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  • His favourite word is environment.

Conservative MP for Oshawa (Ontario)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 51.30% of the vote.

Statements in the House

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to protecting the environment. That is why we have launched a new national conservation plan that will enable Canadians to conserve and restore lands and waters, and enhance the connections between citizens and natural spaces.

We have also created two national marine conservation areas, three marine protected areas, three national wildlife areas, four national parks, and one historic site.

It is shameful that the opposition does not support the creation of national parks. We learned through the media, for example, that they even oppose the Rouge national park. It is shameful.

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Again, Mr. Speaker, that is ridiculous. Just yesterday, Ban Ki-moon thanked Canada for its contribution.

This is a North American issue that needs a North American solution. We always said that we were going to work collaboratively with the Obama administration on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the oil and gas sector. We are the first government in Canadian history to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supporting economic growth. We are going to do it without an NDP and Liberal job-killing carbon tax, and we are going to do it without taking unilateral action and imposing taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector.

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Again, Mr. Speaker, to be clear, the Prime Minister said that Canada would not take unilateral action and impose taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector.

What is very clear, though, is that the NDP would take unilateral action and put our Canadian companies at a competitive disadvantage. As well, what is very clear is that the opposition would put in a job-killing carbon tax. What is also clear is that it would gamble with 275,000 Canadian jobs. We are not going to do that. We are going to support hard-working Canadian families.

The Environment December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, that is ridiculous. The minister is hugely supportive of using traditional knowledge.

To update the member about leadership, yesterday, in Lima, the Minister of the Environment met with Ban Ki-moon, who expressed his appreciation for Canada's efforts to address climate change and that the country would continue supporting the process toward securing a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015. He also thanked Canada for its recent contribution to the green climate fund.

That is leadership, and that is without a job-killing carbon tax the NDP would like to put in.

Taxation December 12th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, Canadians know that the Liberal leader would raise taxes on them, making life more expensive for families. Last month, prospective Liberal candidate, Bill Casey, confirmed that the Liberal leader would raise taxes for families and cut programs to pay for the Liberals' costly schemes. This is the same Bill Casey who once upon a time said, “federal surplus money should go back to Canadians in the form of meaningful tax cuts for families...”. Voters will see right past this opportunistic stunt by Casey to further his personal vendetta.

The people of Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley know that they can count on their Conservative member and this Prime Minister to lower taxes and stand up for Canadian families.

The Environment December 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, what would be crazy is the Liberals' plan.

As I said earlier, they would take unilateral action to impose taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector. They would act unilaterally to impose a job-killing carbon tax. They would gamble with 275,000 jobs.

We are not going to do that. We are going to support hard-working Canadians because we believe on this side that we are the only party that can be trusted to lower greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy.

That is real leadership.

The Environment December 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as the Prime Minister said, Canada would not take unilateral action and impose taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector.

Let us take a look at the Liberals' record. When they were in power, they signed on to the Kyoto accord without any plan, without any details, and we saw greenhouse gases go up 30%.

We are working with our partners in the United States so that we take a North American solution to this. We have always said we would like to work together with the United States, and we are going to do it without a job-killing carbon tax.

The Environment December 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as I have said, the Prime Minister said Canada would not take unilateral action and impose taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector, but what the opposition has said is it would impose taxes and monetary penalties on the oil and gas sector. The opposition also said it would act unilaterally to impose a job-killing carbon tax. The opposition parties would gamble with 275,000 jobs in Canada.

Our government is not going to do that. We are going to support hard-working Canadians, and we are going to do that without the crazy taxes of the NDP.

The Environment December 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government's record is clear. We have taken decisive action on the environment while protecting our economy. We will continue to implement the sector-by-sector regulatory approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that protects the environment and supports economic prosperity.

Building on these actions, we recently announced that we will be taking action to limit the growth HFCs, which are the most potent and fastest-growing greenhouse gases in the world, and we will do that without putting economic penalties on our oil and gas sector and without a job-killing carbon tax.

The Environment December 11th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as I said, what it crazy is a job-killing carbon tax.

Our government is the government that is reducing emissions, while supporting economic growth and job creation. We are achieving this without the crazy policies of the NDP.

In 2012, greenhouse gas emissions were 5.1% lower than the 2005 levels, while the economy grew by 10.6% during the same period.

Canada's 2020 greenhouse gas emissions are projected to be 130 megatonnes lower than they would have been under the Liberals. That is real leadership.