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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was health.

Last in Parliament September 2008, as Liberal MP for West Nova (Nova Scotia)

Lost his last election, in 2011, with 36% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Fisheries and Oceans February 7th, 2002

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his genuine interest in the plight of the people of Canso. The member will realize that I get a lot of requests for quota allocation. The government can do a lot of things but it cannot multiply fish. I understand that left to their own devices in their natural habitat fish have been known to multiply.

Within the limits of the quota allowed in proper conservation of the resource, I hope to have a favourable answer for the people of Canso.

Government Grants and Contributions December 4th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, the member typifies incorrectly the project. ACOA participated in the design, fabrication and installation of interpretation facilities within a great tourism facility in P.E.I., which is part of the priorities of the province and the community for economic development.

Acoa November 7th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, I think so.

I am pleased to announce today that we have had outstanding response from research, industry and private sectors for applications under the Atlantic innovation partnership fund.

We have received 195 proposals totalling more than $1.5 billion. That shows the commitment of the research and business sector in research and development in Atlantic Canada. Even more important, I believe the commitment of the Government of Canada for innovation, research and development and to the--

Acoa November 2nd, 2001

Mr. Speaker, I resent the characterization of our investment in infrastructure as tiny. This very day we will be making announcements in New Brunswick for $20 million which will be expended over the fall, winter and summer periods.

Across Atlantic Canada there will be hundreds of millions in round one alone, creating many jobs. As I said, the question of Halifax will be discussed in the context of all other issues for large urban centres.

Acoa November 2nd, 2001

Mr. Speaker, prior to the government coming into power there were no federal expenditures in infrastructure at all. Since 1993 we have had a third major infrastructure program.

Unfortunately the amounts are higher than the city of Halifax requires, but it is in discussion with us, with the federal government, with the Treasury Board Secretariat and with the Minister of Environment. The Prime Minister has a task force on urban issues and we look forward to the report.

Tourism Industry October 26th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, every dog has his day.

Good agreements between ACOA and the Atlantic provinces are enabling us to minimize the negative effects of the events of September 11.

One excellent example of partnership is that of the Atlantic Canada tourist industry. This year, in conjunction with the Government of Canada, the Atlantic provinces and the tourist industry are investing $5 million to promote Atlantic Canada in the northeastern U.S.

I invite the Americans as well as all Canadians to come and visit the Atlantic region.

Acoa October 26th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, again I thank the member for her question. I was in the community of North Preston a few weeks ago. I saw the site and talked to them about their plans. I agree with her wholeheartedly. I agree with the municipality also.

I do not think it is a question of underfunding. I think it is a question of rollout. We have been fast at getting infrastructure programs out to Atlantic Canada. That one is under review and is going under an environmental assessment right now. I hope to have a favourable response at a future date.

Acoa October 26th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for a very good question. The report in question was prepared right after the tragic events of September 11, when we were having trouble getting our goods across the border. With thanks to my colleagues for the good work, the situation has been a lot less severe than had been predicted.

I met this morning with Premier Lord who confirmed that with me. I have been speaking with officials in the government of Nova Scotia. I am quite confident for the future of Atlantic Canada.

Employment Insurance October 26th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, Atlantic Canadians are very happy with what ACOA is doing for economic development. There have already been 62,000 jobs created in Atlantic Canada and we continue to work with the community.

In the short term, there is the infrastructure program between Canada and the provinces. We are leading the rest of Canada when it comes to signing agreements with communities and the provinces.

Employment Insurance October 26th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, ACOA continues to work together with the communities and provinces of Atlantic Canada to create jobs, which are long term, not short term and to promote sustainable economic development.

I invite the member to work with me for the future of Atlantic Canada.