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 4 of 306)


March 31, 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 second reading stage of the bill; and

That, fifteen minutes before the expiry of the time provided for Government Orders on the day allotted to the second 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 second reading stage of the bill 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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March 30, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I had a chance to attend not all but most of the submissions this morning. There is no question that there is a serious problem in Saskatchewan. I was impressed with the tone and some of the substance of the submissions. People were saying that they want to solve their problem within their fiscal means. There was a willingness to work together and to take a look at improving farm programs that we have. We have always taken that position as a federal government.

People were suggesting that they needed more education and more real training. I think over all there is a general recognition that no one group, whether it be

March 30, 1993

Oral Questions

federal or provincial governments or the producers by themselves, can do it all by themselves. That is the tone and that is the approach we have taken in this government to try to address this problem. That is the approach that we will continue to take, to work with many of the groups that appeared this morning before the Standing Committee on Agriculture.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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March 30, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, we have said all along that we are prepared to consider any kind of changes. I do not know what he means by major changes. We would have to make a judgment on that, but certainly we are prepared to make changes and some pretty significant ones if everybody could agree on the changes and everybody could agree that they were going to be in the best interests of the people we are trying to serve.

March 30, 1993

Oral Questions

If the hon. member has some specific ideas, we would be more than happy to hear from him. It is very easy for people to stand up and say that they find the GRIP program flawed and it has major deficiencies in it, but I have yet to have somebody come forward and tell me how they could improve it working with the same amount of money that we presently put into the GRIP program.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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March 30, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, as I said, there is no question that there is a need. But we are not going to solve the problem, and I think it came out this morning in committee, simply by throwing money at it. Some of the witnesses made that almost as a direct observation.

I say again, we want to continue to work with people. I would suggest that he encourage the government of Saskatchewan, his province, to work with the federal government to see if we can develop better financial assistance for farmers, better over-all security programs for income.

I do not think it is useful in Saskatchewan simply to stand up as a provincial government and say that the GRIP program is flawed and withdraw from it without coming forward with some ideas on how we can make it better.

We are going to try very hard to work with the Government of Saskatchewan. In the meantime, we

should take some hints from what was said this morning at committee and realize that we have to work together and that there is a limit to the amount of money with which we have to work.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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March 30, 1993

Hon. Charles Mayer (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, as a farmer the hon. member should know better than to make the last statement. Cash advances are still in effect for farmers. They were put in late. To listen to that member you would think that in fact they were cancelled, when in fact he knows better than that. He knows they were not.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE
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