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Conservative MP for Madawaska—Restigouche (New Brunswick)

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

Statements in the House

Ways and Means April 9th, 2014

moved:

That a ways and means motion to introduce an act to give effect to the Tla'amin Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other acts be concurred in.

(Motion agreed to)

Aboriginal Affairs March 31st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as I recently stated, the government continues to honour its obligations under the agreement. Health Canada will continue to offer and provide services to first nations across Canada.

Aboriginal Affairs March 25th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, the administrative body that manages the IAP, is an independent, quasi-judicial organization for which this department is not responsible.

Any inquiries as to the breach of privacy should be directed to the chair of that secretariat. In the meantime, in answer to the member's question, we advised the Privacy Commissioner yesterday when we were made aware of the allegation.

Aboriginal Affairs March 7th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I will simply repeat to the member what I said yesterday in committee.

Because of circumstances beyond our control, $33 million set aside to build schools on reserves could not be invested. Those funds have been carried forward to the 2014-15 budget and will be invested for the original purpose, that is, building schools for first nations.

Aboriginal Affairs March 7th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I thought the member was going to congratulate the government for not allowing these funds to lapse so they would be lost. Being re-profiled means that the funds will be spent and invested on the construction of schools on first nations territory.

The government's commitment to education can be no clearer than in the budget, where an incremental $1.9 billion is going to be invested. If the member really cares about education, she should have supported the budget.

Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act March 6th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, all the time has been taken by the hon. member to say nothing about the motion before the House. I trust, then, that the hon. member and his colleagues will support this motion to allocate one more day of debate on Bill C-25, so it can be sent to committee.

Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act March 6th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the member's offensive comments are so unfounded that they do not even warrant a response.

Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act March 6th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I see that the conspiracy theory of the member's leader is rampant among the benches of the NDP.

The experienced hon. member has not alluded to the fact that if he wants this absolutely to take place at 11 o'clock, he can simply not insist on a nominal vote. I will again invite the hon. member to agree that a full day of debate will be enough to deal with four sections of a technical bill.

Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act March 6th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the record will show that if this does not take place at 11 o'clock, it is simply because the New Democrats will have insisted on a nominal vote. If they want this to go ahead, all they have to do is pass this motion by a voice vote and that will solve the issue.

To the member's question, my answer is no.

Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act March 6th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I am glad to see that we at least have some members who are interested in the substance of the bill.

The inclusion of the liability clause in clause 4 of the bill provides certainty that no compensation or damages would be paid either by Canada, the first nation, or any other party to those individuals who it is determined are not members of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq first nation once the enrolment process has been completed. I would add that this clause would not prevent individuals from pursuing whatever other remedy they wanted. However, they would not obtain the benefits of status Indians if they were not status Indians.