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  • Her favourite word was farmers.

Last in Parliament October 2019, as NDP MP for Berthier—Maskinongé (Québec)

Lost her last election, in 2019, with 35% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Petitions June 19th, 2019

Madam Speaker, the residents of Rang du Fleuve in Saint-Barthélemy wish to draw the attention of the House to a few points. Infrastructure in the area is crumbling as a result of the 2017 and 2019 floods, and emergency services and public safety officials have not had a single opportunity to visit and meet with the residents of Rang du Fleuve in Saint-Barthélemy. The petitioners are calling on the federal government to provide financial assistance to upgrade the infrastructure.

I want to thank and congratulate Marylene Gervais, who initiated this petition. I thank her for her work and involvement. I also want to thank public safety officials, firefighters and everyone who came out to help those struggling with the 2019 floods.

Supporting Small Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Act June 19th, 2019

moved to introduce Bill C-464, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (small brewery, winery or distillery tax credit).

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague and friend, the member for Jonquière.

This important bill seeks to introduce a tax credit that would help businesses increase their productivity, hire employees, and generate more revenue. That money would be entirely reinvested in the business and would help stimulate the local economy. I would like to see this bill passed soon. I know that people love their microbreweries, their vineyards and their distilleries, and this is a way to encourage them. I would like to list some of the companies in Berthier—Maskinongé.

In D'Autray, there is the Aux pieds des noyers vineyard, Vignoble Carone Wines, the Lano d’Or vineyard, the Saint-Gabriel vineyard, the Vent maudit vineyard and Domaine du Mont d'Or. In Maskinongé, there is the Prémont vineyard, Domaine & Vins Gélinas and Vignoble et Domaine Beauchemin.

We also have extraordinary microbreweries such as Microbrasserie Nouvelle-France, Brasserie Dépareillée and Microbrasserie L'Arsenal. There is also a distillery in Louiseville, the Distillerie Mariana.

This tax credit would help businesses across Canada and Quebec.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Agriculture and Agri-Food June 19th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, the dairy and cheese industries are losing $450 million a year. In 2014, my motion to compensate producers following the signing of the Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement was adopted unanimously by the House of Commons. Five years later nothing has been done. There is still no money in the budget for the compensation, and we are still waiting for measures and a program to support our farmers. Successive Conservative and Liberal governments have failed our Quebec farmers.

When will the government take action and announce a compensation plan for our farmers?

Gilles Gervais June 19th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to say a few words about Gilles Gervais and to wish him a happy retirement.

Mr. Gervais has worked on the Hill for more than 30 years. He started out in the 1980s as a constable, then he was a sergeant in the galleries, and more recently an Assistant Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms. Throughout all that time he always carried out his duties with professionalism. He always treated his assignments with care and treated others with respect.

Soon he will be retired and will no longer have to take time off when the fishing is not so great. He will have plenty of time to work on his sculptures and take up new hobbies.

We will all remember his sunny disposition and we will certainly miss his special sense of humour. Right, Darryl?

I thank him for his commitment to the House of Commons and for his fine service to all parliamentarians and everyone who has worked here.

Gilles, on behalf of all my colleagues, I wish you a happy retirement. Thank you for your dedication.

Main Estimates, 2019-20 June 18th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, we agree to apply, and the NDP will vote no.

Main Estimates, 2019-20 June 18th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, the NDP agrees to apply and will be voting no.

Main Estimates, 2019-20 June 18th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, the NDP agrees to apply and will be voting no.

Telecommunications June 14th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, in 2019, access to a cell network and high-speed Internet are essential services, but these services are getting more and more expensive and less and less reliable. Rather than stand up for the people, the Liberals and Conservatives are allowing big telecom companies to get rich and pocket billions of dollars.

Can the federal government put the people's interests ahead of big telecoms' interests and make a pledge today to lower people's bills and ensure reliable service?

Anthony Delatri June 14th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, on June 5, the town of Louiseville paid a glowing tribute to one of its great personalities.

Anthony Delatri had an outstanding 26-year-long career as a cartoonist, working primarily for Le Nouvelliste newspaper. He produced over 8,000 cartoons throughout all those years. His cartoons can be found in several books and museums.

Mr. Delatri was also a great athlete who had an immense influence on his community. He was inducted into the Quebec badminton hall of fame in 1994 and the Mauricie sports hall of fame in 2005.

On his 97th birthday, the town's tennis courts were renamed “Tennis Delatri de Louiseville” in his honour.

I would like to sincerely thank the town of Louiseville, as well as Michel Neveu, who had the inspired idea of paying tribute to Mr. Delatri.

We are proud of you, Mr. Delatri. You are a credit to Louiseville.

Public Services and Procurement June 11th, 2019

Mr. Speaker, the disaster that is the Phoenix pay system is affecting many workers in my riding, including those who work for Parks Canada. For example, Jean-Guy Lampron, a resident of Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc who works for Parks Canada, has not received a paycheque since March.

Meanwhile, the Liberal government continues to give millions of dollars to IBM, anxious to resolve this matter.

If the minister were not being paid, I am sure that he would have fixed the problem very quickly. Will the Liberal government commit to fixing this problem once and for all and pay—