House of Commons Hansard #140 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was c-37.

Topics

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

Karen Vecchio Elgin—Middlesex—London, ON

Mr. Speaker, just a few weeks ago the Prime Minister heard first-hand the struggle of Ontarians who are facing out-of-control hydro rates at the hand of his mentor, Kathleen Wynne. Struggling Ontarians cannot afford the Prime Minister's plan to make a bad situation far worse by adding more costs through a carbon tax. A carbon tax would increase the costs of almost everything from gas to groceries.

When will the Prime Minister abandon this irresponsible tax on everything, and start defending the interests of Canadians?

The Environment
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Ottawa Centre
Ontario

Liberal

Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Mr. Speaker, we will continue defending the interests of Canadians, such as reducing emissions and growing a clean economy. That is exactly what carbon pricing would do. I would like to remind the member that our carbon pricing will not come in until 2018, and all revenues will be given back to the provinces.

We are committed to growing a clean economy, reducing emissions, and ensuring a more sustainable future for our children.

Regional Economic Development
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

Bernard Généreux Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Mr. Speaker, the 2016 census figures show a worrisome trend in eastern Quebec. While the population of Canada increased by 5% over the past five years, the population of the Lower St. Lawrence region and the Gaspé dropped by 1.3% and 4%, respectively. Will the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development commit to scrapping the disastrous policies that prevent our businesses from keeping jobs in the region, or would he rather see our young people continue to move to large urban centres?

Regional Economic Development
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Mississauga—Malton
Ontario

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation

Mr. Speaker, our government continues to focus on Quebec's economic development in order to create good jobs. Our government has taken measures to help Quebec. For example, since 2015, Canada Economic Development has invested over $406 million in Quebec and supported the development of over 10,500 businesses and organizations. We are going to continue to work hard for Quebeckers and all Canadians.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

Shannon Stubbs Lakeland, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals took months to finally meet with the union representing employees of the case processing centre in Vegreville. Yesterday, it gave proof that the decision to close the office is unfounded, and that the quality of work being done by employees is exemplary and regularly surpasses departmental expectations.

I know that staff are scrambling to justify their advice, but is the minister now prepared to do the right thing, respect Vegreville families and rural Alberta and reverse this heartless decision?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

York South—Weston
Ontario

Liberal

Ahmed Hussen Minister of Immigration

Mr. Speaker, our government has a responsibility to make decisions on government spending of the hard-earned middle-class tax dollars.

When it comes to the issue of the case processing centre in Vegreville, I am happy to engage with the community. I met with the mayor, and yesterday I met with the regional representative from PSAC, as well as a community advocate on this issue. My door is always open to the community.

The relocation of the case processing centre to Edmonton is one hour away. All indeterminate employees will have an opportunity to continue their positions there. In fact, the relocation will result in more jobs for Alberta.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions

2:35 p.m.

Conservative

Shannon Stubbs Lakeland, AB

Mr. Speaker, the minister clearly has not been to the community.

The union reps presented the minister and his staff with detailed facts that his department will not share with Canadians. For example, Vegreville employees are right this minute working on new overflow cases from other processing centres, like they have done many times before. However, according to the minister, staff in Vegreville do not fit the requirements to process work from across the global departmental network.

Will the minister finally admit that his excuses for closing this office are complete nonsense and unfounded?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

York South—Weston
Ontario

Liberal

Ahmed Hussen Minister of Immigration

Mr. Speaker, we have a responsibility to make decisions on government spending of hard-earned tax dollars. The relocation we understand will have an impact on the community and staff, and all indeterminate employees are able to take positions in the new location.

The new location will have an expanded case processing centre and will actually create more middle-class jobs for Alberta.

Indigenous Affairs
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Romeo Saganash Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, QC

Mr. Speaker, today, an Ontario judge ruled in favour of those affected by the sixties scoop.

I have a simple question for the minister: will she give us her word in the House today that her government will not appeal this decision?

After the Ontario court found Canada liable for failing to protect survivors of the Sixties Scoop from losing their cultural identity, I have a very simple question for the minister. Will her government uphold this ruling? A simple yes or no would suffice.

Indigenous Affairs
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Toronto—St. Paul's
Ontario

Liberal

Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I want to be perfectly clear. We will not be appealing this judgment. We want to get to the table as quickly as possible and be able to put in place the remedies necessary around language and culture, and all that these people lost during this dreadful chapter in our history.

Indigenous Affairs
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

NDP

Sheila Malcolmson Nanaimo—Ladysmith, BC

Mr. Speaker, for almost 30 years families across Canada have been marching on Valentine's Day with Sisters in Spirit to honour the memory of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.

We are glad the national inquiry was announced, but the government promised it would act right away to prevent further tragedies. More than 700 recommendations over two decades remain waiting for this government to act on, so there is a lot that can be done right now.

What will the government do now to prevent no more stolen sisters?

Indigenous Affairs
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Toronto—St. Paul's
Ontario

Liberal

Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Mr. Speaker, I believe that so many of the women marching today do expect results, and they do not expect to wait for the recommendations of a commission.

The commission is looking at all of those previous reports, but right now we know we need to act on shelter space, better housing, and the reforms of the child welfare system and the grievous harm that was done not only to the children that were taken, but also the moms who were left behind.

We will get on with these things right now. We will not be waiting for the results of the commission.

Public Transit
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

Don Rusnak Thunder Bay—Rainy River, ON

Mr. Speaker, many residents of my riding of Thunder Bay—Rainy River rely on public transit to get to school, work, or doctors' appointments. In the fall, Thunder Bay received more than $6 million for new buses, transit shelters, and bus stop signage improvements, and on Friday, I was pleased to announce a new handi-van bus in Fort Frances. These investments will mean better transit services for the residents of my riding.

Could the minister explain how public transit investments are supporting communities like mine by growing the middle class and getting people home faster.

Public Transit
Oral Questions

February 14th, 2017 / 2:40 p.m.

Edmonton Mill Woods
Alberta

Liberal

Amarjeet Sohi Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Mr. Speaker, as a former bus driver, I want to convey our thoughts and prayers for the Winnipeg Transit bus operator who was stabbed last night while serving his community and on duty.

I want to thank the hon. member for his question and his hard work. On Friday, in partnership with the municipalities and the Province of Ontario, we announced 79 transit projects in 29 municipalities. From new buses in Milton, Renfrew, and Orillia, to new transit shelters in Huntsville—

Public Transit
Oral Questions

2:40 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

The hon. member for Red Deer—Lacombe.