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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

Employment Insurance September 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I would not normally use reference to the New Democrats on a mathematical question. It is not their strong suit, but they calculate that this Liberal plan would cost $1.5 billion.

One thing we know is that it will not create the number of jobs that they pretend. Our plan will create over 25,000 jobs, according to the CFIB. It will generate employment because it will be giving $550 million to small businesses, who are the generators of employment.

Employment Insurance September 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, this goes to show how out of touch the NDP is with small businesses.

We are lowering employment insurance payroll taxes by 15% to allow small businesses to save more than $550 million. The CFIB has said that this is good news for people who are looking for work.

Employment Insurance September 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our small business hiring credit will lower employment insurance payroll taxes by 15% and allow small businesses to save more than $550 million.

The CFIB stated that the credit will create 25,000 person-years of employment. The Liberals and the NDP support a 45-day work year that would increase premiums—

Employment Insurance September 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has said this plan will increase jobs, 25,000 jobs. This has been praised by Dan Kelly, who is the president of the CFIB, because this will be good for small business. Small business is the generator of employment in this country and that is why this government has provided this benefit of $550 million over the next two years so that small businesses will grow, prosper and generate employment.

Employment Insurance September 16th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, this summer when I joined the fight against ALS by participating in the ice bucket challenge, I named the critic from the NDP: tick-tock, tick-tock.

As to his preposterous allegations, this job credit will advantage 90% of Canadian businesses. That is 780,000 companies, $550 million to small businesses.

Infrastructure September 15th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, our government has increased transfers to the Province of Ontario by 76%, up to $19.2 billion. We have increased social programs. We have increased health transfers. We have increased equalization, and we have the longest and largest infrastructure program in Canadian history, totalling $70 billion over the next 10 years.

We are very much focused on the issue of traffic congestion in the GTA, and we will do our part with the provinces and municipalities.

Small Business September 15th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the newly elected member for Fort McMurray—Athabasca.

He is absolutely correct. Small business is vital for creating new jobs. That is why our new small business job credit lowers their employment insurance payroll taxes by 15%, and saves them $550 million over the next two years. Ninety percent of all companies, 780,000 companies, will benefit.

Unlike the opposition, we believe in putting more money into job-creating ventures.

Employment Insurance September 15th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I am very proud of what we did with small businesses, which are the generators of employment in our country.

Over 90% of small businesses, of all businesses, would benefit: 780,000 businesses and $550 million over the next two years. This is precisely what we want to do: create more jobs for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

Employment Insurance September 15th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal Party claims to support small businesses, but it is opposed to the idea of them saving over $550,000.

It is quite remarkable that the Liberals would actually stand to talk about this issue, having raised EI premiums to $60 billion, turned it into a slush fund and then used it for other purposes than for which it was intended.

Taxation June 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, KPMG concluded that Canada remains the most tax competitive country in its study, with total taxes more than 46% lower than in the United States. Thanks to our low-tax plan, more businesses are investing in Canada. We have over one million new jobs since the recession.

In contrast, the opposition wants to increase taxes on business, which would hurt the Canadian economy, kill jobs, and undermine our competitiveness.