IN THE HOUSE ~ Bill C-9- Budget Implementation Bill

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Motions\Questions and Comments

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we in the NDP have subtitled this bill the everything but the kitchen sink bill. They have thrown in virtually everything that the Conservatives wanted to get through on their agenda.

There is also an element that expands the hated HST. I do not need to explain how people in British Columbia are reacting to this appalling abuse, both by the federal Conservatives and provincial B.C. Liberals, to expand the HST, to throw in all of these elements that penalize ordinary families in British Columbia, on average $2,500 per family.

As we know, British Columbians are reacting in an unprecedented way. Over 80% support signing a petition that will force a referendum on this.

My question to the member is very simple. We have a completely inappropriate use of government legislation. The government is throwing in a whole bunch of elements that Canadians reject in the guise of a budget bill. Thankfully the member is bringing forward a motion to split the bill, which is what the government should have done in the first place. The government really should be looking at splitting it in more than one way.

Could the member comment on the appropriateness of expanding the HST when nobody in British Columbia wants it?

Context : Questions and Comments
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Madam Speaker, the member for Elmwood—Transcona has pointed out the incoherence of the Conservatives bringing this bill forward when there has only been one problem.

The problem was judicial oversight. The judge was simply not convinced that the minister had done his due diligence. That is it.

We are wasting time in this House of Commons, chewing up debate time because the Conservatives who are so thin-skinned have reacted to one case where a judge did his job and the minister did not. That is why we are here.

I wanted to ask the member about the incoherence of the Conservatives. We have had Conservative members call the police a cult because the police disagree with them. We have had them repeatedly refuse to have the public safety officer compensation fund brought in so that the families of firefighters and police officers who lose their lives are taken care of. The Conservatives give the back of their hands to the firefighters and police officers. We have seen the Conservatives come up and kiss the goons and thugs of the Colombian regime, and try to push this through.

It is rampant hypocrisy. What these Conservatives say they want to do on crime and what they actually do is two completely different things. It is incoherence. It is hypocrisy.

Could the member comment on the absolute hypocrisy of Conservatives on criminal justice matters?