Rolland DION

DION, Rolland

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Portneuf (Quebec)
Birth Date
July 5, 1938
Deceased Date
June 4, 2011
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolland_Dion
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c5374d3c-8290-4d21-8d69-c58dae958bc3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Portneuf (Quebec)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Portneuf (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Science and Technology (October 1, 1983 - June 29, 1984)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Economic Development (October 1, 1983 - December 6, 1983)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development (December 7, 1983 - June 29, 1984)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Science and Technology (June 30, 1984 - July 9, 1984)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development (June 30, 1984 - July 9, 1984)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 8)


June 18, 1984

Mr. Rolland Dion (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to have this opportunity to answer the question put by the Member for Kootenay-West (Mr. Kristiansen).

Mr. Speaker, the report ordered after the Speech from the Throne last December was published on May 29 and contains, of course, a number of recommendations. Tonight I would like to comment on the Government's position for a number of years on co-operative movements. In this connection, I would like to quote some resolutions adopted at the National Conven-

June 18, 1984

tion in Winnipeg in July 1980. At the time, one resolution from Saskatchewan urged and I quote:

(a) That the Liberal Party of Canada again recognize the uniqueness and desirability of the co-operative approach to organizing a large part of Canadian activities; and

(b) That the Government of Canada consult often with co-operatives, encouraging them to expand and promoting a strengthening of the role they play in this country.

Mr. Speaker, in the last two years the Government has responded to a number of initiatives from the co-operative sector. It has provided financial assistance to Canadian CoOperative Implements Ltd., a farm machinery manufacturing company located in Winnipeg. By amending the Financial Administration Act, the Government-I think this is very important, and I am referring to a legislative measure that may not have received much publicity but was still very important-the Government removed a number of obstacles which for quite some time had prevented the Caisses populates and credit unions from providing financial services,

Adjournment Debate

including holding federal Government deposits. The Caisses populaires and credit unions are co-operatives. The government has provided readier access to other Government services by making changes in administrative methods. The Government has always made a point of consulting with the private sector and co-ops. I am thinking particularly of the consultations on the Budget held by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Lalonde) and I am referring to the last two Budgets of the present Minister who held a number of consultations with the private sector, including co-operatives.

Mr. Speaker, I think the Government of Canada is very sensitized to the co-operative movement. It has demonstrated this in the past and it will surely continue to do so in the years to come.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   CO-OPERATIVES-TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION ON WORKERS' CO-OPERATIVES. (B) CONSULTATION WITH CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVES
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June 12, 1984

Mr. Rolland Dion (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to take the floor to answer the Hon. Member for Prince Albert (Mr. Hovdebo) who expresses concern about federal Government support for the co-operative movement.

After last December's Speech from the Throne, Mr. Speaker, a task force on the co-operative sector was established to study new ways in which that sector might improve its contribution to the economy. The Government has just received the task force report and will take it into consideration very soon, as it should.

With that in mind, Mr. Speaker, Senator Hazen Argue will set up an interdepartmental study group within a few weeks. This group will be chaired by a senior official responsible to Senator Argue and, through him, to the Cabinet. It would therefore be difficult and inappropriate to say more about the policy the Government might follow after considering the recommendations of the study group.

Mr. Speaker, I can state clearly that the Government has always been committed to promote the co-operative movement and contributed to make co-operatives play a larger role in the economy. In the early eighties, the Cabinet did realize that the objectives of the co-operative movement-fair prices, Canadian control and widespread participation-were at one with our own objectives in the energy sector. The Cabinet therefore began discussing the possibility of creating businesses jointly with the co-operative sector. Those discussions led to the creation of a joint energy venture, Co-Enerco.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, I believe it can be said that this Government is truly a keen supporter of the co-operative movement. I believe this has been demonstrated on many occasions and in many fields, including housing co-operatives, with which the Hon. Member for Prince Albert seems to be concerned. Of course, the co-operative movement in the field of housing is constantly evolving. Regular checking is needed to determine whether the various organizations or groups actually play their rote well. Mr. Speaker, this is the reply I wanted to make.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT-WORKERS' CO-OPERATIVES- REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT SUPPORT. (B) HOUSING CO-OPERATIVES
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June 1, 1984

Mr. Rolland Dion (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

(a) The National Research Council of Canada, (b) (i) $1.1 million, (ii) $2.7 million.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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May 29, 1984

Mr. Rolland Dion (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 46(2), I wish to table, in both official languages, a copy of the minutes of the Special Recovery Projects Program entitled "The First Year".

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   REGIONAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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May 29, 1984

Mr. Rolland Dion (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development and Minister of State for Science and Technology):

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise in the House this evening to answer the question put by the Hon. Member for Richmond-South Delta (Mr. Siddon) concerning the federal Government's commitments to research and technology.

I am pleased with this opportunity to address the House this evening regarding the federal Government's support for research and development and technological growth in Canada. I have no reason to doubt the seriousness of this Government's commitment to increasing research and development, and I can give an example to prove it.

Since the Government set its objectives for research and development spending, gross national expenditures in those areas have increased substantially. In 1979, gross expenditures for research and development represented 1.02 per cent of GNP. The latest figures provided by Statistics Canada show that in 1982, gross expenditures in those areas accounted for 1.29 per cent of GNP and it is expected this will be 1.28 per cent for 1983.

The ratio of these gross expenditures to GNP for the last two years is not as high as expected, mainly because Statistics Canada's previous assessments of GNP were very conservative. Our present economic growth is far more dynamic than was forecast, and consequently, if we express research and development as a percentage of today's expanding economy, it has not expanded to the same extent. Furthermore, some R and D expenditures planned for 1983 did not take place, especially in the sector where spending by the oil and natural gas industry has dropped compared with previous forecasts.

May 29, 1984

Adjournment Debate

Mr. Speaker, I could say more on the subject, but since I have only three minutes, I shall simply add that as far as technological development is concerned, I can assure you that the Government's commitment to investing in research and development is both substantial and sustained, and those must be my last words since my time has expired.

Topic:   PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic:   SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-MACDONALD COMMISSION'S APPROACH TO CHALLENGE OF TECHNOLOGY. (B) GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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