Mr. Speaker, people in Eastern Canada can no longer stand listening to that broken record.
The Conservatives continue to undermine the future of the Canadian tourism industry with cuts to national parks, airport taxes that are too high, regional wharves that are not maintained and so much more. Not to mention the employment insurance reform, which is dismantling the human resource base of the tourism industry in the regions.
Furthermore, cuts to the Canadian Tourism Commission are taking their toll. Canada dropped from 7th to 18th place in the list of most popular destination countries at a time when global tourism is booming.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists go elsewhere, and our businesses pay the price.
Does the minister understand that it pays to invest in tourism, tourism infrastructure and marketing?