House of Commons Hansard #102 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was trade.

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Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

March 29th, 2012 / 4:50 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

The hon. Minister of Finance.

Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

Jim Flaherty Whitby—Oshawa, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is time, perhaps, for the application of some common sense.

Times have changed. People are living much longer and healthier lives. This is actually a good thing. This is something we should celebrate. This is a joyful thing. On average Canadians are able to work longer if they choose to work longer. We need to use common sense and adjust for the times.

I would just remind the Liberal member that the reforms to the Canada pension plan were done by his party in the 1990s. Perhaps he ought to remember that even the Liberal Party historically, from time to time, has recognized factual realities.

Having said that—

Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order. The hon. member for Sackville—Eastern Shore.

Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

4:50 p.m.

NDP

Peter Stoffer Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

Mr. Speaker, I know I speak for everyone in the House of Commons when we say there is not one of us who would not support our men and women in uniform. With that, I was wondering if I could have the unanimous consent of the House to ask the hon. Minister of Finance a very short question?

Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

4:50 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh.

Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

4:50 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

There does not seem to be unanimous consent to extend a question.

I do not hear that consent, so we will move on. Resuming debate. The hon. member for Burnaby—New Westminster.

Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

4:50 p.m.

NDP

Peter Julian Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

Mr. Speaker, what we have seen tonight is a broken promise to Canadian people. We saw the commitments that were made prior to May 2. We saw the commitments made by this Prime Minister to our former leader, Hon. Jack Layton. He said that there would be no cuts to services to Canadian families.

When we look through the budget document tonight, what we see thoroughly and regularly are cuts to services to Canadian families. We have already seen the government, in Victoria, cut back long-term health care funding. The Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister know that full well.

Starting in just a few years, the dismal decades under the Conservatives, we will see an increase in the retirement age, which will mean more seniors living in poverty. More seniors are living longer.

Canadian families deserve better than the budget that has been tabled tonight. They deserve better than the cuts in services, cuts we have already seen from the government in long-term health care funding, and now cuts to retirement security, and cuts to services that Canadian families depend on every day.

Mr. Speaker, you know and we all know in the NDP caucus, 102 strong, that the Canadian public is going to take a very dim view of the dismal decades that the government has in store for it in the coming years.

There is no doubt we are going to have a very thorough debate on the floor of this House of Commons around this budget. New Democrats will be standing up for Canadian families. That debate will be starting tomorrow.

For tonight, I move:

That the debate be now adjourned.

(Motion agreed to)

Financial Statement of Minister of Finance
The Budget
Government Orders

4:55 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2), the motion is deemed to have been adopted and the House stands adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m.

(The House adjourned at 4:55 p.m.)