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  • Her favourite word is jobs.

Conservative MP for Haldimand—Norfolk (Ontario)

Won her last election, in 2011, with 50.90% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Public Works and Government Services October 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, it is time to remind the hon. member that it was his Liberal government that cancelled the Sea Kings and paid half a billion dollars after that. We are still trying to recover from that. The Liberals starved the military for 10 years.

On the other hand, as I announced, we cut steel on the first offshore fishery science vessel, part of our national shipbuilding procurement strategy. We have successfully completed procurements for military with the LAVs, heavy-lift aircraft, tactical lift transporters, main battle tanks, new heavy artillery, and many more.

We support our men and women in uniform.

National Defence October 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders is one of Canada's most renowned regiments with a history of remarkable bravery, heroism, strength, and honour forged on battlefields across the globe. Built with strong Scottish roots, it sent its very best last week to guard our country's most sacred place of remembrance. Corporal Nathan Cirillo stood up for freedom, defended the fallen, and stood in service of Canada.

On behalf of my proud extended Scottish family and indeed a grateful nation, I say that Corporal Cirillo's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Public Works and Government Services October 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the fact is that the opposition members voted against having any Arctic offshore patrol ships, so I am not sure what they are so worried about. However, in fact we are confident that we will deliver six Arctic offshore patrol ships, starting construction in 2015. In fact, as part of the national shipbuilding procurement strategy, yesterday for the first time we cut steel at Seaspan for the offshore fisheries science vessel.

Our national shipbuilding procurement strategy is moving forward and creating jobs, some estimated 15,000 jobs over the next 30 years, and $2 billion a year in economic benefit.

Public Works and Government Services October 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, in fact we are confident that we will build six Arctic offshore patrol ships. The contract with Irving, while advanced, is not yet finalized.

I should point out that the numbers provided by the PBO are based on erroneous data and rough cost estimates of international vessels with varied capabilities, and they are derived using inaccurate specifications. In one of his assumptions the PBO said it was:

...unable to locate reliable, sufficiently contemporary Canadian data on an acquisition of this nature....

Our national shipbuilding procurement strategy will deliver the goods for our men and women.

Public Works and Government Services October 21st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our ship procurement strategy is ongoing. The Auditor General said that the process was completely affordable and properly handled.

We will continue with our strategy to ensure that the Canadian Forces receive the equipment they need.

Public Works and Government Services October 2nd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, according to the Auditor General, the Irving and Seaspan shipyards were chosen through the most open and transparent military procurement procedure in Canada's history.

The Davie shipyard bid on that contract, but its bid was not selected.

Public Works and Government Services September 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, obviously we do respect our veterans, but Public Works is acting as the disposal agent for DFO and we will continue to work with the Court family to reach a negotiated settlement to land title issues that are associated with this property.

National Defence September 15th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, no decision has been made about replacing the CF-18 fleet.

We followed a process to evaluate all of the options, and an independent panel looked at all of the evaluations. The minister is now examining these reports and evaluations. A decision will be made once that is complete.

Public Works and Government Services June 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as I have said many times, no decision has been made about replacing the CF-18 fleet. We have received reports from the air force, and those reports have been reviewed by a group of experts outside government. The experts confirmed that the analysis was both thorough and impartial. We will make a decision based on the reports, and that decision will be in the best interests of the forces that need this equipment.

Public Works and Government Services June 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I should reaffirm that no decision has been made yet on how to replace the CF-18s.

To make the decision, we did embark on an ambitious seven-point plan. We had an independent panel of outside experts review the assessment that was done by the RCAF. Over the next several weeks we will be carefully reviewing a number of reports on this subject so that we can make sure that we get the equipment our men and women in uniform need to do the job.