Lucienne ROBILLARD

ROBILLARD, The Hon. Lucienne, P.C., B.A., M.S.W., M.B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Westmount--Ville-Marie (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 16, 1945
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucienne_Robillard
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=355f3edc-2f5f-4499-8f2d-1c0b533ab953&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
social worker

Parliamentary Career

February 13, 1995 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Saint-Henri--Westmount (Quebec)
  • Minister of Labour (February 22, 1995 - January 24, 1996)
  • Minister responsible for the federal campaign in the upcoming Quebec referendum (February 22, 1995 - January 24, 1996)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (January 25, 1996 - August 2, 1999)
  • Minister of Communications (May 1, 1996 - June 18, 1996)
  • Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship (May 1, 1996 - June 18, 1996)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Westmount--Ville-Marie (Quebec)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (January 25, 1996 - August 2, 1999)
  • President of the Treasury Board (August 3, 1999 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister responsible for Infrastructure (August 3, 1999 - January 14, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Westmount--Ville-Marie (Quebec)
  • President of the Treasury Board (August 3, 1999 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister responsible for Infrastructure (August 3, 1999 - January 14, 2002)
  • Minister responsible for Crown Corporations (June 2, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister of Industry (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Westmount--Ville-Marie (Quebec)
  • Minister of Industry (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of State (Human Resources Development) (January 14, 2005 - May 16, 2005)
January 23, 2006 - January 25, 2008
LIB
  Westmount--Ville-Marie (Quebec)
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (January 18, 2007 - January 22, 2008)
  • Liberal Party Deputy House Leader (January 18, 2007 - January 22, 2008)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 310)


December 12, 2007

Hon. Lucienne Robillard (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to inform you that I will be resigning from my position as the member for Westmount—Ville-Marie effective January 25, 2008. I want to officially thank my electors who voted me in five times.

I entered politics almost 18 years ago: first in 1989 as the member for Chambly in the National Assembly of Quebec, and then in 1995 as the federal member for the riding of Saint-Henri—Westmount, as it was called at the time.

Often being a politician is a thankless job, but it can be extremely rewarding when we succeed in serving our constituents.

I must admit that I was privileged in my political career to have six different leaders, including four prime ministers, believe in me and I want to take this opportunity to thank them: the late Robert Bourassa, Daniel Johnson, Jean Chrétien, the hon. member for LaSalle—Émard, Bill Graham and the leader of the official opposition, the hon. member for Saint-Laurent—Cartierville.

Throughout the years I worked wholeheartedly and I would like to think I have shown that it is possible to be in politics and stay true to one's self, by staying true to one's values, by being loyal and honest and maintaining a sense of duty.

I owe my success in this career to the great people around me: to the volunteers in my political party and my association, to Simon Potter, the late Hans Fluehler, and Brigitte Garceau; the staff in my constituency office under the direction of Nathalie Dallaire and the staff in my political offices led by Marc Saint-Pierre, Marie-José Reid and Yves Lemire. I have also worked with public service officials of the highest quality and I want to thank them.

None of this would have been possible without the love of my friends and the unfailing support of my life partner, Christian, who was there with me through all the ups and downs of political life.

I leave today with a sense of accomplishment, but also with high hopes for the future.

I dream of a Canada where respect and belief in the potential of every individual are the driving forces behind every government action and the inspiration for every parliamentarian.

I dream of a Canada where the children are bilingual and travel across the country and are open to the world.

I dream of a Canada where there is equal representation of men and women in Parliament.

I dream of a Canada where the partners in the federation trust one another and focus their common efforts on the best interests of the citizens.

I dream of a Canada that is an international leader in peacekeeping, the development of democracies, the respect for human rights and the preservation of this planet.

I dream of a Canada where our country's history is taught to children and new immigrants so that they come to understand that the presence of francophones throughout Canada, their attachment to their language and culture, and Quebeckers' determination to affirm their unique identity have resulted in Canada being open to cultural diversity.

And I dream of a Canada where Quebeckers take their rightful place in this country that belongs to them.

These dreams, or most of them, could become reality with the will of our political leaders.

Mr. Speaker, dear colleagues from all political parties, it has been a pleasure and an honour to work with you and to serve my country.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Privilege
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December 6, 2007

Hon. Lucienne Robillard (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government is doing everything in its power to eliminate the gun registry. It recently introduced a bill to delete 7 million guns in circulation from the registry. It has appointed only people who are clearly opposed to the registry to its advisory committee. It has renewed its amnesty for people who refuse to obtain a permit.

Why does this Conservative government not recognize the legacy of the unfortunate incidents at the École polytechnique, Concordia and Dawson by maintaining the gun registry in its entirety?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Gun Registry
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December 6, 2007

Hon. Lucienne Robillard (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, 18 years later, we still remember the horror of the massacre at the École polytechnique. This unprecedented violence against women let to the creation of the gun registry. Police across the country consult this registry 5,000 times a day to plan their operations better. More than 19,000 gun permits have been refused or withdrawn from people who should not have a permit.

Why does the Conservative government still insist on depriving law enforcement authorities of a tool that is crucial to public safety?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Gun Registry
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November 30, 2007

Hon. Lucienne Robillard

With regard to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy announced on December 19, 2006, and coming into effect on April 1, 2007: (a) what amount is allocated to Quebec; (b) has the government signed an agreement with the Quebec government; (c) when will the transitional measures end; (d) when will the funding be paid; (e) when will organizations be able to submit funding applications; and (f) when will the Strategy be permanently implemented?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions on the Order Paper
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November 26, 2007

Hon. Lucienne Robillard (Westmount—Ville-Marie, Lib.)

Barely five years ago, the Prime Minister ridiculed the science of global warming. And now, from his pedestal, he dares to tell the 169 countries that signed the Kyoto protocol that they made a serious mistake.

Do they really think that Canadians will believe them? Why does the Prime Minister wish to attack the will of other countries that say they are ready to fight climate change?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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