Brian L. GARDINER

GARDINER, Brian L., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Prince George--Bulkley Valley (British Columbia)
Birth Date
August 18, 1955
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_L._Gardiner
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=ed774e94-e674-4013-82e8-6584672e4e5f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
administrator, manager, publisher

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Prince George--Bulkley Valley (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 96)


June 4, 1993

Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George -Bulkley Valley):

Madam Speaker, concerns have arisen about the Minister of the Environment and his performance in office. Under legislation that creates the Department of the Environment, the minister is given responsibility to promote and encourage practices and conduct that lead to the preservation and enhancement of environmental quality.

Where was the minister when cabinet acted to accept the Kemano project, an action recently declared illegal by a Senate-Commons committee? Where is the minister on other pressing environmental concerns addressed at Rio a year ago?

I agree that the minister should come under closer scrutiny, closer scrutiny for failing to protect our precious environmental resources, in particular our water resources.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT
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June 3, 1993

Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George - Bulkley Valley):

Mr. Speaker, on March 16 of this year I rose in the Ffouse and asked the minister of health a question regarding the alleged extra billing that was being done by

physicians and doctors in Prince George, British Columbia and other parts of that province.

The minister provided what I thought was a very instructive and good reply in that he acknowledged some awareness of the situation. He acknowledged that under the Canada Health Act the government does have an ability to move in this regard and that it was looking into the matter with the provincial government.

Following the March 16 intervention in the House I wrote to the minister to inquire further and he suggested in his letter that his staff was looking into the matter. More recently, he also mentioned that he has written to the B.C. minister of health, the Hon. Elizabeth Cull, to get information to determine from the department's point of view whether the extra billing was taking place.

Obviously some time has passed since that question. I would look forward to the answer tonight from the government to get an indication as to what further progress has been made in this area. I have consulted with and talked on the phone late yesterday with the staff in my constituency office in Prince George. I can tell the government that we are still getting phone calls and reports from people in Prince George alleging either extra billing or that people are being asked to pay for medical services up front.

I report that to the government. I am very interested to hear what the government has to say about this particular issue and what kind of progress has been made.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   HEALTH CARE
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June 3, 1993

Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George -Buikley Valley):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Justice.

After a year's deliberation the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations has ruled in a report tabled in the House this morning that cabinet acted illegally in exempting the controversial Kemano water diversion project from an environmental review.

This is part of a growing mountain of evidence that the government has acted improperly in this case. It is a growing scandal of monumental proportions.

Will the minister accept this report and finally admit that their actions or lack thereof are threatening the future of the Nechako River in northern B.C.?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   KEMANO PROJECT
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June 3, 1993

Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George-Bulkley Valley):

Madam Speaker, it takes a lot of work to change old ways but it would seem that the B.C. government is doing that with new forestry legislation.

The government is introducing a new forest practices code and is building into its plans for the Clayoquot area reduced clear cuts, public input into planning, a model forest and a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

It is appropriate to raise this matter today given the tabling of the forestry minister's annual report to Parliament. Regrettably, at the same time the federal government, by giving notice of its intentions to allow forest agreements to expire, is taking a step backward in the role it can play in the sustainable development of our forests.

We are all making an effort to better manage our forests and we ask the federal government to rethink its plans for scrapping the FRDAs and to work toward better forest management with all participants in our forest community.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   FORESTRY
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June 3, 1993

Mr. Brian L. Gardiner (Prince George - Bulkley Valley):

Madam Speaker, my supplementary question is for the Minister of Justice who refused to answer a question the other day about a letter written by officials in his department threatening or warding off the B.C. Utilities Commission inquiry into this particular project in British Columbia.

Will the Minister of Justice remove this threatened gag order and finally release all the information on the project, join with the B.C. government, and conduct a full and proper review into the project?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   KEMANO PROJECT
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