Gerry RITZ

RITZ, The Hon. Gerry, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
August 19, 1951
Website
http://gerryritz.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=febe5b3f-1a40-472b-873d-11be938a0e59&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca
Profession
businessman, contractor, farmer

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - March 26, 2000
REF
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
  • Deputy Whip of the Official Opposition (December 18, 2001 - April 3, 2002)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
  • Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism) (January 4, 2007 - August 13, 2007)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (August 14, 2007 - November 3, 2015)
  • Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (August 14, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (August 14, 2007 - November 3, 2015)
  • Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board (August 14, 2007 - October 29, 2008)
  • Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (August 14, 2007 - November 3, 2015)
  • Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
May 2, 2011 -
CPC
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (August 14, 2007 - November 3, 2015)
  • Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board (October 30, 2008 - July 14, 2013)
October 19, 2015 -
CPC
  Battlefords--Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (August 14, 2007 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 292)


June 15, 2017

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I do not disagree with what the chair of the committee said, but I just want to underscore a couple of points that we put in our attached report to maintain the access we have with our great trading partner, the U.S.

The problem we have is that, as these Liberals move forward with a China free trade agreement at some point, the first thing China asks for as a precondition is market economy status. What that does is change the whole atmosphere around countervail, dumping, and so on, as it is doing with steel.

The other thing is that we need a study on the cost of the carbon tax and how that will keep us out of the American market simply because we are adding that $50 a tonne on a number of different aspects of steel production.

Those two things need to be underscored in this report. I hope that the government will respond to those, especially, when it does.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
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June 15, 2017

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, there are a number of issues. The minister quoted the Alberta Wheat Commission saying how much it looks forward to this, but it says that the devil is in the details. We see that the CTA has been put back into the negotiations among commercial entities, the shipper and the railways, which is going to drag out the timeline on making those things work. We saw interswitching go from 160 kilometres, which was working and being embraced by more and more shippers all the time, to 1,200 kilometres. The problem with the new 1,200 kilometre interswitch is that it does not take into account the southern corridors, where there is a real opportunity to move to other rail lines.

I wonder why the minister left those types of details out and if there will be the flexibility, moving forward in this long-term plan, to add them in.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Transportation Modernization Act
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June 2, 2017

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my colleague's bringing forward this timely piece of legislation. I just renewed my PAL. It was going to be up again in August, so I did it ahead of time to make sure it was not out of scope and I would have it when I needed it. It was a fairly innocuous process. It worked out fairly well, one phone call to New Brunswick and I had things sorted out.

One thing I have had questions from my friends about is going to a 10-year status. They like the idea, but so much data is collected when they apply the first time around, whether that is five years or 10 years, that if their status changes as in a marriage dissolving, getting divorced, they have to report that. If their address changes they have to report that. None of that would change going from five years to 10 years.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Firearms Act
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June 2, 2017

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, since the U.S. withdrew, high-level TPP discussions have continued in Chile, here in Canada, Vietnam, and will happen next in July in Japan.

The message coming out of these meetings is always positive. The remaining countries will continue to work to bring the TPP into force by the end of this calendar year. Silence from Canada though. Japan and New Zealand have already ratified and Australia and Mexico are not very far behind. Japan has also said we will not get a better deal in the bilateral agreement than we have in the TPP.

When will our trade minister join our allies to bring a TPP into force here in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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June 2, 2017

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is wonderful that the minister is getting his passport stamped but we are here to see results.

During the final TPP negotiations we had the CETA agreement signed in principle and used it to obtain better outcomes for Canada in the TPP. We must now do the same with the TPP and use it with Mexico as leverage in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.

Why will the new trade minister not do the right thing and ensure that Canada enters NAFTA negotiations from a position of strength by ratifying the TPP?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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