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  • His favourite word is bridge.

Conservative MP for Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 45.70% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Infrastructure October 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I am a former mayor. I do not need a lecture from the member about how things work in a city. I know that before our government there was very little money available for cities and for infrastructure in this country. Since we came to power, we have significantly increased support for our municipalities, and we will continue to do so. Announcements are happening all across the country. I am proud of our government and of our Prime Minister.

Infrastructure October 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, first I have to congratulate the people who have been elected yesterday in the municipal elections. We are happy to work with them and we will continue to work with them.

We have tripled federal infrastructure investments since we took office. For the next 10 years, that is $53 billion that municipalities can count on.

In respect of jurisdiction, we will not manage everything in Ottawa. We will work with provinces and municipalities.

Infrastructure October 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the solution for the NDP is to centralize everything in Ottawa. That is its solution.

I have a list. The Evergreen Line in Vancouver was $350 million. The Surrey maintenance facility was $2.5 million. The Kamloops transit maintenance facility was $4 million. Kelowna transit maintenance was $2 million. SkyTrain security was $30 million. That is a long list, which has never been done before.

Infrastructure October 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, with the transfer of the excise tax on gasoline alone, the federal government has transferred $600 million to the Province of Quebec to be divvied up among the public transit organizations. The figure the hon. member gave is therefore incorrect.

What is more, CUTA, a public transit organization, acknowledged that no government has ever done as much for the country as ours.

Infrastructure October 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, never before has a government in Canada invested more in public transit. We are investing in partnership with the provinces and municipalities, while respecting their respective jurisdictions. Meanwhile, the NDP wants to centralize everything in Ottawa.

Another interesting thing that came out of this poll, is that the users prefer to pay a toll. The NDP members have never understood how that works.

Infrastructure October 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, never has a government before ours invested so much in public transit.

The NDP wants to manage everything in Ottawa. It wants to centralize everything in Ottawa.

We want to respect jurisdiction. We want to respect provinces and municipal entities that are managing their own issues. We will continue to support them.

Infrastructure September 30th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, obviously our priority is to build the new bridge over the St. Lawrence, as we said. We will deliver a new bridge in 2018. We said there would be a toll on the bridge.

Enough with the speculation and theories. We always said that we would be transparent, and that is what we will do. The tendering process is under way, and three consortiums will submit a proposal to build the new bridge. It did not take our government 13 years to do this. We are getting the new bridge built.

Intergovernmental Relations September 18th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, federal transfers to the provinces have reached record levels since we formed the government. Equalization continues to significantly support the entire country, including, of course, the province of Quebec. We will continue to work with the province.

We have worked hard to reduce federal government spending, and that work has been recognized everywhere. We will continue to be excellent partners for the province of Quebec.

Champlain Bridge September 18th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as we have always said, the studies carried out on the construction of the new bridge over the St. Lawrence will be made public once we have awarded the contract and the bidding process has ended.

Similarly, in the case of Highway 15 and Highway 30, when my colleague was in the Quebec government, some developments, reports and plans were released subsequently.

We have absolutely nothing to hide, but we will not do anything that will cause an increase in construction costs.

Champlain Bridge September 18th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the construction of the new bridge will create 30,000 new jobs. That is big for Montreal's economy. Not building a new bridge would have been the worst thing that could have happened to Montreal. We are going to build a bridge that will improve traffic flow and make people proud.