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 4 of 110)


May 25, 1993

Ms. Langan:

Mr. Speaker, I am attempting to show that sovereignty, which is a very important part of what we feel is being abandoned by this agreement and very important in the amendments that are put forward by the hon. member for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, is in fact being not only abrogated by the agreement but is in fact being abrogated by a whole host of pieces of legislation that have led up to this agreement.

Could I continue on that vein? I spoke about successive budgets and legislation which capped the transfer payments to the provinces used to pay for social assistance and higher education; the declining corporate tax rate while middle income earners have seen their tax bills increase; the goods and services tax; the passage of Bill C-91 by which Canadians will pay higher costs for prescription drugs as a direct result of the demands of the North American free trade agreement; and finally the NAFTA legislation itself that had limited committee hearings beginning a couple of weeks ago in Ottawa and

where the first order of business was the deadline for completing the committee. Here we are in the House having, as another speaker said earlier, to debate under the cover of darkness because it is not important enough to be debated during regular House hours.

I think it is absolutely critical, when we think about the line-up of legislation in this Parliament over the last couple of years, how we have abandoned our sovereignty under the free trade agreement and embraced clauses in this agreement which will allow the American government to in fact determine under its legislation how we will be governed in this economic charter of rights.

We have abandoned piece after piece of legislation in this country giving up our right to determine how we will run Canada and giving up the rights of our provinces to determine how they will overcome and create a new economy in Canada. Our provincial governments have their hands tied by this trade agreement when it comes to renewing the economy.

I would like to give some examples in my own riding. I spoke earlier about the transfer of raw logs to Mexico that is giving up our right to create value-added products in the pulp and paper industry. Even if we do not export raw logs the pulp and paper companies may choose to establish state of the art paper mills in Mexico to process B.C. pulp which would then be sent to the major markets across the border in the U.S. or on to Europe. Then they ask for barges of pulp chips to Mexico that will totally bypass B.C. for those value-added jobs.

The B.C. fishing industry has been adversely affected by the free trade agreement and we know the situation will not improve under the NAFTA. We have been hit with a GATT ruling which found that Canada did not have the right-this is again the abrogation of sovereignty-to legislate the use of our raw fish resources. The ruling found that foreign and Canadian interests could exploit our unprocessed species of salmon or herring. Our right to respond to the GATT ruling has been removed by the FTA because we are banned from placing an export tax on our raw products shipped to the United States. A free trade panel ruled against Canada when we demanded that our fish be landed, inspected and counted in Canada and we were ordered to allow up to 25 per cent of our fish to be shipped or processed at sea.

May 25, 1993

Cheap labour is the lure and there is nothing in the North American free trade agreement to ensure that once the fish are iced or frozen they will not stop in Mexico for processing en route to markets in Europe, Africa, or South America.

The more fish processed outside British Columbia, the fewer jobs and tax dollars we will have and the incentive to protect the industry will be lost.

Agriculture and supply management is being threatened by the North American free trade agreement. At a time when the GATT talks have yet to settle the issue of supply management through marketing boards the government move to the NAFTA may well make any GATT decision redundant. Marketing boards will be seen as trade distorting measures under the NAFTA and that will spell the end of our supply management system in a range of agricultural products.

Included will be dairy, eggs and poultry farming that are all dependent on supply management and are all important industries in my riding of Mission-Coquitlam.

Already farming in the Fraser Valley ol British Columbia is suffering the effects of cross-border shopping, U.S. dumping of soft fruits and vegetables and now the attack on supply management.

If the NAFTA turns the control of our food system to those with financial capital we truly doom the family farm in Canada. For Canada to turn its basic food production over to international agribusiness is to turn over its sovereignty. History has taught us many lessons about national sovereignty lost with the loss over the control over food production. If we do not learn from our history then we are doomed to repeat the mistakes ol the past.

I briefly want to mention water because we have some very interesting remarks from the hon. member across the way about water. Water is considered a good under the NAFTA. The annex to the NAFTA is categorical in stating that any attempt to limit the export of water would be in violation of the agreement. It does not say bottled water. It simply says water.

Even in the lower mainland where I live we have felt the effects already of water shortages. There are residents at the other end of Mission-Coquitlam and all through Mission-Coquitlam who in the past five years

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in a rain forest have found their wells going dry. We all know of the huge demand for potable water in North America and we know that North American water diversion projects have been on the drawing boards for years. If there is a Canadian who believes what this government says, that water is not in that agreement, they are in for a big surprise.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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May 25, 1993

Ms. Langan:

This is leading up to the lack of interest by this government to the response of Canadians to this North American free trade agreement.

If referring to people who have phoned the Tory government in response to requests from us in this House is not getting to the point concerning a lack of response of the government to the attitude of Canadians about the North American free trade, then I think I am missing something because I think it is absolutely critical. What we are doing and talking about here tonight is that we are trying to impress upon the government and on Canadians the importance of this free trade agreement and why it needs full debate.

May 25, 1993

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I spoke earlier on the last amendments and I was talking about the situation in my riding of Mission-Coquitlam and the impact of this deal on that riding and in fact on British Columbians. I found it interesting when I reflected a little bit. I was elected in 1988 along with a whole host of members in this House of Commons when the election issue was the free trade agreement. Our introduction to Parliament in fact was the debate on legislation implementing the free trade agreement and we sat late into the night just as we are here.

Since then we have witnessed the implementation of a government agenda that paves the way for the NAFTA; the end of universal social programs with the clawback of Old Age Security and family allowance and later the death of universal family allowance, Bill C-21; the first attack on the Unemployment Insurance Act and most recently the passage of C-113 which further dismantled unemployment insurance; successive budgets and legislation which capped the transfer of payments to the provinces used to pay for social assistance and higher education and the decline in corporate tax rates while middle income earners have seen their tax bill increase.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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May 25, 1993

Ms. Joy Langan (Mission -Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, we have had a little bit of levity in this House tonight. We have flashed phone numbers. We have tried to convey to Canadians that if they are concerned about this North American free trade agreement then they should dial a Tory at 613-996-7441. However I really am quite sad to say that those people who called and left a number because all the lines were full are not getting called back. I think that it is a shame. A previous speaker asked the Tory-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ENACT
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May 13, 1993

Ms. Joy Langan (Mission -Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, Saturday, as many members of this House return to their ridings for the next week, thousands and thousands of Canadians will be arriving in Ottawa to reclaim our future and protest the failed Liberal and Conservative

May 13, 1993

policies over the last decade, policies which benefit corporations and the wealthy.

All across Canada buses, trains, planes and car pools are now being organized. Working people in every province and territory are getting together for this giant rally to say no to the free trade agreement, no to NAFTA, no to the GST, no to health care cuts, no to education cuts and no to public sector worker bashing.

Even the municipal council of Ottawa, not known for its left-leaning views, has declared Saturday, May 15 people's agenda day. Those who are fed up will show up and more than tulips will be showing on Parliament Hill.

So to my colleagues in this House, as you head for home, know that those at home are heading for Ottawa to tell you just what they think of your failed Liberal and Conservative policies. They will be here to reclaim their future.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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April 22, 1993

Ms. Joy Langan (Mission-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, on March 19 I rose in this House and asked how this Conservative government could allow mass reclassification of senior bureaucrats while refusing the legitimate

April 22, 1993

reclassification of fisheries officers and marine surveyors.

The labour minister assured me that the President of the Treasury Board would respond to me as soon as he came back to the House. That was a month ago and there has not been a word.

In the meantime the government's classification grievance committee has ruled that the reclassification of fisheries assistant deputy supervisors is less important than that of a government interior designer because the designer's decisions affect the projected image of Canada as well as the resources of the department.

Do fisheries assistant deputy supervisors, and in fact marine surveyors, not affect the projected image of Canada as well as the resources of the department? What about the safety hazards they face?

This is not about reclassification. This is about paying off senior bureaucrats with wage increases at a time of across the board wage freezes, and this government's total unwillingness to provide legitimate reclassification of fisheries officers and marine surveyors.

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Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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