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  • Her favourite word was quebec.

Last in Parliament March 2011, as Bloc MP for Beauharnois—Salaberry (Québec)

Lost her last election, in 2015, with 28% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Volunteer Week April 25th, 2006

Mr. Speaker, the theme of Volunteer Week 2006, held in Quebec until April 29, is “Volunteering for all tastes”.

Let us acknowledge the importance of the work carried out by the thousands of men and women who spend time and energy helping and supporting others in society.

In Quebec alone, there are 526,000 volunteers working in social services and health agencies, 359,000 volunteers working in culture and entertainment, 133,000 in education and almost half a million who lend their passion, generosity and knowledge to other sectors of society.

Every second of the day there are people around us who do something to bring a moment of happiness to someone else. Every day, hundreds of our citizens volunteer to defend the rights of the most vulnerable.

On the occasion of volunteer week, the Bloc Québécois wants to say thank you to each and every one of them.

Agriculture April 6th, 2006

Mr. Chair, I thank the hon. member for giving me an opportunity to speak before the debate ends.

I will begin by quoting Laurent Pellerin, the president of the UPA,

There will be two choices, because we have reached a dead end. Either we are told to stop production or we are given the equipment and the same tools as our American neighbours. It is not possible to go on living beside a giant like the United States and not adopt policies similar to those on the other side of the border.

That statement sums up the reasons our farmers' incomes are bottoming out. The past three years have been the worst in the past 100 in terms of net income for Canadian farmers, while they have been the best years that American farmers have enjoyed.

All that is just numbers. The fact of the matter is these are families that have operated a farm for several generations. Today they have to dip into their meagre savings, go into debt and, for many, invest all their assets just to survive until this government assumes its responsibilities. Do not think it is because they are not competitive. If we compare production costs on American and European farms, we can see that our farmers are often the best.

The situation can be explained by the amount of support the Canadian government provides to the farming sector. In 2002, according to OECD figures, support per capita to the farming sector in Canada was US$192, whereas it was US$317 in the United States, US$304 in the European Union and US$438 in Japan.

Farmers in Quebec want the minister to come up with real solutions to improve their income. They want to have a decent income again, to regain their dignity and their pride in being farmers. They also want the government to put in place real solutions that, in the long term, will offset the effects of American farm subsidies and the international trade rules that threaten the very existence of farms in Quebec and the rest of Canada.

Agriculture April 6th, 2006

Mr. Chair, farmers of today carry a heavy debt load. Some even have to mortgage their land simply to produce or survive. It is time for the government to assume its responsibilities.

In fact, several farms have filed for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Even if we amend the Canadian agricultural income stabilization program, does the member agree that the government should offer urgent, immediate aid to farmers?

Agriculture April 6th, 2006

Mr. Chair, before I begin my first speech as a new member, I want to thank the electors from my wonderful riding of Beauharnois—Salaberry who put their trust in me. I also want to send out a special thanks to my parents, René and Andréa, engaged citizens and staunch sovereignists. They taught me about passionate commitment.

I also want to send a special greeting to the older workers in the textile industry who are impatiently waiting for help from the government.

The Prime Minister came tonight and made more promises to the farmers. He talked about weeks, months, years. He does not understand. Farmers need help right now for spring seeding. The agriculture sector is in crisis. Farmers are waiting for concrete action, not promises.

Does the hon. member acknowledge that the government should give the farmers the money they are asking for immediately?