Charles James MAYER

MAYER, The Hon. Charles James, P.C., B.Sc.

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Portage--Marquette (Manitoba)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Portage--Marquette (Manitoba)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Portage--Marquette (Manitoba)
  • Minister of State (Canadian Wheat Board) (September 17, 1984 - August 26, 1987)
  • Minister of State (Grains and Oilseeds) (August 27, 1987 - January 3, 1993)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Lisgar--Marquette (Manitoba)
  • Minister of State (Grains and Oilseeds) (August 27, 1987 - January 3, 1993)
  • Minister of Western Economic Diversification (January 30, 1989 - January 3, 1993)
  • Minister of Agriculture (January 4, 1993 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of Agriculture (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister for Small Communities and Rural Areas (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 306)


June 15, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Madam Speaker, I should remind the hon. member very simply that the original co-operative on the prairies goes back to the Sintaluta trial in 1904. That established the Territorial Grain Growers' Association which is now the United Grain Growers. It operates in all four provinces, including the Peace River part of British Columbia. The United Grain Growers is very supportive of this decision.

Oral Questions

I should also remind him that many members of co-operatives of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba pools support this.

The hon. member stands up and mixes up some of these things. He knows absolutely nothing about which he is talking. This is a good decision. It is made in the interests of the producers themselves. It lets producers exercise some judgment. That will result in better income for individual producers.

That is what this is about. It gives producers a chance to earn more themselves instead of continually coming to the government for hand-outs. We are in favour of that. The NDP is in favour of making everybody wards of the state. That does not work.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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June 15, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Madam Speaker, I do not think what we are doing is eroding the power of the Canadian Wheat Board. All we are doing is giving producers an option to decide what they should do with their own products.

A lot of people were consulted in this process and the hon. member knows that. It has been a very open process going back almost a year and a half. The result was that a committee was struck which included people from all parts of the industry. The committee basically set its own terms of reference, hired its own consultants and came up with its report. Many groups on the prairies certainly support this.

Just to conclude, this is about giving producers a choice and letting the producers themselves decide in their own wisdom what the best way is to market the product they produce.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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June 14, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Madam Speaker, we have had some problems with the Americans on national tripartite, but to point out again, we won two panels on live hogs and pork that saw I think over $20 million of refunds to Canadian producers.

I should tell the member that the department has been doing some work with various provinces. We hope that at the federal-provincial meeting coming up in the early part of July we can make some pretty good progress in getting additional commodities to be part of the NISA process as a way of supporting.

June 14, 1993

The prospects for both beef and horticulture are good. The hon. member will know what I am talking about because he has been very involved in this. We appreciate his involvement. Hopefully if we can make the progress we think we can, it will be a much better program for producers. Certainly it will be more in compliance with the international trade rules.

We are making some progress in the area about which he is showing some concern.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   FISHERIES
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May 26, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture) moved:

That in relation to Bill C-115, an act to implement the North American Free Trade Agreement, not more than one further sitting day be allotted to the consideration of report stage and one sitting day to the consideration of the third reading stage of the bill, and furthermore that 15 minutes before the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on the day allotted to the report stage consideration and on the day allotted to the third reading stage consideration of the said bill, any proceedings before the House shall be interrupted if required for the purpose of this order and in turn every question necessary to dispose of the stage of the bill then under consideration shall be put forthwith and successively without further debate or amendment.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
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May 12, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, with respect to the Gross Revenue Insurance Plan (GRIP), the total estimated administration costs for the year 1992-93 are:

a) Nationally $40 million Saskatchewan $17 million

The total estimated pay-out to fanners for 1992-93 with respect to the GRIP is:

b) Nationally $1.5 billion Saskatchewan $450 million

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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