George Saunders RIDEOUT

RIDEOUT, George Saunders, LL.L.

Personal Data

Moncton (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
January 2, 1945
barrister and solicitor, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
  Moncton (New Brunswick)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
  Moncton (New Brunswick)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forestry (Natural Resources) (December 6, 1993 - January 11, 1995)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Natural Resources) (December 6, 1993 - January 11, 1995)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources (January 12, 1995 - February 22, 1996)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 65)

February 20, 1997

Mr. George S. Rideout (Moncton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, last Thursday movers and shakers in the international music industry flocked to Moncton to take in some of Canada's most vibrant music. For four days Moncton whooped it up. Blues, pops, fiddle music, it was all there at the East Coast Music Awards.

We celebrated our down home music, in both official languages. It was just great.

Demonstrating its cutting edge flare, organizers put the extravaganza on the Internet. Between 10,000 and 12,000 people visited the site every hour.

As we are all aware, Monctonians are held in high esteem for their honesty. In all honesty I can say that the music awards were superb.

My congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make this event a huge success.

If you did not get to Moncton last week, all is not lost. On Friday, February 28, CBC will air the East Coast Music Awards and you can see for yourself how we in eastern Canada can do it up right.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   East Coast Music Awards
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February 5, 1997

Mr. George S. Rideout (Moncton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I too have a petition in support of a highways program and a national highways upgrading system. It is signed by numerous members of my riding as well as other constituents in other ridings in New Brunswick.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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December 3, 1996

Mr. George S. Rideout (Moncton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak for a moment or two about a question which I asked the Minister of Natural Resources on November 6. It concerns forestry practices and the issue of forest certification.

At first blush, I am sure members would think this is not that important an issue. However, as we look at our history and our country we realize that Canada is a forest nation. We possess over 10 per cent of the world's forests, forests which provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, forests that are places for citizens of Canada to visit in their leisure time and forests that are important parts of our social and cultural history. For many people, forests are synonymous with Canada.

On the economic side, the Canadian forest industry is one of Canada's largest and, accordingly, most important industries. It provides for one in fifteen jobs. It produces exports which are by far the single largest contributor to Canada's positive trade balance.

Forests and forest industries are found in every province and are critically important to every Canadian. Sometimes we do not stop to think about it but even as we look around the Chamber, the contribution that the forestry industry makes to the beauty and enhancement of this Chamber becomes evident.

As a trading nation, we need access to foreign markets. In the world we live in we also need to demonstrate to our customers that we are good custodians of our forests.

The question of sustainable forest management is paramount to Canadian interests. Our ability to manage our forests in a sustainable manner for all of their benefits is important for every Canadian. I know that provinces are continually reviewing and upgrading their forest policies to achieve sustainable forestry and it is ultimately their responsibility under the British North America Act to manage the forests because they are a provincial responsibil-

ity. I also know that Canadian industry has made great strides in improving the standards of forest management in Canada.

I would like to ask the minister, through the parliamentary secretary, why it is that Canada continues to be criticized for its forest management practices. I understand that the Canadian forest industry has been active in developing a standard for certification of Canadian forest practices. What will the impact of forest certification be on the sustainable forest management in Canada? Will certification move Canada toward achieving sustainable forestry and will it help the Canadian forest industry to be more competitive in world markets?

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   Criminal Code
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November 6, 1996

Mr. George S. Rideout (Moncton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Natural Resources.

Canada is a world leader in forestry practices. We are all concerned about the environment and the health of our Canadian forests. Would the minister tell us what is being done in the area of certification to ensure that the Canadian forestry industry is adhering to sustainable forestry practices?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Forestry
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October 29, 1996

Mr. George S. Rideout (Moncton, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the third report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.

Pursuant to the order of reference of Thursday, October 3, 1996, your committee has considered Bill C-41, an act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act, the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and the Canadian Shipping Act, and your committee has agreed to report it with amendments.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees Of The House
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