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  • His favourite word is senate.

Liberal MP for Saint-Laurent—Cartierville (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 43.40% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Jean Béliveau December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as the great Jean Béliveau is taken to his final place of rest in Montreal, we in this House wish to pay our last respects to the celebrated Gros Bill.

He was known for his greatness, elegance and generosity, and let us not forget his incredible simplicity—the trademark of a real hero.

Everything seemed easy for this man who exuded class, but no one rises to the top of a sport without overcoming many obstacles. It was pure talent that led No. 4 to 10 Stanley Cup victories, but his strength of character and his sense of sacrifice also played a role. Did anyone exemplify teamwork better than this great captain?

He was a captain on and off the ice. I do not know what was more admirable, his athletic achievements or the attention he paid to every child who crossed his path.

Le Gros Bill has hung up his skates, but his memory will live on forever in the hearts of young and old alike.

Thank you, Jean Béliveau.

The Environment December 3rd, 2014

Mr. Speaker, speaking of belugas, the government is responsible for this whole Cacouna mess. Why has it not done anything to protect belugas or the other 66 species that have been deemed at risk by scientists since 2011?

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans' director general for the Quebec region said that the area around Cacouna needs to be protected. He said that the decree will reflect that.

Does the minister agree with her director general or will she, once again, shirk her responsibilities?

Library and Archives Canada November 27th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the collection and acquisitions at Library and Archives Canada are lamentable: 98,000 boxes of documents are collecting dust and $15 million has been wasted on digitization that still has not materialized. Such are the horrors uncovered by the Auditor General of Canada.

The minister blames the previous administration, but then how did that administration remain in place for four years if it was so incompetent? Also, if things were going so poorly, then why cut $9.6 million or 10% of LAC's budget?

Infrastructure November 21st, 2014

Mr. Speaker, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the cultural infrastructure deficit stands at no less than $40 billion, putting this infrastructure category in the worst position by far. Instead of wasting half a billion dollars of taxpayers' money on a so-called tax credit that will create only 800 jobs, $740 million on self-serving propaganda and over $2 billion on tax cuts for the wealthy, why is the government not investing that money in our theatres, our cultural institutions and our community and recreation centres, which are in a pitiful state?

Public Safety November 19th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as we have already said, Bill C-10 is an ineffective, ideological grab bag that will simply inflate prison costs and prison populations, especially in provincial prisons, despite falling crime rates. A study conducted by Le Devoir confirms it: in two years, the prison population rose by 10% in Saskatchewan, 11% in Quebec and 18% in Manitoba.

Will the federal government compensate the provinces, which should not have to pay for the Conservatives' bad decisions, and will it remove the ridiculous six-month minimum sentence for possession of marijuana?

Canadian Museums Day November 18th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, today is Canadian Museums Day. This is a day when we celebrate our museums, their importance, and their vital link to our country's heritage.

We must celebrate our museums, not just for their beauty and artistic richness, for the pleasure derived from visiting them and the emotions they evoke, but also because they are an awakening of our knowledge, an extension of the classroom, a keeper of our memories, both those of Canada and of other cultures, a connection with nature, a driver of tourism, economic development and scientific progress, and so much more.

I encourage my honourable colleagues to meet today with the various museum organizations on the Hill so that we can all become better legislators for Canadian museums.

CBC/Radio-Canada November 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Canadians who marched for CBC/Radio-Canada yesterday have every reason to feel betrayed by the Conservatives.

On May 3, 2011, the heritage minister made the following statement: “We have said that we will maintain or increase support for the CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and we will commit to that.” In 2012, however, the government slashed $115 million from CBC/Radio-Canada's budget. It sucked the life out of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Why did the Conservatives break yet another promise?

Champlain Bridge November 7th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, that is not very reassuring. The minister is the one who unexpectedly put two giants of our history in competition with each other.

Quebeckers were not speaking out against the hero Maurice Richard. They were standing up for Champlain, the founder of Canada.

Even the Minister of State for Small Business and the Minister of International Development are urging the Minister of Infrastructure to keep the name “Champlain”.

If, however, the minister insists on changing the name of the Champlain Bridge, he could call it the “Samuel de Champlain Bridge”.

Champlain Bridge November 7th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Infrastructure has backed down. This is good, but does he understand his mistake?

The Champlain Bridge will not be called the Maurice Richard Bridge, but who knows what brilliant idea the minister will come up with next? After all, there is another Richard, Henri Richard, the valiant Pocket Rocket who won the Stanley Cup more times than any other player in history.

Can the minister promise that he will not suggest naming the Champlain Bridge the “Henri Richard Bridge” or the “Pocket Rocket Bridge”?

Champlain Bridge November 4th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, there are any number of ways to celebrate the glory of the “Rocket”, Maurice Richard. People have suggested the “Maurice Richard Bell Centre” and the “Maurice Richard Highway 50”.

Does the Prime Minister finally understand why the Champlain Bridge must be called the “Champlain Bridge”?

Does he realize that Samuel de Champlain was nothing less than the founder of Canada, according to the great historian Marcel Trudel? Does he realize that it was Champlain who bestowed upon Canada its ideal of being a land of tolerance that achieves success through diversity?