Bernard VALCOURT

VALCOURT, The Hon. Bernard, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., DHC

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Madawaska--Restigouche (New Brunswick)
Birth Date
February 18, 1952
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Valcourt
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5d65749e-0cdb-4c03-88d4-f57a905acc33&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, notary

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Madawaska--Victoria (New Brunswick)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Science and Technology (November 1, 1984 - November 24, 1985)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue (November 25, 1985 - June 29, 1986)
  • Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism) (June 30, 1986 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Indian Affairs and Northern Development) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Madawaska--Victoria (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism) (June 30, 1986 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of State (Indian Affairs and Northern Development) (August 27, 1987 - January 29, 1989)
  • Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (January 30, 1989 - July 4, 1989)
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991)
  • Minister of Employment and Immigration (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of National Health and Welfare (June 18, 1993 - June 24, 1993)
  • Minister of Labour (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
  • Minister of Employment and Immigration (June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Madawaska--Restigouche (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of State (La Francophonie) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Associate Minister of National Defence (July 4, 2012 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (February 22, 2013 - November 3, 2015)
May 2, 2011 -
CPC
  Madawaska--Restigouche (New Brunswick)
  • Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of State (La Francophonie) (May 18, 2011 - February 21, 2013)
  • Associate Minister of National Defence (July 4, 2012 - February 21, 2013)
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (February 22, 2013 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 364)


June 19, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the NDP and that member can try to play politics with the situation of first nations and aboriginal Canadians, but it will lead nowhere. The fact of the matter is that since we have come to office, we have taken measures to improve the well-being of first nations. For example, in the last budget, we again increased significant resources to expand the first nations land management regime, which has led to some $300 million in further investments in aboriginal communities. Again, the opposition voted against it.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 19, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I urge the member to read the entire report. She will see that significant progress is being made across the country. Our government understands that economic development is necessary to improve living conditions for aboriginal peoples.

Since the beginning of our mandate, we have taken measures to improve living conditions for the first nations by giving them the means to fully take advantage of the country's economic prosperity. We have invested in education and training, for example, and we brought in income assistance reform to give these children personalized services to help them acquire skills.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 18, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of first nation children. The hon. member ought to know that child welfare services are delivered throughout the country according to provincial law and standards. We will continue to take action to ensure that children and families have the support they need to lead healthy lives.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 18, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I said yesterday, we welcome this report and we thank the committee for its work.

Our government understands that economic development is essential to improving the living conditions of aboriginal peoples. Since the beginning of our mandate, we have taken steps to improve the living conditions of first nations by giving them the means to fully benefit from Canada's economic prosperity. We also created the first nations job fund and made investments to improve the education system, and we will continue in that vein.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 18, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier, we welcome the report of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and we thank the board for its work.

We agree that economic development is key to improving the living conditions of aboriginal peoples everywhere in Canada. That is why since coming to office we have taken measures to improve first nations' well-being by enabling them to take full advantage of Canada's prosperity. We will continue to work with willing partners to continue in that vein.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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