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Conservative MP for Prince George—Peace River (B.C.)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 62.10% of the vote.

Statements in the House

The Budget February 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of all members of Parliament and all Canadians, I would like to thank Canada's Minister of Finance for tabling his tenth consecutive budget.

Across Canada and especially in my home province of British Columbia, search and rescue volunteers play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and secure. Given that many men and women put their lives at risk to help with search and rescue missions, I ask the minister what economic action plan 2014 will do to help these brave volunteers.

Grain Transport February 5th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, that intervention comes typically from a member who lives in Vancouver and who wants to tell a western Canadian grain farmer how a solution can be arrived at. Simply, the response is to just fix it. That is where we, as a government, differ from the NDP. If we want a concrete solution to a real problem, we get a real solution that is long term and is good for all farmers and Canadians.

From a Vancouver person's perspective, the member says she has a solution to the problem. What is her solution?

Grain Transport February 5th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, one thing we actually have in our party is real western Canadian grain farmers. The member for Prince Albert was one, and so was the member for Red Deer. On our side we actually have the experience, and what the member says is specifically from experience.

What does the member see as a plan for the future, for us as a government, looking at the logistical issues? Could he explain what is going on, for the opposition's benefit, to that effect?

Grain Transport February 5th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we are going to miss the hon. member for Welland on the agriculture committee.

The member and I agree on a lot of things. Our farmers do need to get their grain to markets. Farmers in my community have had bumper crops this year and their grain is sitting in bins and they are having trouble getting it to the market.

From the government perspective, the Minister of Agriculture has made it very clear that logistics are an issue. He has dedicated some money to fund a study of that, and not just an ongoing study.

We need answers to these problems. Canada is blessed with a bounty of natural resources and we need to be able to get them to port.

The member suggested that we should swing a stick. It is one thing to swing a stick but we need to be deliberate in how we do it and make sure it will serve a purpose. What are his recommendations to that effect?

All-Season Arctic Road January 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, on January 8, more than half a century after former prime minister John Diefenbaker talked of a road to resources, our Prime Minister travelled to Inuvik to break ground on the construction of an all-season road to the Arctic Ocean, connecting Canadians sea to sea to sea.

Until this historic highway is completed, cold Canadian winters continue to provide infrastructure opportunities for ice roads to service remote northern communities.

No government has made such significant investments in Canada's north as our Conservative government has. This $300 million all-weather road to the Arctic hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, is just one example of a commitment kept to those living in Canada's northern frontier.

While this Conservative government stands in solidarity with the north, the soft-on-Canadian-sovereignty leader of the Liberal Party refuses to say if vast offshore territory in the Arctic belongs to Canada. Clearly the Liberal leader is in way over his head.

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2 December 6th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, as my colleague mentioned, I do not see much relevance to Bill C-4 in the member's speech, frankly. It was mentioned once before that the speech should be kept relevant. One obligation we have in this place is to keep the debate relevant to the topic at hand. I would ask you to ensure that happens, Mr. Speaker.

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2 December 6th, 2013

We are talking about the budget.

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2 December 6th, 2013

How is this relevant to the discussion?

Fort St. John Army Cadets December 6th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the young men and women who are serving proudly with the 2276 Fort St. John Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.

In October, the cadet corps changed its affiliation from the Kamloops-based Rocky Mountain Rangers to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based out of Edmonton. The change will mean less travel time and more opportunity for the cadet corps to receive support and to learn from active military personnel.

The cadets will hold their change of affiliation parade this Saturday in Fort St. John to mark the occasion, which is a result of 10 years of hard work.

I congratulate Major Dan Davies, Captain Linda Nielsen, Captain Thor Toms, current commanding officer, Captain Ken Lane, and everyone involved with the Fort St. John army cadets.

Last, I would like to wish everybody a very merry Christmas.

Multiculturalism November 22nd, 2013

Mr. Speaker, at this time each year Canadians gather in solemn commemoration of the Holodomor, perpetuated by the Soviet regime on the Ukrainian people 80 years ago.

In 2008, our Parliament passed an act to establish a Holodomor memorial day, and to officially recognize the Ukrainian Famine of 1932 to 1933 as an act of genocide.

Could the Minister of State for Multiculturalism please tell us why it is important that all Canadians remember the atrocities that took place during the Holodomor?