Gilbert PARENT

PARENT, The Hon. Gilbert, P.C., B.Sc., M.A., M.Ed., LL.D.(Honoris Causa)

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Niagara Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 25, 1935
Deceased Date
March 3, 2009
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Parent
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d1a80be4-63da-4898-bbf3-d4ff1df70125&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
teacher

Parliamentary Career

July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  St. Catharines (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs (October 1, 1977 - March 26, 1979)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Sports) (March 4, 1980 - September 30, 1980)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour (March 4, 1980 - September 30, 1980)
  • Liberal Party Caucus Chair (November 5, 1980 - November 3, 1983)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Sports) (May 26, 1981 - September 30, 1981)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour (May 26, 1981 - September 30, 1981)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Welland--St. Catharines--Thorold (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Welland--St. Catharines--Thorold (Ontario)
  • Speaker of the House of Commons (January 17, 1994 - January 28, 2001)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Niagara Centre (Ontario)
  • Speaker of the House of Commons (January 17, 1994 - January 28, 2001)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 107)


April 22, 1998

Hon. Gilbert Parent (Speaker of the House of Commons)

My colleagues, today is a very special day for us because we are to recognize on the floor of the House our Olympians and Paralympians. I ask them all to come in. When they come on to the floor I will speak to them on your behalf and will explain how we will do it.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
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October 1, 1996

Hon. Gilbert Parent (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Colleagues, as I said, today is a special day for us here in the House of Commons. For the first time in the history of our country, we are going to bring on to the floor our Olympic athletes. When they come on to the floor they will be coming in through the Canada door at the far end. When they come in, of course you will receive them in a manner befitting Olympians.

Once they are all on the floor of the House, I will say a few words on your behalf and mine.

After that, I am going to introduce them to you by the events they are in. I will call out their names. I would ask you to hold your applause until I have finished a certain section.

Following that, the athletes will leave the Chamber and you and I, my colleagues, will receive them in the Reading Room for a brief reception. At that time, all the pictures that need be taken can be taken there. The athletes will be very happy, I know, to meet all of you.

With that, remembering always that this is the House of Commons of Canada, the heart of our nation, I invite in your name and in the name of all Canadians on to the floor of the House of Commons our Olympians and Paralympians.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada's Olympic And Paralympic Athletes
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June 4, 1993

Mr. Gilbert Parent (Welland-St. Catharines-Tho-rold):

Madam Speaker, I was contacted some time ago by a group of people who are very much concerned about the killer cards that are being sold in Canada. I have eight petitions I would like to present which have literally thousands and thousands of names upon them.

These people wish to make known their disapproval of the sale of what is known as killer cards in Canada. They urge the government to stop the entry of these cards into Canada.

The petitioners, and I include myself, abhor crimes of violence against persons. They believe that killer trading cards offer nothing positive for children or adults to admire or emulate but rather contribute to violence. Therefore they think these should be banned from Canada.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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June 4, 1993

Mr. Gilbert Parent (Welland -St. Catharines-Tho-rold):

Madam Speaker, Statistics Canada has released some numbers on unemployment today. My riding has the highest unemployment rate of the province of Ontario, well over 13 per cent, and places among the top unemployed centres in Canada.

No matter what the OECD says, it is obvious that Canada is still in a recession. The statement made by OECD that our country is on the upswing offers cold comfort for my constituents looking for a job and, at times, looking for the next meal.

The government could help us in our riding through funding of the Peter Street bridge in Thorold. If we lose the bridge through inaction or lack of help from the St. Lawrence seaway, it will mean greater loss of jobs for us, not only for the city of Thorold but for the riding. The loss of the bridge would substantially affect the dollars we need from tourism, and that is not to mention the safety factor.

I urge the government to pay immediate attention to my riding by giving us very desperately needed funds and helping us create new jobs.

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Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
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June 1, 1993

Mr. Gilbert Parent (Welland -St. Catharines-Tho-rold):

Madam Speaker, in the last two days Mr. Gordon "Chub" Barrett, the former member of Parliament for Lincoln in southern Ontario, passed away.

Chub was a member of this House from 1968 to 1972. He served with great distinction as a member of Parliament. When he left Parliament he took a position with the St. Lawrence Seaway which cuts right through the heart of the Niagara Peninsula and as such he continued to distinguish himself as a person who was very much involved in the seaway and also the surrounding communities that touch on the seaway.

It should be noted that Mr. Barrett was bom in Thorold which at that time was part of the Lincoln riding that he represented and is now part of my riding of Welland-St. Catharines-Thorold. Mr. Barrett served as a soldier from 1942 to 1945 and saw action overseas.

June 1, 1993

Politically he was involved as a warden of the city of Welland. Besides that he was a member of Thorold council from 1946 to 1959.

Perhaps the people of Thorold will best remember Chub, as he was called affectionately, for his involvement in the athletic part of the community. He was an athlete. He coached different teams in baseball and hockey. I understand that he was also quite a football player in his time.

We here in this House have a chance to pay tribute to a man who made a great contribution to our country. He will be sorely missed by his family and by his friends in Thorold and indeed in Lincoln country.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE LATE GORDON "CHUB" BARRETT
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