Howard Edward CROSBY

CROSBY, Howard Edward, Q.C., LL.B., LL.M.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Halifax West (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
November 26, 1933
Deceased Date
December 12, 2003
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Edward_Crosby
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=dbac4553-6081-4c77-96d2-1b719e05965e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

October 16, 1978 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Halifax--East Hants (Nova Scotia)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Halifax West (Nova Scotia)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Halifax West (Nova Scotia)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (February 1, 1983 - September 1, 1983)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (February 9, 1983 - September 6, 1983)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Halifax West (Nova Scotia)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Halifax West (Nova Scotia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (April 5, 1989 - February 26, 1991)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 233)


June 15, 1993

Mr. Howard Crosby (Halifax West):

Mr. Speaker, let me begin by commenting on the last reference by the member for Saanich-Gulf Islands.

I come from a constituency, Halifax West, that virtually has a greater population than Prince Edward Island. I do not resent the province of Prince Edward Island having four members in this House and I do not think any other member of this House would resent that or call attention to it. It is part of Confederation. It is part of the give and take. That is what was lacking in the member's presentation. There is give and take in Canada. There is give and take in Confederation.

For the member to suggest that those who do not oppose this bill are lacking in courage is not only insulting but a gross misunderstanding of the situation.

Of course there are problems with the fixed link. Of course there are environmental difficulties that have to be overcome. Of course there are questions about the

financial feasibility. All of those will be looked at and are governed by this legislation.

All this legislation does is give an opportunity to the people of Prince Edward Island and the maritime provinces to gain an economic advantage. It is not about depriving British Columbia or fracturing Confederation but about strengthening Confederation and the mari-times. One has to be from the maritimes to understand that.

Of course we take chances. We will always take chances. We cannot have all the resources of British Columbia transplanted to the maritimes. We have to make do with what we have. For the member to cast that as a lack of courage is insulting.

I want to say one thing because I took one thing from what she said. Among the concerns are the more than 600 employees who may eventually lose employment as a result of this project. Every one of us, and I know I speak for both the Liberal and Conservative members from the maritimes, are concerned with that. There is a solution to that. However that is not a reason to stop economic advantage for the maritimes. Those people can be assisted and hopefully find other employment. I know the government will look after those interests.

Do not let that be the member's excuse. Do not let the member's support of the labour unions be the excuse for voting against this bill.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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June 10, 1993

Mr. Howard Crosby (Halifax West):

Madam Speaker, let me tell the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grace that we in the maritimes regard the Montreal Canadiens as a national institution and not just the sole claim of the city of Montreal.

Madam Speaker, you may remember all the soul searching that took place in the House of Commons about the merits of the UI changes. The NDP was really upset about terminating UI benefits to voluntary quitters, by most standards a common sense measure.

Now we know why. It seems the NDP has a cost-saving scheme in place courtesy of the UI program. The party pays the unelected leader for enough months to qualify and then the leader quits and receives UI benefits.

The NDP leader in Prince Edward Island thinks he can quit his post and receive UI, thus saving the party $4,000. However the money comes from the pockets of hardworking Canadians. The NDP says: "So what? We pay our premiums". This is a fine example for other Canadians.

Hopefully common sense will prevail with the NDP, otherwise our UI deficit will soar to new heights.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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June 4, 1993

Mr. Howard Crosby (Halifax West):

Madam Speaker, is medicare in serious trouble in Canada? If it is then

sacrificing physicians, especially young doctors, will not solve the problems.

Ontario's NDP government proposes to reduce payments to entry physicians to a level that will drive them out of the province and very probably out of the country. Even worse, there could be a chain reaction affecting other provinces.

An enormous public investment is made in every medical school graduate. The national benefit is a medical profession that is second to none in the world and the heart of Canadian medicare. If we allow government policy to undermine entry physicians, we will lose a whole generation of the best and brightest among young Canadians, a group that includes the future Bantings, Bests and Penfields.

I urge the minister of health to intervene, not just to aid young physicians but to preserve a Canadian medical service that has taken more than a century to establish and develop.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
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June 4, 1993

Mr. Crosby:

Delivered not served.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
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May 5, 1993

Mr. Howard Crosby (Halifax West):

Madam Speaker, let me first comment on the realities of the debate on the North American free trade agreement and then deal with the perceptions that surround that agreement.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ALLOTTED DAY, S. O. 81-TRADE
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