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Independent MP for Peterborough (Ontario)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 49.70% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Natural Resources June 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, everyday Canadians are struggling with the rapidly increasing price of energy. Recent events in places like Iraq remind us that the world's dependency on conflict oil can have serious financial consequences on Canadian families and businesses.

While the world is progressing toward greater efficiency and new technologies, current events demonstrate why Canadian oil must have sustainable, efficient and secure access to Canadian as well as global markets.

I was pleased to read the comments made by our Minister of Natural Resources in his recent meetings in New York. Could the minister share his message with the House and speak to his commitment to Canadian energy, Canadian jobs and Canadian families?

Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act June 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I support the government.

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2014-15 June 10th, 2014

I agree, Mr. Speaker, to support the government on this.

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2014-15 June 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I support the government on this vote.

Supplementary Estimates (A), 2014-15 June 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I agree to the motion and support the government.

Main Estimates, 2014-15 June 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the motion and stand with the Conservative Party, and vote yes.

Main Estimates, 2014-15 June 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I stand with the Conservative Party, Mr. Speaker.

Main Estimates, 2014-15 June 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I stand with the Conservative Party.

An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (surrogacy) June 2nd, 2014

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-607, An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (surrogacy).

Mr. Speaker, I am also pleased to have the support of the member for Mississauga South.

This bill is very important. As I started researching this, I had personal experience with the issue. Very good friends of mine went through challenges as a result of not being able to conceive children, and today they have a wonderful family.

Thousands of Canadian families struggle in this regard today, and sections 61, 62, and 63 of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act prohibit payment to a surrogate mother or payment for services related to surrogacy. At the same time, there is real hypocrisy, as we recognize these contracts when Canadians venture across the border to the United States or elsewhere around the world.

This is a pro-family bill. It would help families to have children of their own, to have their own families. I hope the bill finds support in all quarters of this House. It is time we moved to put these changes in place.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Infrastructure June 2nd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is an exciting day in the “Electric City”. After undergoing significant renovations and upgrades, with support from the building Canada program, the Peterborough Airport officially welcomes the Seneca flight school with the official opening of the Peterborough Campus hangar. The Seneca commercial aviation program is in every way a world-leading program, and Peterborough is proud to be its new home.

Given his efforts to personally attend the ceremonies unveiling the Peterborough Airport expansion, would the Prime Minister like to take this opportunity to congratulate Seneca College and the City of Peterborough on their exciting new partnership?