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  • His favourite word was explosives.

Last in Parliament April 1997, as Liberal MP for Moncton (New Brunswick)

Won his last election, in 1993, with 66% of the vote.

Statements in the House

East Coast Music Awards February 20th, 1997

Mr. Speaker, last Thursday movers and shakers in the international music industry flocked to Moncton to take in some of Canada's most vibrant music. For four days Moncton whooped it up. Blues, pops, fiddle music, it was all there at the East Coast Music Awards.

We celebrated our down home music, in both official languages. It was just great.

Demonstrating its cutting edge flare, organizers put the extravaganza on the Internet. Between 10,000 and 12,000 people visited the site every hour.

As we are all aware, Monctonians are held in high esteem for their honesty. In all honesty I can say that the music awards were superb.

My congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make this event a huge success.

If you did not get to Moncton last week, all is not lost. On Friday, February 28, CBC will air the East Coast Music Awards and you can see for yourself how we in eastern Canada can do it up right.

Petitions February 5th, 1997

Mr. Speaker, I too have a petition in support of a highways program and a national highways upgrading system. It is signed by numerous members of my riding as well as other constituents in other ridings in New Brunswick.

Criminal Code December 3rd, 1996

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak for a moment or two about a question which I asked the Minister of Natural Resources on November 6. It concerns forestry practices and the issue of forest certification.

At first blush, I am sure members would think this is not that important an issue. However, as we look at our history and our country we realize that Canada is a forest nation. We possess over 10 per cent of the world's forests, forests which provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, forests that are places for citizens of Canada to visit in their leisure time and forests that are important parts of our social and cultural history. For many people, forests are synonymous with Canada.

On the economic side, the Canadian forest industry is one of Canada's largest and, accordingly, most important industries. It provides for one in fifteen jobs. It produces exports which are by far the single largest contributor to Canada's positive trade balance.

Forests and forest industries are found in every province and are critically important to every Canadian. Sometimes we do not stop to think about it but even as we look around the Chamber, the contribution that the forestry industry makes to the beauty and enhancement of this Chamber becomes evident.

As a trading nation, we need access to foreign markets. In the world we live in we also need to demonstrate to our customers that we are good custodians of our forests.

The question of sustainable forest management is paramount to Canadian interests. Our ability to manage our forests in a sustainable manner for all of their benefits is important for every Canadian. I know that provinces are continually reviewing and upgrading their forest policies to achieve sustainable forestry and it is ultimately their responsibility under the British North America Act to manage the forests because they are a provincial responsibil-

ity. I also know that Canadian industry has made great strides in improving the standards of forest management in Canada.

I would like to ask the minister, through the parliamentary secretary, why it is that Canada continues to be criticized for its forest management practices. I understand that the Canadian forest industry has been active in developing a standard for certification of Canadian forest practices. What will the impact of forest certification be on the sustainable forest management in Canada? Will certification move Canada toward achieving sustainable forestry and will it help the Canadian forest industry to be more competitive in world markets?

Forestry November 6th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Natural Resources.

Canada is a world leader in forestry practices. We are all concerned about the environment and the health of our Canadian forests. Would the minister tell us what is being done in the area of certification to ensure that the Canadian forestry industry is adhering to sustainable forestry practices?

Committees Of The House October 29th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the third report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Thursday, October 3, 1996, your committee has considered Bill C-41, an act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act, the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and the Canadian Shipping Act, and your committee has agreed to report it with amendments.

Petitions September 25th, 1996

Madam Speaker, it is my pleasure to present two petitions on the same subject. The petitioners pray and call upon Parliament to support Bill C-205, which would prohibit criminals from profiting financially from their crimes by writing books, setting up videos or those sorts of things.

Mining June 17th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, clearly the Keep Mining in Canada campaign made an excellent selection in choosing Mr. Brad Simser of Noranda Mining and Exploration's New Brunswick division as one of its new faces of mining.

I am pleased to mention Mr. Simser's contribution.

In many ways Brad can be seen as a pioneer for his work in implementing the integrated seismic system for the first time in North America. This sophisticated computer based technology allows Brad to track and monitor how rock formations are adjusting to mining activities. The ultimate result is that Noranda can improve safety while mining deeper.

Often there are significant misconceptions about mining. As a new face, Brad represents the future of mining as a high technological industry essential not only to the Canadian economy but for many products and services all Canadians use in their daily lives.

I congratulate Brad Simser for making such progress during his career.

I wish him continued success in his work.

Forestry Sector May 7th, 1996

Mr. Speaker, this is National Forest Week, and I would like to point out the work that is being done by the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

This group is Canada's only non-governmental national association solely dedicated to advancing the stewardship of the nation's forests.

The Canadian Institute of Forestry's membership consists of over 2,300 professional foresters, educators and scientists representing diverse forest interests from across the country. Its key objectives include: improving all aspects of forestry in Canada; educating members in their knowledge of forestry; fostering public understanding of all aspects of forestry; and cultivating an esprit de corps among members.

The CIF has been serving as a catalyst in bringing together the broad spectrum of forest stakeholders, from preservationists to forest industry executives, to reach a vision of the future for forests which will satisfy the diversity of demands.

I would like to offer the CIF my congratulations for its remarkable contributions over the years.

Forest Industry November 10th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, I find it passing strange that the member would be asking for compensation on the one hand and at the same time saying that it is a responsibility of the provincial government. So let the provincial government do its job.

Forest Industry November 10th, 1995

Mr. Speaker, this issue has been discussed over a number of years. The previous government is the one that cancelled those programs for forestry agreements. We have continued to try to extend that to give the woodlot owners an opportunity to adjust to the change. Last year the plan was extended for a further year and it does not expire until March 1996. The woodlot owners have been given lots of notice and lots of compensation in order to adjust.