Rob MERRIFIELD

MERRIFIELD, The Hon. Rob, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Yellowhead (Alberta)
Birth Date
December 19, 1953
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Merrifield
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5eefea52-873b-41aa-963e-964119ce4ea4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, farmer

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - December 22, 2003
CA
  Yellowhead (Alberta)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Yellowhead (Alberta)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Yellowhead (Alberta)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Yellowhead (Alberta)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Yellowhead (Alberta)
  • Minister of State (Transport) (October 30, 2008 - May 17, 2011)
May 2, 2011 - September 17, 2014
CPC
  Yellowhead (Alberta)
  • Minister of State (Transport) (October 30, 2008 - May 17, 2011)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 165)


June 10, 2014

Hon. Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our government has focused on responsible resource development that protects the environment. There are 84 pipelines crossing the 49th parallel today.

The average approval time for those pipelines is three and a half months. The Keystone XL pipeline is now in its sixth year of deliberations. It is a project that would strengthen North American energy security. It would create jobs on both sides of the border. It would lower risk and rail congestion.

Could the parliamentary secretary tell us more about why our government supports the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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May 12, 2014

Hon. Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow we will officially open a brand new Glacier Skywalk in our beautiful riding of Yellowhead. I had the opportunity to walk on the wild side to preview this skywalk, and it is truly a breathtaking experience.

This cliff-edge walkway soars almost 1,000 feet above the ground and will give visitors to Jasper National Park an opportunity to explore our spectacular landscape in a completely new way. Located off the Icefields Parkway, the Glacier Skywalk is an interpretive experience that will enable our visitors to learn more about the glaciology, geology and ecosystem of the world-famous Columbia Icefield.

Jasper Park is a national treasure, and I am very impressed with the efforts that have been taken to provide this new experience to visitors who respect both the environment and the integrity of our landscape.

I invite all hon. colleagues in the House, and people all across Canada, to visit Jasper this coming summer for their very own walk on the wild side.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Glacier Skywalk
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May 7, 2014

Hon. Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our government remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine. We will not stand idly by while its sovereignty and its territorial integrity are being threatened.

We have shown strong support for the people of Ukraine and the NATO alliance with a commitment of six CF-18 fighter jets, the frigate HMCS Regina, and the participation of Canadian army soldiers in Exercise Orzel Alert in Poland.

Can the Minister of National Defence please update the House on Canada's commitment to NATO's reassurance measures and to the people of Ukraine?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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May 5, 2014

Hon. Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on International Trade related to Bill C-20, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Honduras, the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Honduras and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Honduras.

The committee has studied the bill and has decided to report the bill back to the House without amendment.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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April 2, 2014

Hon. Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, last week, our government approved four long-term liquefied natural gas export licenses. These approvals are important to Canada's economy as we seek to diversify our energy markets. Canada, by the way, is the fifth largest producer of natural gas in the world.

The International Energy Agency predicts that the world's energy demands will increase some 33% between now and the year 2035. This is great news for all Canadians, as the Conference Board of Canada estimates that the natural gas sector has the potential to create 131,000 new jobs every year between 2012 and 2035 across Canada. This is especially good news for ridings such as Yellowhead, as we predict tremendous growth in our economy due to the opening up of the Duvernay gas field.

I am proud of our government's leadership on responsible resource development as we work to protect the environment and grow the environment from coast to coast to coast.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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