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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

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.

The Budget November 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the NDP's bureaucratic plan provides a small percentage of families with access to day care at a huge cost.

Our plan will benefit every one of the four million Canadian families with children. It will benefit them all, and disproportionately benefit those with lower and middle incomes. This is a good plan for Canadians and we are proud of it.

The Budget November 17th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, the NDP refuses to face the facts. Our plan will benefit all families with children, which is to say, all four million families. The vast majority of these benefits will flow to low- and middle-income families; 25% of those families earn less than $30,000. That is our plan.

The Economy November 6th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to tell Canadians that I will be presenting our economic and fiscal update on November 12. While the global economy remains fragile, our government is focused on creating jobs and growth, and we will have a surplus to report next year. Unlike the NDP and the Liberals, who are focused on a high-tax plan, we want to keep the money in Canadian pockets.

Employment Insurance November 6th, 2014

Mr. Speaker, as opposition members know, the small business job credit will create, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, over 25,000 person-years of employment. It would reduce the cost for the employers of most Canadians, and 780,000 companies, over 90% of businesses, would benefit. This is a good jobs and growth program for small business.