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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was reform.

Last in Parliament September 2002, as Liberal MP for Saint Boniface (Manitoba)

Won his last election, in 2000, with 52% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Veterans Affairs February 14th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, over 14,000 applications have been received and processed. Roughly one-half or a little fewer than 7,000 cheques have been sent out as the first payment.

We will review roughly 2,500 applications. Once we know what the numbers are, we will then know how much we need in order to make a second payment. It is at that point in time that I promise to go back to see if there is any more money.

Veterans Affairs February 14th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, this is an unfortunate situation. Obviously Veterans Affairs Canada wants to make sure that veterans who have merited decorations and medals receive them as quickly as possible.

Sometimes we do not have the forwarding address of a veteran, but I want to give this assurance: every time we get a request we will follow up immediately. I would invite all veterans who have not received their decorations or their medals to contact Veterans Affairs Canada and we will make sure they get them immediately.

Pornography January 31st, 2001

Poor you.

Veterans Affairs October 18th, 2000

Mr. Speaker, this new Minister of Veterans Affairs wants to compliment my predecessor for the excellent work he has done.

I also want to assure the House that whatever commitments he has made I will try to respect.

Economic Diversification October 17th, 2000

Mr. Speaker, first of all, allow me to thank the commissioner for her report.

We followed a very simple formula. We went out into the francophone communities and listened to the people. We asked them what their priorities were. We were able to provide them with some funding, modest amounts, yet important.

The women and men in those communities went ahead and implemented their plans, with highly successful outcomes.

We shall continue with the same approach.

The Middle East October 6th, 2000

Mr. Speaker, we are prepared to do just about anything to ensure stability.

We even brought the matter up at the security council two days ago, in an attempt to bring together the two sides to find a solution. We will continue to urge them to find a way to get along and to work and live together.

The Middle East October 6th, 2000

Mr. Speaker, we condemn the violence that led to these casualties.

We regularly, almost on a daily basis, urge both sides to find a solution, to negotiate and come up with a peace plan that will bring stability to the region. We do so regularly and energetically.

Western Diversification October 5th, 2000

It will create 250 new jobs in research. They do not understand that. They do not want to invest in Canadians. They do not understand how it works. They do not like good news. Look at the contortions. Frankly I am embarrassed by their reaction.

Western Diversification October 5th, 2000

Mr. Speaker, Canada has invested $2.3 billion in western Canada since 1987. This is another $5 million investment in leading edge research.

This $5 million will trigger 45 million other dollars and $35 million from the private sector. This permits clinical trials. It permits the bridge between research and practice. It is one of three facilities in Canada—

Marine Conservation Areas Act September 28th, 2000

He is confused. There is a difference between Manitoba and Quebec.