IN THE HOUSE ~ Question in the House ~ Why won't Finance Minister explain the job losses to Canadian families?

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

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on foreign investment, in so many other ways we just cannot trust the government. For instance, 3,000 families lost a breadwinner last month, 15% of young Canadians are now unemployed, nearly 40,000 Canadians gave up looking for work last month, and it has been 10 days since the Minister of Finance stood up to answer a question in the House of Commons.

    Last weekend we had ministers bragging about cuts in the Conservative budget that will put many more Canadians out of work. Maybe that is why the Minister of Finance is refusing to answer. Why will he not answer to his policies? Why will he not speak? Why will he not explain the job losses to Canadian families?

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, if there is any explaining that needs to be done in the House it would be by the NDP and that member for voting against every initiative that we have put forward that has actually helped Canadians and has actually helped over 610,000 Canadians since July 2009. That is an important policy we put forward.

    We are actually working on a budget. I am not sure they understand the issues around a budget, but we are working on a budget and it will once again focus on jobs and the economy.