June 15, 2015

CPC

Earl Dreeshen

Conservative

Mr. Earl Dreeshen (Red Deer, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, my constituents believe in justice. They want to know that when a criminal or a terrorist harms a Canadian, their government will work to ensure that justice is delivered and that those responsible will have to answer to the law. Too often crimes go unpunished, and people lose trust in our justice system.

Could the Minister of Public Safety provide an update on the case of the 2008 kidnapping of my former constituent, Amanda Lindhout?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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CPC

Steven Blaney

Conservative

Hon. Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Red Deer for the support he gave to Amanda Lindhout and her family. I would also like to recognize the work of the integrated national security enforcement team under the command of Assistant Commissioner Malizia. I would like to confirm that an arrest has been made in connection with the crime committed.

The complex operation was successful. The message this sends is as follows.

Any criminal, any terrorist who harms a Canadian anywhere in the world can be assured that Canada will hunt them down and ensure they face the full force of the law.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Public Safety
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NDP

Hoang Mai

New Democratic Party

Mr. Hoang Mai (Brossard—La Prairie, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, hundreds of aircraft refuelers at Trudeau and Pearson airports are worried about losing their jobs.

They are accusing Air Canada and other airlines of changing contractors to hire the same employees for less pay and fewer benefits. The workers whose jobs are in peril have submitted complaints of unfair labour practices to the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Will the Conservatives stand by twiddling their thumbs while hundreds of people lose their jobs?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Labour
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CPC

Kellie Leitch

Conservative

Hon. K. Kellie Leitch (Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I said in the House last week, we allow the employers and employees to work together to come up with the best solution for themselves at their place of work. We will continue to encourage them to do that. If they require the support of the mediation and conciliation service at Labour Canada, we are happy to help.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Labour
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NDP

Peggy Nash

New Democratic Party

Ms. Peggy Nash (Parkdale—High Park, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the jobs of hundreds of airport workers at Pearson and in Montreal are in peril. Some are being asked to take a 30% pay cut and others will lose their jobs. This is just the latest in a pattern of contract flipping at Pearson, which has meant lost jobs, reduced pay and cuts to benefits.

Given that the deadline for layoffs is looming, which is at the end of this month, will the minister now take concrete action to protect these jobs and wages while the Industrial Relations Board investigates these serious complaints?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Labour
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CPC

Kellie Leitch

Conservative

Hon. K. Kellie Leitch (Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, to give members an idea of what Labour Canada does, just this weekend Air Canada and Unifor came to a tentative agreement so they could move forward together. They came to that agreement together, and that means planes are going to keep flying and people are going to get paid rate wages.

What we are doing now is ensuring that parties can continue to speak together, as I mentioned. They come up with the best solutions together, usually without us moving forward here. We want to continue to encourage them to do so by having the federal mediation and conciliation service available if they require them.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Labour
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NDP

Malcolm Allen

New Democratic Party

Mr. Malcolm Allen (Welland, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the tourism industry is responsible for 600,000 jobs in cities and towns across Canada. People in my riding of Welland and across Canada know how important tourism is to local economies.

However, not only have Conservatives slashed the budget of the Canadian Tourism Commission by nearly 30%, the Minister of State actually bragged about how much he had cut. As a result, Canada has dropped dramatically as a tourism destination.

Why do Conservatives continue to ignore a sector that employs so many Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Tourism Industry
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CPC

Maxime Bernier

Conservative

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, contrary to what the member just said, which is false, we did not cut any money from the Canadian Tourism Commission; we increased the budget by $30 million. This is an investment in U.S. tourism, which will ensure that we have more travellers from the U.S. visiting our nice country.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Tourism Industry
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NDP

Annick Papillon

New Democratic Party

Ms. Annick Papillon (Québec, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, let me set the record straight. The Canadian Tourism Commission's budget was cut by 19% in 2014.

For thousands of workers in Quebec City's tourism industry, the summer is a short but critical time for them to earn enough money. The Conservatives cut the budget for the organization that promotes Canada as a world-class tourism destination in foreign markets, and our tourism businesses are paying the price. In 2014, Canada ranked 20th of 50 countries for tourism revenue compared to 17th in 2013.

Will the Conservatives invest to save the—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Tourism Industry
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CPC

Andrew Scheer

Conservative

The Speaker

The hon. Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Tourism Industry
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CPC

Maxime Bernier

Conservative

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I wonder where my colleague was.

A few weeks ago in Niagara Falls, we made a major announcement about an additional $30 million investment in Destination Canada to promote our country. The entire tourism industry was very happy about that announcement.

The figures the member quoted are completely false. We have increased the budgets for the Canadian Tourism Commission and Destination Canada. We believe that they will do their job and attract even more visitors to Canada.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Tourism Industry
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LIB

Judy Sgro

Liberal

Hon. Judy Sgro (York West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, Statistics Canada has confirmed what families that rely on manufacturing jobs already know: times are tough and getting tougher.

Manufacturing sales fell another 2.1% in April, the third decline in four months. In fact, sales are 7.3% lower than their post-recession peak. Conservatives of course say that manufacturing will rebound if we just wait and wait, but unemployed families are tired of waiting.

How many jobs does the sector have to lose before the Conservatives will admit their fiscal failures, or do we have to wait for more ads to tell us how great things are?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Manufacturing Industry
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CPC

James Moore

Conservative

Hon. James Moore (Minister of Industry, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the math of this is quite simple. One-third of Canadians live in the province of Ontario. Ontario is over 40% of the Canadian economy, and the backbone of the Ontario economy is manufacturing.

That is why, when we came forward with budget 2015, we worked with the province of Ontario, we worked with the private sector, we worked with the auto sector and the aerospace sector to come forward with a package of policies that would make sense.

That is why the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, that is why the Canadian Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association and others, who actually work in this sector and with whom we work, have said that our budget is the right way forward to ensure that we are creating jobs, creating growth and creating long-term prosperity for Canada's manufacturing sector.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Manufacturing Industry
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LIB

Chrystia Freeland

Liberal

Ms. Chrystia Freeland (Toronto Centre, Lib.)

Numbers do not lie, Mr. Speaker. The manufacturing performance is dismal, particularly with the dollar at 81¢, and it is part of a wider trend.

The trade deficit has soared to historic highs: in January, $1.8 billion; in February, $2 billion; in March, an all-time slump, $3.9 billion; in April, another $3 billion. That is a total deficit so far this year of more than $10 billion.

Without reciting talking points, could the government explain how it will turn those terrible numbers around?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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CPC

Ed Fast

Conservative

Hon. Ed Fast (Minister of International Trade, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I do not accept the premise of that question. No government has done more to advance Canada's trade interests than this Conservative government. That is why we have concluded free trade agreements with 38 different countries around the world, and we have also concluded 29 investment protection agreements.

Had the member actually reviewed the statistics, she would have found that non-energy exports actually went up 6.2% over the previous year. Last year was the first time that Canadian exports were over $1 trillion. We are very proud of that accomplishment.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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NDP

Jinny Sims

New Democratic Party

Ms. Jinny Jogindera Sims (Newton—North Delta, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, while the Prime Minister was off at the G7 signing feel-good statements about taking action on poverty at home and abroad, the Minister of International Development is quietly admitting the government has no intention to address poverty here at home.

Despite rising inequality, hundreds of thousands of Canadians turning to food banks every month, growing numbers of working poor and first nations not having access to clean drinking water or safe housing, the Conservatives see no reason to act.

Why are the Conservatives refusing to address poverty in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Social Development
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CPC

Candice Bergen

Conservative

Hon. Candice Bergen (Minister of State (Social Development), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I have talked about the numbers in terms of poverty that we have seen since we have come into government. In fact, we have seen the level of poverty decrease substantially because of the benefits that we provided, like the universal child care benefit. Now we have introduced the family tax cut.

We know the Liberals and the NDP do not like the universal child benefit because they want to pick and choose who gets the benefits.

We believe all families should get it and the evidence shows that this is what is helping lift children and families out of poverty.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Social Development
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NDP

Sadia Groguhé

New Democratic Party

Mrs. Sadia Groguhé (Saint-Lambert, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, there is always a double standard with this government. On the one hand, the Prime Minister is publicly boasting that he supports the United Nations' ambitious plan to combat poverty. However, back in Canada, his minister is doing absolutely nothing to reach the plan's targets. Nearly 15% of Canadians live below the poverty line, including more than one million children.

What concrete measures is the Prime Minister proposing to keep his promise to reduce poverty in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Social Development
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CPC

Candice Bergen

Conservative

Hon. Candice Bergen (Minister of State (Social Development), CPC)

Mr. Speaker, let me tell the House what somebody from outside of Canada said about what we were doing to lift children out of poverty. He said, “That's really impressive. It's better than what the majority of other countries did during the recession”. That was because we have lifted 180,000 children out of poverty.

We know what the NDP and the Liberals would do. They would end benefits to families. They would increase taxes on seniors, on job creators and on the most vulnerable.

We will continue with evidence-based policies. We look forward to seeing more families supported.

Let me read from David Morley, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada. He said that the money we provided kept money in circulation.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Social Development
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CPC

Stella Ambler

Conservative

Mrs. Stella Ambler (Mississauga South, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, our Conservative government has consistently lowered taxes and created voluntary savings options, like the tax-free savings account. Our low-tax plan saves $6,600 this year for a typical family, but the Liberal leader has exposed his scheme to cut back tax-free savings accounts and hike taxes.

Could the Minister of State for Finance please clarify the government's position on mandatory payroll taxes?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Taxation
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June 15, 2015