April 24, 2015

CPC

Pierre Poilievre

Conservative

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our position on the temporary foreign worker program is that Canadians should always come first for Canadian jobs. That is why we brought in massively increased inspections. We have brought in severe penalties and fines for those who break the terms and conditions of the program. We have capped the number of temporary foreign workers in low-wage sectors that a business of more than 10 employees can have at 10% of the workforce. This ensures that employers will go out and hire Canadians and pay fair wages so that our working people always get ahead.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Employment
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NDP

Niki Ashton

New Democratic Party

Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the North is another file that is suffering because of the Conservatives' incompetence.

Canada is preparing to hand over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council among controversy and accusations that the Minister of the Environment has politicized the council. Let us hope that the United States will be able to repair the damage done by this government.

What does the minister have to say about such accusations that undermine co-operation at the council?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Bernard Trottier

Conservative

Mr. Bernard Trottier (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for La Francophonie, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our government is proud of the initiatives we put forward during our chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and we look forward to the meetings in Iqaluit.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum for co-operation on sustainable development and environmental protection issues. It does not deal with matters related to defence and security, as members know. However, the fact remains that no other government in Canadian history has done more to stand up for our Arctic sovereignty than this Conservative government.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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NDP

Niki Ashton

New Democratic Party

Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the question is: If the government is so proud, why has it cancelled the planned showcase of Canada's accomplishments when it comes to the Arctic?

In fact, we heard from the minister from Nunavut that it was cancelled because of “...the challenges of everything happening all at once”. The documents show that the meeting was cancelled because of direction from senior levels of the Canadian government.

Can the minister confirm that the meeting was cancelled because the Conservatives expected to be embarrassed by their own failures in the north?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Bernard Trottier

Conservative

Mr. Bernard Trottier (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for La Francophonie, CPC)

Once again, Mr. Speaker, the Arctic Council is very important for Canada. Obviously we have a very important role to play. The chairmanship over the last two years was led very ably by our Minister of the Environment.

I would also say that the Arctic Council is an important forum for us to discuss a variety of issues, including Arctic sovereignty and Canada's claims on sovereignty in the Arctic. We are backing that up with strong investments in the Arctic. We are making sure that our voice is heard at the Arctic Council.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

LaVar Payne

Conservative

Mr. LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, earlier this week the Minister of Finance tabled our government's balanced budget and low-tax plan for jobs and growth. On this side of the House, we believe in helping families and giving them back more of their hard-earned money.

Can the Minister of Employment and Social Development please tell this House what budget 2015 does for Canadian families?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Budget
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CPC

Pierre Poilievre

Conservative

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have good news and bad news.

The goods news is that economic action plan 2015 expands and extends the universal child care benefit. For every child under six there is $2,000 and for every child six through 17 there is $720, regardless of the family's income or the child care they choose.

Now the bad news. There are 200,000 Canadian families who have not yet signed up to receive this benefit from our Conservative government. They have exactly one week until the deadline to sign up and receive the first installment of this increased and expanded benefit. I strongly encourage people to go to Canada.ca/taxsavings to get the money that they deserve.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Budget
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NDP

Rathika Sitsabaiesan

New Democratic Party

Ms. Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough—Rouge River, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have made it very clear that they are opposed to the Conservative cuts to our postal service. Yesterday, protesters even followed the Prime Minister to Winnipeg to condemn the cuts to home delivery that so many Canadians rely on.

Canada Post made millions in profits last year, which just underlines how wrong the Conservatives were to cut home delivery. Will they now do the right thing for our communities and halt their reckless cuts to our postal services?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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CPC

Jeff Watson

Conservative

Mr. Jeff Watson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I will remind the member that Canada Post is an arm's-length Crown corporation, responsible for its own business decisions, especially its five-point plan.

As the member will know, Canada Post delivered 1.4 billion fewer letters last year than in 2006. That trend continues to decline. Two-thirds of Canadians currently do not receive door to door.

Canada Post has made a decision that in order to save daily mail, it will do so according to its five-point plan, and the member should support that.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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NDP

Charmaine Borg

New Democratic Party

Ms. Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne—Blainville, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, two years ago a report commissioned by Canada Post forecast losses of $250 million in 2014.

However, this year, Canada Post posted a profit of $300 million. That is a half-billion-dollar mistake. Canada Post used the report to justify ending door-to-door delivery against the advice of 500 municipalities, including Terrebonne.

Will the minister admit her mistake and put a stop to Canada Post's plans?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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CPC

Jeff Watson

Conservative

Mr. Jeff Watson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, in 2014, Canada Post delivered 1.4 billion fewer letters than in 2006. Two-thirds of Canadians do not have door-to-door delivery. Canada Post must balance its budget without imposing a burden on Canadian taxpayers, and we would expect nothing less.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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NDP

Alexandrine Latendresse

New Democratic Party

Ms. Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-Saint-Laurent, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the government keeps repeating that Canada Post is an organization that makes its own decisions and that the government has nothing to do with it, but that is false. The government has a responsibility to listen to Canadians.

Canada Post based its decision on an erroneous report. More than 500 municipalities are asking it to start over. Seniors, people with reduced mobility and SMEs are losing access to essential services.

When will the minister assume her responsibilities and stop this plan that makes no sense?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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CPC

Jeff Watson

Conservative

Mr. Jeff Watson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Canada Post is an independent Crown corporation. It operates at arm's-length from the government. It has a CEO and a board of directors. They make the decisions on its operations.

Canada Post has a five-point plan precisely because it is delivering 1.4 billion fewer letter mail pieces in 2014 than in 2006. It has a responsibility to operate well into the future fiscally without being a burden to taxpayers. We expect it to do that.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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NDP

Philip Toone

New Democratic Party

Mr. Philip Toone (Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the lobster-fishing season in the Magdalen Islands is scheduled to begin on May 9.

However, yesterday, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans published contradictory administrative notices that are mandatory for some fishers but not for others. The department is requiring fishers to complete a logbook every time they go out to sea, a logbook that is filled with questions that have nothing to do with species management.

Why will the minister not grant a reprieve to allow for real consultation?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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CPC

Gail Shea

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the department is in discussion with the association and the province, and will consult lobster fishers on this matter. We will continue to work with our partners to get agreement on a way forward.

However, increasingly consumers demand traceability of their food products and industry certification demands additional information from the industry.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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LIB

Wayne Easter

Liberal

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday at the Mike Duffy trial, it was revealed that an expense claim for makeup services in 2009 was rejected by Senate finance officials as not parliamentary business.

That being the case, could the government explain how makeup services were then paid by the Senate in 2010 through Duffy's slush fund, including those services used by the Prime Minister?

Will the government conduct a broad inquiry to determine what other government or Conservative Party expenses were also forced on to the back of the Senate?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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CPC

Paul Calandra

Conservative

Mr. Paul Calandra (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Intergovernmental Affairs, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, these types of expenses are not passed on to taxpayers.

That is an unfortunate question coming from a member who was accused of living expenses that were inappropriate. I do not understand why the Liberals would have him ask this question. They should have the member for York West ask it. No, the member for York West could not have done it. The Kings—Hants promised to pay back $40 million so it could not have been him. Maybe it could be the member for Vancouver Centre. No, the member for Vancouver Centre has illegal campaign debt, so I guess it does fall on him to ask this question.

Hearing the Liberals talk about ethics is like listening to people talk about Sasquatch. We hear a lot about it, but we just never see it.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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NDP

Yvon Godin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Yvon Godin (Acadie—Bathurst, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I want to talk about the transfer of snow crab fishing licences. The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has already ruled in favour of Cyrenus Dugas, a crab fisher from New Brunswick. That decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2013. However, the case is back before the courts once again.

Can the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans follow the example of her predecessor and wait for the outcome of this case before she gets involved in the transfer of that licence to P.E.I. fishers Peter and Adam Gaudet, or will she respect the court of appeal's decision, which was upheld by the Supreme Court?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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CPC

Gail Shea

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, this issue has spent considerable time before the courts, and I can assure members that DFO's decision will be guided by court decisions and by DFO policies.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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CPC

Bruce Stanton

Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton)

My apologies. We skipped a slot there, so we will go back to the hon. member for Malpeque.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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April 24, 2015