House of Commons Hansard #8 of the 43rd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was iii.

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Resumption of debate on Address in ReplySpeech From The Throne

1:50 p.m.

Liberal

Julie Dzerowicz Liberal Davenport, ON

Madam Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Fredericton.

I will begin by saying it is such an honour to address the House today on the Speech from the Throne. I want to once again thank the constituents of Davenport and all the friends, family and volunteers who were so generous with their time and energy in ensuring my success in the 2019 campaign.

Davenport is an amazing, vibrant riding in the downtown west end of Toronto, and I cannot put into words what a privilege it is to be re-elected as the member of Parliament for Davenport. My highest responsibility is to serve Canadians, and I hope to always do my constituents and our country proud. In fact, it is a privilege and responsibility for all of us who work in this great chamber to address key issues facing Canadians today and to do all we can to create an even better Canada, ensuring Canadians are ready and have the tools to address the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.

The throne speech mentioned the long history and the many differences in Canada, and the enduring stability and progress of our Parliament despite those differences. Canada, as we know, has three founding nations. Our country originated on the talents and values of our first nations and aboriginal peoples, as well as the settlers from Britain and France. At times in our history, relationships among the three groups have been contentious, to say the least, but as we evolved, our governments always found ways to compromise, collaborate and move forward toward a fairer and more just society.

Generations of immigrants to Canada from all over the world have only made our society richer and stronger. My riding of Davenport has Canada's largest Portuguese population, many of whom arrived over the same few years decades ago, but there are also people of Italian, Hispanic, Brazilian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Ukrainian descent, just to name a handful, all living together in the same wonderful community. I am the daughter of immigrant parents from Ukraine and Mexico, and I know as well as anyone the disagreement and beauty that come when cultures meet. We have had some of those arguments in my house, but at the end of the day, we are all family.

I want to turn my attention to the key priorities mentioned in the Speech from the Throne that are so important to Davenport residents.

I heard so much at the doors during the election campaign in October 2019. The first priority I want to touch on is environment and climate change. I would say this is the top preoccupation for most residents in Davenport. They were absolutely delighted to hear that we are already spending around $63 billion and have over 50 climate actions under way right now. They were also happy to hear that we have made a commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 and that we will be studying legally binding five-year milestones based on the advice of experts and consultants. They know that in order for us to move to net zero by 2050, we will have to exceed our current 2030 targets. They were really happy to hear about the just transition act, because we want to make sure we give those working in high-emissions industries access to the training, support and new opportunities they need to succeed in a clean economy. A number of groups in the Davenport community have already met with me to say that this continues to be the key priority for them and Davenport.

I want to mention the promises about energy-efficient homes and lower energy bills that we made in our platform. I mention this point because many Canadians want to feel that they are taking their own steps to combat climate change in order to move us into a low-carbon economy.

What we promised in our platform and mandate letters is that we are going to give homeowners and landlords free energy audits. This, to me, is a game-changer. This would allow homeowners and apartment dwellers to take their own steps in order to reduce their energy bills, increase their energy efficiency and lower their individual emissions. We have also made a commitment to retrofit 1.5 million homes to help Canadians make their homes more efficient. This is wonderful.

I will mention a couple more things on the environment, because the environment is important for Davenport residents. We promised to protect 25% of Canada's land and oceans by 2025. We have the longest coastline in the world, one-fifth of the world's fresh water, and vast and wild forests. Our ecosystem depends on all of this for its survival, and our quality of life will depend on it moving forward.

My riding is also delighted with the ban on single-use plastics that will begin in 2021, but we know we have some more things to do. Davenport residents are very much looking for a full plan on how our government is going to ensure that we reach our Paris accord targets. They are also looking for the systemic changes that we need to make, such as perhaps putting all of our spending through an environmental lens, and various other systemic changes that we should be looking at moving forward.

I will turn to the second top issue that is preoccupying Davenport residents. That is housing.

Many people have owned homes in my riding for 20, 30 or 40 years, and they are starting to wonder how they are going to continue to be able to live in Davenport. They are older. They want to sell their homes. They want to, as seniors, continue to live in downtown west Toronto. They want their kids to live close to them. They are really happy with a number of the measures we are taking in order to ensure affordable housing moving forward.

We have already made a huge commitment to the national housing strategy, putting $11.2 billion over 11 years to build, renew and repair Canada's stock of affordable housing. We have also taken some steps for those who are new buyers. In our platform and the throne speech we said that we are going to improve our first-time homebuyer incentive, which will give people up to 10% off the purchase price of their first home. We have also increased the qualifying value of a home to $800,000. In places like downtown Toronto, unfortunately houses are that expensive, so we need to provide some additional support.

I have a lot of confidence that with these measures I have mentioned and other measures we will be introducing or have introduced, we will continue to ensure that people who want to live in our cities will be able to do so affordably.

I will move on to seniors, because I have so many of them in my riding. They are so wonderful and engaged, and they want to continue to be active citizens. We, as a federal government, want to help them to live affordably and to have a good standard of living. They were really happy with three key things in our platform that we had promised.

The first is that they do not have to pay taxes on the first $15,000 of whatever income they earn. They were pleased to hear about our commitment to increase OAS by 10% for those who are 75 years of age and over. They were also really happy with our promise to increase the survivor benefit by 25%. That is going to help 1.2 million more Canadian seniors to live more affordably in Canada.

In my remaining time I will talk about arts and culture. We have such a rich group of artists, creators and those working in the cultural industry in Davenport. I told them that our national government cares about them, and what we want to do is make sure there is more support and more funding to create and support Canadian content in Canada. We have made a strong commitment to impose a tax on foreign-based Internet platform providers to fund the creation of cultural content in this country.

I think everybody knows the importance of arts and culture to us as a nation, to getting a better understanding of each other and who we are in all of our complexities. It is a way for us to be able to share our joy, our pain and our way of understanding the world around us, not through words, but through pictures, dance and every way possible.

There are other commitments to health care, immigration and community safety in the Speech from the Throne that are really important to Davenport residents and that we are really happy about. We are in a minority government, and I still believe that we, as a minority government, can do great things. What we have to do is continue to listen to Canadians. We have to be willing to compromise and we have to never forget that we are here to serve Canadians.

I will end with a quote from our Prime Minister, “Canadians are counting on us, and this plan is a path forward for everyone. We have common ground and shared purpose. Together, we can and we will overcome the challenges of today to build a brighter tomorrow.”

Resumption of debate on Address in ReplySpeech From The Throne

2 p.m.

NDP

The Assistant Deputy Speaker NDP Carol Hughes

The hon. member will have five minutes of questions and comments after question period.

I do want to remind members that there are items that are being dealt with in the House, and if members want to have side conversations, they should take them outside, because it is hard to hear members who have the floor.

Frank MonteiroStatements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Bryan May Liberal Cambridge, ON

Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize a distinguished member of my community. Sadly, we lost Cambridge city councillor Frank Monteiro to his second battle with cancer.

Frank came to Canada as an immigrant from Portugal in his teenage years. He dedicated his life to service and was a proud member of our Portuguese community. He was the first Portuguese police officer in Ontario and the first Portuguese city councillor for Cambridge. Frank always stood up for the residents of Ward 7 and the city of Cambridge. He championed initiatives for more outdoor recreational sites, the development of our downtown cores and improved community safety.

He will be remembered fondly as a police officer, a city councillor, a mentor and a friend. We miss Frank. On behalf of Cambridge, on behalf of Canada, we thank him. I say obrigado to Frank.

Agriculture and Agri-FoodStatements By Members

2 p.m.

Conservative

Earl Dreeshen Conservative Red Deer—Mountain View, AB

Mr. Speaker, as we embark on this new year and in this new Parliament, I am honoured to rise today on behalf of the wonderful citizens of Red Deer—Mountain View.

As a farmer, I always have weather top of mind, and this crop year has seen challenges that Albertans have not faced since the 1960s. Beyond the cold and unpredictable moisture that we always face, we are also dealing with other issues that governments can control. Our diminished competitiveness in world markets due to disjointed trade strategies, a carbon tax for agricultural producers where the cost cannot be passed on to consumers, and a non-existent strategy to ensure that our environmentally conscious farmers have the tools necessary to feed humanity lie at the feet of the government.

Our agricultural producers need resolutions to non-tariff trade barriers, an energy exemption for drying grain, and acknowledgement of and respect for their environmental stewardship to the rest of the world.

Newfoundland and Labrador SnowstormStatements By Members

2 p.m.

Liberal

Kenneth McDonald Liberal Avalon, NL

Mr. Speaker, the storm of the century hit Newfoundland just over a week ago. While back home Newfoundlanders are still cleaning up the remains of Snowmageddon 2020, I want to take this time to thank those whose dedication and hard work cannot go unrecognized.

To the medical and hospital staff, paramedics, heavy equipment operators, hydro workers, RNC, RCMP and of course members of the Canadian Armed Forces, we extend our thanks for everything they have done to help keep our communities and our people safe. To every person who helped dig out a senior or a person with mobility issues, to anyone who checked on neighbours, family members and friends, to those who took someone in who had lost power, to those who offered food to people or volunteered their time to help those less fortunate, we extend our thanks.

There is not enough time to thank every person who deserves it, but they know who they are. I thank them for showing this country and indeed the world what true Newfoundland generosity and spirit look like.

I invite my colleagues to join me in thanking the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Snowmobile Accident in Lac-Saint-JeanStatements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Bloc

Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe Bloc Lac-Saint-Jean, QC

On January 21, what should have been a snowmobile trip like any other in our region turned into a horrific tragedy that has brought France and Lac-Saint-Jean together in the face of adversity.

Each winter, we proudly invite the world to discover our majestic landscape. Hospitality is our watchword, and we reserve a special welcome for our brothers and sisters from France. That is why this tragedy has hit us so hard. This accident should never have happened, not in our region, and not to our guests, our friends.

As the member for Lac-Saint-Jean, and on behalf of the people of Lac-Saint-Jean, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the five missing snowmobilers. Today, my thoughts go out to the rescuers, who are still searching as we speak and are sparing no effort to make sure every family can mourn with dignity.

Lastly, I want to commend their courageous guide, Benoît L'Espérance, who died trying to save them. He acted valiantly, knowing the risks. In Lac-Saint-Jean, we never leave anyone behind.

International Holocaust Remembrance DayStatements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Anthony Housefather Liberal Mount Royal, QC

Mr. Speaker, last week Governor General Julie Payette was in Jerusalem with a delegation of members from all parties in the House of Commons. At Yad Vashem, world leaders came together in the state of Israel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today, the Governor General and the delegation are at Auschwitz for another commemoration.

In a world grappling with a rise in anti-Semitism and hate, our leaders gathered to honour the memory of the approximately six million Jews and millions of others who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

In Canada, I am pleased we have adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, but we know there is much more we need to do to confront one of the world's oldest evils. I ask all members of the House to join me in commemorating those killed in the Holocaust, honouring the survivors and loudly and clearly saying, “never again”.

Baseball Hall of FamerStatements By Members

January 27th, 2020 / 2:05 p.m.

Conservative

Marc Dalton Conservative Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, BC

Mr. Speaker, I join the people of Maple Ridge in congratulating our hometown hero, Larry Walker. There are over 19,000 former major league baseball players. Larry is only the second Canadian to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Larry's family has a long history with baseball in Maple Ridge. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Larry's father and grandfather played for local teams in what is now Larry Walker Field. Larry was a bat boy for his dad's team, but was more interested in hockey at the time.

He took up baseball again in the mid-80s and signed his first contract with the Expos in 1989.

Larry won three batting titles, seven Gold Gloves and was an all-star five times. He was a fan of the number three. He wore the number 33, was married at 3:33 p.m. and is the 333rd member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

I ask members to please join me in congratulating Larry Walker.

Firefighting in AustraliaStatements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

William Amos Liberal Pontiac, QC

Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking the people of Pontiac for putting their trust in me and allowing me to serve as their voice in this House of Commons for a second mandate.

Five years ago, I promised my constituents I would fight for their needs and interests, and I intend to keep that promise. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

Today I rise to thank Maniwaki-based SOPFEU firefighters who went on a 31-day mission to Australia to support other firefighters already battling the disastrous blazes there. These firefighters are doing everything they can to protect Australian people, wildlife and land, and they all deserve our deepest respect.

I would like to thank Simon Bordeleau, Alain St-Onge, Michel Bédard and Jonathan Bernard-Bisson and their managers, Garry Pearson, Marc Larche and Mélanie Morin, for their courage and dedication.

I am so incredibly proud of Canada's firefighters who have travelled across the globe to be a part of these relief efforts for fires that remind us of the immediate and urgent crisis that is climate change.

Lunar New YearStatements By Members

2:05 p.m.

Liberal

Jean Yip Liberal Scarborough—Agincourt, ON

Mr. Speaker, chuc mung nam moi. Saehae bok manui badeuseyo. Gong hey fat choy. San nihn faai lok.

This past Saturday marked the beginning of lunar new year for Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean communities. It is a time in Canada and across the world to celebrate the Year of the Rat, which is sure to be a year filled with wealth and abundance.

According to legend, the rat used its quick wit to ride in the ear of the ox in a race to the heavenly gate. It leapt across the finish line to earn its place as the first of the zodiac animals. The rat's arrival ushers in brand new beginnings.

In Scarborough—Agincourt, friends and families will be enjoying festivities filled with beautiful red decorations, delicious meals and the gifting of lucky red pockets.

May all Canadians have a year filled with joy, prosperity and good health.

Sexual Assault Centre of EdmontonStatements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

James Cumming Conservative Edmonton Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge a very important organization in my riding of Edmonton Centre, SACE, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton.

SACE is a not-for-profit charitable organization composed of 40 staff and 80 dedicated volunteers who do admirable work helping those whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence. They see clients of all ages, genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Given the diversity of their clientele, it is clear that sexual violence is a societal issue that impacts everyone.

The work is not easy, but it is essential. As a husband, father and grandfather, I hope to see the day when sexual violence will be eliminated from our societies and our vocabularies, and organizations like SACE will be a thing of the past.

I thank the executive director, Mary Jane James, and her dedicated team at SACE for all they do. We see them and we appreciate them.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Statements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Majid Jowhari Liberal Richmond Hill, ON

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address this House concerning an event that has dominated the hearts and minds of Canadians since the early hours of January 8. I refer to the downing of flight PS752 and the loss of 176 lives, including 57 Canadian citizens and 29 permanent residents.

Just saying these numbers brings to mind the pictures of all who died on that fateful day, and the many family members and loved ones who have been left behind. Their loss is a loss shared by our whole country. I want the families and loved ones who have lost so much to know that their grief is our grief, and we will be there to support them today, tomorrow and for as long as they need us.

On behalf of the Iranian Canadian community, I want to extend to the Prime Minister our heartfelt and sincere thanks for his strong leadership on this file and for the commitment of time he made to reach out and support the families.

In closing, I call on this House to join me in holding Iran fully responsible for this tragedy. I call for full transparency, accountability, compensation and justice for the families of the victims.

Canada-Taiwan RelationsStatements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

Michael Cooper Conservative St. Albert—Edmonton, AB

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month the people of Taiwan went to the polls, and with a record 75% voter turnout, President Tsai was re-elected with nearly 60% of the popular vote. The election was a victory for all Taiwanese and demonstrates the robustness of Taiwan's democracy.

It is also a reminder of the strong links between Canada and Taiwan. With more than $7.9 billion in annual bilateral trade, Taiwan is Canada's 13th-largest trading partner. As Taiwan is one of the most dynamic economies in Asia, freer access to Taiwanese markets means new opportunities for Canadian businesses.

Now is the time to take the next step toward free trade with Taiwan. Now is the time to commence negotiations toward a foreign investment, promotion and protection agreement between Canada and Taiwan.

Kobe and Gianna BryantStatements By Members

2:10 p.m.

Conservative

Nelly Shin Conservative Port Moody—Coquitlam, BC

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died tragically in a helicopter crash. Kobe Bryant was one of the best to ever play the game and his record speaks for itself: five championships, MVP, finals MVP, 15-time all star and Olympic gold medalist. It was not just these impressive achievements that made him basketball royalty to millions; it was the way he played the game. His grit, unmatched talent, determination and focus earned him the nickname the Black Mamba, derived from what is widely considered the deadliest snake on the planet.

Kobe changed the way people view basketball. His work ethic and mamba mentality inspired countless people to work harder to achieve their dreams and goals, not just in basketball but in their everyday lives. Kobe Bryant has forever left his mark on the hearts of basketball fans and in the souls of millions around the world. While he is no longer with us, his spirit lives on.

I thank Kobe for everything. May he and Gianna both rest in peace. I wish Kobe and Gianna's family and friends my deepest condolences.

International Holocaust Remembrance DayStatements By Members

2:15 p.m.

NDP

Heather McPherson NDP Edmonton Strathcona, AB

Mr. Speaker, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps. We join with survivors all around the world to remember the atrocities that were committed against them, their families and their communities.

It is important to remember those who were murdered and the survivors of these unimaginable crimes, but we must also commit to standing up against intolerance and hateful speech wherever we find them. We are seeing a rise in divisive rhetoric and attacks on synagogues and religious freedoms. It is more important than ever to say “never again” and put meaning to those words.

We must stand together for the rights and dignity of all people. Together we must act to call out prejudice and hate wherever we see it. It is the only way we can truly make “never again” a reality.

International Holocaust Remembrance DayStatements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Bloc

Marie-Hélène Gaudreau Bloc Laurentides—Labelle, QC

Mr. Speaker, 75 years ago, the world discovered a whole new dimension to the horrors of war. Seventy-five years ago to the day, we discovered Auschwitz. Within its walls, over one million men, women and children were murdered because of their religion. They were killed because they were Jewish.

Today, it is our duty to take a moment to reflect on the memory of these victims of genocide. It is also our duty to pay tribute to the memory of the survivors. Some of them are still among us. Their lives changed forever. It is our duty to remember the emaciated faces of those subjected to forced labour, violence, terror and grief. People who experienced Auschwitz will never forget it; nor must we. It is also our duty to take a stand against anti-Semitism wherever it appears and to ensure that this black mark on our history remains in the past.

International Holocaust Remembrance DayStatements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Conservative

David Sweet Conservative Flamborough—Glanbrook, ON

Mr. Speaker, as members on all sides will know, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today we remember one of the darkest chapters in human history and honour the remaining survivors.

It was on this fateful day 75 years ago that Allied forces liberated the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Unspeakable evil took place there and elsewhere. As the president of the Knesset said, “The gates of hell were opened” wide for all to see. By the end of the war six million Jewish people were murdered.

With the recent increase in violence against Jewish people in North America and around the world, today is a stark reminder that we must always combat anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in all of its forms. We here in this chamber and all Canadians must stand up to those who spread hate.

Also, we cannot ignore the risk posed by indifference. Evil wins when good people do nothing. Together we must stand in solidarity against anti-Semitism and bigotry in any form, in any place around the world.

Today, we renew our solemn pledge that never again will this be allowed to happen. Never again.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Statements By Members

2:15 p.m.

Liberal

Ali Ehsassi Liberal Willowdale, ON

Mr. Speaker, on this first day of Parliament, I rise to recognize the tragic event that occurred on January 8: the downing of Ukraine Airlines flight 752 over Tehran. My riding of Willowdale joins many other ridings across our great country that have been grieving the loss of innocent lives. This event has struck at the heart and soul of our nation because in every passenger we saw ourselves, our parents, our grandparents, a friend or maybe a neighbour. We have mourned deeply as a country because they were us, and we are lesser as a country without them enriching every facet of Canadian life.

The outpouring of support from friends and strangers alike, of all faiths and communities, has been overwhelming. It reminds us why Canada is the best country in the world. Indeed, we have experienced Canada and Canadians at their very compassionate best.

All those who have lost loved ones should know that their country shares their grief.

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Statements By Members

2:20 p.m.

Liberal

The Speaker Liberal Anthony Rota

Following discussions among representatives of all parties in the House, I understand that there is an agreement to observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752. I invite hon. members to rise.

[A moment of silence observed]

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Regina—Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan

Conservative

Andrew Scheer ConservativeLeader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, on January 8, 57 Canadians lost their lives when Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 was shot down by Iranian missiles. I want to thank the Prime Minister for keeping me and the official opposition and all Canadians informed throughout the process, but there are still, of course, many unanswered questions.

Could the Prime Minister update the House as to whether there has been progress made on returning Canadian remains home and what steps are being considered to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice?

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Oral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Papineau Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau LiberalPrime Minister

Mr. Speaker, the downing of flight PS752 was truly a national tragedy, and I thank the member opposite and indeed all members in the House for supporting their communities as we all grieve through a very difficult time.

We are committed to supporting the families and loved ones, with our priorities continuing to be transparency, accountability and justice. I told President Rouhani directly that Canadians expect and demand full co-operation from Iranian authorities. That means respecting the wishes of the families in regard to burial. I can confirm that the families that have wanted burial in Canada are receiving it so far, and we continue to expect full transparency and a full investigation from Iran.

Natural ResourcesOral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Regina—Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan

Conservative

Andrew Scheer ConservativeLeader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Prime Minister for that update.

Here at home, the government has overseen more than $100 billion in cancelled energy projects. Across the country, wages have stagnated and have not kept up with increases in the price of consumer goods. Food bank usage by people with jobs is up 27%.

The Prime Minister has an opportunity to show that Canada's energy sector is open for business. Will he do the right thing, stand with energy workers and approve the Teck Resources frontier mine, or will he stand with the activists and celebrities who are trying to shut it down?

Natural ResourcesOral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Papineau Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau LiberalPrime Minister

Mr. Speaker, from the very beginning, we demonstrated to Canadians that we understand we cannot make a choice between protecting the environment and growing the economy. We need to do them both absolutely together, and that is how we have moved forward on historic protections for our environment and for our natural beauty while at the same time we have created jobs. We have seen the economy grow.

We will continue to do just that. We will continue to go through rigorous assessment processes and make choices that are the right ones for Canada for now and into the future.

The EconomyOral Questions

2:20 p.m.

Regina—Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan

Conservative

Andrew Scheer ConservativeLeader of the Opposition

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has made the choice to destroy Canada's energy sector, cancelling billions of dollars' worth of projects and chasing billions of dollars of private sector investments out of the country. It is starting to have an impact.

The IMF has found that Canada's economy is growing at a much slower rate than our international competitors'. The Prime Minister's recipe is to borrow more, rack up debt and chase away private sector investment, all to fund a massive increase in government spending.

Does the Prime Minister realize that this has been a recipe for disaster in literally every country that it has been tried?

The EconomyOral Questions

2:25 p.m.

Papineau Québec

Liberal

Justin Trudeau LiberalPrime Minister

Mr. Speaker, over the past five years we have made a very different choice from Conservative governments in the past. We chose instead to invest in Canadians rather than looking to balance the books on the backs of service cuts to Canadians. We have invested in the services that Canadians need to help them through times of anxiety. We have increased the Canada child benefit to families that need it, which has lifted hundreds of thousands of people, including young people, out of poverty.

We will continue to invest in the growth and the services that Canadians need.