Marc GARNEAU

GARNEAU, The Hon. Marc, P.C., C.C., C.D., B.Sc., Ph.D., F.C.A.S.I.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce--Westmount (Quebec)
Birth Date
February 23, 1949
Website
http://marcgarneau.liberal.ca/en
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=bc2e82f3-02f1-46e2-b9be-7d5f04ddddc9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca
Profession
astronaut, engineer

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Westmount--Ville-Marie (Quebec)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
LIB
  Westmount--Ville-Marie (Quebec)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (June 1, 2011 - November 27, 2012)
October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Notre-Dame-de-Grâce--Westmount (Quebec)
  • Minister of Transport (November 4, 2015 - )

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 302)


June 18, 2019

Hon. Marc Garneau (Minister of Transport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I remind my colleague that even though there has been a voluntary exclusion zone in place since 1985, the Prime Minister made a promise in June of 2015, and again in September of 2015, that we would formalize that moratorium. That is precisely what we are doing. In fact, when it went through the House of Commons, it was supported by a vote of 204 to 85. In other words, all the Liberal Party, the Green Party and the Groupe parlementaire québécois at the time agreed with it except, of course, the Conservatives.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Oil Tanker Moratorium Act
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Marc Garneau

Madam Speaker, I would like to reassure my colleague that my democratic spirit is in very good shape.

This bill was studied in the House of Commons. It passed third reading in May 2018. It lingered for a while in the Senate and has finally come back to the House. The only amendment proposed by the Senate has to do with the review of this bill. I believe it is time to make a decision.

As for the increased tanker traffic on B.C.'s south coast, we are putting very significant measures in place through the oceans protection plan to minimize the chances of a spill.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Oil Tanker Moratorium Act
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Marc Garneau

Madam Speaker, what I meant was that some people can be naive or hypocritical when it comes to energy. It is important to recognize that we need to look after the environment and the economy at the same time.

Tens of thousands of people rely on the energy sector, and this sector contributes to our country's wealth, allowing us to build schools and hospitals in Quebec. That is the reality, but those who are constantly criticizing energy development never recognize that.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Oil Tanker Moratorium Act
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Marc Garneau

Mr. Speaker, there is a difference between the northern coast of British Columbia and other parts of British Columbia and the east coast, and that is important to remember.

First, on the north coast of British Columbia, there is no developed tanker export or import market, whilst that is not the case in other places. Therefore, jobs would be at stake and there would be economic implications.

Second, this is home to the last major pristine rainforest in Canada and one of the few in the world. We want to ensure we preserve it.

Third, and this is extremely important, the majority of coastal first nations peoples who live there, and have been there for centuries, and who live off fishing and tourism have told us they want the moratorium to be in place.

Finally, there is not the same level of infrastructure in place in that part of Canada as there is in other parts along the coasts.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Oil Tanker Moratorium Act
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June 18, 2019

Hon. Marc Garneau

Mr. Speaker, I will be the first to admit that there is not unanimity among coastal first nations in that part of British Columbia. However, the majority of coastal first nations support it because they do not want the risk of having their part of the coast destroyed by a major tanker spill.

We saw what happened with the Exxon Valdez, which covered 2,100 kilometres of coast. That was a major oil spill back in the previous century. They do not want to take the risk of seeing that happen.

However, even among those who do not support the moratorium, there is not unanimity. For example, the Lax Kw'alaams hereditary chiefs do not agree with the elected chiefs. I recently read an article that said there was not unanimity within the Nisga'a.

There will always be differences of opinion. It is our responsibility to take the most appropriate response in this case to address very serious concerns from the majority of coastal first nations.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Oil Tanker Moratorium Act
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