November 24, 2005

CPC

Monte Solberg

Conservative

Mr. Monte Solberg

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Here is what the parliamentary secretary said, “The trust will be taxed going out or starting I think around 2007”. Then he went on to give a very detailed explanation of how this new tax would work.

When will the minister admit that the second part of the Liberal plan on income trusts is to impose a new tax on income trusts if the Liberals get re-elected? Is it not just the Liberal hidden agenda?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Income Trusts
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LIB

Ralph Goodale

Liberal

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is very strange to see how everybody else in the country can understand it, but this one finance critic from the Conservative Party cannot understand it.

I quoted the real estate association. I quoted the income funds association. I quoted the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. Let me quote from BMO Nesbitt Burns, which states that this result “doesn't penalize the existing trusts and gets rid of a high rate of double taxation on dividends. I see this as a very positive move...”. Goodman & Company says, “This is outstanding”. The Yellow Pages Group believes “the decision to cut the taxation on dividends will make Canada more competitive”.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Income Trusts
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BQ

Gilles Duceppe

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, we saw the true colours of the Liberals. After voting in favour of the bill put forward by the Bloc Québécois, asking for full retroactivity for seniors who were deprived of the guaranteed income supplement, the Liberals rejected the Bloc's proposal to proceed to passage of the bill. Seniors in need have been waiting for this money for many years.

The government agreed to fast-track several bills through the legislative process. Why will the Prime Minister not do the same for a bill designed to help low income seniors?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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LIB

Tony Ianno

Liberal

Hon. Tony Ianno (Minister of State (Families and Caregivers), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as was discussed earlier in the House, the government has put in $2.7 billion for low income seniors. This is the first time since 1984, other than a cost of living allowance, for this. That is a $433 increase for all low income seniors, 1.6 million of them, and we will continue to do more to ensure that our low income seniors live with the dignity they deserve.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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BQ

Gilles Duceppe

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Gilles Duceppe (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, at second reading, the Liberals voted in favour of full retroactivity on the guaranteed income supplement. That was very clearly recorded yesterday.

We are asking that we proceed with this bill as we have done with others and pass it immediately. But the Liberals refuse. They are the only ones. The Conservatives agree, as do the New Democrats. Is it not true that a new height in hypocrisy was reached yesterday? The Liberals want to go to the electorate saying, “We agree”. But there has been no action to match the rhetoric. They will not admit to that. But now they have been exposed.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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LIB

Jean Lapierre

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lapierre (Minister of Transport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, speaking of the heights of hypocrisy, that is precisely where the Bloc Québécois is going today. A vote took place yesterday. The Liberals voted in favour of the bill. The Liberals increased the guaranteed income supplement for seniors. They have made sure that the maximum number of seniors are eligible for this supplement by implementing advertising programs and ensuring that all seniors have access to the GIS. We are increasing the income of seniors. This is not mere rhetoric, and we are not playing petty politics on the backs of seniors, unlike the leader of the Bloc Québécois.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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BQ

Marcel Gagnon

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Marcel Gagnon (Saint-Maurice—Champlain, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, my political career is coming to an end and, yesterday, I saw the House at both its best and worst.

Is the Prime Minister not ashamed that his party voted in favour of the bill to make the guaranteed income supplement retroactive and then, two minutes later, refused to pass it at final stage?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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LIB

Jean Lapierre

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lapierre (Minister of Transport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, first, I want to wish the hon. member a happy retirement and tell him that the seniors he informed of the guaranteed income supplement were able to apply for and receive that supplement. He did this, along with all the Liberal members and all the members in the House who are helping to educate the public about the government's programs.

All members have the duty to do this. What is important is the amount that seniors are getting and, with this in mind, this government has increased the guaranteed income supplement for seniors more than any other government has. This also needs to be said.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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BQ

Marcel Gagnon

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Marcel Gagnon (Saint-Maurice—Champlain, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, that answer is unacceptable. Seniors in need of the guaranteed income supplement have been deprived of $3.2 billion over the past 12 years.

Even if the Liberals increase the GIS, seniors who were deprived of it in the past are still living in poverty. The money is sitting in the government's coffers.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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LIB

Tony Ianno

Liberal

Hon. Tony Ianno (Minister of State (Families and Caregivers), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows full well, as we have said in the last year and a half, that our interest in ensuring that our seniors live with dignity will continue to be enhanced with the many policies we are bringing forward.

The hon. member knows that this is an immediate relief process with over $6,000 per year in the guaranteed income supplement for seniors in need. It is an immediate relief program. That is what we continue to work on to ensure, with the rent supplements, affordable housing and RRAP, that these programs will continue to allow our seniors to live with the dignity they deserve.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Guaranteed Income Supplement
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NDP

Ed Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, 16 years ago today the Prime Minister and his party committed themselves to the abolition of child poverty by the year 2000. In the subsequent years, child poverty increased almost every year, while the finance minister was boasting of an accumulated surplus of $60 billion.

With the new figures out today showing that more than a million kids are in poverty, how can the government justify this disgraceful broken promise?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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LIB

Eleni Bakopanos

Liberal

Hon. Eleni Bakopanos (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development (Social Economy), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we welcome the report of Campaign 2000. However, I would like to remind all members here what it recommended in 2005 and what the government has done. We have an effective child benefit system with $12 million in the national child tax benefit.

We have a universal accessible system of quality early learning and child care, something that the government has done. In fact, we signed our 10th agreement this morning with New Brunswick.

We have a significant increase in affordable housing. We have more affordable housing today, thanks to the minister of housing. There are more good jobs. There is no other government's--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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The Speaker

The hon. member for Ottawa Centre.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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NDP

Ed Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Hon. Ed Broadbent (Ottawa Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have about half of those new commitments because the NDP forced the government.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member for Ottawa Centre has the floor.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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NDP

Ed Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Hon. Ed Broadbent

Mr. Speaker, today in the House of Commons the government House leader said that the best thing to do about child poverty was to produce jobs. He is flatly wrong. About 48% of the children living in poverty today live in families where both members of the family are working.

Given that the Liberal government abolished the federal minimum wage in 1993, will it bring it back and--

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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The Speaker

The hon. Minister of Finance.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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LIB

Ralph Goodale

Liberal

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the increase in the basic personal amount of tax exemption, the reduction in the lowest rate up to $36,000, will be of great assistance to low income Canadians.

Most importantly, this fiscal update included probably the best innovation in tax policy and social policy in the last decade, that is the creation of the working income tax benefit. That will help low income Canadians get over that welfare wall, get into the job market, and enjoy economic success.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Child Poverty
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CPC

Rahim Jaffer

Conservative

Mr. Rahim Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal Party has not learned anything from the sponsorship scandal. After 12 years of Liberal corruption, this party continues to be arrogant. This time, to help organize its upcoming campaign, it has brought back Guy Brisson, who was involved in the sponsorship scandal.

The Prime Minister said he would clean things up. What is he waiting for to punish the Liberal cronies involved in the sponsorship scandal, instead of rewarding them?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Sponsorship Program
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November 24, 2005