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Vivacia  Mr. Speaker, a cancer diagnosis hits hard. It affects the patient first, but then ripples outward to those around the patient. I am proud that my riding of Montarville, and specifically the town of Saint-Basile-le-Grand, are home to Vivacia, the first integrative cancer centre an

April 19th, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

An Act in Relation to Firearms  Madam Speaker, as a member from Quebec, I still recall, with great sadness, the tragic events at the Polytechnique and Dawson College. I personally have met with representatives of victims of the Polytechnique tragedy. What practical measures can we emphasize in order to demonst

March 26th, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will not read too much into the question from my colleague from Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles. The parliamentary committee in question is made up of parliamentarians from both sides, including Conservatives. He needs to have some faith in his own colleagues whe

March 22nd, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, national security matters are taken very seriously, no matter what they are. Expertise and impartiality are key characteristics of the professionals who represent us, and I will never cast doubt on their statements or advice.

March 22nd, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. Not only do we have high standards for the quality and professionalism of our staff, but creating this committee of parliamentarians with Bill C-22 also shows that we want to enhance as much as possible what we want in terms of

March 22nd, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, thank you for giving me the opportunity to have a say in this debate. The answer regarding the invitation in India is already quite clear. The invitation should have in fact never been extended and, as we have said many times, when the existence of the invitation wa

March 22nd, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Fraud Prevention Month  Mr. Speaker, March is Fraud Prevention Month. Throughout the month, there will be initiatives to make consumers aware of white collar crime and to remind Canadians that financial crime costs $5 billion a year. My thoughts go out to the victims of fraud, identity theft, stock man

March 1st, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

Tourism  Mr. Speaker, the riding of Montarville knows that tourism is important to its economy. For example, an average of 750,000 people visit Mont-Saint-Bruno provincial park, and another 300,000 visit Ski Saint-Bruno. As Canadians and visitors from around the globe celebrated Canada's

February 26th, 2018House debate

Michel PicardLiberal

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 LĂ©a 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