Mr. Speaker, Today municipal leaders are marching upon the Hill,
Their message is clear: they're asking for political will,
To invest in our cities now!
Without proper attention to our roads, libraries and pools,
The result will be abysmal,
It will be downright cruel.
But, Mr. Speaker, that's not all,
No child care spaces,
No new buses at all.
What is the response from our finance minister?
Well, Mr. Speaker, he thinks this is sinister.
He wants corporate tax cuts instead.
But corporate tax cuts don't build bridges or clear snow!
It's time to invest in our cities, don't you know.
When the Grits took the bait,
We pulled them back, it was called Bill C-48.
Again, it was the corporate agenda to which the Grits and the Tories conceded,
But the NDP knew,
That $123 billion in infrastructure money is what our cities needed.
Invest in our cities,
They are in a pinch,
Learn from Santa, don't be the Grinch.
In the House of Commons on December 3rd, 2007. See this statement in context.