House of Commons Hansard #115 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was years.

Topics

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Langley
B.C.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Mr. Speaker, the member knows well that this government takes the environment seriously. We show up for conferences, and we stay and work hard.

This is what the commissioner of the environment said about the Liberal Party and the gap between what the Liberal government said it would do and what it actually did. He said:

When it comes to protecting the environment, bold announcements are made and then often forgotten as soon as the confetti hits the ground.

The Liberals owe the House an apology for what they did.

Government Priorities
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

NDP

Chris Charlton Hamilton Mountain, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadian household debt levels have been rising at an alarming rate for the past four years. Even the Governor of the Bank of Canada is worried. They are now almost one and a half times disposable income.

Where are the jobs the government was supposed to be creating? Without jobs Canadians cannot afford to keep up with even the basics, never mind spending extra to stimulate the economy.

The Bank of Canada is calling for action. When will the government finally get serious about creating quality, family-supporting jobs?

Government Priorities
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

Macleod
Alberta

Conservative

Ted Menzies Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, that is a very troubling question considering that every time we put forward policies to help create jobs, members of the NDP have voted against it.

Members of the NDP have a lot of audacity to stand and say that we are not helping Canadians. Over 440,000 net new jobs have been created since July 2009. The NDP has voted against every initiative we have put forward that has helped to create those jobs.

Pensions
Oral Questions

11:50 a.m.

NDP

Wayne Marston Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, ON

Mr. Speaker, we hear the parliamentary secretary, but there are new documents from Service Canada showing that HRSDC is still moving forward with changes that could claw back the GIS payments of thousands of Canadian seniors. Last month the minister said she would end the policy. This week she said, “we have cancelled it”.

In light of these new documents, has it been cancelled or not? Will the government please stop playing games and tell Canadian seniors the truth about this policy?

Pensions
Oral Questions

11:50 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, for the benefit of the member and the Liberal-Bloc-NDP coalition, the policy has been cancelled. Not only has the policy been cancelled, but we have reverted to the old policy that was effective in May 2010. All of the departmental officials have been instructed to follow the old policy. The new one was cancelled. It is not in existence.

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Royal Galipeau Ottawa—Orléans, ON

Mr. Speaker, the part-time environment critic for the opposition coalition, the member for Parkdale—High Park, had Canadian taxpayers pay his way to attend the UN climate change conference. He was supposed to spend the week in Cancun working, but he bailed out of the conference two days early, not even bothering to wait for the delivery of Canada's national statement before heading for the airport.

Could the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment tell us what he thinks about this part-time critic's behaviour?

The Environment
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I do not think that question has anything to do with the administrative responsibility of the government.

The hon. member for Kings—Hants.

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, last month Maple Leaf Foods announced the closure of Larsen's plant in Berwick, Nova Scotia, leaving nearly 300 people out of work. Many of these workers have been at Larsen for over 20 years and some of them have never ever drawn EI benefits. The jobless numbers in this area are now worse than they were last year.

Will the minister extend the program for long-term workers so the people at Larsen, who paid into EI for years, can now get the full EI benefits they deserve?

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

11:55 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, we have extended the EI pilot projects that related to working while on claim, the best 14 weeks, the extra 5 week pilot project program. We have done a number of initiatives with respect to employment. We have unprecedented investments in training to get Canadians back to work, of over $4 billion in training to help 1.2 million Canadians.

We have done a number of things, including preserving 260,000 jobs protected through our enhanced work-share program, programs that the opposition party members did not necessarily support. We ask them to get behind us in support of those programs.

High Tides in Eastern Quebec
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Bloc

Gérard Asselin Manicouagan, QC

Mr. Speaker, during the 2007 floods in Rivière-au-Renard in the Gaspé, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions committed to helping affected merchants who were not fully covered by Quebec insurance companies and emergency programs.

Does the government plan to take its cue from this precedent and help businesspeople, merchants and NPOs that were victims of the high tides in eastern Quebec?

High Tides in Eastern Quebec
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Pontiac
Québec

Conservative

Lawrence Cannon Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the hon. member that the Government of Quebec and the federal government have been working very well together on this issue. Members will recall that yesterday my colleague, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, made reference to this collaboration. Once again, I want to assure the member that the federal government, the Government of Canada, is keeping an eye on the situation.

Airline Industry
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Jim Maloway Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, the government is driving billions of dollars away from the Canadian airline industry. In Winnipeg alone the airport authority believes more than 50,000 Manitobans a year stream across the border for cheaper flights.

A January 9, 2011 flight from Winnipeg to Los Angeles, priced at $342, is only $97 from Fargo, taxes included. The government's taxes, the highest in the world, account for up to 70% of the total fare. It is hurting Canadian airlines, taking $3 billion more every year than it puts in.

Why will the government not help the Canadian aviation industry compete?

Airline Industry
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Fort McMurray—Athabasca
Alberta

Conservative

Brian Jean Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, it is nice of the member to stand in question period every time, cry foul, talk about encouraging the economy and talk about creating jobs. However, that NDP member represents a caucus that wants to close down Canada and wants to stop creating jobs in Canada.

For the member to stand now and say that he wants to create jobs is very funny indeed. Every opportunity the NDP members have to create jobs in Canada they oppose it. They oppose every one of our economic action plan programs. They should be ashamed of themselves.

The Economy
Oral Questions

December 10th, 2010 / 11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Chris Warkentin Peace River, AB

Mr. Speaker, our government has taken unprecedented steps toward supporting Canadians during this global economic recession. Thanks to the leadership of this government, Canada's fiscal situation remains one of the strongest in the world today.

We have brought forward a three-point plan to bring this government's budgets into balance. The plan was reflected in the appropriations act that we voted on in the House last night. I wonder if the Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board might update the House on the results of that vote?

The Economy
Oral Questions

Noon

North Vancouver
B.C.

Conservative

Andrew Saxton Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board

Mr. Speaker, last night by voting full confidence in our Conservative government's priorities, the Liberals once again admitted that our economic action plan was on track and working. Securing the recovery and creating jobs for Canadians is our number one priority. We will continue to focus on completing the economic action plan and balancing the budget.