Alastair William GILLESPIE

GILLESPIE, The Hon. Alastair William, P.C., O.C., B.Comm., M.A., M. Comm.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Etobicoke (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 1, 1922
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alastair_Gillespie
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=42384049-a834-4ef3-a8b5-1d7a39c20ca8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
business executive

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Etobicoke (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (October 1, 1970 - August 11, 1971)
  • Minister of State for Science and Technology (August 12, 1971 - November 26, 1972)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Etobicoke (Ontario)
  • Minister of State for Science and Technology (August 12, 1971 - November 26, 1972)
  • Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (November 27, 1972 - September 25, 1975)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Etobicoke (Ontario)
  • Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (November 27, 1972 - September 25, 1975)
  • Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (September 26, 1975 - June 3, 1979)
  • Minister of State for Science and Technology (November 24, 1978 - June 3, 1979)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 647)


March 19, 1979

Mr. Gillespie:

I am reading from the text of the remarks he made on Sunday, and he does not make that point.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 19, 1979

Mr. Gillespie:

Yes, the government has that option. The events of the last few weeks indicate that the government has that power. It can exercise that option by causing Petro-Canada to enter into negotiations with Petroleos de Venezuela, the national oil company of Venezuela. Let it be understood that that is an initiative the government is taking, an initiative for which the official opposition criticized the government, specifically the energy critic, the hon. member for Northumb-erland-Durham (Mr. Lawrence).

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 19, 1979

Mr. Gillespie:

Thank you for your assistance, Mr. Speaker. I recognize, as we all have in this House, that when we deal with the really gut issues involving Petro-Canada the official opposition squirms and gets very uncomfortable. I suppose the

March 19, 1979

reason they heckle is that it takes their minds off their discomfort. We saw another example of that a moment ago when I accused the House leader for the opposition of sharing the view of the Leader of the Official Opposition. I can understand his discomfort because the Leader of the Opposition said yesterday that they were going to be moving out of Petro-Canada as an instrument.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 19, 1979

Mr. Gillespie:

They would destroy the one significant policy instrument. I believe that Petro-Canada has a very important role to play from the point of view of importing foreign crude, whether it be Venezuelan, Mexican, or perhaps in the not too distant future, Norwegian. Petro-Canada has also been involved in discussions with Statoil, which is the Norwegian national oil company. This makes sense because Norway is a producing nation with a national oil company and is also a NATO ally of ours. My colleague, the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Danson) has discussed this aspect, this dimension of security with the Norwegians.

I believe that a Canadian national oil company working with the Norwegian oil company can help to develop and preserve Canadian energy security. I believe that there are a number of other opportunities where the Canadian national oil company can become effective as an importer of crude for Canadian refiners in providing Canadian energy security. However, I do not believe that the particular amendment which has been placed on the table by the New Democratic Party will advance this particular important dimension of Petro-Canada, for the reasons which I have already stated.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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March 19, 1979

Hon. Alastair Gillespie (Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, I have listened very carefully to the last speaker, the hon. member for Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands (Mr. Douglas), as I did to the hon. member for Calgary Centre (Mr. Andre).

First, I should like to deal with some of the remarks of the hon. member for Calgary Centre. He seemed to resent the fact that I introduced a motion of time allocation prior to his concluding remarks. There was a very simple reason why I introduced that motion. It was because we had been confronted in the House with delaying tactics on the part of the opposition which we on the government side could no longer accept.

If hon. members look at the record, they will see exactly what I mean. We spent four days last week on the report stage. That is an unusually long period of time. Indeed, we have spent the whole week on report stage and we are still on the report stage. There is one reason alone why we are still on the report stage. It is because hon. members opposite have talked and talked and talked. They have kept the debate running and they have not been interested in bringing it to a conclusion. That comes after three days on second reading and another eight meetings in committee.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS
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