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Conservative MP for Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 29% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Regional Economic Development May 25th, 2018

Mr. Speaker, today, I welcomed to Ottawa over 40 elected officials from my riding who have infrastructure projects they want to carry out. Despite the Liberals' promise to invest $180 billion over 10 years, there is no program under which they can apply for funding for their projects.

The mayors of Kamouraska and Rivière-Ouelle want to fix up their waterfronts to make them major tourist attractions in their communities.

Could the minister responsible for Canada Economic Development tell us why his department will no longer fund this type of project in our rural regions, which have been abandoned under this Liberal government?

Engagement of Municipal Elected Officials May 25th, 2018

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to salute municipal elected officials from my riding as well as their spouses and staff. They are here to take part in federal government consultations.

The riding of Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup is made up of 58 municipalities and four RCMs, most of which are represented here today. Despite their very busy schedules, these mayors and reeves agreed to take the time to come learn about the nation's capital and participate in workshops.

I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to salute these men and women who work so hard and are so dedicated to developing our communities.

As the former mayor of La Pocatière, I know first-hand how important it is for public officials to be engaged with their fellow citizens. I have no doubt that every one of them cares deeply about helping their municipalities and RCMs flourish

I am proud to speak on their behalf here in the heart of our democracy.

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship actually started paying his employees to share links on the IRCC's Twitter account and discourage migrants from crossing the border illegally. On May 3, they tweeted this:

There is misinformation online about the grounds for making an asylum claim.... Don't enter Canada illegally [their terms, not the opposition's] based on false information and false promises.

The IRCC has just 163,000 followers on Twitter, but on January 27, 2017, the Prime Minister reached over 4.2 million Twitter followers with the tweet that set off this saga of false information and false promises.

Why did the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship not ask the Prime Minister to retweet the IRCC's tweets advising people against illegal crossings? The Prime Minister could even do that today, this very evening, if he wanted to. It would not cost the Prime Minister a penny to retweet the IRCC's tweets to his 4.2 million followers.

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, Canadians accept immigration when it is planned and orderly. The minister spent Canadian taxpayers' money to encourage people to enter Canada illegally. Canadians' goodwill toward immigration is wearing thin because of this minister and his boss who sent out a tweet to the entire world saying “Welcome to Canada”.

Why is the minister wasting money to encourage people to enter Canada illegally when others are waiting abroad to enter Canada legally?

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, in 2016, 2,500 people came to Canada illegally. In 2017, 25,000 people came to Canada after a tweet from the Prime Minister stating that Canada is open to receiving anyone. He is talking about queue-jumping. All those people queue-jump everyone else who wants to come to Canada. What is he going to do about that?

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, since my riding borders the U.S., I have a question for the minister. Most of the migrants go to New York to board the Montreal-bound bus, then get off in Plattsburgh near Roxham Road.

Canada is already paying for full-time employees at the consulate in New York. Instead of spending money to go to Nigeria himself to address this immigration issue, why does the minister not ask his staff in New York to walk nine blocks to the bus terminal and provide accurate information to potential migrants?

Today we learn that people at the motels near Roxham Road are getting pamphlets from New York telling them how to enter Canada illegally. Why not use the Government of Canada's resources to properly inform these border crossers of Canada's legal immigration procedure or suggest to them that they seek asylum in the United States under the Canada-U.S. safe third country agreement?

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, my riding supports orderly immigration, since its aging population means we are dependent on immigration to grow our economy. Just this week and last week, I have been contacted by companies complaining about delays in processing applications submitted by foreign workers and legal immigrants.

First of all, how many Immigration and Citizenship Canada employees have been taken off their regular duties and reassigned to process applications from migrants who entered Canada illegally? Second, why is the minister using taxpayer money to let people who came here illegally jump in front of those who, need I remind you, are waiting their turn?

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, on May 8, the Minister of Transport said in Montreal that 90% of irregular migrants do not meet the criteria to claim asylum and must leave. However, that same day, Global News reported that of the 26,000 people who have entered Canada illegally since last year, only 1% have been removed. What happened to the other 89%? How much did it cost to remove them?

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, that leads me to my next question. What about people who are already here and have had to wait two, three, or sometimes four years for a work permit? I regularly get people coming to my office who entered Canada legally but cannot secure a work permit. Why are people who came here illegally being bumped to the front of the line for work permits?

Business of Supply May 24th, 2018

Mr. Chair, the minister said that he is expediting work permits for people who illegally enter Canada. Migrants know that they will have a work permit if they enter Canada illegally, no matter the outcome of their hearing. For example, if a claim takes two years to process, a migrant from Nigeria will have potentially earned more money in Canada, in just two years, than he or she would have earned after a lifetime of work in his or her home country.

Why is the minister still wasting money to encourage people to enter Canada illegally, while others must wait?