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Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I want to personally thank the member for Selkirk—Interlake for his hard work on the Lake Winnipeg file. He has been a tireless advocate for the health of that lake. I know he supports our government's continued funding for the important environmental protection work t

May 16th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, my colleague's question is well-informed. He is quite correct. I have a great fondness in my heart for Lake Winnipeg, having grown up spending countless summer nights on that lake. It is dear to many people in the prairie provinces. However, it is important to note as

May 16th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, again, our government wants to make sure that charities operate within the tax parameters that are set out in the tax code. Canadians support this. I should remind my colleague opposite that her government proposed the carbon tax, a tax on everything that would hurt j

May 16th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, my colleague's excellent question shows how government can work with local organizations whose members understand the community and help support initiatives on the ground that make impactful, significant support for our environment changes on an ongoing basis. My col

May 15th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I thank my colleague from Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette who really cares about Canada's environment. He does a great job on the environment committee. He is a great superstar for our team. With regard to Canada's Great Lakes, we have invested millions of dollars to pro

May 15th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I had the opportunity of being at Lake Simcoe this year to announce further funding for the protection of this great region. Lake Simcoe has an enormous impact on the regional economy. We have several members of our government who are keenly interested in ensuring that

May 15th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I will read a quote: In the face of tough fiscal choices, the government showed leadership by continuing its investments in research, innovation, research infrastructure and university-private sector collaborations. These investments will build a stronger future fo

May 10th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, my colleague spoke of the ability for Canada to enact these changes for sustainability in our old age pension system over a longer period of time because of Canada's relative economic strength. Some of the measures our government has taken over the last six years, in

May 10th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

Points of Order  Madam Speaker, to respond to my colleague's point, perhaps he should be more careful when he questions where the backbenchers are on a Friday.

May 4th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

The Environment  Madam Speaker, in a survey commissioned by Ipsos Reid, two-thirds of Canadians agreed that it is possible to increase oil and gas production while protecting the environment, at the same time. Balance between protecting the environment and creating economic growth is a principle

May 4th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

National Parks  Madam Speaker, I believe it is unparliamentary to talk about where backbenchers are, so I will not mention where the backbenchers are in the Liberal Party today. I believe that our parks system will continue—

May 4th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

National Parks  Madam Speaker, our government is committed to ensuring that our parks are well promoted and well visited. They are part of Canada's national brand. They are respected around the world. What we have put forward in the budget will ensure that the parks are well staffed during peak

May 4th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

National Parks  Madam Speaker, I would remind my colleague opposite that his government did not protect as much park space as we have done in the last six years. There are 150,000 square kilometres of parkland protected under our government. Furthermore, we provide support to Canada's parks thr

May 4th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

National Parks  Madam Speaker, my colleague opposite is quite right. Our government has done more to protect Canada's natural heritage and park space than any other government in history. We have protected over 150,000 square kilometres of parkland. We have funded these measures to ensure that t

May 4th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative

National Parks  Madam Speaker, tourism is certainly an important part of Canada's economy. Members of the tourism industry will say that during peak demand, staff is ramped up. What we are trying to do with Canada's parks is ensure that during peak demand times Canada parks are staffed by front-

May 4th, 2012House debate

Michelle RempelConservative