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Taxation  Mr. Speaker, the Governor of the Bank of Canada warns that we are facing a low or zero-growth jobs recovery. He said that over 900,000 Canadians are trapped in part-time jobs and 200,000 young Canadians cannot get work at all. Governor Poloz is “pretty sure these kids have not ta

November 4th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, in an email last week referring to the Conservative plan for income splitting, the member for Durham said, “As a father of two amazing young children, I cannot tell you how excited I am.” There are a lot of proud parents of amazing kids in Canada, but very few—

November 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, I am using my big girl voice. There are a lot of amazing kids in Canada, and their parents are proud of them, but very few of those parents are paid $180,000 a year, as the parliamentary secretary is. How can he justify a policy which helps his family, but leaves b

November 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to negotiations in relation to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union: since January 1, 2012, what are the costs incurred in relation to travel by government officials from the current Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Dev

October 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, notwithstanding the minister's talking points, the Parliamentary Budget Officer's numbers do not lie. The story they tell is that the government's EI tax credit will cost taxpayers $550 million to create a paltry 800 jobs, at a ridiculous cost of $700,000 per positio

October 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Brain Tumour Awareness Month  Mr. Speaker, October is Brain Tumour Awareness Month in Canada. Brain tumours are an indiscriminate form of cancer, and increasingly, one of the most deadly. In the last decade, the mortality rate for a child diagnosed with a brain tumour has surpassed all other forms of childh

October 29th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the parliamentary secretary for his remarks. I particularly endorse his point that opening up Canadian trade to Asia and opening up Asia to the Canadian economy is absolutely essential. As the House knows, the really big deal, which would cover 40% of the w

October 28th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite concluded his remarks by saying that he hopes we will be supporting the Korean free trade deal. As I hope he has heard from our previous remarks, we certainly will be. The Korean deal is important and I think is widely supported in this House, par

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal Party strongly believes in protecting the working people of Canada. That is why we are such strong supporters of free trade. In the 21st century, Canada's economy is only the 11th in the world when it comes to GDP and cannot survive or grow without free t

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, my colleague has indeed focused on what is our chief criticism of this deal, which is that it has come late at a great cost to Canadian businesses, Canadian exporters and Canadian jobs. As to what the reasons are, I can only speculate, but I would suggest two reasons

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite has been in the House longer than I, but I would like to point out to him that when it comes to parliamentary procedure, it is not our tradition to directly address other members. I have heard this before and was I expecting to hear it again from

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, on a day when we should be supporting and cheering the cross-party support for this free trade agreement, that was the kind of rather mean-spirited question I would expect more to hear from the government side of the House. I will say what I would have said had the

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by reiterating that the Liberal Party supports free trade, and we are pleased to support this deal. This is just the third day the House has been sitting since the terrible events of last Wednesday. It is very appropriate and fitting that on th

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to assure the hon. member from the official opposition that the Liberals support not only free trade but also child care, so we are with him there. I think that this is a week when it is terrific that we are talking about a bill that has almost all-party

October 27th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, today in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko urgently called for the OSCE mission that is monitoring the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine to be enlarged. Speaking on Friday, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini said that Italy, France, and Germany

October 21st, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal