House of Commons Hansard #53 of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was dna.

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Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are wondering who to blame for the price of gas, which is up to almost a dollar a litre. The answer is obvious: the Liberal government.

A study by the Minister of the Environment says that the tax increase required to achieve the Kyoto protocol objectives would double the price of gas from roughly 54¢ a litre to $1.40 a litre.

Is that not the true Liberal agenda: to have Canadians pay $1.40 for a litre of gas? Is that not the true Liberal agenda?

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:30 p.m.

Wascana
Saskatchewan

Liberal

Ralph Goodale Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the trouble with this opposition is that the question starts with the search for blame. That is typical of what the Conservative Party stands for. It is always on the negative, always angry, always looking to tear down, always looking to criticize. In fact, that party's whole reputation is a witch hunt from beginning to end.

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, this Liberal government has no grounds, as this is the same Liberal Party and this finance--

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Gasoline Prices
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2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

Order, please. I cannot hear a word. We must have a little order. The hon. member for Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam has the floor now. I am sure he appreciates the help with the question, but we do have to be able to hear him.

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

James Moore Port Moody—Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, we will not take lessons from this Liberal government, which runs ads saying that Canadians should not vote for people because of their faith. We will not take any lectures from this government on that.

The Liberals like to posture as environmentalists, but the fact is that the Liberal agenda on environmentalism is full of hogwash. The Liberals are ripping off Canadians, ripping off travellers, ripping off cities and ripping off provinces. Why will this government not admit that its real agenda on gasoline is to raise prices so fewer people can drive, so it can meet its Kyoto targets? It should just admit the facts--

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

LaSalle—Émard
Québec

Liberal

Paul Martin Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the preamble of the hon. member's question is as vile as it possibly could be. Let me say very plainly that faith or religion has no room in politics; the fact is that this government would never allow that. For the hon. member to raise that kind of an issue in this room is the ultimate in prejudice and bigotry and he ought to be ashamed of himself--

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

Order. If hon. members could carry on some of their arguments on various points in the lobby, we might get on with question period in here. Members are going to be cheated out of their questions if we do not move forward more quickly. Then they will be deprived of the answers and we cannot have that. The hon. member for Medicine Hat, I know, will want to settle things down with his next question.

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, the environment minister must really be in his happy place these days. A 20¢ a litre jump in gas prices will bring in at least $600 million in new GST revenues every year. Besides that, low income Canadians in many cases will be forced right off the roads.

It is a Liberal dream come true, especially for the environment minister, but really it is a nightmare for Canadians. When will the Liberals admit that $1 a litre gas is really exactly what they want as part of their environmental vision for Canada?

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Victoria
B.C.

Liberal

David Anderson Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, we have heard a number of assertions, most of which are false, with respect to the connection between gasoline prices and the environment. May I point out to the hon. members opposite that the break-even price is about 40¢ per litre? Everything after that is profit for the oil companies headquartered in Calgary, and they are the people who are paying off the bills of the two leadership candidates sitting facing us. That is where the money goes. It has nothing to do with the environment.

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Canadian Alliance

Monte Solberg Medicine Hat, AB

Mr. Speaker, of course the environment minister is quick to point out how much money oil companies make, but he does not point out how heavily this government taxes them, and the government takes all that money, does it not?

A dollar a litre is just a step on the way to $1.40 a litre. We have the paper right here, if the environment minister wants to look at it, on his plan to raise the prices to $1.40 a litre. The environment minister has argued that if we do not raise gas taxes, we will have to raise income taxes. He has argued that we will have to cut hospitals. When he is going to stop the charade that--

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

The Speaker

The hon. Minister of Natural Resources.

Gasoline Prices
Oral Question Period

2:35 p.m.

Bonavista—Trinity—Conception
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

R. John Efford Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, it is time to set the record straight about the members opposite on gasoline prices. Let us look at when Bill C-23 and Bill C-249 came before the committee. Those members opposed the bills to amend the Competition Act and to look into the increase of gas prices each and every time they came before the committee, every time. Why? Because they know that the federal taxes have not increased on gasoline prices. The prices were put up by the oil companies and by the international world price of oil, their friends in Calgary.

Employment Insurance
Oral Question Period

May 12th, 2004 / 2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Paul Crête Kamouraska—Rivière-Du-Loup—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the member for Bonaventure—Gaspé—Îles-de-la-Madeleine—Pabok said he had not had everything. This member who signed the 17 unanimous recommendations of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and sits on the Liberal committee that looked at the perverse effects of the employment insurance program admitted that there was some quarrelling over the issue within cabinet.

Are we to understand from the member's remarks that the Liberals are quarrelling on the backs of the unemployed? Is that what we are to understand?