House of Commons Hansard #126 of the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was liberals.

Topics

Agriculture
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Battlefords—Lloydminster
Saskatchewan

Conservative

Gerry Ritz Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board

Mr. Speaker, I know this evening we will have five hours of this. Certainly this is an appetizer.

However, I can assure members that every farm group across the country stands with sound science and the regulatory system that we already enjoy.

Justice
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Scott Armstrong Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, NS

Mr. Speaker, Canadians lose confidence in the justice system when the severity of the punishment no longer matches the severity of the crime committed.

Sexual offences committed against our children are the most deplorable acts imaginable, committed against our most vulnerable citizens, the youth of this nation.

What is the Minister of Justice doing to ensure that those who commit these deplorable acts do not get off with a simple slap on the wrist?

Justice
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Niagara Falls
Ontario

Conservative

Rob Nicholson Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, I am proud our government has introduced legislation that proposes mandatory jail time for sexual offences against children. We are also proposing increasing penalties for seven child-specific sexual offences that ensure conditional sentences or house arrest are never available for any of these crimes.

What we really need is for the Liberal-led coalition to step up to the plate and start supporting these important changes. The message from this government is clear: if people commit a sexual offence against a child, they will go to jail.

Census
Oral Questions

February 8th, 2011 / 3 p.m.

Liberal

Carolyn Bennett St. Paul's, ON

Mr. Speaker, late last year the legislative assembly of the Northwest Territories unanimously passed a motion to retain the long form census. The House also passed a motion, my private member's bill, to reinstate the long form census at second reading.

When will the current government put the “count” back into accountability, restore the long form census and ensure that the people living in our majestic north are counted in to the real solutions for northern sovereignty?

Census
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement Minister of Industry

Mr. Speaker, I already indicated to the House that so far initial indications are very promising with the response rate for both the short form census and the national household survey. I am sure the hon. member will join with me in appreciating the fact that Canadians are filling out both the national household survey and the short form census and will join me in encouraging Canadians to fill their responsibilities and make the choice when it comes to the long form census.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

I would like to draw to the attention of hon. members the presence in the gallery of the Honourable Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Presence in Gallery
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Some hon. members

Hear, hear!

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of the Environment claimed that he had a plan to fight climate change. Could he table it?

Oral Questions
Points of Order
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

It appears that the hon. member for Saint-Laurent—Cartierville may have to wait for the return of the minister but I am sure he will note the hon. member's request for tabling in due course.

The House resumed consideration of the motion.

Opposition Motion—Tax Rate for Large Corporations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Peter Milliken

Before question period, the hon. member for Chambly—Borduas had the floor. He has five minutes remaining for questions and comments.

Opposition Motion—Tax Rate for Large Corporations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Liberal

Michael Savage Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, NS

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to ask my colleague from Chambly—Borduas a question on this.

He has been a member of our human resources committee and has been a bit of a champion when it comes to the issue of poverty. He knows that in our committee we came forward with a number of recommendations in a report late last year that could help Canada alleviate poverty.

How much of a difference and an impact does the member think the $6 billion corporate tax cut would have if it were dedicated to the fight against poverty, child poverty and poverty among women, aboriginal Canadians and people with disabilities, and would it be better served in improving the productivity of Canada?

Opposition Motion—Tax Rate for Large Corporations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Lessard Chambly—Borduas, QC

Mr. Speaker, first of all, I thank my colleague from Dartmouth—Cole Harbour for his question, and I congratulate him on his excellent work on the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

He is absolutely right. The money that the government is prepared to give to large corporations could be used to actively work on developing social housing. We know that one of the most challenging factors that contributes to poverty is the lack of housing for low-income individuals. That would be one thing to do. The government could also support persons with disabilities to give them access to social housing, of course, but also to help them find and keep jobs.

Opposition Motion—Tax Rate for Large Corporations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the member and, indeed, all the coalition members seem to have a misunderstanding of the subject of taxes on job creating businesses. They seem to be under the impression that the government is proposing additional tax reductions in this area, which, in fact, t is not true.

Back in 2007, this government, with the support of the Liberal Party, reduced business taxes in order to create jobs. Those reductions came into place three years ago and they have been very successful. We have created 460,000 jobs since July 2009. Our unemployment rate is two points lower than the United States.

However, regardless of what they think about business tax reductions, there are no additional business tax reductions to be enacted. Those were all enacted three years ago. That debate is over. That question is resolved. The new question is whether we should raise business taxes in the middle of an economic recovery.

There is no economy and no government in the world that believes that now, in the middle of a fragile global economic recovery, it would be wise for governments to step up and increase taxes.

I want the hon. member to explain why he and the other coalition parties believe it would be responsible, in the middle of an economic recovery, to raise taxes on 110,000 job creating businesses that would be impacted by the proposed tax hike that the Liberals have put forward today.

Opposition Motion—Tax Rate for Large Corporations
Business of Supply
Government Orders

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Lessard Chambly—Borduas, QC

Mr. Speaker, my colleague does not understand what his government is in the process of doing. On January 1, 2011, the tax rate for large corporations was lowered to 18%. On January 1, 2012, it will be lowered to 15%. Those are his government's planned tax cuts. I do not understand what he does not get. That could explain why he does not realize what kind of damage they are doing.