Robert (Bob) SPELLER

SPELLER, The Hon. Robert (Bob), P.C., B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Haldimand--Norfolk--Brant (Ontario)
Birth Date
February 29, 1956
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Speller
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=41be2641-cabd-44d4-9f19-d9f0a3c0dc2c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, consultant

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Haldimand--Norfolk (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Haldimand--Norfolk (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Haldimand--Norfolk--Brant (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Trade (July 16, 1998 - August 31, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Haldimand--Norfolk--Brant (Ontario)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 135)


May 14, 2004

Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada has recognized that governments over the past number of years have taken action to reduce tobacco smoking across this country. We recognize that those actions have had an impact on rural farm families and rural communities in both Ontario and Quebec.

The Government of Canada has taken responsibility for its actions that it signed on to under the international protocol on the reduction of tobacco and to fulfill that protocol by doing what the international community told us to do to ensure that these people can adjust.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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May 13, 2004

Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, that is simply not true. The Government of Canada has worked very closely with producers, the provinces and all groups toward getting that border open. The Prime Minister has taken it to the highest level. He sat down with President Bush. Both have come to the conclusion that this is a North American situation, and one that needs to have cooperation and us working hard together.

The President of the United States responded by saying that he wants those borders open, and we believe that they should open now.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Agriculture
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May 13, 2004

Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, in fact I can give the hon. member the assurance that it will not be happening.

Based on a risk assessment, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has indicated that it is willing to have queen bees imported from the United States. The hon. member should know that there are differences of opinion between provinces on this issue. The hon. member may be aware that the provinces, if they wish, may be able to ban these bees coming into the country.

There was a review process put out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. That date ended two days ago and it will be making a decision shortly.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Agriculture
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May 13, 2004

Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I wish the hon. member would not stand in the House and say that talks with the farmers have broken off. That is absolutely not true. In fact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is constantly in contact with the farmers and different farm groups, along with the province, to work on this issue.

Clearly there was a way in which the first payments to farmers was put. It was done by a group that did our BSE compensation. We found some flaws in its work. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is working with the farm groups to work through the true costs of compensation.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Agriculture
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May 13, 2004

Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, presently the Minister of International Trade is over in Paris meeting with his counterparts to talk about the importance of the Canadian position. There are a number of issues within this trade round that are of concern to Canadian farmers, for instance, supply management. There is no question that the government is 100% behind Canadian supply managed farmers. I wonder whether or not the hon. member can actually say his party is.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Agriculture
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