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  • His favourite word was colleague.

Last in Parliament October 2019, as Independent MP for Beauce (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 59% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Ethics November 23rd, 2017

Mr. Speaker, we all know that the finance minister works with the Ethics Commissioner after the fact, after he was caught. He forgot to disclose a villa in France, as well as shares in his family business, which he tried to hide in a numbered company.

Yes, the finance minister does work with the Ethics Commissioner, but after he gets caught, or after the fact. We do not trust the finance minister when it comes to his assets. That is why we tabled a motion in the House today to ensure that we know the full extent of the minister's assets and that there are no other conflicts of interest.

Could the finance minister disclose his assets to Canadians?

Ethics November 23rd, 2017

Mr. Speaker, every day brings more bad news for the Liberals about the Minister of Finance and his conflicts of interest.

The greatest irony is that every time we ask the Minister of Finance any questions, he says that we are attacking him personally, which is absolutely false. What we want to know, and what Canadians want to know, is what other conflicts of interest the Minister of Finance might be involved in with his many investments in numbered companies.

Will the Minister of Finance disclose all of his assets? Canadians might then be able to trust him.

Taxation November 22nd, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance is unfairly adding to Canadian entrepreneurs' tax burden.

The Minister of Finance is telling our disappointed entrepreneurs to call him, but the Auditor General indicated that more than 29 million Canadian entrepreneurs did not have their calls returned. That represents almost half of the people who called the minister.

I want to ask the Minister of Finance a simple question: when will he pick up the phone and answer the calls of concerned entrepreneurs?

Ethics November 21st, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the minister misled the House because he did not in fact work with the Ethics Commissioner. That is what we read today in the Globe and Mail. He decided to work with the commissioner only after he was in complete conflict of interest. That is what really happened. There are no ethics.

It is important to note that he benefited from legislation. He got sums of money that drove up his shares on the stock market. He was in conflict of interest.

Why does the Prime Minister continue to protect the Minister of Finance?

Ethics November 21st, 2017

Mr. Speaker, that is not true. The Minister of Finance did not sit down with the Ethics Commissioner. He did so only after he was in conflict of interest.

We know that Morneau Shepell deals in target benefit pension plans, and that is what the minister put forward in his Bill C-27.

The question here is simple. How can the minister think that he is not in conflict of interest when he makes the laws that govern a business in which he holds shares? How can the Minister of Finance say that he is not in conflict of interest?

Taxation November 9th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, let me make it a little more specific for the minister.

The Prime Minister's friend and bagman for the Liberal Party of Canada, Stephen Bronfman, was referenced in the paradise papers. The revenue minister spoke about a full investigation into those exposed in these papers.

My question for the minister is very simple. Can the minister assure the House that Stephen Bronfman will be investigated, yes or no?

Taxation November 9th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, for weeks we have asked the Liberals to provide details about the scandals we are debating today in the House, especially those involving tax evasion.

The minister responds every time with the number of investigations conducted. However, we have heard nothing about investigations of the Liberals' cronies. My question for the minister is very simple.

With respect to the paradise papers, which were recently disclosed, will all the people named in those papers be investigated by her department, yes or no?

Taxation November 6th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the law may not have changed, but the way it is interpreted has, because the least fortunate are being targeted.

This summer entrepreneurs were the ones being targeted, and now it is people with type 1 diabetes. In fact, 80% of those people will no longer get their tax credit.

Why is the government picking on the most vulnerable in our society? Why is it not looking at what is going on with the Liberals' tax havens?

Ethics October 30th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, I am glad the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner is following up on our concerns and launching an investigation. We hope this investigation will expose all of the Minister of Finance's shady dealings, starting with his offshore company and many numbered companies. After being caught in these conflicts of interest, the minister suddenly acknowledged last week that he was indeed in a conflict of interest when he announced that he would give the profit he had made off his shares to a company—

Ethics October 30th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, we have repeatedly raised our concerns regarding the Minister of Finance and his sponsorship of Bill C-27. We recently learned that the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has the same concerns. She is concerned because the Minister of Finance did not recuse himself from discussions on Bill C-27. My question is simple. Will the Minister of Finance admit that he is in a conflict of interest and what is he hiding from Canadians?