Justin Trudeau’s economic absurdities

13-April-2014 · 2 Comments  

newpapers The Huffington Post Canada and the Huffington Post Québec ran the English and French versions of my article this week on Justin Trudeau’s absurd declarations about the economy these past several months. The English version is reproduced below.

Also, I was in Calgary this week and gave an interview to Licia Corbella, the Calgary Herald‘s editorial page editor. You can read her excellent article here.

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If Trudeau Can’t Define the Middle Class, How Can He Work For Them?

Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business, Tourism and Agriculture

April 10, 2014

Should we trust a political leader who does not understand basic economic notions? This question is becoming more and more relevant as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, keeps making absurd statements about the economy.

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Justin Trudeau still doesn’t understand economics

25-February-2014 · 10 Comments  

As I noted a year and a half ago already, Justin Trudeau doesn’t understand much about economics. And this is still the case today, as he tries to justify getting us back into deficits and piling up more debt.

The National Post and the Huffington Post Québec ran my article today on the economic proposals of the Liberals following their national convention in Montreal. Here is the English version.

justin-trudeau More Liberal debt is not the road to growth

February 25, 2014

Maxime Bernier is the Minister of State for Small Business, Tourism and Agriculture

Now that its Montreal convention is over, we know a little bit more about the Liberal party’s economic platform. One of its central planks is that budget deficits are a good way to grow the economy, and that we should not be afraid to go further into debt.

In a recent video posted on the Internet, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau explains that Canadian households are heavily indebted, just like provincial governments, while the federal government has considerably lowered its debt level compared with other developed countries since the 1990s. His conclusion: Ottawa is the only entity with the ability to spend money and rack up more debt. It, therefore, has to “step up” and do the spending that others are not able to do.

At last weekend’s convention, Liberal delegates heard Larry Summers, an American economist, explain why we need “unconventional support policies” — economic jargon for “spending without restraint.” According to him, accumulating more debt is OK when it serves to stimulate the economy.

Are we in a recession? Does the current situation justify sending our public finances back into the red?

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Athletic feat of the year in Beauce

9-February-2014 · Comment  

exploitsportif2013 It is with great honor that I received the trophy for the athletic feat of the year 2013 at the Gala du Mérite Sportif in Beauce this past February 1. This prize was given in recognition of the 107-km supermarathon that I ran during the Great Crossing of the Beauce in September.

Second spending report

2-February-2014 · Comment  

With my Conservative colleagues, we’ve decided to move ahead with the disclosure of our travel and hospitality expense claims, for the sake of transparency. The following spending report (as an MP, and not as a minister) covers the period from November 17 to Decembre 31, 2013. Reports will appear on Parliament’s website beginning in April 2014.

Maxime Bernier
Beauce
October 17 to December 31st 2013

Travel Disclosure Report

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary : Ottawa
Purpose : Parliamentary Business
Other Transport : $589.60 Meals and Incidentals : $246.40

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary : Ottawa
Purpose : Parliamentary Business
Other Transport : $294.80
Meals and Incidentals : $171.35

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary : St-Georges Beauce
Purpose : Travel within the constituency
Other Transport : $277.65

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary : Ottawa
Purpose : Parliamentary Business
Other Transport : $294.80
Meals and Incidentals : $230.65

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary : Saint-Georges Beauce
Purpose : Parliamentary Business
Other Transport : $294.80
Meals and Incidentals : $138.30

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary : Ottawa
Purpose : Parliamentary Business
Other Transport : $45.00
Meals and Incidentals : $72.85

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary :Saint-Georgegs
Purpose : Travel within the constituency
Other Transport : $614.26

Traveler : Member of Parliament
Itinerary : Saint-Georges
Purpose : Travel within the constituency
Other Transport : $131.86

Hospitality Disclosure Report
There were no hospitality expenses incurred during this reporting period.

First spending report

15-December-2013 · 1 Comment  

With my Conservative colleagues, we’ve decided to move ahead with the disclosure of our travel and hospitality expense claims, for the sake of transparency. The following spending report (as an MP, and not as a minister) covers the period from October 17 to November 17, 2013. Reports will appear on Parliament’s website beginning in April 2014.

Maxime Bernier

Beauce

Travel Disclosure Report

-Traveler : MP

Itinerary : St-Georges Beauce

Purpose : Constituency Business

Air Fare : $256.03

Other Transport : $56.28

Meals and Incidentals : $90.15

-Traveler : MP

Itinerary : Ottawa

Purpose : Parliamentary Business

Other Transport : $294.80

Meals and Incidentals : $195.40

-Traveler : MP

Itinerary : Ottawa

Purpose : Parliamentary Business

Other Transport : $294.80

Meals and Incidentals : $254.70

-Traveler : MP

Itinerary : Ottawa

Purpose : Parliamentary Business

Other Transport : $294.80

Meals and Incidentals : $318.60

-Traveler : MP

Itinerary : St-Georges Beauce

Purpose : Travel within the constituency

Other Transport : $445.95

Hospitality Disclosure Report

There were no hospitality expenses incurred during this reporting period.

Press Review: The Senate

1-December-2013 · 9 Comments  

senate_lrg Here are a couple of articles and an interview regarding my recent declaration on the Senate.

Conservatives float referendum on Senate abolition,Metro, November 2, 2013.

Chantal Hébert, “Harper misses boat on Senate plebiscite, Chronicle-Herald, November 5, 2013.

Bernier calls for national referendum on Senate abolition,” CTV News, November 7, 2013.

Vincent Marissal, « Un référendum sur l’abolition du Sénat? », La Presse, 2 novembre 2013.

Stéphanie Marin, « Le congrès conservateur se clôt sans pouvoir étouffer la crise du Sénat », La Presse, 2 novembre 2013.

Emmanuelle Latraverse, Les coulisses du pouvoir, Radio-Canada, Entrevue avec Maxime Bernier, 3 novembre 2013.

Spending freeze resolution approved by 75% of Conservative delegates

11-November-2013 · 5 Comments  

cpc-logo The Conservative Party of Canada national convention was held last week in Calgary. A resolution presented by the Conservative association of my riding of Beauce, which proposed to freeze government spending from the moment when the budget is balanced in 2015-2016, was debated in one of the convention’s policy workshops. It was approved (in a vote by a show of hands) by 75% of the delegates present. Organizers also told me that this vote is the one that got the highest level of participation in that workshop during the whole day.

Unfortunately, the resolution was not brought before the plenary session because of the rules of procedure of the convention, which means it will not become part of the party program. Still, I am very happy with the result of this vote which shows strong support from Party members for the principle of small government, and I want to thank all those who supported it.

The Great Crossing of the Beauce: It’s done!

6-October-2013 · 3 Comments  

I got to the finish line!

traverseearrivee The Great Crossing of Beauce took place on Saturday September 28. After training for nine months, I managed to cross the 100 km (107 to be more precise) that separate the two ends of my riding, from south to north. It took 13 hours.

It was a magnificent day. Despite the physical difficulties, I overcame this challenge thanks to the extraordinary support of the people of Beauce who ran with me and saluted me all along the way.

The most important is that the goal of raising $50,000 for the Moisson Beauce food bank was largely exceeded: almost $160,000 was raised, thanks to the generosity of the sponsors and of the population. These funds will help the needy families of Beauce.

I want to sincerely thank all the volunteers who made this event a success, those who ran alongside me, the donors, and all those who encouraged me.

In the media:

Jake Edmiston, “From ‘Mad Max’ to The Running Man,” National Post, 30 September 2013.

Allan Woods, “Tory MP Maxime Bernier turns to ultramarathon as next challenge,” Toronto Star, 27 September 2013.

Report by Infoman on Radio-Canada television (starting at 1:11 min.).

Report on TVA Nouvelles.

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How to advance conservative ideas

17-March-2013 · 12 Comments  

Last week, I attended the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa. I had the pleasure to meet one of the greatest defenders of freedom and small government in the world, former Congressman Ron Paul, who gave the keynote speech. I also made a presentation on how to attract new supporters to the Conservative Party at one of the panels with my colleague Jason Kenney (photo: Jake Wright). The text of my speech is reproduced below.

How to advance conservative ideas

ron-paul-2013 Maxime Bernier

Manning Networking Conference 2013

8 March 2013, Ottawa

We are discussing today on this panel if the federal Conservative Party has reached a high water mark. I hope not. Because if that’s the case, there won’t be any Conservative left in Quebec when we hit the low water mark! I mean, outside of my riding of Beauce, of course!

So, to answer the question, how can we continue to attract new supporters?

In conventional politics, the way to get more supporters is usually to reach for the center. If you are on the right for example, all voters who share right-wing beliefs and ideas are assumed to support you already. So if you want to get more support, you make proposals that are a bit more to the left. You do the opposite if you are a left-wing party.

That may be a winning strategy to some extent, in some circumstances. If we’re talking about social or moral issues, or foreign policy for example. It’s obvious that we need to be sensitive to the majority’s opinion and to reach for a broader consensus on such issues.

08032013_min-bernier_mnc-2013_photo-par-jake-wright But when it comes to economic issues, I don’t buy that. I think being more conservative on economic issues is the way to make our economy more dynamic, our country more prosperous, and ultimately to increase our support among voters.

There are only two directions we can take on this issue. Either we create new programs, increase spending and increase taxes – in short, increase the size of government. Or we do the opposite and reduce the size of government.

The evolution of government size

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Maxime Bernier’s Great Crossing of Beauce

12-February-2013 · 4 Comments  

Press Release

Maxime Bernier’s Great Crossing of Beauce

The Member of Parliament for Beauce will run 100 km to raise funds for la Fondation Moisson Beauce

dsc6478 Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec, February 10, 2013 — Maxime Bernier, the Member of Parliament for Beauce, announced today that he will run across his riding September 28th to raise funds for la Fondation Moisson Beauce, a food bank serving the entire Beauce region.

“It’s a personal challenge I wanted to take up for few years now. At fifty years old, it’s the challenge of a lifetime. What’s most important, however, is to be able to personally give back to the residents of Beauce in need,” the Beauce MP explained at a press conference with Nicole Jacques, director general of the Moisson Beauce food bank.

dsc6460 A typical marathon covers a distance of 42 km. Running 100 km is therefore greater than running two consecutive marathons. Mr. Bernier, who has been running for many years, will need to rigorously train several times per week for the next eight months to prepare.

The Moisson Beauce food bank has been distributing food and basic personal care products to a growing number of Beauce residents over the past few years. Currently, more than 9400 people living in a difficult socio-economic situation are receiving aid from the food bank every month, 30% of whom are children.

dsc6416 “I am very delighted with Mr. Bernier’s initiative. The run will help us continue with our mission since the demand for our services is growing,” Ms. Jacques said.

Maxime Bernier’s Great Crossing of Beauce will take place Saturday, September 28th, 2013. It will start at 5:00 a.m. in Saint-Ludger, the southernmost municipality in the riding, and will end in Saint-Bernard.

Mr. Bernier will attempt to cover the 100 km distance that separates the two villages in twelve hours at most.

dsc6448 Individuals and businesses from across Canada who wish to support this cause will be able to “buy kilometres” for the Great Crossing of Beauce at the cost of $10 per kilometre. Through this effort, Mr. Bernier will seek to raise at least $50,000.

“I invite the people of Beauce and my friends from across Canada to show solidarity with those who are looking for a hand up by buying kilometres. I look forward to running with those of you who will be on-site September 28th. I will need your words of encouragement to be able to get to the finish line!” concluded Mr. Bernier.

Donors will also have the opportunity to run with the Beauce MP during the section of the run they have “purchased.” More information on how to make a donation and on the Maxime’s 100 km is available on these websites: www.moissonbeauce.qc.ca/ and www.grandetraverseemaximebernier.com/en/

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