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  • His favourite word was tax.

Last in Parliament October 2015, as Conservative MP for Eglinton—Lawrence (Ontario)

Lost his last election, in 2015, with 43% of the vote.

Statements in the House

The Economy June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, it is really rich for the Liberals and the NDP to be accusing our job creation record. They have voted against every job creation measure our government put forward, including freezing EI rates, tax cuts for manufacturers, $75 billion in stable and predictable job creating infrastructure, the LNG, accelerated capital cost allowance.

The Liberals would introduce increased taxes through payroll taxes, an increase in mandatory CPP.

His leader thinks that budgets—

The Economy June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, if I understand the member opposite correctly, she seems to think that Canada is an island and that we are not in any way affected, even though we are great trading nation, by what is going on in the rest of the world. That may be the Liberal view, but we live in a global world and of course we are affected by it.

Our government is focused on what matters to Canadians: jobs and economic growth. Our plan is training, trade and low taxes. We have created 1.2 million net new jobs. According to the International Labour Organization global wage report, Canada has the second best paid—

Consumer Protection June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, as I have already said, we have obtained a voluntary agreement from the banks not to impose pay-to-pay fees. I am not sure whether the opposition is listening.

It is also the kind of issue that we may include in the mandatory consumer protection framework.

We have also introduced tough measures to protect Canadians, including implementing low-cost banking accounts and free banking services for over seven million Canadians.

Consumer Protection June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, our government understands the concerns of Canadians who feel they are not getting their money's worth out of these bank fees. That is why we supported the opposition motion. The banks have already committed to stop charging pay-to-pay fees. That is why we supported the opposition motion. This is the type of measure that we are planning to include in our mandatory financial consumer protection code that we promised to establish in economic action plan—

The Economy June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, I am not sure why the opposition members continue to want to talk down Canada.

We believe that our low-tax plan for jobs and growth will result, as it has in the past, in significant economic growth. We have created 1.2 million net new jobs; we are doing better than most developed countries; and the prospects are for solid growth this year and continuing growth next year.

That is the view of all economists. That is the view of the Bank of Canada and the IMF.

The Economy June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, as I said, Canada is not immune to the financial turmoil affecting the global economy. We know that Europe's growth is weak and that in the first half of the year the United States posted a 0.7% decline. Canada must follow its low-tax plan for economic growth.

The Economy June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, first, I said no such thing. In fact, he is confusing my answer with that of someone else, and it was not me.

Statistics Canada reported that the average net worth of Canadian families grew 73% in the last 15 years, approximately. The economic action plan is working.

However, what the Liberals and the NDP propose are reckless spending and high taxes. This is not the time for that; it never is. We are going to continue our low-tax plan for jobs and growth, which is working and making us the envy of the world.

The Economy June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the OECD confirmed Canada's sound fiscal situation and indicated that the economy next year would be growing by 2.3%. The fact is that there was a dramatic decline in the price of oil, the U.S. economy fell by 2.7%, and all this impacts on the Canadian economy.

This is not the time for high taxes, be they a $20 billion carbon tax or a payroll tax increase through a mandatory CPP.

The Economy June 3rd, 2015

Mr. Speaker, at the G7 meeting last week, it became clear that the global economy remains fragile.

The United States had a tough first half of the year, China's growth declined and Europe continues to struggle.

However, the Bank of Canada, the IMF and private sector economists are predicting a recovery for Canada's economy and solid growth throughout the year. Our economic action plan has been highly praised.

Employment June 1st, 2015

Mr. Speaker, the government is focusing on what is important to Canadians: jobs and economic growth.

More than 1.2 million net new jobs have been created since the recession. Both the IMF and the OECD are forecasting that Canada will have the strongest growth of any G7 country in the years to come.

We know there is an impact from global economic slowdowns.