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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 October 23rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member stated, children living on reserves are entitled to the same health care as Canadians who do not live on reserves.

I do not have the details of the specific case he mentioned. However, we have applied a principle that was adopted in the House. Jordan's principle guarantees that there is no dispute between the federal and provincial governments when it comes to the care to be given to a child in need.

We know that health care comes under provincial jurisdiction. However, we have this principle that enables us to avoid situations like the one he mentioned.

Aboriginal Affairs October 23rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, among the measures taken has been an increase of 40% since 2006. We now invest close to $630 million in child and family services on reserve, but more important than that, what this government has done is introduce a prevention-based approach to delivering child and family services on reserve. This is an initiative that is taking place as we speak and that will continue in the future.

Aboriginal Affairs October 21st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the health, safety and well-being of first nations children is a priority. I remember that very party opposing, for example, the matrimonial property legislation introduced to protect women and children on reserve. They ignore the fact that our government invested close to $630 million in child and family services on reserve, which represents an increase of 40% since 2006. We will continue to take action to ensure that children and families have the support they need.

Aboriginal Affairs October 21st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, that statement by the hon. member is totally false. Protecting women and children, in particular on reserve, is and remains a priority of our government. That is why since 2006 we have introduced a prevention-based approach to delivering child and family services.

I know the opposing party often measures the deed by the size of the investment. Since 2006, we have increased our investment by 40% to over $400 million for these services.

Aboriginal Affairs October 1st, 2014

Indeed, Mr. Speaker, we have made significant progress in recent years because of the investments of this government. As to that particular application, the member will understand that without prior notice, I cannot comment on the status, but I will surely look into the matter and advise him as I can.

Aboriginal Affairs June 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, it is incredible that the hon. member would not know what the mission of nutrition north is. This government introduced this program in order to ensure that northerners had access to nourishing food that is missing there because of the location. The program is working. The price of these goods has gone down substantially and compared to the rest of the country, prices are actually going down. The program is working. We have the input of all the communities. We have a board that is working hard to keep the program going in the best interests of northerners.

Aboriginal Affairs June 19th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, again, we are working in close co-operation with the Province of Alberta and the first nations that are affected by these floods. Everything is being done to ensure the health and safety of those inhabitants.

Aboriginal Affairs June 19th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the truth and the facts do not bear out the statements made by that hon. member.

We are working in close co-operation with the Government of Alberta and with the affected first nations to address the issues that have arisen because of this flooding, for which the government is not responsible, by the way. I have checked with Environment Canada and it cannot do anything about it.

Therefore, we will keep working with the province and the first nations to ensure that the health and safety of those inhabitants is protected.

Aboriginal Affairs June 18th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, that statement by the hon. member is totally false. She knows that this government passed the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, which aims to provide first nation communities with drinking water and wastewater standards comparable to provincial and territorial standards off reserve.

On the issue of funding, I recall that economic action plan 2014 proposes to continue implementing our action plan with $323 million for the next two years.

Aboriginal Affairs June 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we are going to continue on exactly the same path that we started on: we will continue investing in aboriginal communities. Since 2006, we have invested approximately $3 billion in water and waste water infrastructure in aboriginal communities across the country.

As a matter of fact, in budget 2014 we propose to continue implementing our action plan with an investment of $323.4 million. That is a significant and meaningful investment.