René COUSINEAU

COUSINEAU, René

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Gatineau (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 17, 1930
Deceased Date
September 10, 2002
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_Cousineau
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=074d431a-8e54-406a-b491-8414d671c4da&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
developer, notary, professor of notary law

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Gatineau (Quebec)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Gatineau (Quebec)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (January 1, 1981 - January 1, 1982)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism) (October 1, 1982 - February 29, 1984)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion (March 1, 1984 - June 29, 1984)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion (June 30, 1984 - July 9, 1984)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 43)


June 28, 1984

Mr. Rene Cousineau (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion):

Mr. Speaker, first I would like to commend the Hon. Member for Megantic-Compton-Stanstead (Mr. Tessier) for his interest in this matter after Celanese Canada announced the closing of its Coaticook plant. The Minister and his officials share the concern of the Hon. Member about the economic impact and the consequences of that closedown. According to our information, the company took that decision with a view to consolidating its operations in Drummondville so as to cut costs, improve efficiency, use much more modern equipment, rationalize production and produce more, something which Celanese Canada feel will make the company more competitive.

When the company explained the reasons for closing, Mr. Speaker, they said that it was due to imports of similar products from developed countries, meaning the United States and Japan, not from Korea or Taiwan which are considered as underdeveloped countries. I hope that the expectations of the company will materialize so that it will be in a better competitive position against import products which come from trade

June 28, 1984

partners, as I said a moment ago. I might add that the Government has an assistance program under which the employees which unfortunately have been laid off will be retrained in other fields of specialization.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   TRADE-TEXTILE AND CLOTHING IMPORTS-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO PROTECT JOBS
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June 27, 1984

Mr. Rene Cousineau (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion):

Mr. Speaker, it would be very difficult to comment in terms of the figure of $64 billion mentioned by the Hon. Member. However, I can assure the House that if Canadians could increase their purchases of Canadian made products by 1 percent, this would mean thousands and thousands of jobs for Canadians.

June 27, 1984

Oral Questions

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INDUSTRY
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June 21, 1984

Mr. Cousineau:

Mr. Speaker, I withdraw my objection.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS-PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FLAG OF CANADA MANUFACTURING STANDARDS ACT
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June 21, 1984

Mr. Cousineau:

Mr. Speaker, before giving my consent, I would like to consult the Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Supply and Services, in order to be quite sure that we do have unanimous consent.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS-PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FLAG OF CANADA MANUFACTURING STANDARDS ACT
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June 11, 1984

Mr. Cousineau:

Cheap shot.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVES PROGRAM
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