House of Commons Hansard #109 of the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was animals.

Topics

Olympic Winter Games
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Joyce Murray Vancouver Quadra, BC

Mr. Speaker, in Ontario the Olympic torch is stopping in 29 Conservative ridings and only three held by Liberals. Clearly, there is a bias. The government is a torch relay sponsor. The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons put out a list of all of the ridings that will see the torch.

The government minister asked MPs to contact him about torch events in their ridings. Whether it is infrastructure or the Olympic Games, the Conservative government inappropriately exploits public initiatives for its own partisan gain. When will it stop?

Olympic Winter Games
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Conservative

Dean Del Mastro Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, of course it is “ready, fire, aim” on the other side. These desperate conspiracy theories are totally false, but do not take my word for it. Let us listen to what John Furlong, the CEO of VANOC had to say about this issue. He said:

At no time did anyone in any government, or any political party offer one iota of counsel or influence about that.... We did our jobs the way we should have done them.

That is what John Furlong said. The member must have a problem with John Furlong.

Olympic Winter Games
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Liberal

Pablo Rodriguez Honoré-Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Olympic flame is a symbol. It represents healthy competition, camaraderie and people coming together. It is anything but a partisan tool.

Unfortunately, today, some questions have been raised about the flame's journey. Among the events that have been planned across the country, only 12% are being held in Liberal ridings, 13% in NDP ridings, 10% in Bloc ridings and 62% in Conservative ridings. I repeat, 62%.

One has to wonder if these are the Conservatives' Olympic Games or Canada's Olympic Games.

Olympic Winter Games
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Peterborough
Ontario

Conservative

Dean Del Mastro Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I think it is kind of disgraceful that the Liberal Party is trying to politicize this.

As I said earlier, VANOC organized this, and of course we heard what CEO John Furlong had to say.

Let us listen to what the Liberal member for Vancouver Quadra had to say about VANOC. She said:

VANOC can be proud of their seamless organization, embodying the Olympic principles of excellence, friendship and fairness. Congratulations to John Furlong and his Organizing Committee.

What in the world are they going on about over there? One minute he is doing a great job, and the next minute he is not. I cannot figure it out.

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

November 6th, 2009 / 11:40 a.m.

Conservative

Leon Benoit Vegreville—Wainwright, AB

Mr. Speaker, Canada is still being affected by the global recession. Our economic recovery is very fragile.

That is why our Conservative government is focused on staying the course and implementing our economic action plan. Our plan provides support for Canadians and their families to help them weather the economic storm.

Could the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour please update the House on the measures that we have taken to help these hard-hit Canadians?

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:40 a.m.

Souris—Moose Mountain
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Ed Komarnicki Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour

Mr. Speaker, our economic action plan is working.

Our Conservative government provided five extra weeks of EI, which benefited over 300,000 unemployed Canadians.

We made unprecedented investments in skills training to get Canadians back to work. We have expanded work-sharing which is currently protecting the jobs of over 165,000 Canadians.

I am proud to announce that our bill to provide extra support for long-tenured workers has received royal assent, despite the shameful opposition by the Liberal leader and members of his party. I have no idea what they have against those hardest hit by the global recession.

We are getting results for Canadians and we will always stand up for those who need--

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

The hon. member for Timmins—James Bay.

Toronto Port Authority
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Toronto Port Authority is a swamp of sleaze and corruption.

We are now learning that the board was rewriting minutes of their meetings while rubber-stamping dodgy receipts.

What a perfect training ground for our own ethically challenged Minister of Natural Resources. She used the crown agency to troll for political donations. She covered up expenses while dining out like aristocracy on the taxpayers' dime.

The Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities could have cleaned house but instead he played along.

Will the government finally rein in these rogue ministers?

Toronto Port Authority
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, this government brought in the toughest anti-corruption law in Canadian history. It is called the Federal Accountability Act. It limits political contributions; it protects whistleblowers; it makes the system more transparent; and, it adds roughly 20 additional organizations to access to information.

This was a positive step for accountability and transparency in Canada. On this side of the House and indeed right across Canada, people are proud of that act.

Toronto Port Authority
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, they do not call it the pork authority for nothing.

The Tories interfered with the election of the chair of the board. They fired people who asked tough questions and replaced them with bagmen and pals.

Why would that be? Would it be so that the Minister of Natural Resources could use the private list to troll for cash, so they could use the board to dump their buddies into the positions of power?

The government is busted. It needs to fess up and apologize to the people of Toronto.

Toronto Port Authority
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the Toronto Port Authority is an arm's-length organization. The TPA has said many times that all expenses and hospitality policies were followed.

The board has since stated that management and staff clearly followed all of these policies.

The chairman of the audit committee stated that there was nothing unusual in these expenses for a business of this size.

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Bloc

Gérard Asselin Manicouagan, QC

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-50 does not meet the needs of Quebec's forestry workers. It was designed to help Ontario's auto workers. Similarly, Bill C-56 will not really help Quebec's self-employed workers, since they already have access to the Quebec parental insurance plan. Furthermore, the premiums required are too high compared to the benefits offered.

Does the government not see that this piecemeal reform of the employment insurance system is not working, and that a complete overhaul is needed?

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-50 is an excellent bill for Quebec's unemployed workers. The Bloc should have supported it. Long-tenured workers will have access to an additional 5 to 20 weeks of benefits. That is not insignificant.

As for self-employed workers, they currently have access to a private system that is very expensive. We are offering them something affordable, and once again, the Bloc is going to vote against it. They will have to explain to people who want to take advantage of those measures why they will have to make do with the private system, at outrageous prices.

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Bloc

Gérard Asselin Manicouagan, QC

Mr. Speaker, this week, a majority of members in the House supported the Bloc Québécois bill that proposes increasing employment insurance benefits and easing the eligibility requirements.

Will the government respect the will of the House of Commons and see that the bill gets royal recommendation, so the employment insurance system can be completely overhauled?

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:45 a.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Mr. Speaker, we introduced Bill C-50. What did the Bloc members do? They voted against it. That is what they did. An additional 5 to 20 weeks of benefits for Quebec's unemployed workers is significant. There are long-tenured workers everywhere in Canada, and particularly in Quebec. The Bloc voted against that. They will vote against everything we do to help the economy and unemployed workers. That is what is shameful. They do not want to move things forward; they want to create divisions. So they continue to pick petty quarrels that make no sense.