Monte SOLBERG

SOLBERG, The Hon. Monte, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Medicine Hat (Alberta)
Birth Date
September 17, 1958
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Solberg
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a41f0339-61c7-4e13-9988-3388def0e162&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
broadcaster, businessman

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
REF
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
REF
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
December 12, 2003 - May 23, 2004
PC
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
February 2, 2004 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Medicine Hat (Alberta)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (February 6, 2006 - January 3, 2007)
  • Minister of Human Resources and Social Development (January 4, 2007 - October 29, 2008)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 471)


May 26, 2008

Hon. Monte Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, in response to a) the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, CMSF, was mandated to improve access to post-secondary education for all Canadians, but reviews of the CMSF found little evidence that it had achieved this. A decision needed to be made on the future of the CMSF as the ten year mandate to spend its original $2.5 billion endowment was coming to end. The government has decided that federal funds would be more effectively used via an upfront grant that targets assistance to students from low and middle-income families.

The Canada student loans program, CSLP, carried out five research studies of the CMSF to assess the Foundation’s performance, effectiveness and success in achieving its mandate. Concurrent with the CSLP research studies, the Office of the Auditor General, OAG, completed an audit of the foundation and the Treasury Board Secretariat, TBS, completed an evaluation of foundations as instruments for public policy.

In response to b) HRSDC consulted internally through a task team, that included representatives from legal services, communications and strategic policy and research, and executive committees. The director general of the Canada student loans program, CSLP, briefed the Department of Finance, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office in the summer of 2007.

From the outset, the government recognized the importance of stakeholder input to the success of the CSLP review. As a result, stakeholders were involved from the beginning. An online public consultation was held to provide Canadians with a forum to contribute their views. Departmental officials worked with the national advisory group on student financial assistance to gather the views of all major interest groups, including student groups. As well, regular consultations were held with provinces and territories through the FPT policy working group on student financial assistance and the intergovernmental consultative committee on student financial assistance. Many concerns on the future of the CMSF were raised during these consultations with stakeholder groups. This input provided a wide range of issues to consider and helped shape the initiatives announced in budget 2008.

In response to c) The government will work with provinces and territories over the next year to implement these new measures and to ensure effective coordination with existing programs.

In response to d) Provinces that choose not to participate in the CSLP are entitled, under the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, to receive compensation in the form of alternative payments if they operate programs which are substantially similar to the federal program. Currently, the province of Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are entitled to alternative payments.

In response to e) Interactions with provincial programs, including Quebec, are always considered through consultations and analysis when contemplating policy changes to the Canada student loans program. The Government of Canada will work with provincial jurisdictions over the next year on the implementation of budget 2008 measures so as to ensure effective coordination.

In response to f) As mentioned initially, a decision needed to be made on the future of the CMSF as the ten year mandate was coming to an end. The results of the afore-mentioned reviews, undertaken to assess the CMSF’s performance, effectiveness and success in achieving its mandate, were examined and informed this government’s decision which was announced in budget 2008 on February 26, 2008.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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May 13, 2008

Hon. Monte Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, what the fund cannot withstand is the Liberal government taking $50 billion out of it.

The fact is that this government has set aside a fund, put it at arm's length and put $2 billion in it to ensure that we have a cushion in case there is a shortfall of premiums.

That is $2 billion more than exists today. All benefits are backstopped by the Government of Canada. There is no danger in regard to what the member says. The real danger is ravenous Liberal governments that want to take all that money for themselves instead of sending it to workers.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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May 13, 2008

Hon. Monte Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to helping those who are temporarily out of work. We reduced employment insurance contributions and increased benefit payments. In addition, we created a separate account for the employment insurance fund to ensure that workers' money will never again be used as a cash cow.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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May 12, 2008

Hon. Monte Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, this is the way the Bloc operates every time we bring forward increases to guaranteed income supplements, 7% over and above inflation in the last two years, we bring forward improvements to the income exemption, we lower their taxes dramatically, thanks to the Minister of Finance. Back home Bloc members complain about not having enough for people in the ridings. When they come here, they vote against everything. Talk about gross hypocrisy.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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May 12, 2008

Hon. Monte Solberg (Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we did not need the Bloc's help to increase benefits paid to seniors with low incomes. Our government has been listening to seniors and has been responsive to their needs. Had we done as the Bloc recommended, our country would be in more debt. That would have been irresponsible.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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