Osvaldo NUNEZ

NUNEZ, Osvaldo

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
Bourassa (Quebec)
Birth Date
September 10, 1938
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osvaldo_Nunez
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=dc4c3696-05d1-49b1-919c-e93029b5aba3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
arbitrator, lawyer, union advisor

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
BQ
  Bourassa (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 79)


April 24, 1997

Mr. Osvaldo Nunez (Bourassa, BQ)

The second petition is signed by a large number of people, most of whom are Quebecers of Colombian heritage.

The petitioners are asking the federal government to undertake negotiations with Colombia, so as to reach a social security agreement. Several thousands of Colombians moved to Canada and to Quebec, and they are seeking social security protection for the time they worked in Colombia and in Canada.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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April 24, 1997

Mr. Osvaldo Nunez (Bourassa, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure of submitting two petitions. The first one is signed by 915 people and deals with the preventative withdrawal of women working in areas under federal jurisdiction.

The Canada Labour Code does not provide adequate protection to female workers who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Unions, particularly the FTQ, the CLC and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, have been asking for a solution to this problem for a long time. It is time for society to take its responsibilities in this area.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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April 24, 1997

Mr. Osvaldo Nunez (Bourassa, BQ)

The minister has discretionary powers in this matter, but this is not all. Canadians and Quebecers will judge this government harshly because of its discriminatory policy regarding visas.

Mr. Smailovic has visited several countries and has never sought asylum there. He has undertaken to not do so when he comes to Canada. Will the minister reconsider and grant a visa to Mr. Smailovic?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Vedran Smailovic
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April 24, 1997

Mr. Osvaldo Nunez (Bourassa, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

The Department of Citizenship and Immigration has refused to grant a visitor's visa to Vedran Smailovic, the world renowned cellist from Sarajevo. Immigration officials rejected Mr. Smailovic's request for a visa because he does not have a valid reason to visit Canada, although he has been invited to come by a journalist to co-author a children's book.

Why is Immigration Canada refusing admission to this country to Vedran Smailovich, a man of peace?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Vedran Smailovic
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April 23, 1997

Mr. Osvaldo Nunez (Bourassa, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, with regard to the Bloc's minority report on the admission to Canada of temporary foreign workers, we agree with the main thrust of the majority report. However, we have some serious misgivings regarding this document. Unions were not invited to take part in the consultations. In addition, the report does not pay enough attention to the astronomical unemployment rates in Canada and Quebec, especially among young people.

We decry the fact that companies spend so little on manpower training. Moreover, companies should improve the work place environment, working conditions, and salaries to prevent highly skilled workers from leaving Canada for the United States. Finally, foreign workers should only be allowed in for a few years, not indefinitely. The regular immigration system should take care of the shortage of workers in the high tech industry.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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