House of Commons Hansard #108 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was prison.

Topics

Infrastructure
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon
B.C.

Conservative

Chuck Strahl Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, it is important to remember the history of this. When we approached Quebec and asked how it wanted to deal with this, it said to make the deadline December 31. That was the first thing, way earlier than our deadline. Then Quebec attached an engineer's certificate saying it could complete the project by December 31.

We have already said we will extend it to March 31. That is easily done because that is the federal program. More importantly, we have been working with Madame Courchesne and other ministers in the Quebec government in a respectful way. Understanding now the severity of the problem, we are working closely to find solutions so that we can be fair, reasonable and flexible.

Finance
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Alexandra Mendes Brossard—La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, this Minister of Finance is the biggest spender and has created the largest deficit in our history.

He is wasting millions of dollars on fake lakes and ministerial whims and billions of dollars on untendered fighter jets and he has the gall to say that the recession caused the deficit. He has the gall to want to make our seniors pay for the billions he has wasted.

Will the Minister of Finance finally admit that he has lost all control of this orgy of waste?

Finance
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, it is just the opposite, of course. The stimulus spending was necessary and it was supported by Parliament. It was necessary to protect our country. The member's party supported it.

It was necessary to run a deficit. Why was it necessary to run a deficit? It was to protect our country and to protect jobs. In fact, we gained back all of the jobs lost during the recession as a result of the economic action plan.

I do not know why the member would complain about it two years later.

Finance
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Alexandra Mendes Brossard—La Prairie, QC

Mr. Speaker, we did not vote for untendered contracts for fighter jets. This minister is living on a cloud surrounded by untendered fighter jets.

Canadians' personal debt is hitting record highs. National debt is exploding. Jobs are still hard to come by. And the Minister of Finance is authorizing the purchase of fighter jets without a single job guarantee?

How dare this joke of a minister applaud himself for a job well done. Does the Minister of Finance really want to duplicate the disaster he created in Ontario on a national scale?

Finance
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Central Nova
Nova Scotia

Conservative

Peter MacKay Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, once again, the program to purchase the new jet fighters was begun by the party of the member opposite.

However, let us listen to what the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada had to say, just a week ago, about the ability to compete for the production of 3,000 to 5,000 aircraft internationally:

This amount represents more than $12 Billion in opportunities on the partner's fleet....

It goes on to encourage all members of the House to support the nearly 150,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs that it would generate.

I do not know why the members opposite in the Liberal Party have changed their position on support for this great initiative.

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, a new report from Global Insight tells us that Canada is actually falling behind the already weak U.S. economy. More Canadians are out of work and are struggling with record levels of personal debt.

The same finance minister who lectures Canadian families about risky spending has allowed costs for Conservative ministerial staff to explode by seven times the rate of inflation.

Why is he ballooning Conservative office budgets while leaving Canadian families out in the cold?

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the member opposite must be the only person in Canada who thinks the American economy is doing better than the Canadian economy.

Let us talk about employment and unemployment. The United States unemployment rate is about 9.6%. The Canadian rate is less than 8%. That has not happened in Canadian history since 1975. That is because we had a good stimulus plan, which was supported by the member's party at a time of economic crisis in this country and which has worked.

The member should applaud the plan and applaud Canada's economic performance.

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, unemployment in Canada is two points higher than when that finance minister took office.

The finance minister killed a Liberal bill to protect disabled pensioners. His latest move to cut low-income seniors benefits will put many seniors out on the streets.

We know that the minister is on the record in support of putting the homeless in jail. Is that why he is saying no to low-income seniors and disabled pensioners but yes to spending billions of their tax dollars on U.S.-style mega-prisons?

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, let us be very clear. No government has done more to help Canada's seniors, those who built our country, than this government.

Let us take a look at the Liberal record compared to ours.

We brought forward pension income splitting. They voted against it.

We brought forward increasing the age credit, not once but twice, to help seniors keep more money in their pockets. The Liberals voted against it.

We also brought forward an additional $10 million for the new horizons programs that help seniors stay active and contribute within their communities. What happened with the Liberals? They voted against it. Shame on them.

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Conservative

Tim Uppal Edmonton—Sherwood Park, AB

Mr. Speaker, queue jumpers are paying human smugglers to abuse Canada's immigration system. Our country is being treated like a doormat. Canadians are sick and tired of illegal human smuggling boats coming to our shores. Yet the Liberals are siding with the immigration industry rather than ordinary Canadians by refusing to get tough on human smuggling.

I ask the minister, why are the Liberals so out of touch with ordinary Canadians on human smuggling?

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Calgary Southeast
Alberta

Conservative

Jason Kenney Minister of Citizenship

Mr. Speaker, we all know that Canadians expect this Parliament to take tough and reasonable action to stop human smuggling syndicates from targeting this country and treating it like a doormat. That is why we brought forward Bill C-49, a strong but reasonable effort to stop the smuggling syndicates from targeting Canada.

The Liberals pretended they might be in favour of these measures prior to this week's byelections. However, as soon as those elections were behind them, they revealed their opposition to the crackdown on human smuggling and queue jumping. That is an irresponsible position.

We stand with the Canadian people and against the smugglers trying to—

Citizenship and Immigration
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Order, please. The hon. member for Ottawa Centre.

Release of Documents by WikiLeaks
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Paul Dewar Ottawa Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's former chief of staff is advocating targeted assassination of a civilian, in reaction to the leak of U.S. documents.

These comments are quickly becoming an international embarrassment.

Mr. Flanagan is known as the ideological mentor of the Prime Minister. He concocted many key Conservative policies and is a talking head of the Conservatives.

Will the government unequivocally condemn Mr. Flanagan and his reckless comments?

Release of Documents by WikiLeaks
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Flanagan speaks only for himself. He does not speak for the government. He is not an adviser to the Prime Minister and has not been for many years. I certainly do not share his views.

Afghanistan
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Jack Harris St. John's East, NL

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has been refusing to acknowledge the facts on child detainees. Despite the claim of changes in 2007, it is clear that the government only stopped handing children over to the NDS in Afghanistan in March 2010. We know it is not just those who kill or attack Canadians who are detained in Afghanistan.

When will the government tell the truth? When will the minister tell the House and all Canadians how many children were handed over to the NDS and what happened to them? When will the minister give us the straight answers Canadians deserve on child detainees?