House of Commons Hansard #141 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was copyright.

Topics

Ethics
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

Order, please. The hon. member for Trois-Rivières.

Revenue Canada
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Robert Aubin Trois-Rivières, QC

Madam Speaker, things are getting clearer. According to a study by Revenue Canada, the government is considering transferring activities from the tax centres in Jonquière and Shawinigan to the private sector.

The government would be giving up incomparable expertise. We are talking about 65 full-time positions in Shawinigan and 35 positions in Jonquière. Sensitive and confidential documents could end up in the hands of a private company.

Why are the Conservatives attacking jobs and prosperity in the regions?

Revenue Canada
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo
B.C.

Conservative

Cathy McLeod Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue

Madam Speaker, we will not comment on rumours or speculation. However, we must ensure that taxpayers' money is spent where it will do the most good. We will ensure that the government programs are efficient and effective in achieving the expected results. Of course, our government's priority is the economy and making sure that Canadians' tax dollars are being spent wisely. Our government is committed to supporting CRA and to offering Canadians a high level of service while ensuring the integrity of the tax system.

Revenue Canada
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

NDP

Claude Patry Jonquière—Alma, QC

Madam Speaker, it is unacceptable. These dozens of jobs are vital to my region, Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean. A Revenue Canada study tells us that 35 jobs in the SP1 category would disappear from the Jonquière tax centre; more good jobs cut in the region.

Can the government confirm this number of cuts? Can it tell us how these cuts will help the economy of my Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region?

Revenue Canada
Oral Questions

11:55 a.m.

Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo
B.C.

Conservative

Cathy McLeod Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue

Madam Speaker, we will not comment on speculation and rumours, but we will say that we must ensure that taxpayers' money is spent where it will do the most good, and Canada Revenue Agency must do its part.

Under our Prime Minister's leadership, our government has delivered a low-tax plan for jobs and growth that is working for all Canadians: for individuals, for families, and for Canadian businesses.

We really need to support Bill C-38. That is part of our plan for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity and getting back.

Science and Technology
Oral Questions

Noon

Conservative

Parm Gill Brampton—Springdale, ON

Madam Speaker, our government continues to invest in science, technology and research across the board in economic action plan 2012 to create jobs, grow our economy and improve quality of life for all Canadians.

We now have a brain gain in Canada, and our international partners agree. Yesterday, the National Academies released its report to the U.S. Congress, entitled “Research Universities and the Future of America”.

Can the Minister of State for Science and Technology and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario please update the House on what the report had to say about Canada?

Science and Technology
Oral Questions

Noon

Cambridge
Ontario

Conservative

Gary Goodyear Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)

Madam Speaker, I was very happy to see this U.S.-based report that noted that the United States of America must, as a priority, be more proactive, both by recruiting students, post-doctorates and scholars and by following the practices of other nations, such as Canada, and that the U.S. should create a program similar to our Canada Research Chairs.

We continue to invest in science and technology, and I want to thank the Prime Minister and my Conservative colleagues as well as the member for Brampton—Springdale for voting yes to science and technology.

Parks Canada
Oral Questions

June 15th, 2012 / noon

Liberal

Kirsty Duncan Etobicoke North, ON

Madam Speaker, the government takes extreme steps to silence critics who disagree with its flawed ideology.

The disturbing pattern of gag orders continues, with the government now sending a letter threatening Parks Canada employees who speak out against its regime in any way.

This letter is so intimidating and anti-democratic that I am actually hoping that it is just another forged Conservative document. If it is not, why is the government shutting down free speech?

Parks Canada
Oral Questions

Noon

Calgary Centre-North
Alberta

Conservative

Michelle Rempel Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment

Madam Speaker, as I said earlier in the House today, our government has an excellent working relationship with Parks Canada employees. We work hard together to continue to protect our country's great natural heritage.

We have protected more parkland than any other government in Canadian history. When it comes to our scientists, Environment Canada scientists have taken over 1,100 media interviews this year. We have published over 624 journal articles. We continue to fund R and D.

However, the foreword of one of the books by my colleague opposite actually talks about how she took media interviews, solely, as opposed to her science team.

Sports
Oral Questions

Noon

NDP

Matthew Dubé Chambly—Borduas, QC

Madam Speaker, we know that the Trojan Horse, Bill C-38, will have serious implications for future generations. The Minister of State for Sport now has the discretionary power to stop registered Canadian amateur athletic associations from issuing tax receipts, even though they promote participation in sports and the associated health benefits. We know that our young people are spending less and less time playing sports, but the Conservatives are not taking the situation seriously.

When will the Conservatives come up with a credible plan to promote physical activity among our young people?

Sports
Oral Questions

Noon

Oak Ridges—Markham
Ontario

Conservative

Paul Calandra Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Madam Speaker, I was very proud last night and over the last 22 hours to stand up 160 times with the best caucus in Parliament, the Conservative caucus, to vote in support of continued funding for our amateur athletes.

We heard in committee not too long ago that the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee were praising this government for the investments it has made in sports.

We will continue to make those investments, despite the fact that the opposition will vote against every single one of them. What I am really excited about is the fact that we have brought back Participaction and the fact that we are bringing the Pan Am Games to Toronto. I am really very excited--

Sports
Oral Questions

Noon

NDP

The Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie

Order, please. The hon. member for Kootenay—Columbia.

Copyright
Oral Questions

Noon

Conservative

David Wilks Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Madam Speaker, Canadians deserve copyright laws to protect jobs and ensure that our economy remains strong. Our government's copyright reform is widely supported by creators, consumers and the businesses that drive Canada's economy.

Can the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage please tell the House why copyright reform is so important, not only for artists and consumers alike, but also for the creation of jobs and growth?

Copyright
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

Oak Ridges—Markham
Ontario

Conservative

Paul Calandra Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Madam Speaker, the member for Kootenay—Columbia has been a tireless advocate for copyright reform because he understands how important it is for creating jobs. He also has some very important criminal justice legislation in front of the House. He is another strong Conservative member.

With respect to copyright, we understand how important it is to unleash the digital economy for the future. It creates jobs and opportunity. We hope that the opposition will support us, as artists and creators do across the country. It is important that we get this legislation passed.

Fisheries and Oceans
Oral Questions

12:05 p.m.

NDP

François Pilon Laval—Les Îles, QC

Madam Speaker, we learned today that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will make cuts to facilities working to protect the environment. They will be closing the brand-new, $2 million Mont-Joli laboratory. A laboratory in Sydney, British Columbia, will also be closed, along with the Experimental Lakes Area station, resulting in the loss of valuable expertise.

Why are the Conservatives spending millions of dollars to destroy new facilities dedicated to improving the environment?