November 28, 2014

BQ

Claude Patry

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Claude Patry (Jonquière—Alma, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, the beneficiaries to unemployed ratio is now less than 40%. It leaves not only unemployed workers but also their families and their regions out in the cold. That is an appalling record. Over six out of 10 unemployed workers are not entitled to benefits. That is unacceptable.

Why is the government deliberately leaving these workers out in the cold without jobs and why does it not help them by improving access to employment insurance?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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CPC

Scott Armstrong

Conservative

Mr. Scott Armstrong (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the changes we have made in employment insurance do nothing to limit access to employment insurance. If people lose their job due to no fault of their own, the employment insurance system will be there for them, just as it always is. That is what it is there for. We are supporting unemployed Canadians getting back to work.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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BQ

Claude Patry

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Claude Patry (Jonquière—Alma, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, over the next three years, the government will help itself to $14.2 billion from the employment insurance fund. That is over $4.5 billion a year.

Rather than imposing a tax on jobs, why does the government not want to help unemployed workers with the money that belongs to them?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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CPC

Scott Armstrong

Conservative

Mr. Scott Armstrong (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, unlike what the opposition would do, this government believes that employers and employees who contribute to the program have the right to have premiums either stay the same or actually get lower. That is why we treat the employment insurance fund with respect, unlike the previous government, which raided it for over $50 billion.

Canadians can count on us not to do that, and to keep in support of all Canadian workers, employees, and contributors, like the employers across this country. We are defending the EI system.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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IND

André Bellavance

Independent

Mr. André Bellavance (Richmond—Arthabaska, Ind.)

Mr. Speaker, the agreement that was ratified yesterday at the WTO opens the door to negotiations on market access, including supply management.

The Minister of International Trade, who is eager to reach a comprehensive agreement and always on the fast track, needs to take into account the warning issued this week by the chairman of the Producteurs de lait du Québec, Bruno Letendre, who said that dismantling supply management would lead to a drop in prices for producers and bankruptcies without any guarantee of lower prices for consumers.

Will the minister be clear with his counterparts as we move forward and protect supply management, unlike what he did with the Canada-EU agreement and unlike what he is preparing to do with the trans-Pacific partnership agreement?

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

Pierre Lemieux

Conservative

Mr. Pierre Lemieux (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Canada's dairy and poultry and egg producers know that they can continue to count on our government to stand up for their interests. We are ensuring that the three pillars of supply management remain intact in all trade agreements that our government implements, including the agreements with Europe and Korea.

Our government is taking practical measures to stop products such as pizza topping kits from being imported into Canada. Our government has always stood up for Canada's supply management system and will continue to do so.

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

Dick Harris

Conservative

Mr. Richard Harris (Cariboo—Prince George, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. During the members' statement period, the member for Winnipeg Centre, like his colleague from Timmins—James Bay, displayed his contempt for how we are to behave in the House.

In his member's statement, he opened by making references to kings losing their heads, and then went on a tirade directed at the President of the Treasury Board. Following his S.O. 31, he sat down and immediately made slashing gestures across his neck to his colleagues.

That was an appalling display. Given the world that we are living in, I think the member probably regrets that and wants to make an apology.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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NDP

Charlie Angus

New Democratic Party

Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I take my work very seriously in the House. I am shocked that as I do my work, I get some drive-by smear about something to do with kings and the Treasury Board. I have not ever spoken on kings. I have a lot of opinions on the uselessness of the historic monarchy, but I do not know why I am being subjected to this smear.

I would like the member to apologize.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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CPC

Barry Devolin

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Barry Devolin)

The Chair will take this under consideration and return if necessary.

The hon. member for Medicine Hat, on the same point of order.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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CPC

LaVar Payne

Conservative

Mr. LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I actually saw the member for Winnipeg Centre do the same thing as described by my colleague. I think that it is definitely deplorable.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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CPC

Barry Devolin

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Barry Devolin)

The Chair appreciates the point raised. As I said, it will review the matter and return if needed.

The hon. member for Hamilton Centre on a point of order.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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NDP

David Christopherson

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Christopherson

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order arising from the statements prior to question period. I rise on a matter of serious importance in terms of misleading the House.

The member for Calgary East stood and said as a fact that the Calgary Stampeders are going to win. They are not; the Ticats are going to win.

Would you please call on that member to correct the record?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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CPC

Barry Devolin

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Barry Devolin)

The Chair presumes that this matter will resolve itself on Sunday.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Points of Order
Sub-subtopic:   Oral Questions
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CPC

Tom Lukiwski

Conservative

Mr. Tom Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36(8), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the government's response to four petitions.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Government Response to Petitions
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CPC

Scott Armstrong

Conservative

Mr. Scott Armstrong (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the eighth report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, entitled supplementary estimates (B) 2014-2015.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
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CPC

Bob Dechert

Conservative

Mr. Bob Dechert (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to the study on supplementary estimates (B) 2014-2015.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Justice and Human Rights
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NDP

Pat Martin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, entitled “Supplementary Estimates (B) 2014-2015: Vote 5b, under the Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada”.

I report that the committee has examined, in a very thorough and comprehensive way, the supplementary estimates put forward by the Office of the Privacy Commission and has voted, on division, to approve and recommend the option of proposed spending found therein.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics
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CPC

Tom Lukiwski

Conservative

Mr. Tom Lukiwski (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 26th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs in relation to a study of the supplementary estimates (B) for the fiscal year 2014-15.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Procedure and House Affairs
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CPC

Gordon O'Connor

Conservative

Hon. Gordon O'Connor (Carleton—Mississippi Mills, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates in relation to its study on supplementary estimates (B), 2014-15.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Committees of the House
Sub-subtopic:   Government Operations and Estimates
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NDP

Pat Martin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today to present a petition signed by tens of thousands of Canadians.

The petitioners call upon the House of Commons and Parliament here assembled to take note that asbestos is the greatest industrial killer that the world has ever known. They point out that more Canadians now die from asbestos than all other occupational and industrial causes combined. They also note that Canada has never banned asbestos and continues to promote its use in our country.

Therefore, the petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to ban asbestos in all of its forms and institute a just transition program for asbestos workers in the communities they live in, to end all government subsidies of asbestos both in Canada and abroad, and to stop blocking international health and safety conventions designed to protect workers from asbestos, such as the Rotterdam convention.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
Sub-subtopic:   Asbestos
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November 28, 2014