House of Commons Hansard #62 of the 35th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was taxes.

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Mohawks From Kanesatake
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

Windsor West
Ontario

Liberal

Herb Gray Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the administration of justice is a provincial matter, and complaints, if these matters come under the Criminal Code, are handled by the Attorney General for the Province of Quebec.

If the hon. member is talking about possible breaches of the Criminal Code then this is a matter strictly for the Attorney General of the province of Quebec and I would be happy to draw his attention to the concerns that have been reported in the press.

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

May 3rd, 1994 / 2:15 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre Brien Témiscamingue, QC

Mr. Speaker, a decision handed down by the Federal Court-Appeal Division today confirms that the custodial parent should not have to pay tax on support payments and that the federal government has apparently wrongly collected several millions of dollars in taxes.

Can the Minister of Revenue tell us whether he will act upon this decision or appeal it before the Supreme Court?

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

2:15 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development-Quebec

Mr. Speaker, this is a matter of great interest to us. As the hon. member must know, in the budget tabled on February 22, reference was made to the federal-provincial family law committee which is expected to report to us on a number of issues relating to children and family and indeed more specifically, on the one raised by the court in the decision rendered today.

Our biggest concern, I must say, is first and foremost financial support for children and second, tax fairness. I can assure you that we will take into consideration the court's decision as well as the report of the federal-provincial family law committee.

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Pierre Brien Témiscamingue, QC

Mr. Speaker, more specifically, are we to understand that the Minister of Finance intends to implement the court's decision or that he will appeal it? Furthermore, how substantial are the amounts involved?

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development-Quebec

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member has to understand that the court just handed down its decision late this morning. We have received a copy of the decision, but have only had the chance to glance at it. We will now have discussions with the Minister of National Revenue, the Minister of Justice and certainly officials from our respective departments.

After that, we will be in a position to provide you with the answer you are looking for, but as I just said, our biggest concern is financial support for children and tax fairness.

Child Support Payments
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

The Speaker

I would remind the hon. minister that the hon. members must always address the Chair.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Preston Manning Calgary Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Prime Minister.

Yesterday the Prime Minister in response to a question from the member for Calgary Centre said that Canadians cannot expect any tax relief "until all Canadians who want to work find jobs". This statement surprises and alarms business people, investors and unemployed Canadians who believe that tax relief is necessary to create jobs.

They feel that the Prime Minister has put the cart before the horse. My question to the Prime Minister is this. Does he or does he not believe that tax relief is necessary to create jobs and reduce unemployment?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Saint-Maurice
Québec

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we have an economic policy that was enunciated in the budget and we said that the priority of this government was to create jobs.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Chrétien Saint-Maurice, QC

It is still the same.

We would like to be able to reduce taxes at this moment but it would increase the deficit. If the hon. leader of the Reform Party is telling us to increase the deficit, fine, we will consider that.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Reform

Preston Manning Calgary Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, you can reduce taxes without increasing the deficit if you reduce spending.

What we are trying to get at is the connection between tax relief and job creation. Let me put my question another way. Yesterday one of Asia's top bankers, Mr. David Li, told a conference that Canada was an unattractive place to invest Asian capital because of high taxes, public debt and unnecessary government regulations.

In other words, Mr. Li and his clients are reluctant to invest more in job creating activity in Canada because of our high tax and spending level.

My question to the Prime Minister is this. What does he have to say to Mr. Li and thousands of other investors like him who refuse to invest more in job creating activity in Canada until they see lower taxation and spending levels?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development -Quebec

Mr. Speaker, the leader of the Reform Party is absolutely right when he says-

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Paul Martin LaSalle—Émard, QC

I do not blame members for clapping. They do not have much chance.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:20 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear.