Frank OBERLE

OBERLE, The Hon. Frank, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
Birth Date
March 24, 1932
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Oberle,_Sr.
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=67f94ff8-9189-41ff-b492-144787d47708&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
PC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State (Mines) (November 1, 1984 - November 19, 1985)
  • Minister of State for Science and Technology (November 20, 1985 - August 10, 1987)
  • Minister of State (Science and Technology) (August 11, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia)
  • Minister of State (Science and Technology) (August 11, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Forestry) (December 8, 1988 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Forestry) (January 30, 1989 - February 22, 1990)
  • Minister of Forestry (February 23, 1990 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of the Environment (May 22, 1990 - May 22, 1990)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 381)


June 7, 1993

Hon. Frank Oberle (Minister of Forestry):

Madam Speaker, my hon. friend knows my views on this subject. The potential for workers who are being displaced through the rationalization and modernization of mills, all things being equal, find an easy transition to the management of the resource itself as we shift to more intensive, more integrated management regimes in forestry, regimes that respect all of the other values, not just the timber values, that we have previously managed.

It is in that area that the federal government has established new arrangements with the provinces. We are working co-operatively with the provinces and with industry to make this transition possible.

Routine Proceedings

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FORESTRY
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June 4, 1993

Hon. Frank Oberle (Minister of Forestry):

Madam Speaker, obviously I cannot predict what a future Prime Minister will do in terms of responding to the clear demands of society to streamline, modernize, and rationalize the operations of government in the same way

Oral Questions

that the private sector and other institutions need to be adjusted to meet modern demands.

The hon. member ought to look at the record of this government over the last eight years in terms of what it has accomplished in forestry, the new national forest strategy, the Canada forest accord, the model forests program, all of these great institutions that have made this department indispensable in terms of how the federal government discharges its obligations. That would give him an indication of where we might be moving in the future.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FORESTRY
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June 4, 1993

Hon. Frank Oberle (Minister of Forestry):

Madam Speaker, my hon. friend is right; these agreement did all of the things that the hon. member mentioned.

The fact of the matter is that our needs change, society's needs change, and new arrangements need to be made to satisfy both Canada's public need and the obligations that we have internationally.

The ministers of forestry and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers are not surprised at this decision because we have been working over the last few years and have designed a more legitimate role for the federal government in forestry, one through which we can make much longer term commitments.

The model forest program for instance is an indication of what the future role of the federal government will be in this area, with increased research and science related activities and it is in these areas that the public demands our activities.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FORESTRY
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June 4, 1993

Hon. Frank Oberle (Minister of Forestry):

Madam Speaker, in your examination of this letter I would also draw to your attention the fact that my hon. friend opposite indicated that the Liberal Party does have people sitting in the gallery who are reading mail and the documents that ministers have in front of them. If there was ever a question of privilege to be raised that ought to be it.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE
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June 3, 1993

Hon. Frank Oberle (Minister of Forestry):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour today to table, in both official languages, the third annual report to Parliament on the state of Canada's forests. The year 1992 will be remembered as a year of transition and an important threshold in the history of Canadian forestry.

In March 1992 the many different groups with an interest in our forests finalized a new national forest strategy. A broad coalition of Canadians signed a new national forest accord. In June I announced the selected

sites for a nation-wide network of model forests which will be extended internationally. The work carried out in these model forests will provide an invaluable stimulus to the development and practice of sustainable development in Canada's forests.

It was also a year of change in markets for forest products as consumers became increasingly concerned over the environmental implications of their purchases.

Finally, 1992 will also be remembered as the year that saw the issue of global forest management assume a new profile on the international stage. These topics are all-important features in my 1992 report to Parliament.

The report also includes updates on the series of economic and environmental indicators developed by my department to objectively measure the progress being made by Canada's forest community in improving environmental quality and economic productivity.

The report presents new information on the national forest account, which balances the additions and the depletions made to our commercial forests over the last 10 years. The data in this account is very encouraging and underlines our progress in revitalizing our most important natural resource.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   STATE OF CANADA'S FORESTS
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