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  • His favourite word was infrastructure.

Last in Parliament August 2017, as Conservative MP for Lac-Saint-Jean (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 33% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Ethics November 24th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's fundraising rules seem to be rather elastic.

We know that the Prime Minister will again tell us that he is following the rules. However, when a justice minister has a meeting at a law office with lawyers who one day may apply to be judges, and I could rhyme off a long list of names, one really has to wonder whether this is ethical.

Will it take a big donation to the Liberal Party for it to listen to the forestry industry?

Ethics November 24th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, although there is no lack of urgent issues to deal with, our Prime Minister does not seem too concerned.

However, when the time comes to raise money for the Liberal Party or the Trudeau Foundation, or to meet with Chinese billionaires who have expressed an interest in meeting him, he hastens to oblige.

Will the Prime Minister finally follow the ethics rules he himself put in place about a year ago?

Ethics November 23rd, 2016

Mr. Speaker, we are still looking for the $40 million. Maybe we will look in other places.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister talked about meetings to promote investment in Canada and economic development.

By making people pay for access to him, he often spends more time involved in Liberal Party fundraising than he does improving the lives of Canadians.

If people have to give money to the Liberal Party to get the Prime Minister's attention, can he explain the difference between affairs of state and the affairs of the Liberal Party of Canada?

Ethics November 23rd, 2016

Mr. Speaker, important files are piling up on the Prime Minister's desk. That is regrettable but not surprising.

Apparently the Prime Minister is in no rush to deal with the most urgent issues for the good of all Canadians.

Will all Canadians have to donate $1 million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation to get the Prime Minister to listen to them?

National Defence November 22nd, 2016

Mr. Speaker, our troops are very important to Canadians.

Let us not forget that the Liberals have been known to send Canadian soldiers to a very warm part of the world wearing winter clothing. Let them not make the same mistake with the fighter jets.

The Liberals are sending a mixed message. They are buying planes, but leaning toward an open and transparent competition. Transparency is easier to achieve in word than in deed.

Who recently won international competitions? What planes are our allies flying? What is the best jet for the Canadian Forces? Stop protecting the Prime Minister and start answering those questions.

Softwood Lumber November 22nd, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Justice in Toronto, the Minister of Finance in the Maritimes, the Minister of Natural Resources, and now the Prime Minister.

If the Liberals put as much effort into signing the softwood lumber deal as they do into fundraising, they would be a lot further ahead on that. Thousands of families and 300,000 workers depend on the softwood lumber deal. However, fundraising appears to be more important to the Liberals than reaching a deal.

Will the Liberals finally settle that agreement?

Softwood Lumber November 21st, 2016

Mr. Speaker, we all remember Mr. Barroso's visit. I will not get into that again, but I would like to come back to the softwood lumber deal.

It seems we are headed for a legal dispute with our American partners, which raises many questions and concerns since 75% of Canadian products are exported to the United States.

What do this government and this minister plan to do to secure a softwood lumber deal that will protect the 300,000 jobs here in Canada?

International Trade November 21st, 2016

Mr. Speaker, that is a very good answer but for the wrong question.

The Liberals almost dropped the ball on CETA, which was initiated under our government. Then the Liberals have lost a year without signing any important trade agreements with anyone.

Since the Prime Minister reveals himself as an inefficient negotiator, how can Canadians have confidence in him negotiating good treaties and creating jobs in Canada?

International Trade November 21st, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals were not even playing in the snow like the players in yesterday's football game in Ottawa, but they still managed to drop the ball on the free trade agreement with Europe, not to mention the fact that they have not signed any free trade agreements with our partners in the past year.

Since the Prime Minister is proving to be an inept negotiator, how can Canadians trust him to negotiate good treaties and create jobs here in Canada?

International Trade November 17th, 2016

Yes, Mr. Speaker, and the Conservative Party signed this agreement because we knew it would be good for the country. That is what happened.

The Americans' shift on NAFTA obviously has people deeply concerned about the softwood lumber agreement. A surge of American protectionism would cause greater uncertainty and risks for forestry jobs in Canada.

How are they going to deal with this protectionist movement? We hope the government will be able to fully assert the rights of Canadian workers.