André HARVEY

HARVEY, The Hon. André, P.C., B.Ped., B.Sc.Admin.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Chicoutimi--Le Fjord (Quebec)
Birth Date
September 16, 1941
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/André_Harvey
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c697ea4b-9558-42a8-ab76-f1177ed93959&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
consultant, teacher

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Chicoutimi (Quebec)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Chicoutimi (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (March 11, 1993 - June 24, 1993)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (September 1, 1993 - October 26, 1993)
June 2, 1997 - April 25, 2000
PC
  Chicoutimi (Quebec)
  • Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party (June 18, 1997 - April 25, 2000)
April 26, 2000 - October 22, 2000
IND
  Chicoutimi (Quebec)
October 4, 2000 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Chicoutimi (Quebec)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Chicoutimi--Le Fjord (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport (September 13, 2001 - January 12, 2003)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation (January 13, 2003 - December 11, 2003)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources with special emphasis on Development of Value-Added Industries (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 129)


May 6, 2004

Hon. André Harvey

Mr. Speaker, I think it is important to point out, in addition to the preliminary information and considering the errors that they continue to make, that they mentioned three different percentages.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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May 6, 2004

Hon. André Harvey (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I understand why my colleagues from the Bloc would be offended and upset, because the best job in this country is that of a Bloc Quebecois MP. When the government does something right, it is thanks to them, and when—

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Subtopic:   Supply
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May 6, 2004

Hon. André Harvey (Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, before the hon. member has a chance to get too comfortable, I would like to ask him if he thinks it is right for the Canadian Labour Congress, in its scientific analysis of employment insurance, to include people who have never worked, people who have never paid premiums, formerly self-employed workers and students? Does he think it is right in an insurance context to include in our statistics people who have never contributed to the program?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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May 6, 2004

Hon. André Harvey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his intervention.

I understand that my Bloc colleagues are happy here, in Canada's Parliament. They want to be re-elected. However, whatever the issues they have occasion to deal with, their figures are never right.

They always include Quebec. I am also a Quebecker; I am from the Saguenay. I am keen to be involved in the next election campaign with them. We will talk about the real numbers. Every time I have the opportunity to talk with them, unfortunately, I am obliged, not to be disrespectful, to try to correct the facts about the numbers.

In the past 20 years, our fellow Quebeckers have contributed $73 billion to employment insurance, and we have provided $86 billion in benefits. Not only that, but in the past 10 or 11 years, the amounts collected and distributed were about the same. We are not taking into account here the contributions that were reduced by several billions of dollars.

Also, this does not include manpower training programs. For 25 years, Quebeckers asked for them. In the past seven or eight years, we transferred $600 million a year to the Quebec government. This does not include reductions in contributions, which amount to several billions of dollars a year.

Members opposite keep going back to that $40 billion surplus, but they forget about the investments in initiatives that contribute to creating jobs and are important for the future of our regions.

It is unfortunate members in the Bloc are ready to stoop to anything just to get elected. It is really unfortunate. They indulge in demagoguery just to keep their seat in this great democratic institution, the Canadian Parliament.

Let us take, for example, the issue of employment insurance. The leader of the Bloc came to my region and told the public that $157 million were missing. I checked, and it was $239 million. I thought they would have a good research service by now, with the Election Finances Act, and that their researchers could come up with accurate figures.

They even make mistakes about the softwood lumber issue. In health care, they were talking this week about a 4% federal contribution. Then, it went up to 14%. They should raise that to 40%, because that is the reality.

I would simply like to ask my colleague why it is they always come up with the wrong figures in our discussions.

In conclusion, I would like to say this. We improved the Employment Insurance Act and we will continue to do so year after year, in spite of the demagogy we hear from Bloc members who do not want to lose their seat in the Canadian Parliament because they are very happy here.

When they come to my area, they talk about unemployment but when the time comes to invest they go somewhere else, to Gatineau, for instance.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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May 6, 2004

Hon. André Harvey

It is always empty rhetoric. Let them all come and debate the issue at home. We will talk about figures.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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