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NDP MP for Outremont (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 56.40% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Veterans Affairs January 28th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, spending $700,000 a year to fight vets in court—that is not supporting our troops. Closing nine veteran services offices—that is not supporting our troops, either.

Today we learned about the loss of another soldier. Sergeant Jesse Tait, from Sudbury, had served in Bosnia and Afghanistan. Sergeant Tait was struggling with depression. His mother says that when he went for help, he was turned away.

Will the Prime Minister finally commit to supporting our troops not only in combat but in the battle that comes afterward?

National Defence January 28th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, American troops are not allowed to paint targets for air strikes. They are not allowed to accompany Iraqi forces to the front lines. This is exactly what the Prime Minister promised would be the case for Canadian soldiers, and yet Canadian special forces are indeed being put on the front lines.

Brigadier General Rouleau said that Canadians were going to the “the forward-most Iraqi fighting positions”. That is why they call it “the front”.

It is a simple question. When did the Prime Minister decide to send Canadian troops into combat?

National Defence January 28th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, a report has confirmed that the Canadian Forces are now involved in combat, despite the Prime Minister's formal commitment last fall that our soldiers would not be on the front lines.

American troops are not painting targets for air strikes and are not authorized to accompany Iraqi troops to the front lines. These are the rules of engagement that the Prime Minister promised Canadians.

Why did he mislead Canadians?

Employment January 28th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, they are not numbers, they are human beings.

Canadians are looking for action. They are looking for help for the middle class. Instead, they are getting a Conservative tax proposal that fails middle-class families.

A new report out today shows that middle-class families will benefit the least from the Prime Minister's tax plan. They make enough so that their child care benefits will be taxed back, but not enough to benefit from the Prime Minister's income splitting scheme because it only for the richest.

When will the Prime Minister put forward a practical plan to help middle-class families? When will we see a budget?

Employment January 28th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, today, Statistics Canada announced that 65,000 fewer jobs than forecast were created in 2014.

In Quebec, the number of healthy young people who are looking for work and have had to turn to social assistance increased by 14.4% in 2014. That is scandalous. These are the worst results since the depths of the last recession.

Why is the Prime Minister doing nothing? When will he table a budget?

The Budget January 27th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, unlike the Prime Minister, the Bank of Canada understands that action is needed now. Just last week the Bank of Canada cut interest rates below 1%, levels that we have not seen since the depths of the financial crisis. The bank understands the risk and it is responding.

Why is the Prime Minister, as usual, sitting on his hands? Where is the budget?

The Budget January 27th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's biggest problem is a problem with the truth.

For nine years, the Prime Minister has put all his eggs in the resource-extraction basket. For nine years, the Prime Minister has fed into a cycle of boom and bust. He has left our economy at the mercy of falling oil prices, and now the bill is coming due.

The NDP is ready, laying out clear actions the government could take to help small business and kick-start manufacturing. Why is the Prime Minister dithering yet again? Why is there no action?

The Budget January 27th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, Canadians will judge the Prime Minister on his original statement, not on the changed version. He told Canadians that the mission in Iraq was not a combat mission, but that was not true. He will be judged on that this year.

Speaking of telling Canadians the truth, the current fiscal year expires on March 31. When will we have a budget?

The fiscal year ends March 31. When are Canadians going to see a budget?

National Defence January 27th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, our troops always do an excellent job in the missions that they are given by the Canadian government and by this Parliament.

The question here is this. Why did the Prime Minister mislead the Canadian public?

Those quotes are clear. Those questions were precise. The Prime Minister gave intentionally misleading answers. Canadians want to know why their Prime Minister, on something this important, did not tell the truth to Canadians.

National Defence January 27th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, last fall I asked the Prime Minister whether Canadian Forces in Iraq were painting targets for air strikes. The Prime Minister answered, “...the purpose of Canadian Forces in Iraq is to assist and advise.... ...there is not a direct combat role.”

Again, I asked about ground forces targeting for air strikes, and again the Prime Minister said, “...Canadian Forces involved in Iraq are not involved in combat.”

However, the Chief of the Defence Staff has confirmed that painting targets is a combat role. That mission has involved combat from the beginning.

Why did the Prime Minister mislead Parliament and mislead Canadians about sending Canadian Forces into combat in Iraq?