June 2, 2017

CPC

Deepak Obhrai

Conservative

Hon. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary Forest Lawn, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, energy is a very vital sector for the Canadian economy. It provides jobs from coast to coast to coast. As a matter of fact, it puts food on the tables of all Canadians. We are now having forces come up that are going to obstruct this energy sector, put roadblocks to the energy sector. What can the Liberals tell us and what promise from the Prime Minister can we rely on to ensure he stands up for the jobs in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Kim Rudd

Liberal

Ms. Kim Rudd (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as the Prime Minister said:

The decision we took on the Trans Mountain pipeline was based on facts [and] evidence, on what is in the best interest of Canadians....

Regardless of a change in government, in British Columbia or anywhere, the facts and evidence do not change.... We understand that growing a strong economy for the future requires taking leadership on the environment.

We have to do those two things together. That is what drives us in the choices we make, and we stand by those choices....

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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CPC

Deepak Obhrai

Conservative

Hon. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary Forest Lawn, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, there is evidence and facts also of a litany of broken promises by the Liberal government.

This is about jobs. Let me repeat that very clearly. This is about jobs. This is about putting food on the table. It is very important that the Liberal government go to British Columbia and tell the people there how much they have benefited from the energy sector. Only then will they know that they are part of this country and the energy sector has benefited them.

Will the Liberals tell them? Can we rely on the Liberals, or will this be another broken promise where they will not stand up for jobs for Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Kim Rudd

Liberal

Ms. Kim Rudd (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we would not have approved these projects if they were not in the national interest and did not have the support of Canadians.

We have said many times that the choice between climate action and pipeline approval is a false one. We are committed to an approach that does both. We recognize that there is a diversity of opinion with respect to major energy projects and we will continue to work with all parties and provinces. Our goal right now is to make sure that projects move forward in order to build a stronger future and good-paying, middle-class jobs for Canada.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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CPC

Gerry Ritz

Conservative

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, since the U.S. withdrew, high-level TPP discussions have continued in Chile, here in Canada, Vietnam, and will happen next in July in Japan.

The message coming out of these meetings is always positive. The remaining countries will continue to work to bring the TPP into force by the end of this calendar year. Silence from Canada though. Japan and New Zealand have already ratified and Australia and Mexico are not very far behind. Japan has also said we will not get a better deal in the bilateral agreement than we have in the TPP.

When will our trade minister join our allies to bring a TPP into force here in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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LIB

François-Philippe Champagne

Liberal

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my approach is to be on the road promoting Canada. As the member well knows, I was in Vietnam. I was also in Korea, Singapore, and Japan just last week.

What we said in Vietnam, and my colleague knows this well, is that countries have recommitted to making sure that we have open, fair, and balanced trade in the Asia-Pacific region. Principled trade is what people want. We have committed to taking action, so we are going to have the next meeting of officials in Japan. We remain with a set of options, because that is what Canadians expect.

I can reassure all Canadians who are watching at home this morning that Canada will be at the table when it comes to trade—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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LIB

Anthony Rota

Liberal

The Assistant Deputy Speaker (Mr. Anthony Rota)

The hon. member for Battlefords—Lloydminster.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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CPC

Gerry Ritz

Conservative

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is wonderful that the minister is getting his passport stamped but we are here to see results.

During the final TPP negotiations we had the CETA agreement signed in principle and used it to obtain better outcomes for Canada in the TPP. We must now do the same with the TPP and use it with Mexico as leverage in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.

Why will the new trade minister not do the right thing and ensure that Canada enters NAFTA negotiations from a position of strength by ratifying the TPP?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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LIB

François-Philippe Champagne

Liberal

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague knows that Canada is taking a leadership role. We owe it to Canadian families and Canadian workers, and some may be watching us this morning. When it comes to trade, Canada is taking a progressive approach, an inclusive approach.

Canada stands up in a world where there is uncertainty and instability. We are the beacon of stability, predictability, and rule of law. Our progressive trade agenda is making a difference not only at home for our workers but around the world.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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Hélène Laverdière

NDP

Ms. Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals refused to support my bill, claiming that the Minister of Transport already has the power to guarantee the creation of safe railway crossings, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Minister of Transport cannot defend only the interests of rail companies. He has a duty to protect the safety of Canadians.

When will he take action? Would he rather wait until there is an accident?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Rail Transportation
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LIB

Karen McCrimmon

Liberal

Mrs. Karen McCrimmon (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question.

As mandated by the Prime Minister, we are improving rail safety. That is our top priority. We remain committed to reducing the number of accidents and incidents on the Canadian rail network and at federally regulated crossings.

There are new technologies that have proven to be effective. We are investing more than $55 million across the country through the new rail safety improvement program.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Rail Transportation
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Charlie Angus

NDP

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

Mr. Speaker, their names are Chantel Fox and Jolynn Winter. They were only 12 years old, and they were loved. The Human Rights Tribunal found the government culpable in their deaths because the Minister of Health refused the plea for emergency mental health services in what the tribunal ruled was a “life and death situation”. That negligence led to their deaths and 24 other children being put into emergency care. They died while the justice minister was spending $707,000 fighting the tribunal. Why are lawyer fees more important to the government than the lives of first nation children?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Indigenous Affairs
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LIB

Joël Lightbound

Liberal

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, our government remains fully committed to ensuring that first nations children and families have access to the services and the supports they need. To this day, more than 4,900 requests have been approved under the child-first initiative.

With respect to the tribunal's decision, we are reviewing the decision in those areas where the CHRT has determined that full compliance has not been reached.

We will keep working with our first nations partners, the provinces and territories, to make sure that first nations children have the care and services they need.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Indigenous Affairs
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CPC

Gérard Deltell

Conservative

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, first let me pay all my respects to my friends from Battlefords—Lloydminster and Calgary Forest Lawn. Today, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of their being elected to the House of Commons. I did not know that at that time one could be a candidate at 14 years old. Also, I pay all my respects to the President of the Treasury Board.

This week the parliamentary budget officer—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Accountability
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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Accountability
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LIB

Anthony Rota

Liberal

The Assistant Deputy Speaker (Mr. Anthony Rota)

It is pretty bad when your own side is heckling you.

I would just like to calm everything down, as I would like to hear the question from the hon. member.

The hon. member for Louis-Saint-Laurent.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Accountability
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CPC

Gérard Deltell

Conservative

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the parliamentary budget officer released a report this week, which, once again, is devastating to the government. Even worse, the PBO again indicated that he is finding it difficult to obtain the important information that he needs to do his job.

Why is the government hindering the parliamentary budget officer's work?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Accountability
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LIB

Scott Brison

Liberal

Hon. Scott Brison (President of the Treasury Board, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we have a great respect for the work that the parliamentary budget officer does on an ongoing basis. We work closely with the parliamentary budget officer, and we will continue to do so.

It is notable that in terms of his work with the Department of Finance, he was provided with the information requested. That happened for the budget decisions and the budget decision-making process that occurred under our government's mandate. We provided that information. Finance did provide that information to the parliamentary budget officer.

I appreciate the congratulations from the hon. member as part of the class of—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Accountability
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LIB

Anthony Rota

Liberal

The Assistant Deputy Speaker (Mr. Anthony Rota)

The hon. member for Louis-Saint-Laurent.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Accountability
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CPC

Gérard Deltell

Conservative

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, those were the good old days. The hon. member was on the right side of the podium.

With all due respect for the President of the Treasury Board, what he said is not exactly what the parliamentary budget officer said. He once again indicated that he has difficulty obtaining information. It is not surprising given the example set at the top. When this government spends recklessly, it is clear that all levels of the federal administration will deem that if the Prime Minister does not keep his word about expenses, there is no reason to stay within budget.

Will the government clearly spell out for the public service that we must live within our means in Canada?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Accountability
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June 2, 2017