May 1, 2014

CPC

Keith Ashfield

Conservative

Hon. Keith Ashfield (Fredericton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the accomplishments of the Canadian senior men's curling team, which yesterday won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.

Led by skip Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, Team Canada defeated Team Sweden 7 to 2 in their gold medal match to remain unbeaten in the week long tournament. Backing Tallon were his teammates, third, Mike Kennedy of Edmundston; second, Mike Flannery of Fredericton; lead, Wade Blanchard of Saint John; alternate, Chuck Kingston; and coaches Bill Tschirhart and Jim Waite.

I would also like to recognize and congratulate the Canadian senior women's curling team, which captured silver for Canada at the same tournament.

On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to congratulate both teams on their successes while representing our country on the world stage. Their hard work and talent help continue our tradition of excellence in sports.

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Subtopic:   2014 World Senior Curling Championships
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NDP

Sylvain Chicoine

New Democratic Party

Mr. Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today in the House to recognize the outstanding performances of the Grenadiers de Châteauguay, a Midget AAA hockey team that played in the Telus Cup finals.

I would like to point out that, with hard work and perseverance, our young people were able to accomplish great things this year.

The Grenadiers first won the provincial Jimmy Ferrari Cup for the second time in nine seasons. That victory was their ticket to the national tournament in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Through the hard work and perseverance of the entire team, they made it to the tournament finals on March 27. It was a thrilling game that went into triple overtime, but unfortunately they lost 4-3 to the Prince Albert Mintos.

I would like to congratulate coach Bruce Richardson's entire team, the volunteers and the parents for their passion and their dedication to our young players. I would also like to single out the performances of Étienne Montpetit, Danick Crête, Tyler Hylland and Martin-Olivier Cardinal.

Congratulations to the entire team on winning this silver medal with a golden performance. The entire Châteauguay area is behind you and says, “Bravo, Grenadiers.”

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Grenadiers de Châteauguay Hockey Team
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CPC

Brad Butt

Conservative

Mr. Brad Butt (Mississauga—Streetsville, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to announce that May 2014 is the first ever national Vision Health Month, spearheaded by my colleague, Senator Asha Seth.

Millions of Canadians are blind or partially sighted, and the estimated direct and indirect cost of vision loss in Canada reaches into the tens of billions of dollars, making vision loss among the costliest disease groups in our country. Over four million Canadian adults have one of the leading blinding ocular diseases, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.

The soul of national Vision Health Month lies in educating Canadians that the best method of combatitng vision loss is through prevention. Going to a doctor of optometry and having our eyes examined is essential to maintaining good vision, and simple strategies like wearing sunglasses go a long way.

I know that national Vision Health Month will make a great difference in the lives of Canadians.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Vision Health Month
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NDP

Laurin Liu

New Democratic Party

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, last month, Mitsou Gélinas admitted that she was dangerously obsessed with being thin. In a touching account, she revealed her struggle to conform to industry and media beauty standards. She spoke about her inner demons, extreme diets, fainting spells and eating disorders. Most importantly, she asked us to think about the message society is sending to young girls.

Beauty ideals based on extreme thinness can undermine self-esteem, particularly among girls and women, which increases the risk of developing an excessive preoccupation with weight, anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

Quebec has created a provincial charter for a healthy and realistic body image. Federal MPs also need to do their part to call for a more diverse portrayal of women in advertising and the media.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Portrayal of Women in the Media
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CPC

Greg Kerr

Conservative

Mr. Greg Kerr (West Nova, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, today I am honoured to pay tribute to the longest military engagement of the Second World War: the Battle of the Atlantic, a true Canadian triumph.

Through the courage and efforts of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Merchant Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force, Canada played a key role in helping maintain the allies' crucial supply routes through the North Atlantic. With the outbreak of the Second World War, the Germans quickly asserted their strength on the high seas, blocking the supply chains from North America to Britain.

This was a hard-fought victory that came with a heavy price for Canada. More than 4,600 courageous men and women died at sea during six years of relentless enemy attacks and some of the most severe conditions imaginable.

We proudly remember with everlasting gratitude the remarkable memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our great country.

Lest we Forget.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Battle of the Atlantic
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LIB

Emmanuel Dubourg

Liberal

Mr. Emmanuel Dubourg (Bourassa, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to pay tribute to Elvire Adé, who died on May 1, 2003. Born in 1919, Elvire had nine children. She was widowed at age 40, when her youngest child was only three months old. With her sewing machine and the sacrifices she made, she ensured that her children would have a good education.

As I did in the Quebec National Assembly, I would like to pay tribute to her in the House of Commons of Canada, in the language she used to pass on her values.

[The hon. member spoke in Creole and provided the following translation:]

Elvire, I always wear your ring to remind me of all the sacrifices you made for your children.

You had to get down on your knees to bring me into the world. Thank you for the faith you had in me. I will always honour you.

[Translation]

I am privileged to pay tribute in the House today to Elvire Adé Dubourg, my beloved mother.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Elvire Adé
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CPC

James Lunney

Conservative

Mr. James Lunney (Nanaimo—Alberni, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the citizens of Nanaimo are reeling from yesterday's tragic shooting at the Western Forest Products mill at the downtown harbour assembly wharf, which killed two people and left two others injured, one critically.

Fred McEachern and Michael Lunn were killed instantly on their arrival at work in the early morning by a gunman who started his rampage in the mill's car park before proceeding to the administrative office. Tony Sudar, vice-president of manufacturing, survived the attack after being shot in the side of his face. He is reported as being stable. A former employee has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Grief counselling has been offered to the employees and families affected by this heartbreaking incident, and a makeshift memorial of flowers is building up outside the mill.

Nanaimo is a close community. It is unimaginable that this kind of senseless act could happen in our city. I am sure all members of the House will want to join me in extending our sympathies and prayers to the families of the victims, and the mill and the port employees. We hope they are comforted by knowing that they have the support of all Canadians at this difficult time.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Western Forest Products
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NDP

Françoise Boivin

New Democratic Party

Ms. Françoise Boivin (Gatineau, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, not only are the Conservatives unable to properly appoint a Supreme Court justice, but they are also attacking judges, including some they themselves appointed, instead of accepting responsibility for their failure as a result of their own incompetence. Unbelievable.

The Conservatives chose to attack the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court simply because she does a good job and ensures compliance with the law.

The Supreme Court's ruling on the Senate, the Supreme Court's rulings on the crime bill, the Supreme Court's ruling on Marc Nadon, the examples continue to grow.

Do not blame the court for Conservative incompetence. It is Conservatives not the Supreme Court that are ramming unconstitutional bills through the House. It is Conservatives who no longer even want to know whether a bill is constitutional before it becomes law.

That is why in 2015, people can count on the NDP to form a transparent and honest government: respectful of democracy, respectful of the courts, respectful of Canadians.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Supreme Court of Canada
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CPC

Dean Allison

Conservative

Mr. Dean Allison (Niagara West—Glanbrook, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, SMEs are crucial to Canada's long-term prosperity and essential to the strength of our economy. Small businesses account for nearly 7 in 10 jobs in the private sector, and contribute at least 25% to Canada's GDP.

Today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business issued a report on the importance of increased choice and better customer service for small business telecom needs. Our government understands the importance of competition in the telecom market so Canadians benefit from more choice, lower prices and better service.

Since 2008, we have put in place several important measures that put consumers first in Canada's wireless sector. We are taking action on wholesale wireless roaming rates to promote greater competition, while also imposing fines on telecom service providers that do not play by the rules.

Under Digital Canada 150, we are expanding access to broadband Internet for over 200,000 Canadian households that previously did not have it, and providing higher speed access to more Canadians.

Our government will continue to stand up for consumer choice and competition in our wireless sector.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Telecommunication
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NDP

Thomas Mulcair

New Democratic Party

Hon. Thomas Mulcair (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, why are this Conservative government's agencies collecting personal information on one million Canadians? What specific reason do they have for doing this and exactly what information is being collected?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Privacy
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CPC

James Moore

Conservative

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Industry, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, section 7 of the Privacy Act spells out why this kind of information would be needed by government agencies, more specifically, our police and security agencies. It is about national security. It is very clear in the act. The opposition leader should read the act.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Privacy
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NDP

Thomas Mulcair

New Democratic Party

Hon. Thomas Mulcair (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Prime Minister said that this information was collected as part of “law enforcement...investigations and surveillance”. That is what the Prime Minister said, and we are supposed to believe him.

Is the minister really trying to claim that there are 1 million Canadians under criminal investigation? A million? Really?

It reminds me of when Stockwell Day said that there was actually, despite all the evidence to the contrary, an increase in crime in Canada because of unreported crime.

If there are a million criminals out there, how can the law and order government possibly justify it?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Privacy
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CPC

James Moore

Conservative

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Industry, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is truly absurd, and of course the leader of the NDP has not paid attention at all to what the Privacy Commissioner has said. What has been reported, of course, is the amount of information that has been requested by different agencies of the government in order to protect Canada.

The member of the opposite side asks why. The PIPEDA legislation spells out very clearly why this kind of information would be sought by police agencies and border security across the country. It is spelled out very clearly in law, in section 7 of the PIPEDA legislation, about why this information is sought. It is about public safety.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Privacy
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NDP

Thomas Mulcair

New Democratic Party

Hon. Thomas Mulcair (Leader of the Opposition, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, a million Canadians; in order to protect Canada, what a—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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CPC

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

Order, please. The question will be answered after the member has finished asking it.

The hon. Leader of the Opposition has the floor.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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NDP

Thomas Mulcair

New Democratic Party

Hon. Thomas Mulcair

Mr. Speaker, we have learned that the RCMP has now identified more than 1,000 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women in Canada. Let us look at a another Canadian example in order to better understand the scope of this problem. Ottawa has a population of one million. If 1,000 women went missing or were murdered in Ottawa, would we need to beg for an investigation?

When will there be an investigation into the 1,000 missing or murdered aboriginal women in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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CPC

Steven Blaney

Conservative

Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, if the Leader of the Opposition really wants to make change happen, then I urge him to support the Conservative government's 2014 budget, which allocates $25 million for a strategy precisely to address the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women. Rather than talking, he could be taking action and supporting the Conservative budget.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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NDP

Jean Crowder

New Democratic Party

Ms. Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, more than 1,000 aboriginal women are missing or murdered, yet the minister does not seem to appreciate this staggering number. The status quo is not working.

As a member of Parliament, as a Canadian, as a grandmother, as a friend, as an aunt, I ask once again. Will the government shed light on this tragedy by publicly releasing the RCMP report and by calling for a national inquiry?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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CPC

Steven Blaney

Conservative

Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as a father, I am very proud to have supported more than 30 measures to keep our streets safer, including tougher sentencing for murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping.

I will stand in this House and support a $25 million strategy for aboriginal missing and murdered women. Again, that is $25 million. Why is the member not doing the right thing and supporting budget 2014?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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May 1, 2014