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 2 of 62)


April 7, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, with the death of Victor Tremblay, the valley of the Matapédia and in particular the town of Causapscal are in mourning.

Victor Tremblay died on March 24 at the age of 52 following a brief illness.

He was the youngest president of the Société nationale de l'est du Québec. He also headed the Société d'aide au développement des collectivités. He belonged to a host of organizations focussed essentially on regional development.

An exceptional individual, Victor Tremblay had a passion for the outdoors, and his commitment changed the approach of an entire region toward a vital resource, salmon. This commitment led him to assume a national position, that of director general of the Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique.

To his wife, Françoise and his children and to the friends of this exemplary regional advocate, this proud and courageous man, the Bloc Quebecois offers its sincere condolences.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Late Victor Tremblay
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March 22, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I have one simple question to ask my colleague.

There are small airports—small because of the distances planes have to travel—that have been handed over to the municipalities, among them the airport at Matane. Today, even if the mayor is full of good will, he cannot afford to have the repairs needed done at this airport.

The government is always telling us, basically, that the municipalities have to look after these airports if they agreed to take them over. A city does not necessarily have the funds to look after an airport.

Should the federal government not make a special effort for the airports which formerly belonged to it and which have now been handed over to the municipalities and, even if they have accepted them, should it not still contribute to their maintenance?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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March 22, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I have two short questions for the minister.

No matter how much money we pour into roads, because of our weather and all kinds of other things, they constantly have to be fixed; also truck traffic is so heavy, it ruins the roads. Why not focus more on rail transportation and shipping?

In Quebec, we have the St. Lawrence River, which is hardly used. We have train going by all the time, but hardly used. It is fine to invest in roads, but why not consider a different approach to transportation, one that would be a lot less expensive and much more adequate?

I have one more question. The minister is familiar with the riding of Matapédia—Matane. He knows that the Matane airport was turned over to the municipality. Business people say about the airport “It does not make sense. It is closed. It is hopeless”.

Since the municipality cannot bear all the airport maintenance and repair costs on its own, could the government provide some assistance to regional airports?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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March 22, 2000

Mr. René Canuel

There was love too. People who live in isolated areas like his and mine have the impression that the government wants to deprive us of all means of communication. Communications are airports and also wharves.

The question I want to ask my colleague is this: Does he have the impression, like me, that the government does not care about isolated areas? It takes good care of big cities like Toronto, Calgary and, above all, Shawinigan, but it is as if it wanted to cut people off. And the best way to do that is to cut off their communications, closing their airports and their seaports.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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March 22, 2000

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia—Matane, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I want to congratulate my colleague from Charlevoix, who when he spoke in defense of his voters was almost seething with rage. I understand that.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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