House of Commons Hansard #7 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was environment.

Topics

Minister of Finance
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, that has nothing to do with anything the underling did.

Here are some of his accomplishments. He puts the income tax rate up while saying that he is putting it down. His interest deductibility fiasco was the worst tax policy in 35 years. There were $25 billion of broken promises on income trusts. He breaks his promise to three provinces and had a fee bate program that was so bad it was never implemented. He must have received a grade of F at finance wizard school.

Just how long does he think the Canadian economy can endure this hocus-pocus?

Minister of Finance
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is a wizard at one thing and so is his leader. They do not care about prices for Canadian consumers. What they want to do is raise the GST. They voted against reducing the GST by one point.

The leader of the opposition has said that it is squandering taxpayer money. He said that it is wasteful. Last week in this place he said that we would lower prices for Canadian consumers. We said that we would and we will.

Automobile Industry
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government invested with the auto sector to create thousands of good jobs. Now the manufacturers and the auto sector are getting hammered. The Conservative government still has no plan of action for the auto sector.

When will the minister present a real plan for Canada's auto sector that will offer real hope to Canadian auto workers?

Automobile Industry
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Jim Prentice Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian economy continues to show considerable resiliency and strength even in the face of falling demand in the auto sector in the United States. Overall, in the Canadian economy, 282,000 jobs were created last year. Manufacturing investment is up. We have the lowest unemployment rate since November 1974.

We are aware that the auto industry is a tough global industry. We spent extensive time working together with Mr. Hargrove and with other people from the industry and all the presidents of the companies. We will continue to be responsible and to work in the areas that government can make a difference: border infrastructure, reducing capital costs and reducing taxes so Canadians can compete.

Automobile Industry
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, Canadian manufacturers are facing real challenges. The industry committee recommended an accelerated capital cost allowance of 50% for five years but the government responded with only a two year program, a half measure.

According to the manufacturers, this was “too short to provide an effective incentive for investment”.

When will the government give Canadian manufacturers the full five year tax relief they need to compete and to survive?

Automobile Industry
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Jim Prentice Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, I am aware of some of the constructive commentary offered by members of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. We will continue to talk with them and explore those ideas.

However, if we want to talk about who is short, I will tell the House who has been short. It has been the opposition, the Liberals. They are the ones who voted against those capital allowance changes. For them to stand here and suggest that they should be extended is the height of hypocrisy.

UNESCO
Oral Questions

October 24th, 2007 / 2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Maka Kotto Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, a number of people, including Quebec minister Gagnon-Tremblay, are falsely presenting the Quebec-Ottawa agreement on UNESCO as a “historic agreement”. However, some archives from Quebec's department of international relations show that, already back in 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau made the same proposal to Daniel Johnson, who rejected it, because it did not provide a real presence for Quebec on the international scene.

Did the Minister of Canadian Heritage know that?

UNESCO
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Beauce
Québec

Conservative

Maxime Bernier Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I heard the hon. member clearly and I want to say that the Francophonie is important and we will do our utmost to promote it.

Incidentally, I should inform the hon. member that, in just a few weeks, I will be attending the first Francophonie Summit held in Africa. I am looking forward to presenting the programs that we have here in Canada and to explaining how much Canadians and all Quebeckers care about the Francophonie.

UNESCO
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Bloc

Maka Kotto Saint-Lambert, QC

Mr. Speaker, just because I am an African does not mean I should get a reply that relates to Africa. I was referring to UNESCO.

Two days ago, when I put a question to the Minister of Canadian Heritage regarding her refusal to fund CIFEJ, the minister said:

...under the previous Liberal government, CIFEJ was funded under special ministerial authority. However, it was never subject to any formal application process, any specific Treasury Board authority or the slightest financial accountability.

Can the minister explain why her own government used that same procedure on October 5, 2006?

UNESCO
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Louis-Saint-Laurent
Québec

Conservative

Josée Verner Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, the answer is the same. Our programs are funded according to very specific criteria. CIFEJ was not part of a specific program. Because we have strict legislation on accountability, we stopped operating in this fashion. Having said that, we continue to fund Canadian history accounts.

Status of Women
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, as we saw yesterday, despite mounting pressure from women's groups, the minister responsible for the status of women refuses to apologize and is maintaining her arrogant, petty attitude.

Will the minister admit that her blackmail is inappropriate? Will she set aside her pride? Will she show some humility and do the right thing under the circumstances, which is to apologize to all women?

Status of Women
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Louis-Saint-Laurent
Québec

Conservative

Josée Verner Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, with all due respect for the hon. Bloc Québécois member's humility, women's groups have called my office to let me know that they do not wish to become involved in the conflict—the useless bickering, as Bernard Landry would say—which the Bloc Québécois is trying to bring here to Ottawa.

That being said, here is an example of the concrete action we are taking. Thanks to our increased funding for the Status of Women Canada program, the Nouveau Départ group in the riding of Louis-Hébert received $30,400 in funding. This was thanks to the hard work of my colleague from Louis-Hébert and thanks to our increased funding.

Status of Women
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Bloc

Nicole Demers Laval, QC

Mr. Speaker, the minister must stop this empty rhetoric. The reality is that programs for women's equality, social justice, and women's political and legal participation have been dropped. The new rules eliminate all funding for activities promoting women's rights. Twelve of 16 Status of Women regional offices have been closed, not to mention the elimination of the court challenges program.

The real question is this. Will she apologize? That is what is needed. What is she waiting for?

Status of Women
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Louis-Saint-Laurent
Québec

Conservative

Josée Verner Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, too many women in this country need greater funding to help them address the various challenges they face in their daily lives. We have prioritized projects that have a real impact on the lives of Canadian women.

That being said, it is the Bloc Québécois member who should apologize, for playing petty politics on the backs of women who desperately need our financial support.

Automobile Industry
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Sgro York West, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canada's manufacturing industry is in crisis and auto jobs are being hit hard.

The government continues to negotiate a flawed free trade deal with South Korea, which is bad for the auto industry and bad for Canada. Thousands of jobs have been lost this year and more will be lost under this proposed agreement.

When will the government start standing up for Canadian workers?