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Crucial Fact

  • His favourite word was chair.

Last in Parliament October 2019, as Liberal MP for Shefford (Québec)

Lost his last election, in 2021, with 33% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Agiculture and Agri-Food February 18th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, Canada's dairy industry is second to none. It has more than $6 billion in farm gate sales and $15 billion in sales in the processing sector and supports more than 100,000 jobs across the country. Furthermore, the industry is a leader when it comes to environmental concerns.

Can the Minister of Agriculture tell us about what he is doing to invest in this important industry?

Shefford February 2nd, 2016

Mr. Speaker, my riding is home to the Grand Prix Ski-doo de Valcourt, the biggest snowmobile race event in the world.

Valcourt, the birthplace of the snowmobile, first hosted this event in 1983. With 1,000 athletes from around the world, 250 volunteers and plenty of family activities, this hugely spectacular event will take place from February 12 to 14.

This winter, the riding of Shefford will also host two big hockey tournaments, the 42nd Waterloo National Pee-Wee Tournament and the 45th Granby International Bantam Tournament. Teams from all over Canada, the United States, and Europe play in these tournaments.

I myself participated in these tournaments when I was young, so I know that they teach young people discipline and healthy competition. I would also like to point out that these events, which would not be possible without dedicated volunteers, also generate major economic spinoffs for our region.

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply January 27th, 2016

Madam Speaker, I listened very carefully to my colleague's speech. I want to congratulate him and thank him for raising such a timely issue.

My riding, Shefford, is 80% agricultural, so a huge part of our economy depends on the agriculture and agri-food sector. We have many dairy and pork producers, as well as vegetable and berry growers.

These producers depend a lot on temporary foreign workers. Over the past decade, the Conservatives made it much more difficult for temporary foreign workers to work here, and producers have been complaining about that a great deal.

Can the parliamentary secretary comment on this problem, which affects producers?

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply January 25th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank and congratulate my colleague for her first speech in the House and wish her all the best in 2016.

In the throne speech, our government announced investments and tax cuts for the middle class. I would like to ask my colleague how these measures will stimulate the economy in her riding.

Shefford December 9th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to speak in the House for the first time.

I want to thank the people of Shefford for giving me their trust. I will devotedly represent them here in the House.

The city of Granby is one of 13 municipalities in Quebec that will soon be welcoming Syrian refugees. The organization Solidarité ethnique régionale de la Yamaska does excellent work. Since 1992, it has been working to welcome and integrate immigrants and has been helping them get involved in the community. With the assistance of this organization we are ready to welcome the refugees.

I am proud to acknowledge the public's goodwill and generosity. Our constituents are offering a helping hand, and it is really quite remarkable. This community spirit confirms the multicultural values in Granby, which is already home to 118 different cultural communities.

The public's enthusiasm has been documented in a touching report that aired on Radio-Canada. I encourage hon. members to watch that report.