Jerry PICKARD

PICKARD, The Hon. Jerry, P.C., B.A., M.Ed.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Chatham-Kent--Essex (Ontario)
Birth Date
November 14, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pickard
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e849c7f9-638b-42b8-ac7a-495f5ae20cb6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
teacher

Parliamentary Career

November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Essex--Kent (Ontario)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Essex--Kent (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (February 23, 1996 - July 9, 1997)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Kent--Essex (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (February 23, 1996 - July 9, 1997)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services (July 10, 1997 - July 15, 1998)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Chatham-Kent--Essex (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness with special emphasis on Border Transit (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Chatham-Kent--Essex (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness with special emphasis on Border Transit (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 101)


June 10, 2005

Hon. Jerry Pickard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I believe that we really should look at what is happening in Ontario. What the U.S. really requires in its auto business is more corporations like General Motors has in Oshawa. We are doing very well in Ontario. We are the chief automotive group. We surpassed Michigan and Ohio in the last year. Quite frankly, the auto industry is thriving well because of Canadian government programs and Ontario Liberal government programs.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Automobile Industry
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June 10, 2005

Hon. Jerry Pickard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we see the job growth in Ontario and the job growth right across this country escalating upward. There is absolutely no question that the auto industry is one of the more thriving industries. We have done everything we can within the sector to make certain it is geared for the next 20 years to do well and expand in Ontario.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Automobile Industry
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May 18, 2005

Hon. Jerry Pickard

Madam Speaker, I am sure my colleague opposite well understands that raw sewage and sewage problems themselves are a cause of municipalities. We work hard to create infrastructure programs to help municipalities with the environment. Environmental projects such as sewage treatment plants and other issues are critical. However, the federal government does not control all the raw sewage in the country. We can only help fund and move that issue forward.

We have the same concerns as the member. However, we put pressure on local municipal governments as well as provincial governments to move forward on those issues and make those things happen. I, like the member, do not want to see raw sewage dumped into any waterway. No one does. We must put pressure on the right areas. The member should talk to his municipal and provincial people and get action where action is required, at the level which deals with that issue.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   Treaties Act
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May 18, 2005

Hon. Jerry Pickard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, I would suggest to the member opposite that the Government of Canada is very concerned about pollution and air quality. We also are concerned about all the issues surrounding our environment. There is no question that this is a critical issue, and I commend him for bringing it forward today.

The climate change plan for Canada was released in November 2002 and it was developed with stakeholders across Canada. Obviously in one year, and even in the longer term, all solutions cannot be reached and maintained. I assure the member opposite that there is a tremendous amount of work going on, not only in the energy sphere or in the auto emissions standard. We just announced a couple of weeks ago a reduction of 5.3 megatonnes of CO

2

going into the atmosphere.

When we start moving into the question of air quality, there is no question that the Fraser Valley is a important area in Canada.

The Canada-U.S. air quality agreement was signed in 1991 to address transboundary acid rain, and that has been very successful. The recent release of the biennial progress report on the agreement demonstrates that both Canada and the United States have made tremendous reductions in their emissions of SO

2

, the major pollutant in acid rain, and that in some cases ecosystems have begun to recover.

However, we also know that more needs to be done to deal with transboundary smog and to obtain the reductions from the United States that are needed to continue the recovery from acid damage to our forest and lakes. In British Columbia's Fraser Valley in particular, Environment Canada is leading an initiative to address transboundary air quality with partner agencies in the Georgia Basin--Puget Sound and in the international airshed.

Furthermore, last August 17 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator and the Government of Canada endorsed a recommendation that would lead to a decision on a negotiation of a new annex to the Canada-U.S. air quality agreement to address transboundary air quality. We agreed that a future bilateral effort should address the issues identified in the shared airshed.

The government understands that the Washington State Sumas Energy 2 project is a serious concern to Fraser Valley residents. Environment Canada officials have consistently provided scientific assessment and written comments on the impact of the Sumas Energy 2 proposal. The progress of that is in Washington State right now.

All of us have to realize that we are in a court appeal over that issue and it would be inappropriate for the government to comment further at this time.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   Treaties Act
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May 9, 2005

Hon. Jerry Pickard (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, when I listen to some folks, it amazes me how biased they really can be. I heard nothing positive from my hon. colleague who presented a 20 minute speech and at this point probably a five minute retort to a question to him.

I know that in this last week we have had a major announcement on housing by the Minister of Housing and this will affect low income people. I know we just had a major announcement on child care facilities, adding 50% to child care facilities in the country with Ontario receiving $1.8 billion alone and $5 billion across the country in the next five years.

When I look at the kinds of programs we have, right now is a great time in Canada for young people training. Those people who are on youth employment programs across the country, and we are talking about tens of thousands of young people, are given the opportunity in the summer to work in a field in which they have developed skills in school, to enhance those skills, to get work experience and to develop a background where they can say that they have worked in the field and have done the work they have been trained to do. In other words, they have a curriculum vitae in the work that is being provided through the federal services.

When I look at what we are doing in human resource development, the RESP is a fantastic opportunity for young families and people to be educated. I have to ask my colleague this. How can this all be negative?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act
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