House of Commons Hansard #66 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was funding.

Topics

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Provencher
Manitoba

Conservative

Vic Toews Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, the long gun registry is wasteful, inefficient, and criminalizes hard-working farmers and hunters.

Our Conservative government knows that criminals do not want to register their guns. It is interesting that the Bloc says do not put criminals in prison, but register their guns. It is an amazing philosophy of crime.

The choice is clear for all MPs. They can either vote to keep the wasteful and inefficient registry, or vote to scrap it.

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Maria Mourani Ahuntsic, QC

Mr. Speaker, instead of negotiating with the NRA, the Conservative government should listen to the vast majority of Quebeckers who are calling for the gun registry to be maintained. The National Assembly, police, families of victims of crime and public health experts all want the control of long guns to continue.

Why does the government choose to listen to the NRA and not to Quebeckers?

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Provencher
Manitoba

Conservative

Vic Toews Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, in fact, we are listening to victims, and victims want dangerous repeat criminals in prison. They want safe streets. They do not want the dangerous criminals on the streets. They want laws that target the criminals.

They do not believe that the long gun registry targets criminals. In fact, it targets law-abiding hunters, farmers and sportspeople right across this country. It is not a law we need in Canada.

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, making Parliament work is really going to require, and could benefit from, the co-operation of the Prime Minister. U.S.-style wedge politics does not have any place in this place, in Parliament. That is why I would like to ask a question about the gun registry and public safety.

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

LaVar Payne Medicine Hat, AB

You never co-operate, Jack.

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

I see the new commitment to decorum is working out well on the government side, Mr. Speaker.

My question is very simple. The Prime Minister does not have the votes. Will he listen to both urban and rural Canadians who want to see a solution and fix the registry?

Firearms Registry
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, obviously the smooth functioning of Parliament depends upon the willingness of all of its members.

In terms of the registry, our position has been very clear. I think on this side of the House members of Parliament can be very proud of the fact that they have gone out in elections and in their ridings and have said and done exactly the same things there that they are prepared to do here.

I would urge the leader of the NDP and the members of the NDP to expect to implement the same level of integrity.

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, I am going to give the Prime Minister another opportunity to work with us in a respectful manner. Let us talk about the middle class. Some 60% of Canadians are having a hard time making ends meet every month because of the recession. Many workers' pensions are in danger. The unemployment rate rose last month, and the government put an end to special employment insurance benefits.

Will the government work with us to extend those benefits in order to help the unemployed?

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the government's economic action plan has created 16,000 projects across Canada to help combat the global recession. Employment insurance benefits are part of our temporary measures. These measures, such as the five additional weeks, will be available for unemployed Canadians until August 2011. I encourage the New Democratic Party to support the economic action plan and its measures for Canadians in the future.

Foreign Takeovers
Oral Questions

September 20th, 2010 / 2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, that is zero for two so far in working with other parties like us on trying to help out the unemployed. Let me try again.

What about protection of resource industries? We are talking here about key strategic industries in our country. We have seen the case of Xstrata. We have seen the case of Vale and the disastrous consequences that have flowed from the carte blanche approvals given by the government to those takeovers. Now we have the situation involving Potash.

Will the government work with us to make sure that the Potash takeover is not approved, or that it benefits the people of Saskatchewan who own the resource?

Foreign Takeovers
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Calgary Southwest
Alberta

Conservative

Stephen Harper Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, once again, whether it is employment insurance or infrastructure projects, I would continue to urge the NDP to support the government when it actually does favour these measures that help the Canadian people.

Mr. Speaker, in terms of foreign takeovers, as you know very well, this government's position has not been to give a blank cheque to foreign takeovers. There is a law in place. I have spoken about the particular case that the leader of the NDP raises with the premier of Saskatchewan. Obviously, we will examine his concerns as we do the review that is required under the Foreign Investment Review Act.

Census
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, the Governor of the Bank of Canada has joined a growing list of voices opposed to the government's census changes. Mark Carney has said that the changes will make his data, the data he uses to make his decisions, less reliable. This will harm his ability to know where the economy is going.

Will the minister listen to the Governor of the Bank of Canada and restore the long-form census and give the chief architect of Canada's monetary policy the reliable information he needs to make good decisions to do his job?

Census
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, what I can say to this House is that I have indeed spoken with the Governor about his concerns and am quite confident that we can find a way to work together so that his concerns are met.

What I do find shocking though is that the Liberal Party and its coalition partners so willingly are sanctioning the idea that we could sanction Canadians with jail time or with fines to pursue what they think is right. We think there is a reasonable and balanced approach and that is what we are doing.

Census
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Liberal

Scott Brison Kings—Hants, NS

Mr. Speaker, fear-mongering is not a balanced approach.

Charitable organizations also object to the changes to the census. Those organizations use census information to ensure that their assistance reaches those who need it most.

Why are the Conservatives attacking the very organizations that work to help those who are most vulnerable?

Census
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said, we do not feel it is appropriate to force Canadians to provide personal and private information by threatening them with sanctions.

I have made it very clear. We believe that there is a better approach, a fairer approach, a balanced approach that can get the information that is useful and usable for Canadians and at the same time not threaten Canadians with the coercive power of the state with jail time or other sanctions.