IN THE HOUSE ~ Question ~ Irresponsible Budget Bill threatens our environment

41st Parliament, 1st Session

Context : Question

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, les Canadiens ont appris à la dure qu'avec la protection environnementale, il n'y a que deux choix: payer dès maintenant de façon responsable ou faire payer plus tard de façon irresponsable.

    Des mares de goudron à Sydney à la contamination du lac Érié, les Canadiens devront littéralement payer jusqu'à la fin des temps pour ces désastres. Les Canadiens devront signer un chèque en blanc afin de payer pour le sabotage environnemental contenu dans ce budget.

    Comment les conservateurs peuvent-ils justifier ce transfert de dette aux Canadiens de demain? Pourquoi sont-ils si irresponsables?

    Ms. Michelle Rempel (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, CPC): Mr. Speaker, if the NDP were allowed to manage any file in this government, their principle would be: pay now and pay later.

    What we decided to do with this government is ensure that there is a balance between economic growth and environmental stewardship. The budget that we have put forward, as well as the budget implement bill, would provide continued funding for the protection of Canada's environment, including programs like the clean air monitoring system and our oil sands monitoring program, as well as ensuring that our economy continues to grow.

    This is a principle that the NDP absolutely does not understand.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, if the Conservatives want to understand the bill they should talk to Tom Siddon, John Fraser, former Conservative fisheries ministers who agree with us, not with them, that it is a reckless and flawed bill.

    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has serious concerns about how the northern gateway and that pipeline would impact over 1,000 sensitive waterways. Enbridge wants to get a cheap option, which would threaten our environment, our fisheries and thousands of B.C. jobs in tourism and fisheries, and we have a government that just wants to ram it through.

    So, why are the Conservatives trying to ram this down the throats of British Columbians? Why are they trying to make British Columbians pay the price for their reckless, short-sighted and flawed budget bill?

    The Speaker: Order, please.

    The hon. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.

    Mr. David Anderson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the member opposite may not have had enough sleep last night because what we are talking about is responsible and sustainable resource development. We have some of the most sustainable energy development in the world. This government insists that resource development be done in a way that is sustainable and insists that it be done in a way that would protect the environment. Our economic action plan would strengthen that commitment one more time.