Claude Girvin (Girve) FRETZ

FRETZ, Claude Girvin (Girve)

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Erie (Ontario)
Birth Date
March 4, 1927
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girve_Fretz
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=47300103-ceff-41fc-8f7c-7b416ca7257f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, merchant, retail merchant

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Erie (Ontario)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Erie (Ontario)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Erie (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (November 1, 1984 - November 24, 1985)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Mines) (November 25, 1985 - October 14, 1986)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Erie (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 97)


June 3, 1993

Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):

Madam Speaker, I would like to read the following headlines: "Factory output climbs- Canada leads industrial nations", "Canada bucks global economic trend", "Canadian economic growth hits two-year high", and "Canada poised to top G-7 growth".

It is no coincidence that the nine years preceding these newspaper headlines contained the tough choices and the real commitment to long-term economic prosperity which today are so popularly criticized.

What evidence exists to persuade Canadians that our economic strategy is on the right track? As we proceed from a cyclical economic downturn which is global in scope, growth in Canada's manufacturing output is stronger than that of any other major industrialized nation. At 4 per cent Canada's GDP growth has been steadily rising since January 1991, and in the first quarter of 1993 it was four times higher than that in the United States.

With the prediction that the Canadian economy will grow faster than that of any other major industrialized nation the OECD said yesterday that recovery in Canada-

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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May 3, 1993

Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):

Mr. Speaker, because my hon. friends across the floor are usually remiss in reporting good news to Canadians I feel compelled to rise in the House today.

Over the weekend The Globe and Mail reported that the Canadian economy grew 0.4 per cent in February. This is consistent with the economic indicators of the last three months, which show Canada's GDP rising.

That is only part of the good news. The other part is that February's surge in output brings the total value of

Canada's goods and services, our GDP, to its highest level since March 1990, when our economy took a downturn. In other words, not only is the recession over but our economy is now stronger than when the recession began.

For many months the opposition has called for an end to our efforts at restructuring. It has said: Cancel free trade, cancel the GST, cancel NAFTA, increase spending.

By rejecting these so-called alternatives and remaining committed to our goals of freer markets, fair taxation and fiscal prudence we have laid the foundation for a higher quality of growth and a stronger economy for the long term.

If I can quote the reaction to Saturday's figures of the assistant chief economist at the Royal Bank: "We are on the right track. Things are-"

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE ECONOMY
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April 21, 1993

Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):

Mr. Speaker, here is something to crow about.

I quote from an article in The Globe and Mail entitled "Confidence in Mr. Crow". It says:

Mr. Crow has scored an impressive hat trick: low inflation, low interest rates, and a lower exchange rate. He has achieved all three, however, because he had just one goal in mind: low inflation. It is useful to think what would have happened had he not been so single-minded. As inflation rose, Canada's creditors would have sold our bonds, and gone on selling until interest rates rose enough to compensate them. Foreigners dumping their Canadian dollar holdings would have set off a cascading decline in the exchange rate, far overshooting its long-run value. With the prices of domestic and imported goods rising, workers would have demanded higher wage increases, and we'd be off on another inflationary spiral. Without confidence, all is lost.

That is the Crow rate. To the opposition I say: "Let them eat crow."

Oral Questions

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF CANADA
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April 19, 1993

Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):

Mr. Speaker, the beauty and fragrance of fresh flowers have returned to Niagara regional council chambers. More than 200 plants and cut flowers filled the chambers for the introduction of the Greater Niagara Greenhouse Growers' Directory and Buyer's Guide, a Niagara Region Development Corporation project.

The industry employs almost 2,200 people working under more than 11 million square feet of glass and generates multimillion dollar amounts of revenue. Niagara greenhouses grow 17 species of cut flowers. In addition, growers are recognized for their excellence in producing millions of poinsettias, vegetables, nursery stock and landscaping plants. Major markets include the Niagara region, southern Ontario, Quebec and the northeastern United States. Annual sales are $160 million.

Seven Niagara greenhouse growers have been in business for more than 50 years and two-thirds have been growing in Niagara for more than 20 years. Congratulations to the growers in Niagara.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NIAGARA GREENHOUSES
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April 19, 1993

Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

As reported in a recent news account, a senior official with the Canadian Coast Guard stated that it lacks equipment or plans to deal with a major chemical spill from a tanker in the Great Lakes.

My question for the minister is this: Is that report true? If so, what does the minister intend to do about it?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   GREAT LAKES
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