Denis PARADIS

PARADIS, The Hon. Denis, P.C., B.Comm., LL.L.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Brome--Missisquoi (Quebec)
Birth Date
April 1, 1949
Website
http://dparadis.liberal.ca/en
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7cff4486-6787-493d-a4ee-a59d48f68ab3&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
Denis.Paradis@parl.gc.ca
Profession
barrister and solicitor, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

February 13, 1995 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Brome--Missisquoi (Quebec)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Brome--Missisquoi (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation (January 26, 1999 - August 31, 1999)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister responsible for La Francophonie (January 26, 1999 - July 15, 1999)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (September 1, 1999 - September 12, 2001)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Brome--Missisquoi (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (September 1, 1999 - September 12, 2001)
  • Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa) (Francophonie) (January 15, 2002 - December 11, 2003)
  • Minister of State (Financial Institutions) (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Brome--Missisquoi (Quebec)
  • Minister of State (Financial Institutions) (December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004)
October 19, 2015 -
LIB
  Brome--Missisquoi (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 90)


May 9, 2019

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on May 1, I tabled a bill to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act between Canada and the United States to incorporate water quality.

I was inspired by members of my community who advocate day in, day out, for the protection of our waterways. It is important to highlight the hard work of Jacques Landry, president of Actions Lac Champlain and mayor of Venise-en-Québec. I will soon be awarding him a medal in recognition of his outstanding efforts.

I want to thank each and every resident for always defending our water quality so passionately. We all need to keep up the fight.

Soon I will get to award an honorary medal to the people of my riding. Brome—Missisquoi is extremely lucky to have such earnest advocates defending the environment and the liberal values that make us proud.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Water Quality
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May 1, 2019

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-444, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act (water quality).

Madam Speaker, this bill would require the Minister of Foreign Affairs to undertake negotiations to amend the current International Boundary Waters Treaty between Canada and the United States.

This treaty dates back to 1909, so it is essential that it be amended to include new environmental standards, especially for water quality. For instance, it could include the establishment of buffer zones where the construction of infrastructure likely to affect the environment would be prohibited without the approval of the other country.

This bill relates to 82 boundary waters, rivers and lakes and involves 75 Canadian members of Parliament and 91 American senators and congressmen.

One concrete example is the landfill located in Coventry, Vermont. This landfill is just a few metres away from Lake Memphremagog, and Vermont recently approved an application to expand the dump significantly. It is important to note that 175,000 Canadians in Sherbrooke and Magog rely on this lake for drinking water.

The International Joint Commission, which already exists and reports to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will oversee the enforcement of the proposed standards. These standards will be established on the basis of consultations with experts in both countries and in collaboration with the relevant provinces and states. We have to make sure that no other initiative like the Coventry landfill expansion disturbs boundary water relations between Canada and the United States.

We have to make sure that we protect the quality of boundary waters between Canada and the United States for our future generations.

(Motion deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   International Boundary Waters Treaty Act
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April 30, 2019

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, on April 22, Canada highlighted the importance of protecting our planet by celebrating Earth Day.

In Canada, it is vital to protect our natural resources, especially our lakes and rivers. A large number of these bodies of water are located along the Canada-U.S. border. Many of them are sources of drinking water for thousands of people in both countries.

For that reason, tomorrow, May 1, I will be tabling a bill to amend the Boundary Waters Treaty, which was signed by the United States and Canada back in 1909. It is important that we amend the treaty to include new environmental standards for water quality.

This bill will be instrumental in protecting our transboundary waters across Canada for today's Canadian citizens and for future generations.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Boundary Waters Treaty
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April 4, 2019

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I want to restate my concerns about the water quality of Lake Memphremagog, which supplies drinking water to 175,000 people living primarily in Sherbrooke and Magog.

Coventry, Vermont, is home to a massive landfill very close to our lake. Last fall we learned that the American authorities had approved a 51-acre expansion to the site. I remind members that this landfill is seeping toxic tailings into the lake. The landfill limit will jump from 250,000 tons to 600,000 tons of waste per year for the next 22 years.

Elected officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, along with experts and residents on both sides of the border, are demanding that the project be halted and that more extensive studies be carried out. A number of environmentalists in Vermont even thanked Canadians for their commitment. I urge all levels of government and neighbouring municipalities to support this cause day in and day out.

Clean water is essential not only to our everyday lives, but also to the lives of our children and our—

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Lake Memphremagog
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April 1, 2019

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian parliamentary delegation of the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association respecting its participation at the visit of the executive to Paris and Lille, France, from October 22 to 25, 2018.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Interparliamentary Delegations
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