March 4, 2014

CPC

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

Order, please. The hon. member for Etobicoke North still has the floor. She has a few seconds left to finish her question.

The hon. member for Etobicoke North.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Status of Women
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LIB

Kirsty Duncan

Liberal

Ms. Kirsty Duncan

Mr. Speaker, when will the government put in place a national action plan to end violence against women, and launch an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Status of Women
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CPC

Peter MacKay

Conservative

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I can assure the hon. member and all members that the loss of Loretta Saunders is a firm reminder of the realities faced by not only aboriginal women but all women when it comes to violence in this country.

We as a government have made it a priority to bring forward legislation that not only toughens penalties but sends a strong message of deterrence and denunciation for any form of violence, including against children, but certainly against women, certainly against vulnerable people.

To suggest otherwise, or to suggest in any way that this government is insensitive to those challenges, is absolutely misleading.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Status of Women
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LIB

Mark Eyking

Liberal

Hon. Mark Eyking (Sydney—Victoria, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, there is a $5-billion disaster in the Canadian grains industry. It is not the farmers' fault. It is the utter failure of the Conservative government's rail bill, Bill C-52.

The law must be amended to better define rail services, to measure proper performance, and to compensate farmers with liquidated damages when the railways fail.

Liberal amendments to Bill C-52 would have fixed all these mistakes. Why did the minister and all those western Conservative MPs vote against these amendments?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Agriculture and Agri-Food
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CPC

Gerry Ritz

Conservative

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is awfully hard to take direction in agricultural policy from a party whose only agricultural policy to date is legalizing marijuana, so everybody can cultivate it.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Agriculture and Agri-Food
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NDP

Wayne Marston

New Democratic Party

Mr. Wayne Marston (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, in 2011, Justin Stark—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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CPC

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

Order, please.

The hon. member for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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NDP

Wayne Marston

New Democratic Party

Mr. Wayne Marston

Mr. Speaker, in 2011, Justin Stark, after completing a seven-month tour in Afghanistan, committed suicide in his Hamilton barracks.

In the years since, his grieving mother sat through endless tribunals while the military debated whether or not her son's death was work related.

Mrs. Stark has just received an envelope from the military. In it was a cheque made out to her son for one cent.

One cent; after all this mother has gone through, this is inexcusable.

What will be done by the minister to ensure that this never happens to another grieving mother again?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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CPC

Rob Nicholson

Conservative

Hon. Rob Nicholson (Minister of National Defence, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the hon. member that this is absolutely ridiculous. I extend the apologies of everyone in the government to his mother. We thank that individual for the service he gave his country.

That being said, this is an insensitive bureaucratic screw-up. I have just learned of it now, and I will take steps immediately to ensure that something like this should never happen again.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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NDP

Peter Stoffer

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, on this side of the House we appreciate the sentiment of the Minister of National Defence.

However, this is not the very first time something of this insensitive nature has happened to the heroes of our country who unfortunately take their own lives. We just want to make sure the minister fully understands exactly what has transpired here, because that cheque was not sent from the Minister of Defence; it was sent from Public Works and Government Services Canada; so somewhere along the line there is a change here in this issue.

Can the minister now assure us that this will never happen again? Can he assure us, in writing, that he will contact the family—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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CPC
CPC

Rob Nicholson

Conservative

Hon. Rob Nicholson (Minister of National Defence, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, again, I extend my apologies and those of the government to the mother of Justin Stark.

Again, as I indicated in the previous answer, I will take whatever steps are necessary to make sure a bureaucratic screw-up like this never happens again.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   National Defence
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CPC

Bryan Hayes

Conservative

Mr. Bryan Hayes (Sault Ste. Marie, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, members on this side of the House want to see qualified veterans placed at the front of the line for posted federal public service jobs. That is because only this side of the House truly supports Canadian veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.

Will the Minister of Veterans Affairs please update this House on the position PSAC took and what he intends to do about it?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Veterans Affairs
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CPC

Julian Fantino

Conservative

Hon. Julian Fantino (Minister of Veterans Affairs, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question.

A senior Public Service Alliance of Canada spokesman, John MacLennan, said the following about putting injured veterans at the front of the line: “It's not right.... It's disrespectful to public servants, topping up opportunities for veterans...”.

Big union bosses do not like helping injured veterans get federal public service jobs if they are qualified, which we, of course, are putting forward.

Will the opposition parties follow their big union bosses and vote against the hiring veterans act?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Veterans Affairs
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LIB

Francis Scarpaleggia

Liberal

Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, just before the crisis, the employment rate was 64%. It is now 62% and has been for at least two years.

What is more, Statistics Canada has confirmed that the supplementary unemployment rate, which includes discouraged searchers and involuntary part-time workers, is over 10%.

With this sort of results, how can the Prime Minister describe his finance minister as the best in the entire world, particularly since the finance minister seems to share the Prime Minister's vision less and less?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment
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CPC

Jim Flaherty

Conservative

Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the fact remains that over one million net new jobs have been created since the end of the recession. Over 85% of them have been full time and 80% in the private sector, and the future looks good. Both the IMF and the OECD predict that Canada will be a major job creator in the future.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment
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NDP

Matthew Dubé

New Democratic Party

Mr. Matthew Dubé (Chambly—Borduas, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, let us talk about jobs. There is an increasing number of unpaid internships in Canada. Nearly 300,000 young Canadians are doing unpaid work. These young people work hard and did well in school, but unfortunately, they are being forced to accept entry-level jobs and work without pay for long periods of time, often in very difficult conditions.

The youth unemployment rate shows that it is extremely difficult for young people to access the labour market.

What does the minister intend to do to ensure that these young people are treated fairly?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment
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CPC

Jason Kenney

Conservative

Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for his question.

We are making record investments in training young Canadians so that they can find jobs commensurate with their skill levels. That is why we proposed the Canada job grant, among other measures.

As I said before, I am very pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement in principle with all of the provinces and territories to move forward with these investments and thereby get employers more involved and increase private sector investments in the training of workers, including young Canadians.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment
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CPC

Greg Kerr

Conservative

Mr. Greg Kerr (West Nova, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the seal hunt has helped to support rural coastal communities in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and the north for centuries.

Sealers put their lives on their line each time they step on the ice. I presented Bill C-555 in order to put in place better protections for all those involved in the seal hunt.

Would the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans please tell the House our government's position on this bill?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Sealing Industry
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CPC

Gail Shea

Conservative

Hon. Gail Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for West Nova for his hard work on this file and for defending the seal hunt.

We have seen the actions of animal rights groups and foreign radicals disrupt the hunt and put the lives of sealers, licensed observers, and DFO personnel at even greater risk.

I am proud to announce today that our government will continue its commitment to the seal hunt by supporting Bill C-555. We hope the rest of the House follows our lead. Whether it is at the World Trade Organization or on the ice of the north Atlantic, sealers can rest assured that our government will continue to fight for them.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Sealing Industry
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March 4, 2014