SKELTON, The Hon. Carol, P.C.

Personal Data

Saskatoon--Rosetown--Biggar (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
December 12, 1945
administrator, coordinator, farmer, rancher, recruiter

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - December 22, 2003
  Saskatoon--Rosetown--Biggar (Saskatchewan)
  • Canadian Alliance Deputy House Leader (April 4, 2002 - June 22, 2003)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (April 4, 2002 - June 22, 2003)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
  Saskatoon--Rosetown--Biggar (Saskatchewan)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
  Saskatoon--Rosetown--Biggar (Saskatchewan)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
  Saskatoon--Rosetown--Biggar (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of National Revenue (February 6, 2006 - August 13, 2007)
  • Minister of Western Economic Diversification (February 6, 2006 - January 3, 2007)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 99)

May 27, 2008

Hon. Carol Skelton (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, who is reducing greenhouse gases and reducing pollution equal to one million fewer cars? With its balanced biofuel initiatives, the Conservative government is.

We are investing in cutting edge research that is leading the world in the development of next generation biofuel technologies, turning waste into cleaner-burning renewable fuels and retaining food for consumption.

Even with a U.S. record high corn ethanol production last year, corn exports actually increased. At the end of the year, there was a 10% corn surplus.

As for cost, corn accounts for less than 5% of the price of a box of cornflakes. Farmers can sell to a local biofuel market that creates jobs and gives them fair prices.

Canada is on the right track. While the NDP members have flip-flopped and turned their backs on farmers, the Conservatives' balanced biofuel policies are a triple win for Canada: good for our environment, good for farm families, and good for our economy.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   The Environment
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May 26, 2008

Hon. Carol Skelton (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, knowing my hon. colleague over many years, I know his heart and soul are with Canadian farmers, and I agree with him totally.

The whole perception of biofuels being bad and causing a world of food shortage has been blown out of proportion. I really think it is essential for Canadian farmers to have the bill passed, that it be carried by all members in the House of Commons.

We have to look at the shortage of food in the world for many different reasons. There have been drought and frost. Western Canada has gone through years of drought. There have been storms, and we only need to look at China and Burma lately. There are many factors.

I would like to give the hon. member a few more minutes to state his case because he has done it very well so far.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
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May 9, 2008

Hon. Carol Skelton (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I am inviting you to come to Saskatchewan and experience some of Canada's rich heritage by joining the towns of Asquith and Delisle in celebrating their centennial in July.

English settlers named their town after Lord Asquith who called it the centre of the British Empire and presented a silver cup that Lord Asquith School proudly uses to this day.

Delisle took its name from its first postmaster, John Amos Delisle. Twenty-six of his direct descendants will come back to celebrate 100 years. Delisle is also the hometown of NHL legends Max and Doug Bentley.

The CPR and the CNR made these early settlements flourish. Today, agriculture and potash mining are their economic mainstays. Asquith and Delisle are also commuter suburbs of Saskatoon, the Paris of the Prairies.

Visit Saskatchewan and enjoy the history, beauty and warm hometown hospitality during Asquith's and Delisle's centennial festivities.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Centennial Festivities
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May 6, 2008

Hon. Carol Skelton (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to present this petition on behalf of Saskatchewan residents. They are asking that Parliament ensure that interest is paid on all Canada pension plan benefit underpayments.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 13, 2008

Hon. Carol Skelton (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, volunteer and professional firefighters serve a vital role in ensuring our public safety.

Ninety-one per cent of fire services are provided by volunteer fire departments. Their technical training demands are growing in complexity and range. Attracting and keeping trained volunteers is difficult for small communities due to family and job demands and lost wages, as well as personal risks.

In January, Caronport's mayor and volunteer fire chief, Royden Taylor, perished fighting a fire. He was instrumental in housing, equipping and boosting the ranks of firefighters serving an area that spans 1,300 square kilometres.

We will never forget Chief Taylor's tremendous service to his community and province.

Therefore, we must work together at all levels of government to find and implement solutions for the challenges facing firefighters, both volunteer and professional alike.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Royden Taylor
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