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Hon. Lawrence MacAulay (Cardigan, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition that contains hundreds of names from my riding of Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. It was put together by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, which asks the government to adopt international aid policies that support small farmers, especially women, and also ensure that Canadian policies and programs are developed in consultation with small farmers and that they protect the rights of small family farmers in the global south to preserve, use and freely exchange seeds.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remember a legend of eastern Prince Edward Island.
Dick MacLean started in 1953 with a $97 concrete mixer bought in the Eaton’s catalogue and built an empire from the ground up which grew into a fleet of 16 ready mix trucks and 25 tractor trailers.
Mr. MacLean also tirelessly served his community for decades – as a long time minor hockey coach, a member of the Community Welfare League, serving on the Montague Fire Department, Junior Board of Trade, Montague Museum Committee, Chair of the Kings County Memorial Hospital, and helped establish the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre.
On behalf of all members of the House of Commons, I send our condolences to Dick MacLean’s wife Mary, children John and Doug, family, friends, and all those who were privileged enough to know such a great man.
OTTAWA – Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay’s Private Members Motion calling on the federal government to ensure all future contracts for the Wood Islands – Caribou ferry service are at least five years in length was voted down in the House of Commons Wednesday evening by a vote of 143 to 124. All present Conservative MPs voted against the motion, while the Liberals and NDP voted for.
“I’m pleased that I was able to bring this issue to the floor of the House of Commons to raise the profile of the ferry and show MPs from across the country just how important this issue is”, said MacAulay. “Unfortunately the Conservative government did not see fit to support the motion which would have indicated their support for our vital ferry service.”
“My motion was a simple one and I had high hopes that the government would support it and indicate their commitment to the service and its importance to the transportation, business, and tourism industries on Prince Edward Island but unfortunately they have declined to support more stability for our ferry service.”
“However, with the help of my constituents, and the support of my colleagues in the Liberal Party we were able to bring this to the floor of the House of Commons and make it a national issue of importance. I will not be stopping the fight to have more secure and stable funding contracts put in place by the government of Canada.”
Motion M-591 reads:
“That, in the opinion of the House, the government should ensure a safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation system for Prince Edward Island by (a) recognizing the integral economic importance of the ferry service between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, and Caribou, Nova Scotia; and (b) committing to stable, long-term, sustainable, and adequate funding, notably by ensuring that all future contracts (i) are for no less than five years, (ii) maintain or exceed current levels of service.”
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