Bernard VALCOURT

VALCOURT, The Hon. Bernard, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., DHC

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Madawaska--Restigouche (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
February 18, 1952
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Valcourt
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5d65749e-0cdb-4c03-88d4-f57a905acc33&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, notary

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Madawaska--Victoria (New Brunswick)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Science and Technology (November 1, 1984 - November 24, 1985)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (November 25, 1985 - June 29, 1986)
  • Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism) (June 30, 1986 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Indian Affairs and Northern Development) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Madawaska--Victoria (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism) (June 30, 1986 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Indian Affairs and Northern Development) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (January 30, 1989 - July 4, 1989)
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991)
  • Minister of Employment and Immigration (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of National Health and Welfare (June 18, 1993 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of Labour (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister of Employment and Immigration (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Madawaska--Restigouche (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of State (La Francophonie) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Associate Minister of National Defence (July 4, 2012 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (February 22, 2013 - November 3, 2015)
May 2, 2011 -
CPC
  Madawaska--Restigouche (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of State (La Francophonie) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Associate Minister of National Defence (July 4, 2012 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (February 22, 2013 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 364)


June 3, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt

Mr. Speaker, the comments of the hon. member betray his lack of understanding and knowledge of what led to Bill S-6. He says there was no consultation. Improvements to the regulatory system have been contemplated since 2007, and they were informed by a review by Neil McCrank, the federal government's special representative for the northern regulatory improvement initiative. In his review of the regulatory systems across the north, he consulted widely with aboriginal groups, governments, and industry. These consultations resulted in his 2008 report, entitled “The Road to Improvement”.

In 2012, the Government of Canada subsequently announced the action plan to improve northern regulatory regimes, which drew upon recommendations in this 2008 report.

The short answer as to why we have this motion today is that it is to give the northerners the benefit of its impact.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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June 3, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt

Mr. Speaker, let me thank the hon. member for his question but mostly for his work on behalf of Yukoners. He is always at work to ensure that Yukoners do indeed participate in Canada's prosperity.

As I said, our government's top priority is creating jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity, and this is no different in the north. The reason we must allocate time to pass Bill S-6 as rapidly as possible is that it will establish conditions in both Yukon and Nunavut that will encourage continued investment and ensure that Canada's north remains an attractive place for industry investments in an increasingly competitive global market.

For example, Bill S-6 introduces timelines that will create consistency and predictability in environmental assessments and the issuance of water licences. Another piece of the bill makes sure that once a project has been assessed once, it will not require another assessment unless there has been a significant change to the project, reducing duplication.

Provisions like these will attract investment to Yukon and Nunavut, which will act as a major driver of jobs across the territories.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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June 3, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt

Mr. Speaker, we have here another member who is getting all worked up about the Standing Orders of the House of Commons, which we did not invent. I had the privilege of being an MP over 20 years ago, and the same rules were in place then. Canada is still seen as a vibrant democracy that serves Canadians well.

As my colleague said, there is going to be an election this fall. However, Canadians will have been served by a serious government that is committed to creating jobs in our country, growing our economy and making sure that Canadians' quality of life continues to improve.

Thanks to all of the measures that this government has put in place, Canadians have the lowest tax burden in 50 years. Since the depths of the recession, we have created over 1.2 million good jobs. Were it not for this tool that allows us to close debate when an issue has been debated enough, Canadians would not be reaping all of those benefits.

Bill S-6 is important because the people of the Yukon deserve to be on a level playing field with the other northern regions and the rest of Canada.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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June 3, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her comments, and I will tell her and tell the House that the Government of Canada has maintained an open dialogue with the Government of Yukon, the Government of Nunavut, NTI, the Yukon first nations, industry associations, and other stakeholders.

As a matter of fact, on the consultation issue, maybe she does not know, but financial assistance was offered to aboriginal groups and boards throughout the consultation process for the review of these legislative proposals. The vast majority of these provisions are being endorsed by the Council of Yukon First Nations. It is true that it has expressed concern about four particular amendments, but it is important to state that these four particular amendments do not take away from the spirit and intent of the umbrella agreement. These amendments are in full compliance not only with the letter but with the spirit and intent of the umbrella agreement.

I want to assure our partners in this treaty, the first nations, the Yukoners, as represented by the Government of Yukon, that we are going to continue to work with them, in partnership, to implement these changes for the benefit of Yukoners.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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June 3, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt

Mr. Speaker, juste en passant, I would like the hon. member to acknowledge that this is not about amendments to just the Yukon process. Important changes to the regulatory system in Nunavut are also contained in Bill S-6, and all Nunavummiut have endorsed these holus-bolus. I would invite the hon. member to consider that aspect of the bill also.

On the issue of consultation, the member is totally wrong. That is the leadership of the Liberal Party. The Liberals follow the crowd. Wherever the wind blows, that is where they go.

We are a principled party and a principled government. This is about job creation. This is about economic growth. This is about protecting the environment. This is about long-term prosperity.

At the moment, there is an imbalance. The government of the Yukon has asked us to pass this bill, because it wants to get to a level playing field with the other territories and with the provinces south of 60. This is about creating certainty. This is about securing investment in the natural resources sector, where first nations, I wish to remind the House, are co-managing the YESA Board with the Government of the Yukon and the Government of Canada.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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