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View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
View Elizabeth May Profile
2015-05-28 10:12 [p.14261]
Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition today from residents of Saanich—Gulf Islands who are concerned about accountability within the overseas development assistance budget and the activities of what used to be CIDA but what is now part of DFATD.
The Official Development Assistance Accountability Act was passed in 2008 and requires that development assistance contribute to poverty reduction and take into account the perspectives of the poor to be consistent with international human rights.
The petitioners are calling for these criteria to become the fundamental principles of our ODA budgets and operations and that the minister responsible for development assistance and the Minister of Foreign Affairs once again be of parallel status.
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
NDP (QC)
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
2015-05-12 14:21 [p.13789]
Mr. Speaker, we are not talking about what happened 150 years ago. We are talking about what he said himself here in the House on April 22.
While Liberals and Conservatives are feeding at the trough in the Senate, the current Conservative government is sitting idly by watching good middle-class jobs disappear. There were 20,000 jobs lost in April alone.
Rio Tinto is now completing the makeover after its takeover of Canadian aluminum giant Alcan by laying off hundreds of employees and stripping the Alcan name off the building.
Why did the Prime Minister approve selling off a major Canadian company with no guarantee to protect Canadian jobs?
View Stephen Harper Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, obviously we never like a situation in which a Canadian loses his or her job. The reality is that there are 1.2 million more Canadians working today than at the time of the recession.
I would note the positive reception that the government's economic action plan continues to have from experts and from job creators across the country, such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, among others.
I would call for the NDP to abandon its high-tax, high-debt agenda and get with a low-tax program that creates jobs.
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
NDP (QC)
View Thomas Mulcair Profile
2015-05-12 14:22 [p.13789]
Mr. Speaker, 250,000 more Canadians are unemployed today then when the crisis hit in 2008. That is the reality.
When Alcan was taken over by Rio Tinto in 2007, Jack Layton asked the Prime Minister nine times to protect Canadian jobs.
Rio Tinto received minister Jim Prentice's approval, under the Investment Canada Act, by showing that its acquisition of Alcan would be of net benefit to Canada.
What is the net benefit for the hundreds of Alcan employees who were laid off today? What does the Prime Minister intend to do to save those jobs?
View Stephen Harper Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, once again, thanks to our economic action plan, over 1.2 million previously unemployed Canadians now have jobs.
This government has one of the best job-creation records in the world and it is supported by all the experts. They recognize that the plan proposed by the NDP, which seeks to raise taxes and thus increase the deficit, will kill jobs.
We are going to continue to create jobs.
View Anne Minh-Thu Quach Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Rio Tinto Alcan just announced that it would cut nearly 170 jobs at its headquarters in Montreal.
This is sad news for the families affected and comes on the heels of the announcement that the name Alcan will be phased out after 90 years of industrial history in Quebec and Canada.
Despite their promises, the Conservatives are unable to keep good-quality jobs in Canada.
When will the Conservative government develop a policy to help create good jobs for Quebec families?
View Ed Holder Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ed Holder Profile
2015-05-12 14:28 [p.13790]
Mr. Speaker, let me make it very clear that when a Canadian company changes hands, that is not the preferred approach.
However, I will remind the member that we have created 1.2 million net new jobs since the recession, which confirms that Canada's economic action plan is absolutely working.
View Alexandre Boulerice Profile
NDP (QC)
Mr. Speaker, obviously, it is never the Conservatives' fault, even though in April alone we lost 20,000 good jobs in this country.
Alcan has been one of the most important companies in Quebec's history. Today, there is almost nothing left, not even its name, after 90 years of history. When we allow our companies to be sold to foreign conglomerates, the company's know-how and jobs could leave the country along with it.
Will the government take action to prevent us from losing other good jobs and other companies like Alcan, which is a Quebec industry flagship? Will it take action or will it wash its hands of this once again?
View Ed Holder Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ed Holder Profile
2015-05-12 14:29 [p.13790]
Mr. Speaker, once again, I am pleased to tell members that both the IMF and the OECD are projecting that Canada is going to have the strongest economic growth in the G7 in the years ahead. In fact, for the seventh straight year, the World Economic Forum has ranked Canada's banking system as the strongest, and our real GDP is now significantly above pre-recession levels.
That means jobs for Canada, permanent jobs that are going to affect our country in a positive way.
View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-12 14:30 [p.13790]
Mr. Speaker, let us try again. Rio Tinto is cutting up to 170 jobs and scrapping the Alcan name. It is another foreign takeover rubber-stamped by the Conservatives where workers are left to pay the price.
Liberal and Conservative governments have rubber-stamped thousands of foreign takeovers without securing protections for Canadian workers. Why are the Conservatives always so quick at selling out Canadian communities to foreign interests and so slow to help the workers impacted by the takeovers?
View Ed Holder Profile
CPC (ON)
View Ed Holder Profile
2015-05-12 14:30 [p.13790]
Mr. Speaker, any time a worker loses their job, it impacts their families, and we have great empathy for those people.
Let me say, as it relates to this firm but also to firms right across the country, that foreign direct investment is up by more than 50% across all industries.
What is incredibly important is that we have created 1.2 million net new jobs since the recession. That is job creation plan that can never be matched by the opposition.
View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-12 14:31 [p.13791]
Mr. Speaker, clearly too many workers have learned the hard way that neither Liberals nor Conservatives can be trusted when it comes to foreign takeovers.
Thousands of families are feeling the effects of Conservative mismanagement of the economy. We have lost nearly 42,000 jobs in Ontario in just the last six months. In Toronto alone, we have lost 8,800 jobs in the last year.
The question is, why are the Conservatives giving handouts to the wealthy when these are the families that need help getting back on their feet?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2015-05-12 14:32 [p.13791]
Mr. Speaker, the last thing these families need are big tax increases from the NDP and the Liberals, and that is all they would get from those parties.
Our plan is trade, training, and tax cuts. Trade, training, and tax cuts are working. We signed a free trade agreement with the European Union that will deliver 80,000 net new jobs, including in Honda Canada, which announced recently in the presence of the Prime Minister that it will export vehicles directly to Europe from Canada, creating 400 net new jobs in that one plant alone.
Canadians want open trade, low taxes, and more training, and that is what they are getting from our government.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
View Andrew Scheer Profile
2015-03-25 18:13 [p.12324]
The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on Motion No. 537, under private members' business, standing in the name of the member for Hamilton Centre.
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