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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, a $3-billion trade deficit in March, a historic record, suggests the trade agenda is not working. This is not the first time the government has touted an imminent deal without showing any results. As CETA winds its way through EU institutions, it is facing mounting c

May 25th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, speaking of shameless photo ops, despite hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on ceremonies and announcements, the CETA deal has stalled. Conservative rhetoric on trade just does not match the results. There was a $3 billion trade deficit in March, a historic rec

May 6th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives like to brag about the number of trade deals they have done, but in March they presided over the largest trade deficit of $3 billion in Canada's history. That makes, for the first quarter, a trade deficit of $7 billion. This weakness is especially

May 5th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that we are worried about long-term solvency for the Government of Canada, and we are worried about jobs and growth now. According to Carleton University economist Jennifer Robson, the Conservative income splitting plan “will only reach, at most,

April 27th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, Michael Kinsley defined a gaffe as the moment when a politician accidentally tells the truth. That is what happened when our usually invisible Minister of Finance said that the high cost of doubling the TFSA limit will be a problem for the Prime Minister's granddaugh

April 27th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, “multipliers for infrastructure spending...are...high. In contrast, a reduction in personal income taxes has a considerably lower multiplier...”. Those are not my words. That is the sound economic argument laid out by Jim Flaherty in his 2009 budget. Could the curr

April 22nd, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to government communications: what are the details of all bulk-mail or addressed direct-mail advertising or communications activities undertaken by any department, agency, or crown corporation since January 1, 2011, including the enclosure of informational pamphlets o

April 20th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to hiring and promotion practices of female employees in departments, agencies, Crown corporations, commissions and other organizations since January 1, 2006: (a) what is the total number of employees occupying senior executive positions, broken down by (i) department

April 20th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to safety measures of commercial railways since January 2006: (a) what was the total number of safety audits conducted by Transport Canada, broken down by (i) calendar year, (ii) province, (iii) operator, (iv) those carried out in the Greater Toronto Area, (v) those c

April 20th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Safe and Accountable Rail Act  Mr. Speaker, the member is absolutely right. Part of the answer here is better regulation, more regulators, and regulators who have the experience and authority to enforce the rules. However, there is another part of the problem, which I have been hearing about from concerned p

March 31st, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Safe and Accountable Rail Act  Mr. Speaker, that is a very good point from my colleague. One of the things that has been a real issue is the perception that I hear from our American counterparts that Canada is dragging its feet when it comes to rail safety. That, to me, as a Canadian legislator, is a real matt

March 31st, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Safe and Accountable Rail Act  Mr. Speaker, that is absolutely right. There are a couple of issues here. As my hon. colleague has pointed out and as I mentioned in my remarks, the revolving door of ministers has not helped this situation. Equally though, we have seen a real erosion of expertise in the division

March 31st, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Safe and Accountable Rail Act  Mr. Speaker, I will share my time with the member for Mississauga—Brampton South. The Liberals share Canadians' concern about rail safety in Canada. After the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, the government promised to take steps to ensure the safety and integrity of Canada's rail network.

March 31st, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, over the past week, both the OECD and TD have sharply cut their economic outlook for Canada. TD's new forecast for 2015 has Canada losing $22 billion from our economy compared to the bank's projections from just three months ago. TD warns unemployment will rise, wage

March 25th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, a new Conference Board report has exposed our country's shrinking trade presence in Asia. Between 1993 and 2013, Canada's share of exports to Asia dropped by half, falling from the 15th largest exporter in the region to the 23rd. There is a direct link between a stro

March 24th, 2015House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal