House of Commons Hansard #147 of the 39th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was crown.

Topics

Regional Economic Development
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Jonquière—Alma
Québec

Conservative

Jean-Pierre Blackburn Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Mr. Speaker, I repeat, of course we are going to continue supporting organizations. That is our purpose.

However, from now on, when an economically oriented organization submits a project, it must have a beginning, a middle and an end, with measurable results that must be achieved.

The money we receive does not go to the Treasury Board. It goes toward our department's real mission: to diversify regional economic activity in Quebec, which is extremely important, and to help Quebec's businesses and regions grow.

National Capital Commission
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Richard Nadeau Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, this government's lack of concern toward francophones borders on contempt. After the billboards in Vimy littered with mistakes in French and the appointment of a unilingual anglophone ombudsman for victims of crime, now the minister responsible for the NCC is appointing a man who barely speaks French to head a federal agency responsible for administering the capital of a country that is supposedly bilingual.

My question is for the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission. Why appoint a unilingual anglophone to head up the NCC?

National Capital Commission
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I was extremely pleased yesterday to stand beside my colleague, the Minister of the Environment, to announce the appointment of Mr. Mills as chairman of the board.

In front of the media and me, Mr. Mills made a firm commitment not just to improve his French, but to perfect it. He promised to represent the NCC well and with tact. We are extremely pleased with this appointment. It is a welcome appointment in the greater national capital area.

National Capital Commission
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Bloc

Richard Nadeau Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, for far too long now, NCC investments have not reflected the demographic weight of Gatineau across from Ottawa. While the population of Gatineau accounts for more than 25% of the region, it received just 17% of NCC investments between 2001 and 2005.

Does the former Gatineau city councillor and current minister responsible for the NCC intend to tolerate this situation much longer?

National Capital Commission
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, I will not comment on the period from 2001 to 2005, since it was our friends opposite who were in charge of the NCC. However, my hon. colleague, the Minister of Finance, announced in his 2007 budget, some $30 million over two years for the NCC's activities and day to day operations. That in itself is a major improvement over what we had before.

Tourism Industry
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

John Maloney Welland, ON

Mr. Speaker, the government created anger and upset when it scrapped the Liberal GST tourism rebate program. Now we have confusion and continued worry in the Canadian tourism industry with the government's weak imitation that applies to registered tour groups only. The program used to be available to all visitors to Canada.

Why does the government insist on nickel and diming our tourism industry to death and putting thousands of jobs at risk?

Tourism Industry
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Calgary—Nose Hill
Alberta

Conservative

Diane Ablonczy Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I guess it would be too much to ask to expect the Liberals to stop overstating the case.

In fact, we are introducing a new and more effective foreign convention and tour incentive program. This focuses on the most competitive and price-sensitive segments of the market.

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada said that this measure demonstrates that the government “takes tourism's concerns seriously and is willing to work together” with the industry. The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia said, “We are really pleased. This is big for us”. Maybe the member should listen to his own people.

Gasoline Prices
Oral Questions

May 4th, 2007 / 11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Guy Lauzon Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, ON

Mr. Speaker, in Quebec today, the price of gas has reached $1.16 a litre. Quebeckers are worried and want gas prices to stop climbing.

Can the Minister of the Environment tell this House what will happen to the price of gas if the Liberal plan for the environment, Bill C-288, which is also supported by the NDP and the Bloc Québécois, indeed passes?

Gasoline Prices
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, that is a very good question. Canadians have good reason to be concerned about the price of gas.

Under the Liberal plan for the environment, which is supported by the Bloc and the NDP, Canadians will pay up to $160 a litre for gas. The leader of the NDP wants the federal government to force oil companies to ration gas. According to economists and under Bill C-288, proposed by the Liberals and supported by the NDP and the Bloc, the price of gas would go up by 60%.

Human Resources and Social Development
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Olivia Chow Trinity—Spadina, ON

Mr. Speaker, one in 10 children are getting poorer, according to the new Statistics Canada report. We are talking about 788,000 children. These kids cannot get the Conservatives' newest tax cut of $310, but millionaires' families can. If mom cannot work because she cannot afford or find child care, she does not get the Conservatives' newest workers' tax credit either, and that is plainly unfair.

No wonder the prosperity gap between the rich and poor is getting wider. How does the Prime Minister sleep at night knowing that kids--

Human Resources and Social Development
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

Human Resources and Social Development
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Medicine Hat
Alberta

Conservative

Monte Solberg Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Mr. Speaker, this is an important issue. That is why the government has acted. It is providing a balanced approach in support of parents, the provinces and child care providers. Right now we contribute $5.6 billion a year in support of child care and of parents who provide this care, three times as much as the previous government provided.

The real question, and I am sure the hon. member would like to know the answer too, is why are the Liberals threatening to take away part of that, the universal child care benefit—

Human Resources and Social Development
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. member for Trinity—Spadina.

Human Resources and Social Development
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Olivia Chow Trinity—Spadina, ON

Mr. Speaker, that is a pretty rich answer for poor kids.

Ireland's president is to visit Canada in June. Ireland has a national strategy with goals and a timetable to reduce poverty. Ireland took leadership and pumped a lot of money into training, child care and affordable housing. The result is that 90% of their young people graduate from high school. That is over 15% higher than in Canada. Canada does not even have a strategy.

When will the government take action, introduce a national anti-poverty strategy and close the prosperity gap?

Human Resources and Social Development
Oral Questions

Noon

Medicine Hat
Alberta

Conservative

Monte Solberg Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

Mr. Speaker, it sounds like the member is actually intent on creating poverty. She is the one in the government operations committee who moved a motion to take away the universal child care benefit that goes to two million families and provides them with $2.4 billion in benefits every year. That goes to every family in the country, including those who need it the most. The member should be ashamed.