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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

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.

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?

Government Appointments June 3rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we have already taken action on this file. I already confirmed last week that Mr. Lynn's appointment as CEO of Enterprise Cape Breton was terminated as of May 27, 2014.

What I think Canadians are wondering though, in light of today's revelations, is when is the NDP going to pay back the taxpayers' dollars it has been wrongfully using throughout our country?

Government Appointments May 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I reject the premise of the hon. member's question. If he were being forthright here, he would recognize that neither the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, nor the Public Service Commission found any evidence of any political wrongdoing by political ministers, or by political staff. The member's entire question is unfounded.

Government Appointments May 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member had an opportunity just now to stand up and explain to Canadians when they are going to pay back the taxpayer dollars that they have been abusing throughout the country. They are supposed to be used to serve Canadians. They are being used to serve their own partisan purposes.

When are they going to pay the money back?