Jacques GUILBAULT

GUILBAULT, Jacques, B.Sc.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Saint-Jacques (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 29, 1936
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Guilbault
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=fb4105b0-5519-462a-b34e-ec608182fed5&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
professional engineer

Parliamentary Career

June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Saint-Jacques (Quebec)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Saint-Jacques (Quebec)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Saint-Jacques (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State of Canada (October 1, 1976 - September 30, 1977)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence (October 1, 1977 - September 30, 1978)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Saint-Jacques (Quebec)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Saint-Jacques (Quebec)
  • Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole (January 16, 1984 - July 9, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
LIB
  Saint-Jacques (Quebec)
  • Liberal Party Deputy House Leader (October 11, 1984 - February 1, 1989)
  • Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition (October 11, 1984 - February 1, 1989)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 380)


July 21, 1988

Mr. Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Yes, my colleague from Montreal-Sainte-Marie (Mr. Malepart) can't believe his ears. I am refreshing his memory. Another cent a litre on gasoline brought in another $450 million for the Minister of Finance. I don't understand where he finds pockets that are big enough to hold all that money!

And that's not all. Excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco went up to punish people with bad habits. In May 1985, an increase of these taxes raised government revenues by $340 million. In February 1986, they went after another $150 million. In that same month, February 1986, there were two increases, Mr. Speaker, that brought in a total of $70 million. In January 1988, more recently, another increase of $175 million hit smokers and drinkers.

But that's not all. There are people who need to make long distance calls to talk to their family at the other end of the country. They were hit with a 10 per cent tax on long distance calls. That does not seem like much, but it amounts to a lot of money. This tax was just imposed in January 1988 and, believe it or not, it brings the Minister of Finance a tidy $945 million a year. 1 am starting to understand where the Government found so much money to be able to spend $164 million to buy the election in Lac-Saint-Jean.

July 21, 1988

Only by looking at the public accounts did I realize where it was able to get all that money. So when somebody tells me that this tax reform is fair, equitable and equal for all Canadians, I say: No, it is unjust, inequitable and, because of the indirect taxes that I have just listed, it is regressive since it places a heavier burden on low-income wage earners. That is why my colleague from Laval-des-Rapides (Mr. Garneau) has moved an amendment I will support, and that is why we cannot support the government's Bill.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT AND RELATED ACTS
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July 21, 1988

Mr. Jacques Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Mr. Speaker, as the debate on Bill C-139 is nearing completion I too would like to make my contribution. The amendment we are debating at the present time, moved by my colleague the Member for Laval-des-Rapides (Mr. Garneau) is quite harsh because we on this side of the House feel that tax reform will be extremely harmful to Canadian taxpayers. The amendment moved by my colleague goes straight to the point and enumerates the main flaws of the Income Tax Act reform that was introduced here in Parliament by the Conservative Government. Under this reform, the new tax system will not be sufficiently progressive. After tax reform, once it is passed, there will only be three statutory tax rates.

July 21, 1988

Income Tax Act and Related Acts

What is unfortunate is that the spread between the second and the third bracket is too narrow-there is only a three point spread- while it is too wide between the first and the second brackets, which means that middle-income taxpayers, who make up the majority of those who pay taxes in Canada, will tend to pay more tax and to move closer to the tax rates of high income earners than they should. This unprogressive tax rate scale means that tax reform lays an unfair burden on Canadian families. This so-called reform will mean that we will have to grapple with an income tax system that will be even more complex than what we had before, and that was complex enough.

Certain promises were made by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Speaker, and I would like to remind you of certain things, one of them being that in October 1986 the Minister of Finance stated in his document Guidelines for Tax Reform in Canada that one of the basic principles was the following, and 1 quote:

... making the tax system simpler so that it is more readily understood by

more Canadians.

Well, what has happened is quite the opposite. Canadians who found filling out their tax returns difficult before will now find themselves in an even more complex labyrinth. Let me quote the conclusions of the House Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which had this to say on the complexity of the new tax system. And I quote: It is disappointing for the Committee to draw the inevitable conclusion that the proposed tax reform has not successfully adressed the problem of simplifying the tax system. On the contrary, it has become a tax system that only tax specialists and tax lawyers will be able to understand completely. Furthermore, even after the introduction of a minimum tax, some 5,200 taxpayers with income of more than $50,000 did not pay one cent of income tax in 1986, and probably none in 1987 either-those statistics are not available yet-and what is even more unfortunate is that they will probably not pay any in 1988 nor in subsequent years since tax reform does not touch those people; only the minimum tax introduced earlier applies, and it still lets some people slip through the tax collector's net.

The Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) claims that his tax reform will strike some 850,000 names from the taxpayers' list;

850.000 people will no longer pay tax. That is true! What the Minister forgets to say is that he himself had added approximately one million low-income Canadians to the tax roster and forced these people who did not pay income tax previously to join taxpayers' ranks with his successive income tax hikes in 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987. So the fact that he is allowing

850.000 people to get off the hook shortly before the election is not a bad thing, but I hope these people realize that they are being handed a wooden nickel. The fact is that they were taxed before, and taxed abusively.

What is too easily forgotten, and it will be my pleasure to refresh everyone's memory, Mr. Speaker, is that this Minister of Finance and this Government levied more tax over a period of three and a half to four years than any government since Confederation. Allow me to remind you, Mr. Speaker, that

when you yourself were elected to this House, in September 1984, we had a 9 per cent federal sales tax. It increased by 1 per cent in October 1984, bringing $1 billion a year into the Finance Minister's coffers. For my friends across the aisle, a billion dollars is a thousand million. That's big bucks!

In January 1986, the sales tax jumped again, from 10 to 11 per cent, bringing another $1 billion a year into the Government's coffers. Did it end there? Of course not! In April 1986, a mere three months after the increase I just described, the sales tax went up from 11 to 12 per cent, bringing in another billion. I think that the Hon. Member for Duvernay (Mr. Della Noce), who is showing me a graph representing the exponential rise of the sales tax in Canada, thus supports what I have said.

Never has a Government increased taxes as the Conservative Government has. In July 1985, taxes increased on candy, soft drinks, drugs, dental instruments, toothpaste, and so on, raising government revenues by $400 million a year.

I will skip the small increases of $60 million or $40 million. I am coming to the most important, the increases in gasoline excise tax. In September 1985, it went up two cents a litre, bringing the Government $900 million. In January 1987, another cent a litre increase, for my friend from Duvernay who knows gasoline well; this brought the Government $450 million. On February 19, 1987, as if people were not paying enough for their gasoline, there was another cent a litre tax, bringing $450 million more into the Finance Minister's pockets. And in April 1988, not so long ago .. . even as we speak, another . ..

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   INCOME TAX ACT AND RELATED ACTS
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July 14, 1988

Mr. Jacques Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to draw to the attention of the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Mazankowski) what has been a surprise to many, and that is the disappearance from the Order Paper of Bill C-79. I am talking about amendments to the Elections Act. There is an understanding between Parties that we want to plug the loopholes that allow one to drive a truckload of unreported election expenses-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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July 14, 1988

Mr. Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

Mr. Speaker, 1 would like to come back to the letter of eight points that the Deputy Prime Minister has just referred to, and remind him that a subsequent letter by the Hon. Deputy House Leader for the Government asked us to pass Bill C-79 and offered only seven conditions this time. It was seven concessions and not eight, which is a new definition of election expenses. Why do we not deal with a new definition of election expenses, or have the Government clearly admit that it wants to be able to overspend as it wants in the coming election?

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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July 14, 1988

Mr. Guilbault (Saint-Jacques):

I thought there was an agreement. There is already a proposal that has been arrived at by an ad hoc committee of the three Parties. There is a letter that has been sent by the Hon. Member for Thunder Bay-Atikokan (Mr. Angus) to which this Party also subscribes. Can we have the assurance that these loopholes in the Elections Act will be plugged before we go into a national election? We would like to know what is happening with Bill C-79.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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