Art EGGLETON

EGGLETON, The Hon. Art, P.C.

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
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  York Centre (Ontario)
  • President of the Treasury Board (November 4, 1993 - January 24, 1996)
  • Minister responsible for Infrastructure (November 4, 1993 - January 24, 1996)
  • Minister for International Trade (January 25, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  York Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister for International Trade (January 25, 1996 - June 10, 1997)
  • Minister of National Defence (June 11, 1997 - May 25, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  York Centre (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Defence (June 11, 1997 - May 25, 2002)
March 24, 2005 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  York Centre (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 328 of 328)


January 20, 1994

Hon. Arthur C. Eggleton (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure)

Mr. Speaker, yes.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Pay Equity
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January 19, 1994

Hon. Arthur C. Eggleton (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure)

Mr. Speaker, this is going to be a very open and transparent program. Information has been supplied to all members of the House with respect to the criteria under which the projects will be examined. The projects are not initiated at the federal level even though the program has been. The projects are initiated at the municipal level and are designed to meet the priorities of local government and the provincial government.

That is what we have done in the case of this project to meet the priorities and the needs of the province of Quebec and the people of Quebec City and with the full support, I might add, of the mayor of Quebec City, members of the Quebec caucus and the Quebec government. I believe that is a good example of how we can get all levels of government together. It is the kind of thing we want to do to make sure this program succeeds, ensure that it be very open and transparent and in fact avoid the very kinds of concerns the member has.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Infrastructure Program
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January 19, 1994

Hon. Arthur C. Eggleton (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure)

Mr. Speaker, the government, as I think was indicated previously by my colleague the Minister of Finance, finds itself very substantially in agreement with most of the observations that have been made in the Auditor General's report. Even though those observations relate to what went on previous to this government taking office, nevertheless it is the responsibility of this government to make sure we respond to the concerns the member has raised.

Indeed, we have already done so to a great extent in things like the opening up of the budget process which my colleague talked about earlier and streamlining the decisions in cabinet and various other programs that have been put forward by the Prime Minister to reduce the costs of operation of different ministries, the size of political perks and many other things. We have responded to some of the concerns the member has raised.

We are going to continue to take note and look into all of these matters. I am sure we will be able to come back to the hon. member and to this House with some further observations and suggestions as to how we can meet many of these requests of the Auditor General.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Auditor General's Report
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January 19, 1994

Hon. Arthur C. Eggleton (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure)

Mr. Speaker, the Government of Quebec had for some time been in negotiations with the previous government here in Ottawa with respect to the project of the convention centre in Quebec City. It was anxious because of the change in leadership coming in the Government of Quebec to be able to bring the matter to a head. The premiers had been here on December 21 and had come to an agreement about the the program. They in fact unanimously agreed to be participants in the infrastructure program.

We then said to the Quebec government that it was conditional-and I want to point out that it is conditional upon signing the formal agreement-that the project would be one that could proceed.

Once the formal agreement is signed the project will in fact have to go through all of the tests required. We already have, however, through the Federal Economic Development Agency in Quebec, processed the application on an informal basis. I Must say that it is an excellent project. It will put over 1,000 people to work in construction jobs and create more than 400 long-term jobs after that. It is a project that will help get the people in Quebec City, the province of Quebec and Canadians to work and to work fast.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Infrastructure Program
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January 18, 1994

Hon. Arthur C. Eggleton (President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure)

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with Standing Order 81 I move:

That the business of supply be considered at the next sitting of the House.

(Motion agreed to.)

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