House of Commons Hansard #75 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was seniors.

Topics

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

9:40 a.m.

Provencher
Manitoba

Conservative

Vic Toews Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, unlike the Liberals, we actually wait for the bills to come in before we determine what the costs are.

The member, again, has simply made up another statistic, which is what she and her colleagues have been doing. For example, they indicated that an amount of money, $4 million, had been spent to drain a lake. In fact, the true figure was $144,000, which related to the development of security accommodations for the RCMP officers.

I understand that they do not support the RCMP, but we do.

The Economy
Oral Questions

October 1st, 2010 / 9:40 a.m.

Liberal

Rob Oliphant Don Valley West, ON

Mr. Speaker, I seem to be having a recurring nightmare: a borrow and spend government, slush fund spending--

The Economy
Oral Questions

9:40 a.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

The Economy
Oral Questions

9:40 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. Members are not going to be able to hear about the nightmare if they do not listen. We will have some order, please.

The hon. member for Don Valley West has the floor.

The Economy
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Liberal

Rob Oliphant Don Valley West, ON

Mr. Speaker, some of us are actually kept up at night, worrying about the fiscal management of this country.

We have a borrow and spend government, slush fund spending, tax breaks for the rich, burdens placed on the middle class, increased payroll taxes, and fiscal incompetence leading to a record-breaking deficit.

Last time, it was the dark ages of the Mike Harris government. Now his old finance minister is in charge of the public purse.

What assurance can the minister give that there is any difference this time around?

The Economy
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Conservative

Ted Menzies Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the difference this time around is that we actually fared better than most during this global recession. In fact, we are in the best fiscal position in the G7. I know that upsets the Liberals opposite because they seem to focus on talking down the economy and making Canadians nervous about the plan that we have coming out of the recession.

With nearly 430,000 net new jobs in this country, that is leadership. That is what we are seeing.

The Economy
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Liberal

Rob Oliphant Don Valley West, ON

Mr. Speaker, this party does not need to take any lessons from that party about fiscal management.

That is the party that blew a $13 billion surplus, increased federal spending by 18%, authorized over $1 billion for fake lakes and glow sticks, and has no control over spending on prisons, planes and self-promotion. It is déjà vu all over again.

Does the government really think it can borrow and spend its way into fiscal health without any good management?

The Economy
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Conservative

Ted Menzies Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, talking about fiscal responsibility and financial responsibility, which go hand in hand, I believe it was the leader of the Liberal opposition who suggested to his caucus that it should not support a private member's bill that would increase EI premiums by 35%, that would cost $7 billion in the first year and that would kill jobs in Canada. Unfortunately that caucus must not have received the message because the Liberals, the Bloc and the NDP came in here and voted to raise EI premiums.

Quebec City Arena
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

Mr. Speaker, Mayor Labeaume is tired of waiting for the federal government and he has decided to go ahead with construction of a multi-purpose arena. The mayor of Quebec City points out that the federal government has until December 31 to announce its financial involvement, without which Quebec City's Olympic bid could be compromised.

Can the federal government confirm that it will fund up to 45%, as the Government of Quebec has promised to do, of construction of a new multi-purpose arena, in order not to jeopardize Quebec City's Olympic bid—

Quebec City Arena
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Liberal

Quebec City Arena
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, the National Hockey League and the Canadian Football League are calling for the construction of new facilities across the country and the renovation of existing facilities. Our position is clear: we are all big sports fans, but the private sector has to do its part. The role of the federal government is to show fairness across the country and to respect budgetary constraints.

Quebec City Arena
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Bloc

Diane Bourgeois Terrebonne—Blainville, QC

Mr. Speaker, the federal government did not hesitate to invest $500 million to boost Toronto's Olympic bid. What is good for Toronto should be good for Quebec City.

Accordingly, does this government intend to follow in the footsteps of the Government of Quebec and fund up to 45% of construction of a multi-purpose arena in Quebec City?

Quebec City Arena
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, let us be very clear: if Quebec City becomes an official candidate for the Olympic Games, our government and all of Canada will support it whole-heartedly.

Long live Bonhomme!

Agriculture
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Bloc

André Bellavance Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, more than 10,000 agricultural jobs in Quebec have been lost in the past 22 months according to Statistics Canada. The UPA's chief economist, Charles-Félix Ross, says that one of the possible causes of this dramatic loss is that the farmers' safety net, particularly that provided through federal programs, has been shrinking.

Why does the government not change its agri-stability program to take production costs into account, as called for by Quebec's farmers?

Agriculture
Oral Questions

9:45 a.m.

Jonquière—Alma
Québec

Conservative

Jean-Pierre Blackburn Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture)

Mr. Speaker, we are aware of the difficulties that the agriculture sector can face. I would like to remind the member that we have invested more than $2 billion to support our farmers since coming to power. In addition, with regard to the advance payment programs, pork producers, cattle producers, those who had difficulties with SRM, and slaughterhouses, in all these files we have been praised for providing rapid assistance to our farmers.