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 3 of 25)

October 30, 2003

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

Mr. Speaker, every year, during the National Poppy Campaign, more than 15 million scarlet poppies blossom on the lapels of Canadians from coast to coast.

Yesterday afternoon, at Rideau Hall, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada and Patron of the Royal Canadian Legion, received the first poppy of the 2003 campaign from Lieutenant-General Charles Belzile, Dominion Grand President.

The poppy is the national symbol of remembrance. It honours those who served our country in two world wars, the Korean conflict and peacekeeping missions. Its colour is reminiscent of the blood-red flowers that still grow on the fields of honour in France and Belgium.

I urge all Canadians to proudly wear their poppies and to pay tribute to the Canadian soldiers who died in action.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   National Poppy Campaign
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October 29, 2003

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

Mr. Speaker, every year during Small Business Week, the local development centre of the Amiante RCM highlights the contribution of small manufacturers to developing the economy and creating jobs in this region of mines and lakes.

Last Saturday, the award of excellence for entrepreneurship, in recognition of a small business with unparalleled investments or job creation, was awarded to CIF Métal ltée.

CIF Métal ltée is the only foundry in Quebec using permanent moulds. It uses cutting edge numerically-controlled machining centres and produces technically complex permanent moulds in cast iron, steel and graphite. The company managed to increase its production capacity and simultaneously improve its production, using important technological innovations.

I want to congratulate the owners of CIF Métal ltée for their work in fostering job creation and their contribution to the economic and social well-being of the beautiful Frontenac-Mégantic region.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   CIF Métal ltée
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October 28, 2003

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

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada launched the National Homelessness Initiative in December 1999 to support communities in their activities to help homeless people. Building on the successes achieved by communities, the government announced $405 million over three years to continue its commitment to addressing homelessness

On October 23, 2003, the Minister of Labour and Federal Coordinator on Homelessness, went to Thetford Mines to announce $135,000 in funding for the Réseaux d'entraide Amiante organization.

The funding will help the organization purchase and renovate a building to meet the basic needs of the youth, including six supportive housing units as well as support and crisis intervention services.

Réseaux d'entraide Amiante will also organize activities that will stimulate the youth and will motivate them to take an active part in the community.

The Société d’habitation du Québec and the City of Thetford Mines are also providing funding. I have a great deal of respect for this type of partnership, which makes a difference in our communities.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Homeless
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October 21, 2003

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

Mr. Speaker, last week, the Secretary of State in charge of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec announced the extension of the Amiante MRC's Regional Strategic Initiative.

A budget envelope of $7.5 million will be used to carry out projects in the region until March 2006. Of that amount, over $3 million has already been invested in innovative projects, thus creating over 250 jobs and generating investments of $16.2 million.

This good news fits in well with 2003 Small Business Week, which focuses on the power within every entrepreneur to turn dreams into reality by creating businesses that fuel regional economic growth.

The Frontenac—Mégantic region is a good example of this dynamism. It has reached a level of excellence in Quebec thanks to our small business leaders who turn innovative ideas into reality.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Regional Economic Development
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October 9, 2003

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

Mr. Speaker, the current EI economic regions came into effect on July 9, 2000. These regions reflected changes in the labour market and ensured that people living in areas with high unemployment received the assistance they need from the EI program.

HRDC also recognized at that time that the impact of the changes was greater than expected in the regions and introduced transitional measures.

Recently, we have heard that workers in these regions will require additional time to adjust.

Can the Minister of Human Resources Development tell the House what the government is doing to help workers in the affected regions in Quebec and New Brunswick?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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