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NDP MP for Saint-Lambert (Québec)

Won her last election, in 2011, with 42.60% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Employment October 29th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, nobody believes the minister any more. He cannot even count, and nobody can count on him.

The temporary foreign worker program is a real mess. More unskilled foreign workers are coming to Canada. Unemployment is still high, and the minister's job market numbers do not reflect the reality that businesses are experiencing.

When will the minister admit that he messed up?

Employment October 28th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the temporary foreign worker program train wreck is due in part to the lack of reliable data.

In fact, TD Bank no longer trusts the government's labour market information. After having to develop its own methodology, it discovered that Canada's labour market has been ailing for two years, contrary to what the Conservatives claim.

Instead of messing with the numbers and pretending that the labour market is not in big trouble, will the Conservatives tackle unemployment with a real job creation plan?

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act October 27th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I congratulate my colleague on his speech.

He clearly pointed out in practical terms that New Democrats support Canada's trade development and prosperity. It goes without saying that it is crucial to diversify our economy with multiple players.

That said, I would like to hear more from my colleague about the weakening of our environmental standards, which he talked about in his speech. We proposed an amendment that the government unfortunately rejected.

What does he think that means?

Employment October 27th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, when it comes to temporary foreign workers, the government has failed across the board.

In 2013, its reform was supposed to restrict the number of unskilled workers coming into Canada. The latest data show that the number of unskilled temporary foreign workers has gone up again, even near reserves, where the unemployment rate is high. That makes no sense.

Will the minister acknowledge his deplorable error and take the time to thoroughly reconsider his reform?

Longueuil Community Fair October 27th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to talk about the success of the first Foire communautaire de Longueuil, which was held last month.

I organized this event in my riding, and it attracted more than 150 constituents and involved 16 community organizations and federal entities, which were there to address problems that arise every day.

Over the past three years, I have seen the impact of this government's cuts on the people in my riding and the problems they have in trying to access the services to which they are entitled.

I would like to remind members of the importance of our community organizations and the exceptional work they do every day. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank them all, even though I only have time to mention a few: Place Rive-Sud, the Comité logement Rive-Sud and the Carrefour d'information pour les aînés.

It is crucial that these organizations, which work to maintain the extremely fragile social fabric, continue to receive funding. The NDP is building bridges with people, organizations and services for Canadians with events such as this. That is how we are building the Canada of tomorrow.

Health October 23rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the latest reports on the ravages of the Ebola epidemic are alarming.

According to the WHO, the Ebola virus has killed 5,000 and infected 9,000 since the epidemic broke out in March.

The WHO estimates that there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week by December.

This is a major tragedy affecting Africa and the entire international community.

Can the government tell the House about what our country is doing to address this epidemic?

Aboriginal Affairs October 21st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, first nations throughout the country are particularly hard hit by unemployment. However, the government acts as though these unemployed Canadians do not even exist, as was pointed out by a researcher at McMaster University.

In some regions, they are not even included when unemployment rates are calculated. These misleading statistics mean that temporary foreign workers are brought in when there are first nations people without work.

Will the government act to resolve this problem and prevent the temporary foreign worker program from increasing the unemployment rate among Canadians?

Employment Insurance October 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I can sum up the Conservatives' budgetary policy in three words: cut, cut and cut. They have made such deep cuts to employment insurance that over 60% of workers who find themselves out of work collect no benefits.

Instead of covering up its incompetence by launching a useless job creation program with money that belongs to unemployed workers, why does the government not use the fund surplus to improve employment insurance benefits and coverage?

Employment Insurance October 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Budget Officer's report on the hiring tax credit shows just what poor planners the Conservatives are. They cut the employment insurance program, and now they have created a tax credit that is supposed to stimulate job creation, but they have done nothing to make sure it will work. According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the tax credit will create barely 800 jobs. Each of those jobs would cost $550,000. That is ridiculous.

How can the Conservatives justify using workers' contributions to pay for a program that will not create jobs?

Canada Post October 8th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, Saint-Lambert's city council unanimously opposed the elimination of door-to-door mail delivery, which is slated for 2015 on Montreal's south shore. Canada Post's decision will deny seniors in my riding, such as Jocelyne Langis of Longueuil, of an essential service.

Not everyone can pay a private company to deliver mail to their home.

How can the government claim to be listening to the people when it is ignoring the unanimous call by elected officials on the south shore?