Don BOUDRIA

BOUDRIA, The Hon. Don, P.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Glengarry--Prescott--Russell (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 30, 1949
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Boudria
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=efec68a7-e1fd-490f-8b6a-95313440440c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
public servant, purchasing agent

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
LIB
  Glengarry--Prescott--Russell (Ontario)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Glengarry--Prescott--Russell (Ontario)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (December 1, 1988 - January 29, 1991)
  • Liberal Party Deputy House Leader (September 1, 1990 - November 1, 1993)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (January 30, 1991 - November 1, 1993)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Glengarry--Prescott--Russell (Ontario)
  • Liberal Party Deputy House Leader (September 1, 1990 - November 1, 1993)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (January 30, 1991 - November 1, 1993)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (November 4, 1993 - September 26, 1994)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (November 4, 1993 - September 26, 1994)
  • Chief Government Whip (September 15, 1994 - October 4, 1996)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (September 15, 1994 - October 4, 1996)
  • Minister responsible for La Francophonie (October 4, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
  • Minister for International Cooperation (October 4, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Glengarry--Prescott--Russell (Ontario)
  • Minister responsible for La Francophonie (October 4, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
  • Minister for International Cooperation (October 4, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (June 11, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (September 22, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Glengarry--Prescott--Russell (Ontario)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (June 11, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (September 22, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
  • Minister of Public Works and Government Services (January 15, 2002 - May 25, 2002)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (May 26, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister of State (Without Portfolio) (May 26, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (May 26, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Glengarry--Prescott--Russell (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1682 of 1683)


November 9, 1984

Mr. Boudria:

I propose that we erect a plaque honouring these six people, and if this House is unwilling to do so, I will offer to pay for it myself if someone, some day, will instal the plaque. The plaque will honour the following six people: Madame Louis Morin, Madame Henri Bray, Mr. J. B. R. Laplante, assistant clerk of the House, Mr. A. Desjardins, a plumber, Mr. Alphonse Desjardins, employee of the federal public service, and Mr. Randolph Fanning, an employee of the post office. I believe it would be recognition of the 3,000

people who work here if we paid that special tribute to the six employees who gave their lives.

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November 9, 1984

Mr. Boudria:

I have the utmost respect for this institution, Sir, and as I said, I worked here previously. I was a member of the Legislative Assembly of our great Province of Ontario, and I was a member on three different occasions of a municipal council. I believe, as my Leader very correctly said only a few days ago, that no greater honour can be paid to a Canadian than to be elected to the forum of this nation. I believe it was our Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) who said it is a great country when a truck driver can aspire to be Prime Minister. I would like to think that this is not a bad place where a busboy in the Parliamentary Restaurant can someday return as a Member of Parliament.

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November 9, 1984

Mr. Don Boudria (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell):

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. It is a pleasure and a great honour for me to take part in this debate. But first, Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate you and your assistants on your appointment to the Chair of this illustrious assembly. I also wish to congratulate the Government opposite and, I should

November 9, 1984

add, on this side of the Elouse, on their election on September 4 of this year. Finally, I wish to congratulate all Members of the House on their election to Parliament.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank all those who helped me in this and previous campaigns. First of all, the people who voted for me in 1974, when I was running for the Municipal Council of Cumberland Township, as well as those who voted for me in 1976, 1978 and 1980, and last but not least, the voters of Prescott-Russell who elected me as their Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1981, and finally, the voters of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, who voted for me on September 4 of this year and sent me to this illustrious House.

1 think the mandate the Government received on September 4 is very impressive, and I am sure, Mr. Speaker, that you will agree that this Government, now that it has obtained the support of 50 per cent of the voters of this country, definitely has a mandate to lead the country. A word of caution, however: they must recognize the mandate of the Opposition, that of all Members, and the aspirations of all Canadians. Mr. Speaker, we must not forget that even if 50 per cent of the voters voted for this Government, the other 50 per cent did not.

The Government must therefore recognize and even help the opposition parties by providing them with the tools needed to discharge their responsibilities.

Mr. Speaker, on September 4, we, of the Liberal caucus, were elected to be the Official Opposition in this House. Ours is also a very important mandate, and, interestingly enough, it will have to be discharged with 40 members as against 40 cabinet ministers. This means that each and every Opposition member is called upon to be an official critic for a department. This again is a very important task which, I am convinced, every member in the Liberal caucus will fulfill with our customary vim and the energy of our leader, the Right Hon. Member for Vancouver Quadra (Mr. Turner) along with the 39 other Members in the Liberal caucus. I am convinced that with such a dynamic team, we will very succesfully carry out that mandate.

I would like to thank our leader for selecting me as the Opposition critic for Supply and Services. This is an area I find most interesting, Mr. Speaker, because it has been my former privilege, as a Canadian civil servant, to be a purchasing agent here for the House of Commons, and to work with the Department of Supply and Services.

Mr. Speaker, the constituency of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell is a very special one in my view. Of course, every member in this House feels that his or her constituency is very special, and understandably so. Glengarry-Prescott-Russell is at the eastern tip of Ontario, east of the City of Ottawa. As opposed to what some people may think elsewhere in Canada, east of Ottawa we are still in Ontario. My constituency has an area of 3,137 square kilometres and lies east of the National Capital. It includes such communities as Orleans, Rockland, Embrun, Alexandria, Vankleek Hill and others. It has a few industries,

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but it is a farm constituency, especially the eastern part. Ottawa suburbs make up the western part of the constituency.

The area is Loyalist country, except for the Longueuil seigniory which is part today of the Prescott constituency. It is interesting to note that today 64.6 per cent of its citizens are French-speaking and, still more interesting, that 20 per cent of the French-speaking constituents are unilingual.

I think that this very fact makes the French-speaking citizens outside Quebec in the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell riding a very special group.

The average wages of electors in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell are slightly lower than those in the rest of the country. This means that our riding needs help from the federal government and that the cuts announced last evening by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) will affect the electors of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

The people in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Mr. Speaker, wanted action and a government which would take action on some issues. My constituents want positive action on women's issues, for the benefit of the handicapped, manpower training programs and improved conditions in the years to come. I suggest that those are the aspirations of my constituents of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and very likely of all Canadians as well. But what have we seen over the past few days? A throne speech which offered nothing and an economic statement yesterday which made cuts across the board. That is not the way to improve the economic situation of my Glengarry-Prescott-Russell constituents.

I see that my colleague the hon. member for Gatineau (Mrs. Mailly) does not share my views. I am sure, however, that when she goes to Buckingham this weekend, on Saturday, her own constituents will impress on her that these cuts are a mistake. The hundreds of thousands of workers who will lose their jobs within a few months, a great number of them both in my riding and in the hon. member's, will find out that this is no joke, that it is very sad for one to lose one's job because of the action taken by the hon. Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson).

Mr. Speaker, I should like to remind the House of a few historic events which took place in my riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

Some of the more interesting historical features include the fact that Samuel de Champlain came into our area in 1613. As well, it is in the eastern part of the riding that the battle of the Long Sault with Dollard des Ormeaux took place. This battle was fought between 17 French Canadians and 44 Indians against some 1,000 Iroquois. This battle took place just east of Hawkesbury in the vicinity of the community Chute a Blon-deau in my riding.

The riding also has some very interesting political history. Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the Fathers of Confederation, was a candidate for the provincial riding of Prescott in 1867. It is also very interesting to note that he was defeated in that

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particular election by one James Boyd, who was a wood merchant from the Town of Hawkesbury.

Another interesting feature is the fact that John Sandfield Macdonald, Premier of the United Province of Canada and the first Premier of the Province of Ontario had the honour and privilege of representing the riding of Glengarry in the Legislative Assembly.

William Lyon Mackenzie King represented the constituency between 1945 and 1949. It is interesting for Liberals in the House to note that he was elected in that election with a vote of 4,551 for the Liberals against 325 for the Tories. While I do not quite enjoy that kind of majority in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, I am grateful for the majority that I did receive and I hope that support from the electorate of my area will continue in future elections.

It is a particular honour for me to come to the House of Commons. I come from humble beginnings and I am very proud of them. I believe it is important for all of us, once we get here, to remember our roots forever. Those of us who forget them will often be reminded in a most ungenerous way by the electors at subsequent elections.

I started working at the House of Commons on October 25, 1966. I believe that I am the first former employee of the House of Commons ever to be elected as a Member of Parliament. I did not come here as an executive assistant to Mr. Speaker, although that would have been nice. Nor did I come here as an adviser to a Cabinet Minister. I was not the son of an MP. I came here as an employee of the Parliamentary Restaurant. I will always have a special place in my heart for the employees of the House of Commons.

During my first days as a Member of Parliament, I had the privilege of taking a tour of the House of Commons. I must say that I have come to the conclusion that we often do not appreciate the work of the staff of this great institution as we should. I want to bring one interesting fact to your attention, Mr. Speaker, of which perhaps we are unaware, that is the lack of attention that we pay to the work of the staff. A few days after the election I was in the hallway right in front of this Chamber. There I noticed a plaque which honours a Member of Parliament who died in the great fire of 1916. Underneath the Member's name it says that six employees also died, but their names are not listed. I think it important that we pay more attention to the people who make this place work.

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November 9, 1984

Mr. Boudria:

It will get worse with the Tories in power.

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November 9, 1984

Mr. Boudria:

They do not deserve that compliment.

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