Question Period: deficit forecast, Canada Post back-to-work legislation — November 22, 2018

Question Period: deficit forecast, Canada Post back-to-work legislation — November 22, 2018

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TRACK. ‘CAUSE OTTAWA, YOU’RE GOING DOWN, STAMPS ARE THE BEST TEAM ALL AROUND. WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. SORRY, REDBLACKS, THEM’S THE BREAKS. WE’VE GOT THE HEART. WE’VE GOT THE DRIVE AND THE RALPH THE DOG IS ON OUR SIDE. THEY SAY DICKINSON IS GOOD TO GO. THE PERSONS OF CALGARY WILL STEAL THE SHOW. A QUESTION AFTER VICTORY, BO LEVI, WILL YOU MARRY ME? [ Some Applause ] [SOME LAUGHTER]>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR VIMY.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, IT IS WITH HAPPINESS AND PRIDE THAT I STAND TODAY AND DRAW THE HOUSE’S ATTENTION TO THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY OF LEBANESE INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATING THE END OF COLONIAL RULE OVER LEBANON. MUCH LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, ON THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE PEOPLE OF LEBANON AND PROUD EX-PATZ OF LEBANESE ORIGIN AROUND THE WORLD PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY AND AUTONOMY OF THEIR NATION. WE CELEBRATE THE FUTURE WE ARE FREE TO IMAGINE AND LIVE. THIS REMINDS US ALL THAT WE CAN MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE AS A NATIVE OF LEBANON AND A PROUD CANADIAN, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WISHING EVERYONE OF LEBANESE ORIGIN CELEBRATING IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. [ End of Translation ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SASKATOON WEST.>>MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS NATIONAL HOUSING DAY AND I WANT TO GIVE A BIG SHOUT OUT TO SASKATOON CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES AND ALBERTA, THE ONLY PROVINCE WITH A PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS. HOUSING FIRST COMMUNITY-BASED LEADERSHIP, ON-GOING PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR LOCAL EXPERTISE AND EFFORTS MEANS ALBERTA CITIES ARE LEADING THE WAY IN THIS COUNTRY ON ENDING HOMELESSNESS. IN MY CITY, SASKATOON CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES IS THE HOME OF THE HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM JOURNEY HOME. JOURNEY HOME PROVIDES HOUSING AND SUPPORT TO SASKATOON RESIDENTS, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM HAVE BEEN HOMELESS FROM TWO TO FIVE YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, HOUSING FIRST WORKS. IN JUST ONE YEAR, JOURNEY HOME PARTICIPANTS HAD A REDUCTION IN THE USE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES LIKE POLICE BY 58%, A SAVINGS OF OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN END HOMELESSNESS. THE SOLUTIONS ARE ALREADY TAKING PLACE ON THE GROUND. THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STEP UP SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. AND TREAT THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS WITH THE URGENCY IT DESERVES.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CARLTON TRAIL–EAGLE CREEK.>>MR. SPEAKER, VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF EMERGENCY AND FIRST RESPONDER SERVICES. IN MANY SMALL COMMUNITIES ACROSS CANADA. EVERY TIME THEY ANSWER A CALL FOR HELP, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME HOPELESSLY PUT THEMSELVES ON THE LINE. YESTERDAY IN MY RIDING, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER DARRELL JAMES MORRISON WITH THE ROSETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A SEMI-TRUCK WHILE RESPONDING TO ANOTHER VEHICLE COLLISION. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO MR. MORRISON’S FAMILY, HIS COLLEAGUES AT THE ROSETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. WE ARE HEART BROKEN BY THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. MAY WE NEVER FORGET THE SELFLESS SERVICE OF MR. MORRISON AND ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS TO WHOM OUR COMMUNITIES OWE SO MUCH. [ Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH–ROUGE PARK.>>MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THE BANK OF CANADA ROLLED OUT THE NEW $10 BANK NOTE FEATURING CANADIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ICON VIOLA DESMOND. MISDESMOND WAS ARRESTED AND JAILED IN 1946 FOR REFUSING TO MOVE TO A BLACK-ONLY AREA OF A RACIALLY SEGREGATED THEATRE IN NOVA SCOTIA. THIS ACT OF DEFIANCE PREDATES ROSA PARK’S REFUSAL TO MOVE TO THE BACK OF THE BUS IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA BY NINE YEARS. DESPITE COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND THE TOUGH LEGAL CHALLENGE, MS. DESMOND WAS ULTIMATELY FOUND GUILTY OF TAX EVASION FOR ONE CENT AND ORDERED TO PAY A FINE OF $26. THE NEW $10 NOTE WILL SERVE AS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE WORK WE NEED TO DO TO ADVANCE GENDER AND RACIAL EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY. WHILE WE HAVE TRAVELLED FAR TO ACHIEVE EQUALITY IN ALL ITS FORMS IN CANADA, WE HAVE A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO MORE. I LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THE FIRST WOMAN, FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO BE ON ANY CURRENCY NOTE IN CANADA THIS SATURDAY. THIS WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO RECOMMIT TO ACHIEVING EQUALITY IN CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: [ Speaking French ] ORAL QUESTIONS. [ Voice of Translator ] THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR RICHMOND–ARTHABASKA.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, WE WERE TREATED TO A FIRST, THE FIRST TIME WE SAW A PRIME MINISTER SO PROUD OF PUTTING CANADIANS IN DEBT. A LIBERAL GOVERNMENT THAT’S RACKING UP RECORD DEFICITS YEAR AFTER YEAR ON THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THE FACT IS, MR. SPEAKER, WE NOW STAND AT A DEFICIT OF 80 BILLION AND THERE’S STILL A YEAR BEFORE THEIR TERM IS UP. MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE: WHEN WILL THE PRIME MINISTER PRESENT A PLAN TO RETURN TO A BALANCED BUDGET?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A PLAN. IT’S A PLAN TO INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY. IT’S A PLAN THAT WORKS. AND YESTERDAY WAS A VERY IMPORTANT DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE EXPLAINED OUR SITUATION, OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION, AND WE’RE IN A GREAT SITUATION. THERE IS GREAT GROWTH, UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT ITS LOWEST IN 40 YEARS, AND NOW SALARIES ARE GROWING, WAGES ARE GROWING. THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, NOR CANADIAN FAMILIES, AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH OUR APPROACH.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, WE DIDN’T MAKE THIS UP. DURING THE LIBERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN, ON PAGE 12 OF THEIR PROGRAM, THEY REPEATED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN THAT AT THE END OF 2019, THE BUDGET WOULD BE BALANCED. THE PROBLEM IS IT SEEMS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER BELIEVES THAT BUDGET DEFICITS WILL SIMPLY VANISH AS IF BY MAGIC. SO AGAIN, I REPEAT THE QUESTION, TO THE PRIME MINISTER, CAN HE TELL US SIMPLY, CAN HE GIVE US THE DATE WHEN THE BUDGET WILL BE BALANCED?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>(Voice of Translator): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WILL SAY AGAIN THAT OUR PLAN IS WORKING. IT IS A PLAN THAT WAS WELL-CONSIDERED, AND IT IS THE RIGHT PLAN TO IMPROVE OUR ECONOMIC SITUATION FOR THE LONG-TERM BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE OUR LEVEL OF DEBT IS THE BEST IN THE G7 AND THIS IS A REALLY GOOD SITUATION TO BE IN FOR THE FUTURE. AT THE SAME TIME, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE IMPROVING LIFE FOR CANADIANS. [ End of Translation ]>>THE FINANCE MINISTER TOLD A JOURNALIST THAT RUNNING THE $20 BILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR IS QUOTE CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE SAID WE WOULD DO. [SOME LAUGHTER] NOW THEY HAVE GONE FROM BREAKING THEIR PROMISE TO DENYING THAT THEY EVER MADE IT. THIS YEAR, THE DEFICIT WILL BE THREE TIMES THE SIZE THE LIBERAL PLATFORM PROMISED. AND NEXT YEAR, IT WILL BE EVEN BIGGER, AND THAT WAS THE YEAR WHEN THE BUDGET WAS SUPPOSED TO BALANCE ITSELF. ISN’T IT TRUE THAT WE’VE GONE FROM THE BUDGET WILL BALANCE ITSELF TO THE BUDGET WILL NEVER BALANCE ITSELF AT ALL? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>MR. SPEAKER, WHAT I CONTINUE TO HEAR FROM THE MEMBER OF CARLETON ARE BUZZ WORDS FROM… [ Interjections ] WHEN I SEE, THOUGH, IS IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE’RE GOING TO — [ Interjections ] WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO THEM. AND WE KNOW WHAT MATTERS TO CANADIANS. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE JOBS FOR THEIR FAMILIES FOR TODAY AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW. [ Interjections ] THEY WANT TO SEE THEIR INCOMES GO UP. WAGES GROWING. THEY WANT TO SEE THE ECONOMY THAT CONTINUES TO PRODUCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE. [ Interjections ] AND THE GOOD NEWS IS OUR APPROACH IS DELIVERING ON ALL THOSE THINGS NOR CANADIANS. THAT’S IMPORTANT.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE — ORDER. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CARLETON.>>WELL, NOW WE KNOW THAT WHEN THE NEXT TIME THE LIBERALS PUT FORWARD A PLATFORM AND THEY MAKE COMMITMENTS IN IT, THOSE ARE ACTUALLY BUZZ WORDS, NOT COMMITMENTS, MR. SPEAKER. BUT YOU KNOW ON NOVEMBER 14th THE HEAD OF UNIFOR, ONE OF THE LARGEST MEDIA UNIONS IN THE COUNTRY, SAID IT WOULD PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS TO HELP REELECT THIS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT. ONE WEEK LATER, THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO CREATE A $600 MILLION SLUSH FUND IN ORDER TO ENTICE JOURNALISTS TO FAVOUR THIS GOVERNMENT IN THE NEXT ELECTION. WHAT GUARANTEE DO WE HAVE THAT THEY WILL NOT USE THIS SLUSH FUND AS A GIGANTIC PROPAGANDA MACHINE FOR THE LIBERAL MATTER? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>MR. SPEAKER, WE BELIEVE IN A STRONG AND INDEPENDENT FREE PRESS. [ Interjections ] WE KNOW THAT OUR DEMOCRACY RELIES ON INFORMATION — [ Interjections ] SO WE HAVE BEEN VERY CLEAR, WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO ENSURE IS THAT STRONG AND FREE PRESS AND WE WILL DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS TOTALLY INDEPENDENT FROM GOVERNMENT. THAT IS IMPORTANT. BUT CANADIANS NEED THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO MAKE THE DECISION IN OUR DEMOCRACY. THAT’S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CARLETON.>>WHEN THEY’RE ACTUALLY PROPOSING IS THAT THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED PANEL THAT WILL DECIDE WHICH JOURNALISTS GET HOW MUCH, AND THAT PANEL WILL DECIDE STANDARDS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS BIG HALF BILLION DOLLAR SLUSH FUND FOR THE MEDIA, MR. SPEAKER. NOW, ISN’T IT TRUE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT JUST BELIEVES THE JOB OF THE MEDIA IS TO SHOWER PRAISE ON THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE JOB OF TAXPAYERS IS TO PAY FOR IT ALL? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT’S INSULTING TO THINK THAT JOURNALISTS CAN BE BOUGHT OFF. [ Interjections ] WE ARE GOING TO ENSURE AN INDEPENDENT FREE PRESS IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND HOW CRITICAL — [ Interjections ] — THAT IS TO OUR DEMOCRAT CREATION. [ Interjections ] WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE DOWN THIS PATH, A PATH CLEARLY COMMITTED TO AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR OUR COUNTRY. [ Interjections ]>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR RIMOUSKI-NEIGETTE–TEMISCOUTA– LES BASQUES. [ End of Translation ]>>FIRST THERE IS BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION GIFT WRAPPED AS A BIG GIFT TO CANADA POST TO PLEASE THE eBAYS AND AMAZONS OF THIS WORLD WHILE THROWING WORKERS UNDER THE BUS. THEN AN ECONOMIC UPDATE WITH 14 BILLION FOR PRIVATE SECTOR AND CRUMBS FOR CANADIANS. NO WONDER SAID THAT THE LIBERAL FISCAL UPDATE IS — WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP FOR LIBERALS? COMING TO THE RESCUE OF POOR OLD WALMART?>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT MEMBERS OF THE NDP PARTY SHOULD START TALKING TO EACH OTHER. WHAT I HEARD FROM THE NDP IS WHAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT IS THAT WE INVEST IN ORDER TO CREATE JOBS NOT FUTURE AND INVESTING IN A WAY THAT WE GET CLEAN TECHNOLOGY OUTCOMES. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE DID YESTERDAY WAS EXACTLY THOSE TWO THINGS. WE’VE MADE IT SO BUSINESSES CAN INVEST IN THE FUTURE AND CREATE JOBS FOR CANADIANS. WE’VE MADE IT SO THAT WE CAN HAVE CLEAN TECHNOLOGY FIRMS INVEST IN A WAY THAT WILL ALLOW US TO ACCELERATE OUR APPROACH TOWARDS A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT OVER THE LONG-TERM. THESE ARE IMPORTANT INITIATIVES AND I’M GLAD TO THINK THAT AT LEAST SOME MEMBERS OF THE NDP WILL COME ALONG AND SUPPORT US. WHEN THEY GET ELECTED.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, THIS BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION IS A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR CANADA POST, OF COURSE, WHICH NEVER FELT THE NEED TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. IT’S ALSO A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR eBAY AND AMAZON WHICH HAVE BEEN AGGRESSIVELY LOBBYING THE LIBERALS AND THE LIBERALS LISTENED TO THEM. NOW WE HAVE A MINI-BUDGET WHICH GIVES $14 BILLION, NICE GIFT FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND CRUMBS TO CANADIANS. THE PBO SAID THAT THIS UPDATE WAS DEFICIT FINANCING FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHAT NEXT, A RESCUE PLAN FOR ROGERS AND TELUS?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, OUR STATEMENT YESTERDAY WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND FOR PEOPLE — FOR WORKING PEOPLE. WE ARE INVESTING IN JOB CREATION AND THIS IS WHY WE DECIDED TO DO IMPORTANT THINGS FOR THE FUTURE. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT, WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH OUR APPROACH OF IMPROVING OUR ECONOMY IN ORDER TO ENSURE CANADIANS SUCCESS EVERYWHERE.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR JONQUIERE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, BRINGING IN THIS LEGISLATION, BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION, IS JUST LIKE THE CONSERVATIVES. THEY SAY THEY DEFEND THE MIDDLE CLASS, THEN THEY SHOULD DEFEND MIDDLE CLASS WORKING CONDITIONS. CANADA POST INVENTED A FAKE CRISIS AND THE GOVERNMENT’S READY TO REACT WITH SPECIAL LEGISLATION. NOW CANADA POST WILL NEVER HAVE TO CHANGE ITS POSITION. WILL THE GOVERNMENT FINALLY ALLOW FOR FREE AND FAIR BARGAINING? AND NOT TABLE THIS LEGISLATION?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER. [ End of Translation ]>>WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IS SUPPORTING FREE AND FAIR BARGAINING FOR WELL OVER A YEAR, WE’VE BEEN ENCOURAGING IS THE PARTIES TO REACH A DEAL. WE’VE GIVEN THEM FEDERAL CONCILIATION OFFICERS, MEDIATORS, A SPECIAL MEDIATOR, WE REAPPOINTED TWICE, AS A MATTER OF FACT, TO GET THAT DEAL. CANADIANS ARE SUFFERING. CANADIAN BUSINESSES ARE SUFFERING. COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND RURAL AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES ARE SUFFERING. WORKERS ARE SUFFERING. IF REQUIRED, THIS LEGISLATION WILL SET OUT A PROCESS WHERE EMPLOYEES RETURN TO WORK WHILE CONTINUING THEIR NEGOTIATIONS WITH AN INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR ARBITRATOR. WE STILL BELIEVE A DEAL IS POSSIBLE AND I CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THE PARTIES TO GET THAT DEAL.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR LONDON–FANSHAWE.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT’S CLEAR THE PRIME MINISTER INTENDS TO CONTINUE THE CHARADE OF SUPPORTING THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS GUARANTEED UNDER THE CHARTER WHILE TRAMPLING ON CUPW’S RIGHTS BY FORCING THEM BACK TO WORK. I BELIEVE THAT’S CALLED SUCKING AND BLOWING AT THE SAME TIME. AND CANADIANS ARE NOT BUYING IT. THE PRIME MINISTER HAS NO INTEREST IN RESOLVING CUPW’S CONCERNS AROUND WORKLOAD, PAY EQUITY, HEALTH AND SAFETY AND HARASSMENT. TELL US, PLEASE, HOW EXACTLY IS THIS PRIME MINISTER AN IMPROVEMENT OVER STEPHEN HARPER? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: ORDER. I ENCOURAGE HONOURABLE MEMBERS TO BE CAREFUL IN YOUR CHOICE OF LANGUAGE AND TO… THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF LABOUR.>>MR. SPEAKER, AS I SAID, WE’VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE TWO PARTIES FOR WELL OVER A YEAR. WE’VE GIVEN THEM ALL THE SUPPORTS NECESSARY THO REACH A DEAL. WE’VE GIVEN THEM SUPPORT THROUGH FEDERAL MEDIATION SERVICE. I’VE APPOINTED A SPECIAL MEDIATOR MULTIPLE TIMES. THE PARTIES CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE. WE ARE TAKING ACTIONS THAT WILL PREPARE THIS GOVERNMENT TO ACT, IF NECESSARY. I STILL WILL SAY THE BEST AGREEMENT IS A COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT BARGAINED BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. HOWEVER, SAYING THAT, CANADIANS EXPECT US TO TAKE THEIR CONCERNS SERIOUSLY AND THAT MEANS RURAL AND REMOTE CANADIANS, THAT MEANS SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZE ANTI-PRISS. ENTERPRISE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, ONCE AGAIN THE MINISTER OF FINANCE DISAVOWED HIS PRIME MINISTER. WHY? BECAUSE HE TABLES A DEFICIT BUDGET. THIS IS A FACT, MR. SPEAKER. THE PRIME MINISTER KEPT REPEATING THE BUDGET WILL BALANCE ITSELF, BUT THE FINANCE MINISTER CONTRADICTED HIM. NOW, WHEN THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE YEAR OF ZERO DEFICIT BUT IT’S THE CLEAR OF THE $20 BILLION DEFICIT. CAN THE FINANCE MINISTER ASSURES CANADIANS THAT HE KNOWS WHEN THE BUDGET WILL BE BALANCED?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THERE ARE MANY ASSURANCES SUPPORT CANADIANS THAT ARE A BALANCED BUDGET, THAT OUR APPROACH IS AN APPROACH THAT INVESTS IN CANADA, THAT WILL HELP US CONTINUE TO HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS, A LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND A YEAR OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANADIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AT THE SAME TIME, WE WANT TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. THAT IS OUR APPROACH, AND IT’S THE RIGHT ONE. [ End of Translation ]>>MR. SPEAKER, THE LIBERAL ECONOMIC STATEMENT WAS A SLAP IN THE FACE OF ALBERTA FAMILIES. ALBERTANS TODAY ARE PROTESTING IN THE STREETS AGAINST THIS PRIME MINISTER AND HIS FAILURE TO GET PIPELINES BUILT. NOTHING IN THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT GAVE ANYTHING TO ALBERTA ENERGY FAMILIES. HE PRIORITIZED $600 MILLION IN CORPORATE WELFARE FOR THE MEDIA, WHY IS THE PRIME MINISTER TRYING TO BUY OFF THE MEDIA IN AN ELECTION YEAR INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING CANADA’S ENERGY WORKERS? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR CANADIAN HERITAGE.>>MR. SPEAKER, INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM IS A PILLAR OF OUR CANADIAN DEMOCRACY, EVEN THOUGH THESE CONSERVATIVES DISAGREE WITH THAT. NEWSPAPERS IN CANADA ARE GOING DELAY A CRISIS RIGHT NOW. THEY CURRENTLY EMPLOY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS AND THAT’S ONLY HALF EMPLOYED IN 2010. THIS WEEK WE’RE TAKING ACTION. WE’VE CREATED A TAX CREDIT FOR NEWSROOMS, FOR DONATIONS TO NOT FOR PROFIT MEDIA AND CANADIANS WHO SUBSCRIBE TO AN ONLINE MEDIA AND THOSE INVESTMENTS WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY AN INDEPENDENT BOARD OF EXPERTS IN ORDER TO PROTECT JOURNALISM…>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR BRANTFORD–BRANT.>>VETERAN SEAN BURRE HAD THE COURAGE TO CALL OUT THE LIBERALS’ BROKEN PROMISES TO VETERANS. WHEN HE DID, THE MINISTER SMEARED HIM IN THE PRESS AND SENT IN HIGH-PRICED LAWYERS THO SHUT HIM UP. THERE WAS NOTHING FOR VETERANS IN THE ECONOMIC STATEMENT. BUT THERE WAS 600 MILLION FOR THE MEDIA WHOSE UNION HAS LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF THE LIBERALS. WHY IS THE PRIME MINISTER TRYING TO BUY OFF THE MEDIA IN AN ELECTION YEAR INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING VETERANS?>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY.>>MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS INSULTING TO THE INTELLIGENCE OF CANADIANS AND PROFESSIONALISM OF JOURNALISTS. TO THINK THAT JOURNALISTS CAN BE — THE CONSERVATIVES THINK JOURNALISTS CAN BE BOUGHT AND WE DON’T. FRANCE, SWEDEN, GERMANY, THE U.K. AND MANY OTHERS HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO SUPPORT JOURNALISM WITHOUT COMPROMISING INDEPENDENCE BUT NEWSPAPERS ARE GOING THROUGH A CRISIS AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE TAKINGINGS AND WE’LL DO IT WHILE PROTECTING JOURNALISTIC INDEPENDENCE. [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR NIAGARA WEST.>>MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, THE PRIME MINISTER TRIED TO BRIBE THE MEDIA WITH A $600 MILLION BAIL-OUT. BUT NOTHING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES STRUGGLING WITH STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS. EACH DAY TARIFFS REMAIN IN PLACE, WORKERS AND BUSINESSES FACE UNCERTAINTY AND LAY-OFFS AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN TO FIX A PROBLEM. WHY IS THE PRIME MINISTER TRYING TO BUY OFF THE MEDIA IN AN ELECTION YEAR INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING THE WORKERS IN THE STEEL AND ALUMINUM INDUSTRY? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER OF INNOVATION.>>MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING OUR STEEL AND ALUMINUM INDUSTRIES. WE’VE COMMITTED UP TO $2 BILLION, MR. SPEAKER. INCLUDING MONEY THROUGH THE STRATEGIC INNOVATION FUND AND OTHER FUNDING SO THAT THEY CAN RIDE OUT THIS NOT ONLY RIDE OUT THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD THEY HAVE, BUT ALSO INVEST IN THE KINDS OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL PROPEL THEM INTO THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, WE’RE INVESTING IN OUR INDUSTRIES. WE’VE GOT THE BACKS OF OUR STEEL AND ALUMINUM WORKERS.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR OF MÉGANTIC–L’ÉRABLE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC UPDATE SHOWS THAT THE LIBERALS COULDN’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THEIR ELECTION PROMISES. NOT ONLY HAS THE PRIME MINISTER GIVEN UP ON BALANCING THE BUDGET, HE’S ADDED 595 MILLION TO THE CREDIT CARD FOR THE MEDIA, A SIMPLE BANDAID SOLUTION WHICH WILL SOLVE NOTHING. AT THE SAME TIME THAT THE PRIME MINISTER IS DOING THIS, WHY IS HE SILENT ABOUT DAIRY PRODUCERS? [ End of Translation ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HERITAGE.>>MR. SPEAKER, CONSERVATIVES APPEAR TO HAVE A REAL PROBLEM WITH JOURNALISTS AND THE TRUTH. THE CONSERVATIVE LEADER’S OFFICE HAS PROMISED TO, AND I QUOTE, GO FOR THE JUGULAR WITH THE MEDIA. THEY ALSO THINK JOURNALISTS CAN BE BOUGHT WHICH IS AN INSULT TO THE INTELLIGENCE OF CANADIANS AND THE PROFESSIONALISM OF JOURNALISTS. THIS CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION SHOULD CONSULT WITH OTHER CONSERVATIVES AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE MADE DECISIONS TO FOR LOCAL JOURNALISM. JOURNALISTIC INDEPENDENCE IS A PILLAR OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND WE WILL ALWAYS PROTECT IT.>>The Speaker: ORDER. ORDER. ORDER. I KNOW THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FROM DURHAM IS ENJOYING QUESTION PERIOD AND OF COURSE I ALWAYS ENJOY HEARING HIS VOICE BUT PREFERABLY ONLY WHEN HE HAS THE FLOOR. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CALGARY NOSE HILL.>>NOVEMBER 14th, JERRY DIAS OF UNIFOR WHICH REPRESENTS THOUSANDS OF JOURNALISTS CALLS THE BUDGET NICKEL AND DIMES, ON THE SAME DAY HE ANNOUNCE UNIFOR’S FORMAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE LIBERALS. ON NOVEMBER 21st, $600 MILLION WAS ANNOUNCED. THE FINANCE MINISTER JUST SAID IT WAS INSULTING TO THINK THAT JOURNALISTS COULD BE BOUGHT OUT. WHAT ABOUT JERRY DIAS? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE.>>WELL, MR. SPEAKER, THESE CONSERVATIVES THINK THAT CANADIAN JOURNALISTS CAN BE BOUGHT AND WE CERTAINLY DON’T BELIEVE THAT. THEIR WORK IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THIS DEMOCRACY. CONSERVATIVES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE NEEDS TO SUPPORT JOURNALISM AND LOCAL JOURNALISM AS HAVE GOVERNMENTS IN FRANCE, SWEDEN, GERMANY AND THE UNITED KINGDOM AND I MIGHT REMIND THE MEMBER FROM CALGARY NOSE HILL THEIR GOVERNMENT TOO SUPPORTED MEDIA UNDER THEIR TENURE, THEY INCREASED FUNDING TO THE CANADA PERIODICAL FUND. [ Interjections ]>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, OUR MEDIA ARE IN A CRISIS SITUATION. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS LOST BUT THE LIBERALS FINALLY WOKE UP AND — BUT 92% OF THE MONEY THEY’RE GIVING THEM WILL NOT BE SPENT TILL AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION. NOW, WHO CAUSED THE CRISIS? GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, WHO DOMINATE ONLINE ADVERTISING. BUT LIBERALS DON’T TAX THEM. WORSE, THEY GIVE THEM TAX DEDUCTIONS AS IF THEY WERE CANADIAN BUSINESSES. WHY IS THE LIBERAL PARTY NOT REQUIRING ANYTHING OF FACEBOOK OR GOOGLE? [ End of Translation ]>>MR. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT TAKES VERY SERIOUSLY THE CANADIAN CREATORS OF CANADA AND INCLUDING NEWS MEDIA AND I WANT TO STRESS IN ANSWERING THE HONOURABLE MEMBER’S QUESTION TODAY THAT OUR MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE AND MULTICULTURALISM HAS DONE EXACTLY WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER ASKED HIM TO DO IN HIS MANDATE LETTER. HE HAS CONSULTED WITH CANADIAN MEDIA AND STAKEHOLDERS TO DEVELOP BUSINESS MODELS TO SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM AND, MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK HE HAS DELIVERED. THIS IS GOOD GOVERNMENT. THIS IS REAL CHANGE IN ACTION.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR NEW WESTMINSTER–BURNABY.>>INSTEAD OF STANDING UP FOR THE RED GIANTS WHY DON’T LIBERALS STAND UP FOR CANADIANS FOR A CHANGE? THERE IS NOTHING IN THE MINI-BUDGET FOR BADLY NEEDED PHARMACARE, NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE HOUSING CRISIS, NOTHING TO CORRECT THE PROFOUND INEQUALITY THAT INDIGENOUS CHILDREN FACE IN THEIR BADLY-UNDERFUNDED SCHOOLS BUT THERE ARE CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM THIS GOVERNMENT TO CORPORATE CEOs. THEY NOW GET TO WRITE OFF MORE QUICKLY PLUS CORPORATE JETS AND STRETCH LIMOUSINES. WHY IS THE FINANCE MINISTER ACTING LIKE SANTA CLAUS TO CANADA’S WEALTHIEST CEOs AND LIKE SCROOGE TO EVERYONE ELSE! [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>MR. SPEAKER, THE RECORD IS PRETTY CLEAR. WHAT’S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS IS THE ECONOMIC APPROACH WE’VE TAKEN HAS MADE ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE FOR CANADIANS. NOT ONLY HAVE WE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN UNEMPLOYMENT, NOT ONLY HAVE WE BROUGHT IN PROCESSES THAT LEAD TO WAGE INCREASES BUT, IMPORTANTLY, WE’VE FOUND A WAY TO LIFT 650,000 CANADIANS OUT OF POVERTY THROUGH THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT, CANADA WORKERS BENEFIT AND THE INCREASED IN GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT. THIS IS IMPORTANT WORK THAT WILL CONTINUE WITH THE INVESTMENTS MADE TO CREATE FUTURE JOBS BECAUSE OF WHAT WE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CALGARY MIDNAPORE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIME MINISTER IS CLEARLY DETERMINED TO RIG THE NEXT FEDERAL ELECTION IN CANADA. HE’S CHANGING THE LEGISLATION SO THAT PEOPLE CAN VOTE WITHOUT IDENTIFYING DOCUMENTS AND DOING NOTHING TO SOLVE THE ISSUE OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE ON ELECTIONS. HE’S ALSO SET UP THE RULES IN AN ARBITRARY WAY WITH RESPECT TO TELEVISED DEBATES. CAN THE PRIME MINISTER TRY TO EXPLAIN HOW HE’S SURE THAT ELECTIONS ARE FOR CANADIANS AND NOT SIMPLY TO PROFIT THE LIBERAL MATTER? [ End of Translation ]>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE PUT FORWARD BILL C-76 WHICH WILL ENABLE MORE CANADIANS TO VOTE. WE ARE ENSURING THAT CANADIANS WHO NEED HELP VOTING WILL HAVE THAT ACCESS TO VOTING. WE ARE PUTTING IN PLACE SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS FROM FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN C-76, WE ARE PUTTING FORWARD THE INDEPENDENT DEBATES COMMISSIONER TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL CANADIANS HAVE ACCESS TO WATCHING THEIR FEDERAL LEADERS DEBATE. SOMETHING THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN UNDER THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT BECAUSE ONE POLITICAL PARTY DECIDED NOT TO PARTICIPATE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT ALL CANADIANS ARE TAKING PART IN OUR ELECTIONS AND –>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CALGARY MIDNAPORE.>>MR. SPEAKER, SO FAR, CANADIANS HAVE BEEN SADDLED WITH AN ELECTORAL BILL THAT FAVOURS THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, A DEBATE COMMISSION TO RIG THE LEADERS DEBATES IN FAVOUR OF THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, AND NOW AN ATTEMPT TO BRIBE THE MEDIA WITH $600 MILLION IN AN ELECTION YEAR. WHEN WILL THE PRIME MINISTER REALIZE THAT HE DOESN’T GET TO DICTATE THE RULES IN OUR DEMOCRACY? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS.>>MR. SPEAKER, THE IRONY COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE WHEN IT COMES TO OUR DEMOCRACY. WHAT WE ARE DOING ON THIS SIDE IS ENSURING THAT EVERY SINGLE CANADIAN WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE CAN CAST THEIR BALLOT. WE, MR. SPEAKER, ARE NOT AFRAID OF CANADIANS VOTING, MR. SPEAKER. WE’RE ALSO NOT AFRAID OF AN INDEPENDENT MEDIA DOING THEIR JOB. WE BELIEVE THAT THE MEDIA PLAYS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN OUR DEMOCRACY. CANADIANS NEED TO BE INFORMED, AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO EXERCISE THEIR GOOD WORK THROUGHOUT THE UPCOMING YEAR AND INTO THE NEXT ELECTION, MR. SPEAKER. [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR THORNHILL.>>MR. SPEAKER, IT’S TIME FOR THE LIBERALS TO COME CLEAN ON THE STATISTICS CANADA FILE. THE MINISTER HIMSELF THIS WEEK ADMITTED STATS CAN KEPT HIM AND THE CABINET IN THE DARK ABOUT THE DEMAND TO CANADA’S BANKS TO HAND OVER MORE THAN A MILLION CANADIANS’ MOST PERSONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION WITHOUT CONSENT. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WILL THE LIBERALS GET THEIR HEADS AROUND NEW REALITIES IN THE DIGITAL WORLD? ACCEPT THAT CANADIANS SHOULD OWN THEIR OWN DATA AND SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO DECIDE WITH WHOM THEY SHARE IT OR NOT.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER OF INNOVATION.>>MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT TAKES THE PRIVACY OF CANADIANS VERY SERIOUSLY, AND WE UNDERSTAND — WE UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED. THE CHIEF STATISTICIAN, MR. SPEAKER, HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR, THE PROJECT WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD UNTIL PRIVACY CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED. NO DATA HAS BEEN SHARED, MR. SPEAKER, OR OBTAINED BY STATISTICS CANADA. STATS CAN DOES NOT SHARE OR SELL ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION. MR. SPEAKER, CANADIANS’ RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION WILL NOT BE COMPROMISED.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR LÉVIS–LOTBINIÈRE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, STATISTICS CANADA HAS BEEN INTRUDING INTO THE FINANCIAL DATA OF CANADIANS. THE MINISTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DATA LEAK WITH RESPECT TO CANADIANS’ PRIVACY. THIS GUARANTEE MADE BY THE MINISTER SEEMS VERY THIN GIVEN THE ATTACKS — THE DIGITAL ATTACKS WE’RE NOW SEEING IN CANADA. THE BEST THING TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD BE TO CANCEL THIS PROGRAM. WHEN WILL THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT PUT THE AXE TO THIS INVASIVE PROGRAM?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, LET’S TALK ABOUT REAL FACTS. STATISTICS CANADA IS NOT SHARING AND WILL NOT SELL PERSONAL INFORMATION. IT CAN ABSOLUTELY NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION. NO ONE, MR. SPEAKER, NO ORGANIZATION, NOT EVEN THE PRIME MINISTER CAN ASK FOR THIS INFORMATION FROM STATS CAN. CANADIANS’ PRIVACY WILL BE RESPECTED.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HOCHELAGA.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSING CRISIS IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS GETTING WORSE. IF AT LEAST THE GOVERNMENT SHOWED IT WAS MAKING AN EFFORT BUT, NO, IT DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE IT’S TRYING. IN HIS MILLIMETRE STATEMENT YESTERDAY, — ECONOMIC STATEMENT YESTERDAY, THE FINANCE MINISTER COULD HAVE SHOWN — WHEN WILL THE GOVERNMENT SIT DOWN WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO CREATE A TARGETED STRATEGY AND PUT AN END TO THIS CRISIS?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY. [ End of Translation ]>> — STARTED INVESTING IN NEW HOUSING PROGRAMS THE DAY WE TOOK OFFICE AND TODAY I’M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT CLOSE TO A MILLION HOMES HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE INVESTMENTS WE’VE MADE. [ Some Applause ] 14,000 NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES HAVE BEEN BUILT OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 26,000 PEOPLE AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS ARE NOW IN HOUSING. 156,000 HOMES ARE BEING REPAIRED WITH FUNDS PROVIDED BY THIS GOVERNMENT. AND FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS, IT’S A $40 BILLION INVESTMENT IN THE COUNTRY’S FIRST EVER NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY. WE DIDN’T WAIT FOR YESTERDAY TO TAKE ACTION. WE TOOK ACTION ON DAY ONE AND WE WILL TAKE ACTION FOR THE NEXT DECADE AND NOT TAKE LESSONS FROM THE –>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR… SASKATOON WEST.>>A YEAR AGO, THE NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY WAS ANNOUNCED. BUT THE HOUSING CRISIS IN CANADA DEEPENS EVERY DAY. THERE IS STILL NO SIGN OF AN INDIGENOUS HOUSING STRATEGY. AS WE APPROACH ANOTHER BRUTAL CANADIAN WINTER, SHELTERS WILL BE OVERFLOWING AND MORE PEOPLE WILL BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD. THE MOST VULNERABLE ARE BEING ASKED TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ELECTION. ON NATIONAL HOUSING DAY, WILL THIS GOVERNMENT ENSHRINE THE RIGHT TO HOUSING IN LEGISLATION SO EVERYONE CAN HAVE A SAFE, AFFORDABLE PLACE TO CALL HOME? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY.>>MR. SPEAKER, MY MOTHER USED TO SAY THAT IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A POINT, VOTE NDP. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, VOTE LIBERAL. AND ON HOUSING, IT COULDN’T BE MORE CORRECT, MY MOM COULDN’T BE MORE CORRECT. OUR $40 BILLION HOUSING PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS IS REAL MONEY BUILDING REAL HOUSING RIGHT NOW. [ Interjections ] ON THE ISSUE OF INDIGENOUS HOUSING, NOT ONLY HAVE WE MADE NEW INVESTMENTS, SUBSTANTIAL, NEW INVESTMENTS, THERE ARE NEW PROGRAMS ON THEIR WAY AS WE SPEAK. [ Interjections ] AS IT COMES TO THE RIGHT TO HOUSING, AS IT SAYS IN THE NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY, WE’LL HAVE A RIGHTS-BASED FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE CANADIANS GET THE HOUSING THEY NEED WHEN THEY NEED IT. AS I SAID, WE’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE REGARDLESS WHAT POINTS THEY’RE NOT MAKING. [ Some Applause ]>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR MADAWASKA–RESTIGOUCHE.>>(Voice of Translator): ORDER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, TODAY THE RESISTANCE AMONG FRANCO-ONTARIANS IS ORGANIZING FOLLOWING THE OUTCRY CAUSED BY THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO ELIMINATE THE COMMISSIONER’S POSITION AND TO ELIMINATE THE UNIVERSITY IN TORONTO AND WHILE HERE ON PARLIAMENT HILL, THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION WON’T DENOUNCE HIS BOSS. HOW DOES THE MINISTER OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGES PLAN TO HELP FRANCO-ONTARIANS AND FRANCOPHONES AND FRANCOPHILES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>(Voice of Translator): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I’D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS EXCELLENT WORK ON THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES COMMITTEE. HE’S FROM MADAWASKA–RESTIGOUCHE. WELL, IN FACT, I’LL SAY IT IN BOTH LANGUAGES. [ End of Translation ] SEVEN DAYS SINCE THE HARPER… SORRY. [ Voice of Translator ] SEVEN DAYS SINCE THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CUT SERVICES TO FRANCOPHONES, AND SEVEN DAYS SINCE WE’VE NOT SEEN ANYONE ON THE CONSERVATIVE BENCHES SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS. IT’S COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. [ Some Applause ]>>(Voice of Translator): ORDER. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CHICOUTIMI–LE FJORD.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, THROUGHOUT THE WEEK, I’VE HEARD THE LIBERALS TALK ABOUT INVESTING AND THAT IT JUSTIFIED HUGE DEFICITS. THE PURCHASE OF AUSTRALIAN F-18s DOESN’T MEET THE DEFINITION OF AN INVESTMENT. THE AUSTRALIAN F-18s WILL BE A LIABILITY FOR THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIRFORCE AND FOR TAXPAYERS. THE EXPENDITURE WON’T HAVE AN IMPACT ON OPERATIONS BECAUSE THERE’S A SHORTAGE OF PILOTS AND TECHNICIANS TO KEEP THEM IN THE AIR. WILL THE GOVERNMENT CANCEL THIS USELESS PURCHASE IMMEDIATELY? [ End of Translation ]>>MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE.>>MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIRFORCE THE EQUIPMENT IT NEEDS TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. UNLIKE THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT, WE WILL NOT NEGLECT OUR NORAD AND NATO COMMITMENTS. TODAY, I CAN ANNOUNCE WE HAVE SIGNED THE AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA AND I LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING THESE PLANES IN SPRING 2019. I’VE ALSO DIRECTED MY DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE OPTION TO IMPROVE THE COMBAT CAPABILITIES OF THE CF-18s UNTIL THE FULL COMPETITION TAKES PLACE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SELKIRK–INTERLAKE–EASTMAN.>>THE MINISTER IS THROWING GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD, BUYING A BUNCH OF OLD OBSOLETE FIGHTER JETS. THE AUDITOR GENERAL TRASHED THAT PLAN AND THE LIBERALS FIGHTER JET PLAN HAS COMPLETELY CRASHED AND BURNED AND BY PURCHASING THESE OLD JETS, THE LIBERALS ARE ACTUALLY ENDANGERING THE LIVES OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE THIS COUNTRY IN UNIFORM. WHEN WILL THE LIBERALS FOLLOW THE AUDITOR GENERAL’S ADVICE, CANCEL THIS CRAZY DEAL OF BUYING THESE USED AUSSIE JETS AND IMMEDIATELY BUY THE RIGHT JETS FOR OUR PILOTS? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENCE.>>MR. SPEAKER, IF THE CONSERVATIVES WERE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS, THEY WOULD HAVE REPLACED THE JETS TEN YEARS AGO. THE AUDITOR GENERAL CONFIRMED THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN, THAT THE CONSERVATIVES MISMANAGED THIS FILE AND MISLED CANADIANS FOR A DECADE WITH NO FIGHTERS TO SHOW FOR IT. THAT IS WHY WE ARE REQUIRING 88 FIGHTER JETS, MR. SPEAKER, NOT LIKE THE 65 THAT THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT WANTED TO REPLACE THE F-18s TO MAKE SURE WE CAN LIVE UP TO OUR COMMITMENTS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.>>The Speaker: ORDER. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER.>>MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I ASKED THE PRIME MINISTER IF ANY CURRENT OR FORMER CABINET MINISTERS HAD UNLAWFULLY RELEASED CABINET CONFIDENCE INFORMATION. HE ANSWERED THAT HE COULDN’T DISCUSS AN ON-GOING COURT CASE. CONFIRMING THAT A MINISTER OF HIS CABINET WAS IMPLICATED IN AN ON-GOING COURT CASE. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE CURRENT OR FORMER CABINET MINISTER THAT IS IMPLICATED IN AN ON-GOING COURT CASE?>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY.>>MR. SPEAKER, THE NEFARIOUS IMPLICATIONS IN THE TONE OF THAT QUESTION ARE EXACTLY THE REASON WHY THIS HOUSE HAS A RULE ABOUT NOT DISCUSSING MATTERS THAT ARE SUB JUDICE. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER MAY WISH TO ENGAGE IN ABSOLUTELY UNSUBSTANTIATED DRIVE-BY SMEARS, BUT THAT IS NOT THE ROLE OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR AURORA–OAK RIDGES-RICHMOND HILL.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CLEARLY, THE MINISTER IS NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTION. THE PRIME MINISTER HAS APPOINTED THREE OF HIS FORMER CABINET MINISTERS TO HIGH-LEVEL POSITIONS. ALL OTHERS ARE EITHER STILL IN CABINET OR IN THIS HOUSE. IF ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS HAS UNLAWFULLY RELEASED CABINET CONFIDENCE INFORMATION AND IS IMPLICATED IN A COURT CASE, CANADIANS DESERVE TO KNOW. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE CURRENT OR FORMER CABINET MINISTER WHO IS IMPLICATED IN AN ON-GOING COURT CASE?>>The Speaker: RIGHT HONOURABLE MINISTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY.>>MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I REFER THE HONOURABLE MEMBER TO A COLLEAGUE IN THIS HOUSE WHO USED TO SIT ON THAT SIDE, PETER VAN LOAN, WHO MADE IT VERY CLEAR WHY THE SUB JUDICE RULE IS IN PLACE. IT IS IN PLACE, MR. SPEAKER, TO PREVENT DEBATE OR CONVERSATIONS IN THIS HOUSE OF COMMONS FROM INTERFERING UNDULY IN A COURT PROCEEDING. A COURT PROCEEDING IS THERE TO DETERMINE THE RIGHTS OF CANADIANS ACCORDING TO LAW AND ACCORDING TO EVIDENCE AND THE COURTS WILL DO THEIR JOB, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR NORTH ISLAND–POWELL RIVER.>>MR. SPEAKER, IN THE EARLY 1970s, THE NDP ASKED THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HOW IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT IN CANADA, INDIGENOUS WOMEN WERE BEING STERILIZED. THERE WAS NO ANSWER. IN 1976, SAME QUESTION, SAME ANSWER. IN 2015, INDIGENOUS WOMEN CAME FORWARD FROM SASKATCHEWAN SAYING THEY FELT PRESSURED TO BE STERILIZED. WE’VE BEEN ASKING FOR ACTION FOR 40-PLUS YEARS. AND YET IN 2017, IT HAPPENED AGAIN. THIS IS WRONG. WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT FINALLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE? [ Some Applause ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS SERVICES.>>MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE CAN SAFELY ASSUME THAT EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE KNOWS THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY INCOMPREHENSIBLE AND UNACCEPTABLE THAT THE HUMAN RIGHTS, THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN SHOULD BE VIOLATED IN THIS WAY. I AM HAPPY TO REPORT TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE THAT WE ARE ACTIVELY WORKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING WITH OUR PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL PARTNERS, WITH AGENCIES WHO WORK IN MEDICAL EDUCATION, WITH DOCTORS’ ASSOCIATIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS VERY CLEAR.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR VANCOUVER KINGSWAY.>>YESTERDAY, WE SAW A DISTURBING IMAGE OF CHILDREN SUFFERING OPEN SORES AND RESPIRATORY DISEASE FROM BLACK MOULD RAMPANT IN THEIR OVERCROWDED PUBLIC HOUSING. THIS IS A SHAMEFUL AND COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION FOR CANADA’S MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. AS A G7 NATION, LIBERALS CONTINUALLY CLAIM THAT WE ARE LEADING THE WORLD IN ECONOMIC GROWTH, YET WE HAVE CANADIAN CHILDREN, BABIES, LIVING IN THIRD WORLD CONDITIONS. WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT DELAYING HOUSING FUNDING AND PRIORITIZING CORPORATE TAX CUTS OVER INDIGENOUS CHILDREN SUFFERING HEALTH PROBLEMS? WHAT IS THE HEALTH MINISTER DOING –>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.>>MR. SPEAKER, I’M PLEASED TO SAY AND WILL MAKE THIS POINT VERY CLEAR. THE MINISTER IN CHARGE HAS ASKED CMHC TO IMMEDIATELY GET IN TOUCH WITH NUNAVUT HOUSING AUTHORITY, SUBSTANTIAL DOLLARS HAVE BEEN INVESTED AND BILATERAL ACCORDS SIGNED WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND WE WANT THIS PROBLEM ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE PUT THE FUNDS WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS HOUSING ARE SUBSTANTIAL, AND BY COMPARISON, I WOULD ASK THEM TO LOOK AT THEIR CAMPAIGN PLATFORM WHICH OFFERED $25 MILLION FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND THAT’S IT.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR CHARLESBOURG– HAUTE-SAINT-CHARLES.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIME MINISTER GAVE A MANDATE TO THE ENVIRONMENT — BEFORE HE RUNS AS A CANDIDATE IN 2019.>>The Speaker: ORDER. I’D ASK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR VANCOUVER KINGSWAY AND OTHERS TO COME TO ORDER. AND THE OTHER SIDE AS WELL. ORDER. [ Voice of Translator ] THE HONOURABLE MEMBER.>>(Voice of Translator): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIME MINISTER GAVE A MANDATE TO ENVIRONMENTALIST STEVEN GUILBEAULT BEFORE HE RUNS AS A LIBERAL CANDIDATE IN 2019. HIS NEW SPECIAL ADVISOR ON THE ENVIRONMENT IS A STAUNCH OPPONENT TO THE THIRD LINK IN QUEBEC CITY. HE EVEN SAID IN AN INTERVIEW, AND I QUOTE, IN ALL SINCERITY THE THIRD LINK WON’T WORK, IT’S A POLITICAL PITCH TO PLEASE VOTERS ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF QUEBEC CITY. WILL THE PRIME MINISTER LISTEN TO MR. GUILBEAULT’S ADVICE AND BLOCK THE THIRD LINK IN QUEBEC CITY?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>(Voice of Translator): OUR GOVERNMENT KNOWS THAT WE MUST TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. WE HAVE A PLAN, THE PLAN IS WORKING. WE ARE REDUCING OUR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND WE ARE GROWING THE ECONOMY. I’M ALSO VERY PROUD OF STEVEN GUILBEAULT WHO IS AN ENVIRONMENTALIST FROM QUEBEC. HE WILL HELP US DO MORE. WE NEED TO DEAL WITH — TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE. WHAT IS THE CONSERVATIVES’ PLAN ON THE ENVIRONMENT?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR BEAUPORT–CÔTE-DE-BEAUPRÉ–ÎLE D’ORLÉANS–CHARLEVOIX.>>(Voice of Translator): THEY HIRED AN ADVISOR, STEVEN GUILBEAULT, WHO IS OPPOSED, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT LINK FOR MY RIDING, FOR QUEBEC CITY, FOR THE REGION. ARE THE LIBERALS AGAINST OR IN FAVOUR OF THE THIRD LINK?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>(Voice of Translator): CANADIANS WONDER IF THE CONSERVATIVES ARE FOR OR AGAINST DEALING WITH CLIMATE CHANGE FOR OVER 200 DAYS, WE HAVEN’T SEEN THEIR PLAN ON CLIMATE CHANGE. I’M PROUD THAT WE HAVE AN ADVISORY GROUP THAT INCLUDES STEVEN GUILBEAULT, ANOTHER MEMBER FROM B.C. WE ARE TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE. WHAT IS THE CONSERVATIVES’ PLAN?>>(Voice of Translator): I’LL TRY FOR A SECOND TIME TO ALLOW THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR BEAUPORT–CÔTE-DE-BEAUPRÉ–ÎLE D’ORLÉANS–CHARLEVOIX.>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, MR. SPEAKER, LET’S TALK ABOUT STEVEN GUILBEAULT. EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE PRIME MINISTER, OR THE PREMIER OF QUEBEC, IS IN FAVOUR OF THE THIRD LINK. DOES THE PARTY OPPOSITE OR ARE THEY AFRAID TO STAND UP TO THE QUEBEC PREMIER AND TELL HIM THAT THEY’RE OPPOSED TO THE THIRD LINK?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, I’M ALWAYS HAPPY TO TAKE A STAND AND TO TALK ABOUT OUR PLAN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. WE HAVE A PLAN THAT’S WORKING, WE’RE PHASING OUT CARBON, WE’RE PUTTING A PRICE ON POLLUTION. WE’VE MADE HISTORIC INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC TRANSIT. WE ARE ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND COMPANIES. WE’RE URGING MAYORS AND PROVINCES TO HELP US, BUT THERE IS NO PLAN ON THE CONSERVATIVE SIDE. THEY DON’T HAVE A PLAN FOR THE ECONOMY EITHER.>>(Voice of Translator): I ASK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER TO ASK HER QUESTION. I WOULD GIVE HER A SECOND CHANCE, I WOULD ASK HER NOT TO HECKLE. [ End of Translation ]>>MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT EVERY FIRST NATION CHILD DESERVES THE BEST START IN LIFE. WE KNOW THAT DECADES OF NEGLECT HAVE LED TO IMMENSE GAPS IN EDUCATION ON RESERVE. WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER. AS THE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS SERVICES HAS SAID PREVIOUSLY, THE PATH FORWARD INCLUDES FIRST NATIONS CONTROL OF FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION. CAN THE HONOURABLE MINISTER PLEASE UPDATE THIS HOUSE ON ON-GOING WORK IN MY HOME PROVINCE OF MANITOBA TO ENSURE FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN HAVE WELCOMING AND CULTURALLY RELEVANT EDUCATIONAL SPACE IN THEIR COMMUNITY?>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF INDIGENOUS SERVICES.>>MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR HIS QUESTION. LAST FRIDAY IN WINNIPEG I WAS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE ALONG WITH FOUR MANITOBA FIRST NATIONS THAT WE ARE INVESTING NEARLY $250 MILLION TO BUILD SCHOOLS IN THOSE FOUR COMMUNITIES. THIS INVESTMENT MEANS THOSE STUDENTS WON’T HAVE TO LEAVE HOME AND CAN FINISH HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. WE ARE WORKING WITH FIRST NATIONS PARTNERS. WE’RE ENSURING THAT ALL FIRST NATIONS STUDENTS RECEIVE HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SARNIA–LAMBTON.>>MR. SPEAKER, FIRST IT WAS THE EPIPEN INJECTOR SHORTAGE THAT THREATENED THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN IN AUGUST. NOW IT IS THE SHORTAGE OF THE ANTI-DEPRESSANT DRUG WELLBUTRIN THAT PATIENTS, MANY WHO ARE SUICIDAL, DESPERATELY NEED. THE CANADIAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION SAYS IT’S CONCERNED ABOUT THE GROWING NUMBER OF DRUG SHORTAGES IN CANADA. CONTINUED DRUG SHORTAGES ARE UNACCEPTABLE AND THE MINISTER HAS FAILED TO ACT. WHY HAVE THE LIBERALS FAILED TO SECURE THESE VITAL MEDICATIONS FOR CANADIANS?>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CANADIANS IS MY TOP PRIORITY. ONE OF MY MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AS HEALTH MINISTER IS ENSURING THAT CANADIANS ARE WELL-INFORMED ABOUT MEDICINES THEY RELY ON. WE ARE TAKING IMPORTANT STEPS TO ADDRESS THE COMPLEX ISSUE OF DRUG SHORTAGES. AS PART OF OUR MANDATORY DRUG SHORTAGE REPORTING REGULATION WE LAUNCH ADD THIRD PARTY WEBSITE ENTITLED DRUGSHORTAGESCANADA.CA, IT IS A COMPLEX AND GLOBAL PROBLEM AND WE’RE WORKING WITH PARTNERS ON THE GROUND TO FIND A SOLUTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR TIMMINS–JAMES BAY.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, THE PRIME MINISTER HAS AN OBLIGATION TO DEFEND THE LINGUISTIC RIGHTS OF FRANCOPHONES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT HE’S STILL REFUSING TO CALL DOUG FORD DIRECTLY TO DISCUSS THE ATTACK AGAINST THE FRANCO-ONTARIAN COMMUNITY, WHY? HIS RELUCTANCE WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO DOUG FORD THAT THESE ATTACKS ARE ACCEPTABLE. IT’S THE PRIME MINISTER’S ROLE TO DEFEND FRANCOPHONES IN CANADA. WHY IS THE PRIME MINISTER REFUSING TO FIGHT FOR FRANCO-ONTARIANS?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, OUR PRIME MINISTER AND I ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT FRANCO-ONTARIANS WHO ARE BEING ATTACKED, THEIR RIGHT TO LIVE IN FRENCH IS UNDER ATTACK. THE PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN CLEAR — HAS CLEARLY DENOUNCED THE CUTS, AND WE, AS A GOVERNMENT, ARE URGING THE HEAD OF THE LEADER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY TO ALSO DENOUNCE THIS. WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCO-ONTARIANS. THIS WEEK I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO… [ End of Translation ]>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR NEW BRUNSWICK SOUTHWEST.>>MR. SPEAKER, IN NEW BRUNSWICK SOUTHWEST, THERE ARE INCREDIBLE ENTREPRENEURS WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS THAT WANT TO STARTUP AND SCALE-UP THEIR COMPANY BUT OFTEN DUE TO LACK OF ACCESS TO VALUABLE CAPITAL AREN’T ABLE TO. COULD THE MINISTER OF SMALL BUSINESS AND EXPORT PROMOTION UPDATE THIS HOUSE ON WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO SUPPORT THIS SCALE-UP OF CANADIAN COMPANIES? THANK YOU.>>The Speaker: HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FROM NEW BRUNSWICK SOUTHWEST FOR HER QUESTION. OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORKING HARD TO HELP CANADIANS INSTALL AND MEDIUM-SIZE CANADIANS, STARTUP, SCALE-UP AND ACCESS NEW MARKETS. STRONG VENTURE CAPITAL SYSTEM THAT VISITS IN INNOVATIVE CANADIANS AND YOUNG COMPANIES IS ESSENTIAL. THAT’S WHY YESTERDAY OUR GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED AN ADDITIONAL $50 MILLION TO INCREASE VENTURE CAPITAL AVAILABLE TO CLEAN TECH COMPANIES. THESE INVESTMENTS HELP SUPPORT CANADIAN ECONOMIES AND ENTREPRENEURS SCALE UP AND CREATE GREAT NEW CANADIAN JOBS.>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER.>>MR. SPEAKER, THE AUDITOR GENERAL SAID REGULAR CANADIANS WILL AUTOMATICALLY LOSE THEIR CREDITS OR BENEFITS IF THEY CAN’T GIVE THE CANADA REVENUE AGENCY A DOCUMENT WITHIN 90 DAYS BUT IF YOU’RE AN OFFSHORE TAX DODGE CERTIFICATE THE AGENCY WILL GIVE YOU MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS TO COMPLY OR SIMPLY CLOSE THE FILE WITHOUT COLLECTING ANY TAX. THIS MINISTER PROMISED A CLIENT-FOCUSED CRA AND ACTION ON OFFSHORE EVASION. SO WHY IS SHE PROTECTING OFFSHORE TAX DODGERS AND FAILING TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICE TO REGULAR CANADIANS? [ Some Applause ]>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN TO INVEST IN A TAX SYSTEM THAT IS FAIR AND TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF ALL CANADIANS. I HAVE NO LESSONS TO LEARN FROM THE HARPER CONSERVATIVES. WHO, IN ADDITION TO HAVING NOT INVESTED IN SERVICES, CUT STAFF, CUT TRAINING, MR. SPEAKER. WE PUT IN PLACE A MAIN SERVICE DELIVERY POINT TO DELIVER THE BEST SERVICES TO CANADIANS. WE HAVE A CLIENT-FOCUSED APPROACH. [ Some Applause ]>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR JOLIETTE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY THE LIBERALS ARE CALLED RED. IT WOULD BE HARDER TO BE REDDER THAN IN THAT ECONOMIC STATEMENT YESTERDAY. WE’LL BE IN DEBT FOR YEARS. A LOVELY LIBERAL RED. AND NO ONE CAN SAY IT’S QUEBEC’S FAULT BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING IN IT FOR US, NOTHING FOR DAVIE, NOTHING FOR OUR FARMERS, NOTHING FOR HEALTH, NOTHING FOR EDUCATION. WHEN WILL THE MINISTER OF FINANCE START RESPECTING QUEBECERS AND TAKING OUR PRIORITIES, LIKE HEALTH CARE, FOR EXAMPLE, INTO ACCOUNT?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CLEAR THAT OUR ECONOMIC STATEMENTS INCLUDED MEASURES FOR ALL CANADIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE PUT THE INTEREST OF CANADIANS FIRST WITH INVESTMENTS THAT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT, WILL CREATE JOBS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING IN QUEBEC. ALL PLAYERS, ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WILL BE BENEFITED BY OUR MEASURES, AND THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR JOLIETTE.>>(Voice of Translator): A GOOD THING, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU’VE GOT — IF YOU WANT TO WASTE FOUR HOURS OF YOUR LIFE FOR NOTHING, HEAD INTO A LOCK-UP TO LOOK FOR SOMETHING GOOD FOR QUEBEC IN YESTERDAY’S ECONOMIC STATEMENT. THAT’S CALLED WASTING ONE’S TIME. THE GOVERNMENT INCREASED THE DEFICIT. IT’S CRAZY. BUT THEY HAVE NO ADDITIONAL CENT FOR HEALTH CARE, THAT’S QUITE THE FEAT. WHY HAS THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO REFUSE TO MEET QUEBECERS’ REAL NEEDS AND WHY ISN’T IT RESTORING THE HEALTH TRANSFER ESCALATOR?>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MINISTER.>>(Voice of Translator): THERE ARE NEEDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE ARE FOCUSING ON JOBS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO INVEST FOR CANADA AND FOR QUEBEC. OUR APPROACH WILL WORK FOR THE FUTURE. [ End of Translation ]>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SAANICH–GULF ISLANDS.>>THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS ALL MEMBERS IN THIS PLACE KNOW, THE IPCC REPORT WAS A VERY STERN WARNING THAT THE PLANET IS ON A COURSE TO DISASTER. BUT A MORE RECENT REPORT PUBLISHED IN NATURE COMMUNICATIONS SAYS THAT CANADA’S STATUS AMONG THE WORLD IS ABOUT THE WORST. WE RANK WITH CHINA AND RUSSIA AND IF ALL COUNTRIES FOLLOWED OUR LEAD, WE WOULD GO TO 5.1° CELSIUS GLOBAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE INCREASE. WHEN WILL THIS GOVERNMENT COMMIT TO A PATH THAT LEADS TO 1.5°, THE PARIS TARGET?>>The Speaker: THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT.>>MR. SPEAKER, I’D LIKE THO THANK THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR HER ADVOCACY ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEADING TO COP 24 WITH HER IN POLAND THIS YEAR TO ENSURE THAT WE GET A ROBUST RULE BOOK AND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE. WE HAVE A SERIOUS PLAN TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE. AFTER A DECADE OF INACTION UNDER THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT WHERE THEY DID NOTHING TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE. I’M ALSO PROUD YESTERDAY THAT WE ADDED TO OUR — THROUGH THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT, INCREASED INITIATIVES, INCENTIVES FOR SOLAR AND WIND POWER, ALSO ANNOUNCING A NEW CLIMATE ACTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE WITH STEVEN GUILBEAULT AND — THAT HELP US ADVANCE THESE EFFORTS.>>(Voice of Translator): THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR — ORDER. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR BEAUPORT–LIMOILOU IS RISING ON A POINT OF ORDER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT THE MINISTER OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGES LED THIS HOUSE — MISLED THIS HOUSE TODAY WHEN SHE SAID THAT NO CONSERVATIVE MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE HAD PUBLICLY CALLED OUT THE ACTIONS OF THE FORD GOVERNMENT, BUT I DID SO, AND SO DID A NUMBER OF MPs.>>(Voice of Translator): I THANK THE HONOURABLE MEMBER, BUT I BELIEVE THAT IS DEBATE. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR BEAUPORT–CÔTE-DE-BEAUPRÉ–ÎLE D’ORLÉANS–CHARLEVOIX IS RIDINGS ON A POINT OF ORDER. — RISING ON A POINT OF ORDER. ORDER. ORDER. SHHHH. SHHHH. THE HONOURABLE MEMBER. IS RISING ON A POINT OF ORDER.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SPEAKER, I’D LIKE THE MINISTER FOR LA FRANCOPHONIE TO APOLOGIZE IN THIS HOUSE. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE SPOKE, INCLUDING THE LEADER ANDREW SCHEER.>>(Voice of Translator): I BELIEVE THAT THAT IS MORE DEBATE. RATHER THAN A POINT OF ORDER. [ End of Translation ] — OPPOSITION HOUSE LEADER HAS THE USUAL THURSDAY QUESTION.>>YES, I DO. MR. SPEAKER, I’D LIKE TO ASK THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER IF SHE COULD TELL US WHAT THE BUSINESS IS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEK, WHAT WE’LL BE DOING. I THINK WE HAVE A BIT OF AN IDEA BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT FIRM.>>The Speaker: ORDER. I’D ASK MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS INTO THE HALLWAYS. IN CASE SOME DIDN’T HEAR, THE HONOURABLE OPPOSITION HOUSE LEADER JUST ASKED THE USUAL THURSDAY QUESTION ABOUT THE COMING WEEK. THE HONOURABLE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER.>>THANK YOU, I WAS JUST WRAPPING UP MY QUESTION REGARDING WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEK BUT I’M ALSO INTERESTED, WE’RE ALL INTERESTED, IN WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK AS WELL. SO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ASK.>>The Speaker:

32 thoughts on “Question Period: deficit forecast, Canada Post back-to-work legislation — November 22, 2018

  • Paul Jones Post author

    Straight barzzz🔥

  • Katt Hewitt Post author

    Liberal bobble heads are annoying.

  • pamela kingwell Post author

    I can't stand listening to Morneau or Trudeau!

  • Laura Godin Post author

    End homelessness and look after vets first! No to global compact UN agendas! Controlled borders. Why were we taught about Rosa Parks and not our own then? I never saw her name in any Canadian textbook about history! Shame on the government for dropping the ball on not teaching us about our own woman here!!! Sorry Viola

  • SickGame Post author

    How can people vote for a guy that will never answer a single damn question????

  • lyric Berry Post author

    Trudeau's Liberal party should all be locked up in a psychiatric ward

  • Chuck Beef Post author

    Non-answer period, starring Jihadi Justine and Reverse Robinhood, Billy Morneau. They have come to stick their hands in your pockets while telling you how to feel about it.

  • asdf asdf Post author

    Because journalists are so easily triggered so it's "insulting" to say that they can be bought. While most MSM journalist spew nothing but lies non-stop. Just a case of them dishing it out but can't take any.

  • Piano Lady Post author

    Race and gender … that's how the looney lefties see and judge people … very dangerous.

  • Devin E Post author

    My wage hasn’t grown in years and have also seen no benefits of this money being spent in Saskatchewan. Let me know what u have spent money on so I can at least know.

  • colin thompson Post author

    Question Period's Descent Into Irrelevance – The National Debt. Its as though we are stuck in the 80's with double digit interest rates on the national debt,calls to balance the budget and a ticking clock on Parliament Hill showing the cost minute by minute to tax-payers. Those days are long gone. We now have unemployment and inflation rates near zero and interest rates so low its called 'negative interest'. If the clock were still on Parliament Hill it would be ticking backwards! Where is the relevance to Canadians' daily lives ?

  • kikistar125 Post author

    the liberals have bought the cbc and that is the only news organization they want reporting on their corrupt government they certainly do not give fair reporting defund the cbc

  • Ryan on the Island Post author

    I know if I was questioned that the shape of the Earth may not be a sphere I would look into it. So why doesn't CBC? Have you looked into it? Or are you going to believe the lies?

  • Brian Swanson Post author

    trudeau is destroying Canada and the people,the liberals have got got to go.

  • Brian Swanson Post author

    I lived in Canada all my life there Bill and i never been out of Canada in my life,unlike you forgetting you owned a villa in france.

  • Brian Swanson Post author

    Fire them all at canada post and make it private.

  • Brian Swanson Post author

    Why does that one guy not have a tie on,this is a house law i thought.

  • John Doe Post author

    This is Canada going down hard

  • Frank Ribeiro Post author

    I cannot stand this buffoon. God forgive me.

  • Louisse Alvarez Post author

    The audacity and condescending attitude is just unbelievable. They’re quite confident to do whatever they want because they believe they’re untouchable.

  • Hope Da Builder Post author

    Deficit financing corporate sector. Taking from poor for the rich. Another failure of capitalism….I love socialism 😂

  • Hope Da Builder Post author

    Tax the rich!!!!!!!! 😇🐬😇🐬👽🐬🌠🐬🌠

  • Hope Da Builder Post author

    Sad to hear lib con fraudsters lie about wanting to help the poor while robbing us right in our faces. I'm done with this capitalist FRAUD. Abusive system!!

  • Hope Da Builder Post author

    Now the liberals are taking away our rights!!!

  • Hope Da Builder Post author

    Corporate liberals always side with their rich donors.

  • Hope Da Builder Post author

    That's 15 billion giveaway to rich we could have used to eradicate homelessness!!!!

  • Stephanie Barry Post author

    It seems that with each question period the conservatives ask the same question repeatedly expecting a different answer, such a waste of time and tax payer's money… move on to other issues, thanks.

  • Lake Nipissing Post author

    The LIEberals are not untouchable… and WE THE PEOPLE will DESTROY THEM!!

  • Lynn Boudreau Post author

    Bill Morneau looks and acts more like a used car salesman than a Statesman…and lies just like one, too. Super-slimy liar, boaster, and cheater.

  • kennova01 Post author

    39% of canada voted for them..scary ..

  • 738polarbear Post author

    This is WRONG . Postmen and women are PAID 6.5hrs /day and DO NOT GET PAY for the EXTRA 3 or 4 hrs/day they work . WTF is Canada becoming under Trudeau and his anything but liberal cronies . THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY IT IS DICTATORSHIP.

  • Allan Dickman Post author

    Morneau non answers sneaky is that a liberal trait

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