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View Guy Caron Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, when the Prime Minister tries to make us believe that the contract given by VIA Rail for a German company to build trains in the U.S. is the best thing that can happen, we can feel a collective facepalm from Canadians. They know it makes no sense. They know the Liberals lie down when it comes to the time to protect Canadian jobs.
The U.S. demands that at least 65% of the work of a public transportation tender has to be local and that final assembly has to be done on its territory. China has similar provisions.
The Liberals could have given Bombardier the possibility of a final offer and they refused to do it. Why do they not care about protecting Canadian jobs?
View Marc Garneau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I have answered this question many times, so I will approach it differently.
People taking new trains within the Quebec City–Windsor corridor will benefit from improved comfort, enhanced accessibility, better safety and cleaner travel. On top of this, with today's deal, Siemens aims to provide Canadian content of more than 20% in supplies and services.
The NDP says one thing in the House, but behind closed doors it admits that our trade deals work for Canadians.
View Guy Caron Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I dare the Minister of Transport to go to La Pocatière and say that to Bombardier workers.
The United States requires guarantees of local content in bids for public transportation. China requires guarantees of local content in bids for public transportation. Here, the government says that we can do nothing and our hands are tied because of trade agreements. What a crock. The members of the Liberal caucus are worthless.
Mr. Pierre Nantel: They are cowards.
Mr. Guy Caron: They have no clout. The United States requires a minimum of 65% local content and requires that the final assembly be carried out in the U.S.
Why do the Liberals cave when the time comes to stand up for Canadian interests?
View Marc Garneau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the NDP clearly has no idea how a trade agreement works.
Speaking of Bombardier, we should talk about the $500-million AZUR contract awarded to La Pocatière.
Why does the NDP not point out that we have spent $154 million for VIA Rail in La Pocatière and that we have awarded contracts to CAD, in Montreal and Gaspé? These contracts were awarded in Quebec. The NDP has never mentioned those.
View Luc Berthold Profile
CPC (QC)
View Luc Berthold Profile
2018-12-13 15:05 [p.24876]
Mr. Speaker, 2018 will go down in history as the year when the Prime Minister, his ministers and the Liberal members representing rural areas failed to defend Canada's supply-managed farmers.
Between dairy concessions, loss of sovereignty and export limits, farmers were literally sacrificed because the Liberals were too incompetent to negotiate with the Americans.
The milk lottery is the Liberals' latest idea for compensating farmers, but the deadline to apply is in early January.
Is the government willing to give farmers more time, or will this be yet another show of incompetence on supply management?
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
Lib. (PE)
View Lawrence MacAulay Profile
2018-12-13 15:05 [p.24876]
Mr. Speaker, it is interesting to get a question like this from the hon. member, whose previous government cut $700 million from the agricultural envelope. They cut research, innovation and everything else they could cut in the agricultural sector to try to balance the books. We have defended and are going to continue to defend the supply management system in this country. We have indicated quite clearly that we fully and fairly support our supply-managed farmers. This government has supported and will continue to support the agricultural sector.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2018-12-13 15:10 [p.24877]
Mr. Speaker, VIA Rail is taking $1 billion of our money to get their trains built in California, when we could get them built in La Pocatière.
The Liberals are literally watching the train go by. Bombardier came back twice with two competitive offers and with the support of the Government of Quebec. Ottawa did not even consider them. It is a slap in the face to Bombardier and our workers.
Who in the government is so determined to have trains built in California, trains that will travel through Quebec and can be built in Quebec?
View Marc Garneau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I would just say that people who take the train in the Quebec-Windsor corridor will enjoy better accessibility, improved comfort, safer trains and cleaner operations. Maintenance of these new trains will be done by VIA Rail at its facilities in Toronto and Montreal.
I would add that we have also provided more than $150 million to have part of VIA Rail's current fleet renovated in La Pocatière, Montréal and the Gaspé region. That work will be done by 300 workers in Quebec.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2018-12-13 15:11 [p.24877]
Mr. Speaker, does this mean that those trains will be more comfortable than the ones that would have been built in La Pocatière? That is nonsense.
Bombardier won a train contract in the United States this year. Seventy per cent of production will be carried out in the U.S. Bombardier just won a contract in China and, yes, the trains will be built in China. When Bombardier signs a contract with Germany, the trains are built in Germany.
Why is it that only Ottawa is unable to require local production from multinationals when our taxpayers are footing the bill?
View Marc Garneau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, perhaps the Bloc Québécois does not understand our obligations under free trade agreements.
VIA Rail, a Crown corporation, put out a tender and three companies bid on it. The company selected made the best offer with the best availability, best price and best product. That is how things work. The criteria were very well detailed beforehand and a decision was made. That is how it works.
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
BQ (QC)
View Gabriel Ste-Marie Profile
2018-12-13 15:12 [p.24877]
Mr. Speaker, the problem lies precisely with the bid criteria.
When it comes to Crown corporations, the government needs to consider the economic benefits. It is as simple as that.
Every time that we see the new VIA Rail trains going by, we will remember that good jobs in the regions are not important enough to the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount.
I am amazed that not one single Liberal from Quebec is standing up for the workers in La Pocatière.
What is the point of voting for MPs who use our tax money to fund jobs abroad?
View Marc Garneau Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, let us not forget that La Pocatière is getting $500 million for the AZUR train contract.
It is also important to remember that we need to spend taxpayers' money responsibly. That is an obligation that we have. In this case, VIA Rail chose the best product in terms of cost, quality and availability. Taxpayers expect us to spend their money responsibly.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
View Andrew Scheer Profile
2018-12-12 15:00 [p.24807]
Mr. Speaker, the crowning touch to the Prime Minister's year of failure has to be his disastrous NAFTA deal, which contains a long list of concessions in areas like the automotive sector, prescription drugs and dairy products.
The deal is so bad that Donald Trump's top economic adviser said Canada gave very graciously.
Why did the Prime Minister fail to secure the removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs during the NAFTA negotiations?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2018-12-12 15:00 [p.24807]
Mr. Speaker, from the beginning of the NAFTA negotiations, our number one goal was always to get a good deal for Canada, and that is exactly what we did.
This deal will protect more than $2 billion a day in cross-border trade, allow tariff-free access for more than 70% of Canadian exports and improve opportunities for Canadians.
This agreement makes the rules fairer for the automotive industry, preserves the binational dispute settlement mechanism and protects supply management. While the Conservatives wanted to take Stephen Harper's advice and sign any—
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
View Andrew Scheer Profile
2018-12-12 15:01 [p.24807]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister did not say he would go to Washington to get a good deal. He said he would go to get a better deal. Let us look at the deal he got.
He uses the word “capitulate”. It was the Liberals who capitulated on dairy, signing away market access and preventing our farmers from exporting. It was the Liberals who agreed to a cap on auto exports. They agreed to adopt Donald Trump's pharmaceutical regime, increasing costs for Canadian patients. After giving all of that away to Donald Trump, did the Prime Minister get any assurances on when steel and aluminum tariffs would finally be lifted?
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