House of Commons Hansard #37 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was tax.

Topics

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. The hon. minister has the floor. A question has been asked and we must hear the answer.

The hon. Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Medicine Hat
Alberta

Conservative

Monte Solberg Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the Bloc for its new-found interest in this issue. It was the government that moved to address this issue last spring in Bill C-36. We addressed it so that in the future no one who fills out his or her guaranteed income supplement would ever need to re-apply.

The Bloc has been silent on this issue right up until now. We are addressing the issue. Because of this government, seniors are better off today than they have ever been, and we will continue to improve on that record.

Manufacturing Industry
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Oakville, ON

Mr. Speaker, since the dollar started its rise, more than 400,000 jobs have been lost in our manufacturing sector and another 50,000 could be lost by next June.

In short, the sector is hemorrhaging jobs and the government is totally indifferent. It has ignored 21 of the 22 unanimous and practical recommendations from the industry committee.

Just what does the minister plan to do to defend Canada's manufacturing heartland and tens of thousands of jobs?

Manufacturing Industry
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Jim Prentice Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure where the hon. member gets her statistics but it is very clear that in this year, to date, 388,000 jobs have been created in the Canadian economy.

What this Minister of Finance is doing is creating a sound fiscal framework, a fiscal framework that involves the lowest corporate income taxes anywhere in any G-8 country and sound policies on accelerated capital cost allowance that will benefit the manufacturing sector.

What Canadian industry wants to do is to compete and win and we can do that with the sound fiscal framework that this government is creating.

Manufacturing Industry
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Bonnie Brown Oakville, ON

Mr. Speaker, I get my statistics from Statistics Canada.

Tax cuts cannot help businesses that have already shut down or have no income left to tax.

What the manufacturing sector needs and what Canadians demand is an industrial strategy that will make this country competitive around the world and create jobs here at home.

Could anybody in the government tell Canadians what the government's strategy is? Does anyone in the government even care?

Manufacturing Industry
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Jim Prentice Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. What Canadians need and what the manufacturing sector needs is a Conservative government, a Conservative government that creates a sound fiscal framework and that is creating smart fiscal policies.

Every time the Minister of Finance brings forward those kinds of measures, the Liberals vote against them. Shame on them.

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, after the income trust massacre, the finance minister was warned that the trusts had become sitting ducks for takeovers. Now, Deloitte, hardly a bunch of idiots, has released a report telling us that 70% of those trust buyouts were by those who pay little or no tax.

We have Canadians who have lost billions of their savings and we have the government that has lost hundreds of millions in tax.

Was this the minister's plan or was this one of the numerous areas where he just did not--

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. Minister of Finance.

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, it has been said that the income trust decision was absolutely the right thing to do for the productivity of the nation. Who said that? The member for Markham—Unionville, who is hardly an idiot.

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, that weak and out of context quote does not stand the passage of time.

Let us recap this fiasco. The Prime Minister campaigns to never tax income trusts. The finance minister taxes income trusts.

Canadians lose $25 billion overnight and the minister says that it was because he wanted to collect more taxes. He then instigates a cover-up with his now infamous blacked out document.

Seniors lose billions and the Deloitte report shows that the government will not get its taxes.

I know pride cometh before the fall but will he not even say oops?

Income Trusts
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the original decision by the Liberals when they were in government, when the member for Wascana was the minister of finance and the member for Markham—Unionville was the minister of revenue, was to tax income trusts. They even sent some emails around about it, sent by the member for Kings--Hants.

Now they decide, when we make the announcement on income trusts, that it is a good idea. But then they decide, “No, no, it's not a good idea. We're going to tax them maybe at 10% or 20%”.

Three different plans from the members opposite. I know it is not fair but it is true.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Conservative

Mike Allen Tobique—Mactaquac, NB

Mr. Speaker, in recent days the media have reported on a caregiver who was refused a temporary work visa because she did not meet the language requirements.

Yesterday, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration said that she would look into the case.

Could the minister please inform the House of any developments in this regard?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank my colleague for his excellent question.

We have two official languages in this country and I can assure you that our government is committed to respecting them.

I am pleased to inform the House today that, after reviewing this case, I have requested that a temporary resident permit be issued enabling this individual to work as a live-in caregiver for this family.

Seniors
Oral Questions

December 13th, 2007 / 2:45 p.m.

NDP

Chris Charlton Hamilton Mountain, ON

Mr. Speaker, a simple mistake by Statistics Canada resulted in a botched formula for inflation from 2001 to 2006. The consequence is that the Canada pension plan, old age security, and the guaranteed income supplement have been underpaid to every single senior in the country.

The minister who is supposed to represent seniors at the cabinet table admits the mistake but says, “too bad, so sad”.

Why is the government refusing to pay seniors what is rightfully theirs?