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Independent MP for Ahuntsic (Québec)

Won her last election, in 2011, with 31.80% of the vote.

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Francine Lalonde January 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, on January 16, 2014, our colleague and friend Francine Lalonde passed away. As a member in this House for 18 years, Ms. Lalonde dutifully represented the ridings of Mercier and La Pointe-de-l'Île. She passionately defended complex, sensitive issues such as the case of Nathalie Morin, who is still being held in Saudi Arabia with her children, and end of life care.

Francine was a caring woman and a fighter who battled bone cancer for over seven years. A committed sovereignist, she was well liked and respected both at home and abroad. She was a true inspiration for me, a model of courage and determination.

Farewell, my friend. I miss you already.

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns January 27th, 2014

With regard to the files of people with cancer who were subject to removal orders from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), from 2006 to 2013: (a) how many such cases have there been, broken down by year; (b) of the cases mentioned in (a), (i) how many stays of removal were granted, (ii) what were the time frames for these stays, broken down by year, (iii) what reasons were given to justify granting each stay; (c) of the cases mentioned in (a), (i) how many stays of removal were not granted, broken down by year, (ii) what reasons were given to justify not granting each stay; and (d) how many CIC physicians are assigned to this type of file, and what are their names?

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns January 27th, 2014

With regard to the files of people with cancer who were subject to removal orders, from 2006 to 2013, under the responsibility of Dr. Patrick Thériault, a doctor with Citizenship and Immigration Canada in Ottawa: (a) how many such cases have there been, broken down by year; (b) of the cases mentioned in (a), (i) how many stays of removal were granted, (ii) what were the time frames for these stays, broken down by year, (iii) what reasons were given to justify granting each stay; (c) of the cases mentioned in (a), (i) how many stays of removal were not granted, broken down by year, (ii) what reasons were given to justify not granting each stay; (d) what are the names of the cancer treatment services Dr. Thériault called upon, broken down by (i) year, (ii) date, (iii) method Dr. Thériault used to contact these services; (e) did Dr. Thériault exchange emails with cancer treatment services in Canada regarding the cases mentioned in (a) and, if so, what are the details; and (f) did Dr. Thériault exchange emails with medical services in the country of origin of the cases mentioned in (a) and, if so, what are the details?

Status of Women January 27th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, on December 20, the Supreme Court struck down the provisions on procuring, solicitation and keeping a bawdy house under the existing legislative framework.

However, prostitution is a system of exploitation and a form of violence against women and girls.

Does the Minister of Justice plan to propose a new legislative framework to combat prostitution by making it officially illegal and criminalizing the purchase of sexual services rather than prostitutes?

Nelson Mandela December 10th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, Canada's ties to Nelson Mandela and South Africa are well established and undeniable.

In 1998, Nelson Mandela became a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2001 he was the second foreign national to obtain honorary Canadian citizenship. I am therefore renewing my request, so that future generations remember the work of Nelson Mandela and Canada's international political action, both of which helped make the world a better place.

Would the government consider devoting a national day to Nelson Mandela?

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2013-14 December 9th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, I am voting no.

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2013-14 December 9th, 2013

Mr. Chair, I vote no.

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2013-14 December 9th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting against the motion and I agree to the same process.

Nelson Mandela December 6th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, I listened carefully to my colleagues' eloquent tributes to Nelson Mandela.

I believe that we all agree that future generations should always remember the profound friendship and the ideals that united and continue to unite Canada and this great man.

Would the government consider instituting a national Nelson Mandela day?

Concertation-Femme Centre for Women in Ahuntsic-Cartierville December 4th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, in this special week, during which we mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work of the Concertation-Femme team in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

In addition to developing an excellent information tool in 10 languages addressing women's rights and the prevention of all forms of violence, this organization's workers and volunteers reach out every year to women from over 55 countries who have just arrived in Canada. They work with mothers and elderly women to foster their emotional and economic independence.

More recently, Concertation-Femme has held a number of activities with students in high schools, during which they address such issues as relationships between girls and boys and self-respect.

Congratulations and a sincere thank you to Concertation-Femme.