House of Commons Hansard #67 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was code.

Topics

National Defence
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

Dominic LeBlanc Beauséjour, NB

Mr. Speaker, by choosing to spend as much as possible on these stealth aircraft, the Conservatives have let guarantees of benefits for Canada's aerospace industry slide. Alan Williams, former head of the initiative at National Defence, says that the Conservatives' agreement will benefit Canada's industry far less than if there had been a public bidding process.

Why did the government choose to pay more and get less for Canada's aerospace industry?

National Defence
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, the fact is that by signing this memorandum of understanding we have given Canadian companies an entranceway for being part of the global supply chain for up to 5,000 planes worldwide, not just the 65 that are going to be built in Canada.

The Liberals want to throw it all away. They want to cancel the contract or review the contract. The minute they do that, all of those contracts, and there are 60 contracts already extant for this plane for Canadian companies, go on hold, too. That is irresponsible. They are threatening Canadian jobs.

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, in 2000, at the UN Millennium Summit, Canada agreed to support eight goals including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. To that end, the government promised to allocate 0.7% of its gross domestic product to international aid. Eleven years later, the Conservative government is committing 0.31%, or less than half.

How can the Prime Minister have the gall to go to the United Nations as the champion of international aid when he has not even made the required contribution toward the main goal of the Millennium Summit, to eradicate poverty?

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, in order to eradicate poverty—the Prime Minister has always been clear on this—developed and developing countries must work together. I would like to remind the House that in 2008-09, Canada kept its word and doubled its international aid for Africa, with respect to 2003-04 levels, to $2.1 billion.

That is action and not just empty promises.

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, another goal of the Millennium Summit was to ensure environmental sustainability. The Conservative government has a poor record in that area as well.

How can this government believe that it will achieve this goal after killing the Kyoto protocol, sabotaging the Copenhagen accord and continuing to challenge the scientific basis of climate change?

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, with regard to eradicating poverty, we must also mention the $1 billion in loans forgiven for struggling countries. Our international aid will reach a new record of $5 billion in 2010-11.

I could go on. However, with regard to Copenhagen, I would say that for the first time we have a prime minister who has shown leadership, created consensus and brought all major emitters to the table. Not one, not two or three, but all major emitters sat around the table to set a common course and talk about sustainable development.

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Johanne Deschamps Laurentides—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, one of the millennium development goals is to promote gender equality and empower women. However, the Conservative government has cut funding to women's rights groups, and refuses to implement a mechanism to ensure pay equity for women. Canada has the largest gender wage gap of any industrialized country.

How can the Prime Minister claim to support the millennium development goals, when he has nothing but contempt for women's right to equality?

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, that is completely false. Our government has raised funding for women to the highest level ever. In fact, we have almost doubled our funding for women's groups across this country. We are funding projects in every province and every territory. I would ask the member opposite to work with us instead of pitting women's groups against each other.

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Bloc

Johanne Deschamps Laurentides—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, one way to improve the living conditions of women is to ensure better family planning. But because of this government's ideological obsession, it refused to allow access to abortion to be discussed at the G8 and G20 summits. In addition, funding for the International Planned Parenthood Federation was suspended.

How can the Prime Minister think that his party's fundamentalists are more important than women's health?

Millennium Summit
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Edmonton—Spruce Grove
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, our government funds a number of projects to support women's health across this country and internationally. If I may repeat, this government has increased the level of funding to women's groups to the highest level ever in Canadian history. In fact, we have almost doubled it since we have become government.

I ask the member opposite to work with us and make sure that all of these women's groups do get the support that they need.

Government Spending
Oral Questions

September 21st, 2010 / 2:25 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, there has been no increase in the old age security program for seniors in two years, but we have learned today that the government's advertising budget has been increased by 74%. That is shameful.

The Conservatives are throwing crumbs to our seniors while they re-enact the sponsorship scandal. Their priority is clear: self-promotion.

What is the Minister of Finance's plan to help the middle class? Posters?

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I do have to say to my friend, the leader of the NDP, we must be very clear. The government has an important responsibility through our economic action plan to be transparent and to be accountable for the measures contained in the economic action plan.

Many of these measures Canadians had to be involved with proactively, like the home renovation tax credit, an initiative that the Minister of Finance authored. It has been literally resulting in tens of thousands of jobs in various parts of the country.

This one year, as I reported to the House earlier today, we did have to spend some $24 million on the H1N1. Thanks to the hard work of the Minister of Health, that program was a very big success.

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives just do not get it. After two years of zero increases for the senior citizens in this country, who needed the help while inflation was on the go, they can come up with millions for self-promotion, and they give our seniors $1.50. Where are the priorities here?

Why will this government not, instead of wasting time as the finance minister did today attacking the opposition parties, get on board with a program to really help Canadian seniors and give us a full middle class recovery instead?

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, the rampant inflation taking place right across the nation is something that I have missed. Interest rates are at an all-time low, certainly in my lifetime.

We have come forward with a comprehensive plan. One of the centrepieces of that plan is to protect those most vulnerable.

The last time Canada faced hard economic times, the previous government cut spending by literally $25 billion to Canada's important social programs.

Thanks to the leadership of the Minister of Finance, thanks to the leadership of this government, we not only kept our faith with health care and social spending, and transfers to the provinces, we have in fact increased them. That is good leadership to support the most vulnerable.

Government Spending
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

NDP

Jack Layton Toronto—Danforth, ON

He should tell that to the seniors going to the food banks, Mr. Speaker.

The banks are getting richer while the middle class and seniors are getting poorer.

Even worse, today we learned that health clinics are bamboozling members by making them pay a co-op fee in order to see a family physician.

This is another attack on the basic needs of everyday people. It is illegal. It is unacceptable.

How is the minister going to put an end to health co-operatives?