Reginald Cyril SYMES

SYMES, Reginald Cyril, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 30, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Symes
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=30d9d056-9c06-4681-82c3-4c033ed9fe9a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
teacher

Parliamentary Career

October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
NDP
  Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
NDP
  Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
NDP
  Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 185)


December 7, 1979

Mr. Symes:

What is Your Honour's definition of a misleading answer? What I have been attempting to show is that the information I have been receiving is inaccurate and misleading, thus inhibiting me in carrying out my duties as a member of Parliament. I cannot function without accurate information and replies from the ministry.

December 7, 1979

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MR. SYMES-ALLEGED MISLEADING ANSWER GIVEN BY MINISTER
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December 7, 1979

Mr. Symes:

Talking about knowledge of the industry, this is the same Prime Minister who a few months ago was running around telling Japan and Israel that we had a surplus of oil and also, more recently, finding himself able to export the surplus supply of fuel oil to the United States. If this was not bad enough, he has now indicated that he is prepared to sell out the future security of Canadians in terms of substituting natural gas for imported oil by allowing a massive export to the United States. For the sake of the Prime Minister's own credibility and the domestic security of Canadians in future energy supplies-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF OIL SHORTAGES THIS WINTER
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December 7, 1979

Mr. Symes:

Mr. Speaker, I do not believe the phrase "we knew all along" squares with the answer just given by the Prime Minister, and 1 have given notice that I intend to raise this as a question of privilege.

By way of a supplementary question, may 1 ask the Prime Minister, since the National Energy Board, on the one hand, is telling the government that oil shortages are possible and, on the other hand, is still permitting the export of fuel oil to the United States and now has also approved massive exports of natural gas to the United States, how can the people of Canada have any faith in the National Energy Board and in this government about energy supplies? Why does the Prime Minister not admit that this government does not know whether it is coming or going on the issue of energy supplies?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF OIL SHORTAGES THIS WINTER
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December 7, 1979

Mr. Cyril Symes (Sault Ste. Marie):

Mr. Speaker, I gave you due notice of a question of privilege I wished to raise today in relation to statements made in the House by the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Mr. Hnatyshyn) concerning fuel oil supplies over these winter months. I also gave notice to the energy minister that I would be raising this point this afternoon or this morning. I notice he is not in his place. However, an element arising out of the question period today also involves the Prime Minister (Mr. Clark). I see that he is in his place and I would like to proceed.

The fundamental question of privilege I have is whether or not members of the House of Commons, and hence the people of Canada, are receiving accurate information and an honest appraisal of a particular situation. 1 would like to contend by way of argument that the energy minister has been misleading myself, the House of Commons and the people of Canada as to the true situation concerning fuel oil supplies in Canada. Through argument I would like to develop by way of some very brief quotations over the past few weeks by the energy minister, indicating that he is saying one thing when in reality, as confirmed just a couple of days ago by the Prime Minister and today by the National Energy Board, the situation is quite different-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MR. SYMES-ALLEGED MISLEADING ANSWER GIVEN BY MINISTER
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December 7, 1979

Mr. Symes:

-will he now reverse his decision to export this gas to the United States?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POSSIBILITY OF OIL SHORTAGES THIS WINTER
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