René CANUEL

CANUEL, René, B.Pd., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
Matapédia--Matane (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 21, 1936
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_Canuel
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=ed001be8-7900-4025-9841-0bc0fbba9d79&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
professor, teacher

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
BQ
  Matapédia--Matane (Quebec)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
BQ
  Matapédia--Matane (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 62)


October 5, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I hope you will show some tolerance because I have a brief comment to make and a brief question to ask.

My comment is that the government opposite is heartless. I said before that the Prime Minister was a son of darkness and I am still saying that.

Here is my question. Does the hon. member think it is reasonable to require 910 hours for young people? Personally, I think it is inhuman and totally unrealistic. I would like my colleague to comment on that.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance Act
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October 4, 2000

Mr. René Canuel

Let it pay the money back.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance Act
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June 8, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I listened carefully to the hon. member and her arrogance reflects an inferiority complex. That is all there is to it.

She said that members of the Bloc are nervous, but we are not. The hon. member said it about 20 times: we are very calm. Things are going very well for the Bloc, whether the hon. members opposite like it or not.

When a minister comes to my riding of Matapédia—Matane, I am glad if he or she comes to give us information, but the fact is that what they give is not information. As my colleague said, when they do come, ministers meet with mayors and members of the chambers of commerce, who are extraordinary people, I agree. But why do they never meet with seasonal workers?

Why do they not talk about employment insurance, which I call misery insurance? People in my area are almost starving to death. In the Gaspé peninsula, there are 10,000 or 15,000 people who want the minister to visit. But nobody ever comes. The unemployed are not important.

What is important for the Liberals is to misinform the people, not to find solutions. If they were honest, they would have come to announce the cuts in the transfers to provinces. They would have said “We will cut x millions of dollars in health care and so many billion dollars in other areas”. But they did not come to announce it. They should have come to give us the information. Why did they not come at that time to give the information they say they are giving today?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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May 19, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, in the Canola matter, the government is refusing to even discuss the concept of responsibility. This is unbelievable.

My question is for the Minister of Agriculture. Who is responsible for the problem being experienced in Europe at the present time: Canada, because it has not wanted to pass any legislation, or Advanta, because that company did not do any testing?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Transgenic Seeds
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May 11, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I listened to my colleague for Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques. He recommended some intelligent measures which should be implemented as quickly as possible. I call that prevention.

Putting someone in prison and cancelling his driver's licence for years, that is obviously something. Sometimes we may have to do it but nobody can convince me that in the year 2000 we cannot do better than that.

I see young people who are generally more serious than people who are 40 or 45 years old. For many years now, when they go to a tavern for a few drinks, they get someone to drive them home. However, some might forget and let themselves be led by others.

Last week I heard that many accidents happen in Quebec involving bikers. We must also think about this. What means should we take? Should we send someone to prison? Should we suspend his driver's licence for 5, 10 or 20 years? I do not think this is the solution. My colleague told us about an ignition interlock system which prevents the car from starting. When we pass a bill what do we want? We want two things: to protect society and to protect the guy who, after a few drinks, can become a criminal under the code. We should think twice.

I would ask my colleague to explain further what this system is. Should we adopt it as quickly as possible? Has this system been adopted in other countries?

I commend my colleague for his speech and I urge the government to think, to listen and to pay close attention to what my colleague has to say.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Criminal Code
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