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  • Her favourite word is conservatives.

NDP MP for Saint-Lambert (Québec)

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

Statements in the House

Child Care November 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives promised 125,000 day care spaces. After nine years in power, it is pretty easy to sum up the results. Not a single spot has been created—zero, zilch, nada.

While the Conservatives are proposing regressive income-splitting policies that are directed at a tiny fraction of Canadians, families are having a hard time making ends meet.

How does the government plan on helping families who are still waiting for a day care spot?

Poverty November 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, 25 years ago, the House unanimously adopted Ed Broadbent's motion to end child poverty by 2000. After 30 years of Liberal and Conservative governments, one in five children is still living in poverty. It is unacceptable that a rich country like Canada is leaving these children in such conditions.

What measures does the government intend to take to eliminate poverty in Canada?

Citizenship and Immigration November 19th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, some 100 social groups are condemning the Conservatives' underhanded attack on refugee protection claimants.

Denying refugees social assistance based on their immigration status is like denying a lifeline to the most vulnerable members of our society . That is particularly true for those who do not immediately obtain a work visa.

Is the minister not ashamed of using a budget bill to backstab the most vulnerable members of our society?

Citizenship and Immigration November 18th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we expect the minister to give us answers, not ask questions.

This is urgent. The crisis in Syria is happening now. As we speak, millions of people, women, children and families are in an extremely precarious situation. We do not want to know how many Syrians arrived in Canada in 2011. We want to know what the minister is doing to bring refugees to Canada in 2014.

Apart from taking health care away from refugees, can the minister finally tell us very clearly how Canada will do its part to help the people of Syria?

Citizenship and Immigration November 18th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, it is simply embarrassing to see how inadequate the Conservatives' response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria is. There are millions of refugees—millions—and the only thing the government will promise is to try to welcome just over a thousand of them. Even then it is not keeping its promise.

The minister needs to stop inflating the numbers by adding in the admissions allowed in 2011 and tell Canadians the truth.

Why have we accepted only 200 government-assisted refugees?

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns November 17th, 2014

With regard to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program: for each year since 2000, (a) how many full-time equivalent (FTE) positions were assigned to review the hiring requests for temporary foreign workers and to review the processing and preparation of labour market opinions, accelerated labour market opinions, and labour market impact assessments; (b) excluding on-site audits, how many FTE positions were tasked with carrying out audits and ensuring that employers complied with the conditions of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program; (c) what departments are responsible for carrying out on-site inspections to ensure that employers comply with the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program; and (d) how many FTE positions were tasked with carrying out on-site inspections to ensure that employers complied with the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns November 17th, 2014

With regard to the International Mobility Programs: (a) which program streams of the International Mobility Programs enable foreign workers to work in Canada temporarily; (b) which streams were part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program before the government announced reforms to the program on June 20, 2014; and (c) how many foreign workers entered Canada under the International Mobility Programs each year between 2005 and 2014 to date, broken down (i) by program stream, (ii) by month, (iii) by province, (iv) by industry sector?

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns November 17th, 2014

With regard to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program: (a) how many Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications did Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) receive in total in 2011, 2012, 2013, and to date in 2014, broken down (i) for each month in 2011, 2012, 2013, and to date in 2014, (ii) by province, (iii) by industry sector; and (b) after receiving these applications, how many LMOs and LMIAs did ESDC grant in total in 2011, 2012, 2013, and to date in 2014, broken down (i) for each month in 2011, 2012, 2013, and to date in 2014, (ii) by province, (iii) by industry sector?

Citizenship and Immigration November 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, let us take a look at the real figures.

Canada promised to accept 1,300 Syrians. That is really not enough in light of the millions of people in need. However, we are now learning that the minister knew last June that he would not even be able to honour this paltry commitment.

We asked dozens of questions about this, and the minister claimed that he would reach his target even though he knew it was not true.

Why did the minister mislead the House and why is he going back on his promise to the Syrian people?

Citizenship and Immigration November 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the facts are clear. A joint report by the Norwegian Refugee Council and the International Rescue Committee is clear: developed countries are not doing enough. Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq are at the end of their rope.

What is Canada doing? Not a whole lot. I remember a Canada that used to welcome refugees with open arms.

Will the government finally agree to help those in need?