Carole FREEMAN

FREEMAN, Carole, LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
Châteauguay--Saint-Constant (Quebec)
Birth Date
January 10, 1949
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carole_Freeman
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e4cc0e49-48df-4ef1-9396-ea789fcb52a6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
BQ
  Châteauguay--Saint-Constant (Quebec)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
BQ
  Châteauguay--Saint-Constant (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 47)


March 24, 2011

Mrs. Carole Freeman (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, today I am presenting petitions that were circulated by the FADOQ network and signed by more than 2,000 Quebeckers. They are calling for an increase to the guaranteed income supplement monthly benefits, which the budget did not provide. The government offered mere crumbs.

I am presenting this petition because the Bloc has been calling for these measures for nearly 10 years and we believe that this is the only way to allow the most vulnerable people in our society to live in dignity. It is a question of dignity and social justice.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 23, 2011

Mrs. Carole Freeman (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, with budget 2011, the Conservatives have failed in their duty to ensure a better life for our vulnerable seniors. The funding announced is only half of what seniors need to reach the low income threshold.

The Conservatives are proposing a guaranteed income supplement top-up benefit of up to $600 a year for singles with an income under $4,400 and up to $840 for couples with an income under $7,360 a year. That is woefully inadequate.

Only one in three GIS recipients will benefit from this measure. Thus, the government has rejected the demands of the Bloc Québécois and seniors' advocacy groups, including FADOQ, which are still calling for the GIS to be increased by $110 a month. Furthermore, the budget does not include any retroactive GIS payments or automatic registration for the estimated 40,000 eligible seniors in Quebec.

The Conservatives have some nerve, trying to save a few pennies at the expense of our most vulnerable seniors. How shameful.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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March 22, 2011

Mrs. Carole Freeman (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, on another issue, the Information Commissioner found that the Privy Council Office violated the Access to Information Act by obstructing a Canadian Press journalist who was trying to obtain documents on the listeriosis crisis.

If the Prime Minister will let his own department show such contempt for the law, why should we be surprised that obstruction, political interference and secrecy are so rampant within the Conservative government?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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March 22, 2011

Mrs. Carole Freeman (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, in a damning report, the Information Commissioner has found the office of the former public works minister guilty of political obstruction and interference under the Access to Information Act. Her finding was unequivocal: the minister's political office tried to block the disclosure of an embarrassing document. The file has been referred to the RCMP.

How does the current Minister of Natural Resources expect us to believe that he did not sanction this illegal activity, when obstruction and political interference were common within his office?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Access to Information
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March 21, 2011

Mrs. Carole Freeman (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, on the heels of the Jaffer affair, here is another instance of illegal lobbying by one of the Conservatives' close associates. The Prime Minister promised that he would not allow individuals to use their time in government as a stepping stone to private lobbying. Nevertheless, that is what his former caucus chair and his advisor did.

Do these two examples not show that the Prime Minister has proven that he is incapable of controlling the greed of friends of the Conservative regime?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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