June 19, 2019

CPC

Candice Bergen

Conservative

Hon. Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister believes that there is one set of rules for him and his friends and one set for everyone else in this country. For example, there are his well-connected friends at SNC-Lavalin. They have given over $100,000 in illegal donations to the Liberals, and they got unprecedented access to the Prime Minister and his office.

Will the Prime Minister admit that he inappropriately pressured the former attorney general just to help his buddies at SNC-Lavalin?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, obviously, the Conservatives are struggling for questions to ask, because they keep returning to this approach. It did not work for them before. It is really a sign of desperation as we head to meet with Canadians and talk about our plan for the next four years.

We have worked to create over a million new jobs in this country. We have delivered in lifting hundreds of thousands of Canadians out of poverty. We are continuing to demonstrate what leadership on the environment, leadership on the international file and reconciliation with indigenous peoples look like. That is something the Conservatives have a lot of difficulty with.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Alain Rayes

Conservative

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, this Prime Minister is the first in Canadian history to be found guilty of violating the Conflict of Interest Act not once, but four times. He took $215,000 of taxpayer money to travel illegally with his family and friends to the Aga Khan's private island. These offences could constitute a violation of subsection 121(1) of the Criminal Code.

I have one simple question for the Prime Minister. How many times did he meet with the RCMP and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as everyone can see, the Conservatives are resorting to personal attacks.

The Conservatives are focusing their attention on us, while we remain focused on Canadians. We have created one million new jobs over the past four years. Canada's unemployment rate is at a 40-year low. We have lifted 825,000 Canadians and 300,000 children out of poverty.

The reality is that our plan to invest in Canadians and to create growth for everyone, including the middle class, is working.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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CPC

Alain Rayes

Conservative

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, let's talk about the SNC-Lavalin affair and Vice-Admiral Norman.

The Prime Minister tried to cancel Davie's contract to help his Liberal Party friends. The Prime Minister did everything in his power to destroy the reputation of Vice-Admiral Norman, an honest and conscientious man of integrity, just as he did to the former justice minister and the former president of the Treasury Board.

Why did the Prime Minister try to ruin the careers of these honest people who simply wanted to stand up for the interests of Canadians?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this fall, Canadians will have a clear choice to make. They can vote for a party that protects the environment, creates economic growth and shows respect for Canadians by lifting hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty and putting Canada back on the international stage, or they can vote for the Conservative Party, which learned nothing from the Harper government's failures, continues to make divisive personal attacks, and continues to focus on me while we are focusing on Canadians.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Lisa Raitt

Conservative

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the work of the opposition on this side is to simply hold the Prime Minister to account for his own actions. He broke the Conflict of Interest Act, so did a number of his cabinet ministers. When two female cabinet ministers spoke truth to power, they were shoved out of caucus.

When the Minister of Finance, the former minister of fisheries and the Prime Minister himself broke conflict of interest laws, with a little wink and a nod, they were forgiven. I am wondering if the Prime Minister can tell us if the reason for this is because simply, “Well, it's 2019”.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, while the Conservatives remain focused on us, we will stay focused on Canadians. That is how we delivered creating over one million new jobs, lifting 825,000 Canadians out of poverty, the lowest unemployment in 40 years, 300,000 kids lifted out of poverty, with measures that the members opposite voted against.

We have a plan to continue to grow our economy in responsible ways, while Conservatives resort to personal attacks and petty issues.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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CPC

Lisa Raitt

Conservative

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, sadly, the Prime Minister seems to want to run on the notion that the means, no matter how bad they are, justify the ends and I would caution that is an inappropriate way to continue with the Canadian public. However, I am going to give him one chance to do something really appropriate on his last day today.

Admiral Mark Norman was put through hell for the last three years because of the concerted efforts of the government to ensure that he was put on the spot. We apologized to the House. Will the Prime Minister stand in his place today and apologize—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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Some hon. members

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Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB
LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Once again, Mr. Speaker, on this last day of Prime Minister's question period, the members opposed are choosing to make personal attacks and not talk about the things that actually deeply matter to Canadians.

I will highlight that during these Prime Minister question periods, I have taken over 3,200 questions from the members opposite, including 237 different MPs. Mr. Harper, during his last term as prime minister, took only 1,400 from about 34 MPs. We know that greater accountability, greater opportunity to participate in debate—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order. There is far too much noise in the House when people are trying to answer questions. They may not like the questions or the answers, but it is important in a democracy to hear both and not to be speaking when someone else is speaking. The hon. member for Carleton will come to order.

The hon. member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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NDP

Alexandre Boulerice

New Democratic Party

Mr. Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals have suddenly realized that green-lighting the expansion of Trans Mountain will not wash, especially after declaring a climate emergency the day before. Now they are trying to create a diversion by saying that any profits from the pipeline will go into a green fund.

They are spending $15 billion to create more pollution. That is what I would call trading four quarters for a dollar, especially when that dollar is the equivalent of three million cars' worth of pollution.

Why not immediately invest that $15 billion in renewable energy and the good jobs of tomorrow, as the NDP is proposing?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, during the last four years, we have done more for the environment than any other government in Canada's history. We have put a price on pollution. We are safeguarding our oceans. We are investing in public transit. We are reducing plastic pollution.

We have also listened to Canadians about their desire for a cleaner future. Every dollar from this project will be invested in Canada's clean energy transition. We are creating jobs and opening new markets. We are accelerating our clean energy transition and generating new avenues for indigenous economic prosperity.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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NDP

Peter Julian

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, there are no profits. It is losing $150 million a year. What an empty gesture. That is just our point. The Prime Minister asks Canadians to wait for pharmacare, affordable housing and so much else and then he splurges $15 billion on Trans Mountain. He says he respects reconciliation and then runs roughshod over indigenous rights. He pushes a climate emergency motion and then, within hours, is trying to ram through a raw bitumen pipeline that trashes the Paris Agreement.

Why did the Prime Minister choose oil lobbyists over a future generation?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, there was plenty wrong with the statements made by the member opposite, but I will focus on one.

There is a strong economic case for getting access to new markets and for investing in the clean energy transition, but we will all understand that New Democrats have always had challenges with economic plans and approaches. They think there is a choice to be made between protecting the environment and growing the economy. They do not understand that the only way to build a stronger future for all Canadians is to do them both together.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   The Environment
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CPC

Peter Kent

Conservative

Hon. Peter Kent (Thornhill, CPC)

The memory lane hits keep coming, Mr. Speaker. Who can forget the Prime Minister's disastrous India trip, the many days of answers from the PM, the public safety minister and others blaming the Liberal member for Surrey Centre for inviting a convicted terrorist on that bhangra-dancing, diplomatic train wreck. In the end, we will recall the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians report revealed it was the Prime Minister's Office that put the convicted terrorist on the guest list.

Can the Prime Minister tell us when he last spoke with Jaspal Atwal?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Justin Trudeau

Liberal

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, once again, we see on this final day of the mandate—our final last days of this mandate that the Conservatives continue to not understand what Canadians—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order, order. No singing. Members can sing outside. It is a bit more like the last day of school, it seems to me.

The right hon. Prime Minister has the floor.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ethics
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June 19, 2019