Jean J. CHAREST

CHAREST, The Hon. Jean J., P.C., LL.B.

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Sherbrooke (Quebec)
  • Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (October 31, 1984 - June 29, 1986)
  • Minister of State (Youth) (June 30, 1986 - January 23, 1990)
  • Minister of State (Youth), Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (March 31, 1988 - January 23, 1990)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Sherbrooke (Quebec)
  • Minister of State (Youth) (June 30, 1986 - January 23, 1990)
  • Minister of State (Youth), Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (March 31, 1988 - January 23, 1990)
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (January 30, 1989 - January 23, 1990)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (January 30, 1989 - January 23, 1990)
  • Minister of the Environment (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of Industry, Science and Technology (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development - Quebec (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
PC
  Sherbrooke (Quebec)
  • Minister of Industry, Science and Technology (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development - Quebec (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
June 2, 1997 - May 1, 1998
PC
  Sherbrooke (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 547)


February 25, 1998

Hon. Jean J. Charest

Madam Speaker, I would be happy to table in the House immediately a document entitled “A Plan for Growth”. It spells out in great detail exactly where we stand on all these issues.

All members of the House of Commons can read it. So I ask for consent to table this document immediately.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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February 24, 1998

Hon. Jean J. Charest (Sherbrooke, PC)

Mr. Speaker, in all honesty, the Prime Minister ought to also acknowledge that all that $850 million is doing is replacing what has been lost to de-indexation.

I want to ask a question about jobs, because if we want to help poor Canadians the first thing we should do is try to create jobs.

We quoted time and time the fact that the American economy has lower taxes, more growth and more jobs. Here in Canada also, in Alberta, there are lower taxes, more growth, more jobs.

Will the Prime Minister commit to lowering taxes to create jobs for Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Poverty
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February 24, 1998

Hon. Jean J. Charest (Sherbrooke, PC)

Mr. Speaker, it is all very fine for the government to pat itself on the back today for a balanced budget, but there will probably not be any congratulations forthcoming from the provincial finance ministers.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Poverty
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February 24, 1998

Hon. Jean J. Charest

I would like to know whether the Liberal members plan to applaud the fact that there is more poverty, more children living below the poverty line in Canada since their party was elected.

Do they intend to applaud that, or does the Prime Minister intend to raise the $10,000 basic exemption so that two million low-income Canadians can stop paying income tax and he will finally be doing something to help the poor people of Canada?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Poverty
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February 23, 1998

Hon. Jean J. Charest (Sherbrooke, PC)

Mr. Speaker, in question period today the Minister of Human Resources Development said the number one problem facing young people was staying in school or getting an education. If the government thinks that is the issue, I want to know whether or not it will reinstate the very successful stay in school program that was launched in 1990 to help prevent young people from dropping out of high school.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Youth
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