Mary COLLINS

COLLINS, The Hon. Mary, P.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Capilano--Howe Sound (British Columbia)
Birth Date
September 26, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Collins
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=29e3fa33-f542-476f-88d3-d7da7d2f2404&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businesswoman

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Capilano (British Columbia)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Capilano--Howe Sound (British Columbia)
  • Associate Minister of National Defence (January 30, 1989 - January 3, 1993)
  • Minister responsible for the Status of Women (February 23, 1990 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister of State (Environment) (January 4, 1993 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of Western Economic Diversification (January 4, 1993 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of National Health and Welfare (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister of Amateur Sport (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 140)


June 2, 1993

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker, I am really glad my hon. colleague raised that question.

The report the Sierra Club provided was interesting. I actually felt that it really had not done its homework. I do not think it attended the meeting on Monday when our Canadian ambassador for environment and sustainable development, Mr. Campeau, brought out the report card on what we have done on the UNCED follow-up.

June 2, 1993

We have met our commitments. We are the first industrialized country to ratify the climate change convention and the biodiversity convention. We are already implementing both of those and we are developing national plans. We have been the lead in the development of the United Nations Conference on High Seas Fisheries, a very critical component.

One of the most important things which is often forgotten is that the Minister of the Environment, concerned about the dynamics of the UNCED followup, convened a meeting in April bringing together 12 of the environment ministers from around the world representing most of the industrialized countries. From that he has created a real political push to ensure that the meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development to be held in June will indeed be a success.

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Subtopic:   THE ENVIRONMENT
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June 2, 1993

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker, again I am sure my hon. colleague will remember that the bill came back from the Senate with a number of recommendations. It asked that they be implemented before the act was proclaimed.

One is the development of all the regulatory requirements. Doing things in the real way, the open and transparent way, we went through a major consultative process.

Oral Questions

We have just received the report from that stakeholders group and we will be using that. We will be working with colleagues toward the ultimate proclamation of the act and the implementation of the regulations.

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June 2, 1993

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker, again perhaps those who prepared the report overlooked some of the tremendous number of activities that we have taken in the past year with respect to the climate change convention.

Not only were we the first country to ratify it but we will also have this month the publication of our first national report on climate change which has come about as a result of multisectoral discussion.

In fact I attended the recent meeting of environment ministers. We are now working with the energy ministers for a plan this fall to ensure that we are working together to achieve our objectives federally and provincially.

Just think of some of the other things we have done: the tree planting program, the energy efficiency program-

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June 2, 1993

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker again I am glad my colleague raised the question of the biodiversity convention.

Here Canada was in a leadership position. We were the first industrialized country to sign it and the first country to ratify it.

We are now working with a national biodiversity plan and with colleagues in the development of new national parks. Not long ago I signed the Haida Gwaii agreement. We recently announced the new park in the Yukon.

We are proceeding with every component of our biodiversity strategy, all those that are within-and I ask my hon. colleague to listen to this-within federal jurisdiction.

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May 31, 1993

Hon. Mary Collins (Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women):

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to serve with the Minister of the Environment in the excellent work that he does, but let me clarify it again perhaps in looking at the Tteasuiy Board guidelines. Treasury Board guidelines are not hard and fast. They say that normally there are public tenders but there are exceptions.

In this case the department reviewed the potential people that might be employed. Mr. Small was chosen because of his excellent background and expertise in international work and work related to the environment.

He completed his first contract. He had done the work leading up to UNCED. Further work was going to be required so in the normal course of events he was asked to stay on and complete that work. I think that is logical and is good use of the taxpayers' dollars and I can assure everyone that Mr. Small undertook his work very effectively for us.

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