Gabriel DESJARDINS

DESJARDINS, Gabriel, B.A.Sp.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Témiscamingue (Quebec)
Birth Date
February 14, 1949
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Desjardins
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e715e118-593e-432d-869e-7fac1587ba0e&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, professor, trader

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Témiscamingue (Quebec)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Témiscamingue (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 46)


June 1, 1993

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Madam Speaker, I rise in the House today out of solidarity with my constituents in Rouyn-Noranda and McWatters. Today a general strike was called in Rouyn-Noranda for a few hours as a public protest against a decision by the Quebec government to move the headquarters of the Service de conservation du Nord-Ouest.

The Premier of Quebec must listen to the voice of the people. They say this decision is wrong and a waste of money. I want to ask the Quebec Premier to meet a regional delegation for a frank discussion of this matter and then make the right decision, which is to keep the Service de conservation du Nord-Ouest in McWatters.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SERVICE DE CONSERVATION DU NORD-OUEST
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May 10, 1993

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, on April 30 this year, in the presence of Bill Caine of Commonwealth Plywood, Mayor Carmelle Nantel and members of the community, I turned the first sod in Belleterre to signal the start of construction on a sawmill to replace the mill which burnt down in 1989.

This project, worth $7 million, will create 70 new jobs in Belleterre and help maintain 35 jobs at the veneer plant.

I am very pleased with the contribution by the federal office of regional development for Quebec, because without that contribution of more than $1,400,000, the project would never have materialized.

This is good news for a community that has suffered severe setbacks in recent years. I say three cheers for the people of Belleterre and good luck to the present and future workers at the sawmill.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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April 26, 1993

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, Saturday the people of the municipality of La Sarre paid a last moving tribute to their mayor, Guy Carignan, who died on Ibesday, April 20.

Elected mayor of La Sarre not long ago, Guy Carignan leaves us with the memory of a man who was kind, honest, very generous with his time, trustworthy and totally dedicated to his community.

Guy Carignan was always ready to defend a just cause and the interests of his region.

To his wife and children, I wish to extend my sincere condolences and hope they will find the strength to face this ordeal. I would like to add that Guy will always be an inspiration to our community, and especially to its younger members.

To Guy Carignan, one last word: Thank you.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   THE LATE GUY CARIGNAN
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April 1, 1993

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of State for Seniors has announced today that the federal government will extend the Seniors Strategy for another five years.

This announcement shows our government's concern for the senior citizens of Canada. It is also an excellent way of helping our society prepare itself to meet the special needs of an aging population.

April 1, 1993

We are also introducing a new program called "Ventures for Independence". This program will give priority to innovative suggestions aimed at improving the quality of life and independence of seniors.

The development of a federal policy on aging is another new and important element of this strategy. By the year 2031, one in five Canadians will be over 65, and if we want today's and tomorrow's seniors to enjoy independence and dignity in their retirement, we can only be delighted about the renewal of the Seniors Strategy.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   SENIORS
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February 26, 1993

Mr. Gabriel Desjardins (Temiscamingue):

Madam Speaker, speaking on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Temiscamingue, I want to thank the Prime Minister of Canada for the energy and determination with which he served this country during the past eight years.

The people in my riding have always seen him as a true leader, whose tenacity, determination and courage are extraordinary. We will remember him as a man driven by a consuming passion for his country and as a man of great warmth and generosity who was sensitive and attuned to the needs of the regions.

Clean air, decentralization of federal services, regional development and a Ministry of State for Seniors are all initiatives that were welcomed by my constituents.

I therefore want to join my fellow citizens in wishing the Prime Minister and his family a happy and prosperous retirement, and once again, we want to say, loud and clear: Thank you!

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   RIGHT HON. PRIME MINISTER
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