Dominic LEBLANC

LEBLANC, The Hon. Dominic, P.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Beauséjour (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
December 14, 1967
Website
http://dominicleblanc.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=44647433-13cb-467e-8632-d49b131d5bb6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
dominic.leblanc@parl.gc.ca
Profession
lawyer, notary

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Beauséjour--Petitcodiac (New Brunswick)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence (January 13, 2003 - December 11, 2003)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (February 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (February 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Beauséjour (New Brunswick)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (February 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (February 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Beauséjour (New Brunswick)
  • Chief Government Whip's assistant (February 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party (February 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Beauséjour (New Brunswick)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
LIB
  Beauséjour (New Brunswick)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (November 28, 2012 - August 18, 2016)
October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Beauséjour (New Brunswick)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (November 28, 2012 - August 18, 2016)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (November 4, 2015 - August 18, 2016)
  • Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard (May 31, 2016 - )
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (May 31, 2016 - )

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 325)


June 14, 2018

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I cannot imagine my Conservative colleague would suggest that we not take the most robust measures necessary to protect the North Atlantic right whale, because she will understand, as all Canadians do, that protecting the North Atlantic right whale is vital to ensuring continued access to international markets for over $6 billion of Canadian fish and seafood exports. We understand that this decision is difficult. We understand that fishers and plant workers will be concerned. That is why I have the privilege of meeting representatives tomorrow in New Brunswick, and will continue to work with them to ensure they are protected.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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June 13, 2018

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

moved that the bill, as amended, be concurred in at report stage.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Fisheries Act
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June 11, 2018

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I agree with some of the member's comments, and certainly on the importance of this legislation to Canadians. He and I may have differences on how some particular aspects of the bill may or may not work, but I certainly share his view, which is a view that Canadians have shared with us, that this is one of Canada's most important pieces of environmental legislation. It is one of the oldest pieces of legislation. I think the first bill was passed after Confederation. It has been over time one of the most effective pieces of environmental legislation, because of exclusive federal jurisdiction in so many of these areas.

It is also legislation that has allowed coastal communities across the country to develop thriving local economies, allowed Canadians to participate actively in commercial fisheries and recreational fisheries, and has obviously allowed the participation of indigenous communities in many of these fisheries. It has structured economic relations that have been important, not only for coastal communities, but for thousands and thousands of women and men who earn their living from the fishery.

We made a commitment to Canadians in the 2015 election that we would restore lost protections. My hon. friend referred to some of the changes that the previous government made in omnibus legislation which evacuated some of the important environmental protections. We restored those, but we went further by incorporating modern safeguards. We did not simply cut and paste what existed in the 1970s. We included things like a positive obligation on the government to work on restoring fish stocks that are in serious condition. We also talked about restoring and protecting habitat.

My colleague, the Minister of Public Safety, and I had an opportunity in Saskatchewan to meet the rural association of municipalities, and producers. As a result, we also included important things like codes of practice, to ensure that agricultural operations and small municipal works are not overly burdened by complying with the Fisheries Act provisions.

We tried to modernize the act in a way we think is very balanced, Mr. Speaker, and I am sure you will agree. I notice you are sitting on the edge of your chair. It must be because you are in profound agreement with those important statements that I have just made.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Fisheries Act
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June 11, 2018

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we have said unequivocally that these tariffs are completely unacceptable. We will take a balanced but firm approach in order to support the Canadian economy.

The Canadian and American economies are so closely linked that this American decision will also harm workers in the United States.

We have met with leaders and workers in these industries on a number of occasions to see how the federal government can support them. We will continue to support these women and men who are so important to the Canadian economy.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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June 11, 2018

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his question. I am grateful to all members of the House and all Canadians, who have shown tremendous support for our government's actions in support of steel and aluminum workers.

From the start, we said that the U.S. government's tariffs were completely unreasonable. We will continue to provide robust, effective support for these industries, which are so important to Canada's economy.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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