House of Commons Hansard #199 of the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was immigration.

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Parliamentary Budget Officer
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Stéphane Dion Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance does not like to be reminded of his mistakes and he has just made that clear once again. No doubt that is why he has such a grudge against the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Does he have a grudge against the Parliamentary Budget Officer for pointing out his mistakes regarding the cost of old age security at age 65, the F-35s, the elimination of the deficit for 2013, the projections for employment insurance premiums and the budget transparency to which all Canadians are entitled?

Is that what the Minister of Finance is so worked up about?

Parliamentary Budget Officer
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Parry Sound—Muskoka
Ontario

Conservative

Tony Clement President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

Mr. Speaker, I repeat: we created that office and we are committed to keeping it in place. The government will ensure that Parliament is able to find a credible replacement.

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Judy Foote Random—Burin—St. George's, NL

Mr. Speaker, experts warned that closure of the maritime rescue sub-centre in St. John's would result in a critical loss of local knowledge and put lives at risk.

A call to the search and rescue centre in Halifax today about a hunter missing on the Port au Port Peninsula was recorded as a hunter missing off the Port-au-Prince peninsula. The problem is that Port-au-Prince is in Haiti. Port au Port is in Newfoundland and Labrador.

No helicopter available for Burton Winters, medical calls routed to Rome, mixing of locations, when will the government reinstate the search and rescue centre in St. John's?

Search and Rescue
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Central Nova
Nova Scotia

Conservative

Peter MacKay Minister of National Defence

Mr. Speaker, with respect to the incident in question, there was a Royal Canadian Air Force Cormorant helicopter dispatched. It searched the area for two hours in search of the hunter. Unfortunately, that hunter has not yet been located.

The ongoing search, in coordination with the RCMP and local fire and rescue, continues and our thoughts and prayers are with that family and those who are conducting the search.

Regarding the reference to the misspeaking of an official, this individual is an experienced navigator who had spent a lot of time in Haiti and simply misspoke when he said Port-au-Prince. He clearly meant Port au Port, and he corrected that as soon as it was noted.

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Alexandre Boulerice Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, it is sad and upsetting, but the Conservatives keep getting away with murder.

The ethics commissioner made it clear that the Minister of Finance broke the rules by trying to influence the CRTC on behalf of a radio station. This is odd because he should have been aware of the rules, seeing as they are his own government's—his own Prime Minister's—rules. If the Conservatives cannot even follow their own rules, things are looking pretty grim.

Will the Minister of Finance own up to breaking the rules, and will he please apologize for trying to influence the CRTC?

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I think we have noted that the minister personally added a line to the letter to ensure it was clear he was writing as the member of Parliament for Whitby—Oshawa and instructed that the letter be put on MP letterhead. He fully intended the letter be sent in his capacity as a member of Parliament.

He has acknowledge the administrative oversight, and we again thank the ethics commissioner for the advice she has provided in this case.

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Alexandre Boulerice Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

Mr. Speaker, they just cannot admit that sometimes they are wrong.

Also under dubious ethics, the NDP has learned that flying the Prime Minister's armoured cars to India—for reasons that remain somewhat unclear—cost taxpayers over $1 million. The Conservative aristocracy wasted that million dollars even though the Indian government offered to provide armoured vehicles. The Conservatives are not interested in saving taxpayers' money. Belt-tightening is for everyone else, not for them.

How can they say that they are managing public funds soundly when they wasted $1 million to send limousines halfway around the world?

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Nepean—Carleton
Ontario

Conservative

Pierre Poilievre Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

Mr. Speaker, we trust the RCMP in such matters.

The NDP has decided to reopen the national unity debate with a bill to scrap the Clarity Act and set out a process for a referendum on the breakup of the country.

Now that NDP members have raised this debate, this divisive question, I would like to invite the hon. member to rise now and indicate that in such a referendum, how would he vote?

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, this is a government that has the nerve to tell senior citizens that the cupboard is bare, but money is no object when it comes to their cabinet perks, like Bev Oda, like the Muskoka member who lived like the limo king over in Davos, like the fact that taxpayers paid over a million dollars to fly the Prime Minister's limo to India and that the Globemaster fleet was used to carry this personal Taj Mahal taxi.

India offered high security armoured vehicles. It was good enough for the prime minister of Australia, but not good enough for our leader. Where is the accountability?

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

Ottawa West—Nepean
Ontario

Conservative

John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the people of India have paid a very heavy price when it comes to the war on terror. They have lost 2 prime ministers in the last 25 years and more than 11 people were killed in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

When we look to the security of our Prime Minister, we consult the experts, those who are experts in security. When it comes to the national security and the security of our Prime Minister, we will take advice from the RCMP over the NDP every time.

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

NDP

Charlie Angus Timmins—James Bay, ON

Mr. Speaker, it is unfortunate that the Conservatives are dismissing the work of the government of India on safety.

With the government, when Canadians see rules, they see loopholes. Let us look at the Conservative House leader's inability to admit that the Minister of Finance and the parliamentary secretary for health broke the rules when they tried to intervene in a CRTC dispute.

Did he not read the ethics commissioner's ruling that said that he not only broke the rules, but told him not to pull those stunts again? How about a change here? How about “I am sorry?” How about “The government will not break the rules anymore?” How about that?

Ethics
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

York—Simcoe
Ontario

Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I think I have answered that clearly.

It is not unheard of for MPs to write to the CRTC. In fact, I have a letter here that says, “Freedom of speech is an essential fabric in our Canadian culture” this MP said, writing to the CRTC. “It is something we treasure and preserve”. Then, with regard to the application, he said, “I whole heartedly support this venture and urge the CRTC to approve the application”.

It is signed by the NDP MP forTimmins—James Bay. That is what he wrote to the CRTC.

International Trade
Oral Questions

January 29th, 2013 / 2:45 p.m.

Conservative

Ed Holder London West, ON

Mr. Speaker, Canada exports world-class goods, services and expertise to markets around the world as a key part of our government's economic action plan. It is designed for jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

Africa is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund, 5 of the world's 20 fastest-growing economies are in sub-Saharan Africa.

Would the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade share with the House how our government's focus creates new opportunities for exporters in my city of London and for companies across Canada as we open up markets in this region?

International Trade
Oral Questions

2:45 p.m.

South Shore—St. Margaret's
Nova Scotia

Conservative

Gerald Keddy Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade

Mr. Speaker, Canada is committed to creating opportunities for Canadian businesses and workers, including in London West.

This week the Minister of International Trade is leading a trade mission to Ghana and Nigeria. He is accompanied by representatives from 28 Canadian companies, promoting industries in high demand in developing countries.

Canadian companies are creating jobs and prosperity throughout Africa. This is yet another example of how deeper trade is a win-win for Canadians and for our trading partners around the world.

Employment Insurance
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

NDP

Anne-Marie Day Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles, QC

Mr. Speaker, never have so few unemployed Canadians been eligible for employment insurance. This is a failure. The Conservative reform penalizes the economy in the regions that rely on seasonal work and limits workers' access to the benefits they themselves paid into.

The Quebec National Assembly, the Association québécoise de l'industrie touristique, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités and thousands of protestors have spoken out against these changes.

Why has the minister not taken action?