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Jean-Yves Phaneuf and Mark Chaplin  Mr. Speaker, it gives me immense pleasure to pay tribute to Jean-Yves Phaneuf and Mark Chaplin, who received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada this morning for their outstanding volunteer contributions to my riding of Shefford. Mr. Phaneuf

April 17th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Agriculture and Agri-Food  Mr. Speaker, beginning on April 1, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership will provide financial support for strategic initiatives and business risk management programs in the agriculture and agrifood sector for five years. This agreement is guaranteed to drive growth. Can the pa

March 26th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, this gives me an opportunity to reiterate that gender equality in Canada is an important focus of this budget. Canada has probably never had a budget more focused on gender equality. I simply want to remind my colleague of three extremely important measures that we

March 19th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague. Indeed, the jobs of the future hinge on Canadians' ability to constantly adapt, innovate, and maintain our competitive advantage over the rest of the world. We are investing an unprecedented $3 billion to support the next generation of rese

March 19th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to answer my colleague's question. I am actually the MP for the Eastern Townships, but that's okay as it is not that far from Montreal. In 2015, Canadians and the constituents of Shefford decided to invest responsibly in Canada. They chose a government

March 19th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to address my House of Commons colleagues today. I will be sharing my time with the member for Don Valley East. As we have said, the 2018 budget is the next step in our government's plan to stimulate the economy and benefit the middle class and those

March 19th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, achieving gender equality is the smart thing to do to grow the economy. Over the past 40 years, the rising number of women participating in the workforce has accounted for about a third of Canada’s economic growth. However, there are still barriers that prevent women

February 28th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

50th Anniversary of Granby CEGEP  Mr. Speaker, the Granby CEGEP is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The CEGEP has grown from just 300 students in its first year to over 2,000 today. Over the years, some of them have gone on to be important Canadian public figures, including a former parliamentarian, th

February 6th, 2018House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Canada Revenue Agency  Mr. Speaker, we know that starting a business takes dedication and hard work. Business owners must be aware of their tax obligations when it comes to hiring employees, finding facilities, or keeping the books, so that they do not end up with surprise bills from the Canada Revenu

December 4th, 2017House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague, who represents a riding which borders mine. It is always a pleasure to talk with her. The government is fully committed to protecting supply management, since it is a priority for us. As my colleague said, we are strongly in favou

November 6th, 2017House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to respond to the preamble of my colleague's question. Here are the facts. We lowered taxes for middle-class Canadians as soon as we took office in 2015. That was an important measure that we wanted to put in place, and we kept our promis

November 6th, 2017House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I am rising today to speak to the second act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures. First, I would like to recognize the citizens of Shelford who trust me and allow me to serve in the House. It has be

November 6th, 2017House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I was just saying that the unemployment rate has dropped steadily and is now at 4.1%. That is a 40-year low. Massive job creation and the Canada child benefit are boosting consumer confidence. This key measure, which is more focused and more generous than previous b

November 6th, 2017House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, in Granby, in my riding of Shefford, we have the largest francophone singing competition in North America. Since 1969, this festival has been an important vehicle for showcasing and promoting Canadian francophone talent around the world. Recently, the Minister of Can

November 6th, 2017House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal

Montérégie Epilepsy Organization  Mr. Speaker, I would like to highlight the work of a group of volunteers who have dedicated themselves to helping people with epilepsy and their families for the past three decades. Épilepsie Montérégie is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Its mission is to support peo

October 25th, 2017House debate

Pierre BretonLiberal