Gabriel STE-MARIE

STE-MARIE, Gabriel

Parliamentary Career

October 19, 2015 -
BQ
  Joliette (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 70 of 71)


February 16, 2016

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 52, I am requesting an emergency debate on the possible loss of two of the leading lights of Quebec's economy, Rona and Bombardier, and on the urgent measures that must be taken to avoid potential negative impacts on Quebec's economy and jobs.

We know what a big player Rona is with its many stores, not to mention its supply chain. Half of the company's expenses are in Quebec, and 84% are within Canada. All that will be in jeopardy if Rona is sold to Lowe's, an American company.

Parliament can get involved under the Investment Canada Act, which empowers the minister to authorize or prohibit the sale, or to attach conditions to it, but because of international agreements, the Government of Quebec cannot interfere.

Also top of mind is Bombardier, which will be in trouble if the federal government does not help out and if the family that is the majority shareholder is forced to sell its shares, thereby losing voting control. With the low Canadian dollar, the company could fall into foreign hands.

I would remind the House that Bombardier is the largest employer in Quebec's manufacturing sector. Many subcontractors depend on it, and a number of businesses in the aeronautics sector are already struggling. Look at the recent layoffs at Bell Helicopter. The minister needs to make some decisions on this issue. He needs to examine the situation and tell us what he plans to do about it. If he has not yet made up his mind, we have some suggestions for him.

Requests for emergency debate ought to relate to urgent, extraordinary issues. Obviously, from my perspective, this matter is urgent. Unfortunately, Bloc Québécois and Green Party members cannot avail themselves of an opposition day or routine motion to discuss such matters, because not all members enjoy the same rights and recognition in this place.

That is why I am requesting that we rely on an extraordinary motion, considering the urgency of the situation.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Request for Emergency Debate
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February 5, 2016

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the American authorities are dragging their feet on certifying Bombardier's C Series jets. Until they do, no money is coming in, and that company and its suppliers are running out of cash. The aerospace industry is to Quebec what the automotive industry is to Ontario. It is a cutting-edge industry, an industry of the future.

Why is the government so eager to free up money for Alberta and so slow to do so for the pride of Quebec's economy?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Aerospace Industry
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February 4, 2016

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, through the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, an institutional fund management company, the Government of Quebec can sell its Rona shares, which would allow the deal to go through, or it can refuse to sell those shares, which would block the deal. Should it agree to the sale, there is one thing it cannot do: impose conditions to force Lowe's to respect its commitments with regard to its head office, jobs, supply chain, and the SMEs that depend on it. That is, however, something this government can do.

Will the minister commit to imposing conditions to protect our SMEs and protect economic activity in Quebec?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Economic Development
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February 2, 2016

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, gender equality is central to the concerns of the Quebec population. This is especially true of pay equity, including in the public service. However the proposal of a special committee, by virtue of its form, raises another injustice. The million citizens represented by the members of the Bloc Québécois, like the hundreds of thousands of citizens represented by the member of the Green Party, cannot be represented on this committee. Consider that it is sufficient for a committee member to oppose our taking the floor for us to be reduced to silence.

The Canadian Parliament is one of the last democratic parliaments to not recognize all of the parties represented in it. This therefore creates two classes of members.

Is the hon. member for Vancouver Quadra in favour of a representative of the Bloc Québécois and a representative of the Green Party being allowed to sit on this committee? After all, to repeat the now-famous saying, this is 2016.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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December 8, 2015

Mr. Gabriel Ste-Marie (Joliette, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, as my colleague from Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie pointed out, labour-sponsored funds are vital tools for Quebec's economy. The Minister of Finance can say that he plans to move quickly to reinstate the tax credits for labour-sponsored funds, but why did he not put that measure in the ways and means, which would have applied immediately, rather than punishing Quebec's businesses, small investors, and middle class?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Taxation
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