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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was conservative.

Last in Parliament March 2011, as Liberal MP for Madawaska—Restigouche (New Brunswick)

Lost his last election, in 2011, with 35% of the vote.

Statements in the House

National Flag of Canada Day February 25th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, today I would like to acknowledge the individuals who recently took part in an event held to mark the National Flag of Canada Day. The event, which took place in Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, was conducted in an exceptional fashion by Alfreda Bérubé, and I thank her.

I also wish to draw attention to the presence of participants from the Atelier Éclosion, namely Jeannot Beaulieu, Manon Boutot, Mathieu Cyr, Rina Cyr, Nicole Girard, Diane Leclerc, Emmanuel Levesque, Gérard Martin, Julie Martin, Mélanie Martin, Pauline Martin, Bobby Mitchell, Robert Parent, Camilla Perrault, Julien Sirois, Ghislain Violette, Yvon Violette and Yves Voisine.

Finally, I want to thank the employees of Atelier Éclosion for their dedication to this activity to mark flag day. They are Julie Francoeur, Anne Deschênes, Jocelyne Deschênes, Anne Gauvin and Claudette Martin.

The Budget February 24th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, the introduction of a national early learning and child care system is certainly essential to promote the development of our children, who represent the future of our country, and to assist parents so that their children can benefit from accessible, quality child care services.

Further to the federal budget tabled yesterday, could the Minister of Social Development enlighten us on the national early learning and child care initiative and explain what yesterday's announcement means, in concrete terms, for parents and young children?

Employment Insurance February 22nd, 2005

Mr. Speaker, Canada's employment insurance program provides temporary income support to insured people who must leave their jobs involuntarily. Over the decades, the program has adapted to changes in economic conditions. In most parts of Canada, including my province, many workers, including those in seasonal employment, count on employment insurance as a supplementary income. Still, there are anomalies that reduce the program's effectiveness.

Does the minister intend to make changes in the program so as to better respond to the needs of Canada's labour force, including seasonal workers?

Firefighters February 17th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, on February 13, in Edmunston, I had the opportunity to present eight Governor General's Fire Services Exemplary Service Medals on behalf of the Government of Canada.

During my visit to the Edmunston fire department, I presented the Governor General's medal to the following firefighters: Jacques Bérubé, Maurice Blanchette, Claude Campagna, André Grandmaison, Mario L'Italien, Léandre Michaud, Wilfrid Morin and Mario Rossignol.

I wish to acknowledge, here in this House, the invaluable contribution these firefighters make in ensuring the safety of our communities. I also want to congratulate the other firefighters from the Edmunston fire department who earned provincial or municipal recognition during the ceremony that I attended.

Marriage February 15th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to offer some advice on the Conservatives' new gag law, their policy of vetting same sex marriage speeches through their leader's office.

So here, Mr. Speaker, are the top five lines—actual quotes from his recent interview with ethnic media—that should be deleted from the member for Calgary Southeast's forthcoming speech on same sex marriage.

Number 5: “Look, equality does not mean treating everybody exactly the same”.

Number 4: “We are against unjust discrimination. But there are forms of just discrimination”.

Number 3: “Marriage is open to everybody as long as they are a man and a woman”.

Number 2: “Personally, I am not against a referendum... Most democracies in the world, when they seek to amend their constitution, do so through a referendum process”.

And the Number 1 line to eliminate from a member's same sex speech: “I am a bachelor, so I do not know anything about marriage anyway either way”.

Well, at least that last quote by the member for Calgary Southeast is something that everyone in this House can agree on!

Regional Development February 8th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, on January 13, I was in Campbellton, New Brunswick, announcing the contribution by the Government of Canada to the Business Expertise—Rural Atlantic Canada program.

The Restigouche CBDC was selected from 71 other applicants at the national level to manage the project for Atlantic Canada. I am extremely proud that the project for the entire Atlantic region will be managed from my riding of Madawaska—Restigouche. My thanks to all those involved, including the partners and participants, who will ensure that this undertaking is an unqualified success.

This program provides young graduates with the opportunity to acquire practical work experience in their field of study, while at the same time providing small and medium businesses in Atlantic Canada with workers highly skilled in the knowledge economy.

I am sure that this project will have some highly positive outcomes and I commend the Restigouche CBDC for its commitment to ensuring the success of the project.

Knights of Columbus February 4th, 2005

Mr. Speaker, on January 29 I had the privilege of taking part in the 25th anniversary of Council 7503 of the Knights of Columbus, in the community of Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska.

First, I want to remind this House of the commitment of the Knights of Columbus to their communities, all across Canada. Clearly the commitment and contribution of the Knights to many communities in Canada foster their communal and social development.

In that way, the Knights of Columbus of Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska are no exception, and so I want to pay tribute to them today. The Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska chapter is very active and certainly makes its community a better place to live.

Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Knights of Columbus of Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska for inviting me to their 25th anniversary and I wish them many more years.

Shawn Sawyer February 1st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, I would like my colleagues to know how pleased I am to be back in this House to resume parliamentary debate.

Today I would like to recognize the performance of an athlete from home who recently won a very special honour, a bronze medal, at the Canadian Senior Figure Skating Championships, held recently in London. Shawn Sawyer is the first New Brunswicker to win such an honour in this competition.

On behalf of all the people of Madawaska—Restigouche, I congratulate Shawn on this well-earned title and wish him every success in South Korea, where the ISU Four Continents Championship will be held shortly.

Iraq January 31st, 2005

Mr. Speaker, at this time when Canadians and all the world are waiting for the final results of Sunday's election in Iraq, can the Minister of Foreign Affairs describe to the House Canada's reaction to this historic election?

Club Richelieu in Dalhousie December 13th, 2004

Mr. Speaker, I want to recognize today the 50th anniversary of the Club Richelieu in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. Founded in 1954, this community organization actively contributes to local development through a variety of fundraisers.

Since its creation, the Club Richelieu in Dalhousie has had nearly 200 members, all truly dedicated. Furthermore, in 50 years, the club has given more than $600,000 to the community through contributions to sports teams, children in need, scout troops, student bursaries and so on.

The hard work of these volunteers helps make our communities proud, and that is why this organization deserves our recognition here today.