December 14, 2016

LIB

Bill Morneau

Liberal

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we have already started. The first thing we did was cut taxes for the middle class. That was very important for Canadians across the country. However, even more important was the Canada child benefit. It helps nine out of ten families, who now have more money in their pockets every month for their family. This was a very good year, and we hope for even better and that the next 16 years will be very good.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Taxation
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CPC

Rona Ambrose

Conservative

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, nothing says “middle class” like a ticket to an exclusive Liberal Party fundraiser. Just imagine the middle-class problems the Liberals try to solve over champagne and caviar. Let us not forget the Chinese billionaires.

The people the Prime Minister is hanging out with are not middle-class people, and he is not there to solve middle-class problems. When is the Prime Minister going to stop spending his time with the out of touch elite and focus on the out of work Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Bardish Chagger

Liberal

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and the government are working for middle-class Canadians and those working hard to join them. Those are the very people for whom we will continue to work.

That is why we reduced taxes on middle-class Canadians. That is why we supported families with children that need it the most. We will continue to invest in families in Canadian communities so we can do the good work Canadians expect us to do.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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CPC

Rona Ambrose

Conservative

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, let us compare the middle class to the Prime Minister's cash for access donors.

Middle-class folks are concerned with getting their mortgage approved. Billionaires at his cash for access events are lobbying to get their bank approved. Middle-class families are anxious about how to pay for their grandma's health care. Billionaires at these cash for access events are trying to buy seniors' homes.

These are not middle-class families with middle-class problems, so when is the Prime Minister going to admit he is selling out the middle class to his billionaire friends?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Bardish Chagger

Liberal

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as I have said, the Prime Minister and the government are committed to working for middle-class Canadians and those working hard to join them. We will continue to work hard for Canadian families with children through the tax-free Canada child benefit so the families that need it the most will get the most so they can provide and support their families in the way they choose.

I will repeat that the Chief Electoral Office, in regard to ticketed fundraising events, has confirmed that every party fundraises and every campaign does them.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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CPC

Rona Ambrose

Conservative

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, let us get this straight on the Prime Minister's cash for access fundraising.

First he claimed there was no business being discussed at these events and he was just following the rules. However, when that did not work out, he admitted to breaking the rules. However, that is okay because he is above the rules. Yesterday, his story changed again. Now we are supposed to believe these cash for access events are all about the middle class.

When is he going to stop working as a bagman for the Liberal Party and start working for Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Bardish Chagger

Liberal

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we have said all along that we are always listening and engaging with Canadians from coast to coast to coast on the issues that matter to them. When it comes to making decisions, we are guided by a very important principle: what is good for the middle class. That is the approach we took when we cut taxes on middle-class Canadians, that is the approach we took when we introduced the tax-free Canada child benefit, and that is the approach we took when we expanded the CPP.

We will continue to listen and engage with Canadians so we can do the good work that they expect us to do.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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CPC

Rona Ambrose

Conservative

Hon. Rona Ambrose (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, here is the principle at stake. The Prime Minister has basically said that he is above all Canadians, he is above the law, and that these rules apply to everyone else except for him. He continues to blindly defend these actions about selling access to his office, with each new excuse becoming more arrogant every day. It is embarrassing to the Canadians who expected more from him, it is embarrassing to the House, and it is actually embarrassing to his Liberal caucus that has to sit through all of this.

When will the Prime Minister finally do the right thing and end these cash for access fundraisers?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Bardish Chagger

Liberal

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as the member knows very well, when it comes to political financing, we have some of the strictest rules across the country. This government was elected on a commitment to Canadians to work hard for middle-class Canadians and those working hard to join them. Those are the people we continue to work for. Those are the commitments that we made to Canadians and those are the commitments we will continue to deliver on.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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NDP

Thomas Mulcair

New Democratic Party

Hon. Thomas Mulcair (Outremont, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, today we have more proof that Canada 2020 is simply a wing of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Access to the Prime Minister should not be based on donations made to the Liberal Party or to Liberal organizations. If the maximum amount has been donated to the Liberal Party, that is not a problem because it has other schemes to let people contribute more.

My question is simple. How many Canada 2020 activities did Liberal ministers attend?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Bardish Chagger

Liberal

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, what is important is that the government is listening to Canadians and is committed to addressing the challenges they face.

We will continue to work for the middle class and for Canadians. We will do the work that Canadians want us to do.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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NDP

Thomas Mulcair

New Democratic Party

Hon. Thomas Mulcair (Outremont, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, after the Prime Minister threw his minister and the president of the Liberal Party under the bus, the PMO scrambled to write new talking points, and they are truly cringeworthy.

The Prime Minister said his cash for access events, where people pay $1,500 to talk government business with the Prime Minister, are meant to help the middle class. Finger on the pulse, Mr. Speaker.

Do the Liberals really think that exclusive fundraisers with canapés and cocktails are a Christmas gift to the middle class?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Bardish Chagger

Liberal

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as I have said time and time again today, our Prime Minister and this government are committed to working for the middle class. That is why we lowered taxes on middle-class Canadians. That is why we introduced the Canada child benefit tax-free for families with children that need it the most. That is why we are working closely with the provinces and territories and municipalities so that we can respond to the very real challenges Canadians are facing.

I know that all sides of the House can work together to respond to the needs of Canadians. Let us keep working hard together.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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NDP

Nathan Cullen

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, somewhere, quietly to himself, Paul Calandra is smiling.

Just a year ago, the Liberals were chanting a new way of listening to Canadians, but little did Canadians know, they needed $1,500 to get their ear.

This is the season for stories, so here is one. There was once a young prince, with luscious locks and looks to charm. He told the good people of this land that he would bring fairness to their democracy and make each and every vote count.

Canadians are suddenly waking up, and they want to know, will the government actually bring in a fair proportional voting system, or is that all just a fairy tale?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Democratic Reform
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LIB

Maryam Monsef

Liberal

Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as a government, we are proud to hear from Canadians before introducing legislation. It is why my parliamentary secretary and I travelled the country hearing from Canadians. It is why we brought together a committee to act as a forum to hear from Canadians. It is why we are reaching out in a new digital initiative in which one-quarter of a million Canadians have already participated.

We look forward to hearing from many more voices before introducing legislation in the House.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Democratic Reform
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An hon. member

Hear, hear.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Democratic Reform
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order. I know it is an exciting time of year. Members should contain themselves, really. Remember, you better not shout, you better not cry.

The hon. member for Skeena--Bulkley Valley.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Democratic Reform
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NDP

Nathan Cullen

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, if Canadians had a nickel for every empty answer they got on electoral reform, they might be able to afford to go to one of those Liberal fundraisers. Enough with the doublespeak.

We have an historic opportunity to rise above narrow partisan interests and make every vote count. Here is one more chance for the Liberals to live up to their promise to Canadians. Will they drop the excuses, pick up a pen, and work with all of the parties to create a new and fair voting system where each and every vote counts, yes or no?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Democratic Reform
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LIB

Maryam Monsef

Liberal

Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as a government, we continue to be committed to strengthening our democratic institutions. We continue to be committed to working with all members of the House to strengthen what we have. We are seriously committed to hearing from many more Canadians, not just through the traditional means of engagement but through new, innovative digital initiatives. More than 250,000 Canadians have felt empowered and have responded to our digital campaign.

We look forward to hearing from many more voices before we introduce legislation.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Democratic Reform
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CPC

Luc Berthold

Conservative

Mr. Luc Berthold (Mégantic—L'Érable, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, when I came to Ottawa, I learned a new word: “chaggering”. According to the 2016 dictionary of ethics, it means being forced by the Prime Minister to repeat the same thing every day, even if one does not believe it, so that the Prime Minister will not have to answer any real questions.

When will the Liberal government put an end to this practice and its cash for access fundraisers with the Prime Minister and the ministers?

When will he stop “chaggering” us?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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December 14, 2016