House of Commons Hansard #145 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was parks.

Topics

Science and Technology
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order, please.

Asking about the position of another party is not a government area of responsibility.

Science and Technology
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Science and Technology
Oral Questions

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Conservative

The Speaker Andrew Scheer

Order. The hon. member is out of time.

The hon. member for Marc-Aurèle-Fortin.

Pensions
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

NDP

Alain Giguère Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, QC

Mr. Speaker, everyone knows that the old age security program is sustainable. However, the Conservatives need billions of dollars to pay for the rising costs of the F-35. Thus, our seniors are being stuck with the bill for this procurement program, which has been completely mismanaged.

Yesterday the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development said that there will be no reductions in seniors' pensions. I am sorry, but taking away two years' worth of benefits means taking away $10 billion. That is quite a reduction.

What are the Conservatives doing for the summer? We in the NDP hope that they will use the time to learn to count.

Pensions
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Haldimand—Norfolk
Ontario

Conservative

Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development

Mr. Speaker, we are ensuring the sustainability of the system to preserve it for future generations.

It is important to remember that, in the future, there will be a lot more seniors than workers, and adjustments must therefore be made. There will be no reductions for individuals.

Quebec Nation
Oral Questions

3:05 p.m.

Bloc

André Bellavance Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, this past session shows just how big the gap between Canada and Quebec is getting and just how big of an obstacle federalism is to the development of the Quebec nation.

Under the Conservative government, often with the support of the other federalist parties, the number of disputes with the Quebec National Assembly have multiplied, as have the attempts to strip Quebec of its authority and its jurisdictions and weaken its regions, its economy and its institutions.

Can the government promise today that it will not spend the summer coming up with other measures that go against Quebeckers' interests and values?

Quebec Nation
Oral Questions

June 21st, 2012 / 3:05 p.m.

Mégantic—L'Érable
Québec

Conservative

Christian Paradis Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture)

Mr. Speaker, it is unbelievable to hear questions like this one.

Let us go back to 2006, when there were problems. There was a fiscal imbalance that the Bloc passively supported for over a decade. The Conservatives resolved that problem in less than a year. We gave Quebec a seat at UNESCO. Then, there was a disagreement regarding the harmonization of the GST and QST. Once again, this was resolved under the leadership of this Prime Minister. There was also a disagreement regarding the Old Harry offshore oil reserve. Once again, who resolved this problem? It was this government, under the leadership of the Prime Minister.

So yes, I will assure my colleague of one thing: we will continue to practise open federalism for all Canadians and Quebeckers.

Business of the House
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

NDP

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC

Mr. Speaker, as tempted as I am to pose the question to the chair of the ethics committee, I think tradition suggests that I present it to the House leader for the government.

It has been obvious that over this session we have had our disagreements in both form and substance. It has been no surprise to Canadians that we, as the opposition, have fundamentally disagreed about some of the objectives of the government on pensions, EI and health care.

While we have had our disagreements, something that we absolutely agree on is that we have been supported by one of the most complementary and hard-working staffs of any legislature in the world. We owe them a great deal of thanks. This was a long and trying session for them as well.

To all my colleagues on all sides, because we will not be meeting again before the summer recess, I wish them time with their family and friends and a productive summertime off.

Business of the House
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

Peter Van Loan Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, I thank the House leader for the opposition.

On this side, we will not be taking time off. We will be continuing to work as we have so far.

Earlier today, I drew the media's attention to what the government accomplished this spring in terms of legislation. I will therefore not repeat what I said.

However, I am very pleased about what we have been able to do here over the past few months so that the House of Commons has achieved results by working hard and in an orderly fashion.

The co-operation from all corners of the House that we did receive to keep business moving here is much appreciated. Members of Parliament did a lot of hard work reviewing and debating bills, including quite important bills. At the end of the day, we voted on those bills and made decisions for the benefit of Canadians.

Bills remain on the order paper for our return in the fall, not to mention new ones to come. I will advise my colleagues at a time closer to our return as to the business of the House when we next sit.

While sitting MPs and the government's legislative program will return after the summer, we will have a new team of pages. I want to thank this year's pages for their hard work and their tireless efforts to support us in being productive as members.

Business of the House
Oral Questions

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Business of the House
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Conservative

Peter Van Loan York—Simcoe, ON

Back when we started the Christmas adjournment, I mentioned that the pages would have some good stories to tell when they got home. I think the six months that followed have only added many more.

I can say that being a page is a truly special experience that few get to enjoy. My wife was a parliamentary page; she will be upset when I say that was some 25 years ago—

Business of the House
Oral Questions

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Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Business of the House
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An hon. member

You are in trouble now.

Business of the House
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Conservative

Peter Van Loan York—Simcoe, ON

Notwithstanding the 25 years that have passed since, she still treasures those memories and refers to them as perhaps the best year of her life.

Business of the House
Oral Questions

3:10 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!