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  • His favourite word is colleague.

Liberal MP for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 58% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Air Transportation October 19th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Madawaska—Restigouche for that excellent question.

This government is committed to the safe and secure operation of this new technology as more and more drones are taking to the skies.

We are staying on top of this issue and providing the necessary leadership with regard to the regulation, classification, marking, and registration of drones. We will have more to say about this in the coming months.

Quebec's Interests October 19th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, my colleague is certainly very passionate, but so am I.

We are proud of the fact that 40 members of the House, including the Prime Minister, six government ministers, and 33 MPs who proudly represent their ridings, are here to defend Quebec's interests. We are very proud of that.

Transportation October 19th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, let me say a few other things about Mr. Jim Spatz. Jim Spatz is the 2015 recipient of Atlantic Canada's top CEO of the year, and he recently concluded a five-year term as chair of the board of governors at Dalhousie University.

As one of the region's leading real estate developers, Mr. Spatz brings a depth of experience and judgment to a board that manages 260 acres of land in the Halifax region. Achieving the highest and best use of port assets is crucial to maximizing the value of—

The Environment October 19th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to improving marine protection, and taking measures with respect to marine safety. We have been very clear on the fact that we are coming forward, shortly, with a coastal strategy that will improve marine safety off our coasts.

We are very concerned, obviously, about the incident. We are responding as quickly as possible. That is a good indication of why we need to improve marine safety. That is what we are going to do. Stay tuned.

Government Appointments October 19th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I am the person responsible for appointing Mr. Jim Spatz to the Halifax Port Authority, and let me tell the House what David Henderson, chair of the Halifax Port Authority board of directors said about him. He said:

Jim Spatz is a tremendous addition to the HPA board of directors. He is a community leader with experience in business, arts, culture, education, and charitable causes. The maritime community and the larger business community are fortunate to have such an individual taking on this role.

Rail Transportation October 18th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Brome—Missisquoi for that important question.

As he knows, rail safety is my priority. That is why I was pleased to make an announcement last week about $55 million in funding over three years for rail safety to support safety improvements at grade crossings and a rail safety awareness program because 46 people were killed on our railroads last year.

Rail safety is this government's top priority.

Transport October 18th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her question, and I will look into the matter.

The Environment October 17th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, improving marine safety is a very high priority for this government. That is why I am working with my colleague from Fisheries and Oceans to improve marine safety for this country, as well as working on a moratorium. We will have things to say shortly.

In the meantime, I should let the member know that the Pacific Pilotage Authority has revoked the exemption for piloting for the company in question, the TSB is on location, I have appointed a ministerial observer, and we at Transport Canada will be conducting a compliance inspection.

Rail Transportation October 6th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his passion on this issue.

As the member knows, the City of Montreal has been in contact with CP Rail. Those talks failed, and now the City of Montreal is going to request arbitration through the Canadian Transportation Agency. That is how this matter will be resolved. That is the procedure in place, and we will abide by it.

Taxation October 6th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, today, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities is in Edmonton speaking to municipal leaders from across the province at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association's conference.

Working with our provincial and municipal partners, we have approved 69 projects worth a total of over $3 billion since taking office.

Under phase 1, we have already approved $543 million in federal funding for 66 projects--