House of Commons Hansard #152 of the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was information.

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Vimy Ridge
Statements By Members

March 10th, 2017 / 11:10 a.m.

Liberal

Omar Alghabra Mississauga Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, Vimy Ridge was a defining moment in Canada's 150 year history. I would like to share a touching story about a constituent of mine in Mississauga Centre and his connection to Vimy.

This April, Charles Geen will be travelling to France to attend the 100th anniversary ceremony at Vimy Ridge. Six members of Charles's family served in World War I; three were soldiers, and the other three were nurses. One of his grandfather's cousins, Lieutenant David Forneri, was killed at Vimy on March 1, 1917. His body was never found, thus his name is engraved on the majestic Vimy Memorial.

I want to wish Charles a fantastic trip and offer my gratitude to him and his family for their service. His father, John Geen, and the rest of us, are looking forward to seeing pictures from his special trip.

As we celebrate the success of Canada, we must never forget the lessons of the past.

International Women's Day
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

NDP

Daniel Blaikie Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to this year's International Women's Day.

I have been blessed with a number of strong female role models in my life: my mother, Brenda; my three sisters, Rebecca, Jessica, and Tessa; my wife, Janelle; as well as many female friends and colleagues throughout the years in my work in the community sector and the NDP.

In my brief time on the Hill, the amazing women in our caucus have already helped me to be a better MP, and I look forward to continuing to learn from their examples. This week, I had the honour of sharing my seat with an inspiring young woman from Elmwood—Transcona, Shania Pruden. She did us proud by speaking with earnest passion to the struggles faced by young indigenous women in Canada.

It boggles my mind that these founts of talent, these role models, these leaders, can all expect to get paid 15% to 20% less for the work they do simply because they are women.

I say to the government: Do not wait. Bring in fair pay equity legislation now.

Residents of Southern Manitoba
Statements By Members

11:10 a.m.

Conservative

Larry Maguire Brandon—Souris, MB

Mr. Speaker, this week on the prairies, March came in like a lion, with a blizzard that dumped heaps of snow and was accompanied with 90-kilometre winds. Once again, Westman residents stepped up to the plate and helped those in need. They are truly the unsung heroes of this ordeal.

I have heard remarkable stories about people who ventured into the blizzard to rescue those who were stranded in their cars, like the young couple from New Jersey who were saved by a Souris farmer who drove his tractor to reach them, or the tireless efforts of the volunteer firefighters in the RM of Whitehead who helped those trapped on Highway 1 and set up the emergency shelter in Alexander to provide food and a place to warm up.

I thank each and every one of those volunteers who opened their homes to strangers, to those who cleaned up the roads and highways, to the municipal staff, the RCMP, and the other first responders for all of their efforts.

Through floods, blizzards, and tragedies, Manitobans always rise to the occasion.

I thank them once again.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week
Statements By Members

11:15 a.m.

Liberal

Karen McCrimmon Kanata—Carleton, ON

Mr. Speaker, next week is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week in Canada.

My riding of Kanata—Carleton includes the fantastic farmers of West Carleton, from Panmure to Kinburn to Carp to Fitzroy Harbour. Unlike other occupations, a lot of farms are family-run operations, when the home becomes an industrial work site.

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is an annual public awareness campaign focused on the importance of maintaining safe farming practices. I encourage everyone to check out the agricultural safety website for great information. It is designed to help farmers adopt sound safety practices.

We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our hard-working farmers. Their work is critical to our survival and prosperity, and doing it safely is fundamental.

I want to say a special thanks to all the farmers of West Carleton. As I have said on a number of occasions, if we like to eat, we should thank a farmer.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Conservative

Candice Bergen Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister criticized a possible new U.S. border tax, saying that he is concerned with anything that creates impediments at the border. In his words, extra tariffs are new taxes.

However, it is actually this Prime Minister who is putting a new tax on all Canadians in the form of a carbon tax, which will do more to hamstring Canadian trade and competitiveness than any American border tax. Just ask Alberta and Ontario.

When will the Prime Minister realize that it is his carbon tax that Canadian job creators are so worried about?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

North Vancouver
B.C.

Liberal

Jonathan Wilkinson Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to creating a more innovative economy that reduces emissions, protects the environment, and creates good-paying middle-class jobs.

Pricing carbon pollution will reduce emissions and provide certainty and predictability to businesses. Pricing pollution will drive innovation and clean growth. It will boost the economy and make Canada more competitive in the global market.

After 10 years of inaction on the part of the previous government, this government is taking action to address climate change, and to do so in a manner that will create good middle-class jobs.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Conservative

Candice Bergen Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, if that were accurate, the Liberals would release the numbers.

Canadians are worried about the Prime Minister's plan to impose a carbon tax, while refusing to say just how much this tax will cost them. The Prime Minister is not being transparent on the carbon tax, and now he will not tell Canadians how much they are going to have to pay for his out-of-control spending.

Canadians are worried that he is hiding his real agenda. Will the Liberals tell Canadians today whether they are planning on axing income splitting for seniors in this upcoming budget?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe
New Brunswick

Liberal

Ginette Petitpas Taylor Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, our government has made a commitment to helping seniors within this country. It is our government that reversed the age of retirement from 67 to 65.

We have also put in place an increase in the guaranteed income supplement for low-income seniors, and we have made an increase of 10%. That is substantial for seniors, because it is, on average, $1,000 more a month.

Our government is committed to helping seniors, and we are going to continue to do so.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Conservative

Candice Bergen Portage—Lisgar, MB

Mr. Speaker, it was a simple yes or no question that the Liberals refuse to answer.

This reckless tax-and-spend Prime Minister will deliver a budget that will leave us with a maxed-out credit card, decades of deficit, and a huge debt that can only be financed through higher taxes.

We all know that budgets actually do not balance themselves. Canadians need to know, does the Prime Minister believe that the budget should be balanced? If so, when does he plan to do it?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe
New Brunswick

Liberal

Ginette Petitpas Taylor Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, once again I am pleased to rise in this House today to talk about the work that our government is doing. We are going to continue to do smart investments with our economy, to help our middle-class Canadians, and to help our economy prosper.

Good news: the job numbers are out today. We have seen over the past six months that over 220,000 jobs have been created. New jobs. Furthermore, most of those jobs are full time, so we can see that is evidence that our plan is working. We are going to continue to make the needed investments in budget 2017.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:15 a.m.

Conservative

Gérard Deltell Louis-Saint-Laurent, QC

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal member forgot to mention that 80% of those jobs are part time, whereas when we formed the government 80% of the jobs were full time. That is what it means to create wealth and jobs.

The fact of the matter is that the next budget will be tabled on March 22, which is just around the corner. Canadians are concerned, and rightly so. Let us remember what the Liberals said. They said that they would run small deficits, but now they are running astronomical deficits. They said that they would lower taxes for Canadians, but the opposite is true. They also said that they would help small business owners, but they have done exactly the opposite by imposing additional tax burdens on them.

Why would Canadians trust the Liberals?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:20 a.m.

Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe
New Brunswick

Liberal

Ginette Petitpas Taylor Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to once again rise in the House today to speak about the wonderful things that our government is doing.

Once again, we are going to keep investing in the economy to help the middle class and those in need. Here is some good news. According to the numbers that came out today, over 220,000 new jobs were created in Canada over the past six months. What is more, most of these jobs are full-time jobs. That is the best job growth our country has seen in the past 10 years.

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:20 a.m.

Conservative

Gérard Deltell Louis-Saint-Laurent, QC

Mr. Speaker, I am happy to talk facts and figures, no problem.

For 10 weeks, the Minister of Finance sat on a report by his own officials. It said that, if the government does not change course, the national debt will reach $1.5 trillion in 2050 and the budget will not be balanced until 2055, which is 36 years later than the Liberals projected.

Why would Canadians trust people who hide such important information?

Taxation
Oral Questions

11:20 a.m.

Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe
New Brunswick

Liberal

Ginette Petitpas Taylor Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise in the House to tell Canadians that our plan is working.

Today we saw that our 16 months of work paid off with the creation of 220,000 new jobs in Canada, almost all of them full-time.

Anyone can see that our plan is working. We will continue to make the necessary investments in budget 2017.

Canada — U.S. Relations
Oral Questions

11:20 a.m.

NDP

Hélène Laverdière Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, when we were questioning the government yesterday about Canadians being turned away at the border, we were told that these persons should communicate with American authorities. In other words, the government is washing its hands of the issue, which is completely unacceptable. Instead, it should take a stand and work to guarantee the rights of Canadian citizens.

Can the minister confirm that he will discuss specific cases of Canadians turned away at the border without a valid reason with his American counterpart, and ensure that there will be no further impact on Canadians who want to visit the United States?