House of Commons Hansard #88 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was liberal.

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41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

NDP

Alexandrine Latendresse Louis-Saint-Laurent, QC

Mr. Speaker, certainly from our perspective, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs is having a very bad week. On Monday, he told us that there was no evidence of election fraud. On Tuesday, he told us that there was no such riding as Edmonton East. Yesterday, he was unable to differentiate between the company involved in the fraudulent calls and another American company.

When will he stop taking Canadians for fools and tell the truth? Elections Canada is investigating 31,000 complaints. Are the Conservatives now ready to recognize that the investigation goes beyond the borders of Guelph?

41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, we know that the Liberals spent millions of dollars to make hundreds of thousands of calls during the election campaign. We have also learned that Liberal supporters were annoyed by calls from people who said that they represented the Liberal Party. So surely it is up to the Liberals to explain the complaints from their supporters about the calls made by Liberals.

41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

NDP

Alexandrine Latendresse Louis-Saint-Laurent, QC

Mr. Speaker, Elections Canada is investigating over 31,000 complaints. Within an hour, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs appeared on television to say that the Conservatives were conducting an investigation and then contradicted himself by saying that no investigation was under way. The Conservatives must stop trying to create diversions.

The question is very simple: are the Conservatives conducting their own investigation or not?

41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, the Conservative Party already gave the documents to Elections Canada. We submitted them after the election. We have always shared the information we have with Elections Canada because we ran an ethical and honest campaign. We are fully prepared to co-operate with Elections Canada in all of its work.

41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

NDP

Françoise Boivin Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, another scandal, another Conservative excuse. I am not impressed. Of all the far-fetched excuses we have heard this week, the best was when they accused us of having no evidence.

Let us consider the facts. RackNine made robocalls pretending to be Elections Canada. The Conservatives were the only party that hired the firm. RMG called voters to confuse them about their polling station. The Conservatives paid RMG $1.3 million. Canadians have filed 31,000 complaints with Elections Canada.

Are the Conservatives conducting an internal investigation or not?

41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, we have already answered the question. After the election, we turned all of the information and documents over to the agency in question. We have always been open and transparent with Elections Canada. We will answer all of Elections Canada's questions now and in the future. The opposition is making baseless accusations. I encourage them to come up with some evidence before accusing others.

41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

NDP

Françoise Boivin Gatineau, QC

Mr. Speaker, sure the Conservatives are open. In in 2011, and out in 2015.

For the past week, the Conservatives have been questioning the word of 31,000 Canadians while waging a fear-mongering campaign against them. The truth is that thousands of Canadians who believed Elections Canada made a mistake now know that they were victims of fraud. This morning, Elections Canada confirmed that it is conducting a sweeping investigation. The Conservatives' election spending reports prove that they had contracts with RMG and RackNine.

Are they conducting their own investigation? Are they co-operating with the Elections Canada investigation? Will they turn over all of the documents, yes or no?

41st General Election
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, we have already turned the documents over to Elections Canada.

Budget
Oral Questions

11:30 a.m.

NDP

Mathieu Ravignat Pontiac, QC

Mr. Speaker, not only did the Conservatives resort to electoral fraud, but they are also abusing taxpayers' money. The government has spent $12 million to promote the upcoming budget. That means $12 million taken right out of Canadians' pockets. I repeat, $12 million. Then the Conservatives turn around and tell families to get ready for $8 billion in cuts to services.

How can the Conservatives ask families to tighten their belts, when the Conservatives cannot lead by example?

Budget
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Saint Boniface
Manitoba

Conservative

Shelly Glover Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, as we know, our economic action plan has benefited Canadians from coast to coast to coast. When taking measures to move our economy forward and to create jobs, it is crucial that we keep Canadians informed. We will continue to inform Canadians because our plan is on track to succeed.

Budget
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

NDP

Mathieu Ravignat Pontiac, QC

Mr. Speaker, as usual from the government, it just does not pass the smell test. The only thing these ads tell Canadians is how little credibility the Conservatives have left. We are talking about billions of dollars in cuts and more than 100,000 jobs under the Conservative axe. Yet the government goes around blowing $12 million on vanity ads. Talk about being out of touch.

How can the government tout a so-called jobs and growth budget when it is about to kill jobs and slash services that Canadian families need?

Budget
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Saint Boniface
Manitoba

Conservative

Shelly Glover Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, this gives me a perfect opportunity to report some good news to the House. I hope that the NDP member will celebrate this good news.

We have received information that Statistics Canada reported just today that the economy has grown by 1.8% here in Canada.

I would insist that the NDP member vote with us on the upcoming budget because it will focus once again on a low-tax agenda that will help to create jobs and bring our economy more success than it has ever seen. I ask the NDP to please vote with us on the next budget.

Pensions
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

NDP

Alain Giguère Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, QC

Mr. Speaker, what is really growing is this government's propensity to make up stories.

In four years, the cost of the old age security program was overstated three times by the Conservatives. This is indicative of their credibility and their ability to count.

Now, they are crying wolf and scaring Canadians, young and old alike, by announcing the imminent failure of the pension system.

Will the minister put an end to the suspense and tell us exactly what awaits current and future retirees?

Pensions
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should understand that OAS is the single largest transfer the federal government makes to Canadians. In the supplementary estimates, yes, there was an indication that there was a difference. What happened was our forecasters came within 1% of what the actual expenditures would be. Any business would say that was pretty remarkable.

In fact, expenditures on OAS last year were 5% higher than the year before. That is tracking and it is growing. We are going to see that trend. That is why we have to take action now to protect OAS for the future.

Pensions
Oral Questions

11:35 a.m.

NDP

Alain Giguère Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, QC

Mr. Speaker, taking action now also means using available data. After inventing a false OAS crisis, the Conservatives are now backpedalling.

The minister is now saying that there is no need to rush to increase the retirement age. Once again, the government will say anything, depending on the mood of the day and the polls.

Will the minister finally confirm that the retirement age will remain 65 for eternity?