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Finance  Mr. Speaker, this month, IMF economists warned that the declining competitiveness of Canada's non-energy exports is “something that concerns us”. The IMF pointed to a widening productivity gap that has “eroded Canada's external competitiveness, particularly in...manufacturing”. Middle-class Canadians know this.

February 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, today the average Canadian owes an all-time high of $1.64 for every dollar she or he earns. Middle-class Canadians are borrowing more because they are earning less. We have seen this story before. As in the United States before the financial crisis, ballooning personal debt is masking our economy's underlying weakness.

February 11th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, yesterday's budget turned a blind eye to our economy's biggest problem, stagnant growth. The finance minister himself admitted that our economy will miss the target he set in his own fall forecast. Contrary to what we have just heard from the Prime Minister, the experts agree.

February 12th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I want to start by talking a little about what has happened in Ukraine and how we should understand the incredibly turbulent, incredibly tragic, and incredibly helpful events that have taken place over the past three months. The most important thing in thinking about Ukraine today is to appreciate that the conflict we have seen has been a very clear political and even moral fight.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I have to say that I am really disappointed that this is the response from the hon. member about remarks that were meant to address not our own partisan squabbles but the very real issue of democracy and the future of Ukraine. This is a really big issue. This is an issue that has historic significance.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I thank the member for her remarks. I am really grateful to her for mentioning my late mother, who did indeed devote a big portion of her life to helping to write the democratic constitution of Ukraine. I do agree that it is a strong message that Canada could send. I would like to emphasize that I have tremendous respect for many of the members of the House in other parties, and particularly for those of Polish descent who have great and hard-won experience of what it means to fight for democracy and who have been great friends of Ukraine.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, the hon. member for Edmonton East makes an excellent point about Ukraine, and as someone who went to high school in Edmonton, I think it is delightful that the Edmonton caucus, if there is such a thing, speaks about Ukraine with such good information and such insight and warmth.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, the hon. member is from Winnipeg, another city that has lots of great Ukrainian Canadians. The first line of the Ukrainian national anthem is “Shche ne vmerla Ukrayina”. That means Ukraine has not yet died. To me, that says a lot about the extent to which Ukraine as a nation and Ukrainians as a people have lived on the edge of survival.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I want to ask a question that is pegged to the comment made by my hon. colleague from the New Democratic Party. I was especially struck by his comment that he is not Ukrainian Canadian and does not have Ukrainian Canadians in his riding. I think it is great to hear that hon. member speaking this evening.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I would like to start by saying that I believe I just heard the commitment of the hon. member for Parkdale—High Park to Ukraine impugned, and I think I heard a suggestion that she is somehow a Johnny-come-lately to the Ukrainian cause. Of course, I sincerely hope that Parkdale—High Park will become a Liberal riding again one day.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I would like to thank the hon. member for Mississauga East—Cooksville for quoting Ukrainian poetry. I wish I were able to quote Adam Mickiewicz in response, but I am not that advanced. The next line of the poem Zapovit, which the member quoted, is: [Member spoke in Ukrainian and provided the following translation:] Sprinkle freedom with the blood of the enemy.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I will start by assuring the hon. member for Edmonton—Strathcona that we in the Ukrainian community have a saying that everyone is Ukrainian, but they just may not know it yet; so there is still a chance for the hon. member for Edmonton—Strathcona. I was very interested in the hon. member's comments about creating democratic institutions and creating institutions with civil servants who are able to enforce the rule of law rather than break it.

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Pensions  Mr. Speaker, the hugely successful Canadian pension plan was built through constructive negotiations between the federal and provincial governments. The previous finance minister refused to continue that tradition and work with the provinces on a CPP expansion. Now many Canadians are hoping that the new minister will reach out and finally get this job done.

March 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, since the government seems unusually interested in statistical definitions this week, let us talk about a simple concept, the median household income. The most recent StatsCan data shows that the annual median household income has only increased by a paltry $100 since the Conservatives came to power.

April 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the government to consider a few more simple, yet worrying, statistics. The percentage of working age Canadians who today hold jobs is lower than when the government took office. Youth unemployment is at 14%, more than 2% higher than when the Conservatives came to power.

April 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal