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Conservative MP for Sarnia—Lambton (Ontario)
Won her last election, in 2011, with 52.60% of the vote.
Statements in the House
Veterans Week October 26th, 2007
Mr. Speaker, as we prepare to mark Veterans Week this year, we recall one of the most hard-fought battles of the first world war.
In the summer of 1917, the British and the Australians had limited success in capturing the German occupied Belgian coast. Thus, the Canadian Corps was called upon to get the job done.
On October 26, 1917, the Canadians began their assault in the Passchendaele region. On November 10, the Canadians launched their final attack and secured victory for the allies.
However, it came with a very heavy cost. Almost 12,000 brave Canadians were wounded and more than 4,000 lost their lives.
On this day, we pledge to remember those courageous Canadians who served so we can enjoy the freedoms we do. Lest We Forget.
Food and Product Safety October 24th, 2007
Mr. Speaker, over the past several months Canadians have witnessed several product and food recalls that affect the goods they use on a daily basis. Canadian families have very busy lives and it has been increasingly difficult to be sure that the products and foods they enjoy are safe for their families.
Could the Minister of Health please tell the House what our government is doing to ensure Canadians have immediate and reliable access to important recall information on products and foods sold in Canada?
Status of Women June 7th, 2007
Mr. Speaker, once again we are still learning about Liberal incompetence.
The Liberals commissioned a report surrounding Status of Women Canada's role. The report was conducted by an independent research group and, after several interviews and surveys with Status of Women Canada officials, the report concluded there was a lack of political will and leadership and that Status of Women Canada could no longer go forward with the status quo.
While the Liberals were happy to allow this 30 year old agency to become, as its own officials described it, a relic of the past, it took a Conservative government to modernize the agency, inject new money into programming for women and prioritize areas of concern.
This is true political leadership from a government that knows how to make a difference, a real change from Liberals who are still scratching their heads and telling Canadians, “Do you think it's easy to make priorities?”
The truth is out. They were out of touch with women. They could not deliver results but we did. Canadian women deserve better and now they know the truth.
Tourism Week June 4th, 2007
Mr. Speaker, as Canadian Tourism Week begins, my community has developed an innovative solution to border security concerns for tourists.
My riding of Sarnia--Lambton holds tourism especially important. The Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron and Sarnia carries nearly 3.2 million visitors into my riding annually.
The GoBorder program is a regional program from Sarnia--Lambton that actively promotes cross-border travel and the use of NEXUS cards through a website, brochure, merchant discount program and a billboard ad campaign. GoBorder addresses the new documentation requirements under the WHTI to provide incentives for travellers on both sides of the border to apply for passports or NEXUS cards.
The “Show and Save” program provides cumulative savings from merchant discounts to more than cover the cost of purchasing a passport or NEXUS card. This program pushes border residents to GoBorder and get home faster.
Justice May 18th, 2007
Mr. Speaker, the very simple bill raising the age of protection from 14 years to 16 years spent months in the House, with opposition members finally joining with us to send it to the Senate.
The track record of the unelected, unaccountable Liberal senators on passing simple bills is not good. Could the Minister of Justice say whether this important bill, which seeks to protect children and youth from sexual exploitation, will receive royal assent before the summer?
Business of Supply May 16th, 2007
Mr. Chair, I thank the hon. member for her dedication to directly helping women in the community. I listened with interest to the hon. member and her passion to protect women and children from human trafficking.
I am also proud that the government has provided $6 million in funding to protect children from on-line sexual exploitation and to assist investigators in suspected cases of human trafficking.
The member also mentioned the importance of training front line officials on the new human trafficking offences. I strongly believe in properly equipping our law enforcement officers with the tools necessary so they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
I have a specific question on human trafficking. Could the hon. member elaborate as to what other actions the government has taken to help victims to ensure they are treated as victims and not criminals?
Business of Supply May 16th, 2007
Mr. Chair, I thank the hon. member for her clear commitment to the modernization of the Status of Women Canada. Her dedication is evident and admirable.
I listened with interest to the hon. member's description of a project in her riding called Crossing Communities Art Project Inc. The project sounds like it achieves the kind of direct impact that the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women intended the new women's program to achieve.
Could the hon. member elaborate on the importance of boosting the confidence and self-esteem of women and girls? In her opinion, could she tell the House why we should be providing funding to projects such as this one?
Petitions May 4th, 2007
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today on behalf of hundreds of residents of my constituency in Sarnia—Lambton to present a petition on human trafficking. The petitioners request the government to continue its work to combat trafficking of persons worldwide.
Canada-U.S. Border May 1st, 2007
Mr. Speaker, the Canada-U.S. border is a part of everyday life for the residents of Sarnia—Lambton. This includes recreational boaters who enjoy cruising on the St. Clair River.
Can the Minister of Public Safety please let the House know whether the federal government is doing anything to ease travel for low risk cross-border marine travellers while ensuring the security of our borders?
Brent Poland April 19th, 2007
Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honour my constituent, Corporal Brent Poland, who was among the six soldiers killed on Easter Sunday in Afghanistan. He is the second combat casualty from Sarnia—Lambton from this mission after last year's tragic death of Private William Cushley.
They represent the first combat deaths for Sarnia—Lambton since the Korean war, where Canadians gave hope to, in those days, the poorest people on earth. Now Canadians are giving hope to today's most downtrodden in Afghanistan.
I had the honour to speak with Corporal Poland before he was deployed and he told me he joined the forces because he was inspired by what they were achieving and, above all else, he believed in this mission.
The Poland family members have stated that they do not want their son's death to be the cause of any wavering will or political opportunism concerning the worthiness of the mission in Afghanistan.
My sincere condolences go to Don and Pat, brother Mark and all other family and friends.