Gilles BERNIER

BERNIER, Gilles

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
PC
  Tobique--Mactaquac (New Brunswick)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 37)


September 18, 2000

Mr. Gilles Bernier

With respect to applications received by the Department of Public Works and Government Services for the fiscal years 1998-99 and 1999-2000: ( a ) how many were received for the sponsorship of community festivals and events in each province and region; and ( b ) how many were rejected in each province and region?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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September 18, 2000

Mr. Gilles Bernier

With respect to the proposed regulations to change the employment insurance boundaries based on statistical data on unemployment rates in New Brunswick: ( a ) was this statistical data provided by a public or private source; ( b ) what is the name of that source; ( c ) what formula was used to evaluate this data; ( d ) what period of time was used in collecting this data; ( e ) what federal ridings in Canada will be affected by these proposed boundary changes; ( f ) was only a sample from each province used for calculating this statistical data; ( g ) what area in New Brunswick was used for the collection of this statistical data; ( h ) what number of workers were used in the collection of data; ( i ) how were full time workers defined in the collection of data and how many were part of the sample; ( j ) how were part time workers defined in the collection of data and how many were part of the sample; ( k ) how were seasonal workers defined in the collection of data and how many were part of the sample; and ( l ) did the collection of data include consultation with the major employers in the region of New Brunswick Southwest?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions On The Order Paper
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June 14, 2000

Mr. Gilles Bernier (Tobique—Mactaquac, PC)

Mr. Speaker, there are many Canadian women between the age of 50 and 60 who find themselves displaced in society. They cannot work because they are seriously ill. Their EI sick benefits have run out. They cannot qualify for CPP disability. They are widowed or divorced and have no savings and no family to help them. They are not old enough for old age security or spousal allowance. They cannot exist on the small welfare benefits they receive.

These women in my riding are calling me to tell me they cannot pay their rent. They have no money for food. They have no hope and they do not know where to turn. They have worked for years and paid into the EI and the CPP, yet they are left destitute by this government.

Women are living longer today and there are bound to be more of them in this situation. It is a real shame that the Liberal government and the HRDC minister are not ready to take concrete steps to help these individuals.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Social Benefits
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May 19, 2000

Mr. Gilles Bernier (Tobique—Mactaquac, PC)

Mr. Speaker, that is nice rhetoric from a government's briefing note.

The audit states that Hercules Avionics is beyond the delivery date. The electronic support and training system is late and needs to be reviewed. The income security program redesign was terminated, and the department has no idea if it got value for its money on the $180 million contract to fix the Y2K bug.

The public works minister has been there for three years and four projects worth over $1 billion were botched under his watch. Why has he not done anything to clean up this mess?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Public Works And Government Services
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May 19, 2000

Mr. Gilles Bernier (Tobique—Mactaquac, PC)

Mr. Speaker, an internal audit recently prepared by Public Works and Government Services Canada sampled 23 major contracts worth almost $10 billion. Thirteen of those contracts failed the audit.

Can the minister explain how public works mishandled $4.3 billion worth of government contracts by his department's own admission?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Public Works And Government Services
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