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 4 of 129)


March 26, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, contrary to what the opposition is telling people all over the country, particularly my friends in the Bloc Quebecois, who are so delighted to be here in the Parliament of Canada, I must point out that one of the most important features of the latest budget is the $31 billion drop in taxes, including $24 billion in personal income tax.

In health, we have injected $2 billion. We are going to invest not 14¢, but close to 40¢ on each dollar.

As for the municipalities, the government has begun providing structural support through the GST rebate.

The Government of Quebec has been allocated $330 million for R and D and training.

One important aspect of the last budget—and I know this drives my colleagues in the Bloc Quebecois a little crazy—relates to the social economy. This is a new initiative to provide support to all the stakeholders in the social economy. An amount of $160 million has been allocated to support—

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Budget
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March 26, 2004

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

Mr. Speaker, I ask that all questions be allowed to stand.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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March 9, 2004

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

Madam Speaker, what contributes to spread this negative culture are incorrect statements. I would like to provide some basic information on this issue.

The Minister of Finance, when he was the natural resources minister of Canada, led a mission to promote trade and investment in China, South Korea and Japan from January 22 to February 3, 2000. I will briefly report the facts. Then, we will talk about the money that was supposedly wasted, and you will see that I will be clear.

The purpose of this mission was to promote Canada's leadership and innovation, particularly in the natural resources sector. This mission helped to achieve many goals relating to this sector, which affects the live of all Canadians.

The mission responds particularly to the interests of the Canadian policy, especially with regard to market access, trade, regulatory reforms, sustainable development and climate changes.

This mission offered a great opportunity to expand the natural resources sector, which was already thriving. It opened doors to natural resources businesses so that they could enter the China market and expand into it, and it had many positive and sustainable results.

Since then, China has adopted new building codes to make them compatible with the construction of wood frame houses. This resulted in the opening of new markets for Canadian wood products.

Currently, Canadian geomatics and geoscience companies are active in China and provide useful data for the development of that country's natural resources.

In fact, the Chinese recognize Canada as a competitive and world-class provider of minerals and mining expertise.

I can never emphasize enough the fact that the current Minister of Finance did not hire a videographer to record this trade mission to China and that he was not accompanied by someone to produce this film during the mission.

In order to meet the objectives of this mission, the department prepared a video before the mission. That video did explain to Chinese audiences the purpose of the mission and the diversity and skills of Canada's natural resources sector.

The video, which was produced in three languages, that is Mandarin, English and French, was very well received. It proved very useful to overcome the language barrier, particularly since simultaneous translation was not always available.

The video's research and production work was done on a contract basis by an agency selected through a well-defined competitive bidding process. The video cost $115,000 to produce.

This was a worthwhile investment, as I am sure you will agree, since its goal was to promote Canada's natural resources sector in one of the fastest growing economic regions of the world and to contribute to the positive impact I just mentioned.

The video prepared for the mission was produced by the firm Allard et associés, through a strategic partnership with Columbia Group.

The world economy of the 21st century is characterized by tough competition for markets and investments. Canada needs to have access to foreign markets, foreign investments and new technologies to promote innovation and productivity, to create wealth and to meet the goals our nation has set for itself in terms of quality of life.

These types of missions lay the foundations that position our natural resources sector and related industries as key players in the new knowledge and innovation based economy, and ensure Canada a place of honour and influence among the great nations of the world.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   The Acadians
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March 9, 2004

Hon. André Harvey

Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague. I think she was too concerned with preparing her response to listen to the comments I made for four minutes. The video has cost some $100,000 to produce, following a tendering process conducted in accordance with Treasury Board standards.

We say that an image is worth a thousand words, but an image is worth several trips. It is a working tool. If we want to compete with other nations everywhere in the world, we must be very well equipped.

I would like to repeat to my colleague that the video was produced following a tendering process conducted in accordance with Treasury Board standards and that we see it as an absolutely essential tool for the kind of promotion that the mission wanted to achieve.

I want to commend the minister on his very productive trip to three countries: South Korea, Japan and China. I think that a background video is a most logical choice to showcase all our resources and our most competitive elements.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   The Acadians
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February 20, 2004

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

Madam Speaker, thank you for this opportunity to speak for the second time today on an important matter.

This morning, during members' statements, I spoke about a plant to be built in Varennes, and about the whole ethanol issue. The future is in the hands of governments who believe it is important to put forward solutions and initiatives with significant environmental impact.

We are proving this, despite the little ups and downs we are experiencing at present in connection with the sponsorship issue—

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Corrections and Conditional Release Act
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