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 2 of 121)


May 3, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to note recently that the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council has forecast the strongest economic growth in the Atlantic region for the province of New Brunswick.

According to APEC, New Brunswick has regained all of the 12,000 jobs it lost during the recession and is looking healthy in recovery. The labour force is expanding again as new companies begin to open new businesses throughout the province.

The unemployment rate has declined to within one percentage point of the national average. The fixed link and federal funds for road building will help fuel the pace of economic growth in New Brunswick.

May 3, 1993

In spite of this rosy forecast APEC did point to the provincial deficit as a problem area. This underscores the need for all governments to work together to control deficits and debts.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NEW BRUNSWICK
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May 3, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday marked the start of National Forestry Week which is sponsored by the federal Department of Forestry.

The purpose is to increase awareness of the importance of forestry to Canada. I participated in the signing of an agreement for the Fundy forest model just last week in my constituency.

I know that many of us are aware of how important the health of our forests are to our tourism sector, our environment and our economy. Our forest sector annually sells $20 billion in exports and supports the economies of hundreds of communities. Yet in last week's budget we learned that the government has decided not to renew the federal-provincial forestry development agreements which have been operating in every province and every territory.

My question is for the Minister of Forestry. Is this an indication that the federal government is withdrawing from forestry? Does the government plan to honour its obligation as part of this government's agenda for sustainable development?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FORESTRY
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April 28, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, in the budget that was presented by the Minister of Finance on Monday there were provisions for the privatization of a number of Crown corporations and other bodies. Among these was a commitment to study the feasibility of privatizing Transport Canada's helicopter operations.

Transport Canada operates a fleet of 44 helicopters whose chief responsibilities are navigational aid calibration, resupply operations, aviation inspector training, ice reconnaissance and pollution control.

Many of these responsibilities of Transport Canada's helicopter fleet are critical to save marine operations off the coastlines of Canada, including the Bay of Fundy which is partially in my riding of Fundy-Royal.

I would urge the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Finance to ensure that fiscal responsibility does not take precedence over the safety of mariners because no price is too great when human lives are at risk.

Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic:   THE BUDGET
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April 26, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to be able to take a few moments to speak on Bill C-339 this morning.

There is a perception in the public mind's eye that we are talking today about something that has become part of a system that somehow or another is abusive.

It behoves all of us to speak in defence of senior public servants who have been the recipients of performance pay since 1981, if indeed their performance warranted, to clear up the notion that what we are talking about is not just another Christmas bonus a government has decided to reward its senior managers with.

We have a system whereby senior executives are rewarded much the same as they would be if they were involved in the private sector. It is important that we have the opportunity to attract people who are competent and capable of performing jobs which are vital to the country. We need those who are as interested in becoming public servants as they would be interested in the private sector.

I have hardly begun and my time is already up. I am sorry that I do not have more time to deal with this very important topic, but suffice to say in closing we are fortunate indeed to have senior public servants in place who are professional at their jobs. It is the compensation package in place that in part attracts them to the jobs.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SECTOR BONUSES ACT
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March 31, 1993

Mr. Bob Corbett (Fundy-Royal):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present the sixth and seventh reports of the Standing Committee on Transport, in both official languages. They deal with Bill C-97, an act respecting marine insurance, and Bill C-83, an act respecting the transportation of goods by water.

[Editor's Note: See today's Votes and Proceedings.]

March 31, 1993

Routine Proceedings PETITIONS

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   SIXTH AND SEVENTH REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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