House of Commons Hansard #143 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was agency.

Topics

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I suggest the hon. member might want to look at the new child tax benefit which is directed at exactly that.

In the last budget the government put in an additional $750 million to bring it to over $1.7 billion, precisely to deal with that kind of situation.

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Reform

Jim Pankiw Saskatoon—Humboldt, SK

Mr. Speaker, this is about giving working Canadians a break so they can keep themselves out of poverty.

Mr. Tkatch also pays about $700 a month in taxes, EI and CPP. It is close to the point where he might just as well sign over his paycheque to the government and live off the deductions.

Will the finance minister explain to Mr. Tkatch and others like him why they should not just quit their jobs and go on welfare?

Taxation
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, in the last budget the government provided $7 billion worth of tax relief to Canadians who are in exactly that situation.

At the same time 400,000 Canadians have been taken off the tax rolls. That is precisely what this government has done to help the gentleman in question.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

October 27th, 1998 / 2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

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

In the interview he gave La Presse , the Prime Minister said he had asked his ministers for a list of Quebec's traditional demands in February 1996.

Since this is a cabinet document, is the Prime Minister prepared to table it in the House, so that we may verify whether or not his cabinet is up on Quebec's traditional demands?

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I would suggest the member read the February 1996 throne speech.

But, since we are on the topic of traditional demands, and since the Bloc Quebecois is so quick to think them up, I have a few traditional demands to suggest to Quebec: an end to the constant threat of referendums; an end to the separatist freeze; an end to referendums; an end to trickery and other flip-flops; an end to going around in circles.

Our objectives are the same as those of the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party: a better economic union, a better social union, a stronger Quebec within a united Canada.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Suzanne Tremblay Rimouski—Mitis, QC

Mr. Speaker, by reducing Quebec's traditional demands, basic issues defended by all Quebec premiers for more than 40 years, to nothing more than a shopping list, is the Prime Minister not proving that he has understood nothing about Quebec, and that he would do a better job as the manager of a general store than as the Prime Minister?

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the limitation on the federal government's spending authority, taken even further than in any—

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, QC

Scorn is the weapon of the weak, Mr. Speaker.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, QC

But, seriously, there have been many changes—

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, QC

Mr. Speaker, Quebeckers will not be very edified to see how low the Bloc Quebecois is willing to stoop in order to drag Quebec's election campaign into the House.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, QC

But, as my counterpart in Quebec even admitted, there have been in recent years important changes designed to improve service to the public.

I was going to mention, if I can make myself heard—which is by no means certain—the limitation on the federal government's spending authority, taken even further than during the Meech Lake Accord, which had the support of Lucien Bouchard at the time; the passage of the regional veto legislation; the distinct society resolution; the fewer conditions attached to the principal federal transfer payment to the provinces, the Canada social transfer; the clarification of roles in various areas, such as mining, forestry, recreation, tourism, social housing—