Jean-Robert GAUTHIER

GAUTHIER, The Hon. Jean-Robert, C.M., O.Ont., D.Ed.(Hon.), D.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Ottawa--Vanier (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 22, 1929
Deceased Date
December 10, 2009
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Robert_Gauthier
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=26223e14-510e-4dcb-8a95-e4483fb87b9e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
chiropractor

Parliamentary Career

October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Ottawa East (Ontario)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Ottawa--Vanier (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Urban Affairs (October 10, 1975 - September 30, 1977)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Ottawa--Vanier (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Ottawa--Vanier (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
LIB
  Ottawa--Vanier (Ontario)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (September 17, 1984 - January 1, 1990)
  • Chief Opposition Whip (September 17, 1984 - January 1, 1990)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Ottawa--Vanier (Ontario)
  • Whip of the Liberal Party (September 17, 1984 - January 1, 1990)
  • Chief Opposition Whip (September 17, 1984 - January 1, 1990)
  • Liberal Party Deputy House Leader (February 2, 1989 - September 1, 1990)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (February 2, 1989 - September 1, 1990)
  • Official Opposition House Leader (February 7, 1990 - January 29, 1991)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (February 7, 1990 - January 29, 1991)
October 25, 1993 - November 23, 1994
LIB
  Ottawa--Vanier (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1081)


November 18, 1994

Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

This report relates to Bill C-57, an act to implement the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization. The committee considered the bill and presents the report, with amendments.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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November 16, 1994

Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as a co-chairman of the committee which has now been dissolved-still, I feel a responsibility-I would like to explain why the co-chairman from the Senate and myself decided to produce the report in two separate volumes. This was one single report which was tabled only in this House and the other place, and not two separate reports.

The committee report, dissenting opinions, appendices, position papers, documents and summaries added up to a total of 1,126 pages. This was rather bulky. So, some thinking was required. We sought advice and gave the matter some thought and, finally, decided to publish the report in two volumes, both of which were put in a white folder marked "Committee Report". This is how it was tabled in this House and distributed to the media.

We would have liked the printer to tie them together with something like this to make things easier, but time was short and it would have been too costly. The point is taken, but it is not really fair to say that there are two reports. There is only one report. It was decided to produce the report in two volumes. The first volume is 181 pages long and contains the majority report, while the second volume, with 202 pages, contains the dissenting opinions of the Bloc Quebecois and the Reform Party as well as the appendices.

In addition, we have put together in another volume the 250 pages of position papers prepared by experts, experts recognized by the committee that is. A 483-page summary was also made available in loose-leaf format to limit costs. It can be obtained on request. Since it was impossible to tie the volumes with a plastic or paper tape because the printing deadlines were too short, the two volumes that make up the report were distributed yesterday, as I indicated earlier, in a specially designed folder marked "Report of the Special Joint Committee Reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy".

Positions papers and summaries on the other hand are distributed on request. The index of Volume I indicates very clearly that the report has two volumes and lists the contents of Volume II. This is clear proof that the dissention opinions are part and parcel of the committee report. The Bloc should see in this format nothing more that an effort on the part of both co-chairmen to provide the readers with practical and easy to handle documents.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Point Of Order
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November 15, 1994

Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Special Joint Committee on Reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy.

In accordance with the order of reference, our report addresses the changes occurring in the world today and their impact on Canada. We all can see that Marshall McLuhan's global village is becoming more and more of a reality for Canadians. That reality has an impact on their security, their jobs and their well-being. The whole world is affected. Therefore, Canada's foreign policy is a domestic policy and our domestic policy is a foreign policy.

Some people would say these changes cause upheaval in interests and fundamental values and that Canadians today are then faced with significant challenges. Our report contains conclusions and recommendations on the principles and priorities that should guide our foreign policy.

In fact, our report suggests a new agenda for what is left of this decade and for the beginning of the 21st century.

The new agenda we propose reflects the deep rooted values that Canadians want to see expressed in their foreign policy and the need to make strategic choices. In fact selectivity and criteria for selection are features of the report.

The agenda includes: reform of the major international institutions of global governance, such as the United Nations and the international financial institutions to make them more effective, more transparent, more representative and more accountable; expanding our concept of security to include non-military factors and a greater specialization of the armed forces to better support peacekeeping operations; and promoting a rules based multilateral trade system and a Team Canada approach to trade development and foreign policy in general.

The agenda also includes: a greater emphasis on the promotion of Canadian culture and learning as a fundamental dimension of foreign policy; a strategy for managing the complex relationship with the United States of America, including better use of the multinational mechanisms; and a reformed foreign aid program designed to target assistance more effectively to meet human development priorities.

Finally the agenda includes: strengthening foreign policy linkages with sustainable development and human rights; and continuing the democratization of Canadian foreign policy through dialogue and education.

I would like to thank the 500 witnesses who presented evidence to the committee during the last seven months and all those who sent briefs and proposals. We received approximately 560 briefs. I would also like to thank the members of the team: the clerks and their personnel, the research assistants and all those who co-operated with us and gave us such a tremendous support.

On my own behalf, I would like to pay tribute to my colleagues of this House and of the Senate who worked hard to produce what I consider to be an excellent report.

The committee members were all struck at the commitment of Canadians towards the very simple principle that we should build a better world. This report testifies of the fact that when working together and in unity, Canadians can make a very unique contribution.

Pursuant to Standing Order 109, Mr. Speaker, the committee asks the government to present a comprehensive response to this report.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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October 20, 1994

Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take the opportunity to state on the record my opposition to the decision of the Chinese government to continue the testing of nuclear weapons.

For the third time in the past year China has detonated an explosive nuclear device, an action clearly out of step with the negotiations currently under way in Geneva to reach agreement on a nuclear test ban treaty. Indeed China is the only one of the five nuclear states not to adhere to the moratorium on nuclear testing in effect for the duration of these negotiations.

The Chinese government claims that the devices being tested are limited in scope and to be used for defensive purposes only. Regardless of such claims, I would like to echo the concerns of many of my constituents and I think most members of the House, to tell the Chinese government that we do not appreciate this kind of testing and would like to see it stopped at this time.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Nuclear Weapons
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October 7, 1994

Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34, I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the Report of the Canadian Section of the International Assembly of French-Speaking Parliamentarians on the second Jeux de la Francophonie, held in Paris, from July 5 to 13, 1994.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegation
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