House of Commons Hansard #68 of the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was ontario.

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Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, if I understood the answer correctly, the Prime Minister said that he would indicate that we will withdraw our troops if the conditions are not met at the meetings themselves. I would like him to explain whether that is indeed the case.

Our concern is that he will tell the world at these meetings that the average Canadian supports the ongoing extension of the war, but the fact is that they do not.

Now that the Prime Minister has rescinded the invitation to members of the opposition and has refused my invitation to take the leaders of the opposition with him on this trip, will he at least give the undertaking that when he says to the world that we are extending the mission in Afghanistan it is not because of the support of the--

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The right hon. Prime Minister.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I have always been clear that if our conditions are not met, we will withdraw. That said, the discussions with our allies and our equipment procurement continue to go very well. I have every reason to believe that these conditions will be fulfilled in the not too distant future.

Speaking of the mission in Afghanistan, we had a fulsome debate in this House and we had a resolution that was arrived at with some discussion among the parties. I think it reflects overwhelmingly the fact that Canadians believe in this United Nations mission, believe it is essential for the Afghan people and for our security, and are very proud of the work our men and women in uniform are doing.

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

March 31st, 2008 / 2:35 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, never before has a federal finance minister trashed the business climate of Ontario in such a vitriolic and unacceptable way. Never before has a federal finance minister told the world that Ontario is the last place to invest. Especially with manufacturing jobs hemorrhaging by the day, the people of Ontario want their governments to work together to solve real problems.

Why can the minister not understand this simple point and stop bashing Ontario and stop bashing the people who call that province their home?

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

The concern, Mr. Speaker, is, of course, with the people of Ontario, the workers of Ontario and the businesses of Ontario because the Government of Ontario's business tax policies are hurting business growth in the province of Ontario.

On October 30, in the economic statement, we challenged the provinces and territories to join us in reducing the business tax burden by 2012. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick are all moving in that direction. This is for the sake of businesses, business growth and the people, the workers of the province of Ontario.

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

John McCallum Markham—Unionville, ON

Mr. Speaker, he keeps on bashing.

Last Thursday, the Prime Minister and Dalton McGuinty issued a press release calling for greater collaboration. Here is an opportunity for the minister. Just today, the Ontario government announced $17 million for the Ford plant to reopen in Windsor. Just today, Ford asked the federal government to match that contribution.

Will the minister put his money where his mouth is and match that $17 million contribution?

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, my criticism of the Government of Ontario and the Premier of Ontario cannot hold a candle to the criticism of the NDP government of Ontario by the Liberal government here when Bob Rae--

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. Minister of Finance may have forgotten but there is a new member of the House whose name I think he just bandied about and it is out of order to refer to members by their names. I think he meant the hon. member for Toronto Centre and, if so, he would want to use that name in his answer.

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Whitby—Oshawa, ON

Mr. Speaker, I do wish the member for Toronto Centre the same success in opposition here in this House as he had serving in Ontario also in opposition.

The Liberals do not listen to their own advice. Here is what the member for Markham—Unionville said. He said, “The new Canadian advantage and the Liberal vision”--

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. The hon. member for Willowdale.

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Martha Hall Findlay Willowdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, in Ontario, hard-working families are losing their jobs but instead of working with the province, the finance minister continues to criticize Ontario even today. This is the same minister who gave Ontario Walkerton, wanted to jail the homeless and left a $5.5 billion deficit.

When will the finance minister stop damaging Ontario's economy with his petty grudges?

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Let me begin, Mr. Speaker, by thanking the member for Willowdale for her friendly opening question in the House. I welcome her to the House and I hope the questions will become more congenial over time.

The Liberals do not believe themselves. Here is what the Leader of the Opposition said about lowering taxes, which is what this is about in Ontario. He said:

A lower corporate tax rate is a powerful weapon...to generate more investment, higher living standards and better jobs.

The Liberals need to start listening to themselves.

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Martha Hall Findlay Willowdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance has no credibility. Six Ontario budgets were deficit budgets. The Minister of Finance is the last person we would look to for advice on the provincial economy.

When will the Prime Minister rein in his Minister of Finance?

Federal-Provincial Relations
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

I trust, Mr. Speaker, that the member for Willowdale will join the other Liberals who have supported our budget and our business tax reductions of historic proportions in the Government of Canada. I also hope the Liberals will listen to one of the newest Liberals, the member for Toronto Centre, who said:

The... government needs to keep a vigilant eye on corporate taxes to ensure they are globally competitive with key jurisdictions so that investment in Canada is encouraged.

As I say, Liberals need to listen to themselves.