House of Commons Hansard #79 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was cmhc.

Topics

Income Trusts
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Liberal

Raymonde Folco Laval—Les Îles, QC

Mr. Speaker, the minority Conservative government's recent decision about income trusts was a massive attack that cost Canadian investors billions of dollars.

Jacques Dompierre from the Ottawa region wrote: “I think that...the changes proposed by [the Minister of Finance] are a serious mistake”.

Mr. Dompierre thinks that he should never have had to take such huge losses because of his government and he added, “It is clear that Ottawa must reconsider the proposed changes and try to undo this week's carnage”.

Many Canadians agree. They invested their money in income trusts because they believed the Conservatives' election promise.

Mr. Speaker, there is no justification for the Conservatives' about-face.

Don Cherry
Statements By Members

November 8th, 2006 / 2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Michel Gauthier Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean, QC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the anglophone members of this House gave a hero's welcome to Don Cherry, a CBC commentator whose disparaging comments about francophones have already raised questions here in the House of Commons.

This morning, everyone in Quebec is asking questions about the tribute paid to Don Cherry. Clearly, it does not take much to be a hero in English Canada.

Don Cherry was accompanied in the gallery by none other than the Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole. We cannot understand why you yourself, Mr. Speaker, bent the rules of the House, a set of rules you helped establish.

I have trouble understanding how you could demonstrate such enthusiasm for a francophone-bashing clown. Maybe it was because the member for Kingston and the Islands temporarily supplanted the Speaker.

The attitude demonstrated in this House was hurtful, and we will learn from this experience.

Income Trusts
Statements By Members

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Omar Alghabra Mississauga—Erindale, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadians have learned the hard way what it means to put their trust in the minority Conservative government's word.

Investors in income trusts have lost billions of dollars of their hard-earned money, which they planned on using in their retirement years. For the government to betray them by imposing a tax that it promised would not come has left them angry and jaded. Who can blame them?

Take the example of Albertan Gerry Collard. In an email sent to MPs entitled “The evaporation of my retirement fund”, Mr. Collard writes:

In appreciation of my vote, you and the Conservatives caused $170,000 of my life savings to evaporate overnight. In exchange of my $170,000 you give me seniors income splitting, I am still looking for the humour in this.

He concludes by saying, “I invested my entire life's savings in Income Trusts after you promised they would not be taxed”.

The Conservative government--

Income Trusts
Statements By Members

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. member for Mégantic—L'Érable.

Public Safety
Statements By Members

2:20 p.m.

Conservative

Christian Paradis Mégantic—L'Érable, QC

Mr. Speaker, our government is addressing the issue of safety in our communities with strength and determination.

On Monday, Canada's new government took concrete measures in order to ensure the safety of Quebec's communities by injecting $10 million to face challenges related to crime and street gangs, through the National Crime Prevention Centre in particular. This funding will allow Canada's new government to work together with Quebec and non-governmental organizations in order to prevent crime.

This is another good example of the productive relationship Canada's new government maintains with the Government of Quebec and the community organizations of that province.

The Bloc Québécois, the party in eternal opposition, will never produce results since it is powerless in Ottawa—powerless is the word.

The Liberals lost the confidence of Quebeckers a long time ago. Fortunately, Canada's new government is taking tangible measures and meeting the needs of the people in order to ensure the safety of Quebec's streets and communities. In the meantime, the Leader of the Bloc is happy just to toss out some ideas.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, like the reversing falls in Saint John, New Brunswick, the Conservatives are cascading backwards on the environment. The government will go to Kenya next week with a climate change plan in which it proposes to do nothing for 20 years and then think about what it will do for the next 25 years after that.

No wonder the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Environment are afraid to show up at international meetings. They are making Canada a laughingstock on the environment.

Would the Prime Minister agree that what our country needs is a plan that kicks in one week from now, at the world conference in Nairobi, and not 2,300 weeks from now in the year 2050?

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, as the Leader of the Opposition will know, the government has tabled the clean air act which, for the first time in our history, will insist not only on reduction of air pollution, but reduction of greenhouse gases in Canada. It will, for the first time in history, have a national non-voluntary regulatory scheme for all Canadian industry.

What is amazing is, after 13 years in office when the Liberals did not table a single proposal, they have the gall to criticize anything.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, that is absolutely untrue. Listening to the Prime Minister is sort of like listening to a salesman trying to get Canadians to buy a Christmas layaway plan for the environment. We do nothing for decades, seas rise, islands flood, droughts hit, famines strike--

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

David Anderson

Who's writing your questions?

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. I am sure the hon. Leader of the Opposition appreciates all the help with his question. We have to be able to hear his question, not all the suggestions from other corners in the House. The hon. Leader of the Opposition has the floor.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Bill Graham Toronto Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is extraordinary to find the members opposite take such celebration in their lack of doing anything for the environment. That is an extraordinary performance on the floor of the House.

We are talking about a 44-year layaway plan, when we will be long gone from Parliament. Those members will not be here. We will not be here. Our grandchildren will be stuck with a huge bill for the environment.

Would the Prime Minister please, for the sake of Canada, reverse course, make Canada a leader, not a laggard on Kyoto, and go to Nairobi with a real--

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The right hon. Prime Minister.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, as we all know, it was the previous government that signed Kyoto over a decade ago. We are still waiting to see its plan.

The leader of NDP made a useful suggestion, and that is for the clean air act to go to a parliamentary committee where members could interview scientists, economists, industry leaders, environmentalists, technology experts and where the committee can itself assist the government in suggesting short term and mid term targets.

I would encourage the Liberals, after 13 years of neglect, to get on the bandwagon and start working on it.

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Toronto Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Bill Graham Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, it is these types of answers that are making the Conservatives and the NDP lose all credibility.

Will the Prime Minister even lift a finger for the Kyoto protocol? Will he introduce a bold plan of action to fight climate change? Will he make Canada the champion that citizens and Canadians expect? Will he put forward a plan, a real plan, for the future of our planet, rather than twiddle his thumbs, embarrass Canadians and create an environmental catastrophe with the help of his ally—