November 27, 2006 (39th Parliament, 1st Session)

CPC

Pierre Poilievre

Conservative

Mr. Pierre Poilievre (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we have watched the Bloc take three different and contradictory positions. Bloc members first said they defend provincial jurisdictions, but at the same time, they gave Ottawa the power to define what Quebeckers are and to determine whether they form a nation. They gave this House that power. We therefore moved a motion to define Quebec as a nation, which upset the Bloc. It was against recognizing Quebec as a nation and was going to vote against this motion. However, the next day, it changed its tune again—for the third time—and said that it would vote in favour of defining Quebec as a nation and for a united Canada.
We now see that the Bloc has completely lost its raison d'être. It is completely pointless.
Can the minister tell us why Quebeckers should keep this party alive? Why should the Bloc Québécois exist?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Québécois
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