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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

Veterans Hiring Act November 25th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his speech.

There is no doubt that with Bill C-27, the government has once again created a huge gap between the reality my colleague mentioned, that is, the many cuts to the public service where our veterans should have been able to find work, and this bill, which suggests that these veterans can go work in the public service.

My colleague talked about that during his speech, but he did not mention the fact that the government did not include the RCMP in this bill. What are my colleague's thoughts on that?

Veterans Hiring Act November 25th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her speech.

As she pointed out—as we all pointed out—we cannot do enough for our veterans to honour their service to the nation.

There is a major problem with how this bill treats veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Specifically, there is a problem with the administrative delay in responding to veterans who have experienced such trauma, and this bill does very little about it.

What does my colleague think of that?

Veterans Hiring Act November 25th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for the outstanding work he has done on this issue and as part of the committee.

In drafting this bill, the government did not consider putting the entitlement period on hold while the veteran is going through the appeal process.

What kinds of problems will that pose for our veterans?

Child Poverty November 24th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, on this day 25 years ago, Ed Broadbent—the leader of the NDP at the time—moved a motion to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. That motion was unanimously adopted. Nearly 15 years after the failure to achieve that goal, the situation remains troubling.

It is especially troubling that the Prime Minister does not seem to care at all about this issue. On top of having described that motion as the height of stupidity, he also would rather save money at the expense of our veterans and first nations peoples by diverting money that was meant for them.

Veterans Affairs has returned $1.1 billion to the public treasury and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs has returned $712 million, all while the Prime Minister enjoys an expensive trip to the far north, which cost taxpayers $768,000. Now we can clearly see the Prime Minister's real priorities.

In 2015, the first NDP government will commit to honouring the 1989 resolution to eliminate child poverty.

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?