Lynn MCDONALD

MCDONALD, Lynn, B.A., Ph.D.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 15, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_McDonald
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c8f4ed08-3b4f-47c1-9b36-965a6d12590c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, professor, sociologist

Parliamentary Career

October 12, 1982 - July 9, 1984
NDP
  Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
NDP
  Broadview--Greenwood (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 213)


September 29, 1988

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to take part in this debate on Motions Nos. 5 and 6. I am very pleased to see the Government did agree to accept Motion No. 4. It is a very important point, one which was too much overlooked. I am pleased to see the Government will benefit from the advice of Opposition critics. I hope it will see the light on these two motions as well.

Motion No. 5 is not an earth shattering kind of motion. It is a very modest one. For that reason I think the Government ought to accept it. It is simply very reasonable. What it would do is alter the timeframe, shorten by one year, the report by the Minister on the institute's activities and organization to three years after coming into force instead of four years. I feel that three years is a reasonable period of time to see how the institute is going, and I feel it would be more useful. We have two opposition Parties supporting this motion and I hope the Government will go along with it.

Motion No. 6 is, I think, a more important motion because it is one that will really have more of an impact. The idea is to get more public discussion and input. This is clearly a matter in which there is a great deal of public interest. Let us benefit from that public interest by ensuring that organizations and individuals concerned with the issue of heritage languages and the work of the institute are able to have input at the appropriate time.

Motion No. 6 would seek to extend the reporting processes of the Minister to include review by committee, hence increasing the likelihood of broader public input into the evaluation of the work and the organization of the institute. We have strong voluntary organizations in this area. We have experts. We have citizens who are concerned. It seems to me it would be very sensible to get their input into the Minister's report, that it just not be a report to the Minister and not just be something kept within the bureaucracy. We should have the kind of public input that is really suitable for this kind of issue because people really do want to be involved.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   CANADIAN HERITAGE LANGUAGES INSTITUTE ACT
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September 29, 1988

Ms. McDonald:

Much worse for your health.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   CANADIAN HERITAGE LANGUAGES INSTITUTE ACT
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September 29, 1988

Ms. McDonald:

Tobacco.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   CANADIAN HERITAGE LANGUAGES INSTITUTE ACT
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September 29, 1988

Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, when I asked a question about this situation in April the Minister talked about the utmost priority in acting. He said that with Royal Assent to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act we would be in a position to act quickly. He now seems to be saying we are not going to be in a position to act at all.

Why not use the Fisheries Act? Why not use CEPA? Canadians do not care which Act is used, but they want to see an end to this killing of whales. What specific action can he promise to undertake, given the seriousness of this problem?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRAGIC DEATHS OF BELUGAS IN ST. LAWRENCE-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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September 29, 1988

Mrs. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, it is a well-known fact that beluga whales are dying in the Saint-Lawrence River. The causes of the pollution which is killing them have been known for quite a while.

Why does the Government not put an end to this carnage by enforcing the Fisheries Act, an already existing and effective measure? Why is the Government not taking any action to stop the killing of beluga whales?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRAGIC DEATHS OF BELUGAS IN ST. LAWRENCE-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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