Gary SCHELLENBERGER

SCHELLENBERGER, Gary

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Perth--Wellington (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 15, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Schellenberger
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=cabc2fac-f07d-4241-8cc8-8d8ba903ae41&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, interior decorator, painter

Parliamentary Career

May 12, 2003 - February 1, 2004
PC
  Perth--Middlesex (Ontario)
  • Deputy Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party (September 10, 2003 - February 1, 2004)
February 2, 2004 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Perth--Middlesex (Ontario)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Perth--Wellington (Ontario)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Perth--Wellington (Ontario)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Perth--Wellington (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Perth--Wellington (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 -
CPC
  Perth--Wellington (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 49)


April 27, 2015

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to my constituent, veteran Art Boon, who stormed the beaches of Normandy with allied forces on D-Day in 1944, and went on to help liberate the Netherlands from Nazi occupation.

Art has been officially invited by the Government of the Netherlands to attend commemorative ceremonies in Europe to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation. Art wants to accept this honour and have his son, Rick, a teacher, with him at his side as he receives a hero's welcome in the Netherlands, but the Avon Maitland District School Board is refusing to allow Rick Boon unpaid leave to attend.

This is a travesty. Our government strongly condemns this decision and calls on the Avon Maitland District School Board to allow Rick Toon to travel with his father to be honoured.

This is about respect for veterans and their families. Our Conservative government stands firmly behind the Boon family.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Liberation of the Netherlands Ceremonies
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April 22, 2015

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to congratulate the Stratford Festival on its 2015 season, opening later this spring.

For over 60 years, people from around the world have come to Stratford for unparalleled performances from North America's leading theatre company. This year's performances include The Sound of Music, Hamlet, The Diary of Anne Frank, and many more.

In addition to the Stratford Festival, I would also like to recognize other theatre groups in southwestern Ontario that greatly contribute to the arts and culture of this nation. Drayton Entertainment, the Shaw Festival, the Grand Theatre in London, the Blyth Festival, and many other companies, are examples of these great assets in Canada.

I congratulate all of these theatre groups for their continued success and thank them for their enormous contribution to the arts in Canada.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Ontario Theatre Festivals
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February 24, 2015

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth—Wellington, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I stand here in this place for the last time presenting a private member's motion or bill, it humbles me to listen to some of the kind words I have received here this evening.

The Stratford Festival and its management over the years has been one of the easiest things to support and promote in my riding. I am not going to make a great, long speech because I feel the warmth from everyone here for the arts and for the Stratford theatre. It is wonderful.

With that, I am just going to thank all those who have supported this motion. I will see them at the theatre, I am quite sure. The Stratford Festival invites everyone from the House to come and visit Stratford. It is a wonderful part of southwestern Ontario, with the greatest theatre not only in Canada but also in the world.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Stratford Festival
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February 24, 2015

Mr. Gary Schellenberger

Mr. Speaker, Suchitoto is a program called “Sharing a Dream” that was sponsored by the Canadian government, the Stratford Festival, and the people in El Salvador. It took some gang members and people who were unemployed and not only made them into actors but also a theatre company. Stratford not only sends actors there when there is time off but also stagehands, carpenters, electricians, and lighting people. People are trained in lighting and to be electricians. After a couple of years in that setting, they get jobs. It has helped to stop some of the gang wars in that area and it is very positive. I give them a lot of credit, along with our government, for doing that job.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Stratford Festival
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February 24, 2015

Mr. Gary Schellenberger

Mr. Speaker, funding for the Canada Council for the Arts has not decreased. In fact, in 2006 there was quite a substantial increase to that arts council, somewhere around $50 million. Right now the Canada Council for the Arts gets around $180 million, which it disburses to its peers as it sees fit.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Stratford Festival
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