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View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2015-06-15 14:04 [p.15058]
Mr. Speaker, it is with heavy heart that I rise in this House today to pay tribute to a dedicated, respected, and endearing community leader from Fredericton.
Robert “Bob” Kenny passed away on June 6 at the age of 72. Bob spent countless hours championing community-led initiatives and serving on various boards throughout Fredericton and New Brunswick.
While his passing leaves a hole in our community, the inspiration and vision he left behind speaks to his legacy of community service, selflessness, and a passion for bettering the lives of those around him.
In 2012, I had the privilege of presenting Bob with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his exceptional contribution to our community.
On behalf of all Frederictonians and New Brunswickers, we thank him for his truly exceptional contribution to our great community.
I ask all members to join me in sending Bob's wife Joan, and his daughters Brigette, Natalie, and Mary Ellen, our most sincere condolences.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2015-05-14 10:10 [p.13910]
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition on behalf of my constituents, which calls upon the government to both adopt international aid policies that support small family farmers and ensure that Canadian policies and programs are developed in consultation with small family farmers.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2014-05-26 14:12 [p.5579]
Mr. Speaker, recently the Prime Minister launched the national conservation plan while he was in my riding of Fredericton. This plan will help to secure ecologically sensitive lands, support voluntary conservation and restoration actions, and strengthen marine and coastal conservation. The plan will also expand opportunities for partners to improve the land and water around them. We also have programs already in place that help support these initiatives.
For example, in Fredericton last week we announced we were making further investments through a program that would help post-secondary students gain work experience while conserving the environment.
Our government will continue to build on these conservation programs and announce new initiatives as we focus and coordinate our efforts far into the future.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2014-05-01 14:08 [p.4815]
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the accomplishments of the Canadian senior men's curling team, which yesterday won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.
Led by skip Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, Team Canada defeated Team Sweden 7 to 2 in their gold medal match to remain unbeaten in the week long tournament. Backing Tallon were his teammates, third, Mike Kennedy of Edmundston; second, Mike Flannery of Fredericton; lead, Wade Blanchard of Saint John; alternate, Chuck Kingston; and coaches Bill Tschirhart and Jim Waite.
I would also like to recognize and congratulate the Canadian senior women's curling team, which captured silver for Canada at the same tournament.
On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to congratulate both teams on their successes while representing our country on the world stage. Their hard work and talent help continue our tradition of excellence in sports.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
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2014-01-29 14:11 [p.2279]
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honour four outstanding members of the Fredericton Police Force who were recently presented with a Medal of Bravery from His Excellency the Governor General of Canada.
On January 8, 2012, Corporal Dwight Doyle, and Constables Shawn Fraser, Samantha McInnis and Jeff Smiley, who was also awarded the Star of Courage, rescued an elderly woman from a vehicle submerged in the Saint John River, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The courageous police officers ventured on to the unstable ice to reach the car of the unconscious victim. Constable Smiley jumped into the frigid water to bring the woman to the edge of the ice where the other officers resuscitated her and brought her to safety.
On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to sincerely thank those officers and every one of their comrades in uniform for their bravery and dedication to duty. These men and women are truly deserving of the honour that was bestowed upon them for their courageous and selfless act.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-06-04 14:51 [p.17646]
Mr. Speaker, industry is the first responder to its own oil spills under the polluter pay principle. The Coast Guard, of course, is the lead agency for ensuring appropriate response to ship-source spills in Canadian waters.
On March 18, 2013, the government announced the world-class tanker safety initiative, which included an investment in the incident command system for the Coast Guard. This responds directly to the recommendations from the 2010 CESD audit.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-06-03 14:42 [p.17520]
Mr. Speaker, as I have indicated many times in the House, our first and foremost priority is the safety of mariners and people at sea.
Our government is investing in the Coast Guard's infrastructure to take advantage of today's technology to deliver the same service at strategic locations across the country. Better-connected centres equipped with modern technology will ensure improved effectiveness and reliability of services.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-06-03 15:00 [p.17524]
Mr. Speaker, if I understand the question, I believe it is around small craft harbours.
Of course, we have an annual budget to invest in small craft harbours across the country, which is done on a priority basis. Everything is assessed on an annual basis to determine which ones will be fixed during a season.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-05-10 12:00 [p.16657]
Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to protecting the environment from ships or spills. The Canadian Coast Guard continues to work closely with its federal partners to address the threat of marine pollution from this wreck. The Coast Guard has been working with its partners to respond to this spill since it was reported on March 31. The government has conducted several overflights and deployed several vessels and a remote-operated vehicle, and we will remediate the situation as soon as possible.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
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2013-05-09 14:44 [p.16579]
Mr. Speaker, we have always been clear that safety is our number one priority, and certainly language capability is very important for the centre in Quebec.
We are not going to comment on speculation. The safety of mariners remains our top priority. The Canadian Coast Guard will delay consolidation of the eastern portion of the Quebec region until it is confident that a bilingual capacity is there in the system.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-05-09 14:45 [p.16579]
Mr. Speaker, that is exactly what we are making: a responsible decision. The Canadian Coast Guard will delay consolidation of the eastern portion of the Quebec region until it is competent in the bilingual capacity of the system.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-05-09 14:46 [p.16579]
Mr. Speaker, we closed the sub-centre in St. John's a year ago, and the facility in Halifax has been handling the work quite well. We have had no problems with the service at all.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-05-09 14:46 [p.16579]
Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is wrong, as usual. We are confident that the changes in Vancouver have not had any negative impact. In fact, since the closure of the Kitsilano base on February 19, the Canadian Coast Guard on Sea Island has responded to 38 search and rescue maritime distress incidents in the greater Vancouver area. These incidents involved 48 lives at risk and the reaction time was less than 10 minutes in each of those incidents.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-05-09 14:48 [p.16580]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank both the member for Winnipeg South Centre and the member for Kenora for their continued hard work on this file.
I am pleased to announce that we have just signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, an internationally renowned public policy research institute. This agreement is an important step for the future operations of ELA and will allow us to support research projects during the upcoming summer season. Our government looks forward to working with IISD on the future of this facility.
View Keith Ashfield Profile
CPC (NB)
View Keith Ashfield Profile
2013-05-09 15:00 [p.16582]
Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Coast Guard continues to work closely with its federal partners to address the threat of marine pollution from this particular wreck. The Canadian Coast Guard has been on scene since it was reported on March 31. The Canadian Coast Guard will continue to actively monitor the situation and is assessing the best approach for reducing the pollution threat.
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