Allan ROCK

ROCK, The Hon. Allan, P.C., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 30, 1947
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Rock
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b2d6e9ec-97ea-4860-9534-4bc3d646cd24&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister and solicitor, lawyer, legal counsel

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (November 4, 1993 - June 10, 1997)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (November 4, 1993 - June 10, 1997)
  • Minister of Health (June 11, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - December 12, 2003
LIB
  Etobicoke Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of Health (June 11, 1997 - January 14, 2002)
  • Minister of Western Economic Diversification (January 15, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (January 15, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister of Industry (January 15, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister responsible for Infrastructure (August 7, 2002 - December 11, 2003)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 516)


November 7, 2003

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, he has the facts wrong. We have done our homework for the last two months. After the August 30th agreement, we prepared the bill. We were careful with the way we prepared it. We believe it is the right way to go. We are very proud of it.

The bill was introduced in the Prime Minister's name, and reflects his commitment to Africa and humanitarian causes. We are anxious to see it become law. We want it at second reading today so it can get to committee and ensure that the bill will do the job.

Let there be no doubt about the government's commitment. The bill is ready. Is the member ready to work with us in committee to ensure that it is ideal?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   International Aid
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November 7, 2003

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I do not agree that the bill is flawed. I think the bill reflects exactly the intention we have on a humanitarian basis to make these affordable drugs available where they are needed.

I encourage the member to appear at committee when this bill gets there, to make her points and to take part with all parties in making this the best bill it can be. If there are improvements that can be made, so much the better.

We believe this is the right approach, but if members around the House have suggestions to make at committee, let them do so. Let us get on with this legislation. Let us get on with providing affordable drugs in Africa and elsewhere where they are needed.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   International Aid
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November 7, 2003

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the international community on August 30 agreed that countries could provide for generic manufacture for export to Africa and other places where the need exists.

Yesterday, 68 days after that agreement, we tabled this legislation. That is a result of a deep commitment on the part of the Prime Minister and this government to make sure that we make affordable drugs available in Africa and elsewhere where they are needed.

Groups such as the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network are asking that we go through second reading and get this bill to committee right away so we can look at it carefully. That is what we want to do. If the member has constructive suggestions to make about improving the bill, I hope she will make those points at committee.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   International Aid
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November 7, 2003

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. Yesterday we took an enormously important step on a matter of humanitarian importance. We introduced legislation as the first developed country to implement this international agreement to make drugs available on an affordable basis to the developing world.

We are committed to that. We are the ones behind it. We want to get it through second reading today and in front of committee to ensure that every group, the NGOs and the drug companies, have their chance to speak to the bill. If it can be improved, it will be improved.

Let there be no doubt about our commitment to this humanitarian bill.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   International Aid
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November 7, 2003

Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal members from New Brunswick have brought to my attention the need for border infrastructure improvements at both Woodstock and St. Stephen. I know it is a matter in which the member has an interest as well.

We have been in discussion with our partners in the Government of New Brunswick. We believe we are close to agreement with them, with respect to investments there. We want to upgrade both those crossing. We recognize their importance to the economy and to the local population.

I am working with my colleagues in the New Brunswick caucus, and we hope to announce real progress very soon.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Infrastructure
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