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 48 of 49)


September 22, 2003

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth--Middlesex, PC)

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Veterans Affairs is treating widows as a budget item.

Mr. Murray spent one and a half times the budget of the average Canadian family for food. He spent more on hotel costs per month than most Canadians pay in rent. The reality is that there are thousands of widows who do not qualify for the VIP and the minister is doing nothing about it.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Veterans Affairs
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June 12, 2003

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth--Middlesex, PC)

Mr. Speaker, thank you for the advice.

I rise here this evening to speak on VIA Rail. The people of Perth—Middlesex are interested in seeing the VIA Rail service improved because it is such an essential part of life in the riding from both a tourism and an industrial perspective.

Perth--Middlesex is right in the thick of Canada's railroad heartland, the Windsor-Montreal corridor. Many municipalities in our area are very concerned about upgrades to VIA Rail. Cities and towns in southwestern Ontario such as Stratford, Kitchener and Windsor have had various meetings and are quite interested in high speed rail service and upgrades to be made, primarily because of the tourism sector and commuting to jobs.

Private sector railroads have done very well in our area. Through the little town I live in it is only a 50 mile run, but a private railroad took over from CN quite a number of years ago and has turned it into a very profitable enterprise, so I have a vested interest in closely monitoring the process of funding for VIA Rail.

As I watch the process unfold, some initial questions come to mind. Will this proposed $9 million increase in spending result in better service for my constituents? Will it meet the regulations in Kyoto? Will it help cut down on greenhouse gases? I would think it should.

The transport committee did not seem to think so or did not think the $9 million was needed. According to this committee, the folks from VIA Rail were never able to justify the increase in spending. The minister says he can. I do not know who to believe, but I know I am not very impressed with this process. I have watched what has happened in various committee processes and a lot of the time the recommendations brought down by the committees are ignored by this government.

I also know that I am not interested in scoring cheap political points by investigating the issue of the shadow government or the infighting between different camps in the Liberal Party, although I do think it is awful for government institutions to be used as battlegrounds to settle old scores in the Liberal Party of Canada.

We have a Minister of Transport allegedly threatening members with job losses in their home ridings if they do not support the spending increase and the government House leader trying to have the committee's recommendations thrown out as illegitimate. What is the actual benefit to the Canadian public in increasing the budget of VIA Rail by this proposed $9 million? What programs will be hurt because these moneys are earmarked for the VIA Rail increase?

We are told that passenger numbers and revenues are up, so if this is the case then why does VIA need more money, not less? Something is not adding up here. Why are the Prime Minister and his Minister of Transport willing to walk all over the findings of their own parliamentary committee? Why do they want this money put into VIA Rail so badly?

These are the issues and questions the House should be addressing. I have always been concerned that there is a lot of time spent in committee with a lot of good points brought forward. I have listened this evening to statistics and dollar figures and various issues mentioned. I have listened to how a private rail service in B.C. running from Vancouver to Calgary may have competition from VIA Rail again, a private company that originally bought out VIA Rail. Again, that is a terrible type of competition.

All the hon. members of this House first came to this chamber wanting to help people, wanting to do some good. It seems to me that some members of this current government would be well advised to take a refresher course in why they became members. It was not to settle old scores within the Liberal Party of Canada.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Main Estimates 2003-04
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June 6, 2003

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth--Middlesex, PC)

Mr. Speaker, today marks the anniversary of the Canadian landing at Juno Beach on D-Day, June 6,1944. It was a shining moment in our nation's history. All Canadians should today reflect on the valour and selfless dedication of its veterans. They should be thanked and remembered for fighting in the name of democracy and freedom.

This reflection harks back to a time when the Canadian military had the political and material support to lead the charge. At that time we were an equal contributing partner with our American and British Allies. We could and did make a difference.

I would like to take this opportunity today to thank the veterans and their families in my constituency, and across the country who participated in this historic event. They will forever represent the best of Canada.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   D-Day
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June 6, 2003

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth--Middlesex, PC)

Mr. Speaker, the beef farmers of Perth--Middlesex are facing serious threats to their livelihood. Livestock disposal, laid off workers and financial hardships are big problems.

Some of my constituents are facing bankruptcy. At $11 million a day, the cost of industry inaction is approaching $200 million. The borders are still closed.

Will the Minister of Agriculture inform the House when Perth--Middlesex farmers and plant workers can expect financial assistance from the government?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Agriculture
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June 6, 2003

Mr. Gary Schellenberger (Perth--Middlesex, PC)

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the hon. member for Pictou—Antigonish—Guysborough.

I have been told by many concerned farmers in my riding of Perth—Middlesex, who through their common farming practices may be charged or challenged by various animal rights groups, that their common practices may result in charges being trumped up against them. Have these concerns been addressed?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals)
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