June 18, 2019

CPC

Lisa Raitt

Conservative

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, there is no comfort there. I spent this weekend in Milton talking to people on Main Street. I spent the last two days in Toronto talking to senior bankers and business people. The one thing they all have in common is that not a single one of them believes that the Prime Minister will get this pipeline built, and we will not believe it until we see shovels in the ground.

I ask again, what day will this pipeline commence construction in Burnaby, British Columbia?

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Patty Hajdu

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, for 10 years, the previous government cut corners with its blatant disregard for the courts, no plans to protect the environment and coastal communities, and failure to respect the rights of indigenous communities. In the process, all the Conservatives managed to do was divide Canadians. We will take no lessons from the Conservatives. We committed to getting this process right for all Canadians, and we will have more to say shortly.

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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CPC

Lisa Raitt

Conservative

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, one would think that a government that is seeking to be re-elected by the Canadian public would actually care about the fact that nobody believes it will build this pipeline. The Liberals can dredge up past stories of their own narratives, but the reality is that they have to live with their actions now. Nobody believes they will build the pipeline.

However, here is the thing. They can tell us now exactly when they are going to commence construction. When will they commence construction in Burnaby this summer?

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Patty Hajdu

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it is clear that the Conservatives continue to double down on their failed approach, with their disregard for the courts, with no plan to protect the environment, no plan to protect the coastal communities and no respect for consultation with indigenous communities. The only thing they ever achieved in their decade was to divide Canadians. They even voted to de-fund the TMX reconsideration process. We committed to getting this done right, and that is exactly what we are doing.

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order, please. I remind the hon. member for Abbotsford and others to wait until it is their turn to speak before doing so.

The hon. member for Louis-Saint-Laurent.

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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CPC

Gérard Deltell

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals have some nerve talking about lack of respect. The Liberal Party and the Liberal leader have little respect for Canadian energy and none at all for oil industry workers.

The Prime Minister has no respect for people who work on pipelines. He wants to eliminate oil and he wants it to be expensive, as well. That is what the Liberals want. We know that the government will be giving the Trans Mountain expansion the green light a few hours from now.

The question is, when will the shovels actually be in the ground?

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Patty Hajdu

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it is ironic that the party opposite would talk about respect for workers. For over a decade, it had a process that resulted in no pipeline getting built. In fact, we respect workers. We have respected workers through the legislation we introduced to strengthen workers' rights in this country, to protect workers' rights and to create good jobs. In fact, we have supported the creation of over a million jobs in this country since we were elected. That is standing up for workers. This government will always stand up for workers, always stand up for jobs, and that is exactly what we are doing today.

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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CPC

Gérard Deltell

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I just want to say to the member to be patient: four months and it will be done.

As everyone knows, the government has not done a single thing since announcing Trans Mountain. Not one spadeful of soil has been turned, not one inch of pipeline has been built. The government has not built a thing, but it has taken a 2,500-kilometre detour by sending Canadians' money to Houston, which is 2,500 kilometres away from here. That is the only thing the Liberals have done.

In a couple of hours, they will announce that Trans Mountain is going ahead. When will shovels be in the ground?

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Patty Hajdu

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, once again, the Conservatives had a decade to create things like pipelines and it did not result in any action. Why? Because they blatantly disregarded the courts. They blatantly disregarded the rights of Canadians. They blatantly disregarded the rights of communities to have input, to have consultation on these projects that affected all of us.

We continue to support the process of consultation. The minister has held numerous consultations with indigenous communities and with coastal communities. We continue to listen. We will have more to say shortly.

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Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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NDP

Jagmeet Singh

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jagmeet Singh (Burnaby South, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister presents a symbolic motion on the environment one day and approves a pipeline expansion the next. This pipeline will only make climate change worse. This decision shows that the Liberals are not taking the emergency seriously and do not respect the rights of indigenous peoples.

What will the Prime Minister say to the young people who want to defend the environment and have sustainable employment in the future?

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Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Catherine McKenna

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am always pleased to stand and say how hard we are working to protect the environment and tackle climate change.

Yes, yesterday, we had a vote on the climate emergency motion. The Conservatives voted against it. I am pleased that the NDP voted for it, but why are they not in favour of the project supported by B.C. NDP? I am speaking of the LNG project, which creates thousands of jobs and is growing our economy. We are—

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Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB
NDP

Jagmeet Singh

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jagmeet Singh (Burnaby South, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are facing soaring temperatures, forest fires and flooding. Canada should be a leader on climate innovation. Canada should be ending our subsidies to fossil fuels. Instead, the Liberals are purchasing pipelines. They are continuing to maintain Harper's targets. They are continuing to subsidize fossil fuel sectors.

We believe there is a better way. The Liberals believe there is better symbolism. When will the Prime Minister finally respect indigenous communities, coastal communities and defend our environment?

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Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Catherine McKenna

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, we do not believe in symbolism; we believe in action.

That is why we have phased out coal and we are ensuring a just transition for communities. That is why we are making historic investments in public transportation, so people can get around faster, greener, cheaper. That is why we are investing in innovation and companies across the country that are providing the solutions we need and the world desperately needs. That is why we brought in Bill C-69, better rules to protect the environment.

Unfortunately, we have a Conservative Party that does not believe that we need to protect the environment, that we need to—

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Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order. please. I urge members to show other members the respect they would like to be shown.

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Subtopic:   The Environment
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NDP

Jagmeet Singh

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jagmeet Singh (Burnaby South, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, continuing on the theme of symbolism, the Prime Minister is great at grand symbolic gestures, but always fails when it comes to helping people when it counts.

Millions of Canadians do not have an affordable place to live and they make difficult choices every day, between buying their groceries or paying their rent. Now the PBO confirms what Canadians have known all along, that instead of increasing the amount of funding for housing, the Liberal government has cut it by one-fifth.

When will the Prime Minister stop making excuses and actually build, which is our plan, half a million new affordable homes for Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Housing
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LIB

Ralph Goodale

Liberal

Hon. Ralph Goodale (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, our government proudly introduced Canada's first-ever national housing strategy. We recognize that every Canadian deserves a safe, affordable place to call home.

The new report on housing from the Parliamentary Budget Officer highlights that without the national housing strategy, housing investments in the country would have been cut by more than 75% over this next decade. We are maintaining the momentum and the growth to ensure Canadians have the housing they need, deserve and can afford.

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Subtopic:   Housing
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NDP

Jagmeet Singh

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jagmeet Singh (Burnaby South, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, it contains nothing. The PBO points out that the Liberal government is cutting funding to housing. Do not make up stuff.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer's reports are clear—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Housing
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

I would remind the hon. member for Burnaby South to direct his comments to the Chair.

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Subtopic:   Housing
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NDP

Jagmeet Singh

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jagmeet Singh

Mr. Speaker, the PBO's reports are clear and prove what we have been saying for months: the Liberals are not creating the housing that people need. This Prime Minister is very good at making symbolic gestures, but he is not there for the people when it counts. Canada is in the midst of a housing crisis that affects all regions of the country.

When will the Liberals get serious and help people secure the affordable housing they need?

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Subtopic:   Housing
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June 18, 2019