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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
It being Wednesday, we will now have the singing of the national anthem led by the hon. member for Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation.
[Members sang the national anthem]
View Pam Damoff Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, what started as an idea of my friend Michael Rubinoff became the most successful Canadian musical in history, which features five days, 19 animals, 7,000 strays and one small town that welcomed the world. Come From Away ended its five-year Broadway run on Sunday, but the story of the 7,000 plane people, who landed in Gander after 9/11 and were lovingly cared for by the community, will continue to warm hearts in productions around the world.
I am proud to say I was there from the start of a moment. Written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, it was first workshopped at Sheridan College in Oakville in 2012. Its themes of kindness and of welcoming strangers in need resonates as much today as it ever did. Come From Away is a great example of the importance of investing in the arts. When I was in Gander recently, I heard about the economic impact this musical has had on the province.
I thank everyone involved. Canada is proud of them.
View Tako Van Popta Profile
CPC (BC)
View Tako Van Popta Profile
2022-10-05 14:05 [p.8139]
Mr. Speaker, let me be perfectly clear that I am a Vancouver Canucks fan. However, today I want to say something nice about another NHL team, the Ottawa Senators, and give special thanks to former defenceman Wade Redden, who 25 years ago made it his mission to visit sick kids at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
One of those sick kids was my then young nephew, Julian, who was fighting cancer at 13 years old. Julian has fond memories of those visits. Such a small gesture for an NHL star had such a huge impact on a kid's life.
Today, 25 years later, Julian is a healthy, happy and vibrant 38-year-old man. He is a husband and a father of three children. Just the other day, Wade and Julian were reunited at the Canadian Tire Centre at the home opener game against the Montreal Canadiens. It was a very happy reunion.
I give a big shout-out to the Senators, Mr. Redden and CHEO for working with our sick kids.
View Tony Van Bynen Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Tony Van Bynen Profile
2022-10-05 14:06 [p.8139]
Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today to celebrate the launch of my all-new accessible website, which is compliant with Canada's accessibility guidelines and can now be used by more people in our communities and from across Canada.
The new design can be optimized for a wide range of impairments, including those that affect visual, auditory, motor and cognitive skills. My website features a seizure-safe profile, a vision impaired profile, an ADHD-friendly profile and a cognitive disability profile, as well as keyboard navigation and screen readers.
Ensuring that everyone has equal access and opportunity to contact me or visit my website is extremely important to my team. I hope that by initiating this change, we will inspire other MPs to begin to follow suit and ensure users with impairments and other limitations can experience their websites the same as any other user.
View Xavier Barsalou-Duval Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. President, 35 years ago in Vieux‑Boucherville, Charles Desmarteau Sr. founded a newspaper and called it La Relève. It was a bold move given that another well-established weekly paper, La Seigneurie, had already occupied the market for over 20 years.
Thus, a rivalry began. It continued until 2018, despite the difficult environment that the news media are facing. They are not on a level playing field with the web giants.
Despite the challenges and hurdles, La Relève has stood the test of time. Today, Charles Desmarteau Jr. has taken over from his father, maintaining the newspaper's recipe for success: Produce quality information by staying in touch with the community.
The people of my riding identify with their newspaper and are proud of it. Having been a paperboy myself, I also feel that I was part of this success.
Bravo to the passionate and incredibly dedicated employees, and happy 35th anniversary to La Relève.
View Angelo Iacono Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Angelo Iacono Profile
2022-10-05 14:08 [p.8140]
Mr. Speaker, October 1 marked National Seniors Day, and I had the pleasure of celebrating with a group of people whose heads are far greyer than mine.
Supporting our seniors has always been at the forefront of our priorities. That is why we increased old age security for seniors aged 75 and over by 10%; increased funding for the new horizons for seniors program by $20 million; made dental care free for seniors as of 2023; invested $6 billion to improve home care; allocated $20 million to dementia research; and introduced a multi-generational home renovation tax credit.
In short, we are putting in place measures to limit the impact of inflation on everyone, particularly on our seniors.
View Jake Stewart Profile
CPC (NB)
View Jake Stewart Profile
2022-10-05 14:09 [p.8140]
Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart that I rise today to acknowledge the sudden passing of a man who impacted many lives for the better, who improved his community, and did so with kindness and flare.
I have stated before that the people of Miramichi have long been known for our large personalities, our sense of humour and our ability to turn a phrase.
Evelock Clowater Gilks stood out, and he will be fondly remembered as a legend and an institution on our river. Evelock was born on April 4, 1948, in Blissfield, New Brunswick. He was a loving husband and father, an avid golfer, a proud legion member, and an accomplished fisherman who was passionate about the Miramichi River, the people and communities who live along it, and the Atlantic salmon who call it home.
The river at home feels a little empty since his passing. The unfortunate curse of a personality as large as his is the silence that is left behind. I would like to express my deepest condolences and send these words of comfort to his wife, Eleanor, and his children.
View Lisa Hepfner Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Lisa Hepfner Profile
2022-10-05 14:10 [p.8140]
Mr. Speaker, when Sharron Harley prepares for her day, she slips a photo of her late husband Charlie into her uniform and heads into the same spot she has worked at since 1977, the McDonald's on Upper Gage and Mohawk, in my riding of Hamilton Mountain.
A familiar and friendly face to many, Sharron turned 75 this year, and she credits her job with keeping her active and engaged with her friends and community. Sharron is the social connector for many seniors who live in the area. She draws them in to socialize over coffee, food and great company.
It is critical for seniors to stay healthy and remain involved in their communities. Two days shy of International Day of Older Persons, I was thrilled to present Sharron with two certificates, one commemorating her 75th birthday and the other acknowledging her incredible 45-year career at McDonald's.
I send my congratulations to Sharron.
View Paul Chiang Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Paul Chiang Profile
2022-10-05 14:11 [p.8140]
Mr. Speaker, today, I rise in the House to pay tribute to two Canadian heroes who tragically lost their lives as members of municipal police services in the GTA.
Constable Andrew Hong of the Toronto Police Service was shot and killed in an ambush on September 12 in Mississauga. He leaves behind two teenage children and will forever be remembered as a larger-than-life personality who got along with everyone and cared deeply for his community.
Constable Travis Gillespie of the York Regional Police was killed in a collision with an alleged impaired driver on September 14. He has been remembered by friends, family, and co-workers as someone who demonstrated “true leadership by leading from the front and always showing strength for the team.”
Emergency services personnel around Canada put their lives on the line every day to protect their communities and keep Canadians safe. As a retired police officer of the York Regional Police, and as someone who currently has a son-in-law in policing, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends affected by these tragedies. We will always remember their sacrifice.
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to pay tribute to a long-standing member of the Speaker's team who has decided to take a well-deserved retirement from this institution. Becoming a bit of an institution herself, Heather Bradley has served five speakers as director of communications. We, and I, have benefited from her wisdom and expertise.
MPs are elected as members of a political party and sit as a caucus. As such, each member has a tremendous amount of support when it comes to communications, but speakers leave those teams and can no longer count on that network, so the need to have an effective communications director is all the more important.
Heather was an absolute joy to work with. Her extensive knowledge of the precinct, members and historical precedence was invaluable. Her ability to interact with journalists, and the trust she had built with all parties over the years, was essential in assisting the Speaker as part of a non-partisan office in the backdrop of a highly partisan environment.
I could always count on her for excellent advice, from issues of the board to the modernization of disclosure. She was there for Parliament's big move out of Centre Block, and, of course, the tragic shooting that occurred there. She was always calm, thoughtful and rational, and had an impeccable track record of honesty and transparency.
I would like to thank Heather for her many years of service to Parliament, supporting speakers dating back to 1994. I also would like to thank her husband, Mike, and her boys, Nick, Jake and Sam, for lending her to us. We are all the better for it. I wish her all the best in her retirement.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Francis Drouin Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to recognize the contribution of beer and brewing in Canada on this 4th annual Canadian Beer Day.
Brewing beer here from locally grown barley and other grains predates Confederation by over 200 years and remains a source of pride for Canadians as a symbol of Canada around the world. Widely known as a drink of moderation and of social gatherings, beer helps bring neighbours together and is a part of celebrations of important life milestones.
Canadian beer is now brewed from coast to coast to coast in communities large and small, and it is a true Canadian agri-food success story that should be celebrated and protected for future generations.
I want to thank Beau's, Wood Brothers, Tuque de Broue, Étienne Brûlé and Cassel, all local breweries in my riding, for their excellent beer.
I say cheers to beer's economic, social and community contributions, and happy Canadian Beer Day.
View Corey Tochor Profile
CPC (SK)
View Corey Tochor Profile
2022-10-05 14:16 [p.8141]
Mr. Speaker, Canadian Beer Day is an occasion to celebrate Canadians beer, and the men and women who brew it, sell it, deliver it, serve it and, most importantly, enjoy it. From the prairie farmer to our neighbourhood pub staff, the production and sale of beer helps support over 149,000 jobs in Canada, and 88% of the beer consumed in Canada is brewed in Canada.
Sharing a beer with one's friends is one of life's great pleasures, and it should remain an affordable activity for generations to come. Sadly, this is no April Fool's joke, but every April 1, our favourite pints will be hit with an automatic Liberal escalator tax. Even without a vote in this place, beer is going to get more expensive.
Raise a glass and thank a Liberal for making it more expensive today. People may not believe it, but it is Trudeau. If everyone would raise their glass, we will say cheers to the Liberals for making beer more expensive.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Once again, I want to remind hon. members that using another member's name in the House is not permitted. When referring to someone, do it by their title or by their riding. If members are going to try to be clever, try to be a little less obvious.
The hon. member for Fort McMurray—Cold Lake.
View Laila Goodridge Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, the new Conservative leader will put people first: their savings, their paycheques, their homes and their country. Canada has the third-largest oil reserves in the world, yet due to Liberal policies, we import 130,000 barrels of oil a day because Liberals prefer to support dirty dictator oil as opposed to responsible Canadian energy.
Conservatives understand that when Fort McMurray works, Alberta works. When Alberta works, Canada works.  Only Conservatives are fighting for pipelines and energy corridors to secure the long-term viability of Alberta energy and to get Alberta energy to the world. Conservatives will repeal Liberal anti-energy laws and replace them with a law that will protect our environment, consult first nations and get things built.  We will support economic reconciliation with indigenous communities and, within five years, we will set a goal to end dirty dictator oil in Canada altogether.
We will not back down from politicians in this country and in this chamber who seek to land-lock and firewall our energy, leaving our workers without jobs. Canada and the world need Alberta energy.
View Sameer Zuberi Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Sameer Zuberi Profile
2022-10-05 14:18 [p.8142]
Mr. Speaker, on October 1, people around the world demonstrated in solidarity with Iranian women. These people have been rising up since the tragic death of Mahsa Amini.
In Montreal, I joined thousands on the streets who called for freedom and justice. Mahsa Amini was a vibrant 22-year-old Iranian woman. She was arrested by Iran's morality police and died a short while after, while in custody.
According to Amnesty International, more than 75 people have been killed.
More than 1,200 have been arrested. The government has cut off Internet access. Iranians' voices will not be silenced. They are being heard clearly and loudly across the globe. We must support them. We do support them in their struggle for freedom and justice.
View Lori Idlout Profile
NDP (NU)
View Lori Idlout Profile
2022-10-05 14:19 [p.8142]
Uqaqtittiji, Savanna Pikuyak moved from my riding to Ottawa in pursuit of becoming a nurse. Savanna was murdered before the school year began. We all have failed her, her family and all indigenous girls, women and two-spirit people.
Words of empathy are not enough. As parliamentarians, we need to do better. We must work in our constituencies to seek justice for Savanna and for all missing and murdered indigenous girls, women and two-spirit people.
As parliamentarians, we need to take action. As parliamentarians, we all must take steps to end genocide. We must heed the calls for justice as recommended by the MMIWG commission.
View Christine Normandin Profile
BQ (QC)
View Christine Normandin Profile
2022-10-05 14:21 [p.8142]
Mr. Speaker, Andrée Ferretti, a staunch separatist from start to finish, passed away on Thursday.
On behalf of the Bloc Québécois, I want to offer my condolences to her children Lucia and Vincent, and her immediate family and friends.
Born Andrée Bertrand in a working-class neighbourhood in Montreal, Andrée Ferretti discovered very early a common thread that she would follow her entire life: freedom for the people of Quebec, which would lead her to join the Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale in 1963, then fight her entire life to make Quebec a country; the freedom of words, discovered alongside Miron, Aquin and so many others, developed in her novels, her essays and her articles; freedom for workers, doubly exploited as labour and as Quebeckers; and freedom for women, in politics and anywhere else.
Named patriot of the year in 1979, Andrée Ferretti also made a name for herself by winning several literary awards.
Today we bid a final farewell to Andrée Ferretti, separatist, writer, activist and free woman.
View Philip Lawrence Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, the new Conservative leader will put the people first: their paycheques, their savings and their country. After years of government mismanagement and Liberal-made backlogs, it is time to get the gatekeepers out of our immigration system.
Conservatives are bringing hope to doctors, nurses and newcomers who are dreaming of coming to our country but are blocked from working in their profession simply because of the country they come from. We will team up with the provinces to fix the broken foreign credential recognition system by guaranteeing within 60 days that immigrants applying for work in their profession will get an answer based on merit, not on their country of origin.
As Canada faces a labour shortage, we need to empower workers to fill the gaps in our workforce. Red tape and bureaucracy should not stop newcomers from achieving their dreams.
Enough talking, enough empty rhetoric and enough broken promises. It is time to remove the gatekeepers and get more doctors, nurses, skilled workers and inflation-protected paycheques for our hard-working and skilled immigrants.
View Yasir Naqvi Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Yasir Naqvi Profile
2022-10-05 14:24 [p.8143]
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a resident of my community of Ottawa—Centre who has been an invaluable resource to the House of Commons.
That person is Heather Bradley, Director of Communications at the Office of the Speaker, who is leaving us after 28 years of service to begin her well-deserved retirement.
Throughout her time on Parliament Hill, Heather Bradley has served five Speakers over 10 parliaments. She has seen it all. Despite the often hectic pace of the House, she has been calm, competent and always kind.
Our success as parliamentarians depends on the quality of the staff who support us. Ms. Bradley was one of the best.
I thank Heather for her service. She leaves behind a legacy of excellence and hundreds of grateful colleagues who will miss her.
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
I would like to take a moment to add to the remarks of hon. members in recognition of Heather Bradley's upcoming retirement.
In my role, I was privileged to receive advice from Heather, a consummate professional with the gift of wisdom, intelligence and tact.
Heather has that singular gift of great leadership to steer one in the right direction without feeling pushed in any way.
Under Heather's leadership, we also achieved greater transparency and efficiency in our communications. She helped Speakers of the House fulfill their roles more effectively and become more informed about parliamentary procedure and traditions.
Heather almost always had the answers, and if not, she knew exactly who to talk to. Her contact list was amazing, a veritable who's who of Parliament Hill.
We thank Heather for her decades of service. We hope that retirement brings her time to enjoy her beautiful family and many friends, as well as time to reflect on the legacy of excellence, kindness and everything else that she brought to this place.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:26 [p.8143]
Mr. Speaker, according to Le Journal de Montréal, growing numbers of students affected by the rising cost of food are turning to food banks. A survey showed that the majority of Canadians—51%—are struggling to feed themselves. The carbon tax is a tax on food because it is a tax on farmers and the truckers who deliver our food.
How much will groceries cost families when the Prime Minister implements his plan to triple the carbon tax again and again and again?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:27 [p.8143]
Mr. Speaker, students and families across this country know full well that climate change is real and that we must fight it. At the same time, they also know they need help to buy groceries and gas. That is why our price on pollution is returning more money to the families who need it than it costs them. That is why we continue to put families first, to protect the future. Unfortunately, the plight of Atlantic Canadians shows just how costly climate change is. Inaction costs more. We will support families at the same time.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:27 [p.8143]
Mr. Speaker, I was at the Metcalfe Fair over the weekend and a farm family told me that they spent $12,645 on carbon taxes in July alone. Obviously, that gets passed on to customers. That is $12,645 in one month. Now the Prime Minister wants to triple the tax on that family, which they will have to pass on in even higher food prices, which have already gone up more than at any time in 40 years.
How much will this family have to spend on carbon taxes when the Prime Minister triples them?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:28 [p.8143]
Mr. Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition does not seem to understand that clever slogans do not help families. Investments in Canadians help families and cheques help families. That is why we were so pleased when he reversed his earlier opposition to our GST tax credit and is now supporting that direct support for Canadian families. Why will he now not move forward and support our investments to support low-income families with rent and low-income families with dental costs for their kids? Will he support rental and dental for low-income Canadians?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:29 [p.8143]
Mr. Speaker, feeding people is not a clever slogan; it is a necessity of life.
This family spent $12,645 on carbon taxes in a single month, but it is still not enough for the Prime Minister. He wants to triple the tax, increasing the cost for that farmer, who then has to pass it on to the customer. It means that more of our food will be produced abroad and shipped up here, polluting more of our environment by shipping, training and trucking that food.
Again, will he answer the question? How much will this family have to spend on carbon taxes once he has tripled them?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:29 [p.8144]
Mr. Speaker, I just got back from Atlantic Canada, where people are reeling from the impacts of hurricane Fiona. The reality is that these 100-year storms are going to be arriving with greater and greater frequency. We know that climate change is real and that it takes real plans and supports to fight climate change. That is what we have been working on for the past seven years.
At the same time as we have moved forward with ensuring that it is not free to pollute anywhere in this country, we are putting more money back into average families' pockets with the climate rebate. This is the focus we need to continue to have for Canadians.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:30 [p.8144]
Mr. Speaker, one, his climate rebate comes nowhere near $12,645 for this farm family. Two, his carbon tax has not hit a single solitary emissions reduction target; it has not worked. Three, in the month of July, when this family was paying $12,645 in his carbon tax, supposedly for the environment, the Prime Minister jumped on his private jet 20 times. It is high-carbon hypocrisy.
If he cannot tell us how much the tax will cost, will he tell us how much carbon he emitted in the month of July when he was raising taxes?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:31 [p.8144]
Mr. Speaker, we do not have to convince Albertans or Saskatchewanians, who have dealt with wildfires, that climate change is real. We do not have to convince British Columbians, who have seen record levels of floods, that climate change is real. We certainly do not have to convince Atlantic Canadians, who are rebuilding after yet another storm of the century, that climate change is real.
People know we need to take action on that, and that is exactly what this government has done by putting a price on pollution to ensure that it is no longer free to pollute anywhere in the country and by giving more money back to families that need it. When is the Conservative leader going to get serious on climate change?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:32 [p.8144]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has not gotten serious on climate change. He has a tax plan, not a climate plan, that has raised money for his government but has not reduced emissions or hit targets. Now the Prime Minister has the audacity to call this farm family polluters while he jets around in his private jet across the country. The effect of his plan will be to drive up domestic food production costs and drive that production out of our country to more polluting lands where it has to be transported longer distances.
Why does the Prime Minister want to drive prices and emissions up, and farm production and opportunity down?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:32 [p.8144]
Mr. Speaker, if the Leader of the Opposition put as much energy into building a plan to fight climate change as he does into concocting elaborate theories and attacks, we might be better off and might be able to compare a real climate plan from the Conservatives to what the government has been doing for the past seven years. However, he would prefer to focus on me than focus on Canadians and their future.
We are going to stay focused on fighting climate change and putting more money back into Canadians' pockets. That is what Canadians expect. That is what we are going to keep doing.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Quebeckers voted for a majority government on Monday, a majority the Prime Minister twice fantasized about but failed to even come close to winning.
The Quebec government wants more power in matters of immigration, while some want all immigration powers and others, like us, want to have absolutely all the power, period.
Let us look at the first scenario, more powers in immigration. The Quebec lieutenant said yesterday that Quebec has all the powers it needs. Meanwhile, the French language is in decline while English is flourishing.
Does this government see that as a successful language policy for Quebec?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:34 [p.8144]
Mr. Speaker, as my hon. colleague is well aware, our government has always been there to protect French across the country and in Quebec. I look forward to continuing to work with Premier Legault on this.
With regard to immigration, Quebec already has all the tools it needs to increase francophone immigration, if it wants to do so. Quebec has those tools, and we will gladly work with that province to end the labour shortages and help communities grow while also protecting the French language.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister himself is saying that giving Quebec more immigration powers is out of the question. The only thing this government wants to see Quebec get more of is immigrants. I agree, but only as long as we can successfully integrate them in French.
Has he thought about discussing this with a premier who holds about three-quarters of the seats in Quebec rather than pretending to be his best friend from a distance?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:35 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, the Quebec government has enough control over immigration to double the number of immigrants that it currently accepts. Our government would be more than willing to work with Quebec if it wants to do so.
If Quebec wants to bring in more francophone immigrants, we are there to help. We know that businesses across Quebec are facing a labour shortage, we know that immigrants are needed for economic growth, and we also know that immigrants deeply enrich Quebec life.
We will always be there to work hand in hand to improve the lives of all Quebeckers.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2022-10-05 14:35 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, it is getting harder and harder for people to pay their bills.
On the one hand, we have the Minister of Environment and Climate Change who wants to protect the profits of big oil companies, and, on the other hand, we have the CEO of Shell who says that, to help people, the government must force big oil companies to pay their fair share.
How does the Prime Minister explain that?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:36 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, building an economy that works for all Canadians has always been a priority for our government. We have always strived to do so by asking the wealthy to do a little more and by lowering taxes for the middle class.
Those were the first things we did when we took office and it is what we have continued to do every day for the last seven years. We will always be there to ask for a little more from the wealthy, to help the middle class and to create more prosperity and more opportunities for all Canadians.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2022-10-05 14:36 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister is more interested in protecting the profits of big oil and gas than helping people in need.
The cost of gas is going up by 10¢ a litre today. “Governments need to tax energy producers to help the poorest people deal with the soaring cost of fuel.” Who do members think said that? It was definitely not the leader of the Conservative Party. It was certainly not the Minister of Environment. It was the CEO of Shell.
How is it possible that the CEO of Shell is more interested in helping people deal with the cost of fuel than the Prime Minister?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:37 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, we recognize that the oil and gas industry is making record profits right now, but we also recognize that they need to be investing in the clean transition. They need to be reducing their carbon emissions and preparing for Canada to be a source of energy in a net-zero world.
That is what Canada can do, and that is why we are going to ensure that successful corporations pay their fair share of taxes and that we continue to support low-income Canadians and middle-class Canadians, including with our measures on a GST rebate and our measures on rental and dental support for Canadians. We look forward to working with all parties on those issues.
View Rachael Thomas Profile
CPC (AB)
View Rachael Thomas Profile
2022-10-05 14:38 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, in 2018, the government was made aware of a horrific allegation. It was an allegation with regard to gang rape by eight members of the Hockey Canada team. The government was made aware but chose to do nothing, absolutely nothing. Canadian tax dollars continue to flow to the organization. Zero accountability was put in place. It was swept under the rug until four years later.
Why did the government fail to act when it first came to light?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:39 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, as a government, we have always taken allegations of sexual misconduct seriously in any organization. We have always acted and we will continue to do so.
What Canadians are continuing to see come out of Hockey Canada is absolutely unacceptable. Parents across the country, like me, who have had kids in hockey, families and young kids care about hockey in this country. We know that we need to see a better organization than that.
Hockey Canada's tone deafness to the fact that it has lost the confidence of Canadians needs to end, which is why we stopped funding it and why we are calling for change.
View Rachael Thomas Profile
CPC (AB)
View Rachael Thomas Profile
2022-10-05 14:40 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, with all due respect, I did not ask whether there was still support for hockey in this country. I recognize that it is a national sport and that we are proudly behind it. However, we should not be proudly behind the behaviour that has been exhibited by members of the team.
I am asking the Prime Minister why, for four years, the so-called feminist government did absolutely nothing when it had the power to do something and had the information in its hands.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:40 [p.8145]
Mr. Speaker, we have already imposed some of the strictest penalties and limits on funding toward Hockey Canada. Right now it is for Hockey Canada to understand that it has completely lost any trust or faith among Canadians.
The organization must be transformed or, as we are seeing with Hockey Québec, which is saying it is not going to engage with Hockey Canada anymore, more and more organizations across the country are simply going to turn their backs on this organization, which is not worthy of building strong futures for our kids.
View John Barlow Profile
CPC (AB)
View John Barlow Profile
2022-10-05 14:41 [p.8146]
Mr. Speaker, Michel and Jeannette farm in beautiful Embrun, Ontario, but a quarter of their fuel price was carbon taxes. If the Liberals triple that carbon tax, they have said they are going to be paying $18,000 a year.
Now, unlike what the Prime Minister is saying, that is not revenue-neutral. They will get pennies back through the Liberal rebate. I have heard from farmers across the country who have said that if the Liberals triple the carbon tax, it will bankrupt them.
Will the Prime Minister cancel his plans to triple this tax on Canadian farm families like Michel and Jeannette?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:41 [p.8146]
Mr. Speaker, Canadians across the country, including farmers, are dealing with more and more extreme weather events. Climate change is real and we need to tackle it together. The way we are doing that is by putting a price on pollution and returning the cost of that to average families across the country.
On top of that, we are working with the agricultural industry, which recognizes how important it is to protect our environment and protect our planet. We are ensuring that families, including farm families, can continue to succeed in the coming years, even as we fight against climate change.
Why do the Conservatives not believe in climate change?
View John Barlow Profile
CPC (AB)
View John Barlow Profile
2022-10-05 14:42 [p.8146]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister realizes that they will not succeed. The biggest threat facing our farmers is the triple threat offered by the Liberals: fertilizer tariffs, higher interest rates and higher carbon taxes. This has put thousands of family farms on the brink of insolvency. Even Canadian consumers understand the threat of the triple threat, as grocery prices are up 10%, which is driving food costs even higher.
Does the Prime Minister understand that by tripling the carbon tax, the end result will be no fertilizer, no farms and no food?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:43 [p.8146]
Mr. Speaker, if the Conservative Party wanted to help Canadians, it should do what it has done on the GST tax credit, reversing its position to support our support for families, and do the same with our low-income supports for renters and our supports for families on the costs of dental care for kids.
These two measures are concrete and will help Canadian families. The Leader of the Opposition flip-flopped and is now supporting the GST proposal. Will he now support renters and the dental support that Canadians need? That is something tangible we should all be able to agree on.
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister would have Canadians believe that there is nothing Canada can do to combat inflation. In the meantime, we have learned that Laval University in Quebec City is being forced to cancel the construction of a new pavilion because of the rising costs of construction.
Across Quebec, families are cutting back on their groceries to pay for other bills. The Prime Minister wants to triple the carbon tax, which will only increase these costs.
If he wants to help Canadians, will he cancel the carbon tax increase?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:44 [p.8146]
Mr. Speaker, Quebeckers and all Canadians know just how important it is to fight climate change. We have a plan that does exactly that. I look forward to hearing the Conservatives' plan at some point.
If the Conservatives really want to help Canadian families, they should not just support our GST-HST credit increase. They should also support our dental care benefit and our assistance for renters. We are here to help Canadians.
Will the Conservatives support us and work with us to help Canadians?
View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, clearly, the Prime Minister's plan is not working. A government report came out today, stating that the food inflation rate is 11%, that nearly nine million Canadians are now cutting back on the amount of food they buy because of inflation, and that the vast majority of those people are women. In addition, 2.5 million Canadians are skipping meals and paying for groceries with a credit card without knowing when they will be able to pay it off.
Will the Prime Minister commit to not raising taxes on Quebeckers and Canadians on January 1?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:45 [p.8146]
Mr. Speaker, we know how much Canadians are struggling with inflation, which is a global phenomenon. That is why we are helping them in a concrete way by increasing the GST/HST credit, a measure the Conservatives finally chose to support after having criticized it so harshly.
I would now ask the Conservatives whether they will also support our proposals to help low-income renters and help low-income families with dental care for their children. We know how meaningful this help will be for families. Will the Conservatives finally support us on this?
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, what is happening at Roxham Road is, first and foremost, a humanitarian issue.
The humanitarian thing to do would be to have migrants come in through regular border crossings, not put them in handcuffs and expose them to human smugglers and criminals. Would it not be better to invest half a billion dollars or more to hire qualified staff at the Department of Immigration rather than spend it on walls?
Would that not be the humanitarian thing to do rather than send them back or deport them after they have made a good life for themselves in Quebec or in Canada?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:46 [p.8147]
Mr. Speaker, Canada is indeed a land of values, generosity and openness to the world.
Every step of the way, we ensure respect for Canada's foundational principles and values. We work with the U.S. government every day to improve the safe third country agreement. When people come to Canada, we make sure we follow the rules and protect them at the same time. We are here to support Quebec, which is doing a lot of work in relation to Roxham Road. We will always stand up for our values and our system.
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, under the circumstances, I would like to mention the presence of the member for Richmond—Arthabaska.
I will now talk about trios. In Quebec, there are now three big political players. On immigration and the French language, the Prime Minister is in the minority there too.
Is Roxham Road not a humanitarian issue that sometimes gives the government ideological comfort when, in reality, it is a way of giving money and contracts to friends of the Liberal Party?
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
Before the Prime Minister answers the question, I would like to remind members that they must refer to their colleagues by their title, position or riding.
Furthermore, they must not allude to the presence or absence of a member in the House. We know that members sometimes have commitments outside the House. A member's absence from the House does not mean that they are not doing their job; they may be fulfilling other responsibilities.
The right hon. Prime Minister.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:49 [p.8147]
Mr. Speaker, Canada has one of the best immigration systems in the world. Furthermore, we have the advantage of having a population and a Parliament that are very much in favour of immigration. That is a significant asset on this planet in the current geopolitical context.
The reality is that we have a labour shortage. We need to create population growth, and we will welcome even more immigrants. The reality is that we must do so using a fair and rigorous system that is rooted in our values. That is what we always try to do.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:49 [p.8147]
Mr. Speaker, gas prices hit $2.40 a litre in Vancouver. They just jumped 10¢ a litre in one day in other markets. What is the NDP-Liberal solution? It is more price gouging. The costly coalition voted to triple the tax on gasoline and other essentials. The biggest price gougers in Canada are these two parties that form this costly coalition.
When they do triple the tax, how much will it cost across Canada to buy a litre of gas?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:50 [p.8147]
Mr. Speaker, six years ago this government moved forward to make sure pollution was no longer free anywhere in this country. That is a core part of fighting climate change. At the same time as we moved forward with a price on pollution across the country, we ensured we returned more money than the average family pays out with that price on pollution in the areas in which it applies. That is how we ensure we are fighting climate change and putting more money in Canadians' pockets who need it.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:51 [p.8147]
Mr. Speaker, that is factually false. His own Parliamentary Budget Officer said that in the four provinces where the rebates exist, 60% of people pay more in carbon tax costs than they get back in rebates. In six provinces out of 10, they do not get any rebate at all, even though the federal government will force those provinces to triple the tax after a vote by the costly coalition of the NDP and Liberals.
How much will eastern Canadian rural families be forced to pay in higher taxes on their home heating when the Prime Minister triples the carbon tax?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:51 [p.8147]
Mr. Speaker, what eastern Canadians are saying right now, and this is what they told me, is that they are worried for the fact that there are going to be more intense storms in the coming years, and that their kids and their grandkids are going to face a world in which extreme weather events are increasingly frequent, which will threaten not just their communities and not just their way of life but their very future.
The fact is we need to continue to step up in the fight against climate change, which is something Conservative politicians do not seem to understand. The model we have of putting a price on pollution returns more money every year to families who need it. That is the model we have. That is how we are helping Canadians as we fight climate change.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:52 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, it is not working. He has not hit a single, solitary climate target since he brought in this tax. According to the Liberal Premier of Newfoundland, rural families will have seen an 80% increase in their home heating costs when the carbon tax kicks in there. Forty per cent of Atlantic Canadians live in energy poverty. The Prime Minister can insult these people and call them polluters while he jets around in his private jet, or he can recognize that heating one's home in January in rural Newfoundland is a basic necessity.
How much will he impose in extra costs on those families when he—
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The right hon. Prime Minister.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:53 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, all Canadians want to see a better future for their kids and for their grandkids. That only happens if we continue not just to fight against climate change but to invest in the jobs and the transformation of our economy that is going to be needed to ensure good careers for them and good opportunities for those communities and families.
That is what our plan to fight climate change does. The Conservative Party chooses to deny that climate change exists and refuses to put forward a plan to fight climate change. That is not what Atlantic Canadians, or indeed any Canadians, need.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 14:53 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister does not have a climate plan; he has a tax plan. His climate promises have failed every single year, and now he has a tax hike on farmers. I asked him how much a farm family would have to pay, and he did not have an answer. Here is the answer: That family will pay more, which means more of the food production will be sent other ways, to other countries, where they have lower environmental standards. That food will then have to be shipped, trained and trucked back to Canada, adding more pollution and leaving us more dependent on foreign farmers.
Why does the Prime Minister want to drive pollution up, farm production out and jobs down?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:54 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, I could just as well ask why the Leader of the Opposition wants to make pollution free again. The reality is that farm families, like all families across the country, are worried about their kids and their kids' futures. They are worried about the land that sustains us and this extraordinary country that provides us all so much.
That is why we need to be better stewards of the land all together, which is why we are moving forward with a strong plan to fight climate change that includes supports for farm families and supports for the agricultural industry as we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and as we create good jobs and a good future for all Canadians.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2022-10-05 14:55 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, it is clear that wages have absolutely not kept up with inflation, and there is no evidence to suggest that high wages in any way contribute to inflation. However, there is mounting evidence that corporate greed is driving up the cost of living. Given that, it is outrageous for the Bank of Canada to tell employers not to increase workers' wages.
My question is to the Prime Minister. Does he agree with the Bank of Canada that employers should not be increasing wages to keep up with inflation?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:55 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, we know how much inflation, this global phenomenon, is hurting Canadian families. That is why it is important to get inflation under control. That is why we have measures to support Canadians, whether it is with the GST rebate, which is delivering for Canadians across this country, whether it is support for low-income rentals or whether it is support for families with low incomes who want to get dental care for their kids. We know that those will be real supports for Canadians while at the same time not driving up or contributing to further inflation. We need to make sure we are getting inflation down as quickly as possible. That is the focus that the Bank of Canada has given. That is the focus of this government.
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2022-10-05 14:56 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, since the Prime Minister is unclear on where he stands, let me speak directly to workers and let them know that we stand on their side for better wages. If the only response to inflation and the cost of living going up is for the Bank of Canada to increase interest rates, that will only mean more pain. It will mean more pain for families paying their mortgage and more pain for people buying their groceries on credit cards.
We know that corporate greed is driving up the cost of living. Will the Prime Minister tackle corporate greed?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:57 [p.8148]
Mr. Speaker, I know the leader of the New Democrats cares about our institutions, and I know he did not mean to slight the independence of the Bank of Canada. We have strong, rigorous institutions in this country that make determinations around how to best serve and fight inflation. We support them in their independent work.
At the same time, in this House, we have a responsibility to be delivering for Canadians, which is why we are moving forward with a GST credit that is going to help millions of Canadian families, and moving forward with support for renters and dental support for low-income families that I certainly hope, like the NDP, the Conservatives will choose to support.
View Joanne Thompson Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Joanne Thompson Profile
2022-10-05 14:57 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, hurricane Fiona was a stark reminder of the work we need to do here in this chamber, and an example of the fact that in times of crisis, Canadians come together. The truth is that these once-in-a-generation storms are happening nearly every year. Our oceans are warming, and comments like the one from the Conservative member for Battlefords—Lloydminster, who asked why the carbon price did not prevent hurricane Fiona, are not rooted in reality.
Can the Prime Minister please address why we need to fight climate change?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:58 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for St. John's East for her question and her passionate advocacy for all Newfoundlanders. I have spoken with a number of Atlantic Canadians and Quebeckers since the storm whose lives have been forever altered by hurricane Fiona. Their feedback to me was clear: We have to use every tool we have and work together to fight climate change, even as we support them and rebuild in their provinces.
In order for us to continue the fight against climate change, the leader of the Conservative Party needs to accept some core facts, like that climate change is real and we have to keep doing more to fight it.
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 14:59 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, we have recognized that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. We continue to move forward in holding the IRGC to account, including by putting sanctions on a number of its top leaders to ensure that they cannot take safe haven or buy property in Canada.
We will continue to hold this bloodthirsty regime to account as young Iranians, and people around the world with them, stand in defence of their fundamental rights and freedoms.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 15:00 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, we do not need drama. We do not need acting.
This group killed 55 Canadian citizens, whose only crime was to get on a plane, whereafter they were shot out of the sky by a terrorist organization that can still legally operate in Canada because the Prime Minister has not put it on the list of terrorists.
Again, yes or no, is the IRGC a terrorist organization?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:00 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, Canada has some of the strongest sanctions in the world against the bloodthirsty regime in Iran. We have stood with the families of PS752 over the past 1,000 days to ensure accountability and justice. Of course, the Iranian government continues to resist any calls for accountability and justice, but we will continue to hold it to account, including on the international stage.
We have listed the IRGC Quds Force as a terrorist organization. We will continue to sanction the leadership of the IRGC as we make sure that it is fully accountable for the crimes it is committing.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 15:01 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, I asked a simple yes-or-no question.
The Prime Minister has as his primary job to protect our citizens. Fifty-five of them were murdered by this terrorist group, which shot their plane out of the sky, a civilian aircraft.
Does the Prime Minister believe that the group that fired that missile and killed our people is a terrorist group, yes or no?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:02 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, we have recognized that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. We have seen listed the IRGC Quds Force. We have just recently moved forward with strengthened sanctions against the IRGC leadership to ensure that they cannot find safe haven in Canada, but I will also say, having sat with families of the PS752 victims, it was not just 55 Canadian citizens. There were close to 150 or more people on their way to Canada, permanent residents, students, whom we also grieve for every single day and whom we stand with as we hold this Iranian government to account, and will continue to.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
2022-10-05 15:02 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, I asked a simple yes-or-no question.
The Prime Minister has had 1,001 days to think about the answer. His officials informed him that this group murdered our citizens, yet by failing to list the group as terrorists, he is allowing it to raise money, coordinate, plan, operate and recruit right here on Canadian soil. It is not banned from doing any of those things.
One last time, will the Prime Minister show some respect and actually answer a question? Is this a terrorist group, yes or no?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:03 [p.8149]
Mr. Speaker, we have clearly identified Iran as a state supporter of terrorism. We have moved forward with strong sanctions against the leadership and the responsible people in the IRGC to prevent them from benefiting from the crimes they commit or purchasing or holding property in Canada.
We will continue to stand up in support of the Iranian people, who are so bravely contesting and protesting against this bloodthirsty regime. The young women who are waving their hijabs in the face of these criminals and the strength that they are showing every single day in standing up for their rights is something that all Canadians stand with together.
View Sébastien Lemire Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Hockey Canada set up not one but at least two funds to cover the costs associated with sexual misconduct cases. We can all agree that that is unacceptable.
Everyone in the House already unanimously agreed to support a Bloc Québécois motion last June calling for an independent inquiry into how Hockey Canada handles sexual misconduct complaints.
An independent inquiry would allow us to finally get to the bottom of this, as well as get some concrete recommendations that could apply to all sport federations.
Will the Prime Minister finally launch an independent inquiry, or does he want to continue to wait for the results of an internal investigation by a tone-deaf organization?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:05 [p.8150]
Mr. Speaker, Canadians all know full well that Hockey Canada's actions are absolutely unacceptable.
It is inconceivable that Hockey Canada officials think they can continue to operate. All federal funding has been suspended. In addition, I know that organizations like Hockey Quebec have already cut ties with Hockey Canada.
I think the only people who believe that Hockey Canada has any kind of future are the folks at Hockey Canada, because Canadians have completely lost faith in that organization. Hockey Canada officials need to wake up and they need to stop doing their job. They must be replaced—
View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
The hon. member for Abitibi—Témiscamingue.
View Sébastien Lemire Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I hear what the Prime Minister is saying, but his credibility is at stake.
As a side note, the Bloc Québécois would like to commend the leadership at Hockey Québec. They have cut all ties, including financial, with Hockey Canada. The hope is that this will put pressure on the organization to clean house from the top down.
The Prime Minister has to step up the pressure. In order to be credible, he must launch an independent, public inquiry into Hockey Canada's handling of sexual misconduct complaints. The top brass needs to know that everything they have done will be uncovered and made public.
I am urging the Prime Minister to act. If he wants to clean house and get things done, when will he launch a real independent investigation?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:06 [p.8150]
Mr. Speaker, Hockey Canada no longer has any credibility or legitimacy. I say that as a prime minister, as a parent, and as a Canadian who is proud of our national winter sport.
We will always be very clear that Hockey Canada's actions have been unacceptable. The sooner they understand that it is time for them to get off the ice, the better for all our children who want to continue to play hockey, but whose parents no longer trust the organizations that are connected to Hockey Canada.
View Stephen Ellis Profile
CPC (NS)
View Stephen Ellis Profile
2022-10-05 15:07 [p.8150]
Mr. Speaker, the government has pledged only a third of a probable over $1 billion for the cleanup after hurricane Fiona. The residents of Cumberland—Colchester are calling our office every day to try to understand the process of obtaining funding. Once again, the government of inaction and no planning has no answer.
On the east coast, we are tough but people need this support now. When will the Prime Minister have a concrete plan for Atlantic Canadians?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:07 [p.8150]
Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to sit down with Premier Houston in Nova Scotia just yesterday to reassure him of how disaster assistance works in this country. Unfortunately, as a country we are getting better at it, whether it is because of wildfires or floods across the country.
The federal government is there to backstop up to 90%, in some cases, of the expenditures put out by the provinces on disasters like these ones. We will be there. We will be there to support Atlantic Canadians as I have said. We put forward $300 million in funding for cases that are not covered and issues that are not covered by the DFAA. We will be there across the board to support Atlantic Canadians.
View Rick Perkins Profile
CPC (NS)
Mr. Speaker, Atlantic Canadians need help now, not two years from now.
The Prime Minister's sad, inadequate hurricane relief program would not even cover the cost of rebuilding wharves. If the Prime Minister had a fisheries minister, he would know that the most immediate problem is income lost for lobster fishermen in the Northumberland Strait.
That is because the season is over now and they cannot fish again until the winter fishery. Why is there no immediate emergency income relief support for fishermen in Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:09 [p.8150]
Mr. Speaker, I know for a fact that all Canadians, and everyone in the House, stand united in our support for Atlantic Canadians right now. It is not a moment for partisan disagreement. It is a moment to be there for Canadians.
What I have said repeatedly to Atlantic Canadians and to their premiers is that we are there as partners. We are flowing money now. We will be flowing money for the years to come. The federal government is there to help rebuild. We will do everything necessary in order to get people's lives back in order. That is the promise I made directly to folks on the ground. That is a promise I am happy to repeat here in the House.
View Clifford Small Profile
CPC (NL)
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister announced a third of the funding over twice the time needed to rebuild industries and infrastructure in the wake of Fiona's devastation. Small craft harbours alone need a half-billion dollars to rebuild and fortify, while fish harvesters need at least $50 million to cover their losses and damages, not to mention what is needed to rebuild tourism and agriculture.
Why is the current Prime Minister letting down Atlantic Canadians who have put so much trust in him?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:10 [p.8151]
Mr. Speaker, I got to sit down with people like Sean and Amy, who had the roof from a house two blocks away land on the side of their house. I talked to Barb, who lost her antique shop. I talked to Mitch, who saw his seafood shop completely devastated by rising waves, and I made a commitment that we would be there.
With my $300-million announcement yesterday, we are announcing that we are going to be there right away, including for things that are not covered by the already existing disaster financial assistance agreement.
We will be there to fund the province's efforts to close to 90%. We will be there to help rebuild.
View Anju Dhillon Profile
Lib. (QC)
Mr. Speaker, yesterday we observed the day of action to raise awareness of the national crisis regarding missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people.
Reports show that they are more likely to experience violence than any other Canadian. At yesterday's gathering on Parliament Hill, families and survivors called on our government to support their healing and justice initiatives.
Could the hon. Prime Minister update us on what is being done to end this crisis?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:11 [p.8151]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by thanking the member for Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle for her question and her hard work.
Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people have the right to be safe in their communities, wherever they live. We will always stand with communities and families in responding to this crisis, and we will continue to work on concrete measures, while ensuring that our initiatives are trauma-informed and focused on those who are still suffering.
View Jasraj Singh Hallan Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Speaker, it is not enough to put our hands over our hearts, light up Parliament and say we stand with Zhina Mahsa Amini and the victims of flight PS752 and their families.
We know the Liberals are soft on crime. Now we know they are also soft on terrorism, as the Liberals continue to let IRGC agents plan, organize and raise money here in Canada. These are the same people who killed our people.
The Prime Minister is denying victims of Iran's brutal regime justice. Does he believe the IRGC is a terrorist organization, yes or no?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:13 [p.8151]
Mr. Speaker, Canada has some of the strongest sanctions against Iran of any country in the world. We have recognized Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. We have moved forward with strong and meaningful sanctions against the leadership of the IRGC, and we will continue to do more.
Over the past 1,000 days we have stood with the families of the victims of PS752. We have worked with the international community, including the ICJ, ICAO and other places, to ensure accountability for Iran. We will not rest until this regime is held to account for its bloodthirsty, murderous actions.
View Rosemarie Falk Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, the brutal murder of Zhina Mahsa Amini, the massacre of flight PS752 and the long list of human rights violations of the IRGC requires more than just symbolic sanctions. The IRGC is a terrorist organization that brutalizes Iranians and citizens of other countries. It is currently allowed to organize and raise money here in Canada.
Once again, does the Prime Minister believe that the IRGC is a terrorist organization, yes or no?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:14 [p.8152]
Mr. Speaker, Canada has some of the strongest sanctions in the world against the Iranian regime. We have continued to recognize Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism and we will continue to ensure that the IRGC leadership does not find a safe haven for its money, its properties or itself in Canada. We know we need to continue to do more and we will, as Canada and people around the world stand with the girls and women in Iran who are standing up against this regime in memory of Mahsa Amini, in memory of the PS752 victims and in memory of all those this bloodthirsty regime has murdered.
View Michael Chong Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Speaker, on January 8, 2020, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down a civilian airline, flight 752, killing 55 Canadian citizens and 30 residents of this country. My question for the Prime Minister is very simple: Does he believe that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a terrorist organization, yes or no?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:15 [p.8152]
Mr. Speaker, the IRGC is an arm of the Iranian military. Iran is a country that we have recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism. We have continued to move forward on strong sanctions against IRGC leadership to ensure they cannot find safe haven in Canada and cannot find a safe place for their money or their fundraising in Canada.
We will continue to work with the international community to get justice for the victims of PS752 and support for the families to hold this murderous regime to account.
View Sophie Chatel Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Sophie Chatel Profile
2022-10-05 15:16 [p.8152]
Mr. Speaker, extreme weather events, hurricanes, floods and droughts are taking a toll on our farmers' mental health. Many of them find it difficult to ask for help.
This is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and we need to talk about it. We also have to recognize that the pandemic affected many groups that were already marginalized, such as youth, women, indigenous communities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We need to do more.
Can the Prime Minister tell us what the government will be doing to support Canadians' mental health?
View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2022-10-05 15:17 [p.8152]
Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Pontiac for her important question and her hard work.
Mental health care must be treated as an integral part of our universal health care system. That is why we invested in a national suicide prevention service in crisis centres across the country. We are getting ready to launch the 988 line next year. Our government will keep working with all our partners to improve mental health support services available to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
View Blake Desjarlais Profile
NDP (AB)
View Blake Desjarlais Profile
2022-10-05 15:17 [p.8152]
Mr. Speaker, yesterday, indigenous families and communities across Turtle Island grieved and demanded answers for their missing loved ones. Families have been calling for justice and urgent action from the government.
Instead of doing everything they can to ensure that no more lives are lost, the Liberals have been doing only the bare minimum. They have spent only a fraction of the funding they promised for violence-prevention initiatives and have barely implemented the calls for justice from the MMIWG2S report.
The Liberals have been in power now for seven years. When will they finally start delivering the justice indigenous women, girls and two-spirit folks deserve?
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