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 3 of 364)


June 10, 2015

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

Mr. Speaker, we understand that this is a difficult situation for those first nations individuals and families who remain evacuated from their homes, and of course our thoughts are with them.

We have concluded an agreement with the Canadian Red Cross to deliver evacuation and emergency services to first nations in Manitoba. We have announced plans to advance negotiations that would, if finalized, see the flood evacuees from the Lake St. Martin area first nation return to their home communities. In addition, we are continuing to work with the province to achieve this.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 9, 2015

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

Mr. Speaker, we want to thank all of the survivors for their courage and, of course, for sharing their experience with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and all Canadians.

When the Prime Minister made a historic apology on behalf of all Canadians in 2008, the government recognized that the policy of assimilation at residential schools caused great harm and that the schools had no place in Canada.

I have personally written to the provinces, the territories, the Canadian Federation of Municipalities and the Vatican to inform them of the report and the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 9, 2015

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

Mr. Speaker, our government remains committed to the health, the safety, and the well-being of first nations children throughout the country.

Since 2006, our government has increased child and family services on reserve by over 40%, and we are taking action, in collaboration with all the partners, to ensure that children and families have the support they need to lead healthy and safe lives.

As to the specific case raised by the hon. member, we are reviewing the decision to determine next steps.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aboriginal Affairs
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June 5, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt

Mr. Speaker, the observation of the hon. member, again, is very isolated. The fact of the matter is that this bill is fully supported and asked for by the entire legislature of the Yukon. The Government of Yukon supports this bill, asked for its implementation, and what is more important is that all of the provisions in the bill are fully consistent with the letter of the Umbrella Final Agreement.

This is not news to anybody in the Yukon who has read the Umbrella Final Agreement. All of these measures were contemplated, and I cannot understand why Liberals would want to keep the Yukon on a playing field that is inferior to that of other jurisdictions in Canada so as to prevent investment in the Yukon. That is what this bill would achieve.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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June 5, 2015

Hon. Bernard Valcourt

Mr. Speaker, I briefly want to thank the hon. member for his question. Notwithstanding that he no longer lives there, he has a strong commitment to Yukon.

The hon. member referred to the member of Parliament for Yukon, and I want to pay tribute to that Conservative member, because he rose above politics. Unfortunately, every time he brings a measure that is aimed at trying to do something positive for the benefit of people, other people, especially opposition members, try to score cheap political points.

Let us forget the fundamental of what is aimed for here. The member for Yukon, throughout all of this debate, and it has been tough at points, always rose above politics and addressed the best interests of Yukoners. If there was any doubt in anybody's mind on this side of the House that this is not in the best interests of Yukoners and also of Canada, then the bill would not be here.

This is about promoting growth, creating jobs, ensuring long-term prosperity and creating opportunities for Canadians in the north, Yukoners who love to live there, but would prefer to continue improving their standard of living, which this bill would achieve.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
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