Michelle DOCKRILL

DOCKRILL, Michelle

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Bras d'Or (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
May 22, 1959
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Dockrill
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f36fd6b5-ecd6-4ba3-9668-3afcf8b6c3a0&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
health care provider, public servant

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
NDP
  Bras d'Or (Nova Scotia)
  • Deputy Whip of the N.D.P. (June 25, 1997 - October 22, 2000)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 44)


September 22, 2000

Mrs. Michelle Dockrill (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have been devastated by the government's assault on the unemployed. Since elected the Liberal government has left a trail of discrimination against women, youth, older workers and seasonal workers. Now we have a huge surplus of which over $7 billion was built on the backs of these same individuals.

Over the last few years we have heard the Liberal government talk the talk but refuse to walk the walk about the EI changes. Will the government commit today to make the necessary changes to EI so that more unemployed Canadians will qualify?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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September 22, 2000

Mrs. Michelle Dockrill (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I said unemployed, not employed. The Minister of Human Resources Development says she needs evidence. Only 40% of those unemployed qualify. How is that for evidence?

The Prime Minister talks about changes. The leader in waiting says “Don't touch it because it helps build a surplus”. Who is calling the shots? Will the government do what Canadians have been asking for and change the EI system to put money back in the pockets of working Canadians instead of in the pockets of the finance minister?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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June 15, 2000

Mrs. Michelle Dockrill (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the performance of the the Minister responsible for ACOA around Scotia Rainbow was an embarrassment to not only Canadians but to his own caucus colleagues. He referred to a petition signed by what is left of the Liberal Party in Cape Breton, clearly showing that where Scotia Rainbow is concerned the government has everything to hide.

Let us review Mr. Lafrenière's track record: two companies bankrupt, one company in receivership, rubber cheques to employees and others, and environmental disasters in Quebec and Nova Scotia. The ACOA minister has overlooked this and instead considered his Liberal connections: a picture with the Prime Minister, an $8,000 donation to the Liberal Party, and using company time and staff to assemble lawn signs for Liberal campaigns. Mr. Lafrenière may be a good Liberal but it appears he is not a good businessman.

The government should ask for a refund for its dance lessons because, try as it might, it can no longer do the two step around Scotia Rainbow.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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June 15, 2000

Mrs. Michelle Dockrill (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, for five months questions have been asked about this government's involvement with Scotia Rainbow. The HRDC minister passed the buck to the ACOA minister. The ACOA minister does a sloppy Liberal two-step around questions regarding Scotia Rainbow.

Given these ministers' inability to answer any of these questions, will the Prime Minister do what his ministers cannot? Will he tell us today why it is that businesses with bad track records can access public funds as long as they have a picture of themselves with the Prime Minister in one pocket and a Liberal Party donation receipt in the other?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Scotia Rainbow
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June 14, 2000

Mrs. Michelle Dockrill (Bras d'Or—Cape Breton, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, ACOA's mandate states clearly that applicants must provide full disclosure of all sources of public funds but an internal memo states that the rules regarding funding from ACOA relating to Scotia Rainbow do not apply.

Why four days after his own officials recognized the company's lack of disclosure did the minister give millions of dollars to Scotia Rainbow?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Scotia Rainbow
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