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Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  Mr. Speaker, in answer to my colleague, I might be more tempted to get behind team Machiavelli than team Pinocchio.

April 17th, 2018House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  What I mean is that, as I have said, we have been trying to talk about the budget since 10 o'clock this morning. I have no desire, personally or as a member of the government, to tell the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner how to write a report. Her report could not h

April 17th, 2018House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  Mr. Speaker, my response to my colleague from Sherbrooke is that, since 10 o'clock this morning, we were supposed to be discussing the budget in the House. That was what was planned. How, then, did this issue get turned around and why is the opposition saying that we do not want

April 17th, 2018House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his excellent question. As I was saying earlier, I hosted two public meetings after the most recent budget was tabled. As an MP, I went door to door to meet people and talk about our country's situation and our government's policies. People

April 17th, 2018House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's Report  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to debate the matter before us this morning. This is a very awkward attempt by the opposition to avoid talking about the real and present concerns of the great citizens of this big, beautiful country. First of all, people who were here before us

April 17th, 2018House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, when it comes time to file their income taxes, many people face particular challenges, especially if they live far from big cities in remote communities, have reduced mobility, or have little or no Internet access. Can the Minister of National Revenue tell us what m

February 7th, 2018House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Winter Festival in Madawaska—Restigouche  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise to tell the House about a wonderful initiative in my riding, Madawaska—Restigouche. This year, a number of communities in East Restigouche have gotten together to plan and organize a regional winter festival. What makes this initiative so s

December 1st, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Immigration  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship tabled the 2018-2020 immigration levels plan. This multi-year plan will grow the number of permanent residents Canada welcomes annually. Today being the last day of National Francophone Immigration Wee

November 3rd, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Agriculture and Agri-Food  Mr. Speaker, as we all know, Canadian farmers are essential to the vitality of our rural regions and make a significant contribution to our national economy. Our government has placed a focus on agriculture, investing $100 million in agricultural science, improving the transport

October 23rd, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

NAFTA Renegotiations  Mr. Speaker, clearly, a few moments ago, a good portion of the House was unable hear the response from our colleague from Oakville North—Burlington. I think you yourself were not able to hear her response. How can we make sure that all parliamentarians are able to hear responses

September 26th, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Francis Deschênes  Mr. Speaker, last week, Constable Francis Deschênes was providing assistance to some motorists near Memramcook, New Brunswick, when a collision took his life. This is a huge loss, particularly for Nova Scotia RCMP, for New Brunswick and for constable Deschênes' hometown, Sainte-

September 18th, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my NDP colleague, who has done fine work on the Standing Committee on Official Languages, which is a dynamic committee. I would like to know what he thinks about the fact that these senior officer positions, including the position of Commissio

June 13th, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Madawaska—Restigouche Graduates  Mr. Speaker, June is a rather special month. It marks the beginning of the summer and the end of the school year. I would like to take this moment to wish all of the 2017 grads of Madawaska—Restigouche the best of luck in their choices after high school graduation. I am talkin

June 5th, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

Persons with Disabilities  Mr. Speaker, Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day that prevent them from fully participating in activities in their communities and in their workplaces. We have a duty to reduce barriers to accessibility and provide equal access and equal opportunities for all Ca

May 31st, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal

First Nations  Mr. Speaker, our government believes that Canada's most important relationship is the one we have with our first nations. Today I would like to pay tribute to three communities that play an important role in the development of northern New Brunswick. In my riding of Madawaska—R

May 30th, 2017House debate

René ArseneaultLiberal