Michael Holcombe WILSON

WILSON, The Hon. Michael Holcombe, P.C., C.C., B.Comm., D.S.L.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
November 4, 1937
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wilson_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=93108f92-7ed6-4601-8610-a5aa10516fb9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, investment dealer

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of State for International Trade (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of State for International Trade (June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of Finance (September 17, 1984 - April 20, 1991)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of Finance (September 17, 1984 - April 20, 1991)
  • Minister for International Trade (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of Industry, Science and Technology (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 1254)


June 14, 1993

Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade):

Madam Speaker, let me point something out to my hon. friend before he throws all sorts of doom and gloom on this whole picture.

Canada has won five of the panel decisions on agrifood issues. In that regard I think my hon. friend would rightly agree with me that the panel system has served the agricultural sector extremely well in this country.

My hon. friend has asked whether there are some changes that should be made. If he has some proposals lo make in that regard, we would be very happy to listen to them, but they obviously have to be consistent with international trade rules.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
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June 14, 1993

Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade):

First, Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his gracious remarks on behalf of his party. I am sure the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of the Environment and the members of caucus who were candidates in the leadership are most appreciative of his remarks. It was a very stimulating and successful weekend. I am sure there are major challenges ahead for all of us and we look forward to those challenges.

Let me respond to the question the hon. member has posed on the matter of sanctions. We have made it very clear that the agreements on the environment and on labour should be subject to some form of mechanism to ensure compliance. We have stated very clearly that we are opposed to trade sanctions. However, we have asked to see whether the negotiators can find some common ground that would satisfy the needs of all parties in order to ensure there is compliance with the agreement.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
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June 14, 1993

Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International TVade):

Madam Speaker, that deadline has been set in consultation with the provinces. As my hon. friend has just pointed out, these are provincial barriers that must be eliminated with the full consultation and co-operation of the provincial governments.

Collectively we have approved a comprehensive negotiating process supported by all the provinces, including British Columbia. It is in that regard we will be commencing negotiations starting July 1.

We expect that even though the number of barriers we have to negotiate is formidable we can, with the proper will and the power to all concerned, meet the deadlines we have set out.

I could not agree more with what my hon. friend has said. It is very important that we have free trade within our borders as we see our boundaries open up with the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and NAFTA, but also with the Uruguay round that is going to be with us in a very short period of time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
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June 10, 1993

Hon. Michael Wilson (Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International TVade):

Madam Speaker, I am not quite sure to what my hon. friend is referring.

But I can say that time and time again the President of the United States, the President of Mexico, the Prime Minister of Canada, ministers responsible, have all said and agreed on many occasions that there will be no reopening of the NAFTA by any agreement among the three countries. What we signed on December 17 last year is what is being legislated.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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June 10, 1993

Mr. Wilson (Etobicoke Centre):

My hon. friend says: "Nonsense". There again is a demonstration of the ignorance of the people on the other side of the House when they ask these questions.

The point is that the decision was taken by an independent quasi-judicial board. My hon. friend may have disagreements with that. The industry may have disagreements with that. The industry can appeal. It is not the position, the role or the possibility for governments to direct that quasi-judicial board on what might or might not be the results of its decisions.

June 10, 1993

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   STEEL INDUSTRY
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