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Employment  Mr. Speaker, unemployment is sky high in southwestern Ontario, and manufacturing jobs for Canadians are scarce, but temporary foreign workers are being hired at record levels. Over the past five years, their number has doubled in Windsor and is up 43% in London. There are now mor

May 1st, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Pensions  Mr. Speaker, Canadians have long benefited from the CPP, a cornerstone of our society. Yesterday Ontario recognized the growing need to strengthen Canadians' pensions, introducing a proposal that will—

May 2nd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Pensions  Mr. Speaker, if the members on the other side of the House would like to hear my big-girl voice, listen up, gentlemen. Ontario showed leadership that has been lacking from the Conservative government. Will the Conservatives finally follow Ontario's lead and help all Canadians ac

May 2nd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by thanking my colleague, the member for Vancouver Quadra for the excellent points she made. In particular as she began her presentation, she spoke of the ways in which this program, properly administered and properly managed, can be of great be

May 6th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I mentioned quite prominently the importance of good granular data and the need to get much better labour market data. I did that because we just do not know. I do not think my beliefs are the key issue. What matters is what is really going on in the country. Where

May 6th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am very glad to hear that the hon. member agrees with me that we need more data to make better decisions, and I have a very specific decision that the government can act on right away to help us get that better data. According to a Globe and Mail story published l

May 6th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, the Auditor General's report this week says StatsCan is not collecting good enough jobs data, and the Minister of Employment himself has just admitted we need better labour market data. The government's evisceration of data collection makes for bad policy. It is li

May 7th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Patriarch Sviatoslav, head of the Ukrainian Catholic church, is visiting Ottawa today. Vladimir Putin has said he will withdraw Russian troops from the Ukrainian border and that Russia will not interfere in the May 25 Ukrainian presidential elections. Does the gove

May 8th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, StatsCan has released jobs data for April and the news is dire. Among young people aged 15 to 24, employment fell by 27,000. Among women between 25 and 54 years old, employment fell by 29,000. Overall, 31,000 full-time jobs were lost in April. This is a dreadful emp

May 13th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to the sale-leaseback of seven federal office properties announced by the government on October 31, 2007: for fiscal years 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013, what are the benefits and costs, expressed in dollar values, of the sale-leaseback tra

May 14th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the use of the government-owned aircraft operated by the Department of National Defence or the Canadian Armed Forces, excluding the Challenger jet fleet since April 1, 2011: for each use of the aircraft by a Minister of the Crown, including the Prime Minister, or t

May 14th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to full-time equivalent (FTE) federal civil service and Crown corporation positions eliminated since January 1, 2012: what is the number of positions eliminated, broken down by the location of the former position, namely (i) the National Capital Region, (ii) each prov

May 14th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the Prime Minister’s “24 Seven” video initiative: (a) have any reports, notes, memoranda, or other documents been prepared concerning any of the videos individually, or the initiative generally; and (b) if so, what are their (i) titles, (ii) dates, (iii) file numbe

May 14th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the OSCE currently does not intend to send parliamentary observers to Donetsk and Luhansk for the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine. We appreciate the security concerns that motivated this decision, but it is in these two regions where Ukraine sovereignty is at

May 15th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the Minister of International Trade has the time to take potshots at opposition backbenchers, which is flattering, but he and the Prime Minister do not seem to have the time to close a CETA deal, an agreement the Liberal Party supports. Canadians were led to believe

June 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal