(1996) Hon. Deborah Grey & Hon. Sheila Copps Face-off In QP | House of Commons Question Period

by: Women In Canadian Politics

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mr. speaker yesterday the Prime Minister told me in question period that distinct society was something that he has subscribed to all along well how soon he forgets mr. speaker because the Prime Minister certainly didn't believe in distinct society strongly enough to support the Meech Lake Accord when he was running for the Liberal leadership in 1990 even John Turner recently has been surprised that the Prime Minister's conversion to the idea of distinct society in the Constitution so my question is this mr. speaker is very simple why the flip-flop why is he supporting distinct society and special status for Quebec now when he would not could not support it in 1990 Mr Speaker I appreciate that but I was quoting out a Hansard from yesterday we were both here in 1990 in fact she was busy busy with the leadership campaign and she knows exactly what the prime minister was saying on the campaign trail in 1990 well mr. speaker that was flip-flop number one let's look at flip-flop 2 right now yesterday the Prime Minister also from Hansard mr. speaker I'm not dreaming this up said that he ruled out a nationwide referendum on distinct Society this flies in the face of the prime minister's promised to give Canada a say in the future of its country and his commitment back in 1992 which I'm sure the Deputy Prime Minister will remember as well to put any major constitutional change to a referendum my question again is this will the Prime Minister keep the promises that he has made back in 1992 and in the recent throne speech to hold a national referendum on any attempt to entrench the sixth Society in the Constitution again the premise of the honourable members question is false


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mr. speaker there is something far more serious at stake here than someone standing up and just saying that the premise of the question is false I was quoting out of Hansard yesterday mr. speaker and quoting out of something that the Prime Minister of the country now said back in 1992 before he was the prime minister of this country mr. speaker it's easy to toss this off but when the Prime Minister is standing up going directly against things that he has said earlier that he is about to entrench distinct society with the support of only seven provinces and 50% of the population surely that the Deputy Prime Minister remembers what the Prime Minister did only a year ago here and that was that he isn't wrenching the veto for the five regions in the country mr. speaker says BC Alberta and Ontario all have serious reservations about entrenching distinct society as special status in our Constitution I'd like to ask one more time how does the government and the Prime Minister and in fact the Deputy Prime Minister expect entrenching distinct society in the Constitution how in the world is it ever going to pass the five Regent veto that this government brought forward last year


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the poisonous rhetoric emanating from the reform I think that the Honorable member instead of lecturing the Prime Minister on his commitment to a recognition of the distinctiveness of Quebec a recognition that he has characterized throughout his career I think she would be better off if she could talk to some of her own colleagues and I've got a quote here mr. speaker of the kind of poisonous


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for some posted


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french-canadian Prime Minister's have led this country down the road to ruin the member for Simcoe Center heard from one of his constituents what he said if you dump on French Canadians you are going to spend this country down the road to separation


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Sheila Copps & Deborah Grey were the two best female opposition performers in the House of Commons. No woman has ever come close to performing the way these two did years ago. Unfortunately when Sheila Copps went to the government side, she got more subdued. Having to defend the government. But that gave Deborah a chance to shine. These two women didn't get a chance to face-off very often, but here is a rare case when they did in 1996. Published under the Fair Dealing Exception as a public service and educational tool. *********************************************************** RULES ABOUT LEAVING COMMENTS This channel only accepts comments by posters who (1) use their real first and last names on their YouTube accounts. (2) Include a link to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, to confirm their identity. There should be no hiding behind anonymous social media handles. If you are proud enough to write it, you should be proud enough to stand by it publicly: by using your own name. Any and all comments not using the posters first and last names (along with linked proof) will be deleted. No exceptions. *********************************************************** Like what you see? Click the subscribe button in the video to keep up-to-date on the latest videos posted here.
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