IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Holding the Conservative to account on their choices in the upcoming budget

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question Period

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, un budget, c'est une question de choix. Pour nous, au NPD, c'est clair: nous devons choisir d'aider les familles. Les conservateurs veulent plutôt tromper les familles en cachant leurs intentions. Comme l'a dit le premier ministre de l'Ontario, ils font des tours de passe-passe avec l'argent des contribuables pour transférer le fardeau du déficit fédéral aux provinces.

    Pourquoi les conservateurs font-ils payer le prix de leurs compressions irresponsables aux provinces? Pourquoi ce sont toujours les familles qui paient le prix des déboires des conservateurs?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, the only irresponsible choices in this House have been that the NDP have voted against every policy we put forward to reduce taxes for Canadians.

    It is rather ludicrous that he would stand up and suggest that Ontario is not getting its fair share. In fact, it is getting 77% more federal transfers than it did under the old Liberal government.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): That was a nice try by the minister, Mr. Speaker. It was forced to do that with agreements with the previous government.

     Since May 2 the government has been making reckless cuts. The plans include cutting $33 million from food inspectors, $29 million from transportation safety, a 43% cut to the Environmental Assessment Agency. The Conservatives gut programs that protect Canadians to spend billions on flawed F-35s and their expensive prison agenda.

    Why are the Conservatives so irresponsible? Why will they not put families first for a change?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Speaking of irresponsible, Mr. Speaker, it was irresponsible of the NDP to vote against the last two budgets when we put in place policies that reduced costs for families, that increased transfers to provinces.

    The average family of four has $3,100 more dollars in its pocket than it did when this party came to government. That is important to Canadians. What is also important to Canadians is the fact that more than 610,000 Canadians are working now who were not working at the end of the recession.