House of Commons Hansard #145 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was pre-clearance.

Topics

Infrastructure
Oral Questions

2:50 p.m.

Edmonton Mill Woods
Alberta

Liberal

Amarjeet Sohi Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Mr. Speaker, we are proud of doubling our infrastructure investments. Out of the $180 billion we will invest, only 8% will be flowing through the bank and we will leverage that money to engage the private sector to build more infrastructure to be able to meet this need, in order to close the gap that the previous government left through its inaction for the last decade.

Infrastructure
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Alain Rayes Richmond—Arthabaska, QC

Mr. Speaker, the minister should talk to the parliamentary budget officer. I think that conversation would be rather enlightening.

Yesterday, the parliamentary budget officer said that he might not be able to conduct an analysis of the new infrastructure bank.

It comes as no surprise that a Liberal initiative lacks transparency, but this only adds to our mistrust of the Liberals, who would rather come up with even more bureaucratic structures for their friends than approve job-creating projects across Canada.

Does the minister still plan to implement his bank or will he finally approve the thousands of projects for the small- and medium-sized municipalities that are still waiting for a green light?

Infrastructure
Oral Questions

February 22nd, 2017 / 2:55 p.m.

Edmonton Mill Woods
Alberta

Liberal

Amarjeet Sohi Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Mr. Speaker, we have approved 1,300 projects since taking over and 50% of those projects are in communities with a population of fewer than 100,000. Out of those 1,300 projects, based on the information provided to us by our partners, provinces, and municipalities, 60% of those projects are currently under way, creating opportunities for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We are proud of what we are doing in partnership, we are delivering infrastructure commitments that we made to Canadians.

Government Appointments
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Mr. Speaker, we know the Prime Minister broke with standard diplomatic process by announcing Stéphane Dion's dual diplomatic assignments to Europe before consulting the intended hosts. While dual responsibilities do occur occasionally, the Berlin and Brussels postings are among the most important relationships Canada has to manage. Could the Prime Minister explain the logic of Mr. Dion's twofer appointment?

Government Appointments
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Matt DeCourcey Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Stéphane Dion has always fought for a better Canada, a greener Canada, a Canada that is more united, and a Canada that is strong.

The European Union and Germany are strong friends and allies of Canada, as emphasized—

Government Appointments
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

Government Appointments
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Geoff Regan

Order. I am having trouble hearing the answer. Members should see enough pink shirts around to know that it is anti-bullying day, and certainly interrupting and yelling is a form of aggression and bullying. Let us not have it here.

The hon. parliamentary secretary.

Government Appointments
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Liberal

Matt DeCourcey Fredericton, NB

Mr. Speaker, as I was saying, our relationship with Germany and the European Union was evident in the Prime Minister's visit last week.

We know that Monsieur Dion is extremely competent, talented, and progressive, and that Canadians can be assured that he will fiercely represent Canada and strengthen our relationship with both Germany and the European Union.

Government Appointments
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Conservative

Peter Kent Thornhill, ON

Mr. Speaker, many of Canada's foreign service professionals, past and present, are highly critical of the mixed message the dual appointment sends to Germany and the EU.

A former Canadian high commissioner to the United Kingdom, also a former ambassador to the EU, says “We look like amateur hour.” Another former diplomat, also on the public record, says, “It will be impossible to do justice to both EU and Germany with one ambassador”.

Again, can the Prime Minister explain what message he is sending to our important allies with this bizarre appointment?

Government Appointments
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Matt DeCourcey Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Speaker, once again, the hon. Stéphane Dion has always fought for a better Canada, a greener Canada, a more united Canada, and a stronger Canada. He is extremely competent, talented, and progressive.

The European Union and Germany are good friends and allies. As the Prime Minister emphasized in his speech before the EU Parliament last Thursday and during his bilateral visit to Germany, Canadians can rest assured that Mr. Dion will proudly represent Canada throughout the world.

Foreign Investment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Don Davies Vancouver Kingsway, BC

Mr. Speaker, this week the Liberal government approved a foreign takeover of vital health care and seniors facilities in British Columbia.

We know Anbang is a massive company whose ownership structure is murky at best. Recently, Morgan Stanley refused to do business with it, because it does not meet its code of ethics.

Seniors, health care workers, and British Columbians are greatly concerned by this takeover. Can the Prime Minister explain exactly what the net benefit of this takeover is, and whether this issue was ever discussed at a Liberal cash-for-access fundraiser?

Foreign Investment
Oral Questions

2:55 p.m.

Mississauga—Malton
Ontario

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation

Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, we engaged with the B.C. government to make sure it was up to speed and to get its feedback.

Overall, this is about our government's commitment to being open to investment. We realize when we are open to investments, it helps grow the economy and create jobs.

Speaking about jobs, one of the commitments we obtained was to make sure that we have the current levels that exist within the organization. More importantly, we are going to make sure that we work with the company associated with this transaction to grow and expand its facilities.

The bottom line is this was done under the Investment Canada Act. There was a due process that was followed. This is in the best interests of Canadians.

Economic Development
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

NDP

Niki Ashton Churchill—Keewatinook Aski, MB

Mr. Speaker, it took a whole year and a half for the Prime Minister to visit the Far North, but northerners are still waiting for action from his government.

This week, northern leaders are meeting to discuss and develop a plan for the future of the Port of Churchill. They want the federal government to step in and nationalize the port, and work with first nations and local partners to take it forward. However, first, we need the government to stand up to the American billionaire who is holding us hostage.

When will the government show leadership, step in, stand up for Canadian jobs, and save the port and the community of Churchill?

Economic Development
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Mississauga—Malton
Ontario

Liberal

Navdeep Bains Minister of Innovation

Mr. Speaker, I had the opportunity to go to Churchill and visit with the northern delegation. Based on the conversations I had with the community in the town hall session we had, our focus is really around jobs and growth in that area.

That is why, under the Western Economic Diversification fund, we committed to $4.6 million. These funds are allowing opportunities for people within that region to find opportunities for good jobs, particularly around Arctic research and tourism. We have approved a few projects.

It is about jobs. It is about supporting that region. We are committed to that particular initiative.

Public Safety
Oral Questions

3 p.m.

Conservative

Michelle Rempel Calgary Nose Hill, AB

Mr. Speaker, we know that the Liberal decision to arbitrarily lift the visa requirement for Mexico will cost Canadian taxpayers at least a quarter of a billion dollars.

What is worse is that government officials also advised the Liberals that lifting the visa requirement on Mexico could mean that travellers involved in organized crime, illegal drugs, or human trafficking could enter Canada with greater ease.

Given that Mexico is a key origin point for drugs like cocaine, in lifting the visa requirement, are the Liberals charging Canadian taxpayers a quarter of a billion dollars to put their safety at risk?