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View Joe Comartin Profile
NDP (ON)
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2015-05-25 19:25 [p.14101]
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Order.
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the motion to adjourn the House is now deemed to have been withdrawn, and the House will now resolve itself into committee of the whole for the purpose of considering all votes under Finance in the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.
I do now leave the chair for the House to resolve itself into into committee of the whole.
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View Joe Comartin Profile
NDP (ON)
View Joe Comartin Profile
2015-05-25 19:26 [p.14101]
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Order.
Tonight's debate is a general one on all of the votes related to Finance. The first round will begin with the official opposition, followed by the government and then the Liberal Party. After that, we will follow the usual proportional rotation for the House.
The order adopted earlier today allows parties to use each 15-minute slot for speeches or for questions and answers by one or more of their members. In the case of speeches, members of the party to which the period is allotted may speak one after the other, although the time for speeches should not exceed 10 minutes.
The Chair would appreciate if the first member speaking in each slot would indicate how the time will be used, particularly if it is to be shared.
The order states that when the time is to be used for questions and answers, the Chair will expect that the minister's response will reflect approximately the time taken by the question. Furthermore, no quorum calls, dilatory motions, or requests for unanimous consent shall be received by the Chair.
I also wish to indicate that in committee of the whole, comments should be addressed to the Chair. I ask for everyone's co-operation in upholding all established standards of decorum, parliamentary language, and behaviour.
We may now begin tonight's session.
The House in committee of the whole, pursuant to Standing Order 81(4)(a), the second appointed day, consideration in committee of the whole of all votes related to Finance in the main estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.
Debate, the hon. member for Parkdale—High Park.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:28 [p.14101]
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Mr. Chair, I am very pleased to participate in committee of the whole this evening. I welcome the Minister of Finance and I will use my full 15 minutes for questions to the minister, because I have a lot of questions this evening.
The government has lapsed a total of $7.26 billion, or about 3% of total funds in the recent public accounts. Could the minister give us a projection for lapsed funding in his department for fiscal year 2014-15?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:29 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, the lapse included in fiscal projections in budget 2015 reflect an estimate of planned spending that does not proceed in any given year.
Lapses in department spending are to be expected. They result from factors such as lower-than-expected costs for programming and revised schedules for implementation of initiatives.
The lapse expected in 2014-15 is $7.2 billion, in line with that recorded in 2013-14.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:30 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, that is a lot of veterans' benefits, I think.
Could the minister explain why he has consistently missed or downgraded his budgetary GDP projections in the years after the financial crisis?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:30 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, as the member opposite should know and perhaps does, what we do is take the average of 15 private sector economists' forecasts. If there are some outliers, we may adjust for that, but we do not independently arrive at the forecast. These are the forecasts of some of the most expert economic academicians and practitioners in the entire country. They are the ones whose estimates we rely on.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:31 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, since 2006, Canada's GDP growth has been a mere 1.77%, which is very meagre.
Could the minister tell the House which was the last government that had such weak growth during its time in power?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:31 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, with the help of Canada's economic action plan, Canada's economy has seen one of the best economic performances among all G7 countries.
As we have repeatedly said, however, Canada is not immune to global economic challenges beyond our borders. That is why economic action plan 2015 continues to focus upon supporting job creation and economic growth, while returning Canada to balance.
Of the 1.2 million jobs created from July 2009 to April 2015, more than 90% have been full time, 80% in the private sector and almost 60% in high-wage industries.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:32 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, let me remind the minister. The last time a government had such weak growth during its time in power was under R.B. Bennett, during the Great Depression.
Has the government and his department analyzed what portion of this depressed growth is due to the Conservative government's $14 billion in spending cuts?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:33 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, it is important for people to understand, as I would have thought the member opposite would, that we came through the greatest single recession since the Great Depression, a global recession which devastated economies all around the world, cost tens of millions of jobs and over a trillion dollars in economic activity. Canada was not immune.
However, it is rich for the NDP to be criticizing our government's record in the economy and job creation. It voted against every job creation measure our government put forward, including introducing the small business job credit, introducing the largest and the longest history of job-creating infrastructure in Canada, tax cuts for manufacturers to support new equipment—
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:35 [p.14102]
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Mr. Chair, we were discussing the depressed growth in the country under the Conservative government and I had asked the minister to what degree his $14 billion in spending cuts contributed to this depressed growth.
I want to just remind the minister that the Parliamentary Budget Officer has said that his spending cuts have actually eliminated tens of thousands of jobs. Therefore, they certainly have contributed.
I have another question about employment. Employment growth over the last year was 0.8%. That does not even keep up with population growth. Does the minister think that less than 1% employment growth is acceptable?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:36 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, I am reminded of what Woody Allen said apropos the previous comment about having taken the Evelyn Wood course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. He said, “It's about Russia.”
I think we sometimes need a little time to answer questions. In respect to the last question, 1.2 million net new jobs have been created, 20% more, compared to closest competitor, since our government came into office. Our business performance has been the strongest in the G7 over the recovery.
According to the International Labour Organization's global wage report, Canada has the best gains in the G7 since 2006.
The Centre for American Progress says that Canada has experienced continuing middle-income growth, while for many countries it has halted.
We are doing very well compared to other countries, and we are very proud of our economic record.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:38 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, could the minister tell us how many manufacturing jobs have disappeared under his government's watch?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:38 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, Canada's manufacturing sector is a cornerstone of the economy, accounting for more than 10% of GDP and empowering 1.7 million Canadians. Its performance is central to the overall health of the economy.
Building on the government's strong record of support for manufacturers, our budget announced a number of important actions to help manufacturers succeed in the global economy and to continue to create jobs, including maintaining—
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:39 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, could the minister tell us how many manufacturing jobs have disappeared under the government's watch?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:39 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, we have a net. We are also expanding access to foreign markets by providing $50 million over 5 years for a program to share the costs with small and medium enterprises as they explore new export opportunities.
Also in the budget is $42 million over 5 years to expand the footprint and resources of Trade Commissioner Service.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:39 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, perhaps the minister missed my question. Does he know how many manufacturing jobs have disappeared under his government's watch?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:40 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, as I have said, we have created 1.2 million net new jobs. Unlike some other parties, we are taking action to help the manufacturing sector. The accelerated capital cost allowance extension is just one of the important measures we are providing.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:40 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, perhaps I can help the minister. Under his government's watch, our country has lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs.
Could the minister remind us of something a little more recent. How many jobs in total were lost just last month?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:41 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, as I have said, we have created 1.2 million net new jobs. Individual months vary, as the member opposite knows. They seem to be there when the numbers abate; when the numbers increase dramatically, they are silent.
What we are looking at is the overall long-term trend. We are doing better, by 20%, than G7 countries.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:41 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, with respect, I would think a G7 finance minister would know how many jobs were lost last month in his country.
Could the minister tell us how many jobs were lost in Canada last month?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:41 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, as I have said, there is a variability from month to month and we are looking at the longer term trend. I have not boasted when numbers went very high in one month. I have had a cautious approach to that, and the job creation record continues apace. We are doing better than most other countries in the world.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:42 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, perhaps I can offer that 20,000 jobs were lost last month.
However, I would also like to ask a question about job quality because the CIBC has put out a report on job quality. Could the minister tell us when was the last time that CIBC's job quality index was as low as it is currently?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:42 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, the economy has posted one of the strongest job creation records over the G7. The CIBC released a report, but we are talking about the longer term record.
The report fails to consider that there have been significant structural changes to the Canadian labour market, in particular the aging of the baby boom generation, the rising number of people age 55 and over and then again returning to the labour market. As well, there were demographic shifts in terms of full-time and part-time workers.
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View Peggy Nash Profile
NDP (ON)
View Peggy Nash Profile
2015-05-25 19:43 [p.14103]
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Mr. Chair, perhaps I can just help the minister here. The job quality index from the CIBC has actually never been as low as it is now. This is the lowest on record.
However, given that the minister is a Toronto member of Parliament, would he like to comment on the loss of 98,000 manufacturing jobs under his government? Does he believe that the loss of 98,000 manufacturing jobs in the city of Toronto is acceptable?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:44 [p.14104]
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Mr. Chair, of course we are concerned if a company downsizes and people are temporarily laid off. This is a concern and that is why we have a number of programs to help these workers. However, the GTA is doing well. It is a very diversified economy. It is an economy that is an engine of growth in our country.
Our budget builds on broad-based and targeted measures since 2006 that support manufacturers, including reducing the general corporate income tax rate to 15% as of 2012, from over 22% in 2007, increasing the capital cost allowance for manufacturing processing buildings included to 10% from 4% and eliminating more than 1,800 tariffs on imported machinery and equipment and manufacturing inputs, providing $450 million of annual tariff savings and making Canada the first tariff—
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:45 [p.14104]
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Mr. Chair, it is a pleasure to talk about economic action plan 2015, our government's latest action to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. Though implemented in this year's budget, it is the culmination of many years' work. It is a plan laid out in the worst days of the great recession. In those dark days, we spent billions to create jobs when Canadians needed them most.
At the same time, we made a solemn promise: once the crisis was over, we would take the necessary measures to return to a balanced budget. Economic action plan 2015 is the conclusion of that great work.
However, for such a plan to work, a plan involving billions of dollars over many years, a key ingredient is needed: resolve. When I think of resolve, I recall John Diefenbaker, a great Conservative and a great prime minister. Few men could match his resolve and his devotion to the public. He devoted time to reading letters from ordinary Canadians and writing to them in turn. To those he disagreed with, he was polite. To those who were morally indignant, he often sent the same short reply:
Dear Sir:
This is to inform you that some crackpot is using your name and has recently written to me over your signature putting forward views so eccentric in nature and so much at variance with your usual logical style that the letter could not possibly come from you. I felt that I owed it to you to bring this to your attention.
I do not write letters quite like Diefenbaker, but I respect a leader with the courage of conviction. Canada has a leader with that courage, our great Prime Minister. His resolve has been ironclad.
That was a necessity because when we promised to balance the budget, there were many naysayers. “They cannot do it”, the naysayers said, and “Even if they can, they should not”. However, we did it. Upon the extraordinary foundation of the Canadian advantage, we have built one more advantage, a balanced budget.
That Canadian advantage flows from the success of Canada's economic action plan, and the evidence of that success is abundant. Canada has demonstrated one of the best economic performances among G7 countries over the recovery. Over 1.2 million more Canadians are working now than at the end of the recession. The majority of these jobs have been full-time, high-wage, and in the private sector. Canada has posted one of the strongest job performances in the G7. The IMF and OECD expect Canada's growth, already ahead of its peers over the recovery, to continue to be solid. We have absolutely the top credit rating from all of the major credit rating agencies.
Today, the overall federal tax burden is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. Bloomberg now ranks Canada as one of the top countries in the world in which to do business, and Canada's total government net debt to GDP ratio is less than half that of the average for the G7. Yes, that is right: half.
These advantages have made Canada an attractive commercial partner and investment destination. Canada is a great trading nation. Jobs and prosperity here are tied to jobs and prosperity in the world economy, yet the world economy today is gloomy. Growth in the eurozone is paltry in some places, stagnant in others. The once roaring growth in China has slowed. The United States is thankfully an exception, but one country, however powerful, cannot carry the weight of the world economy by itself.
Of course, there are geopolitical dangers and the ongoing repercussions with sharp decline in oil prices. The hard truth is that risks and challenges remain. We cannot abandon the resolve that saw us through the great recession, the same resolve that built a balanced budget.
We must resolve to continue taking measures to promote job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity. That is exactly what our most recent budget does.
We are cutting taxes relentlessly for job creators, supporting innovation, expanding Canada's free trade presence across the globe, and making unprecedented investments in infrastructure. In economic action plan 2015, we will cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% by 2019. This is the largest tax rate cut that small businesses have received in over 25 years. We will provide an accelerated capital cost allowance for manufacturers and create a new automotive supplier innovation program: $100 million over five years. It would support job-creating research commercialization and build a thriving auto sector for Canadian. That way, for generations to come, the words “made in Canada” will continue to fuel pride.
This is not the only budget measure dedicated to innovation.
Economic action plan 2015 provides for an additional amount of more than 1.5 billion over five years to advance the objectives of the government's science, technology, and innovation strategy.
That means more funding for research in universities and colleges through federal granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and nearly $120 million over two years for the National Research Council to support research and development partnerships with the industry.
If they work together, we know that the public and private sectors can build a more innovative economy for everyone.
This is creating the jobs of tomorrow, but to create the jobs of today, we know what works. That is building the vital infrastructure that our economy relies on. Infrastructure gets us to work every morning and gets us home at night. Every minute that we spend locked in traffic is a minute that we cannot spend with our families. It also means billions of dollars lost in our economy.
That is why, since 2007, this Conservative government has made the largest and longest federal infrastructure commitments in Canada's history, and we are doing even more. We will invest in a new public transit fund, which would grow to $1 billion a year. Constructing the next generation of transit, it would cut congestion and build our economy. This new fund would help us get people and goods moving across our cities, to our borders, and on to world markets. Because of our Prime Minister, there will be more open markets awaiting them.
Free trade is the heart of our prosperity. Ours is one of the most open and globally engaged economies on earth, and that is a good thing. It creates jobs and growth right here at home. That is why, since 2006, we have concluded free trade agreements with 38 countries, and we are making significant progress toward concluding the trans-Pacific partnership agreement with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations. It is a market of nearly 800 million consumers, with a GDP of over $27 trillion.
These measures create good-paying jobs. Our government is proud of these measures, which will help build a better Canada.
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View Andrew Saxton Profile
CPC (BC)
View Andrew Saxton Profile
2015-05-25 19:54 [p.14105]
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Mr. Chair, through you, I would like to ask the Minister of Finance what economic action plan 2015 is doing to help hard-working Canadian families make ends meet.
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:54 [p.14105]
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Mr. Chair, I thank the member for North Vancouver, my dedicated parliamentary secretary, for his invaluable assistance in developing the budget and for that pertinent question.
I have talked about the importance of taking relentless action to create jobs, but we can never forget whose jobs they are. They are our friends', our neighbours', and our family members' jobs. Families are the very bedrock of our nation.
Helping starts with philosophy. Canadians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned dollars, so we have done everything in our power to keep more in their pockets, right where it belongs. This year, Canadian families and individuals will receive $37 billion in tax relief and increased benefits as a result of actions taken since 2006. For example, a typical two-earner family of four will receive tax relief and increased benefits of up to $6,600 this year. That is thanks to measures like the new family tax cut, the universal child care benefit, and cutting the GST.
In economic action plan 2015, we will nearly double the annual contribution to tax-free savings accounts, from $5,500 to $10,000. Individuals with annual incomes of less than $80,000 accounted for more than 80% of all TFSA holders in 2013. Some 60% of those who maxed out their TFSA plans had incomes of less than $60,000. TFSAs benefit the low and middle-income Canadians who need them most.
The budget will also introduce a new, permanent, non-refundable home accessibility tax credit. It will provide up to $1,500 in tax relief per year to help make homes safer and more accessible for seniors and the disabled so that they can safely stay longer in their own homes.
All of these measures, investments, tax cuts, and these strong actions to build jobs and growth are all made possible by a balanced budget. A fiscally balanced budgets permits a socially balanced budget.
Everything is possible with a balanced budget. A financially balanced budget leads to a socially balanced budget. Fiscal responsibility gives us more ways to take action and to lower taxes for hardworking families.
To protect our top credit rating, to grow social programs, to withstand the unexpected and unavoidable shocks to the system, to avoid saddling our children with our debt, empowers us as we work to create jobs.
Let me end as I began, with resolve. Under the strong leadership of our Prime Minister, our resolve is ironclad. We will continue to take relentless action to make this great country even greater, to build prosperity today and tomorrow, the kind of prosperity that our children and grandchildren can rely on.
Economic action plan 2015 is our road map forward. Through it, we will continue down our Conservative course, the road that is working well for all Canadians. I look forward to talking more about that road map tonight.
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View Scott Brison Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 19:58 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, will the minister confirm that his department is spending $7.5 million in advertising the recent budget?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:58 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, it is the responsibility of the government to communicate with Canadians on important programs and services that are available to them. We want to ensure that all Canadians are aware of the measures that are putting more money back in their pockets, including the enhanced universal child care benefit, the family tax plan, the recently expanded TFSA, which is used by over—
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View Scott Brison Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 19:59 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, does the minister believe it is reasonable to advertise measures that have not been approved by Parliament?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 19:59 [p.14106]
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As I said, Mr. Chair, it is important that Canadians understand what the benefits are. There are over 200,000 Canadian families who are not aware that they are entitled to receive UCCB payments. If they do not register for them, they will not get them, so we want to communicate that, as one example.
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View Scott Brison Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:00 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, how much will Finance Canada spend on advertising in this fiscal year?
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:00 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, how much has already been allocated to Finance Canada from the central advertising fund for this fiscal year?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:00 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, I will have to get back to the hon. member with the answer to that specific question about the Department of Finance.
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View Scott Brison Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:01 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, how much did the department spend on advertising in 2014 to 2015, the fiscal year that ended almost two months ago?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:01 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, the amount that I gave, $7.5 million, was for this year. The previous year was $11 million. The amount that I gave the member is the amount so far this year.
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View Scott Brison Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:01 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, how much will the ads running during the NHL playoffs cost?
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:02 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, will the minister confirm that these ads cost approximately $100,000 per ad during NHL playoffs?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:02 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, it is, of course, important for us to run ads when people watch them. That is how we determine it. We leave it to experts to decide where those ads should run to get the maximum viewership.
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:02 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, with thousands of young Canadians struggling to find work and summer work, does the minister think that it makes sense to spend $100,000 for an ad when that could create 30 summer jobs for Canadian students?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:02 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, we have taken many actions and initiated many programs to help summer students, including job matching, incentives for apprenticeships, and student loans. Student loan programs have been significantly enhanced in our budget, and we will continue to work on behalf of students and youth to maximize their employment opportunities.
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:03 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, does the minister believe that economic action plan ads have provided good value to taxpayers?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:03 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, this is a pretty open-ended question, but, yes, of course they have, in a great many of ways, right across the country for Canadians from all walks of life.
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View Scott Brison Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:03 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, does the minister support the idea of a non-partisan, independent body to review and approve ads to determine that they are not wasteful and not partisan by nature?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:04 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, as I have said, our action plan has introduced a number of very important new measures that we want Canadians to be aware of, such as the family tax credit; the expanded UCCB; the doubling of the fitness tax credit; changes to RRIFs, which are a tremendous benefit for seniors; a new home accessibility tax credit; and increased amounts for TFSAs.
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:04 [p.14106]
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Mr. Chair, the minister may not have heard my question, but would he support an independent body to review and approve ads, vetting them to ensure that they actually do provide good value for taxpayers and that they are not partisan by nature? Would he support that?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:05 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, we are very comfortable that we are providing important information to Canadians that they need in order to understand and access our programs. We are doing that with the assistance of our officials. We believe we are providing a public service in so doing.
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:05 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, can the minister describe the legislative drafting error that was made with respect to income splitting and confirmed in the briefing by departmental officials last week?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:05 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, our Conservative government believes in keeping more money in the pockets of Canadian families. Because of the measures our government has introduced, the tax burden on Canadians is at the lowest rate it has been in more than 50 years. The family tax cut, in conjunction with the UCCB and other measures such as the children's fitness tax credit and child care expense deduction, are providing benefits to low- and middle-income Canadians.
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:06 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, will the minister confirm that this drafting error, if left uncorrected, would cost affected households up to $750 on their 2014 tax returns? Would he confirm that?
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View Joe Oliver Profile
CPC (ON)
View Joe Oliver Profile
2015-05-25 20:06 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, the budget changes the calculation of the family tax cut to ensure that couples claiming the family tax cut and transferring educated-related credits between themselves receive the appropriate value of the family tax cut. We have dealt with the issue.
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:07 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, can the minister confirm that affected households are those that qualify for both income splitting as well as the tuition, education, or textbook tax credits? Will he confirm that?
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:07 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, can the minister confirm that the drafting error can be found in ways and means Motions Nos. 16 and 17, as well as in Bill C-57?
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CPC (ON)
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Lib. (NS)
View Scott Brison Profile
2015-05-25 20:07 [p.14107]
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Mr. Chair, does the minister know if this drafting error is in any other government motions or bills on the order paper?
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