Bernard BIGRAS

BIGRAS, Bernard

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
Birth Date
June 4, 1969
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Bigras
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b423ba61-95aa-4b51-8b1c-1543eac4f01f&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
economist, political adviser

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
BQ
  Rosemont (Quebec)
  • Bloc Québécois Caucus Chair (June 17, 1998 - January 1, 2000)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
BQ
  Rosemont--Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
BQ
  Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
BQ
  Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
BQ
  Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 282)


March 23, 2011

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, we already knew it, but the 2011 budget is yet further evidence that the environment is not one of the Conservatives' priorities.

While the Bloc Québécois was calling for an end to gifts for oil companies, the Conservatives have made slight adjustments to some of the subsidies granted to the oil sands, bringing them back to the level of those granted to the traditional oil and gas industries, which is a ridiculous decrease.

While barely $100 million will be allocated to the development of clean energy, the Conservatives are granting over $405 million to Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to help cover its losses. Had the government invested in the enhancement and extension of the eco-energy program, the $1.3 billion that AECL has been given over the past four years could have been used to ensure that ongoing efforts were being made to protect the environment.

The Kyoto framework is the basic means of meeting the strict reduction targets; however, the Conservative government is not taking action.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   The Budget
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March 9, 2011

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, while a new study shows that the ice cap in the far north is melting because of climate change, researchers from Sherbrooke are getting ready to dismantle the PEARL atmospheric observatory in Nunavut. These researchers are still waiting to find out whether funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences will be renewed.

What is the government waiting for to confirm that funding for climate change research will be renewed?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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March 9, 2011

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, instead of wasting $1 million distributing weather alert equipment to our schools for the sake of raising its profile, the federal government should instead be renewing funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences and ensuring that the PEARL atmospheric observatory can continue its work.

Instead of handing out useless gadgets, why does the federal government not provide better funding to scientific research into climate change?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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March 1, 2011

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, while Quebec has imposed a moratorium on oil and gas exploration and development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until 2012, we learn that drilling on the Old Harry site in Newfoundland could begin as early as next year. Quebec is being exposed to risk, especially from an environmental perspective, by this hasty decision by Ottawa and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Will the federal government comply with the National Assembly motion calling for the suspension of existing permits until the results of the environmental assessments are known?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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March 1, 2011

Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, Quebec needs to have full jurisdiction over its territory in order to better protect its ecosystems and be master of its domain. The federal government signed an agreement with Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador 25 years ago and should do the same with Quebec to allow it to express its own environmental and energy priorities.

Why is Ottawa refusing to give Quebec the same advantages it gave to Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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