Michel CÔTÉ

CÔTÉ, The Hon. Michel, P.C., C.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Langelier (Quebec)
Birth Date
September 13, 1942
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Côté
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0a53dda5-6af1-4f7f-90c8-319306409b33&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
accountant, auditor, businessman

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Langelier (Quebec)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (September 17, 1984 - June 29, 1986)
  • Minister responsible for Canada Post Corporation (August 20, 1985 - January 19, 1987)
  • Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion (June 30, 1986 - August 26, 1987)
  • Minister of State for Science and Technology (August 11, 1987 - August 26, 1987)
  • Minister of Supply and Services (August 27, 1987 - February 2, 1988)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 85)


February 3, 1988

Hon. Michel Cote (Langelier):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, at the request of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), I handed in my resignation as Minister of Supply and Services. Today, I would like to explain here in the House the circumstances that led me to do so. The demands of political life in recent years, both on my family and on me personally, led me to ask an old friend for a personal loan, and he agreed.

Mr. Speaker, I want to make it clear before the House that this circumstance never in any way placed me in a position where my interests conflicted with the ministerial duties that were mine in this Government. Furthermore, Mr. Speaker, 1 can assure my colleagues in the House that the friend in question never received any favours or privileges in return.

However, I involuntarily neglected to declare this situation as required by the conflict of interest directives, thus contravening the spirit of the Ministers' code of conduct.

Mr. Speaker, I can assure you that I sincerely regret this serious error of omission.

Mr. Prime Minister, obviously I sincerely regret the embarrassment I have caused the Government and you yourself, Prime Minister.

In concluding, Mr. Speaker, 1 would like to say that it has been an honour and a privilege to serve as a Member of Cabinet, and 1 would like to thank my colleagues and all Members of this House who gave me their support when I was exercising my ministerial duties.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, 1 also wish to thank my constituents in Langelier for their constant support, and I can assure them that I will continue to be a faithful defender of their interests, both here and in my riding.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
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December 15, 1987

Hon. Michel Cote (Minister of Supply and Services):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I can assure the Hon. Member that Statistics Canada will indeed publish separate data pertaining to abortions performed in hospitals and in clinics as they will be recorded by the provinces.

December 15, 1987

Points of Order

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ABORTION
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December 15, 1987

Hon. Michel Cote (Minister of Supply and Services):

Strangely enough, Mr. Speaker, this question originates from a Party which was in office when three Quebec refineries shut down, which never did support the petrochemical industry, which took its own sweet time to endorse the drugs bill, but which today seeks to tell us that we ought to defend the interests of Quebecers. Mr. Speaker, the shipyards issue was one of our first priorities in 1984. We awarded contracts, we made sure the shipyardss would survive, and we will continue to look after the interests of Quebecers. We will award contracts and make sure that due consideration has been given to fair competition, quality, and regional disparities.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING
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December 9, 1987

Hon. Michel Cote (Minister of Supply and Services):

Mr. Speaker, first of all, before talking about financial statements, what we started to do was to sell back land that had been unfairly expropriated.

Second, in implementing these policies and procedures, the Government made every effort to ensure that programs and policies were implemented satisfactorily, and we informed the Auditor General's office about this in great detail. It is also a fact that when financial statements are filed late, they appear in the subsequent year's Public Accounts.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADA LANDS COMPANY
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December 9, 1987

Hon. Michel Cote (Minister of Supply and Services):

Mr. Speaker, first of all, in the absence of the responsible Minister who is attending to departmental business, I think the Minister fully dealt with this question, and first of all with a number of false allegations which were made by the Hon. Member.

Second, the financial statements were submitted to the Auditor General, who noted certain discrepancies regarding specific expenditure items. The Department immediately set up an audit team which submitted a report. The report will be discussed tomorrow, and the Minister has promised to act on its findings, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADA LANDS COMPANY
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