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La Francophonie  Mr. Speaker, November 15 was a sad day for Franco-Ontarians, as Doug Ford's Conservative government cancelled plans to build a French-language university and eliminated the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner. Once again, the community is rallying and standing up

November 26th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Minerals Sector  Mr. Speaker, as the member for Sudbury, an area rich in mining history, I am pleased to highlight the importance of the minerals sector in Canada. This is a global industry and Canada is an undisputed leader. In 2017 alone, Canadian mines produced over 60 minerals and metals wor

November 20th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Movember  Madam Speaker, today, Friday, November 2, is the second day of the Movember campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men's mental health and men's suicide prevention. These are important issues for everyone, considering

November 2nd, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Gaétan Gervais  Madam Speaker, a year ago, I rose in the House to pay tribute to a great Sudburian, a great historian, a great professor. Today, I rise to once again give him a Franco-Ontarian tribute. Gaétan Gervais passed away over the weekend. Professor Gervais was a proud Franco-Ontarian,

October 22nd, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Science  Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I am speaking in the House today about a young innovator from my riding of Sudbury. Brendon Matusch, a grade 11 student from Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, won the top prize at the 2018 Canada-Wide Science Fair and the 2018 European sc

October 5th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Foreign Investments  Mr. Speaker, as a business owner, I am familiar with the challenges of attracting investments and funding to transform an idea into a profitable business. We are in an international race for innovation, so we must ensure that our business owners have quick access to funding to t

May 9th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

National Day of Mourning  Mr. Speaker, every year on April 28 we pay our respects and remember the thousands of workers who have been killed or injured, or have suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. I had the privilege of attending the National Day of Mourning event in my riding of Sudb

May 1st, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Interparliamentary Delegations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1) I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the delegation of the Canadian branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie concerning its participation at the meeting of the Political

April 24th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, certainly FedNor plays a critical role in the economic development of northern Ontario. In the past two years, we have reinvested in FedNor to the tune of around $10 million a year, after investment was reduced by almost 50% by the previous government. As well, in th

April 19th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, as I said in my speech, in my area alone, private international businesses are investing over $3 billion in the mining sector, in the natural resources sector. They made a decision on where to invest around the world, and they decided to invest in Canada because the

April 19th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, at the end of the day, this is a budget. In a budget, there are many items that we need to go into to move things forward. Investments in Canada are not just on the tax side; we need to invest on a broad spectrum, and that is what we are doing here. At the same time,

April 19th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak today on budget 2018. I am very proud to be in the House to speak about this budget, which provides a lot of investments to Canadians. However, before I talk about the budget, I will talk about the overall economy. We have heard many times in the Hou

April 19th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in Ontario, 25 remote first nations communities depend on diesel as their sole source of electricity. This source is neither viable nor reliable. It is also extremely expensive. Recently, the hon. Minister of Indigenous Services announced a historic partnership that

April 18th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Accomplished Black Canadian Women Award  Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I speak in this House about Dr. Remi Ogundimu. Dr. Ogundimu spent her formative years in Nigeria, and served in rural Nigeria as a medical officer for the National Youth Service Corps. Later, she moved with her family to my riding of Sudbury,

February 27th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal

Reesor Siding Strike  Mr. Speaker, February 10, 2018, marked the 55th anniversary of the terrible tragedy that happened in a community not too far from my hometown of Kapuskasing called Reesor Siding. Eleven union workers were shot during the Reesor Siding strike of 1963, and three of them lost their

February 13th, 2018House debate

Paul LefebvreLiberal