House of Commons Hansard #10 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was infrastructure.

Topics

Banknotes
Statements By Members

2:25 p.m.

NDP

Sheila Malcolmson Nanaimo—Ladysmith, BC

Mr. Speaker, as the member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Ladysmith and the NDP critic for Status of Women, I stand with 72,000 petitioners across Canada who call on the government to do the right thing and put the image of Canadian women on banknotes.

The Famous Five and Thérèse Casgrain, women who advocated for the right to vote, used to be on one of our currencies. The Conservative government removed them in favour of an icebreaker.

Last year, my NDP colleagues asked the government to do the right thing and recognize the role that Canadian women have played in building our country and contributing to our history.

Two weeks ago, I asked the new government to do the right thing and indications in the media were that the finance minister is open-minded on the topic.

I urge all members of the House to do whatever they can to support recognizing the important role Canadian women.

The Economy
Statements By Members

2:25 p.m.

Conservative

Rachael Harder Lethbridge, AB

Mr. Speaker, Alberta has not seen job losses as it does today since 1982. Over 100,000 jobs have disappeared.

Over the Christmas holiday I had the opportunity and the privilege to talk with many Albertans in my riding. It was made very clear to me that people are concerned about their present and their future.

National pipeline projects are stalled because the Liberal government does not believe in Canada's energy sector.

The Prime Minister promised Canadian young people a vibrant future and meaningful employment. However, as far as the government is concerned, right now we are seeing one of the worst layoffs this country has ever seen.

This is gutting the middle class, causing families to lose their homes, their livelihoods and hope for their future. Each day that these pipelines are delayed the Canadian economy loses out on $50 million.

On behalf of all Canadians, I urge the Prime Minister to put down his selfie stick and get to work building these pipelines.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Statements By Members

2:25 p.m.

Liberal

Michael Levitt York Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Every year we must continue to remember and reflect on one of history's darkest periods: the systematic, state-sponsored murder of six million Jews during the second world war.

Each year there are fewer survivors to pass on their stories and remind us of the value of human life. Their stories show the need for tolerance and compassion and the price we pay for ignoring injustice and hatred.

We bear a collective responsibility to keep these stories alive by continuing to educate others about the Holocaust and the evil that fuelled this attempt to exterminate an entire people.

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the world came together and declared, “Never again”. On this day and every day we must give special meaning to those words by actively standing up against hate, injustice, anti-Semitism and racism, and refusing to be silent in the face of genocide.

The Economy
Oral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Sturgeon River—Parkland
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, yesterday Statistics Canada said that Alberta has lost more jobs than in any year since 1982. Many Albertans do not know where the next paycheque will come from. They are worried about how they will put food on the table or a roof over their heads. Families without work are not feeling refreshed or happy, like the minister for Calgary said yesterday.

How can the Liberal government be so out of touch with Alberta workers and their families?

The Economy
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the Canadian government is very preoccupied with the fate of Albertans and the fact that there are massive layoffs and they need support. We are looking to partner with Alberta and with municipalities across the country facing very real challenges. We look forward to putting forward a historic plan to invest in infrastructure to create growth and to support the middle class in this country as will be presented by the finance minister in his upcoming budget.

The Economy
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Sturgeon River—Parkland
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, the numbers explain the despair felt by workers in the resource sector across the country.

Families without work are not feeling refreshed or happy, like the Liberal minister for Calgary said. If the value of our home drops every day, we do not feel refreshed or happy, whether we live in Alberta, New Brunswick, or Quebec.

Why is the Prime Minister refusing to take action and to tell workers that he will work on creating new jobs?

The Economy
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, that is exactly what we are going to do.

People voted for us because in our campaign we promised to invest in communities, create growth for the middle class and help Canadians create opportunities across the country.

We are very concerned about the people of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Labrador and Newfoundland, who have been seriously affected by the price of oil. We will be there to help them and all Canadians with our upcoming budget.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

January 27th, 2016 / 2:30 p.m.

Sturgeon River—Parkland
Alberta

Conservative

Rona Ambrose Leader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, Iran's supreme leader consistently calls for the destruction of Israel. The Iranian regime is one of the world's worst abusers of human rights, yet the Liberals say they will be lifting Canadian sanctions on Iran, and why? According to the foreign affairs minister it would be in accordance with our allies, but our allies have also been clear that Canada should leave our CF-18s in the fight against ISIS.

The question for the Prime Minister is this: When do our allies matter and when do they not?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, there is no question that the world is now a safer place because of the P5+1 deal with Iran. We will continue to work alongside our allies to ensure security in the world and to engage with Iran in a responsible way that highlights both the human rights abuses at home and its sponsorship of terrorism abroad. We need to engage in a respectful, responsible way, and we will do exactly that.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

Tony Clement Parry Sound—Muskoka, ON

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal plan to abandon sanctions against Iran overturns a principled stand.

Iran is committing horrible human rights violations against its own people, particularly women and religious minorities. What is more, it supports terrorism and regularly talks about the destruction of Israel.

Why is the government giving Iran a free pass and compromising Canadian values?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we will continue working alongside our allies to ensure that we are behaving in a responsible way in the world.

We know that Iran is a cause for concern because of its incitement to terrorism, its human rights violations, and its nuclear ambitions, which have been put aside for the sake of this historic agreement.

We know that responsible engagement is one way of keeping everyone safe and protected.

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Conservative

Tony Clement Parry Sound—Muskoka, ON

Mr. Speaker, while the government is snuggling up to Iran, our allies are going in a very different direction. Reports are that France has asked the European Union to consider new sanctions against Iran over the recent ballistic missile tests.

How can the government reduce sanctions at the exact time that our allies are apparently reconsidering and increasing those very sanctions?

Foreign Affairs
Oral Questions

2:30 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, we will continue to work alongside our allies to ensure that we are behaving in a responsible way to move Iran away from its position of violation of human rights, of nuclear ambitions, and indeed of sponsoring terrorism around the world.

It is through responsible, firm engagement that Canada has always had an impact in the world, and that is what we will continue to do in a thoughtful and responsible way.

Canada Post
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

NDP

Thomas Mulcair Outremont, QC

Mr. Speaker, now that the Liberals have been in power for 100 days, Canadians are starting to ask themselves some questions. They are wondering why they are not seeing any of the concrete action promised during the election. Take for example the Liberals' very clear promise about Canada Post. The Prime Minister promised to, and I quote, “save home mail delivery”.

Is the Prime Minister prepared to repeat that promise today or will he admit that he has already broken his word?

Canada Post
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Papineau
Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, during the election campaign, we promised to put a moratorium on the changes made by Canada Post and the previous government. We are working with Canadians and we are going to work with Canada Post in a responsible manner to ensure that Canadians get the services they need and want. We are going to work on this file while showing respect for Canadians and holding consultations, something that the previous government never did.