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 61 of 62)


February 9, 1994

Mr. Canuel

Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague who appears to be highly sensitive to the plight of the regions. It is true that very often when we think of Canada, we think of large cities. Large urban centres are often represented by several members, and sometimes by several ministers. That is why I say that federalism has proven to be a failure for regions such as mine, and most likely for regions such as his.

Basically, federalism has proven to be an even greater failure in the regions. It has failed throughout Quebec, but especially in the regions. True, equalization and transfer payments are supposed to help the poorer regions. However, I have only one voice and compared to that of Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal, the voice of regional members is not heard because they represent a much smaller number of people.

When I decided to run in my riding, it was for a very special reason, namely to heighten the awareness of city dwellers of the poverty in our regions. We have a great deal of talent. We have tremendous human capital, but as we all know, when people leave to attend large universities, they do not return. On this point, I agree completely with my hon. colleague. We need to focus more on the regions and give them as much as possible.

Because, when towns cease to exists, cities decline and eventually disappear.

I want to thank my hon. colleague and let him know that I am very sensitive to his concerns. I agree that more has to be done for our regions.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements And Federal Post-Secondary Education And Health Contributions Act
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February 9, 1994

Mr. Canuel

Madam Speaker, how can federalism not be at fault since, over the last few years, our ridings have been represented by federalists at the provincial level? Indeed, whether at the provincial or federal level, there are only federalists. Also, the unemployment rate in our region is at 21 per cent and is constantly increasing. If that is not a failure, what is it?

Our young people are all leaving. If provincial or national federalists are not to blame, after all the Parti Québécois is not in office, then whose fault is it? It is not the Parti Québécois, nor the Bloc because we just got here. We will improve things, but we need time to do that.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements And Federal Post-Secondary Education And Health Contributions Act
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February 3, 1994

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia-Matane)

Mr. Speaker, I have been listening to my hon. colleague. She is full of good intentions. It is true that there is a substantial wage differential between men and women. When you talk about youth issues, it also concerns me directly. Except that the hon. member said: "We want to do something, but we are not sure what". There are things you can do when you are in office.

In my riding, youth unemployment has reached 50 per cent, not 30 per cent but 50 per cent. In my riding, there are no universities. This means that we are continually experiencing a brain drain. And those who leave do not come back. You are very sensitive to that problem and you are full of good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. So-

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Social Security System
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January 31, 1994

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia-Matane)

Madam Speaker, thank you for recognizing my riding. I want to thank the hon. member who seems to be very much aware of the problems of young people. I don't know whether he is as knowledgeable about rural ridings.

In my riding, I taught at a secondary school and occasionally at a CEGEP, where conditions are very bad. People talk about urban poverty, and I realize that poverty in urban areas may be worse than in rural areas. However, conditions in rural areas may be worse, to some extent, because our young people leave to go the city, and so we have fewer skills and resources.

I had students of 16 and 17 who were very disturbed and had a lot of problems. There were cases of runaways and drugs, and at one point we had to call in the police. I know the hon. member opposite is aware of the problems, but not all members of this House know the rural dimension.

That is why I would urge him and other members to think about what is happening in our schools in rural ridings. We have just one CEGEP. There is no university. This means students have to leave the area, for instance those from Mont-Joli. Amqui only has a secondary school which means that past the age of 16 or 17, after their Secondaire V, students have to leave town to go to the CEGEP. And of course the college is in Matane, so if they want to go to university, they have to leave town as well.

Is the hon. member prepared to look at conditions in rural areas, and does he have any suggestions on how he could help our students, our young people overcome these handicaps?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Social Security System
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January 28, 1994

Mr. René Canuel (Matapédia-Matane)

Mr. Speaker, the small village of Les Boules in my constituency was hit by a terrible tragedy last Tuesday, when five members of one family died in the fire that destroyed their home. Mr. Michel St-Pierre and his four daughters, Julie, Claudia, Jessie and Émilie, aged 15 months to 11 years, all died in the blaze. Only the mother, Martine, miraculously got away. Mr. St-Pierre was well known in the area for his involvement in municipal politics and his performance in various sports. The couple also did volunteer work to help the destitute in the area.

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Mr. St-Pierre as well as to his fellow citizens. This loss will deeply affect this small community.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Tragedy In Les Boules
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