IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ 3rd ethics inquiry into the actions of the Minister of Industry

41st Parliament, 1st Session

Context : Question Period

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, all the excuses in the world for their ethical failures will not hide the fact that Canadians expect and deserve better than what they are getting from the government.

    The Prime Minister does not seem to understand that these many ethical scandals popping up all over the place cast a shadow over the entire government. The Ethics Commissioners has now opened a third inquiry into the dealings of the Minister of Industry. Three strikes and one is out. For goodness sake, how many inquiries does it take before the Prime Minister does the right thing and kicks the Minister of Industry out of cabinet?

    Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I think the minister, as I said, has answered all these questions. We will, of course, fully assist the Ethics Commissioner in responding to the letter that she has received from the Liberals.

    The reason we are so proud of the industry minister is because of his strong performance. In fact, in Canada, with his leadership and that of the Prime Minister, we have seen close to 700,000 net new jobs since the economic downturn. It is a demonstration of the fact that with his policies and the leadership of this government, what we have done to set the right environment for the economy is paying off and Canadians are getting jobs and economic growth as a result.