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 of Industry, Science and Technology (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister for International Trade (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 6 of 1254)


May 27, 1993

Mr. Wilson (Etobicoke Centre):

My friends do not like to listen to a great leader from their party, C. D. Howe.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
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May 27, 1993

Mr. Wilson (Etobicoke Centre):

My hon. friend says "right on". That just shows how little he understands what we are talking about here, but I am delighted that he is in the House to listen to my remarks. I hope that he will listen very carefully.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
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May 27, 1993

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

No, Madam Speaker. My hon. friend should understand that we are in negotiation. We were in a negotiation last summer and I recall my friends opposite, both Liberal and NDP, threw out all sorts of possibilities that the sky was falling here, the sky was falling there, we were going to have this or that destroyed. Then when the agreement came out, lo and behold a number of the things that they said were going to happen because we were going to cave in to those Americans did not happen. Why? Because we have good negotiators who are interested in the well-being of Canadians and are protecting the interests of Canada. They will continue to protect the interests of Canada.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
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May 27, 1993

Mr. Wilson (Etobicoke Centre):

"The times in which we are living call for initiative and resourcefulness. We must constantly be alive to the changes taking place in the world and quick to seize every opportunity that will build up our economy. It cannot be done overnight, but I am confident that with the co-operation of industry, of

May 27, 1993

government and of other organizations we can build toward a better Canada and a better world".

Those words are as appropriate today as they were appropriate in 1948. Canada can and must compete. Canadians can and must win in world markets. Canada must pursue a vigorous outward-looking trade strategy to maintain and enhance the prosperity and social benefits that our citizens enjoy.

If the great nation builders of Canadian history, like C. D. Howe, taught us any lesson it was to make far-sighted choices, confident of our strong position in the global economy, for the benefit of future generations. Our future generations deserve no less. This is precisely why we are here today in the final stages of debate on the North American free trade agreement.

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Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
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May 27, 1993

Mr. Wilson (Etobicoke Centre):

Mr. Speaker, people ask why the opposition parties do not agree with the things we are doing as a government. One of the clear reasons is they never listen. They do not listen to the facts about the NAFTA and the free trade agreement which are in the speech I have been providing for them today.

With our expertise in infrastructure projects in construction, in engineering, Canada is well poised to be a key player in this market.

Services are an area of comparative advantage for Canada and one in which Mexican demand will rapidly increase in the coming years. Canadian financial service sector companies are world class competitors and see significant opportunities in Mexico. Mexico is strongly committed to improving its environment and this will create a major market for the Canada's dynamic pollution abatement and environmental technology sector.

I am disappointed that I may not mention her name but one of the hon. members is not in the House. There is a company called Zenon in Hamilton which is one of the fine Canadian high technology companies involved in anti-pollution devices. I was at the opening and announcement of a major expansion it had. It is extremely interested in the Mexican market. I am sorry that the member I am referring to is not here.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
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