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  • His favourite word was divided.

Last in Parliament May 2004, as Liberal MP for Québec East (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2000, with 38.61% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Black History Month February 19th, 2004

Mr. Speaker, the month of February is officially recognized as Black History Month in Canada.

I am taking this opportunity to stress the significant contribution of our fellow citizens of African origin in the building of today's Canada. In this regard, I would like to mention the remarkable work done by an organization in my riding, the Regroupement des Africains et Africaines Résidant à Duberger-Les- Saules, better known as the REGARDS group.

Considering that the demographic weight of the Quebec City region is constantly diminishing, the arrival of newcomers must now be a core collective priority. More than ever, we must ensure that our residents of adoption get settled under conditions that facilitates their integration, without questioning their skills, values, traditions and intrinsic values.

The approach used by REGARDS helps achieve this dual objective by promoting the union of cultures in a spirit of harmony, tolerance and mutual respect.

The drive of the members of REGARDS and the relevance of their initiatives make them an example of social solidarity while also showing their desire to participate in the building of tomorrow's Canada.

I am pleased to see the positive role played by groups such as REGARDS in the promotion and strengthening of our nation. I congratulate them for their work, and I encourage them to—

Supplementary Estimates (A) October 28th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I vote yes to this motion.

Supplementary Estimates (A) October 28th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I vote yes on this motion.

Supplementary Estimates (A) October 28th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I vote yes on this motion.

Supplementary Estimates (A) October 28th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I am voting in favour of the motion.

Veterans October 7th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, on September 12, I attended a training workshop by the Memory Project for war veterans in the Quebec City area with an interest in helping to preserve Canada's oral history.

This project, begun six years ago as the result of concerns about history's waning status on the school curriculum, is now in every province. Last year alone, over 1,000 veterans visited a total of over 100,000 Canadian students all over the country.

The Memory Project facilitates intergenerational dialogue on important historical and contemporary issues. This bilingual educational program brings war veterans and young people together, either face to face or via the Internet. The program was developed by the Dominion Institute, a national not-for-profit body dedicated to the promotion of Canadian history.

I encourage all teachers to invite a veteran to their classroom for a really enriching experience. We thank our veterans, who are our living memory, and our young people, who are making sure that this memory is preserved. We also thank the Dominion Institute, for having found a way to bring the two generations together.

Library and Archives of Canada Act October 1st, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I will vote in favour of this motion.

Library and Archives of Canada Act October 1st, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I will vote against this motion.

Parliament of Canada Act October 1st, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I am voting in favour of this motion.

Income Tax Act September 30th, 2003

Mr. Speaker, I vote yes on this motion.