IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Flaherty unable to explain the loss of real wages

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Context : Question

   Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we take no lessons from that minister or this failed government on jobs.

    Last month the Conservatives lost 72,000 full-time jobs across the country, that is 72,000 families who lost their breadwinner because of the government's policy.

    Stats Can announced today that real wages for Canadians went down nearly 2% over the past year of the government.

    People say that Tory times are tough times, but when will they start to care about middle class and poor Canadians? When will they get down to work on helping struggling Canadian families? Where is the jobs plan that we have been asking for in this House, week after week?

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, it is the one the NDP voted against on Monday night in the House of Commons. Do they remember that?

    They refused to support the budget. They voted against the job creation tax credit for more than half a million small businesses in Canada. That is the part of the economy that generates jobs, the 600,000 net new jobs we have in Canada since the end of the recession.

    They voted against the family caregiver tax credit, the children's art tax credit, the volunteer firefighters tax credit, tax relief for the manufacturing sector and making the gas tax fund permanent for infrastructure for municipalities.

    That is where the jobs come from. Why is he voting against everything?

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, j'ai mon voyage! Le ministre ne sait pas que ce gouvernement a perdu 62 000 emplois à temps plein le mois le mois dernier. C'est incroyable!

    Aujourd'hui, on apprend qu'en plus les travailleurs au Canada gagnent 2 p. 100 de moins cette année que l'année passée à cause des politiques conservatrices.

    C'est très clair que ce gouvernement se fiche royalement des familles ordinaires.

    Quand vont-ils produire un plan? Quand vont-ils s'occuper du vrai monde? Quand vont-ils faire leur travail et produire et créer...

    Le Président: L'honorable ministre des Finances.

    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I know the NDP bandies about numbers with respect to jobs, so I thought I would seek some authority about their numbers. I went to one of the large unions and I checked what they said. The Canadian Labour of Congress' chief economist, Andrew Jackson, said:

The Conservatives have the job numbers about right. Since the worst part of the recession we have created 600,000 jobs. We even have more jobs in Canada than we had at the beginning of the recession.

    There is a good authority you should respect.