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Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Fabien Melanson, a 15-year Canadian veteran who served twice overseas, has started a hunger strike in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs in my riding of Charlottetown. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Mr. Melanson has tried to have government

June 6th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, the hon. member spoke passionately about the environment and economic growth. It is in that area where I wish to pose a question. In my riding of Charlottetown, in fact in Prince Edward Island, we have become a leader in green energy, but our aspirations in that a

June 9th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, the member for Vancouver South has indicated that this budget will help diversify our economy. In Prince Edward Island, in order for any economy to be diversified, we will need to attract industry. The only industries that we will be able to attract in the current e

June 9th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest to the member's statements with respect to investment in green technology and economic diversification. She also spoke quite passionately about bringing forward projects that will be of interest and benefit to her constituents. I have risen

June 9th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, during the course of campaigning in my riding, I cannot tell the member the number of times that I would knock on the door of a senior and the comment I would hear was, “Everything is going up except my cheque”. It seems to me that the incentives that are targeted t

June 9th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I asked the Minister of Veterans Affairs a week ago about the situation of a dedicated veteran, Fabien Melanson, who is on a hunger strike in my riding of Charlottetown. The minister said, “I have instructed my officials to follow up on this veteran's case”. Mr. M

June 13th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Libya  Mr. Speaker, I commend the minister for her work on the advancement of equality. The stories of rape as an instrument of war are troubling to us all. I think the one item that is of the greatest concern to Canadians is the one that was actually identified in the last question,

June 14th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Libya  Madam Speaker, in the course of listening to and participating in the debate throughout the day there were a couple of things that strike me. One is that it is abundantly clear that regime change is not an explicit goal although it clearly would be consistent with the explicit go

June 14th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

University of Prince Edward Island  Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to acknowledge the University of Prince Edward Island's outgoing president, Wade MacLauchlan. Mr. MacLauchlan has been president of UPEI for 12 years and in that time frame he has transformed the university and in so doing

June 21st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

House debate  Mr. Speaker, in business generally the parties want a level playing field. They want to be able to negotiate in a principled manner back and forth across the table, whether they are dealing with government, competitors, industry, or employees. The proposed legislation ties the ha

June 23rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to pick up on the intimidation theme referenced by the member for Windsor—Tecumseh and, also, to come back to a question from the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands earlier. It strikes me that the legislation is probably unconstitutional. It strikes me, also, th

June 24th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  With respect to the lump sum disability awards under the New Veterans Charter: (a) how many eligible recipients received the maximum amount; (b) what is the percentage of eligible recipients who received less than $50,000; (c) what is the percentage of eligible recipients who rec

September 19th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With respect to the New Veterans Charter, the tax-free, lump-sum Disability Award, and the tax-free, lump-sum Death Benefit, between April 2005 and June 2011: (a) how many recipients of the lump-sum Disability Award or the Death Benefit filed a complaint with the Department of Ve

September 19th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With respect to Agent Orange and Canadian veterans trying to obtain fair compensation for their exposure to Agent Orange spraying at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown: (a) what is the total amount of money spent by all federal departments and agencies, excluding the Department of Jus

September 19th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With respect to staffing at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC): (a) what is the breakdown, expressed as a percentage of the total number of VAC staff, of VAC staff who work in (i) the departmental headquarters in Ottawa, (ii) the departmental headquarters in Charlottetown, (iii) regio

September 19th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal