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Conservative MP for Oshawa (Ontario)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 51.30% of the vote.

Statements in the House

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to protecting the environment. That is why we have launched a new national conservation plan that will enable Canadians to conserve and restore lands and waters, and enhance the connections between citizens and natural spaces.

We have also created two national marine conservation areas, three marine protected areas, three national wildlife areas, four national parks, and one historic site.

It is shameful that the opposition does not support the creation of national parks. We learned through the media, for example, that they even oppose the Rouge national park. It is shameful.

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Again, Mr. Speaker, that is ridiculous. Just yesterday, Ban Ki-moon thanked Canada for its contribution.

This is a North American issue that needs a North American solution. We always said that we were going to work collaboratively with the Obama administration on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the oil and gas sector. We are the first government in Canadian history to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supporting economic growth. We are going to do it without an NDP and Liberal job-killing carbon tax, and we are going to do it without taking unilateral action and imposing taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector.

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Again, Mr. Speaker, to be clear, the Prime Minister said that Canada would not take unilateral action and impose taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector.

What is very clear, though, is that the NDP would take unilateral action and put our Canadian companies at a competitive disadvantage. As well, what is very clear is that the opposition would put in a job-killing carbon tax. What is also clear is that it would gamble with 275,000 Canadian jobs. We are not going to do that. We are going to support hard-working Canadian families.

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, that is ridiculous. The minister is hugely supportive of using traditional knowledge.

To update the member about leadership, yesterday, in Lima, the Minister of the Environment met with Ban Ki-moon, who expressed his appreciation for Canada's efforts to address climate change and that the country would continue supporting the process toward securing a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015. He also thanked Canada for its recent contribution to the green climate fund.

That is leadership, and that is without a job-killing carbon tax the NDP would like to put in.

Taxation December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, Canadians know that the Liberal leader would raise taxes on them, making life more expensive for families. Last month, prospective Liberal candidate, Bill Casey, confirmed that the Liberal leader would raise taxes for families and cut programs to pay for the Liberals' costly schemes. This is the same Bill Casey who once upon a time said, “federal surplus money should go back to Canadians in the form of meaningful tax cuts for families...”. Voters will see right past this opportunistic stunt by Casey to further his personal vendetta.

The people of Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley know that they can count on their Conservative member and this Prime Minister to lower taxes and stand up for Canadian families.

Canadian Heritage December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, this issue has been brought to our attention by the member for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley before. The House should know that our government is committed to protecting Beaubassin and presenting this unique part of our shared Canadian heritage to visitors from within Canada and around the world.

In fact, our government met with stakeholders last month to present plans for development of a vista, a view park area, trails, interpretation signs, a shelter, commemorative plaques and monuments, and an accessible parking area. These participants applauded Parks Canada's engagement in taking steps to present the exceptional history of the—

The Environment December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, what that member said is ridiculous.

To be clear, the Prime Minister said that Canada would not take unilateral action to regulate the oil and gas sector. We have been very clear that this is a North American issue that needs a North American solution. We have always said that we would like to work collaboratively with the Obama administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector. We are going to do this without a job-killing carbon tax like the New Democrats and Liberals want to put in.

The Environment December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we are very proud of our record. Internationally, we are a founding member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. We have made significant investments to help support green energy and infrastructure internationally. We have one of the cleanest systems in the world. We have already regulated the transportation and electricity sectors, and we are planning to reduce HFCs, one of the fastest-growing greenhouse gases in the entire world.

Thanks to our actions, carbon emissions will go down close to 130 megatonnes from what they would have been under the Liberals, and we have done it all without a carbon tax.

The Environment December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, when we talk about greenhouse gas emissions going down, it is our party, and the numbers speak for themselves. Between 2005 and 2012, greenhouse gases in Canada went down 5.1%, while our economy grew 10.6%. This is a big difference between our party and the irresponsible policies of the NDP and the Liberals.

We want to work together collaboratively with the United States to ensure we have a sector-by-sector approach that works on a continental basis. We will do that without a job-killing carbon tax.

The Environment December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, what would be irresponsible is what the NDP and Liberals want to do, which is unilaterally put in regulations in the oil and gas sector. We said that we will not do this. This is a North American issue and we need a North American solution. We have always said that we want to work collaboratively with the Obama administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are the first government in Canadian history to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and we have done so without their carbon tax.

Canadians have a very clear choice. They know that we are the only party they can trust to lower greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting the economy.