IN THE HOUSE ~ Question on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy

41st Parliament ~ 1st Session ~ Context : Question

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, pour gérer adéquatement l'environnement et l'économie, il faut des connaissances et une expertise approfondies, mais les conservateurs ont décidé de s'en passer. Ils mettent les scientifiques dehors et font la promotion de leur idéologie sans tenir compte des faits.

    « Éliminer la table ronde nationale sur l'environnement et l'économie est irresponsable. » Qui a dit cela? L'ancien député conservateur et critique en matière d'environnement, Bob Mills.

    Le ministre va-t-il écouter son ancien collègue et le grand public et revenir sur sa décision irresponsable de fermer la table ronde?

    Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of the Environment, CPC): Mr. Speaker, once and for all, the national round table has served its purpose. When it was created a quarter of a century ago, there were very few sources of policy advice on the relationship between the environment and the economy. That is not the case today. This $5 million can be better spent elsewhere to protect the environment and the economy.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Or at least be clear, Mr. Speaker.

    The government still needs facts and fact seems to be a four letter word that the Prime Minister is really offended by.

     Let us be clear about what we are talking about. Bob Mills is a former Conservative MP and former environment critic. He is harshly criticizing this reckless decision.

    The national round table has provided decades of non-partisan expert advice on managing economic and environmental challenges. The Conservatives are punishing the round table for stating facts.

    Why will the Conservatives not end the attack on science and restore the national round table?

    Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of the Environment, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the commercial.

    The national round table's time is past.

    Unlike the previous Liberal government and in stark contrast to what the NDP would do, our government has been able to successfully create jobs, grow the economy and protect the environment simultaneously.

    We are committed to protecting the environment and growing the economy, which is exactly the opposite of what the NDP would do by sending $50 billion to bail out--

    The Speaker: The hon. member for Dartmouth--Cole Harbour.