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The Economy  Mr. Speaker, Canada is supposed to be a prosperous country. However, according to the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's recently updated COVID misery index, Canada is suffering far more than comparable countries from self-inflicted and disproportionate economic damage due to the pan

June 23rd, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government is neglecting the heart and soul of our economy. Small businesses have been suffering for months. They have racked up hundreds of billions of dollars in dept, and thousands of them have been forced to close up shop. Canadians can no longer wa

June 23rd, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, the inflation rate is 3.6%, the highest level in the past decade. The Liberals also promised to create one million jobs, but the only thing going up is the size of the debt. The Liberals' 2019 slogan was “choose forward”. Today, it might be more apt to say “choose

June 23rd, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, enough is enough. It is time to send a message. The Minister of National Defence completely abandoned the Canadian Forces during years of incompetence. The Prime Minister himself said that the problem of sexual misconduct in the military had been ignored for far too

June 16th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, Canada is a country with honour. Our brave men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve all the support we can give them. Every day that the Minister of National Defence stays in office is a show of disrespect for the service of our armed forces. The Minister

June 16th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government's situation has morphed into a cycle of scandals followed by its empty excuses and a false promise to do better. There is never any accountability. The situation in the armed forces is a perfect example. It has become toxic and is falling apar

June 16th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Forestry Industry  Mr. Speaker, according to an article on the CBC, softwood lumber experts expect that prices will continue to go up. They are also saying that it could take several years before things get back to normal. In the meantime, the United States is taking advantage of the vulnerability

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Forestry Industry  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals have repeatedly assured workers in our softwood lumber industry that a new agreement with the United States will be negotiated. It has been nearly seven years since they came to power, five year since the softwood lumber tariffs were imposed and three y

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the important thing is that the Conservative Party recognizes provincial jurisdiction. That is of the utmost importance to us. Quebec has the right to make its own decisions.

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, we do need to protect our culture, but right now, freedom of expression is what is at stake, and our party will not compromise on that.

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Business of Supply  The answer is yes, Madam Speaker.

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, our leader recognizes the importance of French. He is prepared to apply bill 101 to federally regulated businesses. He also recognizes that the Official Languages Act needs to be modernized, and respecting jurisdictions is part of his values.

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, protecting culture is, of course, very important to us. However, we will not compromise on freedom of expression, because that is extremely important to us.

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston. Since the very beginning of what would become Canada, the French language has been a fundamental characteristic of our people. In 1534, when Jacques Cartier set foot on the shores of the St

June 15th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative

Justice  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government says that diversity is a driver in the judicial selection process. Yesterday, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice provided statistics to prove that there is diversity among the appointed judges. Diversity is important, but

June 11th, 2021House debate

Richard MartelConservative