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Grocery Industry  Mr. Speaker, the government absolutely believes that everyone in Canada needs to pay their fair share. That is why we have permanently increased corporate income tax on financial institutions by 1.5%. That is why we implemented a COVID recovery dividend of 15%. That is why we are

December 4th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Finance  Mr. Speaker, I am glad that the member opposite has asked a question about mortgage renewals, because it gives me an opportunity to be sure that all Canadians know about the Canadian mortgage charter, which we published in the fall economic statement a couple of weeks ago. The C

December 4th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Finance  Mr. Speaker, as I think every member of the House knows, Canada has a AAA rating and the lowest debt and deficit in the G7. It is also true that the government invested in Canadians during COVID, and we were proud to do so. We supported nine million Canadians with CERB. We suppo

December 4th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Finance  Mr. Speaker, let us talk about some facts and reality. The reality is that Canada has the lowest deficit and the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio in the entire G7. The reality is that when we listen to the objective economists whose job it is to judge our fiscal position, the ratings age

December 4th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by thanking the member for his hard work for the people of Richmond Centre and all the people of B.C. Our government is stepping up to lead the national effort to build more homes faster. Just last week, I was at an affordable housing project i

December 4th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, Bill C 56, the Affordable Housing and Groceries Act, would enhance the goods and services tax, or GST, rental rebate on new rental housing, to incentivize the construction of more apartment buildings, student housing, and senior residences. This enhancement increases

December 5th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, the Department of Finance regularly conducts research on a wide range of economic policy areas. The Department of Finance does not routinely track the starting dates of analytical projects. The end date can also be fluid since analytical work might be substantially c

December 5th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, the Department of Finance regularly conducts research on a wide range of economic policy areas. The Department of Finance does not routinely track the starting dates of analytical projects. The end date can also be fluid since analytical work might be substantially c

December 5th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, every Canadian and every Quebecker knows that the Conservatives do not support the less fortunate. Our government is the one supporting all Canadians, including the less fortunate. This month, UNICEF released data showing that poverty levels in Canada have decreased

December 7th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, we will take no lessons from the Conservatives when it comes to supporting the most vulnerable in Canada. Let us review the facts. UNICEF came out with a report just this month that showed child poverty in Canada has decreased by 22% compared to where the Conservati

December 7th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, Canada today has 1.1 million more jobs than before COVID. The jobs recovery has been six months faster than it was after the 2008 recession, when the Conservatives were in office. Canada's GDP is more than 104% higher now than it was before COVID. The GDP recovery wa

December 7th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, for once, we heard something true from the Conservatives. Yes, the finance minister does believe in talking about numbers, so let us talk about some numbers. There are 1.1 million more jobs in Canada now than before COVID. Eight out of 10 Canadians have more money in

December 7th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, a UNICEF report released this month shows the truth, which is that child poverty in Canada is down 22% under our government. However, do members know who is driving up prices? It is Vladimir Putin. He is driving up the prices of fuel and food. The member opposite ha

December 7th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Carbon Pricing  Mr. Speaker, last week, the Conservatives voted against Operation Unifier, which is about direct military support for Ukraine. They also voted against our free trade agreement with Ukraine. When we look at the extreme right south of the border parroting Putin's lines, we used to

December 11th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, or FCAC, protects Canadians by supervising the compliance of federally regulated financial entities, such as banks, with their legislative obligations, codes of conduct and public commitments, and by strengthening Canadians’ f

December 12th, 2023House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal