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Liberal MP for Kings—Hants (Nova Scotia)

Won his last election, in 2015, with 71% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Indigenous Affairs December 6th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the parliamentary budget officer rightly noted that the previous government underfunded K-to-12 education on reserve. That is why we prioritized closing the gap in first nations education outcomes, including a historic $2.6 billion over five years for K-to-12 education on reserve, and nearly $1 billion in educational infrastructure, which today's report said is addressing these shortfalls.

We will not let another generation of first nations youth behind.

Indigenous Affairs December 6th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, our government is deeply committed to renewing the relationship with indigenous people, and we are delivering on our promise to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action.

In this year alone, we launched the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, have launched an overhaul of the child welfare system, made historic investments in first nations education of over $8 billion in budget 2016, and supported the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This is just the beginning, and we are committed to making meaningful progress toward true reconciliation.

Taxation December 5th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, our government has made significant changes to make our tax system more progressive for the middle class. We are going to keep making important decisions to improve conditions for the middle class.

We are doing that because we understand that we cannot have a strong economy without a strong middle class. The previous government did not get that. For 10 years, Canada's middle class fell behind. We are standing with them to build an economy that grows.

Taxation December 5th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, we are making Canada's tax system fairer and more progressive. We have raised taxes on the top 1% so that we could cut taxes for the middle class, and beyond that, we introduced the Canada child benefit, which will mean that the average family will receive $2,300 more tax free. That will raise 300,000 Canadian kids out of poverty.

We, as a government, are acting to make Canada's system fairer and more progressive and to help Canada's middle class and those working so hard to join it.

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2016-17 December 1st, 2016

Mr. Chair, the form of this bill is the same as that passed in the previous supply period.

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2016-17 December 1st, 2016

moved:

That the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, except any Vote disposed of earlier today, be concurred in.

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2016-17 December 1st, 2016

moved:

That Vote 1b, in the amount of $10,825,154, under Privy Council Office — Program expenditures, in the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, be concurred in.

Supplementary Estimates (B), 2016-17 December 1st, 2016

moved:

That Vote 1b, in the amount of $473,938, under Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada — Program expenditures, in the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, be concurred in.

Ethics November 24th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, on an ongoing basis, our government consults with and engages Canadians.

Pensions November 24th, 2016

Mr. Speaker, as I said, the Minister of Finance is actually raising this issue with provincial and territorial finance ministers when they meet in December to address this issue.

Beyond that, our government introduced the Canada child benefit, which will raise over 300,000 Canadian children out of poverty, which will mean that for a single parent making $30,000 per year, they will receive $6,000 more per year, tax free, from the Government of Canada. That is because we are doing more for the families who need it.

Why did the NDP vote against those provisions?