Robert Alfred CORBETT

CORBETT, Robert Alfred

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
December 14, 1938
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Corbett
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=aa4f6101-0038-477c-8c4c-7323743534ab&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

October 16, 1978 - March 26, 1979
PC
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Fundy--Royal (New Brunswick)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 121)


June 14, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, I have listened with a great deal of interest to what the member for Skeena has had to say in this House as well as the previous speaker.

I concur that the member has every right to speak out against any issue he chooses to. But I think it is terribly important that the member accept his responsibilities to fairly and accurately put before this House and the people of the nation what has gone on with reference to the proposals that are leading up to the development of this link. For a long time it has been shoved aside by this Parliament which has been dominated by others from other regions for whatever reasons but very few reasons have been environment concerns.

A tremendous amount of work has gone into the environmental review process with reference to the

project. The developers were called upon at the very beginning to submit an environmental impact study and this was done. That report was made public by the Department of Public Works and the public was asked for input into the entire issue. This document was finally scrutinized by a lot of people, including an independent committee of ice experts.

I think it is important that the people in this House as well as those who are concerned about this issue are aware that expert advice was received from numerous government agencies and departments, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of the Environment.

When it comes to environmental issues I want to remind the hon. member that this government has done more with reference to environmental protection of those sensitive areas of our country than any previous government in the history of the nation.

Witness the green plan, for example. What sorts of proposals have we heard from the NDP except scrap this, scrap that and do nothing? When we talk about putting the country back to work it says we have to do an environmental assessment review and hang the jobs, even when it comes down clearly on the side of the environment. Forget all about it and let the region drift off into the ocean.

It is time to get on with this project. This is a good solid project. Fishermen themselves who have every right to be concerned will be invited to sit on the board which will manage a $10 million trust fund that will be set up by the developer of the project.

We have studied this project from the beginning and now it is time to end it and get on with it. All the conclusions that have been developed and supported by the provincial governments of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island say to move ahead and get on with it. If we want to stand up and fairly criticize the project, that is good enough. Let us live up to our responsibilities as members of Parliament and do that but make sure we deal with all the facts.

There are concerns about this project and rightly so. Those concerns have been fairly scrutinized and now it is time to get on with it. I say this government's record speaks for itself when it comes to environmental issues. It would not allow a project to move ahead if it felt there

June 14, 1993

was not good cause for concerns about environmental sensitivity to be set aside.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT CROSSING ACT
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June 14, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Madam Speaker, I would like to congratulate the hon. Minister of National Defence, Canada's soon to be 19th Prime Minister, for her historic victory this weekend.

My colleagues who let their names stand in the leadership race also deserve credit, particularly the hon. Minister of the Environment whose own campaign sparked enthusiasm and interest and generated tremendous excitement in the selection of Canada's 19th Prime Minister and the new leader of our party.

It is a great moment in both Canadian political and national life. Rest assured that today the PC Party stands strong and united and is prepared to move into the future and win the next election.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CONSERVATIVE PARTY
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June 7, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Madam Speaker, health care should be a grave concern to us all yet the New Brunswick McKenna Liberal government has turned its back on Saint John in a crass political move by yanking 103 beds out of the Saint John Regional Hospital hard on the heels of the destruction of St. Joseph's Hospital. Two hundred and fifty jobs will be lost in the process.

The premier then stood shoulder to shoulder with the Liberal candidate in Fundy-Royal proclaiming their good deeds, urging people to vote for a Chretien-led Liberal government so that they can work together for the people of New Brunswick.

The people of Fundy-Royal and Saint John are experiencing firsthand what Liberal governments do, not for them but to them. St. Joseph's Hospital stands as a pitiful testimony to what Liberal governments are all about.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   HEALTH CARE
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May 7, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance.

The federal government is often accused of off-loading its deficit problems on to the backs of the provinces. In recent budget statements the minister stated that transfer payments would not be cut to the provinces yet a

May 7, 1993

Oral Questions

table in the same document indicated that transfers are to be less this year than last year.

Would the minister care to explain that?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TRANSFER PAYMENTS
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May 6, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Transport.

In the budget there were provisions outlined for the possible privatization of Transport Canada's helicopter fleet. Given the fact that this helicopter fleet performs certain functions which are vital for safe marine operations in our coastal waters such as the monitoring of ice conditions, calibration of navigation aids and some search and rescue responsibilities, will the minister assure the House that he will put in place the proper safeguards to preserve safety in our coastal waters and protect human lives in the event that these services are privatized?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   SEARCH AND RESCUE
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