Pierre DE SAVOYE

DE SAVOYE, Pierre, B.Sc.

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
Portneuf (Quebec)
Birth Date
November 12, 1942
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_de_Savoye
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=beaa6b76-597d-48c8-aac3-4f0f22efa86c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
consultant, professor

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
BQ
  Portneuf (Quebec)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
BQ
  Portneuf (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 100 of 102)


January 26, 1994

Mr. de Savoye

Madam Speaker, the point is with NAFTA you have access to the markets over there but in the case in question here this is classified technology. It is not obvious that the DOD will give us this access or will give it to our suppliers. What is your opinion on what your government should do to ensure that the Americans give our suppliers access to that technology and to the R and D contracts that go with it?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Cruise Missile Testing
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January 26, 1994

Mr. Pierre de Savoye (Portneuf)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member just gave a speech with which I am in agreement for the most part. However, shortly before him, the hon. member for Rosedale, who is seated a few rows behind, used an expression with which I disagree, and I will ask his opinion on that.

The hon. member for Rosedale was talking about the testing of a new weapon. I disagree with that, because this is not a weapon, at least that is what I understand from the hon. member's speech: It is not a weapon, it is a delivery system. In fact, it could probably deliver anything, even the mail for Canada Post. I can already see the name "cruisolator".

What I am trying to say is that it could lead to civilian applications of the guidance system. Let us look at that element. It is a computer that knows the ground and can therefore find its way across land.

We are already talking about cars that could follow a given itinerary with the help of automated guidance systems. We are told that the systems could even work within cities, not just in the countryside. This would be very convenient to come to the House every morning; we would not have to watch all this traffic on the bridges. I mentioned bridges because, as you might know, I live on the other side of the river.

My point is: Has the hon. member considered the civilian applications that could possibly result from these cruise missile tests?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Cruise Missile Testing
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January 26, 1994

Mr. Pierre de Savoye (Portneuf)

I heard the member for Nanaimo-Cowichan say that we had won the cold war with arms but without using them.

The fact is, if we had not dared-perhaps with an incredible lack of judgment-if we had not tempted fate with nuclear weapons, if we had not chanced it to the point of madness, to the point of the "mutual mad" as they called it, if we had not implemented deterrents, maybe none of us would be here tonight to talk about peace.

Even though this weapons race may be foolish, at least it ensures the precarious parity that now exists and we must take that risk until our planet is completely free of violence. Unfortunately, that is not the case yet; we live in a violent world and if I let my guard down, if we as a country let our guard down, someone somewhere will seize the opportunity. Alas, this is not Disney World yet.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Cruise Missile Testing
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January 26, 1994

Mr. Pierre de Savoye (Portneuf)

Madam Speaker, the hon. member is the first speaker today to look at the issue from an angle that is close to my heart.

The hon. member said we need a multilevel approach in our defence policy.

Which brings me to a concern I have that I would like the hon. member to address.

We know that these cruise missiles will be guided by a computerized system that will recognize terrain and shapes thanks to artificial intelligence technologies. This extremely sophisticated software is under research and development in the United States. The tests to be conducted over our territory will allow Americans to check the quality of their programs. In return, contracts will be awarded to suppliers of the U.S. armed forces.

Talking about a multi-level approach in our defence policy-I am coming to my question-I think we should focus not only on the military but also on the economic aspects of all this. Jobs are tied to these technologies. Will the Liberal government ensure that some of these jobs are created here in Quebec and in Canada?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Cruise Missile Testing
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January 26, 1994

Mr. Pierre de Savoye (Portneuf)

Madam Speaker, I want to go back to this issue because I would like to hear the views of the members who are taking part in the debate today, with respect to employment.

The previous speaker said that NAFTA would allow us to have access to these new technologies. But we must not forget that those are classified technologies, since they are designed for military purposes by the American DOD. Therefore, specific agreements would have to be made with the United States to enable Canadian contractors to have access to this type of high technology and to get the R and D contracts for that technology. I would like to hear the opinion of the hon. member for Labrador on this issue.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Cruise Missile Testing
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