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, it is my pleasure to speak this afternoon on Bill C-121. This is the third and final reading. When it leaves this House it will go on to the Senate.

In listening to the last exchange I might say that each party was briefed and each party's staff were briefed on the measures that were taking place at all stages as we went along. Having been a member of the legislative committee, there was a co-operative spirit from both sides of the committee room. In particular, the support and co-operation of the opposition members have been essential in getting this bill to the stage it is at today in this House.

The foregoing speaker said the minister did not speak on this important piece of legislation. I think if he looked at Hansard he would see that the minister did in fact speak very eloquently at second reading.

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

Government Orders

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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