The following appeared in the Montreal Gazette on September 22,
2010 in recognition of Senator Angus'contribution for the
construction of the Melvyn G. Angus Family Psychiatric Care
Health Centre (MUHC) Unveils Plans and Breaks Ground at Glen
Campus - April 1, 2010.
The Premier of Quebec,
The Honourable Jean Charest, as well as other dignatories were
present for the start of construction at the Glen Campus
of the MUHC. At this event, the consortium selected to
develop this project was unveiled. The McGill Health
Infrastructure Group, led by SNC-Lavalin and Innisfree Ltd.,
will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the
leading-edge facilities at the Glen Campus as part of one of the
world's largest public-private partnerships.
March 5th, 2010 -
Senator Angus represented Minister Prentice at the unveiling
ceremony of a plaque of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board
of Canada commemorating the national historic significance of
Sir John Kennedy.
Sir John Kennedy was
the Chief Engineer of the Montreal Harbour Commission from 1875
to 1907. He played a key role in the modernization of the
Montreal port, creating a world-class complex that contributed
to the development of the city. He oversaw the deepening
of the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City to Montreal and the
reconstruction of the harbour to his design, which allowed the
port to handle larger ocean freighters. An outstanding
early civil engineer admired for both his professional
achievements and ideals, Sir Kennedy was a founding member of the
Canadian Society for civil Engineering and helped shape the
engineering profession in Canada. To view pictures of the event,
please visit the photo gallery
2010 - Infrastructure Announcement.
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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, Senator Angus, made a
significant infrastructure announcement in Montreal regarding
the conservation and presentation of the Masonic Memorial Temple
National Historic Site of Canada.
Senator Angus made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable
Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister
responsible for Parks Canada.
Through the National Historic Sites
Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be
contributing $425,000 to support a conservation project at the
Masonic Memorial Temple, which is one of the finest examples of
Beaux-Arts style in Canada.
“This project will
help the Masonic Memorial Temple
destination of choice for travelers,” said Minister Prentice.
“In our Economic Action Plan, we recognize just how important
history, heritage and tourism are to the economy, and the
important role that our Cost-Sharing Program will play in
support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of national
October 19, 2009
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Senator Angus was
extremely proud to be part of a special plaque-unveiling event
to recognize the Melvyn G. Angus family and Angus family
Foundation, whose generosity helped create the modern and
healing environment of the west wing of the Mental Health
Mission (4W-MGH). Mr. Melvyn G Angus is Senator Angus'
The project was six
years in the making, a long journey to be sure but a
tremendously satisfying project, as was evident by the large
turnout of clinicians, administrators, board members and other
guests who came to see the new unit and thank the members of the
As Dr. Warren Steiner,
Psychiatrist-in-Chief, said so eloquently:"Being admitted to a
psychiatric ward is a treatment option reserved for times when
one's illness is truly out of control. The hospital is a
place for clarifying diagnoses, stabilizing illness and starting
a patient on the difficult road to recovery. To do this
requires an environment where everyone lives, works and heals in
a safe and dignified place."
2009 - Senator Angus attends the Atwater Library Ceremony.
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Photo (left to right):
Senator W. David Angus; Jean-Claude Marsan, Historic
Sites and Monuments Board of Canada; Westmount Mayor Karin
Marks; Jacqueline Papineau Desbaillets and Monique
Papineau, descendants of Montreal Mechanics' Institute
founding VP Louis-Joseph Papineau; Marie Cinq-Mars,
Councillor, Ville de Montréal; Jacques Chagnon, MNA
Westmount - St-Louis; Hugh McGuire, President, Atwater
Library and Computer Centre
appeared in the Westmount Independent May 5-6, 2009.
It’s official: Atwater Library is historic
Approximately 45 people were at the Atwater Library and Computer
Centre on May 1 to attend the unveiling of a “Historic Sites and
Monuments” plaque from Parks Canada. This attested to the
institution’s importance as a centre for learning, aimed
especially at workers and new immigrants.
Representatives of four governments, volunteers, donors and
well-wishers converged on the 1918 building at Atwater and
Tupper to offer congratulations.
Representing the Canadian government, Senator David Angus, a
former Westmounter, called the ceremony “long overdue.” The
designation was acquired by the former Mechanics’ Institute in
2005, but the unveiling has been delayed at least once by an
In addition to those mentioned above, provincial legislator
Jacques Chagnon,Westmount city councillor Tom Thompson and
Richard Lord, a longtime supporter of the library, were in
Senator Angus Awarded the Title
: Advocatus emeritus (Ad. E.)
Quebec Bar has awarded Senator Angus the title of "Advocatus
emeritus (Ad. E.)". This distinction is given each year to
certain members of the Bar who have demonstrated professionnal
excellence and a continued contribution in their field of law.
The ceremony will be held on May 28th 2009 at the Sheraton
Centre of Montréal.
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Minister Harper's plan for Canadians, please visit:
of the Month
Senator Elaine McCoy
has a special feature on her web site called "Senator of the
Month". In July 2008, Senator Angus was identified as
such. The interview is enclosed below...
Senator of the Month
Not to be confused with the British actor of
the same name, Senator David Angus
nevertheless been kept busy by movie directors and others in the
film business over the past few months as his Banking Committee
reviews proposed changes to film tax credits. A renowned
maritime law practitioner from Montreal, Senator Angus has had
years of practice chairing committees and boards in both the
private and public sectors.
I gather you
started your career by running off to sea. How did that come
I heard about
Princeton, applied and was accepted. But Dad said I was not
going; I pleaded with him. He said it wasn't about the money,
that I was too young – I was one month away from turning 16. So
I joined the British Merchant Marine, and worked with many
different crews. I learned a lot, interacted with many different
people – it was a very significant time; an opportunity to grow
You eventually did graduate from
Princeton, with honours. What took you into law school at
During my university years, I
worked in the summer at the
Gazette. I loved to write and I was good at it. For whatever
reason, during the summer of '59 the court reporters were absent
and the editor needed someone to cover the trials, so I was
asked to take that on. One day the editor came to me and asked
me if I was interested in becoming a lawyer and set up a meeting
with the dean at McGill. I was having fun, working full time and
spending late nights with the other reporters. I wasn't
interested. My editor said that I was born with a legal mind and
that I should meet with the dean anyway. So I did. I was
accepted into the school mid-term, and continued to work full
accomplishment are you most proud of?
Getting to 71
without having compromised my ideals. I’m fairly idealist. One
of the things that concerns me is when they suggest all
politicians are crooks. I was very blessed with the family I
grew up with. My dad always emphasised integrity. You can't buy
it, it's an intangible thing. If you have it, you hold onto it.
You tell one lie and you lose it. I might be naive, but I think
that I’ve gotten this far without compromising the big things,
the important things.
When Dan Hays retired from the
Senate last year, you said "notwithstanding
the partisan approach and other shenanigans some of us stoop to
from time to time, he was always fair and balanced."
What role does partisan politics play in
The Senate is not
in a good space right now. There’s too much partisan bickering.
The Liberals are blocking bills with their large majority. This
is not what the Senate is designed to do. If we’re going to have
two houses they have to be different. That is the check and
balance the Senate is supposed to provide with its oversight
role of sober second thought.
How do you feel
about electing Senators?
I’m against it if
it means a full scale election as in the case of MPs. We need to
reform the Senate, but we need to be practical. Elections won't
do it. If we elect the Senate it will end up looking just like
the other place. There’s value in having people such as myself
and the other Senators appointed, we just need to change how we
go about it. Yes, there’s been abuse of the Senate appointments
but largely we have good, well educated individuals who bring a
wealth of experience and knowledge to the chamber. An MP is not
likely to have 25 years experience dealing with taxes and law
and finance. This is where the Senate is strong and balances the
other place. We need to redistribute the numbers to broaden
provincial representation and we need to come up with a process
similar to that in France where there are a kind of small
regional electoral colleges which elect senators.
You chair the
Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee which has been reviewing
proposed changes to film tax credits and off-shore trusts (Bill
C-10) since November. How is that coming along?
legislation has been around Parliament in one form or another
under both Liberal and Conservative regimes for about 10 years.
It’s become a nightmare for the Banking Committee. If there’s
anything good about it at this point, it’s the fact that it
highlights the risks and dangers inherent in incorporating a
host of unrelated policy issues, technical and otherwise, in a
single omnibus bill, in this case over 500 pages long!
You lead a pretty
busy life. How do you keep going?
I have tremendous
energy, I’m very lucky for that. And I’m interested in so many
things that I’m always looking forward to the next challenge.
But balance is the secret. Just as I work hard and do many
things, I have to have downtime. When I’m with the guys, I turn
my IQ back to zero and have fun. I also very much enjoy spending
time in the countryside.
take your Scottish heritage seriously, too. I gather you were
named Scotsman of the Year by Quebec’s Thistle Council in April
The Council is an
oversight body dedicated to keeping Scottish traditions alive
and well in Quebec. They called me last fall and asked what I
was doing this spring. They said that I’d been nominated for the
award. The evening was great, and I had to sing for my supper
with a wee Gaelic-inspired address. My duties go beyond
receiving the award. For example, I’ve been called upon to fire
the cannon to open the Highland Games this August. It should be
What is your
greatest character trait?
I wear my
heart on my sleeve. There is no
guessing about how I feel, I just can't
help it. If I don't like you, you know. I can't hide it.
Places you like
I love to golf, I
love to fish. I love to ski. I’m an outdoors person. I travel
all over to indulge this, and have memberships at various golf
clubs in the UK and elsewhere.
I can’t resist
one last question. Do you subscribe to the true Scottish
tradition when wearing your kilt?
France - May 2008
Senator Angus recently
participated in an official visit to France in a delegation led
by Honorable Noel Kinchella, Speaker of the Senate. Other
Senators in the delegation were the Honourable Lise Bacon, Serge
Joyal, Pierre-Claude Nolin, Jean-Claude Rivest and General
This official visit
followed on the heels of a State visit to France by the
Excellency Governor General Michaelle Jean and was followed
immediately by another State visit this one by the Right
Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper. On all these
occasions, an exceptionally warm welcome was extended by our
French hosts who repeatedly emphasized how much they "love"
Canada and value the France-Canada relationship.
To highlight the nature
of this historic relationship, the itinerary of the Official
visit in which Senator Angus participated included a day-long
tour of the World War I memorial sites including Beaumont-Hamel,
Arras and Vimy.
In all cases memorial
wreaths were laid and our French hosts acknowledged in fulsome
terms their gratitude for the great sacrifices made by Canadian
soldiers who fought so bravely on French soil in the "War to end
As well, the Speaker's
delegation made a special journey to the lovely City of Honfleur
in Normandy, the port of departure of Samuel de Champlain on his
seven voyages to the "New World", one in 1608 when he discovered
la vieille capitale, Québec. On this important occasion of
the 400th Anniversary of the Discovery of Quebec, the delegation
was warmly received by Senior Officials of the City of Honfleur,
symbolic gifts were exchanged and a wonderful luncheon hosted by
these officials in one of the port's charming old restaurants.
Delegation also spent three days in Paris and its activities
included sessions at the Sarbonne, the Senate of France,
l'Assemblée nationale and UNESCO. Also a welcoming Dinner
was held at the Canadian Ambassador's elegant residence.
Senator Angus, who was
accompanied by his wife Louise, felt the trip to be a resounding
success, not only in terms of the substantial good will
generated, but also in terms of the serious dialogue which took
place during working sessions between the Canadian Senators and
the various senior French officials, including the Presidents of
the Senate and l'Assemblée nationale.
Photographs of the trip
are available in the Photo Gallery section.
Vermont Public Radio (VPR)
The Senator has joined
the fight to oppose a pending CRTC application which potentially
could lead to the blocking out of or interference with
broadcasts into various communities in Quebec's Eastern
Townships from the Vermont based public radio station WVPR which
is a not-for-profit English language radio outlet broadcasting
on 107.9FM under US and Canadian regulatory authority for 27
years. Details of the issue are described in the attached
Montreal Gazette article of April 29th, 2008 (page A4).
Article in the Montreal Gazette on
April 29, 2008
Townshippers fight to retain access to VPR; Petition CRTC to
block bid by Corus; French-language radio station wants to
change frequency and boost its power
Vermont Public Radio listener
Kennon Cooke of Magog will spend most of her time today and
tomorrow doing her bit to make sure VPR will continue to come
through on her small Grundig radio. By 11:59 tomorrow night,
concerned VPR fans living in the Eastern Townships - and some
listeners across the border - will have to leave the local fate
of their favourite station in the hands of the Canadian
Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.
French-language news-talk radio station CHLT-FM, located in
Sherbrooke and owned by Toronto-based Corus Entertainment, has
asked the CRTC to change its frequency from 102.1 FM to 107.7
FM. That's right next door to VPR's station WVPS, which
broadcasts at 107.9 FM. CHLT has also asked for an increase to
its power so it can cover a greater area.
According to VPR president Mark Vogelzang, a stronger signal for
CHLT, combined with its proposed new frequency, could block the
Vermont station's signal in areas like Granby, Cowansville,
Knowlton, Lac Brome, Magog, Ayers Cliff and Stanstead. Even
Vermont listeners in Newport, Derby and North Troy could be
affected, Vogelzang said.
Vogelzang acknowledged that
VPR's listeners in the Montreal area were not threatened by the
CHLT application, but pointed out that many of those listeners
visit the townships regularly. Supporters in the townships
number a few hundred, he estimated.
Online listening, available on
VPR's website, will be an option for townships residents if they
lose the station, Vogelzang said, but he insisted that the issue
has a larger significance.
"It's all about fairness," he
said. "Our Canadian listeners have been listening to Vermont
Public Radio, National Public Radio and the BBC World Service on
this frequency since 1980. It doesn't matter whether there's one
or 100 or 1,000. This organization is run by citizens, and
whether they're in Vermont or Quebec, they want me to stand up
for them in this way, if possible. I think they deserve that
Cooke, a regular VPR listener
for 22 years, contended that the strategy is not right.
"It's one of the few
English-language radio stations this area receives," she said.
"It's as if (Corus is) deliberately trying to block out any
competing radio," she said. Cooke said she has already alerted
35 friends to the problem and has filed her comments online with
Jacques Papin, network
vice-president of Corus's Quebec office, said CHLT is simply
trying to regain the area it covered when it was located at 630
AM. When it moved to 102.1 FM last August, its reach was reduced
to the Sherbrooke area. To compensate, it has continued airing
on its old AM frequency while the CRTC request is on the table.
"We were serving people in
Magog, Coaticook and Richmond when we were on AM," he said. "We
want to serve the same community as before."
The proposed move, Papin said,
could double CHLT's current reach and add another 100,000
"But that's not an increase,"
he said. "It's where we were before when we were on the AM
VPR's Vogelzang said he has
written a formal letter of objection to the CRTC, which he
expected to send by both fax and courier.
For information about how to
voice your concerns to the CRTC, visit
The relevant application is 591991 B.C. Ltd. All information
will be placed in a public file. The deadline is tomorrow at
midnight. Also see www.vpr.net.
Trip to Washington with the Canada-US Inter-parliamentary
Association April 2008
Senator Angus has just
returned to Ottawa following a superb three-day visit to
Washington, D.C. in his capacity as a Canadian Vice-Chair of the
Canada-US Inter-parliamentary Group.
Highlight of the visit
was a meeting with Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the House of
Representatives likely the most powerful member of Congress at
present and surely a leading agenda-setter for the next U.S.
The Canadian delegation
comprised two Senators and five MPs and some of the issues
discussed intensively with their U.S. counterparts from both
Houses of Congress were:
(i) Border "thickening"
and how to improve the flow of goods and people in both
directions across the Canada-US Border.
(ii) NAFTA - its future
in light of current Presidential Primary Campaign
(iii) WHTI - the
respective roles of the Department of Homeland Security and the
Canada-US Border Management Agency (e.g. Should security really
trump trade? Is there an alternative to "Passports for
all" by June 2009?).
(iv) The current state
of the U.S. economy, the consequences of the sub-prime mortgage
meltdown and the credit crunch.
(v) What is "too big to
fail" and was the Federal Reserve justified in its $29 Billion
rescue package i.e. Bear Stearns?
Senator Angus was
particularly interested in the issues involving financial
markets, banks and the regulatory environment as he plans to
lead a delegation from the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade
and Commerce to Washington June 1st - 4th.
At that time,
discussion will be with bankers, the SEC, the Fed, the
Controller of the Currency, the Secretary of the Treasury and
various Senators and Congressmen and women involved on
Committees dealing with Banking, Financial Systems, Capital
Markets and potential regulatory oversight issues.
Photographs of the trip
are available in the Photo Gallery section.
Senator Angus was on
Saturday, April 5th, 2008 honoured by the Quebec Thistle
Council, being named as "Scotsman of the Year" at the Council's
Annual and Alliance Awards Dinner. The Dinner was a truly
gala affair complete with roving minstrels, Scottish Pipers and
a multi-course dinner featuring , of course, a wonderful haggis
steeped in drambuie. Senator Angus was the evening's
key-note speaker and the text of his address is available
here. Also for a sampling of photographs depicting the
evening's festivities, please click here.
The Senator's wife
Louise was decked out in Angus Tartan, his son Gregor was
suitably kilted and the supporting cast of family and friends
included daughter Jacquie with her pal Jon, daughter-in-law
Juliet about to produce the first Angus grand-child, nephew
Philip Côté, son-in-law Nick Ellis with his fiancee Y-Lang Ha;
long- time partner and best friend Jim Grant, with his wife
Nancy, George and Anne MacLaren and Gill and Alison Broome.
Angus Elected Chairman of the New Board of Directors of the
McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) on February 19th, 2007.
For more information
St-Michaels Mission in Montreal receives a grant from HRDC.
Senator Angus was proud
to attend a cheque presentation at the St-Michael's Mission in
Montreal on December 8th, 2006. For more information on
the good work performed by St-Michael's Mission,
please click here.
A New Solar Buildings Research Network at Concordia University.
Senator Angus was
honoured to represent on May 30, 2006, the Honourable Gary Lunn,
Minister of Natural Resources, at the unveiling of the new Solar
Buildings Research Network at Concordia University in Montreal.
Please click here
for further information.
New McGill University Health Centre Task
Senator Angus is proud to co-chair a new task force for the
McGill University Health Centre. This new task force will
develop a comprehensive vision and business plan for a Life
Sciences Technopole that will build on our medical research
Click here for further information.
Senator Angus was honoured to take part in a Canadian
delegation to Charleston, South Carolina.
Honourable Members of the Canada-United States
Inter-Parliamentary Group traveled to Charleston, South
Carolina for their 47th Annual Meeting held from May 5 –
8, 2006. The delegation participated in a number
of meetings with their American counterparts on a wide
range of issues pertaining to: trade and economics;
international issues and trans-border issues.
For information on the resolutions agreed to by the
Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce:
The Public Good and Private Funds: The Federal Tax Treatment
of Charitable Giving by Individuals and Corporations
2005, Montreal Gazette article ~ A Gift for Givers
How many times will you be
asked, this year, to donate money for a good cause? How
much will you give, all told? What can we do, as a
society, to encourage those who have money to donate
more? Are we giving enough as a society?
2004, Ottawa ~ Senators recommend eliminating the
Capital Gains Tax on donations to registered charities
of listed securities and environmentally sensitive land.
- eliminating the capital gains
tax on donations of real property to registered public
- extending the above tax treatment to comparable gifts to
private foundations on a five-year trial basis;
- allowing donors to make charitable contributions for 60 days
beyond the end of the calendar year for inclusion in that
year’s income tax return; and
- allowing donors to carry back unused charitable receipts for
three years and to carry forward unused charitable receipts
For the full press release, click here
To read the report, click here
Senator Angus was featured in the
June 20th and May 30th edition of Canadian Sailings:
Transportation and Trade Logistics for his efforts on
Bill C-15, an Act to Amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act,
1994 and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Click
here to read the June 20th article and click
here to read the article from May 3oth..
May 18th, 2005, was a busy day
for Senator Angus as two very important issues were before the
Senate for debate:
1) Bill C-15, an Act to Amend the Migratory Birds Convention
Act, 1994 and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
was eventually passed after much debate, both procedural and
substantive in nature. It passed Third Reading on May 18th
and received Royal Assent on May 19th, 2005. For more on
the Committee proceedings, visit our
detailed account of
the Committee's witnesses and deliberations.
2) A report by the Standing Senate Committee on Rules, Procedure
and the Rights of Parliament on a Senate Code of Conduct.
The report was adopted on May 18th and can be accessed through
The May 18th debates on both of
these subjects can be found in the Senate Hansard and can be
Tories Blue Crush overpower Grits in Hockey arena...
On March 23, 2005, the
Tories' hockey team, Blue Crush, overpowered the Grits to the
tune of 5-2. Among the team members was the Leader's son,
Ben Harper, who assisted on two of the goals.
Click here to see
pictures of the game...
POST CONVENTION NEWS!
The Conservative Party of Canada's
Convention (March 17-19, 2005) has been heralded as an
overwhelming success. We have demonstrated that the old
Liberals have something to worry about with the emergence of a
new, united, defined and strong Conservative party of Canada.
Click here for a selection of post-Convention news...