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Search and Rescue  Mr. Speaker, on Monday, a fishing vessel en route from St. Anthony to Triton, Newfoundland became engulfed in flames. Three fishermen had to evacuate the ship after making a mayday call. That call was received by St. Anthony Coast Guard radio and St. John's Coast Guard radio, both of which government had slated to close.

November 6th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I certainly want to ask my colleague a question with regard to his comments and contribution to the debate today. As we know, there have been a lot of contradictory responses in the House of Commons around what has been happening in the Senate, who was responsible, who should be responsible, the actions they took and the time frames in which those actions were taken.

November 5th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Correctional Service Canada  Mr. Speaker, on the weekend, the Prime Minister said he could not care less what Canadians think of him or his government. Unfortunately, this also applies to Canadian—

November 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Correctional Service Canada  Mr. Speaker, unfortunately this also applies to Canadian correctional officers who are also being ignored by the Prime Minister, even though the number of violent episodes in our prisons has increased by 33% since 2010, putting the lives of our correctional officers in danger. Why could the Prime Minister not care less about protecting our correctional officers in this country?

November 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I want to confirm for my colleague that, yes indeed, they have thrown out the NDP government in Nova Scotia. Our Liberal leader has certainly outlined the tremendous opportunity we have in the economy of Canada and a platform that we will bring forward as the Liberal Party.

October 24th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2  Mr. Speaker, my colleague is absolutely right. My first election in politics was as an independent member in the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature in 1996, and he was at that time the leader of the New Democratic Party in Newfoundland and Labrador, and we actually shared a wing of offices.

October 24th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it is important to note that when the announcement was made that there would be a third helicopter added at 5 Wing Goose Bay and that this would be seen as an improvement to responding to search and rescue operations, we learned two things: one was that protocols got changed and there was no longer a requirement to respond, but we also learned that when the next tragic event occurred, the helicopters were not available.

October 24th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2  Mr. Speaker, first I am going to say that we take the equality of opportunity very seriously on this side of the House. My colleague, the member for Kings—Hants, has been one of the few people who have stood up in this Parliament on a regular basis talking about what is happening clearly with young Canadians and how they have borne the brunt of the recession that we have experienced in this country.

October 24th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to stand in the House to speak to the debate that is ongoing here and to talk about my riding and the economy in that part of our country. First of all, I want to thank the people of Labrador for electing me as their member of Parliament and for allowing me the great privilege of representing them in the House of Commons of Canada.

October 24th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Search and Rescue  Mr. Speaker, a recent National Defence report acknowledged and revealed glaring inadequacies in search and rescue in Canada's North. Among those many weaknesses was the limited and aging fleet of aircraft and the limited deployment areas of operation for those aircraft. It points out also the limited capability to respond to shipboard scenarios, including oil spills and major communications on weather reporting voids.

October 18th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, Conservative ethical breaches keep piling up. Peter Penashue's campaign finance problems; well, that was Reg Bowers' fault. Illegal use of the Conservative database in the last election; that was Pierre Poutine's fault. Mike Duffy's improper expense claims; a staffer gets thrown under the bus.

June 10th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

41st General Election  Mr. Speaker, the facts are clear. The Conservative Party pled guilty in a campaign finance scandal involving senior senators; the federal court declared that the Conservative Party's voter database was the source of campaign election fraud; and now, Elections Canada found that two more members of the Conservative government violated election laws.

June 6th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Search and Rescue  Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government, and it knows this, has really gutted front-line search and rescue services. The Minister of National Defence made a fly-through announcement in response to the Auditor General's report and did little to address any of the deficiencies.

June 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Search and Rescue  Mr. Speaker, my apologies, and my thanks for your tolerance today. On May 8, there was an emergency at Park Lake, near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. However, none of the three Griffin helicopters based at 5 Wing Goose Bay were available. All were out of service for maintenance. This was days after the Minister of National Defence made a campaign stop in town to reassure people that adequate search and rescue was in place.

June 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal