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  • His favourite word is nations.

Conservative MP for Madawaska—Restigouche (New Brunswick)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 40.60% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Aboriginal Affairs February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, once again, we do not see the Amnesty International report as cause for alarm. We prefer to look at the facts.

No one can dispute the resources we have dedicated to improving life on reserves since 2006. We have made structural changes, particularly with the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act, giving women on reserves more rights. However, the opposition members voted against that.

We also adopted a range of measures to improve the quality of water and sewer systems on reserves, but the opposition members also voted against those measures. We will continue to work with first nations in the right direction.

Aboriginal Affairs February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, as I have stated many times before, we have remained committed to working with aboriginal communities on our shared priorities since 2006, giving women living on reserve matrimonial property rights, which that member and her party opposed. We eliminated the discrimination clause in section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which again they opposed. We have taken concrete actions to try to improve lives on reserve by investing, and every time, New Democrats have opposed those measures.

Northern Development February 25th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, if the hon. member cares to look at the estimates, which are estimates, he will see that there is increased funding for nutrition north, as was announced earlier, and we are going to continue our campaign to engage with northerners to continue to improve that program.

Natural Resources February 20th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for that important question.

As he said, Canadians expect our government to make decisions based on facts and scientific evidence. That is why any decisions about the energy east project will be based on independent scientific studies.

However, the leader of the Liberal Party has already jumped to conclusions by saying that this project is not socially acceptable. That is what he is saying in Quebec. We have been clear. Our decisions will be based on scientific evidence and facts, not on ideology.

Aboriginal Affairs February 20th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the fact is that the government is working co-operatively and in partnership with first nations throughout Canada in order to allow them to provide fire protection on reserves. The budgets are constant and going up throughout Canada. Since 2006, we have invested over $185 million to support these services on reserves.

We will continue to work in partnership with first nations to continue in the same direction.

Aboriginal Affairs February 20th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, our government believes that first nations students should have access to a quality education system, just like all other Canadians. They deserve it.

That is why, since 2006, our government has invested over $10 billion to support the elementary and secondary education of approximately 117,000 first nations students living on reserves. We have invested approximately $1.7 billion in school infrastructure.

The purpose of all of these investments is to give first nations children access to a good education system.

Aboriginal Affairs February 19th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the member that it is not okay at all, especially considering that first nations get money every year to look after fire protection.

As I said earlier, the RCMP is investigating what happened in that particular case, and we will see what conclusions it draws. However, one thing is for sure: that community, like all others in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and across the country, receives adequate funding every year to look after fire protection.

Aboriginal Affairs February 19th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, these deaths are a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of the victims. As we speak, the RCMP is investigating the events that led to this tragedy.

I want to assure the House and Canadians that this particular band has received consistent funding for fire protection services over the years. As a matter of fact, the Government of Canada provides first nations across the country with funds every year for fire protection. Each band council is responsible for fire management and protection on reserve.

Aboriginal Affairs February 18th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the member may yell if that makes her feel good, but it does not change the situation. The fact of the matter is that we provide funding to first nations to support operations and maintenance, fire protection infrastructure, and fire protection training on reserve. First nations manage the fire protection services on reserve to meet the needs of their communities, and we also know that education and awareness play an integral role in fire safety, and that is what we are funding.

Aboriginal Affairs February 18th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I know I have to be careful with the words I am going to be using.

For that member and that party to try to score cheap political points over the death of children on a reserve is just unacceptable. Our thoughts and prayers are with that family that has been through this disaster. We will continue to work with these first nations to prevent such in the future.