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Conservative MP for Fundy Royal (New Brunswick)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 58.10% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Regional Economic Development January 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, as I have said in the past, we remain open; our government remains open to a transition initiative that includes support for displaced workers, research and development, as well as innovation. However, this fund was always intended to compensate hard-working Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for actual losses arriving out of the removal of MPRs. It was never intended to be a blank cheque that could be used to disadvantage other provinces.

International Trade December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, fish and seafood is one of Newfoundland and Labrador's largest industries. Nine thousand Newfoundlanders and Labradorians depend on the industry for their livelihood. Canada's free trade agreement with the EU will eliminate tariffs as high as 25%, providing fishers with even greater opportunities to sell their products into the largest fish and seafood market in the world.

When will the member start standing up for the fishers in his province?

International Trade December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we welcome Premier Davis and his delegation to Ottawa today. We look forward to a productive meeting later this afternoon.

It is ironic that this question is from the same member who opposed our free trade agreement with the EU before having read one word of it. It simply reaffirms that the NDP does not like trade and does not understand trade. It ignores the fact that the EU is the world's largest consumer market, with 500 million consumers and a fish and seafood market worth $25 billion a year.

The member needs to get on board with an agreement that will provide immense benefits to his province.

Agriculture and Agri-Food December 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the member should better inform himself on this file. The fund was created to compensate for anticipated losses from the removal of minimum processing requirements. The fund was never intended as a blank cheque that would give the industry in Newfoundland and Labrador an unfair advantage over other Atlantic provinces.

The Canada-European Union trade agreement represents an unprecedented opportunity for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and it would be a shame for anything to interfere with that. We have been very clear from the start that the MPR fund was to compensate for demonstrated losses.

International Trade December 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to working out the details of this minimum processing requirement fund with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The fund was created to compensate for anticipated losses from the removal of minimum processing requirements. The fund was never intended as a blank cheque that would give the industry of Newfoundland and Labrador an unfair advantage over other Atlantic provinces.

We have been very clear from the start that the MPR fund was to compensate for demonstrable losses.

International Trade December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Canada-European Union trade agreement is by far Canada's most ambitious trade initiative ever. Every region of this country stands to benefit, including Newfoundland and Labrador.

The minimum processing requirements fund was created to compensate for anticipated losses from the removal of minimum processing requirements. The fund was never intended as a blank cheque that would give the industry in Newfoundland and Labrador an unfair advantage over other Atlantic provinces.

We have been clear from the start that the MPR fund was to compensate for demonstrable losses. Our officials remain open to receiving proposals from their provincial counterparts on how to move forward.

Intergovernmental Affairs December 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government remains committed to working out the details of the MPR fund with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. This minimum processing requirement fund was to compensate for anticipated losses from the removal of minimum processing requirements. It was never intended as a blank cheque that would give Newfoundland and Labrador an unfair advantage over other maritime provinces.

We remain open to receiving proposals from our provincial counterparts on how to implement the minimum processing requirement fund.

Regional Economic Development September 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, this was a business decision by the management at McCain.

Our government is committed to supporting economic development in Prince Edward Island and throughout Atlantic Canada. In fact, as a result of the hard work of the member for Egmont, our Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, our government, through ACOA, has invested in over 601 projects throughout Prince Edward Island.

The Liberals, and that member in particular, have voted against each and every one of our economic development initiatives. When will the member get out of the way and allow economic development to continue?

Government Appointments June 5th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, let us be very clear. The Public Service Commission and the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, in both cases, found no finding of ministerial interference with these hirings. That is a fact the hon. member should acknowledge.

However, in 2006, the Public Service Commission reported that the Liberals gave ministerial aides free rides into the public service.

On this side of the House, we take accountability seriously. That is exactly why we had to pass the Federal Accountability Act and eliminate the revolving door the Liberals had into—

Government Appointments June 3rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, saying it louder does not change the answer. The fact remains that we accept the findings of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner. My Lynn's appointment as CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton was terminated.

The question remains as well, when are the New Democrats going to do the right thing and repay the taxpayers' dollars they have been misappropriating for political gain throughout the country?