Gérard BINET

BINET, Gérard

Personal Data

Frontenac--Mégantic (Quebec)
Birth Date
November 11, 1955
businessman, draftsman

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
  Frontenac--Mégantic (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 25)

May 11, 2004

Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my colleague, the hon. Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development announced this morning new measures worth some $270 million over two years to better meet the needs of employment insurance claimants.

The changes announced today will ensure that the program promotes greater labour force participation by encouraging workers to accept any available work.

In addition, the provinces that participated in the Older Workers Pilot Projects Initiative will be offered additional funding in 2004-05. The projects are designed to help older workers aged between 55 and 64 to remain employed or reintegrate into the labour force.

Today's initiatives are but the beginning of a solution. It is still our government's intention to implement more sustainable solutions as soon as the Task Force on Seasonal Work has submitted its final report.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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April 27, 2004

Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Quebec mining week 2004 was kicked off yesterday in Chibougamau.

In Quebec, in both the regions and urban centres, tens of thousands of jobs depend directly and indirectly on the success of the mining industry.

Quebec is duly recognized as a centre for mining excellence. More than ever, there must be encouragement for this economic sector, which has to keep up with the dizzying pace of scientific developments and the evolution of specialized technologies.

Whether it is finding innovative ways to reforest tailing sites or developing a better asphalt by adding chrysotile fibres, those working in the mining industry show creativity and innovation.

I ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the mining industry's important place in Canadian society.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Semaine minière du Québec
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April 21, 2004

Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of five mental health agencies in the Asbestos region. La Croisée, le Havre, l'Intervalle, the Asbestos general hospital and the CLSC-Frontenac received the Most Innovative Mental Illness Awareness Week Event award for 2003.

The Canadian Psychiatric Association awarded this honour to these agencies for the innovative and imaginative documentary called Je t'aime pareil .

I congratulate those who become involved in such innovative community activities to unmask mental illness.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Mental Health
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April 19, 2004

Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, between now and September, Canada will have to decide whether or not to add chrysotile asbestos to the PIC procedure of the Rotterdam Convention.

During recent consultations, stakeholders in my region objected to the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos to this procedure.

My question is for the Minister of the Environment. Does Canada intend to yield to the pressures of the European Union and Chili in signing this convention?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Environment
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April 19, 2004

Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to tell hon. members about a very interesting initiative.

Maria Labrecque Duchesneau, who is a member of the organization called Au coeur des familles agricoles, is suggesting to our government that it establish a Good News Day.

I think that this original idea has some merit. The arguments put forward by Mrs. Duchesneau are very relevant.

In a column published in La Terre de chez nous , Mrs. Duchesneau points out that as soon as we wake up, we are bombarded with information that is depressing to say the least: war atrocities, concerns about the future and so on.

I invite my colleagues to give serious thought to establishing a Good News Day. This would provide an opportunity to forget for a moment the precariousness of the human condition and instead to reflect on the things that remind us that life is truly beautiful.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Maria Labrecque Duchesneau
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