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.

Topics

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission
B.C.

Conservative

Randy Kamp Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Mr. Speaker, my colleague will know that Canada has the world's longest coastline and fisheries have been an economic driver in many of our coastal communities. We on this side of the House believe that fisheries should still make a significant contribution to regional and local economies. Therefore, we are presently consulting with Canadians about how to streamline policies and rules to improve opportunities for economic prosperity.

The consultations were due to end February 29 and the minister asked that they be extended to March 14. There is still an opportunity for my colleague and his constituents to provide some input. I encourage him to do so.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Carol Hughes Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association was promised in January that it would receive core funding from Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, but still no funds have arrived and the project manager has added an ultimatum.

Let us look at this for a minute. To receive the funds, it must report on the project. It cannot start the project until it receives the funds. What kind of practice is this? Does the government not want first nations to become economically independent? The Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development is holding the association in a Catch-22 with no funding.

Why are the Conservatives so dead set on making first nations funding a Catch-22? Will they release the funds?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Kenora
Ontario

Conservative

Greg Rickford Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Mr. Speaker, we are very proud of the work of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, particularly when it comes to supporting economic development and economic outcomes for first nations communities. Each year we invest in a range of social, educational and economic programs on reserve that are designed to alleviate hardship, reduce poverty, generate wealth creation and improve community well-being.

We continue to work with first nations across the country, provinces and the private sector to improve the lives of first nations people, increase economic opportunities, access to jobs and stronger communities.

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Mylène Freeman Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel, QC

Mr. Speaker, the UN is investigating the government's lack of action on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women and Amnesty International has condemned the government for its failure to take action. The Assembly of First Nations is working on concrete solutions, but not one Conservative member attended its meeting last week. Aboriginal women have waited long enough. The federal government must take action.

When will the Conservatives implement the Assembly of First Nations' recommendations?

Aboriginal Affairs
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

London North Centre
Ontario

Conservative

Susan Truppe Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, we have taken our responsibility to protect vulnerable women seriously. I am proud that we are the first government to take concrete action to address the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Public Safety
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Conservative

Daryl Kramp Prince Edward—Hastings, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canadians gave our government a strong mandate to keep our communities and streets safe. Part of that means ensuring that foreign criminals do not come here to take advantage of our generous immigration system. Our government has taken strong action on this front. However, Craig Scott, the NDP candidate in Toronto—Danforth, has published a report calling a particular judge “biased against criminals”.

While I certainly believe it, and I know all members on this side share that bias, could the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety please comment on this report?

Public Safety
Oral Questions

Noon

Portage—Lisgar
Manitoba

Conservative

Candice Bergen Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Speaker, I find it concerning, but not surprising, that the NDP would extend its soft on crime ideology to attacking a sitting judge. NDP candidate Craig Scott's report was shut down by the courts and described as gratuitous, intemperate, ideological and falling well short of the mark.

Attacking judges for not adopting a left-wing, soft on crime stance shows how irresponsible and reckless the New Democrats are.

Service Canada
Oral Questions

March 2nd, 2012 / noon

Liberal

Mark Eyking Sydney—Victoria, NS

Mr. Speaker, Canada's unemployment rate is rising. Approximately 135,000 employers and over a million employees are using the job bank website. Unfortunately, this site has been shut down and out of service for weeks now. This site is a crucial tool, with more Canadians than ever before looking for work.

Since the minister took over Service Canada, EI wait times are longer, old age security is out of reach, student job centres are being shut down and now the job bank is out of service.

Will the job bank reopen and when?

Service Canada
Oral Questions

Noon

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, our number one priority is job creation and the growth of the economy. Getting access to jobs and job information is critical to that. Unfortunately, the job bank did suffer a breach of security. It was limited, but significant. We are taking every step possible to get it back up as quickly as possible. Officials are working around the clock to make that happen. We hope to have it up in just a few days so that people can indeed have access to information to help them get the work they need.

Transport
Oral Questions

Noon

NDP

Sana Hassainia Verchères—Les Patriotes, QC

Mr. Speaker, over $1 billion lies dormant in the government's coffers, when that money should be spent on upgrading trade corridors. This government has rejected all of the Port of Montreal's funding applications under the Ontario-Quebec continental gateway initiative.

After demonstrating such a lack of leadership in the transportation sector in the Montreal region, can the minister explain to us why he is so intent on punishing the south shore by refusing to improve road and port infrastructure?

Transport
Oral Questions

Noon

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, that question is based on false information.

The member says that we have not invested in infrastructure. In fact, the clear measurement of the quality of our infrastructure is how old it is. This year our infrastructure is younger than at any time in the past three decades. The average age of a piece of infrastructure in this country is 14.5 years. That is two or three years younger than when it reached its peak only a decade ago under the Liberal Party of Canada. That is because of the massive buildup, the massive renewal of infrastructure. We are getting the job done. We are producing results.

Canada-Israel Relations
Oral Questions

Noon

Conservative

Joy Smith Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Mr. Speaker, after leading a very successful high-level visit to Israel last month, could the Minister of Foreign Affairs please update the House on the state of our bilateral relations with the Jewish state?

Canada-Israel Relations
Oral Questions

Noon

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, a tough question, but fair. I am very pleased to report to the House that Canada-Israel relations are strong and are getting even stronger. We were very pleased to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu to Canada early today. He was especially pleased that the member for Nepean—Carleton could be there at a very early hour for that. He will be here meeting with the Prime Minister and others to discuss international security issues, the Arab Spring and the global economy. Israel, like Canada, is one of the few industrialized countries where the economy is growing and creating jobs. We want to work with the international community to create even more jobs to have more hope, opportunity and prosperity in this country.

International Trade
Oral Questions

Noon

NDP

Mike Sullivan York South—Weston, ON

Mr. Speaker, cities like Toronto continue to raise red flags over Conservative backroom trade talks with Europe. They have formally complained that the deal would handcuff their ability to invest in jobs for priority neighbourhoods like my riding. Under this deal, cities like Toronto can no longer require that local jobs go to local workers. Why are the Conservatives so quick to sell out Canadian jobs to the highest foreign bidder and why are they selling out our cities and our workers?

International Trade
Oral Questions

Noon

Abbotsford
B.C.

Conservative

Ed Fast Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Mr. Speaker, I want to tell the member very clearly that these have been the most transparent, collaborative negotiations that Canada has ever undertaken. We have collaborated broadly with the key stakeholders right across the country. We have collaborated closely with municipalities. I have met with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on more than one occasion to share with it what we are doing in our negotiations. It strongly supports the direction we are going. Trade is a key driver of economic prosperity in Canada. I can assure the member that we will only sign agreements that are in the best interests of Canadians.