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Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, the French-speaking community in the Americas is often subjected to harmful comments and words. However, that pales in comparison to what visible minorities sometimes suffer on a daily basis. We must stand with them and commit to making society better. It starts wi

October 22nd, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, in 2015, we heard the Liberals say “Canada is back” on the international stage. Then there was the Aga Khan scandal. In 2019, we wanted to talk about the environment, but then there was the first part of the judicial appointments scandal. In 2020, we wanted to invest

October 21st, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, it seems the Prime Minister forgot to put maple syrup in the Pablum. It tastes a little bland. This week, we wanted to revisit the matter of the WE Charity, but we had to talk about the judicial appointment process again. When we wanted to talk about the judicial ap

October 21st, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, if the Liberals stand up for Quebec the way they stand up for the Davie shipyard, we are in real trouble. The Bloc Québécois voted against the throne speech because the Bloc Québécois would not stand for an attack on Quebec's health care system. We were prepared to

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I do not have confidence in this government. I doubt it will last past the spring. That said, the government House leader is almost as bad as the Prime Minister. No one buys that argument. The government is trying to either force an election or get us to overlook it

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, that sounds nice but is not very believable. Someone who does not want to ride a bicycle should not buy a bicycle only to wind up pedalling. The Prime Minister does not want an election. Can he tell his neighbour to the left that it was a close call, but this is not

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, the stress, suspense and tension have become unbearable. Will there be an election? That is the big question, but the government itself says that this is a vote of confidence. It is daring us. Either a deal has already been cooked up somewhere or the government think

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am not surprised to hear the NDP member's concern for the Liberal government. The two parties are so close. Our tactics are up to us. The difference between the NDP's tactics and ours is that we in the Bloc Québécois choose our own tactics. The New Democrats get t

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank my esteemed colleague from Laurentides—Labelle for the question. Again, that is a planted question that was not planted. I was not made aware of it in advance, which makes it more fun. The government's strategy is more or less systematically the same. If

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my esteemed colleague. I will start with the last question. We are in the middle of a pandemic, in the middle of a second wave that may be followed by a third, and we are not sure what is coming after that. This is obviously not the best time

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, proactive disclosure is always a good thing in principle. However, when a governing party wants to vote against a motion aimed at investigating a matter and revealing the truth, it is clear that its members are not big fans of proactive disclosure. More generally, i

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, some mornings, it takes a little longer to really wake up than others. This morning, it did not take long at all. When I read the Radio-Canada piece about liberalism, part two, I was instantly awake and furious. None of this makes one bit of sense. These people belie

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, you nearly caught me off guard because it is my oldest son's birthday, so I was thinking about something for him. However, I will get back to these very serious matters. We are debating a motion, moved by the Conservatives, based on a principle that we support right

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Canada's relationship with the first peoples is a nation-to-nation relationship. Therefore it is for the premiers to manage. The tragedy in Joliette is rooted in the social problems experienced by indigenous communities. That is the source of the prejudice and racis

October 7th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, clearly we recognize it as well. However, the Prime Minister should have said it to Ms. Echaquan's spouse or the Atikamekw chiefs, not Parliament. Does he realize that the government of the Quebec nation contacted the family and the community, met with the Atikamekw

October 7th, 2020House debate

Yves-François BlanchetBloc