Benno FRIESEN

FRIESEN, Benno, B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Surrey--White Rock (British Columbia)
Birth Date
June 27, 1929
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benno_Friesen
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d8b3839f-65e2-4dd0-9d98-de1ea0f191ad&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
administrator, professor

Parliamentary Career

July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Surrey--White Rock (British Columbia)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Surrey--White Rock--North Delta (British Columbia)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Surrey--White Rock--North Delta (British Columbia)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair (February 2, 1983 - November 27, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Surrey--White Rock--North Delta (British Columbia)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair (February 2, 1983 - November 27, 1984)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Immigration (August 12, 1987 - April 4, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Surrey--White Rock (British Columbia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Immigration (August 12, 1987 - April 4, 1989)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada (April 5, 1989 - May 7, 1991)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Agriculture) (April 5, 1989 - April 4, 1990)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for External Affairs (May 8, 1991 - March 10, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 469)


June 15, 1993

Mr. Friesen:

Mr. Speaker, I would ask for the consent of the House to revert to the tabling of petitions.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   JUSTICE AND SOLICITOR GENERAL
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June 10, 1993

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-South Langley):

Madam Speaker, my petition is like the one submitted by my friend from Parkdale-High Park. It is submitted by Mr. Kent Schubert and Vern and Doreen Lobb of Surrey. They avail themselves of the ancient undoubted right to present a petition to Parliament.

They point out that the Constitution officially makes Canada a bilingual country. They say the action of the government and the continuing action of political parties have disenfranchised the people of Canada on the subject of two official languages, English and French.

They ask that there be legislation providing for a referendum of the people binding upon Parliament to accept or reject two official languages, English and French, for the government and the people of Canada, and that the acceptance or rejection of the proposed amendments be determined by a majority vote of those total votes in the whole of Canada, together with a majority vote in a majority of the provinces with the territories being given the status of one province.

I am pleased to present it on behalf of my constituents.

Topic:   HAZARDOUS PRODUCTS ACT
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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May 25, 1993

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-South Langley):

Madam Speaker, it is my pleasure to present a petition of about 500 names, many of them residents of my constituency as well as residents of other parts of British Columbia.

Their concern is that Planned Parenthood is a special interest group seeking government funding for projects known as SIRCH, sexuality information and resource clearing house. Naturally they are asking for taxpayers' money. This project would include a national depository collection and a centralized reference and resource service which is already in existence in another organization. This would be duplication and a waste of taxpayers' money.

I am in total agreement with this and would ask that members support the concern of this organization that wants to prevent this kind of duplication.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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April 20, 1993

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-South Langley):

Mr. Speaker, we heard a spirited defence just a little while ago of the merits of the tobacco industry and the consumption of tobacco. I wonder if the health critic for the Liberal Party agrees with the position of the spokesman for the Liberal Party on the consumption of tobacco.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
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April 19, 1993

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-South Langley):

Mr. Speaker, I want to join my colleagues in paying tribute to a man everyone here respected. He was a man of whom it is easy to speak well because he was a good man. He was thought well of in the party, in the entire House of Commons and obviously by his constituents.

I remember my former colleague, the former member from Capilano, told me once that when Alex Patterson was speaking he would come down from his office and listen to him in the House. That says something about the quality of speaker that Alex Patterson was. It was good oratory but it was also good content. He was a good member of Parliament.

I think the members of the opposition also recognized that while he spoke in opposition he did not speak in malice. There is a great deal of difference between the two. We in the House of Commons need to learn lessons like that from a man like Alex Patterson.

Obviously he was also a good member for his constituency. As members who have spoken before me have noted, he was a man who was constantly re-elected. As my hon. friend from Winnipeg Transcona has mentioned, he could also be defeated but was re-elected. That does not happen too often.

He was re-elected under changing circumstances for his riding. If one compares the boundaries of his constituency in 1953 to what they were in 1984 one recognizes that there were many changes in his constituency both in its size and in its constituents. Yet he commanded the respect of the people all through those years. At the outset it was a constituency that was probably entirely

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agricultural and certainly rural. By the end of his career it was changing and becoming light industry and commercial. Certainly today that constituency is enjoying a different kind of change. Through those changing circumstances he always enjoyed the support and respect of his people.

I guess one could say that with Alex Patterson you could get old and maybe even old-fashioned, in the best way of interpreting that word, but he was never an old fogy. Old-fashioned in the best sense of the word, he maintained the values that have given Canada strength and made it the country that it is today.

We pay respect to him because he could be a pillar but he could also be pliable. That speaks well of him.

I want to join others in that respect. He was always in touch with the people. One could not be re-elected the way he was without being in touch with the people.

In the words of the book of Acts it was said that Barnabas was a good man. The same could be said of Alex Patterson.

I would like to add just one anecdote which does not come from his political career or the Chamber but his family life, which he has passed on to the next generation. He was a man of Scottish descent. As other members have noted, he was a minister in the Nazarene Church. One of his children went into the ministry and decided to go for further training in the United States south of the Mason-Dixon line. The grandchildren were put in public school in kindergarten.

On the first day home from school his grandchild came home all enthusiastic. He came home and said: "Mom, I have a terrific teacher. She looks just like you". The mother was pretty excited about this and could not wait for parent-teacher night to arrive so that she could see this teacher who looked just like her.

The night came and she went to visit the school to see her son's teacher, and she was black. Here is a teacher teaching a child who did not see the colour. That did not happen by accident. That was not a casual incident. That happened because the parents learned from their parents that all men are created equal and they are created with dignity by their creator. They learned that everyone deserves the respect of everyone else regardless of who they are. That is the kind of a heritage that Alex Patterson passed on to his children who then passed it on to their children. That is the lesson all of us need to learn from a man like Alex Patterson.

Routine Proceedings

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE LATE ALEXANDER BELL PATTERSON
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