Art EGGLETON

EGGLETON, The Hon. Art, P.C.

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  York Centre (Ontario)
  • President of the Treasury Board (November 4, 1993 - January 24, 1996)
  • Minister responsible for Infrastructure (November 4, 1993 - January 24, 1996)
  • Minister for International Trade (January 25, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  York Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister for International Trade (January 25, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
  • Minister of National Defence (June 11, 1997 - May 25, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  York Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Defence (June 11, 1997 - May 25, 2002)
March 24, 2005 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  York Centre (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 7 of 328)


March 24, 2003

Hon. Art Eggleton

Mr. Speaker, I do not think it has been an issue as to the number of inspectors. I think that most countries at the United Nations said that if Mr. Blix wanted more he could get more. He said, no, that he felt he had the number of people he needed. He just needed more time to carry it out but he believed that disarmament could be achieved.

The member asks, what about the last dozen years. Yes, it is quite true that Saddam Hussein got away with an awful lot for an awful long period of time. There I think we give credit to President Bush for putting up the pressure, for creating the kind of circumstances that the inspectors could operate in and actually achieve things. However, then at the end, instead of giving the inspectors the full time they needed to do the job, and I believe they could have done the job, he went over the top and pulled out of the United Nations process and attacked. I believe that was the wrong decision.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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March 24, 2003

Hon. Art Eggleton

Mr. Speaker, there is no doubt that this war is costing the United States treasury an awful lot of money. I suppose it will try to find means to recover it. I would not be surprised if we found familiar names of oil companies working in Iraq before long, names of companies based in the United States.

However I think we have a big risk though beyond the war and that is in the time of occupation with an American being a military governor, a la MacArthur at the end of the second world war in Japan. That is a very risky business. I think it will create a lot of animosity with the Arab and Muslim world. It will not be the end of this challenge and this problem that is faced.

I hope that does not prove to be the case but war frequently does not go the way we expect it to. Winning the peace can be also a very difficult matter.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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March 24, 2003

Hon. Art Eggleton (York Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the motion before us from the Canadian Alliance is in four parts. The first part is the part which all of the discussion has been about today, where there is a difference of opinion, but I think there is a lot of support, maybe not unanimous support but a lot, for the other three parts. The second part of the motion talks about support for Canadian servicemen and servicewomen. Of course we support them. The third part talks about the innocent people of Iraq and suggests support and sympathy and the desire to be involved in reconstruction. The fourth part of the motion talks about humanitarian assistance, which I am again absolutely sure that every member of the House wants to see happen.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask you if the House would perhaps give its consent to the four parts of the motion being voted on separately. If there is unanimous agreement, then let us have the opportunity to vote.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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March 20, 2003

Hon. Art Eggleton (York Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, while Canada is not participating in the war against Iraq with any of its military personnel in that theatre of operation, we are committed to the campaign against terrorism and have been from the beginning. We were one of the largest and earliest contributors to the campaign in Afghanistan.

Do I take it by the member's amendment that he would have our troops withdrawn from Afghanistan? In the commitment that the government has made to Afghanistan in the campaign against terrorism, would he have us remove those troops? He has said in his amendment “the entire region”. I understand he is trying to prevent any involvement in Iraq, but surely he is not suggesting that we would pull back our troops from our campaign against terrorism in the region.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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March 17, 2003

Hon. Art Eggleton

You're getting picky.

Topic:   Emergency Debate
Subtopic:   Situation in Iraq
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