House of Commons Hansard #116 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was budget.

Topics

Bill C-38--Time Allocation Motion
Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act
Government Orders

May 3rd, 2012 / 10:35 a.m.

Conservative

Mark Warawa Langley, BC

Madam Speaker, the world has acknowledged that the Canadian economy is doing so well because of the hard work and the good work of this government.

Part of doing the right thing includes eliminating the penny. Some would wonder why we are eliminating the penny, and I would ask the member if he could explain the rationale behind it. I believe it is another example of us doing the right thing.

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Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Madam Speaker, that may seem like a small item, but people back home told me after the budget was tabled that we had finally done a common sense thing. They told me we have a majority and we are doing the right thing. We have waited a long time to do the right thing. When we tell Canadians that it costs 1.6¢ to manufacture a penny, they ask why we have been manufacturing them for so long.

Common sense is what this Conservative government is all about.

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NDP

Carol Hughes Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, ON

Madam Speaker, the member just mentioned common sense. Common sense is not about putting time allocation on a bill this large. It is not about putting time allocation on a bill that will have so much impact on Canadians.

I could talk about the experimental farm in Kapuskasing. This farm provides a service, research, to northern Ontario and northern Quebec, and the Conservatives say that research is important. Why, then, are they closing down a farm that provides research to northern Ontario and northern Quebec? That is atrocious. That is why we need more discussion on the bill.

Why is the government trying to shut down debate?

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Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Madam Speaker, my interest in agriculture tells me that the private sector is actually very interested in taking over research in this country, and by doing this, we are providing them an opportunity.

I will give canola as an example. The private sector has funded research on canola, and western Canada and Ontario are increasing their acreage in canola. The reason it is doing so well is that the private sector was allowed to invest in research and development. We are just providing that opportunity to the rest of agriculture.

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Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

Madam Speaker, others before me have said how atrocious it is to put time allocation on the bill.

The bill could be called one of two things. It could be called the deconfederation of confederation act, or it could be called the charter of rights for foreign and domestic corporations to basically exploit our resources without worry.

As debate is being closed in the chamber, will the minister assure us that the bill will be allocated to at least four separate subcommittees—those being environment, fisheries, human resources and finance—so that we can discuss this bill in detail?

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Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Madam Speaker, I have never been accused of being the House leader, so I will leave it up to him to decide where the bill goes. I do know it was standard procedure, even back in the dark days when the Liberals were in power, for a finance bill or a budget implementation bill to go to the finance committee.

We are actually expanding that. This is ground-breaking. We are providing another subcommittee that will provide hours of opportunity for witnesses to appear and explain how important the pieces of this budget implementation act are to them.

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Green

Elizabeth May Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC

Madam Speaker, it is very difficult to be brief when the government is doing something as outrageous as tabling a 420-page omnibus bill that destroys decades of environmental law, much of it brought in by the previous Conservative prime minister, Brian Mulroney.

I want to quote people who are not able to be characterized as NDP ideologues. Professor emeritus Ned Franks said:

These omnibus budget implementation bills subvert and evade the normal principles of parliamentary review of legislation.

In the National Post, Andrew Coyne , speaking of this travesty, Bill C-38, wrote, “This is not remotely a budget bill, despite its name. The scale and scope are on a level not previously seen or tolerated”—

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NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

Order, please. Order, please. I must give the hon. minister 30 seconds to respond.

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Conservative

Ted Menzies Macleod, AB

Madam Speaker, I must suggest that my colleague across the way could perhaps have used her time better in actually asking a question pertinent to the budget implementation act, Bill C-38. That would have been very important.

I would love to have had more time to read into the record all of the quotes from associations and from Canadians who support--

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NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

It is my duty to interrupt the proceedings at this time and put forthwith the question on the motion now before the House.

Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

All those in favour of the motion will please say yea.

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Some hon. members

Yea.

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NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

All those opposed will please say nay.

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Some hon. members

Nay.