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View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-30 13:59 [p.27177]
Mr. Speaker, tomorrow, May 1, is International Workers' Day.
I want workers to know that the Bloc Québécois will always be there for them. We will stand with them to get the Quebec we want. In our Quebec, pensioners would be preferred creditors if their employer goes bankrupt. In our Quebec, we would support our aluminum and steel workers, and we would refuse to ratify the new NAFTA until the illegal American tariffs are lifted. In our Quebec, the wealthy would pay their fair share of taxes, just like everyone else. In our Quebec, workers would have the right to strike, and scabs would be illegal. In our Quebec, everyone would stand together for a strong middle class, protected by its unions.
The Bloc wants what Quebec wants, and the Bloc is fighting to get it.
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2019-04-30 15:07 [p.27190]
Mr. Speaker, before appointing a judge, this government checks its database to see if the candidate is a good Liberal. Well, it is working. We have learned that 91% of political donations from judges went to the Liberal Party. It has raised over $300,000 that way.
Their Liberalist database should be called “Sponsorship 2.0”. A friend is a friend. That was and still is true.
Could this be the real reason why the government is refusing to restore public funding for political parties?
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
2019-04-30 15:08 [p.27190]
Mr. Speaker, putting a $500 limit on political donations and restoring public funding for political parties based on votes received would reduce lobbyists' influence over the government. The Liberals obviously do not want that.
It would prevent the use of front men, which is something we have become accustomed to under the Liberals and the Conservatives. It would also prevent a judge from being appointed for giving the Liberals over $300,000.
We are fed up with patronage. Voters have the right to demand a fair democratic system and public funding for political parties.
When will this government do something? Are the Liberals waiting for members of the Bloc Québécois to give them money for their Liberalist database?
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2019-04-30 15:13 [p.27191]
Mr. Speaker, I believe you will find the unanimous consent of the House for the following motion: That the House oppose the ratification of the USMCA until the American tariffs on steel and aluminum are permanently lifted, and mandate the Speaker to send a copy of this motion to the Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
View Luc Thériault Profile
BQ (QC)
View Luc Thériault Profile
2019-04-29 15:12 [p.27110]
Mr. Speaker, I believe I will have the consent of the House to adopt the following motion: That this House denounce the Government of Canada's decision to deny Carles Puigdemont entry into Quebec.
View Luc Thériault Profile
BQ (QC)
View Luc Thériault Profile
2019-04-29 15:28 [p.27113]
Mr. Speaker, April 21 became a dark and sombre day for the entire world when over 250 people were killed at the hands of terrorists and over 500 more were injured in Sri Lanka. The vast majority of these people were families who were gathering to celebrate Easter. Islamist terrorists detonated explosives in three churches and set off three more bombs in hotels around the capital.
The Bloc Québécois denounces and condemns this unspeakably barbaric terrorist attack. We wish to offer our sincere condolences to the victims' loved ones and to the entire Sri Lankan population. We wish a speedy recovery for those injured. We hope the entire population will be able to unite to find the courage to get through this terrible ordeal together. We wish all Sri Lankans the strength to heal this deep wound suffered by the entire nation, without getting sucked into darkness and violence, which is what the cowards who perpetrated these terrible crimes want.
Humanity as a whole has a duty to stand by them and fight all extremists. It is our duty to fight religiously motivated violence. It is our duty not to respond to these crimes with cynicism or complacency. More and more of these crimes are happening. Things are getting more and more dangerous. Violence is on the rise in a world where sectarianism finds fertile ground everywhere.
It is our duty to remember that all individuals are free to practice the religion of their choice or no religion at all and should be able to do so safely and securely. That is one of the pillars of our society and a fundamental value in every democratic society that holds freedom dear.
In response to the rise of extremism around the world, we must stand up for the founding principles of free societies, for freedom, for the conviction that all men and women are equal, that all are equal in the eyes of the law. These principles that unite us are the best defence against extremists who seek to divide us.
I will close by expressing our solidarity with the Christian community of Sri Lanka and Christians around the world who feel less safe today than they did yesterday.
View Simon Marcil Profile
BQ (QC)
View Simon Marcil Profile
2019-04-12 12:04 [p.27055]
Mr. Speaker, while Abitibi is developing the Rouyn-Noranda airport, the federal government is considering authorizing cuts to air transportation security. It makes no sense to let NAV Canada cut night services for pilots at the third-largest airport in Quebec. This is dangerous and impedes regional development.
Will the minister listen to business people in Abitibi, air carriers, pilots, local officials and the unanimous voice of the Quebec National Assembly, which are all calling for the government to maintain the flight service station, or FSS, in Rouyn-Noranda?
View Simon Marcil Profile
BQ (QC)
View Simon Marcil Profile
2019-04-12 12:05 [p.27055]
Mr. Speaker, the government tabled the estimates yesterday. This is the last request for spending approval before the election. Nearly all of the initiatives from the latest budget are in there, but a big one is missing. The $3.9 billion promised to supply-managed producers is missing. This money was not in any financial tables in the budget and is not in the estimates.
Can the government tell us where we can find the $3.9 billion?
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-11 15:06 [p.27010]
Mr. Speaker, in response to my question yesterday, the Prime Minister said that there is no place for discrimination against our citizens, as though the bill on secularism introduced by the state of Quebec were discriminatory.
The bill sets rules for everyone. It is not discriminatory. The same rules will apply to everyone.
Is the Prime Minister accusing the Government of Quebec and the millions of Quebeckers who support this bill of discrimination? Have the Liberals really sunk that low?
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-11 15:07 [p.27010]
Mr. Speaker, whether the minister likes it or not, it is up to Quebeckers to decide what works for them.
The secularism of the state of Quebec will be decided by Quebec, not by Ottawa and not by the House, which even refuses to condemn the shameful remarks of the mayor of Hampstead, who has compared the secularism bill to ethnic cleansing.
Will the Minister of Justice respect the will of Quebec and undertake not to challenge Bill 21 or support any legal challenges?
View Xavier Barsalou-Duval Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Québécois agrees with the Minister of Foreign Affairs: the steel and aluminum tariffs are illegal, unfair and absurd. That said, it is not enough for the minister to express her discontent. She needs to take concrete action to pressure the Americans, who are holding 15,000 Quebec workers hostage.
Claiming that Quebec steel and aluminum are a threat to U.S. national security is an insult to our intelligence.
The Bloc Québécois would like to see the ratification of the new NAFTA halted entirely until the tariffs are lifted. We should not ratify agreements with countries that do not keep their word or honour their signature.
If the Liberals give in to Donald Trump's bullying and agree to ratify the agreement, they can be sure that we will block them every step of the way.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-10 15:11 [p.26933]
Mr. Speaker, the Government of Quebec, a majority government, finally has the opportunity to address the issue of secularism. If all goes as planned, the bill should be passed by the summer.
Unfortunately, it appears that this Liberal government might well be the biggest obstacle opposing the will of Quebeckers. Could the Prime Minister, the member for Papineau, in Quebec, commit to respecting the will of Quebeckers and promise not to challenge Bill 21 on secularism in the courts or support any legal challenges?
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2019-04-10 15:12 [p.26933]
Mr. Speaker, I believe that, if you seek it, you will find unanimous consent for the following motion: that this House condemn the comments made on April 5 by the mayor of Hampstead, William Steinberg, who described Bill 21 on secularism, passed at the National Assembly of Quebec, as ethnic cleansing.
View Louis Plamondon Profile
BQ (QC)
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-442, An Act to amend An Act to authorize the making of certain fiscal payments to provinces, and to authorize the entry into tax collection agreements with provinces.
He said: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to introduce this bill, which is entitled “An Act to amend An Act to authorize the making of certain fiscal payments to provinces, and to authorize the entry into tax collection agreements with provinces”.
If passed, this bill would allow Quebeckers to file a single tax return, as requested by the National Assembly and the Government of Quebec. I want to make it clear that all taxes would be collected by the Government of Quebec, and a portion would then be paid to the federal government.
View Louis Plamondon Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure of presenting a petition initiated by Alexandra Cournoyer, from the municipality of Sainte-Victoire de Sorel, and signed by over 1,500 people, that calls for financial support to offset dairy farmers' losses and for mandatory labelling standards to inform consumers about the source of the milk in the dairy products they buy.
I commend this young woman for taking this initiative and raising awareness among young farmers in Quebec and Canada.
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2019-04-09 10:28 [p.26843]
Mr. Speaker, today I am very pleased to present a petition on behalf of Development and Peace, an organization working for justice around the world.
The petition I am presenting today was signed by 124 people who want Canada to do more to address the causes of forced migration. Forced migration is caused by war and climate change.
We sincerely hope that this petition will strike a chord with the government. I have 124 signatures on paper and another 668 signatures on postcards. The latter are not admissible in the House, so I am going to take them to the Prime Minister's office right now.
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2019-04-09 13:59 [p.26874]
Mr. Speaker, the fight against climate change is the challenge of the century.
When we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we will have to remember that, in spite of the speeches, Canada is on the wrong side of history. Ten years ago, it promised to the G20 that it would gradually phase out its fossil fuel subsidies. Not only has Ottawa failed to even begin this process, but, since 2015, it has committed an additional $19 billion to the oil industry. In fact, Canada is having a negative impact on the rest of the world. The Global Footprint Network estimates that every year humanity exceeds the earth's capacity to absorb pollution and begins living on credit on August 1. If everyone's statistics matched Canada's, overshoot day would arrive as early as March and we would spend three quarters of the year mortgaging the future.
One thing is clear to Quebec: Canada is a petro-state and and an adversary in the fight against climate change.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-09 15:10 [p.26887]
Mr. Speaker, the member for Mount Royal finally dissociated himself from the shameful statements his friend, the mayor of Hampstead, made comparing secularism to ethnic cleansing. The Minister of Justice was asked to condemn the statements yesterday, but he chose not to.
Insulting Quebec is apparently okay with the Minister of Justice.
Will the minister condemn the statements made by the mayor of Hampstead and pledge not to challenge the secularism bill in court?
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-09 15:11 [p.26887]
Mr. Speaker, every time we ask a question we see the Minister of Justice and Attorney General pick up his notes and repeat the answers written by the Prime Minister's office. That says a lot about the independence of the new attorney general vis-a-vis the Prime Minister. Could we please get a straight answer to a simple question?
Will the Minister of Justice challenge Bill 21 or support a legal challenge, yes or no? It seems to me that he does not need notes to answer the question.
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
BQ (QC)
View Mario Beaulieu Profile
2019-04-09 15:13 [p.26887]
Mr. Speaker, in 2018, Quebec took in roughly 22,000 asylum seekers. The Quebec government housed them, cared for them and looked after them. The budget does not offer Quebec a single cent for refugee settlement. In the budget implementation act, the Liberals do not address the problem of Roxham Road.
Instead of making minor adjustments, why did the Minister of Immigration not just announce the suspension of the safe third country agreement?
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2019-04-08 14:00 [p.26803]
Mr. Speaker, 3,500 people in Quebec are at risk of losing their jobs because of the SNC-Lavalin saga. However, in Ottawa, the parties do not care, as we see from the pathetic legal squabble between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
The Conservatives are spreading falsehoods without any regard for the 3,500 workers, all of whom they labelled as corrupt last week.
How did the Prime Minister react to all this nonsense? Accused of political interference in a court case, he finds a way to legally interfere in a political case. This is childish. This is not even something you would see in a school yard, and I have seen lots of school yards in my life.
Quebeckers deserve better from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition than a cat fight. The Conservatives must stop trying to score political points on the backs of the workers. As for the Liberals, they must stop their legal grandstanding and take action to protect SNC-Lavalin workers.
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2019-04-08 15:08 [p.26816]
Mr. Speaker, when it comes to secularism, tone is just as important as substance. Well, the problems have already begun.
On Friday, the mayor of Hampstead, in the presence of the member for Mount Royal, called Bill 21 nothing short of ethnic cleansing.
Will the Minister of Justice condemn these unacceptable comments and ask his colleague from Mount Royal to set the record straight? If not, are we to conclude that this is the Liberal government's position?
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2019-04-08 15:09 [p.26816]
Mr. Speaker, the member for Mount Royal did not condemn the unacceptable remarks, and I get the feeling that the Minister of Justice does not condemn them either.
The member for Mount Royal was clear about the government's intentions. He said, “Legal action cannot be taken until the bill is passed”. In other words, as soon as the Quebec National Assembly passes the bill, Ottawa will challenge it in court.
Quebeckers deserve to know the truth.
Will the Minister of Justice promise not to challenge the bill in court or support a court challenge?
View Michel Boudrias Profile
BQ (QC)
View Michel Boudrias Profile
2019-04-05 12:04 [p.26745]
Madam Speaker, the Minister of National Revenue is failing in her duty. The net was supposed to tighten around the Panama papers fraudsters, but that has not happened. The minister was supposed to hire 1,300 new international taxation auditors, but that has not happened either. She was also supposed to recover $25 billion from tax havens, but we are still waiting because, again, nothing has happened there.
Since we cannot rely on the minister, can she at least give the information to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, so that he can shed some light on this and reveal just how complacent the government has been?
View Michel Boudrias Profile
BQ (QC)
View Michel Boudrias Profile
2019-04-05 12:06 [p.26745]
Madam Speaker, an American company, AquaBounty, has begun producing genetically modified salmon in Prince Edward Island in order to eventually produce it on an industrial scale.
No one wants giant salmon, or “frankenfish”, and no one wants these industrial products on their dinner plates. Too bad, people will wind up eating them anyway, since there is no labelling.
What will it take for the federal government to understand that Quebeckers want to know what they are eating?
When will the government finally ensure proper labelling, as most other industrialized countries do—
View Michel Boudrias Profile
BQ (QC)
View Michel Boudrias Profile
2019-04-05 12:07 [p.26745]
Madam Speaker, every year, Quebec businesses worry that the temporary foreign workers they need will not arrive on time. These business owners pay Service Canada thousands of dollars to ensure that their file is processed quickly, but people on the other end are asleep at the switch.
Again today, business owners are losing contracts because their application is not processed on time and the workers do not arrive on time. Those who were due to arrive last Monday are still waiting. The bureaucracy in Ottawa is unrelenting. It hinders and constrains businesses here at home.
What will the minister do today, not tomorrow, to ensure that temporary foreign workers arrive immediately?
View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2019-04-04 14:00 [p.26680]
Mr. Speaker, 50 years ago, 12,000 people were forced from their homes by the Canadian government so that it could build the disastrous Mirabel airport.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau scooped up prime farm land to pave it over. After expropriating land from 12,000 people, tearing down their homes and ruining their land, the same Pierre Elliott Trudeau authorized having air traffic bypass Montreal for Toronto, meaning that those farmers sacrificed their land for nothing.
Taxpayers shelled out $500 million to expropriate land from families for an airport that Ottawa doomed to failure.
Yesterday, the National Assembly of Quebec unanimously called on the Canadian government to officially apologize to the people of Mirabel who had their lands expropriated.
I am calling on the Prime Minister to acknowledge Quebec's request and apologize on behalf of Canada for the unnecessary harm caused to these 12,000 people.
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-04 15:07 [p.26692]
Mr. Speaker, 12 years ago, Quebec was thinking about religious neutrality as part of the Bouchard-Taylor commission. Six years ago, Quebec was debating secularism following the introduction of the Quebec charter of values. Those passionate and necessary debates led to the introduction of Bill 21 on secularism last week. Today, Ottawa wants to prevent us from resolving that issue.
Why is the government trying to prevent Quebeckers from setting guidelines to protect the religious neutrality of the Quebec state?
View Marilène Gill Profile
BQ (QC)
View Marilène Gill Profile
2019-04-04 15:08 [p.26693]
Mr. Speaker, the secularism of the Quebec state falls under the jurisdiction of Quebec and Quebec alone. It is not up to Ottawa, which is out of touch with Quebeckers' priorities, to decide what is good or bad for Quebec.
The Minister of Justice refuses to give any assurances that he will not challenge Bill 21 before the courts. However, Quebeckers elected the current government, their government, because they wanted to resolve this issue once and for all.
Will the Minister of Justice finally commit to respecting the will of Quebeckers, yes or no?
View Simon Marcil Profile
BQ (QC)
View Simon Marcil Profile
2019-04-03 15:16 [p.26627]
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I believe you will find unanimous consent of the House to move the following motion: that this House acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the expropriation of land from Mirabel residents and that this House call on the government to formally and officially apologize to the people of Quebec from whom the federal government expropriated land in 1969 to build the Mirabel airport.
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