Yolande THIBEAULT

THIBEAULT, Yolande

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Saint-Lambert (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 8, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolande_Thibeault
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1765e045-d625-48e2-a187-227dcb3b2613&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
coordinator, journalist, special events producer

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Saint-Lambert (Quebec)
  • Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (September 23, 1997 - October 22, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Saint-Lambert (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 572)


May 11, 2004

Ms. Yolande Thibeault (Saint-Lambert, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the government is ensuring that Canada is a country where people are treated with dignity.

On behalf of the Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for Homelessness, I announced yesterday in Saint-Hyacinthe a contribution of $350,000 for the Maison Le Baluchon under the National Homelessness Initiative.

This community organization provides shelter, support andassistance in response to needs expressed by young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who are facing difficult family or social situations. This contribution of $350,000 is for the purchase of two buildings to provide young people who are homeless with supervised shelter.

Since it was launched in 1999, the National Homelessness Initiative has produced tangible results. We are aware, however, that much remains to be done to provide the homeless with all the help they need, and which goes far beyond the basic—

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Le Baluchon
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May 6, 2004

Ms. Yolande Thibeault

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question.

Some people seem to think that excessive amounts were paid into the employment insurance fund. However, as I said during my speech, premiums have been decreasing since 1994; they have gone from $3.07 to $1.98 this year. That represents a considerable drop. In fact, they have fallen by a third.

Also, we should not forget all the programs that have been developed for the employment insurance recipients. For example, there is parental leave, which went from six months to a year. A new measure has recently been implemented for palliative care. A person who has to care for a parent, a child or a spouse suffering from a terminal illness can now apply for employment insurance benefits.

I think these provisions are all to the credit of our government.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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May 6, 2004

Ms. Yolande Thibeault

Mr. Speaker, let us go back to the Canadian Labour Congress study. In that study, they use the following categories to obtain their figure of 38% or 32%, depending on whom we speak to.

The study includes those who have never worked, those who have never paid premiums, the previously independent worker and even students. On the other hand, the 88% figure quoted by government includes only those who are now working and paying premiums. If they lost their job tomorrow, 88% of them would be eligible for employment insurance benefits. That is the truth.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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May 6, 2004

Ms. Yolande Thibeault (Saint-Lambert, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this week is Palliative Care Week.

With an ageing population, the need for palliative care will increase dramatically. It is therefore critical to pay special attention to this need, so as to provide to the sick a constant presence in the journey toward the end of their lives, and to allow close ones to get the necessary support during this difficult time.

I want to congratulate the Government of Canada for taking compassionate action regarding this issue by offering eligible workers six weeks of paid leave to care for a parent, a spouse or a child who is seriously ill or dying.

Thanks to the compassionate family care benefits, terminally ill patients will be able to live in dignity and be accompanied by their close ones to the end.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Palliative Care Week
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May 6, 2004

Ms. Yolande Thibeault

Mr. Speaker, I will try to make my remarks as short as possible. I would like to point out to my hon. colleague opposite that most independent workers are not interested in contributing. If they did contribute, they would have to pay a double premium. To be eligible, they would have to pay both the employer's and the employee's contribution.

This is a very complex issue.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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