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NDP MP for Outremont (Québec)

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

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Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I will give the Prime Minister another example of someone who actually knows what he is talking about.

David Brock, the Chief Electoral Officer for the Northwest Territories, testified at committee, that in 27 of the 33 communities in the Northwest Territories more than half of the residents do not have proper ID. These people have been relying on vouching to identify themselves for years with no problems.

Why, in good faith, is the Prime Minister stopping honest Canadians from being able to vote?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, now that we have once again heard the empty words of his minister, let us quote somebody who knows what he is talking about. Keith Archer, the Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia, testified at committee that in British Columbia, 14,000 people used vouching to vote.

If vouching had not been available in the last election, Mr. Archer said, “I would expect that many of them would have been disenfranchised...”.

Does the Prime Minister think that Mr. Archer is just another uninformed hack? Is he going to hide behind his minister again, or is he going to finally stand in the House and try to defend the indefensible, as he has been doing for three months?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the government has claimed time and again that Canadians can use a cable or phone bill to vote, but not if that bill came by email. Thanks to the Conservative Party's failure to ban pay-to-pay billing, more and more people are having to pay to get paper bills.

Does the Prime Minister believe that people should have to pay in order to vote?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Actually, Mr. Speaker, contrary to what the Prime Minister just said, the address does not appear on that card, and most of the people in question do not even possess one.

Does the Prime Minister understand that even if one has a social insurance card, a credit card, a health insurance card, a birth certificate, and a passport, one still cannot vote because the address is on none of those?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister just said that people can use Indian status cards to vote. Since that is completely untrue, can he tell us who gave him that false information?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, that minister has said that parliamentary committee hearings to listen to Canadians are an expensive circus.

It is the Prime Minister who just said, word for word, in this House, that he wants members on both sides to go out and listen to Canadians.

Why is talking out of both sides of his mouth? On one side he says to listen to Canadians; on another side he stands this lightweight to give his answers for him.

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, actually, it was the Prime Minister who just made that statement in answer to the member for Papineau. We are addressing ourselves to the Prime Minister, who is the only one who can give the answer. We have been asking for public hearings on the bill since day one. He just said, word for word, that he is asking members on both sides of the House to go out and listen to Canadians on the bill. Is he willing to hold parliamentary hearings on this across Canada? Yes or no?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has just said that he is hoping that members on both sides would listen to Canadians. For three months, we have been asking him to do just that. Does that mean that he now accepts to hold hearings on his unfair elections act across Canada, like we have been asking for?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister either has confidence in his minister or he does not. We would like to give him another chance because, so far, he has yet to express his confidence in his minister.

Does the Prime Minister stand by his minister's claim that the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada made “amazing” and “astounding” false statements before Parliament? Does he support that? Yes or no?

Democratic Reform April 9th, 2014

Not one.

The Minister of State for Democratic Reform accused the Chief Electoral Officer of misleading Parliament.

We want a clear answer. Does the Prime Minister support his minister's comments, yes or no? I would like him to avoid dodging the question for once in his life.