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  • His favourite word was conservatives.

Last in Parliament October 2015, as NDP MP for Rivière-du-Nord (Québec)

Lost his last election, in 2015, with 30% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Business of Supply May 25th, 2015

Mr. Chair, there are 1,859 names of Canadians on a list of HSBC Switzerland clients who evaded taxes. How many of those 1,800 people were charged?

Business of Supply May 25th, 2015

Mr. Chair, I moved a motion in the House calling on the government to calculate how much tax is lost annually because of Canadian investments abroad in tax havens. The government refused.

Why did the government refuse to calculate how much tax revenue is lost annually? Why refuse to submit the necessary documents to the Parliamentary Budget Officer so that he could do this analysis?

Business of Supply May 25th, 2015

Mr. Chair, how is it possible that three out of five destinations for Canadian investment abroad are tax havens? Some people estimate the tax losses to be as high as $7.8 billion a year. Are we losing $7.8 billion a year in uncollected taxes because of Canadian investments in tax havens?

Business of Supply May 25th, 2015

Mr. Chair, I will be sharing my time with the member for Victoria.

Out of the five largest destinations for Canadian direct investment abroad, there are three tax havens. How much money did Canadians invest in those offshore tax havens last year?

Business of Supply May 25th, 2015

Mr. Chair, I would like to ask the minister the following question: of the five most popular destinations for Canadian direct investment abroad, how many are tax havens, to his knowledge?

Questions on the Order Paper May 25th, 2015

With regard to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA): which are the 52 charitable organizations currently being audited by the CRA concerning the spending of more than 10% of their resources on political activities?

Canadian Heritage May 25th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, first the Conservatives changed the museum's name. It was called the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and it is now called the Canadian Museum of History.

Today we learned that an important exhibit on the history of the union movement is being eliminated. Whether the Conservatives like it or not, the labour movement, that noble and courageous movement, built our society by improving Canadians' working and living conditions.

Why does the minister want to erase workers' contribution to Canadian history?

Canada Revenue Agency May 14th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, that is just ridiculous.

The personal information stored by the Canada Revenue Agency is extremely sensitive. We are talking about social insurance numbers and financial information. I think Canadians have every right to expect stringent security measures.

When employees were tested to see if they would fall for phishing scams, over 3,500 took the bait. There is nothing to celebrate here.

Can the minister guarantee once and for all that our data are protected?

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1 May 14th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, Canadians will remember the Conservatives' omnibus bills. They will also remember the time limits placed on debating bills. The Conservatives will have a place in history, but not for the right reasons. They will go down in history for systematically imposing closure, from the beginning, once they obtained a majority. Their reputation for governing with this kind of contempt for the parliamentary process and the opposition will stick with the Conservatives for generations to come.

Ethics May 11th, 2015

Mr. Speaker, Senator Duffy's trial has been under way for a month, revealing with every passing day a little more about the Conservatives' and the PMO's manoeuvring.

Duffy served as the front man to help 74 Conservative MPs raise funds for the party. He did so at taxpayers' expense. It is hardly surprising that the Conservatives and the PMO did everything they could to bury the scandal. Heedless of Privy Council's warnings, the Prime Minister appointed an Ottawa-based senator for P.E.I. in violation of the Constitution.

The RCMP says that the PMO carried out a deliberate strategy to delete or change information in a confidential internal Senate report on Duffy's questionable expenses. After violating the Constitution, covering up information, and systematically refusing to answer questions, the Prime Minister no longer has a choice. He has to tell us the truth, the whole truth.