Réginald BÉLAIR

BÉLAIR, Réginald, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Timmins--James Bay (Ontario)
Birth Date
April 6, 1949
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Réginald_Bélair
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7c68448c-8394-4a1b-a4f9-2c4c89b4af87&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
administrator, manager, political assistant

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Cochrane--Superior (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Cochrane--Superior (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Services (Public Works and Government Services) (December 6, 1994 - February 22, 1996)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works (Public Works and Government Services) (December 6, 1994 - February 22, 1996)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Timmins--James Bay (Ontario)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Timmins--James Bay (Ontario)
  • Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (January 30, 2001 - May 23, 2004)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 568 of 569)


September 26, 1989

Mr. Belair:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the member from Fredericton on his speech. There are a number of issues that the member forgot to address-I do not know if it was intentional or not-namely, the decrease of 11.9 per cent budget dollars for this year's forestry department.

Would the member not agree that if we are going to have a strong forestry department in Canada that at least we should have the budget to support it?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
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May 11, 1989

Mr. Reginald Belair (Cochrane-Superior):

Mr. Speaker, this week we celebrate the Week of the Tree and of the Forests. The slogan "Your Forest and Your Future" illustrates very well the great interest Canadians have in this natural resource, upon which depend close to one million workers. The forest has a national impact, and this is a good opportunity for Canadians to think about its value in our lives.

The ideal thing would be to witness in the coming weeks the renewal of the six federal-provincial agreements on the development of forest resources. They are essential for the viability of the industry and they are in line with the objectives we set for ourselves: to preserve the environment, while at the same time ensuring regional and national economic viability.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, during this Week of the tree and of the Forests, the owners and workers of sawmills across Canada would have been delighted to hear that the 15 percent surtax on lumber exports would be eliminated.

Topic:   NATIONAL FOREST WEEK
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENT OF FOREST RESOURCES
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April 25, 1989

Mr. Reginald Belair (Cochrane -Superior):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question.

I also hear some Hon. Members from Quebec. It will soon be your turn to ask your Minister the same question.

My supplementary question is the following, Mr. Speaker: Exports of softwood lumber to the United States from the sawmills of northern Ontario have dropped from a peak of 87 per cent in 1986 to 8 per cent in 1988.

April 25, 1989

Privilege-Mr. Kindy

In the context of free trade, which your Government praised so much, does the Minister not find this tax to be illogical, senseless and devastating for the lumber industry?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   DROP IN SOFTWOOD LUMBER EXPORTS-GOVERNMENT POSITION
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April 25, 1989

Mr. Belair:

The Minister indicates that there are a dozen factors affecting this closure. Mr. Levesque is also on the record as saying the surtax is crippling his sawmill and that is the first reason it is closing as of Thursday.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SOFTWOOD LUMBER EXPORT TAX-EFFECT ON NORTHERN ONTARIO
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April 25, 1989

Mr. Belair:

The owner has clearly indicated that the 15 per cent export tax on softwood lumber is a major contributing factor to its financial demise. This is casualty No. 7 in northern Ontario. Seventeen hundred jobs have been lost and there are more to come. What steps has the Minister undertaken in order to start the healing

Oral Questions

of this wound inflicted upon the sawmill workers of northern Ontario and of Canada?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SOFTWOOD LUMBER EXPORT TAX-EFFECT ON NORTHERN ONTARIO
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