Ross BELSHER

BELSHER, Ross

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Fraser Valley East (British Columbia)
Birth Date
January 19, 1933
Deceased Date
December 12, 2003
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Belsher
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=01ad5a4b-482a-444f-bc6d-ce36734449f6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
store manager

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Fraser Valley East (British Columbia)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Fraser Valley East (British Columbia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport (April 5, 1989 - May 7, 1991)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (May 8, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (September 1, 1993 - October 26, 1993)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (September 1, 1993 - October 26, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 107)


June 16, 1993

Mr. Ross Belsher (Fraser Valley East):

Madam Speaker, I want to extend my congratulations to each of the candidates in this past weekend's Progressive Conservative leadership convention.

Before and during the convention period all the candidates put forward their positions on party and public policy issues. As the economy is such a pressing issue, I am grateful that so much time was spent on proposals to stimulate the economy while maintaining our goals of reducing the deficit and increasing business opportunities.

I want to thank all five candidates for their contributions to the leadership process. Each of them worked hard to present their ideas to party members, and as a result of the debate which followed our party is stronger for it.

I have talked to many colleagues and many members who supported various candidates. All recognize the value of party solidarity and unity. I look forward to working with my colleagues in support of our new leader. We extend to her our best wishes and support in the future.

Topic:   HOUSE OF COMMONS PAGES
Subtopic:   CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP CONVENTION
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June 8, 1993

Mr. Ross Belsher (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to again thank the member for Cumberland-Colchester

for his vigilant watch over the lobster carapace size in his riding.

A program to increase the minimum lobster carapace size to two and three-quarter inches was introduced in several lobster fishing areas, better known as LFAs, in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1990 and 1991. The program which provided for four annual increases in minimum size was suspended in 1992, as the hon. member has said, after two increases in LFAs 23 and 25 and one increase in LFA 26-A.

The suspension was in response to concerns raised by some industry representatives and the province of P.E.I. that the full biological, market and economic implications of the changes were not well understood. To address these concerns, in April 1992 the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and all Atlantic provincial fisheries ministers gave their unanimous commitment to undertake an independent study to assess the implications of increasing the minimum carapace size. This comprehensive study was intended to provide answers relevant to making a decision on carapace size before the 1993 season.

The study goes a long way toward answering questions relevant to making decisions regarding carapace size. However the minister announced in March of this year that there would be no changes in minimum legal carapace size for the 1993 season, given the depressed state of the Atlantic fishing industry, the current economic climate and the lack of time available for extensive consultation on the results of the consultant's study before the 1993 season opened.

Gulf Nova Scotia fishermen have now put forth another proposal, as the hon. member has said, to create a dividing line through LFA 26-A so the minimum legal carapace size could be frozen on the P.E.I. side of the line and scheduled carapace increases could continue on the Nova Scotia side.

There are presently four different carapace sizes throughout the southern gulf. The enforcement and management implications of the proposal to create a dividing line at LFA-

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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June 7, 1993

Mr. Ross Belsher (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency):

Mr. Speaker, we would be remiss if we were to intimate to the Canadian people that there were not consultations conducted all during the process leading up to this legislation.

There were witnesses who appeared before us that said there were 13 full detailed days, which included representatives from the environment department who in turn would then communicate back to their constituency. This is a transportation bill so why would they not be consulting with the shipping industry and the Coast Guard, which was taking the lead role for that?

Be it as it may, we know that through the last number of years there have been many situations in which upgrading the prevention of spillage is already taking place, and that is continuing.

This legislation is needed so that we can have the clout to bring the force of law in order to prosecute people

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who do pollute our shores or any of our environmental areas. There is a balance with this. Everyone would like to do it all immediately. Both the opposition parties would make us think that the government has unlimited resources to put into this. We have to be prudent as to how we go about it.

Is this bill perfect? No, nobody has ever said it is perfect. Can it be improved? Yes, I am certain it can be improved but at least it is a step in the right direction. It is something that we need. It will go on to aid us and be of benefit to us in future years.

Did any of our witnesses say that we should not pass this bill? Not one. Everyone said yes, please pass it. Some said that they wished there could be more in it. However every witness without exception, including the group that spoke on behalf of the environmentalists from British Columbia which is a very large organization, said to pass it. Brander-Smith, the author of the report the hon. members referred to, said that this is going in the right direction and that we should pass this legislation.

I would not want us not to put on the record today that the witnesses told us to please get on and pass this legislation before we take our summer recess.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA SHIPPING ACT
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June 7, 1993

Mr. Belsher:

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said I did not feel it was necessary to put the dates for when there will be double-hulled vessels in our waters because this is something that has already been agreed to by the shipping community. That has been worked out within the international marketplace. I believe at the very outside the last date would be 2015. Dates have been ascertained and placed on each Canadian vessel that has

June 7, 1993

been listed in Canada as to when they will cease to exist for the role they are now carrying out in our own waters.

With regard to when the clean-up mechanisms will be in place we added amendments in 660.11. They state that the minister shall no later than one year after the coming into force of this act and thereafter every two years review the operation of the section of this act. If the minister deems there is not sufficient progress being made in making sure that the pollution controls are up and ready and the advisory committees are advising the commissioners they feel they are not ready, then the minister can unilaterally take that kind of action. The bill does not put a specific date.

The member knows that in British Columbia there is an organization called "Burrard Clean" which is funded by the oil companies. It has added a great deal of capability on the west coast. It has been completely funded by the industry and we hope it will never be called upon to use its total resources but the facilities are already there. The Coast Guard has always had the responsibility for north of 60 and that will continue to be the case.

As we go into each of the other sections across our country other organizations will have to be brought to the fore as well to take the leadership in this.

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Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA SHIPPING ACT
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June 7, 1993

Mr. Belsher:

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member opposite for being alert and bringing that to the attention of this House. Certainly we would be glad to give our agreement such that the English version should

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read the same as the French because there is a misplacing of a clause in there. We would certainly agree to that.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA SHIPPING ACT
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