Keith ASHFIELD

ASHFIELD, The Hon. Keith, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Fredericton (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
March 28, 1952
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Ashfield
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=17964ba3-46a5-4b99-abc5-39549430ede5&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Fredericton (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (October 30, 2008 - January 18, 2010)
  • Minister for the Atlantic Gateway (January 19, 2010 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
  • Minister of National Revenue (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Fredericton (New Brunswick)
  • Minister for the Atlantic Gateway (January 19, 2010 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
  • Minister of National Revenue (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (May 18, 2011 - July 14, 2013)
May 2, 2011 -
CPC
  Fredericton (New Brunswick)
  • Minister for the Atlantic Gateway (January 19, 2010 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
  • Minister of National Revenue (January 19, 2010 - May 17, 2011)
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (May 18, 2011 - July 14, 2013)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 66)


June 4, 2013

Hon. Keith Ashfield (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, industry is the first responder to its own oil spills under the polluter pay principle. The Coast Guard, of course, is the lead agency for ensuring appropriate response to ship-source spills in Canadian waters.

On March 18, 2013, the government announced the world-class tanker safety initiative, which included an investment in the incident command system for the Coast Guard. This responds directly to the recommendations from the 2010 CESD audit.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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June 3, 2013

Hon. Keith Ashfield (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, if I understand the question, I believe it is around small craft harbours.

Of course, we have an annual budget to invest in small craft harbours across the country, which is done on a priority basis. Everything is assessed on an annual basis to determine which ones will be fixed during a season.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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June 3, 2013

Hon. Keith Ashfield (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I have indicated many times in the House, our first and foremost priority is the safety of mariners and people at sea.

Our government is investing in the Coast Guard's infrastructure to take advantage of today's technology to deliver the same service at strategic locations across the country. Better-connected centres equipped with modern technology will ensure improved effectiveness and reliability of services.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Search and Rescue
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May 28, 2013

Hon. Keith Ashfield (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, with regard to (a), there are 57 licence holders remaining in Newfoundland and Labrador whose licences were never retired.

With regard to (b), the last commercial salmon licence retirement programs were announced in 1998, for northern Labrador and Quebec.

With regard to (c), the federal government offered a series of salmon licence retirement programs for Atlantic Canada and Quebec dating back to the early 1980s. The federal government spent $53 million to retire commercial Atlantic salmon licences. The costs were as follows: Newfoundland and Labrador--$41,700,000; Nova Scotia--$3,500,000; Prince Edward Island--$52,000; New Brunswick--$4,700,000; and Quebec--$2,900,000.

With regard to (d), there are no further salmon licence retirement programs planned for any part of Atlantic Canada or Quebec.

With regard to (e), no opening of the commercial salmon fishery is planned at this time.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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May 10, 2013

Hon. Keith Ashfield (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to protecting the environment from ships or spills. The Canadian Coast Guard continues to work closely with its federal partners to address the threat of marine pollution from this wreck. The Coast Guard has been working with its partners to respond to this spill since it was reported on March 31. The government has conducted several overflights and deployed several vessels and a remote-operated vehicle, and we will remediate the situation as soon as possible.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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