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Conservative MP for Eglinton—Lawrence (Ontario)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 46.80% of the vote.

Statements in the House

Federal Surplus December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we will balance the budget and grant long-term transfers to the provinces and territories.

Federal support has reached historic levels of $65 billion and will continue to grow every year. Federal support for health, education and social services has increased by nearly 56% since we formed the government. We will make the necessary changes to ensure that transfers grow in line with the economy.

The Budget December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as I explained before in French, we do an analysis of every single proposal.

It was not necessary to do an employment count because there were many other reasons to go ahead with this excellent initiative that will benefit 780,000 small businesses, some 90% of all businesses.

Everybody knows that increased taxes are a killer for employment, and we have done the right thing for small business and the Canadian economy.

The Budget December 10th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Finance carries out thorough analyses of each measure that we propose, and it analyzed the small business job credit.

Small businesses made it very clear that their payroll taxes are the biggest obstacle to employment across Canada. Canadians know that the Liberals and New Democrats would raise taxes for job creators, which would hurt our economy.

The Economy November 26th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the International Monetary Fund's mission to Canada applauded our Conservative government for the progress we have made in eliminating deficits and for our actions to reduce taxes for hard-working Canadian families. The IMF also said that our measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of the housing market were effective. The report is further evidence that our economic action plan is doing very well. Canadians can be proud.

The Budget November 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals really have no shame. When they were in power, they raided the EI fund of $60 billion and used it as a political slush fund. What we are doing is providing benefits to 780,000 small businesses, 90% of all businesses. They will benefit. They will create jobs. It will be fair for them and good for the economy.

Employment Insurance November 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I was very pleased to present to Canadians our economic and fiscal plan, which shows how well Canada is doing in a fragile world. We are doing better than other countries. Our economy is growing better. Our 1.2 million new jobs is better. We have half the debt-to-GDP ratio of the G7. We have a AAA rating. Next year, we will have a surplus. We have already been able to give four million Canadian families tax breaks, tax breaks that they need. Also, 780,000 small businesses will—

Taxation November 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, since the depths of the recession, our economy has created 1.2 million net new jobs.

Small businesses have been very clear that high payroll taxes are job killers. That is precisely what the NDP wants to impose on small business.

Let me also add that we listen to and we believe in small businesses. Apparently the NDP does not. It wants to raise their taxes. It wants to raise payroll taxes. This is a job killer and precisely the opposite of what is needed for the economy.

Taxation November 20th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our reduction will apply to 740,000 small businesses across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the CFIB, understands that tax increases kill jobs, but the New Democrats would significantly increase taxes by bringing in a 45-day work year.

We want businesses to expand and owners to save and then spend their hard-earned money. What is good for them is also good for the economy.

The Budget November 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, we now have more confirmation that the Liberal leader favours giving money to bureaucrats over middle-class families. Let me read a quote from this weekend:

Very clear now that [the Liberal Party of Canada] prioritizes money in the hands of Ottawa bureaucrats not Canadian families with children.

Do members know who went out of her way to reconfirm that? It was none other than the Liberal Party candidate for Ottawa Centre.

Is this candour or a gaffe? With the Liberals, it is hard to know.

The Budget November 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government has increased transfers to the provinces by 50%, to $65 billion this year. Every single province has benefited in social transfers, health transfers, equalization. We are proud of our program because our program is going to benefit four million Canadians.

The Liberal Party would rather spend money on bureaucracy. We trust mom and dad, the people who care most about their children.