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Privilege  Madam Speaker, I would like to come back to the question of privilege raised yesterday by the House Leader of the Official Opposition, who alleged that the president of the Public Health Agency of Canada did not fully comply with the order adopted by the House on June 17. This q

June 22nd, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, time allocation is rarely acceptable. The Bloc Québécois defends the interests of Quebeckers. We have been saying so since we first got here, and we have never deviated from that guiding principle. Bill C‑10 has unanimous support in Quebec. Quebeckers agree. Quebe

June 21st, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Privilege  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Bloc Québécois, I would like to reserve the right of our party to respond to the question of privilege raised by my hon. colleague from Louis-Saint-Laurent at a later date.

June 21st, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, EI was one of the greatest failures of the pandemic. The program is so ineffective that the federal government had to invent the Canada emergency response benefit to keep millions of families from ending up on the streets. Particularly hard hit were arts and culture

June 21st, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, I am all for reopening, but we must not forget that the economic recovery will not help cultural sector workers this summer. They will not be able to sell out concert halls or tour festivals this summer. They were the first ones to be laid off and they will be among

June 21st, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, we did not take the House by surprise. Three weeks ago we provided a notice that we would move this very motion today. Today, we are being presented with amendments and conditions. However, Quebec is not asking for anyone's opinion. It is enshrining the reality in t

June 15th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, Quebec wants to enshrine in the Constitution that it is a French nation by virtue of its common language, and yet, members have been trying to add conditions since this morning. They are talking about a united Canada and about the rights of anglophones, which no one

June 15th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the comments made by my colleague, the member for Drummond. Quebec gives pride of place to the anglophone minority. Quebec anglophones have contributed much more than what they think. They are important to our demographic fabric. I mentioned Leonard C

June 15th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, that is a very good question. All I can say to my colleague is that the fact that the government is tabling this bill today, at the end of the session, when we have a whole series of bills on the table, makes me think, with the added threat of an election, that thi

June 15th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I would like to read from a poem about immigration and welcoming immigrants, written by a man I consider to be the greatest poet in Quebec.Inside my four walls of ice I take my time and my space To prepare the fire, the place For the people of the horizon And the

June 15th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the subject we are debating today is pretty straightforward. Quebec is a nation. The Conservatives made that declaration in the House in 2006, but it was followed by the words “within a united Canada”. We have deleted those words because they are not really releva

June 15th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, during question period, the member for Manicouagan asked the Prime Minister three times to retract his comments because he conflated Bill 21 and the tragic events in London. Three times the parliamentary secretary gave answers that had nothing to do with the question

June 10th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Finance  Mr. Speaker, Quebec needs to pay attention to Bill C-30. The federal government is using it to bring back the Canada-wide securities commission. If that happens, the commission would wipe out Montreal's financial sector to the benefit of Toronto. That is why Quebec has been oppo

June 10th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Finance  Mr. Speaker, Quebec's economic nationalism is at stake with Bill C-30. We need a strong markets authority in Quebec to protect our head offices in order to ensure that our companies are growing and that they are doing so in French. We are the 13th largest financial centre in the

June 10th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc

Privilege  Madam Speaker, I salute the member for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell. The Bloc Québécois does indeed speak a lot in the House and in committee, and we often make some very intelligent points, I must say. We speak a lot because we have a lot to say. One thing I can promise is that

June 10th, 2021House debate

Alain TherrienBloc