House of Commons Hansard #59 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was colombia.

Topics

The Conservatives
Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Bloc

France Bonsant Compton—Stanstead, QC

Mr. Speaker, the extreme right has arrived in Parliament. The ultra-conservative members of the Reform Party, the Canadian Alliance and other right-wing splinter groups have won: they have taken Parliament hostage.

Using their favourite puppet, the Conservative Party, these groups take pleasure in destroying all the gains achieved over the years. I am referring to their position on abortion, the firearms registry and the funding cruelly taken away from the most vulnerable members of our society.

As we near the end of this session, only one conclusion can be drawn: these Reform Conservatives will do everything they can to impose their regressive views. Quebec can always count on a party that, unlike the Liberals and the NDP, will always stand up when it is time to protect these gains. The Bloc Québécois is here to defend the interests and values of the Quebec nation.

Religious Freedom
Statements By Members

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Gurbax Malhi Bramalea—Gore—Malton, ON

Mr. Speaker, in June 1984, the most holy place of the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, and many other Sikh places of worship were dishonoured. Thousands of innocent children, women and men who were there to mark a holy day were killed.

In November 1984, an anti-Sikh pogrom of violence, rapes and killings took place in New Delhi and many other Indian cities, resulting in the deaths of thousands more.

In June 1985, Air India flight 182 was blown up in mid-air and over 300 people died.

I strongly urge the Indian and Canadian governments to take all reasonable measures to ensure that justice prevails for innocent victims' families. Both countries should work together to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.

I would invite all my colleagues to take a moment to reflect upon the many innocent lives lost in 1984 and 1985.

Liberal Party of Canada
Statements By Members

2:20 p.m.

Conservative

Phil McColeman Brant, ON

Mr. Speaker, everywhere we turn, the Liberals are talking about forming a coalition. The member for Ottawa South and the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine like the idea. The Liberal Party president has come out in support of it. Even Jean Chrétien and Warren Kinsella have said that they like the sound of it.

However, before the Liberals dust off their 2008 website, liberaldemocrats.ca, we should remind them that their coalition is not just with the NDP but also with the Bloc whose goal it is to break up this country.

It is as unacceptable now as it was in 2008 for the Liberal Party to give the NDP co-management of this economy or to share power with a party committed to the breakup of our country.

If the Liberal Party continues with its coalition talk, it should be truthful with Canadians and register the website blocquébécois-liberals-newdemocrats.ca and put that to Canadians.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Ontario

Liberal

Michael Ignatieff Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, we have a fake lake, a boat that does not float and even washrooms 20 km away from the leaders. This attempt to promote Canada is turning us into a laughingstock. The government has not only lost control of the costs, it is being ridiculed around the world.

When will the Prime Minister get this summit under control and when will he pull the plug on this comedy of errors?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, the opposition made the same complaints about the Olympic Games that they are making now. Canada hosted one of the most successful Olympic Games in the world. We will also have a world-class G8 and G20.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Ontario

Liberal

Michael Ignatieff Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, it is no good hiding behind the Olympics. The government's story keeps changing every day.

Yesterday it was $2 million for a fake lake, then it was just a fake alley and then it was just $57,000 for the water. Then the government hired security guards who do not even have approval in Ontario.

Money seems to be gushing out of half a dozen secret slush funds. This thing is out of control.

When will the Prime Minister get a grip and tell Canadians the honest truth about what this boondoggle is costing us?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we heard all of the same complaints about the cost of the Olympics and we put on a world-class Olympics, just as we will have a world-class G8 and G20.

What the opposition does not want to talk about is the real story here, which is that as we host the G20 we have the lowest taxes on new business investment, the lowest debt of any country, the lowest deficit, the strongest employment growth, the strongest economic growth and the soundest banking system in the world.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Ontario

Liberal

Michael Ignatieff Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, let us talk about the economy.

Hungary is in danger, Greece is struggling and Spain is next in line. The world is looking to the G20 and to Canada for economic leadership but, instead of providing it, the Prime Minister seems to think he is running a convention for travel writers.

Why does he not understand that we are throwing away a once in a lifetime opportunity for Canadian leadership?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I answered that question before the Leader of the Opposition even asked it. He should have listened to my answer before he asked the question.

We are leading the developed world in every important economic category. Those guys can talk about a fake lake but what we are learning in these coalition talks is that they have a fake party over there.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Mark Holland Ajax—Pickering, ON

Mr. Speaker, the largest deficit in Canadian history, apparently, was not enough for those guys. They think an extra $1 billion of debt to hold one of the most expensive meetings ever held was a good idea.

The government has given up on using security as an excuse for spending tens of millions of dollars on gazebos, fountains, a fake lake, fiddlers and a great wall of plants. Now it says that it is good for tourism.

Does the government think the G8 and G20 journalists sitting around their fake lake work for the Lonely Planet?

While the world laughs at Canada's government, the only message getting out is that the Conservatives should not hold meetings on fiscal restraint. Who signed off on this stuff? How did it get so out of control?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Whitby—Oshawa
Ontario

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, the people who live in Ajax—Pickering know that our country has the best fiscal situation in the G7. We have the highest credit rating in the G7. We have the soundest financial system. We will have the strongest growth in the G7 not only this year but next year. The people who live in Ajax—Pickering know this well and they can find a replacement for the current member.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Mark Holland Ajax—Pickering, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives inherited that situation and they are working hard to blow it. While the government hides behind security and tourism to justify blowing $1 billion for a fake lighthouse, a fake lake and other waste, it hides behind a security firm that is not even licensed to work the summits. It has no approval to work in Ontario.

At the same time the Conservatives spin this total mess, they have ignored real security concerns. While they were busy blowing $1 billion, they said no to a $50 million tax credit that would have safeguarded stocks of ammonium nitrate, 1,500 kilograms of which is now missing.

Why could the Conservatives not divert some of this waste to real priorities and protect Canadians instead of just themselves?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Provencher
Manitoba

Conservative

Vic Toews Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, the safety and security of Canadians is of the utmost importance to this government, yet that member continually denies we have security problems in the country. That is why we are spending money to ensure that our communities are safe and that we have the best plans in place for the upcoming G8 and G20 summits.

We understand there is a police investigation going on, led by the Niagara Regional Police Service. The RCMP is providing assistance as requested and we will be kept informed of development as the investigation continues.

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister plans to talk about fiscal restraint at the G8 and G20 summits. But no one would say he is leading by example. First, he had a theme pavilion built for the foreign media at a cost of $1.9 million. Then he had a fake lake built just steps from Lake Ontario. Finally, he paid the modest sum of $400,000 to restore an old steamboat that will be ready months after the summits.

Does the Prime Minister realize that this charade is totally ridiculous?

G8 and G20 Summits
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, Canada has the healthiest public finances in the western world. We have the lowest deficit of any major developed country. It is true that we are spending $2 million on a pavilion to promote Canadian tourism, and we have strong support from that very important Canadian industry.