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Situation in Ukraine  Mr. Speaker, as a Ukrainian Canadian on her first day in Parliament, it is both an honour and a tragedy to be speaking to the House about the tragic and brutal events in Ukraine. My mother was born in a refugee camp. Her parents, together with her and her three sisters, were grateful and delighted to find refuge here in Canada, like so many other Ukrainian Canadians.

January 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Situation in Ukraine  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question, which reflects a deeply lived experience of events similar to those in Ukraine. If I may, I would like to answer as I did to my nine-year-old daughter yesterday. We were at a rally for the Euromaidan in Toronto. When we got home, she said, “You are talking about sanctions, but it is going to hurt the people of Ukraine.

January 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Situation in Ukraine  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the excellent question. That similarity in position might well be why Ukrainians find themselves so much at home in Canada. There is a saying in about politicians in Ukraine that they do not need umbrellas because they need to know how to walk between the raindrops as they navigate their way between Russia and the west.

January 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Situation in Ukraine  Mr. Speaker, does that answer of the hon. member for Mississauga—Erindale mean that Canada rules out acting unilaterally? Are we waiting for permission from the United States and the European Union to have targeted sanctions against the Ukrainian government, which is repressing its people?

January 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Situation in Ukraine  Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank the hon. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for his praise of my Ukrainian language skills. We first met in Kiev when he was serving our country very skilfully and admirably as a diplomat. I think that was longer ago than either one of us cares to remember.

January 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Intergovernmental Relations  Mr. Speaker, when the Minister of Finance tabled the 2013 budget, he said that Canada's biggest economic challenge was our skills shortage. His alleged solution was the Canada job grant. A year later, the only thing the government has produced is a multi-million dollar advertising campaign for a program that still does not exist.

January 28th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, Liberals support Bill C-20. The Liberal Party is strongly in support of the principle of free trade as an essential part of Canada's economic growth in the 21st century. I would like to talk a bit about our broader vision of what we need to do with trade and how that fits into our overall economic vision, and then I would like to talk about this specific agreement and how we need to work hard in implementing it to live up to the principles of Canadian democracy and how Canada wants to conduct itself in the world.

January 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, our central point and our central argument about economic policy for Canada is going to be that what we need is a big global vision, a vision fit for the 21st century. That is why we are supporting the agreement but saying that it is not enough and that we need to be working on bigger deals that fit in with a broader agenda.

January 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, first, I am sorry for not addressing you. I promise to learn the rules better as the days go on. With regard to the Ukraine parallel, obviously I have been thinking about that a lot. It is very relevant to the current situation. I would draw the attention of my hon. colleague to the fact that the current battle in Ukraine was actually precipitated by the willingness of the European Union to sign an association agreement, which included some trade provisions, with the current Government of Ukraine, led by President Yanukovych.

January 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for those points. I would just like to repeat that Honduras is absolutely far from being an angelic and perfect country, and we are fully aware of that. It is our judgment that at this moment a trading relationship would help us to help the positive forces in Honduras and would help Honduras move in the right direction, Again, this is not something we sign and walk away from.

January 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, my colleague's excellent point underscores my point and our general argument that while we are strongly in favour of free trade, it needs to be embedded in a much more ambitious, much more effective agenda for Canadian economic competitiveness in the 21st century. The hon. member's point about the trade deficit is particularly telling and particularly unforgivable, given that this has come at a time when commodity prices are at all-time highs.

January 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member very much for the welcome, but the action plan unfortunately was not published on my election day, which was November 25, not November 27, obviously a more important date personally for me than for other members of the House. Maybe only three other members find it as significant.

January 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, I see the government is not interested in the view of IMF economists, but I think Canadians are. Let me continue to quote from that report. The IMF warns—

February 4th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, why does the Minister of Finance continue to ignore this harsh reality, as documented by the IMF, at the cost of Canadian jobs and economic growth?

February 4th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, this month the IMF released a report on Canada's economic outlook. The story the IMF tells is of a lost decade. To quote from the report, “Canada’s exports have barely recovered from the Great Recession...”. The IMF warns that low productivity growth has, and I quote the IMF report, “eroded Canada’s external—”

February 4th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal