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Taking a look at Manitoba MPs' time in the Ottawa spotlight

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This article was published 9/9/2015 (1441 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

With the 2015 campaign in full swing, the Free Press is summarizing legislative work by Manitoba's members of Parliament during their time in Ottawa since the 2011 election.

Today's instalment chronicles the records of Conservative MPs, as listed by publicly available House of Commons records. (MPs Joy Smith, Shelly Glover and Rod Bruinooge are not included, as they are not running for re-election.)

The record of Manitoba's opposition MPs will be presented later.

Attendance records of MPs are not publicly available on the Parliament website, but voting records are. The information also includes legislative-like interventions at committee, speeches in the House, bills and motions sponsored and voting-attendance records.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 9/9/2015 (1441 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

With the 2015 campaign in full swing, the Free Press is summarizing legislative work by Manitoba's members of Parliament during their time in Ottawa since the 2011 election.

Today's instalment chronicles the records of Conservative MPs, as listed by publicly available House of Commons records. (MPs Joy Smith, Shelly Glover and Rod Bruinooge are not included, as they are not running for re-election.)

The record of Manitoba's opposition MPs will be presented later.

Attendance records of MPs are not publicly available on the Parliament website, but voting records are. The information also includes legislative-like interventions at committee, speeches in the House, bills and motions sponsored and voting-attendance records.

 

Joyce Bateman, MP for Winnipeg South Centre

Joyce Bateman has spoken many times on the subject of sexual harassment.

CRYSTAL SCHICK / FREE PRESS FILES

Joyce Bateman has spoken many times on the subject of sexual harassment.

Voting attendance: 1,139 out of 1,227 (92.8 per cent).

Roles in the House:Bateman has sat on four committees: official languages, status of women, finance, and industry, science and technology.

Interventions: Bateman has spoken many times on the subject of sexual harassment, in connection with her role on the status of women committee.

 

 

Candice Bergen, MP for Portage-Lisgar

Candice Bergen

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Candice Bergen

Voting attendance: 1,143 out of 1,227 (93.2 per cent).

Roles in the House:Minister of state (social development) since July of 2013. Prior to that she was a member of the public safety and national security committee in 2011-13. She sat on the committee that studied Bill C-18, dealing with the reorganization of the Canadian Wheat Board.

Interventions: In her role as minister of state (social development), Bergen's time this year in the House of Commons has been spent defending the Tories' universal child care benefit plan. She also spoke frequently on social housing and homelessness.

 

James Bezan, MP for Selkirk-Interlake

James Bezan

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James Bezan

Voting attendance: 1,140 out of 1,227 (92.9 per cent).

Roles in the House:Bezan is parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence and as such plays a high-profile role answering questions on the defence file in the House and in committee.

Interventions: Bezan, who is of Ukrainian heritage, has been active in speaking about Canadian relations with Ukraine in the House. He travelled to Kyiv as part of a Canadian delegation and has been an election monitor there.

 

Ted Falk, MP for Provencher

Ted Falk

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Ted Falk

Voting attendance: 419 out of 467 (89.7 per cent).

Roles in the House:Falk, who was elected in 2013 in a byelection after former cabinet minister Vic Toews resigned, is a member of three committees: public accounts, public safety and national security, and the standing committee on Canadian heritage.

Interventions: Falk, the former president of Steinbach Credit Union, has spoken on issues involving national security, including the radicalization of youth, defending anti-terror Bill C-51 and border security.

 

Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley

Steven Fletcher

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Steven Fletcher

Voting attendance: 1,084 out of 1,227 (88.3 per cent).

Roles in the House:Fletcher was minister of state (transport) from 2011 to 2013.

Interventions: Fletcher, who is paralyzed from the neck down, has been a frequent advocate in the House of Commons for accessibility for persons with disabilities and also for doctor-assisted suicide a position at odds with many in his party.

 

Larry Maguire, MP for Brandon-Souris

Larry Maguire

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Larry Maguire

Voting attendance: 423 out of 467 (90.6 per cent).

Roles in the House:Maguire is a member of two committees: access to information, privacy and ethics, and agriculture.

Interventions: While in the House, Maguire, who was elected in 2013 in a byelection, has spoken often about issues relating to farming and agriculture.

 

Robert Sopuck, MP for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa

Robert Sopuck

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Robert Sopuck

Voting attendance: 1,195 out of 1,227 (97.4 per cent).

Roles in the House:Sopuck has been a member of the environment and sustainable development committee and the fisheries and oceans committee. He also heads up the Conservative hunting and angling caucus, which advocates for sportsmen's rights and especially the right to own firearms.

Interventions: As an angler, Sopuck has been active on files relating to habitat conservation and fisheries. He has also appeared at the public safety committee to speak about his bill (C-637) dealing with the storage of pellet and BB guns.

 

 

Lawrence Toet, MP for Elmwood-Transcona

Lawrence Toet

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Lawrence Toet

Voting attendance: 1,161 out of out of 1,227 (94.6 per cent).

Roles in the House:Toet has been on the health committee since April, as well as the transport, infrastructure and communities, and environment and sustainable development files since 2011.

Interventions: Toet has spoken frequently in the House of Commons on voter-friendly issues such as keeping taxes low and protecting the middle class. As a former small-business owner, he also spoke out on red tape and low taxes for small-business owners.

 

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