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  • His favourite word is terrorism.

Conservative MP for Lévis—Bellechasse (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 43.90% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Correctional Service Canada February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I will make one correction.

With our effective policies, the inmate population in our penitentiaries is declining and we have seen a drop in the crime rate. With respect to mental health, we have put in place a five-point action plan to identify problems. Screening is done in all penitentiaries, not just facilities for people with mental health problems.

We have a strategy for studying behaviour, we have action plans and we will continue to ensure that penitentiaries can treat people with mental health issues. However, once again, we should first ensure that people with mental health issues do not go to jail.

Correctional Service Canada February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, our government has an action plan to deal with mental health throughout the country, and I will look into this matter.

Public Safety February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, why do the New Democrats want to stop our intelligence officers from shutting down websites that post hate propaganda, preventing high-risk travellers from boarding a plane, meeting with parents to prevent their child from falling prey to radicalization and preventing imminent attacks? Why are they opposed to information sharing within the federal government?

I urge the members of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to examine this important bill that protects Canadians against terrorism so that we can pass it.

Public Safety February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, our government has had a strategy against terrorism for years. The first pillar of that strategy is prevention. We meet with the cultural communities; our police officers are reaching out to them.

Why are the New Democrats opposed to our strategy? Why are they preventing our government from putting tools in place to protect Canadians?

I urge them to get out of the way and let the committee hear from witnesses and move forward on this.

Public Safety February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-51 will allow us to pre-emptively stop people who are likely to be radicalized.

Why is the NDP opposed to hearing from almost 50 experts, including the Minister of Justice, myself and our experts from the Department of Justice and the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness? What are they hiding? Why are they afraid of a democratic debate on terrorism?

Canadians expect us to get this done by June in order to protect them against the terrorist threat.

Public Safety February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, if Canadians are watching the debate on Bill C-51, they will wonder why the NDP is obstructing a democratic process. There are more than 48 witnesses. I am told by my colleague that there are more than nine sessions. My counterpart, the Minister of Justice, and I are ready to appear with the department officials.

Why is the NDP obstructing a democratic process and preventing us from protecting Canadians?

Aboriginal Affairs February 26th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, first, we have the greatest respect for aboriginal peoples. We respect the rights of all Canadians. Nonetheless, we also have a responsibility to oppose terrorism, violence and Criminal Code offences.

Again, I invite the member to consult Bill C-51, where it is clearly indicated that peaceful protest is exempt. I invite him to reread the bill. If he needs help, we can go to committee. The NDP can stop obstructing the process and we can talk about the bill in committee.

Justice February 25th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the premise of this question is false. The member opposite fails to understand how SIRC operates and, actually, how the main estimates function.

We provide funding that is necessary, both for SIRC and CSIS to operate. Regarding the need, SIRC, as we know, investigates complaints and reviews specific CSIS investigations and activities.

We are proud to stand by SIRC, ensuring that it has the resources and the authority to fully, in an independent way not with partisan politics, review the activities of our intelligence community.

Justice February 25th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, we have increased the budget for intelligence services and the RCMP seven times, despite a lack of support from the opposition.

It is important to remember the measures that we have introduced, such as the legislation to combat terrorism, revoke passports and revoke the dual citizenship of individuals found guilty of terrorism, as well as Bill C-51, which is before us now.

Why do the New Democrats oppose the measures that we are putting in place to protect Canadians?

Let us send this bill to committee, examine the issue and, most importantly, take action. Canadians expect us to do something about this.

Justice February 25th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the measures set out in Bill C-51 are designed to protect Canadians.

It is a no-brainer to share information, prevent terrorists from boarding our planes and allow intelligence officers to dissuade people from falling prey to radicalization.

Bill C-51 contains measures to prevent radicalization and it is consistent with Canadian laws.

What are the New Democrats afraid of? For years, they have consistently opposed all of the measures that we have put in place to protect Canadians from the terrorist threat. Why?