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  • His favourite word was divided.

Last in Parliament May 2004, as Liberal MP for Québec East (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2000, with 39% of the vote.

Statements in the House

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals and firearms) and the Firearms Act April 23rd, 2002

Mr. Speaker, I vote no to the subamendment.

Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2001 April 23rd, 2002

Mr. Speaker, I vote in favour of the motion.

Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2001 April 23rd, 2002

Mr. Speaker, I vote against this amendment.

Committees of the House April 18th, 2002

Mr. Speaker, I support the motion.

(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:)

Indian Affairs November 1st, 2001

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Consultations began across Canada with the public and the leaders of the first nations on April 30 in the context of the measure known as “Communities First: First Nation Governance”.

The aim of this measure is to examine the basic principles of the government of the first nations on the reserves, a matter that has not been reviewed since the Indian Act was passed 125 years ago.

Could the minister tell us whether the consultations on first nations governance have concluded and what the next stages are?

National Block Parent Week October 22nd, 2001

Mr. Speaker, this is National Block Parent Week. The Block Parent program works to prevent crime in our neighbourhoods.

The distinctive red and white Block Parent window sign in the window of a home helps out hundreds of Canadians every year. Whether children, seniors or others who are lost, frightened, or in distress, everyone benefits from the services of the Block Parent program.

The commitment of some 50,000 volunteers enhances the security and compassion of Canada's communities. It is important to acknowledge their contribution and their importance.

I wish to pay tribute to the Block Parent volunteers. Knowing they are there is most reassuring.

Ignace-Nicolas Vincent Tsawenhohi October 5th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, it is with pride that I call the attention of the House to the designation of Ignace-Nicolas Vincent Tsawenhohi as a historic figure by the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This man played an important role in the history of Wendake and of Canada, first as a war chief of the Huron-Wendat nation, later as a diplomat ensuring liaison between the British forces and the various aboriginal groups.

He helped to maintain Canada's sovereignty during the conflict with our neighbours in the last century.

Upon his return to civilian life, he continued to serve his compatriots as Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat nation, bringing considerable respectability to the position through his political, diplomatic and military achievements.

Ignace-Nicolas Vincent Tsawenhohi also helped give the Wendats a strong pride in being Hurons, and helped maintain good relations with the colonial authorities.

For all these reasons, I wish to draw the House's attention to this initiative by the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Marc Gélinas October 3rd, 2001

Mr. Speaker, this morning we received some very sad news. Marc Gélinas passed away following a lengthy illness.

Marc Gélinas was an artist with many talents. We knew him as a singer and songwriter, and through his work in the theatre and television. As a singer and songwriter, he produced 300 titles, 33 forty-fives, 13 albums and two compact discs. He gave us such well-loved songs as La Ronde , Aide-toi et le ciel t'aidera and the Montreal Expos theme song.

As an actor, he made a name for himself in the series Beau temps, mauvais temps , Les Berger and Kilomètre/heure . His talent can still be appreciated in the series L'or , which is currently being broadcast on Radio-Canada.

Marc Gélinas has left us with a rich cultural legacy, but we share the pain that his friends and family are feeling. On behalf of my colleagues and myself, I would like to offer them our most sincere condolences.

Canadian Forces September 24th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to draw the attention of the House to the Canadian Forces' parliamentary program, developed by the Minister of National Defence and aimed at making elected representatives aware of the day to day experiences of the military.

In early July, I had the opportunity to take part in the training given the soldiers of the 3rd battalion of the Royal 22nd Regiment based at Valcartier in preparation for an upcoming mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

By this visit I was able to notice the high level of satisfaction of the troops and their officers toward their lifestyle in general. This is the direct consequence of a $3 billion investment from the Canadian government in the national defence department in the past three years.

Throughout its history, Canada has carved an enviable place for itself internationally through its leadership in humanitarian aid.

Despite the very singular nature of last week's events in the United States, I believe the Canadian Forces will carry out this sort of a mission worthily if called on to do so.

I am proud of what our fellow citizens, the military, do here in Canada and internationally.

Old Wendake May 28th, 2001

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have this opportunity to bring to the attention of this House the designation of Old Wendake as a national historic site.

This village, created in 1697 after the dispersal of the Huron nation, is a witness to the harmonious cohabitation between the Huron and French nations in Canada.

This community was able to reconcile the model of European habitation with the lifestyle and traditional values of the Huron-Wendat community, without putting the latter at risk.

In addition to representing an example of successful cohabitation between francophones and aboriginal people, Old Wendake symbolizes the history, culture and values of the Huron-Wendat nation.

For all these reasons, I wish to draw attention to the Canadian government's initiative to recognize the significant contribution Old Wendake has made to Canada's heritage.