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Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I was under the impression that simply being male made me an expert in males. I respect the profession of gender equality expert, but the mere fact of raising a question as to how gender equality should be assessed underscores the need to make the distinction. In

December 7th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Salaries Act  Clearly, Madam Speaker, my colleague fails to grasp that this debate is unjustified in the sense that it is unbelievable that we should still be having it today.

December 7th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, can I answer the question? If we are talking about it today, it is because it is too late, and we have been talking about it for too long with no result. This should have been settled a long time ago. Some say the problem will be solved in 170 years, but it is lu

December 7th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, when we re-elected the Quebec caucus, the first step we took was to ensure we achieved gender balance. This simple act, as small and modest as it is, plainly showed that this culture of gender equality and fairness is fundamental and right. I still wonder today

December 7th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Canada 150 Awards Gala  Mr. Speaker, Canada's 150th anniversary is an opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of great Canadians in our ridings. Yesterday, I was honoured to host the Canada 150 awards gala for the riding of Montarville. I invite my colleagues to join me in congratulating Léa R

December 4th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I think that the time allocation motion is being misconstrued. Everyone was well aware of our intentions even before we took office. As soon as we were elected, we put all of our cards on the table and everyone knew that we were going to legalize marijuana. We h

November 24th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for raising this important question. Unfortunately, his reasoning is faulty. The fact that legal distribution centres will be open does not necessarily mean that people will consume more marijuana. They already consume more than anywhere else i

November 24th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, the expressions “hit a wall“ and “hit bottom” best describe the current situation with cannabis and its status as an illegal substance. Nothing, including the status quo, will improve the situation. Firstly, we are not condoning the use of this product. Personally

November 24th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Hamelin Brothers  Madam Speaker, Charles Hamelin won the gold medal in the men's 1500-metre at the short track speed skating World Cup event in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday. In Montarville, speed skating is in our blood. In fact, the town of Sainte Julie has named a third skating rink in honou

November 24th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I commend my colleague for taking the initiative, speaking on behalf of his Quebec colleagues, and sharing their position with the House. I would like to ask him to elaborate on that position and explain why they decided to vote against taking control of this subs

November 24th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, my position is very simple. I believe that, if members vote against something, then they are voting in favour of the opposite thing.

November 24th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for expressing his concerns about people's privacy and security, but it is time to stop scaring people into thinking that whenever they express their ideas, CSIS will be watching and investigating them. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms m

November 20th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I think that Canada is a leader when it comes to protecting information and the quality of its oversight. Given the clear lack of oversight, it was crucial to determine how information would be shared among agencies. It was also important to create organizations to e

November 20th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I will do more than share my own thoughts. I will convey the thoughts of the Canadians we talked to in our consultations. They were clear on their concerns about their safety and security. No one is oblivious to the events of the past few years. The Canadians we cons

November 20th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, as someone who worked for a year as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and sits on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, I am eager to talk about a bill as important as Bill C-59. This bill is

November 20th, 2017House debate

Michel PicardLiberal