Francine LALONDE

LALONDE, Francine, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Bloc Québécois
Constituency
La Pointe-de-l'Île (Quebec)
Birth Date
August 24, 1940
Deceased Date
January 16, 2014
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francine_Lalonde
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=eb05c123-3a3e-4bfe-b4a3-d60e292d8387&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lecturer, teacher, unionist

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
BQ
  Mercier (Quebec)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
BQ
  Mercier (Quebec)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
BQ
  Mercier (Quebec)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
BQ
  La Pointe-de-l'Île (Quebec)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
BQ
  La Pointe-de-l'Île (Quebec)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
BQ
  La Pointe-de-l'Île (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 319)


June 8, 2010

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l'Île, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I know that you can be uncompromising on such matters, but I want to emphasize the fact that five days from today, five months will have passed since the terrible earthquake in Haiti, and Canada's Parliament has not done anything about the crisis. Canada's Parliament must formally acknowledge the crisis and exert pressure where it can and must.

In Haiti, over a million people are living in camps lacking all modern conveniences. And now the rain may trigger epidemics and landslides. This catastrophe is about to become even more catastrophic.

We need to know what the government has done and how much money it has spent. I decided to ask because last week, I found out that two months ago, the international community promised $10 billion. So far, only $55 million of that pledge has been paid out, and only by Venezuela.

Parliament must acknowledge the situation immediately, find out what is going on, and ensure that it can take action and intervene because it has not yet done so. Haiti is a special responsibility, as Paul Martin said. It is Canada's special responsibility because of the close links between Haiti and Quebec and between Haiti and the many Canadians of Haitian origin and their friends.

Mr. Speaker, I urge you to listen to the voice of reason.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Request for Emergency Debate
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June 8, 2010

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l'Île, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, when asked about the attack by the Israeli army on a humanitarian aid flotilla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that his government would not support a biased process. We completely agree. That is why we think, as does the international community, that the countries involved must not be both judge and judged in this inquiry.

Will the minister admit that the only way to ensure a credible and impartial process is to have an independent international inquiry?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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June 7, 2010

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l'Île, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and many members of the international community are insisting that Israel accept an independent international commission of inquiry into the attack by the Israeli army on a humanitarian aid flotilla. Even in Israel, there are calls for an external investigation so that Israel is not both judge and judged.

Will the government ask Israel to accept an independent international inquiry?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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June 7, 2010

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l'Île, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to say to the Minister of Foreign Affairs that Turkey, which had nine citizens killed in the attack, is insisting on an impartial international inquiry.

The UN Security Council has asked that resolutions 1850 and 1860, requiring humanitarian aid and food to be sent to Gaza on a regular basis, be respected.

Will the Conservative government demand that the two UN Security Council resolutions be respected by Israel?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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June 2, 2010

Ms. Francine Lalonde (La Pointe-de-l'Île, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, by blindly aligning itself with American and Israeli policies, the Conservative government is tying its own hands and too often is prevented from taking a stand. For example, the government described the Israeli army assault as an “incident”.

How can the Conservative government run for a seat on the UN Security Council when it cannot show leadership and demand that all countries comply with international law?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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