Michel GUIMOND

GUIMOND, Michel, B.S.R.I., B.L., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
Montmorency--Charlevoix--Haute-Côte-Nord (Quebec)
Birth Date
December 26, 1953
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Guimond
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e18b4ce5-9e89-49bc-a939-94ad0ce63cf9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
BQ
  Beauport--Montmorency--Orléans (Quebec)
  • Bloc Québécois Caucus Chair (September 1, 1994 - February 21, 1996)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
BQ
  Beauport--Montmorency--Orléans (Quebec)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
BQ
  Beauport--Montmorency--Côte-de-Beaupré--Île-d'Orléans (Quebec)
  • Deputy Whip of the Bloc Québécois (December 20, 2000 - December 16, 2002)
  • Whip of the Bloc Québécois (December 17, 2002 - January 13, 2003)
  • Whip of the Bloc Québécois (January 14, 2003 - June 22, 2010)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
BQ
  Charlevoix--Montmorency (Quebec)
  • Whip of the Bloc Québécois (January 14, 2003 - June 22, 2010)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
BQ
  Montmorency--Charlevoix--Haute-Côte-Nord (Quebec)
  • Whip of the Bloc Québécois (January 14, 2003 - June 22, 2010)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
BQ
  Montmorency--Charlevoix--Haute-Côte-Nord (Quebec)
  • Whip of the Bloc Québécois (January 14, 2003 - June 22, 2010)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 372)


March 9, 2011

Mr. Michel Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition with close to 1,000 signatures of employees at Air Canada's maintenance and overhaul centres. Three-quarters of these employees work in Montreal and the remaining quarter work in Winnipeg, Manitoba. These petitioners are calling upon the Minister of Finance to uphold the Air Canada Public Participation Act, which was passed in 1988 when Air Canada was privatized.

You will recall, Mr. Speaker, since you were a member of Parliament at that time, that this act provides for full compliance with the Official Languages Act, a head office in the Montreal urban community and three maintenance and overhaul centres in the Montreal urban community, Mississauga and Winnipeg. Recently, Air Canada sold its maintenance services. Now, 4,500 well-paid jobs, with average salaries of $60,000, and approximately 23,000 indirect jobs may be transferred to El Salvador. The government must take responsibility.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 7, 2011

Mr. Michel Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Press tried to obtain details about the government's deliberations on the Quebec City arena. They received only 60-some pages with half of the information censored.

Since there have been doubts from the beginning that the Conservatives actually intended to help fund the arena, why does the minister not make public all the internal documents related to this project? What does she have to hide?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Quebec City Arena
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March 7, 2011

Mr. Michel Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the minister responsible for the Quebec City region is rejecting Mayor Labeaume's proposal on the pretext that the federal government does not have any programs to support facilities that are designed primarily for professional sports. Nevertheless, an internal memo stated that, although the multi-purpose arena could house a professional team, this was not a condition of the proposal.

Rather than misrepresenting Mayor Labeaume's proposal, why will the minister not recognize that this is a multi-purpose arena for which the government must provide immediate funding?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Quebec City Arena
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March 3, 2011

Mr. Michel Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I congratulate my colleague from Québec on her comments and more generally on how she handles her duties as the Bloc Québécois critic for democratic reform. I would also like to thank my NDP colleague for accepting the Bloc amendment.

I would like to respond to the Minister of State for Democratic Reform, who said that the Bloc could expect a 25% reduction in the number of parliamentarians because there are 25 senators from Quebec. The minister did not seem to notice that the only difference is that, in Quebec, no matter what our party, we are democratically elected by the people we represent. Ours are not political patronage appointments. That is what my colleague was trying to show and to make the minister understand. He does not seem to understand that.

If an election is called—likely this fall—the 308 people elected to this place, no matter what parties they belong to, will deserve to be here and their legitimacy will be conferred by the people, unlike senators who are appointed as a political reward.

Although I am being told that my time is up, I would like to mention some cases: Brian Mulroney appointed his hair stylist and the manager of the Ritz-Carlton; the Liberals appointed Viola Léger, the actress from La Sagouine, and Jean Lapointe, who still makes movies. I could go on for the rest of the day.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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March 1, 2011

Mr. Michel Guimond (Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, in addition to the group J'ai ma place, another private partner has announced its contribution to the Quebec City multi-purpose arena. Quebecor Media has pledged to support Mayor Labeaume's project so that our national capital has a necessary tool for its economic development.

Rather than creating obstacles for the promoters of this important project, will the Conservative government finally commit to doing its fair share right now?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Quebec City Arena
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