Douglas Glenn FISHER

FISHER, Douglas Glenn, B.A.

Personal Data

Mississauga North (Ontario)
Birth Date
November 28, 1942
businessman, publisher

Parliamentary Career

February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
  Mississauga North (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (March 1, 1982 - February 29, 1984)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 219 of 219)

May 15, 1980

Mr. Fisher:

Mr. Chairman, my comments and questions are directed to the Minister of Transport. I would like to speak very briefly and then ask some questions about the minister's plans for the Toronto international airport and some of the

May 15, 1980

proposals which I have heard for its expansion in the near future. I would like to begin by referring to what I consider to be a good balance between the community and the airport. The balance is somewhat uneasy whenever aircraft change their flight patterns or come in slightly lower; then the community worries. Whenever rumours start that a fourth runway will be built, the community worries. Whenever rumours start that additional pressures and additional numbers of aircraft will be used, the community worries.

On the other hand, we enjoy having the service. Our riding receives 12,000 jobs directly and all the benefits which come with them from that airport. We certainly do not want to lose those jobs or the benefits. At this stage, however, I think that the people living in Mississauga, Peel and western Toronto need some additional assurances. We have heard that additional ground level facilities will be put in place. The general manager of the airport has spoken to a couple of our community groups and outlined the various proposals.

At the time the general manager stressed that these proposals are still in the discussion stage. They include facilities for a hangar for Wardair, a possible location of terminal three, which is a passenger facility, additional aircraft taxiways and additional cargo facilities. Some time ago a commitment was made to the residents of western Toronto and Peel that a fourth runway would not be added at Toronto International Airport. That commitment was taken very seriously by local planners. They allowed homes to be built near the airport in places where the noise and the fumes were not serious. They placed industry in other less suitable, less desirable areas.

The residents who purchased homes close to the airport do not now want to live under a fourth runway. Therefore, would the minister describe in detail the expansion plans that he knows of for Toronto airport, and could he give us some assurances that these plans will not add to the growth patterns for aircraft at that airport?

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May 15, 1980

Mr. Fisher:

Mr. Chairman, I will add a couple more questions. If it is not possible for the minister to answer at the moment, I will be happy to wait until he is able to do so.

I am obviously concerned about the addition of the fourth runway at that airport. I should like to stress to the minister that a commitment was made, subdivisions and homes were built, local planners responded in trust to the federal commitment and home owners have purchased homes there in response. The addition of a fourth runway would be an intrusion on those subdivisions and in a sense would be a violation of trust with the home owners who accepted our commitment. It is the addition of the fourth runway that concerns me most.

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May 7, 1980

Mr. Charles Fisher (Chairman, Hansard Centennial Committee):

Madam Speaker, hon. members of the Senate and the House of Commons, dear colleagues, the program calls for me, at this point, to introduce Madam Speaker, a lady who obviously needs no introduction. So perhaps I would do better to begin by introducing myself, a Hansard reporter who, as chairman of our centennial committee, has been given the agreeable task of co-ordinating these arrangements to celebrate our 100th birthday.

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We are honoured by your presence, Madam Speaker. It is indeed a good omen that our celebration, which got off to such a good start, will continue throughout the year, which will be a most active and interesting one.

I say that making these arrangements has been a pleasant task, and for good reason. The encouragement and assistance we have received from Your Honour, from Mr. Jerome while he was Speaker, from Mr. Fraser, while he was clerk of the House, from Dr. Koester and, more lately, from Mr. Pelletier, have exceeded all our expectations. We are especially grateful to Dr. Koester for good advice. I must also refer to the help given us by senior officials in the administration, by the Sergeant-at-Arms and by the protective staff. Our grateful thanks go out to them all.

Madam Speaker, a Hansard reporter has a place in the House of Commons but, by tradition, he has no voice there; he may not speak, not even if a Prime Minister were to ask him to do so. In the course of a working life he must listen to thousands of speeches and it would be surprising if, on occasion, he did not permit himself some private reflections on their quality. But though he has plenty of experience as a listener he has no opportunity to practice oratory, and my only excuse for this indulgence today is that it happens so rarely and that it will not happen again for a hundred years.

Today, as we contemplate this plaque, soon to be unveiled by you, Madam Speaker, we may be forgiven if we summon up remembrance of things past and think kindly of those generations whose efforts have gone into the recording, compilation and printing of Hansard over the past 100 years.

It was never an easy task, and it is not so today for reasons which even a casual visit to the House of Commons makes clear. There is always present, you see, an element of risk. Voices raised in contention are not always robust; quotations are not always from the sources alleged; sentences do not always, alas, contain verbs.

The splendid rotunda, in which the plaque before you is to be placed, reminds us of the theme which is at the very centre of this celebration; that is to say, continuity-the continuity of our institutions together with their ability to adapt to new circumstances, which is like water flowing over stone.

Hansard today is far removed, in some respects, from the Hansard of yesterday. Electronic engineering has made possible two remarkable changes, one of them central to good reporting, in two words, accurate hearing. That certainly beats the crystal ball, which I suspect our colleagues, long retired, consulted more often than they would admit. The other change is two-edged. The slow-moving ribbon of the tape machine can, in the end, outrun even the fleetest pen. It records, without emotion or hesitation, every word, every stammer, every unintended error.

A way must be sought, and found, to combine the literal accuracy of the machine with the truthfulness of informed human reporting by people who, for one reason or another, understand the work they are doing. This, I suggest, is the path which lies ahead during the next 100 years.

Madam Sauve, the bronze plaque which the House of Commons has caused to be placed in this hall is an expression of the regard felt here for Hansard as an institution. It is a most splendid tribute.

Upstairs, in the offices of the Debates branch just outside the Chamber, one can see another record of achievement- rows of bound volumes dating back to 1880 and occupying yard after yard of space on shelves which have lately been specially reinforced to bear their weight. I look at them from time to time, consider all the skill and effort they represent and think, perhaps presumptuously, of the line dedicated to Sir Christopher Wren: Si monumentum queris, circumspice.

Madam Speaker, we would be most honoured if you would say a few words while unveiling the long-awaited plaque.

Subtopic:   APPENDIX A
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April 25, 1980

Mr. Douglas Fisher (Mississauga North):

Madam Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. I refer to the daily threat facing thousands of people resulting from the refusal by the Canadian Pacific Railway to instal simple, basic safety devices called hotbox detectors on its London to Toronto track. Every day CPR transports deadly and inflammable gases on this track. We have already experienced one massive derailment in Mississauga. These devices are not required by regulation nor are they foolproof, but if they had been in place last November, the train crew might have had a vital extra warning that a derailment was about to occur.

I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Belle-chasse (Mr. Garant):

That this House deplores this threat posed by CPR's lack of proper safety signalling devices; that CPR be directed to cease the transportation of deadly and inflammable gases on this route until it instals hotbox detectors, and that CPR be directed to start the installation of these hotbox detectors at once.

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