Claude BACHAND

BACHAND, Claude

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
Saint-Jean (Quebec)
Birth Date
January 3, 1951
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Bachand
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=795dab30-535c-483b-b685-50327f2cdcf2&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
educator

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
BQ
  Saint-Jean (Quebec)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
BQ
  Saint-Jean (Quebec)
  • Bloc Québécois Caucus Chair (January 1, 2000 - June 18, 2002)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
BQ
  Saint-Jean (Quebec)
  • Bloc Québécois Caucus Chair (January 1, 2000 - June 18, 2002)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
BQ
  Saint-Jean (Quebec)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
BQ
  Saint-Jean (Quebec)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
BQ
  Saint-Jean (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 249 of 250)


January 25, 1994

Mr. Claude Bachand (Saint-Jean)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

On my recent trip to the Canadian north I witnessed the deplorable living conditions of the Inuit. In particular, the misery of the inhabitants of Davis Inlet in Labrador has been highlighted in recent months following the disclosure of the very high rate of suicide, drug and alcohol abuse among the young people in that community and the failure of the treatment administered.

Does the government intend to put an end to the disgraceful and inhumane treatment meted out to the inhabitants of Davis Inlet by moving the village, for example, and are these priority concerns for the minister?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Indian Affairs
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January 25, 1994

Mr. Claude Bachand (Saint-Jean)

Mr. Speaker, I would remind the minister that I am the hon. member for Saint-Jean, not Lac-Saint-Jean. It is very important; it is my other colleague here.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Indian Affairs
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January 25, 1994

Mr. Bachand

I would like to ask the minister if his government is prepared to exert its influence with the Liberal Government of Newfoundland in order that positive steps might be taken to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of Davis Inlet and in particular to help the desperate young people in that community.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Indian Affairs
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January 24, 1994

Mr. Claude Bachand (Saint-Jean)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to congratulate the Minister of the Environment and Deputy Prime Minister because she began her speech by saying that we need women. I do not know her personally, but I think that she is a woman of action. We need women like that. She is in authority; she is now the Prime Minister's right arm. Right now, she is probably the most influential woman in Canada.

I also listened closely to her speech. She mentioned a country with values of justice and fairness and so on. However, like me, she must admit that even though we have very good intentions, right now, unfortunately, the country is not fair and just.

The Deputy Prime Minister must know that at least one family in five in Canada lives below the poverty line. I am now on the first subject that I want to raise, which is also the poverty of Indians living on reserves and in the far north; in their case, not one in five but one in two families in the far north and on Indian reserves lives in poverty. These are very disturbing statistics. We must deal firmly with these issues. There is a lot of discrimination in Canada and I think that is an example. Shortly, I will be asking her to say just how her government intends to proceed on these matters.

I also come back to the environment because I know that it is a subject which particularly interests her. With respect to the environment, we also know that the food chain in the far north is deteriorating, and I think that is one of the few places where an environment which was protected by the very nature of things is deteriorating. My first question is this: can she state what her thinking is on how to deal with this poverty, out of concern for justice and equity, for Indians on reserves and in the far north?

Second, does she with her government intend to put forward specific issues and ways to deal with the deterioration of the food chain in the far north as such?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Speech From The Throne
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January 21, 1994

Mr. Claude Bachand (Saint-Jean)

Mr. Speaker, the vast majority of native people are peaceful citizens who are willing to negotiate in a spirit of respect for the law and have always been respectful of law and order.

Cigarette smuggling is often wrongfully attributed to native peoples while we know that it is controlled by a bunch of criminals who base their power on armed threats.

The main difficulty then is the undeniable fact that the government is cowering before a few armed individuals and abandoning its major role of ensuring the protection of all Canadians.

Cigarette smuggling exists because taxes are so high that the black market is flourishing. We believe that raising fines and imposing more controls will not solve the problem.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Cigarette Smuggling
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