Canadian government plays an active role in promoting equal opportunities and rights for all women, because it is clear that an enormous amount of work remains to be done in every part of the world.

Last week, I travelled to Algeria with the parliamentary delegation. On that occasion, Canada renewed its resolve to continue to press Algeria to amend its family code, which restricts the rights of women in that country. We were also moved by the despair of the most vulnerable people in Algeria, namely the women who became orphans or widows during the continued slaughter.

Women around the world have made giant steps toward greater equality. It is up to every one of us to rise and to affirm our rights, whether in the workplace or at home.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   International Women's Day
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February 24, 1998

Ms. Raymonde Folco (Laval West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, let us remember all our heros. The games in Nagano have ended and Canada has distinguished itself by leaving with 15 medals. Our athletes went to Japan to fulfil their Olympic dream.

A young woman from Sainte-Dorothée, in my riding of Laval West, saw her Olympic dream come true. Tania Vicent won the bronze in the 3,000-metre short-track speed-skating relay.

On behalf of all my constituents and of all Canadians, I wish to congratulate Tania and thank her for treating us to such an extraordinary performance. We are all proud of her.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Nagano Olympic Games
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