June 18, 2019

LIB

Catherine McKenna

Liberal

Hon. Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, why did the Conservatives vote against the motion on the climate emergency? Is it because they refuse to listen to the science on climate change? Do they not realize that we are already paying the price? Are they not aware that even Quebec, the province that the member represents, has a carbon exchange that is working?

Quebec is lowering its emissions, it has a clean technology sector, and Quebeckers are happy. Maybe the member should try talking to Quebeckers.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order. I have heard from the hon. member for Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies many times today, and normally I enjoy that, but he has not had the floor. I would ask him to wait until he has the floor before interjecting.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Ed Fast

Conservative

Hon. Ed Fast (Abbotsford, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals have fallen far short of their Paris targets, and that should come as no surprise. They do not have a climate plan. They have a tax plan. Whether pretending that they will not raise the carbon tax past $50 per tonne or trotting out ministers to criticize a climate plan they have not even seen yet, the Liberals are increasingly desperate to distract from their own climate failures.

When will the minister tell the truth and finally admit that they will not meet their Paris targets?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Catherine McKenna

Liberal

Hon. Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I want to go back to 2015. The member opposite came to Paris. He came when we negotiated the Paris agreement. He came when Canada said that we are back, that we are serious, that we are taking climate action. We negotiated for one year a climate plan with more than 50 measures.

Yesterday, we saw the hypocrisy of the Conservative Party. Those members voted against a climate emergency motion. They voted against taking action to meet our Paris agreement targets. They voted against a safe and cleaner future for our kids. They voted against a $26 trillion opportunity—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order. We could always have a shorter question period if members want that. If they cannot hear the questions and the answers, we might have to.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Luc Berthold

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the China crisis is going from bad to worse. Canada's international reputation is in tatters because of this Prime Minister. China is not even taking his calls.

Like China, it is time the Liberal leader stopped making excuses. First it was canola and soy, and now China is targeting the pork sector even though it desperately needs Canadian pork. Standing up for photo ops is one thing, but standing up for our producers is quite another.

Why is the Prime Minister incapable of standing up to China?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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LIB

Marie-Claude Bibeau

Liberal

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

Quite the contrary, Mr. Speaker. I can assure the House that we are standing up for Canada and have been since this all started. Our Canadian pork producers provide very high-quality products.

It is true that China informed us that it had suspended a pork producer after detecting the presence of a feed additive that is permitted under international standards but prohibited in China. I can assure the House that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is monitoring this matter closely. We are taking this very seriously.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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CPC

Leona Alleslev

Conservative

Ms. Leona Alleslev (Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, for months the government has defended its lack of progress with China by claiming that it has built a coalition of countries who support freeing two Canadians from a Chinese prison. While a consensus among friends is helpful, the Prime Minister has yet to translate this global support into action. It rests with the Prime Minister to step up himself and demonstrate we are serious when dealing with China.

When will the Prime Minister act to break this deadlock with China and free our wrongfully imprisoned Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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LIB

Rob Oliphant

Liberal

Mr. Robert Oliphant (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as with every issue, our priority is the best interests of Canada and Canadians. We have ensured that China is well aware of every one of our positions. We have indeed rallied an unprecedented number of countries who are speaking out in support of Canadians.

This should not be about grandstanding. It should not be about scoring political points. This is about working persistently, carefully and resolutely to get brave Canadians home and to ensure that our farmers have access to markets.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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NDP

Tracey Ramsey

New Democratic Party

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians depend on services like health care, education and supports for children with autism. Instead of properly funding them, Liberal and Conservative governments across this country keep telling Canadians to expect less and slashing services. Meanwhile, rich corporations have avoided paying $26 billion in taxes. Why are they getting away with it? Imagine the services Canadians could receive with that money.

Will the Liberals ever have the courage to stand up to rich corporations, or will they continue to watch and do nothing as Canadians struggle?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Priorities
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LIB

Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Liberal

Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, our government recognizes the unique challenges that Canadians face when they are dealing with autism. That is why we are taking action to support them through community-based projects, a national research and exchange network program to help them find work and groundbreaking new research.

We will continue to work with community groups, caregivers and others to ensure that all Canadians with autism get the support and the help they need.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Priorities
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NDP

Pierre-Luc Dusseault

New Democratic Party

Mr. Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, as a result of inaction on the part of successive Liberal and Conservative governments, we are losing out on $26 billion in taxes every year, and the minister refuses to go after it.

To put that number into context, it is enough to build eight superhospitals like Montreal's CHUM hospital, six Champlain Bridges or 650,000 affordable housing units.

When will the government and the Minister of National Revenue find an ounce of courage to finally reform our outdated tax laws, which favour the wealthiest Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Revenue Agency
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LIB

Diane Lebouthillier

Liberal

Hon. Diane Lebouthillier (Minister of National Revenue, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my colleague obviously has not read the five CRA reports on this topic. He is talking about tax gap estimates from 2014. That was before our government began tackling the problem, following 10 years of Conservative inaction.

Those estimates confirm that tax evasion is a problem. We are on the right track, having made historic investments of over $1 billion in the Canada Revenue Agency. Unlike the Conservatives and the NDP, we believe in making decisions based on facts.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Revenue Agency
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CPC

Steven Blaney

Conservative

Hon. Steven Blaney (Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the Canada summer jobs program is supposed to get young people working, but we learned that the Liberals are using it to fund organizations that are linked with terrorist entities.

The Islamic Society of North America, in the riding of Mississauga—Lakeshore, has been banned by the Canada Revenue Agency for its ties to certain organizations. It cannot even take a cheque, yet the Liberals are giving it money.

Do they take the threat of terrorism seriously? If so, when will the minister revoke the grant?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Summer Jobs Program
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LIB

Patty Hajdu

Liberal

Hon. Patty Hajdu (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, obviously, this government stands against terrorism. I understand the member's concerns. My officials are looking into this.

As I said, we expect all organizations that receive funding for Canada summer jobs to abide by the terms and conditions of the program. I have asked the department to examine the organization in question. If in fact the organization is using the money in a way that violates anybody's charter rights or places that student in an unsafe position, then it will not be eligible for reimbursement for that position.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Summer Jobs Program
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CPC

Rachael Harder

Conservative

Ms. Rachael Harder (Lethbridge, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the problem is that charter rights are granted to those who call Canada home. We are talking about terrorist activities that are taking place in Pakistan.

The question is simple. The number one responsibility of any government is to uphold the rule of law. It is particularly problematic then that the money in this case went to where it did.

Here is the thing. To receive Canada jobs funding, organizations have to pass the Liberals' autocratic values test. Did this organization in fact pass the Liberals' test on this?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Summer Jobs Program
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LIB

Patty Hajdu

Liberal

Hon. Patty Hajdu (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite should put the whistle down. It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the member would spread such dishonest rhetoric. What can we expect from the party that reads the words of an Islamophobic terrorist into committee record or the party that associates with Faith Goldy or Rebel Media and their hateful conspiracy theories? Of course, that is the party that has shared a stage with those who have been removed from Facebook for their white nationalist views. We will not take lessons from that party.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Summer Jobs Program
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order, please. Members naturally are going to hear things they do not like during question period and perhaps other times, too. I do not understand why members do not think it is important to listen whether they agree or not.

I would urge members to be judicious in their comments. I also ask the hon. member for Wellington—Halton Hills not to be yelling when someone else has the floor.

The hon. member for Chilliwack—Hope.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Summer Jobs Program
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CPC

Mark Strahl

Conservative

Mr. Mark Strahl (Chilliwack—Hope, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, clearly, the minister is scared to answer the actual question.

The Liberals have given $26,000 in Canada summer jobs funding to a group linked to terrorism. The activities of that group, the Islamic Society of North America-Canada, are known to the government because the Canada Revenue Agency already suspended its charitable status because of its connection to militant extremists. That did not stop the Liberal MP for Mississauga—Lakeshore from signing off on the funding.

The minister has had this file on her desk for a week. It should have taken her five minutes. Why does she not cancel the funding today?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Summer Jobs Program
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LIB

Patty Hajdu

Liberal

Hon. Patty Hajdu (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, it is heartwarming to hear the member opposite cares so much now about jobs for kids. In fact, if the Conservatives were so concerned about jobs for Canadian youth, why did they oppose critical funding for things like the youth employment skills strategy, or the work-integrated early learning program or apprenticeship grants? Why did they let the youth unemployment rate reach the highest rates since the nineties under their watch?

Our government had doubled the program. In fact, since we have been elected, over 70,000 students each summer have received quality student jobs, which has led to the lowest youth unemployment record—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Canada Summer Jobs Program
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June 18, 2019