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  • His favourite word was fact.

Last in Parliament October 2015, as Conservative MP for Cambridge (Ontario)

Lost his last election, in 2015, with 39% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Science and Technology May 7th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, we are taking steps to ensure that the National Research Council remains a world-class organization that is responsive to industry and generates jobs and growth for Canadians.

Our government has a science and technology strategy. Independent studies have placed us fourth in the world because of that strategy. The NDP has no strategy. In fact when that member, the science critic, asked his party for its policy on science and technology, he was recently quoted as saying, “They showed me a big blank page”.

Science is not for amateurs.

Science and Technology May 7th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, no such thing is happening. Actually, this is a very exciting day for Canadian innovation.

The NRC is refocusing to help Canadian businesses stand shoulder to shoulder with the world's most innovative and competitive companies. Refocusing one of our councils will help create high-quality jobs, economic growth, long-term prosperity and a better quality of life for all Canadians.

Our government has made all science a priority. We have increased funding in every single budget, and the opposition has voted against it every single time.

Employment April 18th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to announce that just through one program, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, we have assisted London in many ways, including putting tens of millions of dollars into its academic community, into the airports and into the colleges.

However, that member voted no. Not only did she vote against that funding, but she showed up when the cheques were delivered and smiled for the cameras.

Gasoline Prices March 28th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, our government has helped Canadians keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars.

We have reduced the GST from 7% to 6% to 5%. The opposition voted against that. We strengthened the powers of the Competition Bureau and brought in the Fairness at the Pumps Act.

When Competition Bureau officials find evidence of behaviour that violates the act, they themselves do not hesitate to bring in law enforcement.

The NDP, on the other hand, is trying to bring in a $21 billion carbon tax.

Telecommunications March 28th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, wireless services are changing our families, our work and our economy. We are very proud of that . Our government has worked very hard to increase competition in the Canadian wireless sector to improve the choices and reduce prices for Canadian families, something the Liberals are obviously much against.

Canadian families work hard for their money. Our government is ensuring that they have access to the wireless services that they need for their families and their businesses.

Manufacturing Industry March 28th, 2013

Mr. Speaker, since 2006, our government has lowered taxes and made Canada the first tariff-free zone for manufacturing in the G20. We have reduced red tape. Economic action plan 2013 builds on these initiatives by providing more tax relief for new manufacturing equipment, supporting large-scale technology projects and helping businesses commercialize their products and find new markets. Our government will continue to help the sector grow, expand and create more jobs for Canada.

Questions on the Order Paper March 22nd, 2013

Mr. Speaker, with regard to (a), two loans funded by the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation, SOFII, have been announced, and more will be publicly announced in the future. Commencing April 30, 2013, all loans approved under SOFII will be disclosed on a quarterly basis on the websites of the organizations delivering SOFII, those being the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network and the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association. FedDev Ontario’s website will have a link to the website listings of approved SOFII loans.

With regard to (b), the projects announced include Konrad Group Inc., located in Toronto and Peterborough, which received an Eastern SOFII loan, and Voices.com, located in London, which received a Western SOFII loan.

With regard to (c), Konrad Group Inc. was provided with a repayable interest-bearing loan of $500,000; Voices.com was provided with a repayable interest-bearing loan of $500,000.

The Environment March 21st, 2013

Mr. Speaker, it is pretty rich, again, listening to the opposition members talk about any of this. In fact, every single time we put forward support for science or our veterans or our military, they vote against it; so it is pretty rich when they reject the science on things such as the Keystone XL pipeline, which is so important to Canadian jobs and Canadians.

Through you, Mr. Speaker, they should stop trash-talking Canada on the world stage.

Science and Technology March 21st, 2013

Mr. Speaker, actually my officials are working with this scientist to explore other options that do exist, because we fund science in Canada. The NDP vote against it—areas such as the Dorset Environmental Science Centre and the Turkey Lakes Watershed.

I want to ask this member, who is in fact from Alberta, how she could be in a party that goes south of the border and continues to attack Canadians, Canadian jobs and our lifestyle, when the science suggests nothing less.

Science and Technology March 21st, 2013

Mr. Speaker, again, this side of the House put forward more than $100 million to do exactly that kind of research.

That member and her party vote against it. They reject science, in fact inches thick of science that show the Keystone XL pipeline to be viable, and that it will create jobs for Canadians.

Mr. Speaker, if you would kindly tell the opposition members, they need to stop trash talking Canada and threatening Canadian jobs on the world stage.