Joy LANGAN

LANGAN, Joy

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Mission--Coquitlam (British Columbia)
Birth Date
January 23, 1943
Deceased Date
July 30, 2009
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Langan
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f589a667-2e1e-4106-aa66-50b7ee358ea8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
composer, copywriter, director, journalist

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
NDP
  Mission--Coquitlam (British Columbia)
  • Deputy Whip of the N.D.P. (January 22, 1990 - January 1, 1994)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 108 of 110)


April 18, 1989

Ms. Joy Langan (Mission-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, the United Nations Children's Fund is seeking a sponsor for a summit for children. Hopes are being pinned on the Canadian Government taking the lead on this international initiative since Canada is perceived as being neutral and has credibility that will provide the conference with the profile it needs to be successful.

The Government must realize that by further reducing Canada's commitment to the Third World and by attacking social programs at home it is sacrificing the growing minds and bodies of the next generation on the altar of adjustment policy.

The New Democratic Party supports the UN's call for a summit for children and urges the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney) to respond to the United Nation's request.

On behalf of my colleagues I have introduced a motion asking the federal Government to begin negotiations with the provinces in order to provide a Children's Bill of Rights for our country.

Topic:   CHILDREN
Subtopic:   CALL FOR CANADA TO SPONSOR WORLD SUMMIT
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April 7, 1989

Ms. Joy Langan (Mission-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured today to present a petition on behalf of Canadians who are calling on the Government to establish a children's bill of rights protecting all children in this country from poverty, hunger and homelessness.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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December 16, 1988

Ms. Langan:

-and the training, we would not be making these kinds of mistakes. My apologies.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
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December 16, 1988

Ms. Langan:

I would like to suggest, Mr. Speaker, that had we been given the rules-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
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December 16, 1988

Ms. Joy Langan (Mission-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, I was elected in Mission-Coquitlam by people who oppose the trade deal. It is true that the Conservatives won the majority of seats in this House and that they formed the Government. But I believe, as many Canadians believe, that they did not win the hearts and minds of all Canadians.

What the Government's motion does is to suspend the rules and to make a mockery of what Parliament is all about. This Government is mocking those Canadians who voted for any other political Party but Tory. The Government is mocking Canadians in 126 ridings who said no to the deal and yes to Canada. The Government is mocking new Members of Parliament who came to Ottawa to represent seriously and thoughtfully their constituents. The Government, through its wheeling and dealing, is in fact frustrating the established system of parliamentary democracy and the established rules of order.

New Members in all parts of this House are struggling. We arrived two weeks ago to absolute chaos. We had no offices, no telephones-indeed there are still Members without offices and telephones-no staff, and no briefing on parliamentary process. Now, as new Members, we struggle to work our way through this book, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons.

December 16, 1988

Extension of Sittings

Members on the Government side of the House ignore this book. Members on the Government side of the House remove rule after rule. It certainly makes bedtime reading easier, but it does not help Members of Parliament to work through the process.

The Government should have more respect for its own new Members if not for the new Members on this side of the House. As a new parliamentarian, I am shocked, dismayed, and saddened by what I have seen in this House for the past week. I am sure the constituents of Mission-Coquitlam, no matter what their political stripe, are as dismayed and shocked as I am by the performance of the Government to date.

I ask you, Mr. Speaker, in your capacity to urge the Government to respect all Canadians and to respect other Members of the House of Commons be they honourable or otherwise, and to respect the rules and the traditions-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
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