Barry D. MOORE

MOORE, Barry D.

Personal Data

Progressive Conservative
Pontiac--Gatineau--Labelle (Quebec)
Birth Date
August 21, 1944

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
  Pontiac--Gatineau--Labelle (Quebec)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
  Pontiac--Gatineau--Labelle (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism) (April 5, 1989 - May 7, 1991)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (May 8, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (September 1, 1993 - October 26, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 14)

February 19, 1993

Mr. Barry Moore (Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle):

Madam Speaker, for the last 15 years World Vision Canada has encouraged teenagers from across the country to abstain from eating solid food for 30 hours in an effort to raise awareness of the issues of Third World hunger.

If we take just a moment to think of our friends from the Third World it will incite us to make that little effort which can contribute to better living for those less fortunate people. We as Canadians can do something about it. Participating in this 30-hour famine will give us a great experience of sharing.

In my riding students from the St-Alphonsus School in Chapeau and students from the Cite etudiante in Man-iwaki and elsewhere are participating in this 30-hour famine. I wish to congratulate the students and their teachers.

I urge all Canadians across Canada to take part in this worth-while effort to raise awareness of Third World hunger and to show that we care. We can only hope that our contribution can make for a brighter future for those less fortunate.

Thank you students on behalf of those who will benefit from your efforts this weekend.

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February 17, 1993

Mr. Barry Moore (Pontiac-Gatineau-Labelle):

Mr. Speaker, the Conference Board of Canada has predicted a year of relative labour peace in the Canadian work place.

Low inflation and the leadership of the federal government in exercising fiscal restraint has meant that bargaining priorities have shifted to such important work place improvements as access to job training and other non-monetary benefits.

Flying in the face of these positive developments is the president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Mr. Daryl Bean, who has vowed to take money from a $1.25 million collective bargaining account to target certain candidates for defeat in the upcoming election.

I wonder if PS AC members are aware of Daryl Bean's intention to endorse and to work for the election of Bloc Quebecois candidates.

It strains all credulity to see PS AC's endorsement of a party that is committed to the demise of Canada and with it the disappearance of some 45,000 federal jobs in Quebec. If I were a member of PSAC, I would demand my money back.

Subtopic:   PETITIONS
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December 3, 1992

Mr. Barry Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, I have been asked to respond to the suggestion made in the Auditor General's report and also by the hon. member that the government provided assistance to Westray that amounted to 103 per cent of the net pre-production costs.

The company was required to provide $15 million in cash during the pre-production period, plus share in the loan insurance risk, with possible tax benefit credits, principally in future years. The total financing by Cur-ragh totalled $30 million, consisting of $9 million in cash, $6 million in deferred management fees, and $15 million which represents 15 per cent of the bank loan guarantee. They were also fully responsible for any cost overruns that occurred.

The Auditor General's report offsets the $30 million of company financing with $34.2 million of potential tax benefits. It could be easy to misinterpret the manner in which the potential tax benefits are reported without also realizing that tax benefits are potential and are realized only if there are profits against which they can be applied.

In this instance these benefits did not all materialize as Curragh suffered losses subsequent to the start-up of the Westray mine.

The Auditor General's exhibit 13-7 does not represent actual cash flow or actual costs but simply what might have occurred had Curragh been more profitable than it was and had been able to take advantage of the tax concessions. In actual fact all of the tax concessions were

not available to Curragh and the Westray mine is reported to have cost Curragh in excess of $28.5 million.

One must realize that the purpose of loan insurance is to encourage financial institutions to loan money to projects which, by their nature, would not normally be financed by these institutions or only at extremely high rates of interest. We were satisfied that Curragh shared a significant portion of the risk as demonstrated by the size of their reported loss on this project.

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December 3, 1992

Mr. Barry Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, the government has acted responsibly in this review of the Kemano Completion Project. The 1987 settlement agreement reached between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, British Columbia and Alcan provided fisheries protection through mitigation requirements for the Nechako River system, and furthermore removed the pristine Nanika River from further development by Alcan.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans conducted considerable analysis of the potential impacts of the proposed Kemano Completion Project to determine

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protection requirements for fish and fish habitat and also undertook public consultation in 1984.

An out of court settlement agreement was reached with British Columbia and Alcan in 1987 after an independent review panel chaired by Dr. David Strangway, the then president of the University of British Columbia, advised that fisheries experts agreed that the potentially negative impacts on fisheries from the Kemano Completion Project could be mitigated.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans applied the principles of its policy for the management of fish habitat, providing for no net loss of fish habitat and responsible resource management. The agreement formalized the release of flows to protect fisheries, and required Alcan to provide measures to mitigate the potential impacts on fish and fish habitat, thus securing longer term protection for the fish stocks.

In summary, the settlement agreement was entered into with extensive consideration for potential impacts on fisheries and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans took the appropriate steps to ensure the necessary protection for fish and fish habitat.

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December 3, 1992

Mr. Barry Moore (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, I hope you will give me the chance to respond because there is much good news in the highlights of the Minister of Finance's economic statement given yesterday in the House.

A significant part of the statement by the Minister of Finance was devoted to small business and to new and improved ways of helping this very important sector of our Canadian economy. I would like to highlight a few of them.

The Small Businesses Foans Act program which assists small business in obtaining access to financing will be made even more effective by the increase in maximum loan size to $250,000. This higher limit will permit larger program loans for all eligible businesses, including firms investing in technology, to improve their competitiveness. A number of other improvements are being made to the program and these will be made public tomorrow when the Minister of State for Small Businesses and Tourism tables a bill to amend the act.

As indicated in the economic statement, the government is also working to broaden the implication of the program to include some forms of working capital loans. The Small Business Financing Program, aimed at helping financially troubled businesses lower their cost of debt, is being extended to December 31, 1994.

The revitalization of our manufacturing industry is of a high priority and this process will be helped by the introduction of an investment tax credit on the purchase of machinery and equipment. This two-year program will lower cost and promote investment in modernization and technology. Farge amounts of capital from Canadians in all walks of life are presently held in RRSPs and RRIFs. In order to direct some of these funds to investment in small businesses the rules for self-directed RRSPs and RRIFs are being simplified together with the reporting requirements of trustees of these types of plans. The simplified regulations should result in an increased flow of capital to small businesses which is what the hon. member is looking for.

December 3, 1992

The statement gives recognition to the importance of technology today by improving and simplifying R and D rules for small businesses. These will eliminate confusion and uncertainty among business persons and allow them to proceed with projects knowing that their expenditures do indeed qualify for tax credits and other benefits.

We will be mentioning in passing other initiatives in the economic statement designed to help small business continue in its vital role, improvements to the industrial research program, a reduction of the regulatory burden and a holiday from unemployment insurance premiums for new employees of small businesses.

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