Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was forces.

Last in Parliament May 2004, as Liberal MP for Compton—Stanstead (Québec)

Lost his last election, in 2006, with 22% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Veterans Affairs February 4th, 2002

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Yesterday our Canadian troops landed in Kandahar. I commend them for the service they are providing on behalf of all Canadians and, for that matter, the world.

I ask the minister, what will the government do upon the return of our brave men and women to ensure that they are all well taken care of?

Poverty December 4th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, last week the Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa attended the annual meeting of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.

Could the secretary of state please inform the House of the outcome of that meeting?

National Defence November 26th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence.

Could the minister give the House an update regarding the deployment of Canadian Forces to Afghanistan?

National Defence November 22nd, 2001

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence.

The second anti-terrorism omnibus bill tabled in the House today contains job protection and protection provisions for the military reservists. Could the minister please explain the provisions to the House?

Interparliamentary Delegations November 19th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1) I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the eighth report of the Canadian-NATO Parliamentary Association which represented Canada at the 47th annual session of the NATO parliamentary assembly held in Ottawa from October 5 to October 9, 2001.

Flu Awareness Month October 22nd, 2001

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the House and all Canadians that October is National Flu Awareness Month.

Every winter almost one-quarter of Canadians are infected with influenza. Thousands become seriously ill and thousands more die from flu related complications.

Anyone who wants to improve his or her chances of having a flu free winter can benefit from the annual flu shot. The flu shot cannot give a person the flu and side effects are minor.

At high risk are seniors, adults and children with chronic diseases, and their caregivers. Without vaccination, they may face the possibility of serious or even fatal consequences should they get the flu. A yearly vaccination is the only preventive measure that has been proven to reduce mortality rate from influenza.

National Defence and Veterans Affairs October 4th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the chair of the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs. There has been some concern expressed that the standing committees of the House may not be sufficiently involved in a response to the terrible events of September 11.

Could the chair of the defence committee advise as to what the committee has done or intends to do to provide input into the response to the terrorist attacks on the United States?

Terrorism September 24th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, September 11 will remain in our minds forever. We will remember where we were and what we were doing. I was privileged to be at CFB Trenton and to see firsthand the speed and professionalism of our Canadian forces.

During the first hours the command centre went into operation in preparation for any possible situation that might occur. Base security was increased. Our DART team went into a high state of readiness to respond to whatever task it was given.

Extra air and maintenance crews were brought in. Planes were readied and moved to strategic locations. The family resource centre prepared for extra child care services to accommodate military families whose shifts had been increased or changed.

On Wednesday I accompanied a Hercules to Halifax which was loaded with cots and blankets for those who would find themselves stranded in locations they never planned to be.

I was very proud to be a Canadian while watching our Canadian forces hard at work. This was not a drill. This was reality and they were ready.

Roger Garceau April 25th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, we were saddened last Thursday to learn of the death of Roger Garceau. He had been battling lung cancer for some months.

This well known actor made an impression on us with his roles in several TV serials, including Symphorien and

Les forges de Saint-Maurice . He also appeared in more than 150 theatre roles.

His talent, enthusiasm and generosity will be greatly missed by Canadians. His significant contribution to our cultural history will be a lasting legacy.

On behalf of my colleagues and myself, I want to offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Garceau's family and friends at this sorrowful time.

Canada Foundation For Innovation March 12th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, on March 6, the Government of Canada announced a new investment of $750 million in the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which was a major commitment in the last throne speech.

This new investment will extend the CFI's various research infrastructure funding programs to 2010. With it, the Government of Canada has now raised its total investment to the CFI since its inception in 1997 to $3.15 billion.

To date, grants by the Canada Foundation for Innovation have totalled over $850 million. This funding has helped train our brightest minds and keep them in Canada.

Thanks to the bold and forward looking initiatives we have taken during our time in government, we have built the foundations for a modern and international calibre research structure for Canada and created a business climate that fosters innovation.