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 105 of 107)


May 15, 1985

Mr. Belsher:

It is rather discouraging to realize that the opposition Members have failed to congratulate the Minister for the signing of this agreement. The Right Hon. Leader has at least spoken somewhat positively about British Columbia and is starting to represent his constituency in the province where we all come from. But given the gloom and doom we have heard from the NDP this afternoon, you would think it was a disaster area. I can tell you that it is not.

Having visited his constituency in the last several months, would the Right Hon. Leader of the Opposition not agree that people there do Find that a consultative process is taking place in Ottawa, something we assured the people of Canada we would start during our tenure here in Ottawa?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY ALLOTTED DAY, S.O. 62-GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP
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May 13, 1985

Mr. Belsher:

Mr. Speaker, I find it somewhat surprising today that in this motion we are not dealing with the broader concepts, namely equality, development and peace. In her remarks the Parliamentary Secretary addressed the conference which will be held in Nairobi this summer, sponsored by the United Nations, to end the decade for women. Can the Parliamentary Secretary possibly outline a little more fully what our participation will be in this conference coming up this July?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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May 9, 1985

Mr. Belsher:

Mr. Speaker, I have a comment on the remarks of the Hon. Member for Thunder Bay-Atikokan (Mr. Angus). I believe the Minister should be complimented for the way in which he has adjudicated the cuts which he has had to make within his Ministry. The motion with which we are dealing today talks about the cultural community and the tremendous cut-backs which have occurred, but the Minister has definitely taken a very minor portion of funding from the cultural groups. I think that if the Hon. Member were to look at the principal budget for the arts council, he would find that the cuts are less than 1 per cent. Why would the Hon. Member not think that perhaps that is appropriate because he knows we are in a deficit situation and people are looking for a judicious way of spending one's dollars? I would like to hear the Hon. Member's comments on that.

I would also like to echo the remarks of former speakers with respect to the arm's length relationship. I am sure we would all applaud the Minister for his approach in not interfering with how the CBC makes its cuts.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
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April 19, 1985

Mr. Ross Belsher (Fraser Valley East):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition to the House which is signed by a number of senior citizens from the community of Agassiz, British Columbia. The petition concerns the emission of coal dust from coal trains which use the CPR rail lines. Their petition asks that the Government take the necessary steps to reduce the emission of coal dust, and also to reduce the speed of trains which carry hazardous material near residential areas.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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April 16, 1985

Mr. Ross Belsher (Fraser Valley East):

Mr. Speaker, I would venture to say that no other government Department or Crown corporation has received as much criticism as that levelled against Canada Post Corporation. Increasingly this Crown corporation is being seen as a high-cost, low-efficiency operation.

Canada Post Corporation, which was established in October, 1981, has had nearly four years in order to improve its performance. Its establishment as a Crown Corporation gave the Canadian public expectations of improved service. Instead we are faced with a situation of postal rates continuing to increase while the efficiency of postal services continues to

April 16, 1985

decline. Is there no end to this vicious circle which saps both the federal treasury and the patience of the Canadian public? I believe that it is time to put an end to this unbearable situation.

Both management and labour must recognize that problems exist. They must also discover what these problems are, and arrive at a consensus on how to eliminate them. It serves neither the interests of management nor labour to blame each other for the inefficiency of Canada Post. Both sides are part of the problem, and therefore must also be part of the solution. We in Government can assist in the resolution of this problem by letting it be known that we will no longer allow the status quo to continue. It is time for action, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   CANADA POST CORPORATION
Subtopic:   CALL FOR END TO INEFFICIENCY
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