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 Francis Scarpaleggia, MP


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Newsletter to Constituents

Posted on August 19, 2016

Summer 2016

Release: Francis Scarpaleggia elected Chair of electoral reform committee

Posted on June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 – Ottawa – Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis and Chair of the National Liberal Caucus, has been elected Chair ‎of the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform that will broadly consult Canadians on how to change Canada’s first-past-the-post voting system.

“I am honoured to be part of this historic process to examine options available for modifying Canada’s electoral system so that the distribution of seats in the House of Commons better reflects each party’s share of the popular vote,” said the West Island M.P. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from all parties to create and execute a consultative process that gives Canadians from every part of the country the opportunity to weigh in on the kind of voting system they feel is best suited to Canada’s democracy in the 21st century,” Scarpaleggia added.

The composition of the committee is as follows: five (5) Liberals, including the committee chair; three (3) Conservatives; two (2) NDP members; one (1) Green; and one (1) Bloc member. Liberals will thus be a minority on the committee and the Green and Bloc members will have a vote and the right to move motions. The government compromised on its original proposal to have the composition of the committee reflect that of the House of Commons, with Liberals holding a majority.

The committee’s work in recommending changes to the current voting system will be guided by five key principles: the need to reduce distortion in the system and strengthen the link between voter intention and the election of representatives; the need to foster greater collaboration in politics and offer opportunities for inclusion of underrepresented groups in the political process; the need to support access by all eligible voters regardless of physical or social condition; the need to preserve the integrity of the voting system in terms of vote secrecy and security for individual Canadians; and finally, the need to ensure the accountability of elected representatives to local citizens and local needs.


Statement: West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary

Posted on June 16, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra on its 30th anniversary. This is a proud milestone for maestro Stewart Grant, the musicians and parent volunteers who have fashioned the orchestra into the musical force it is today.

The orchestra is a pillar of cultural life on Montreal’s West Island that gives young musicians the chance to develop their talent and residents an opportunity to attend top-notch classical music concerts.

I have personally enjoyed the orchestra’s performances on many occasions. Each time I have been impressed and inspired by its passion, virtuosity and commitment to musical excellence.

In keeping with its mission of providing its young musicians with opportunities for personal and musical growth, the orchestra has many times toured both at home and abroad.

I call on hon. members to join me in wishing maestro Grant and the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra much success in the future.


Speech: Medical Aid in Dying

Posted on June 7, 2016

In this postmodern world of ours, with its tendency at times toward a certain kind of what some might call libertarian relativism, we must continue to […]

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Statement: passing of Joan Hadrill

Posted on May 10, 2016

Mr. Speaker, Montreal’s West Island has lost a woman of peace and principle, who was committed to social justice in all its forms. Joan Hadrill lived […]

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Statement: passing of Claire Kirkland-Casgrain

Posted on April 12, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a woman who was a pioneer in a time of change. Claire Kirkland-Casgrain was the first woman […]

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Speech: Budget 2016

Posted on April 12, 2016

Mr. Speaker, the budget is a document that is both nuanced and comprehensive. It implements many election promises that, taken together, constitute the economic vision that […]

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Statement: World Water Day

Posted on March 22, 2016

Mr. Speaker, World Water Day is a welcome reminder that water is vital to human health and to the health of our natural ecosystems. Water is […]

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Speech: Reply to the Speech from the Throne

Posted on January 26, 2016

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Don Valley East. Let me begin by congratulating you, Mr. Speaker, on your appointment […]

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Release: Francis Scarpaleggia re-elected Chair of National Liberal Caucus

Posted on December 3, 2015

Ottawa, December 3, 2015 – Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, has been re-elected Chair of the National Liberal Caucus.  Scarpaleggia also held the position […]

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