Jacques SAADA

SAADA, The Hon. Jacques, P.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Brossard--La Prairie (Quebec)
Birth Date
November 22, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Saada
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6f01152f-cb24-42c1-957d-e494d896206d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, consultant, school administrator, teacher

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Brossard--La Prairie (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada (July 16, 1998 - August 31, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Brossard--La Prairie (Quebec)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (January 15, 2001 - December 1, 2003)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (January 15, 2001 - December 1, 2003)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Minister responsible for Democratic Reform (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Brossard--La Prairie (Quebec)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Minister responsible for Democratic Reform (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Minister responsible for La Francophonie (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 117)


November 25, 2005

Hon. Jacques Saada (Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, barely a few days ago in the House, the Prime Minister was extremely clear. The goal is to tell our American friends that we will support our industry and our workers despite the absolutely unacceptable measures imposed on them by the Americans. We will stand by them no matter what, even if it means increasing what we are currently offering them. This is clear. This question follows on the answer already provided.

I must say that the opposition, in its rush to the polls, is preventing us from voting the supplementary estimates, which include the $20 million in aid to help the industry cover its legal costs. They should not try to suck and blow at the same time.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Softwood Lumber
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November 25, 2005

Hon. Jacques Saada (Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, there were two major aspects to yesterday's package. The first is the $800 million in credit insurance. These funds can by quickly freed up because legislation on industry allows this.

As for the other amounts, Parliament must decide. It is not my fault that the opposition is in such a rush to go to the polls it prefers to put partisan interests before the interests of the public, which is waiting for these funds.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Softwood Lumber
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November 23, 2005

Hon. Jacques Saada (Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on October 28, 2005, the Government of Canada announced the elimination of the 14% customs tariff on imported fabrics. That measure is retroactive to January 1, 2005. It will save Canadian manufacturers in the order of $29 million annually. This is in addition to the program for Canadian textiles, through which 173 projects have been approved in Quebec, for a total of $10.3 million. It is also in addition to CANtex, which has allocated $26.7 million nationally since October 13, 2004, $14.6 million of that in Quebec. In Quebec alone, 43 projects were approved for a total of $3.2 million.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Textile and Clothing Industry
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November 23, 2005

Hon. Jacques Saada (Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would tell my hon. colleague to go and see how things are at Stedfast, in Granby, or Empire Shirt in Louiseville, before saying that the textile industry is doomed.

Those people over there are constantly making more demands, but when they have an opportunity to walk the talk, they do not take it. When a budget increase was proposed to help that sector, they refused it. They voted against that budget. This is hypocritical. I keep on saying this, and will continue to say it over the coming weeks: they have no right and no credibility in that sector.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Textile and Clothing Industry
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November 21, 2005

Hon. Jacques Saada (Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as far as I am concerned, that party has no credibility when it comes to regional development.

Voting against a bill that would have enabled us to intervene does nothing for their credibility. Voting against a budget that would have protected regional development—as that party did—does nothing for their credibility.

We are working diligently and intelligently on this highly complex issue with the full intention of helping our people, but not with the grandstanding approach the Bloc members would like.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Softwood Lumber
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