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View Lyne Bessette Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, today is World Milk Day. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our dairy farmers, who play a key role in Canada's agricultural sector and our economy.
Canada is proud of its dairy industry, which adheres to some of the strictest quality standards in the world. Our farmers are also innovating to make their operations as environmentally friendly as possible. Canadian milk now has one of the smallest carbon footprints in the world.
The dairy industry is the lifeblood of our rural communities. This year, I had the pleasure of speaking with local farmers in my riding of Brome—Missisquoi a number of times. Our government has always been there to support them, and I will always make the growth of this industry my priority.
I invite all Canadians to grab a glass of milk or an ice cream cone and join me in celebrating World Milk Day.
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-05-06 14:58 [p.6803]
Mr. Speaker, young people are the future of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector. Their ideas contribute to building a strong and innovative sector that is ready to meet the changing needs of tomorrow. For them to consider a career in the agriculture sector, it is important that they have contact with our farmers.
Can the minister tell us how our government will support jobs for young people in the agriculture sector?
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-05-03 14:16 [p.6523]
Mr. Speaker, students are the future leaders of our communities, and I think it is important to encourage them and recognize their contributions.
That is why I want to recognize Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon, a mathematics and applied psychology student at Bishop's University. This year, this young man from Bedford was awarded the 3M National Student Fellowship, which recognizes 10 Canadian students who have demonstrated leadership and involvement on campus and in their communities.
Georges-Philippe helped design a service to assist professors in finding innovative solutions to pandemic-related challenges. His work modernized classrooms and helped hundreds of students with their virtual learning during a turbulent school year.
This award is one of many honours he has received during his academic career. He was also selected to participate in a forum for the world's 100 most promising young researchers.
I congratulate Georges-Philippe for all of his accomplishments, and I hope he keeps up the excellent work.
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-04-26 14:04 [p.6152]
Mr. Speaker, Thursday was Earth Day. I want to mark the occasion by acknowledging the excellent nature conservation work being done in Brome—Missisquoi.
Since 2002, the organization Appalachian Corridor has been working to increase the acreage of protected natural areas in the Eastern Townships. The group recently finalized the purchase of 125 hectares of Mont Foster to protect it in perpetuity. This land will be added to the 15,000-plus hectares the organization has already saved over the years. Thanks to this purchase, no less than a dozen species at risk will be able to maintain their natural habitat.
Fortunately, the achievements of Appalachian Corridor have not gone unnoticed. The organization earned an Eastern Townships environmental award of excellence. Its conservation efforts are a true gift to future generations and I will always be there to support initiatives that preserve the wonders of our region.
In closing, I want to thank Mélanie Lelièvre and the entire Appalachian Corridor team for their excellent work.
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-04-20 15:03 [p.5871]
Mr. Speaker, in the spring of 2020, the rate of livestock slaughter slowed considerably.
This has forced producers to keep their animals longer and has resulted in significant additional costs for them. Our government is committed to supporting the agricultural industry by helping to maintain and adapt financial tools for agricultural risk management to cope with climate change and market conditions.
Can the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food tell us about the measures that have been implemented in Quebec in that regard?
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-04-19 14:06 [p.5800]
Mr. Speaker, our poultry producers are facing a number of challenges, but I am proud to highlight the work of a man who has been advocating tirelessly for the sector, Benoît Fontaine.
Mr. Fontaine is a resident of Stanbridge Station in my community, Brome—Missisquoi, and he was recently re-elected for a sixth term as chair of the Chicken Farmers of Canada.
The former high school teacher and principal has focused on running his family business since 2012. He has built quite an empire with 11 poultry farms in Quebec. For years now, he has been working hard to advocate internationally for the interests of Canada's 2,800 poultry producers. His work is not always easy, but his passion and expertise make him the best possible spokesperson for our poultry sector.
I would like to congratulate Benoît Fontaine on his re-election. I look forward to continuing to work with him on these important issues.
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-04-12 14:48 [p.5412]
Mr. Speaker, the beginning of 2021 has brought its share of challenges and anxiety, but Canadians can take great comfort in the results of the government's vaccine procurement efforts.
Not only did the government meet its objective of six million doses by March 31, but it exceeded its target by 3.5 million doses, which is a tremendous success.
Can the minister give the House an update for this week, this month and this quarter that will reassure Canadians and help them keep their hopes up?
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-03-25 15:06 [p.5271]
Mr. Speaker, this past year has been difficult.
The citizens of Brome—Missisquoi contacted me many times to share their frustration at the absence of a reliable Internet connection. Many of us have had to work or study at home. The pandemic accelerated the need for this essential service.
Can the Minister of Rural Economic Development share with the House the measures our government is taking to make sure that Quebeckers have access to reliable high-speed Internet?
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-03-23 15:04 [p.5134]
Mr. Speaker, over the past year, Canadians have had to roll up their sleeves to deal with an unprecedented health and economic crisis.
Ever since the pandemic started, our government has been there to support Canadians, and we will be there for the recovery so we can build back better and make Canada even stronger.
Would the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance please tell the House when the government plans to table its 2021 budget and its vision for the future?
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-03-22 14:07 [p.5032]
Madam Speaker, yesterday was International Day of Forests. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Stansje Plantenga, a citizen of Potton Township who has spent decades fighting to protect our natural environment.
It is a deep love of nature that pushed her and her husband to create a land trust in 1987. It was one of the first organizations of its kind in Quebec and it is modelled after the American Land Trust.
Today, more than 80 similar organizations protect our Quebec forests. Stansje's forest is a wonder to behold. Those who visit it describe it as heaven on earth.
This woman's story is a prime example of the power of the people when it comes to protecting the land. The entire Brome—Missisquoi region is benefiting from her hard work of the past 35 years. We are all extremely grateful to her.
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-03-10 15:02 [p.4825]
Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives wasted no time criticizing a vaccine procurement strategy that is working. They are simply refusing to accept good news when they hear it.
We understand it is their job to ask questions about how many doses will be delivered and when, but it is not their job to intentionally muddy the waters and potentially mislead Canadians. That is irresponsible and does a disservice to Canadians.
Would the Prime Minister please set the record straight and give us the vaccine facts we are entitled to?
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-03-09 14:09 [p.4749]
Mr. Speaker, today, I want to pay tribute to Lawrence Cotton, a pillar of my community of Brome—Missisquoi.
After a long and distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Lawrence became a volunteer for his local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. He later became its grand knight through his tireless work in the community.
Lawrence's colleagues greatly admire him. They describe him as a man with an indomitable spirit who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves to help the people in our community.
For example, every year, Lawrence recruits volunteers and distributes Christmas hampers to those in need. Lawrence is also involved in politics in my region and campaigns tirelessly for the rights of our veterans.
I sincerely thank this man who makes a real difference in the lives of residents of Brome—Missisquoi, particularly during the pandemic.
From everybody in our community and from the bottom of my heart, we thank Lawrence for his hard work and sacrifice.
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-02-22 15:00 [p.4373]
Mr. Speaker, the official languages reform document is an important milestone for French in Canada.
For the first time, the government will strengthen French across the country, including in Quebec, and will add new rights with respect to language of work and service in federally regulated businesses.
Would the Minister of Official Languages tell us more about our government's plan to protect and promote the French language?
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-02-19 11:48 [p.4313]
Madam Speaker, I would like to refer to something that was said recently by Jan Reimer, former mayor and current executive director of a provincial council of women's shelters.
According to her, the proposed legislation is a step in the right direction. She said that we see women being threatened with a gun and that is one of the major, if not the major, causes of death for women in domestic violence relationships. She believes that better control does not take anybody’s rights away, but it does protect women’s rights to safety.
Here in Quebec, people have seen brutal acts of violence against women—
The Assistant Deputy Speaker (Mrs. Carol Hughes): Order. The hon. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
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Lib. (QC)
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2021-02-16 14:08 [p.4128]
Mr. Speaker, last week, my Brome—Missisquoi youth council held its first meeting of the year. I would like to thank my colleague from Louis-Hébert for joining us and contributing to the discussion.
It was a wonderful opportunity for me to talk with many local young people and hear what was on their minds during the pandemic. The environment and mental health were at the top of the list of topics we discussed, and those two issues are top priorities for me too. I think it is important for young people to take an interest in politics and have a space where they can share their point of view.
I would like to thank the incredible team of young people participating in the council's work this year. I am very much looking forward to working with them and to our conversations about changes our government can make in 2021.
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