Wayne EASTER

EASTER, The Hon. Wayne, P.C., Dipl.T., LL.D.(Hon.)

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
June 22, 1949
Website
http://wayneeaster.com
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a76af2a6-7a43-4f8f-a887-0d10b3a0a3c1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
wayne.easter@parl.gc.ca
Profession
farmer

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (July 10, 1997 - August 31, 1999)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (October 22, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food with special emphasis on Rural Development (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food with special emphasis on Rural Development (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)
October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Malpeque (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 589)


June 18, 2019

Hon. Wayne Easter

Mr. Speaker, I apologize. I was trying to make the point that the doom and gloom from the member for Durham and what he tries to allege as facts are not facts at all.

I would give him credit in terms of the shipbuilding deal. The Conservatives like to talk about that deal. That is because the best proposal in terms shipbuilding came from the Irving shipyard in Atlantic Canada, and I congratulate the shipyard for putting that proposal in.

What the member for Durham failed to mention was that the lowest spending in Canadian history in terms of the military in this country was under the Stephen Harper government, in which he was a member of cabinet.

The member also mentioned that the United States spends more on agriculture than Canada does on the military. That, in fact, is true. However, for farmers in this country, for primary producers in this country, who he talks about from time to time, the Harper government, under the leadership of Gerry Ritz as minister of agriculture, cut the safety net for farmers in this country by 50%. What a failure.

The member loves to talk about the section 232 tariffs. Who negotiated those tariffs away? The fact of the matter is that this Prime Minister and this Minister of Foreign Affairs negotiated those tariffs away. They protected Canadian interests so that we could move ahead with prosperity.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I could not resist standing, because there was so much boom and bust and bluster from the member for Durham that it provoked me to ask a question.

There was a lot of fiction and very few facts in his remarks this evening. The fact of the matter is that we should be thanking the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the negotiating team for getting a pretty darn decent agreement at the end of the day. The Conservatives, on the other hand, in the initial stages of the negotiations, were taking the position that we should just cave in and give the Americans what they wanted.

The member for Durham talked about supply management, but what did President Trump put on the table when he was speaking with the dairy farmers from Wisconsin? He said he wanted the supply management system gone in its entirety. That is not where we ended up. We saved supply management. Yes, we gave a little bit of access, but we saved the system and negotiated a good agreement for Canada.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I hope this is parliamentary, because I would like to quote the hon. member for Fredericton, who said that the member for Durham talks all kinds of crap.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act
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June 14, 2019

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I enjoyed the member's remarks.

There has been a lot of discussion by a number of people from the west coast not so much on the Senate amendments but on the Fisheries Act itself and where it is going. I am from the east coast and I agree with the member that more always can be done.

What was not mentioned in a lot of the comments that have been made trying to get over the damage done by the previous government in terms of fisheries habitat and so on, is the fact that saving fisheries habitat at my end of the country is different from that at the member's end of the country. We have small brooks, small streams, even smaller fish.

I wonder if the member could talk about how important habitat restoration is beyond economic issues. There is the recreational fishery. Families enjoy going fishing. We need a healthy fish habitat in order to have that. I wonder if he might comment on that area, that it goes beyond just the economics of fishermen that one would think would be related to the Fisheries Act but to the community itself and the individuals that live in them.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Fisheries Act
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June 14, 2019

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 31st report of the Standing Committee on Finance in relation to Bill C-101, an act to amend the Customs Tariff and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act. The committee has studied the bill and has agreed to report it back to the House without amendment.

I expect this will be my last report in the 42nd Parliament as committee chair. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to thank the several clerks and the many analysts from the Library of Parliament who worked with us during this 42nd Parliament for all their hard work during sometimes inhumane hours, four pre-budget consultations, four budgets, four budget implementation acts and much more.

I also want to offer a sincere thanks to members of all parties and their staff as well as to my staff for their hard work and sincere efforts in working on the finance committee.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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