IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ loss of manufacturing jobs in Canada

41st Parliament, 1st Session ~ Question Period 


    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, le mois dernier, on a perdu 19 000 emplois dont près de la moitié dans le secteur manufacturier. C'est un autre triste bilan pour ce gouvernement qui se trouve déjà avec le pire déficit commercial de notre histoire, avec le pire niveau de dette familiale de notre histoire et maintenant avec le pire dossier sur l'emploi manufacturier de notre histoire en tant que pays. L'emploi dans ce secteur est à son plus bas niveau depuis qu'on tient des statistiques là-dessus. Pourquoi est-ce que le gouvernement n'agit pas pour protéger ce secteur et quel est le plan de ce gouvernement pour aider les travailleurs et les travailleuses qui ont perdu leurs emplois à cause des politiques de ce gouvernement?

Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC)


    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, our government is focused on jobs and economic growth. We have the best job creation record in the G7 since the end of the recession, in July 2009. The international organizations have looked at these things. They are convinced that Canada, again, will continue to lead in job creation, including the OECD, which just said in its outlook for 2011 Canada's long-term unemployment is among the lowest in the OECD, suggesting that job prospects have remained fairly positive for the unemployed, even during the crisis.

    I am sure if the member opposite actually cared about jobs, then his party would not have voted against the job credit for small businesses to create jobs.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, that is a bizarre thing to say. It is positive to lose jobs.

    The Conservatives lost 19,000 jobs last month. Seventy-two thousand full-time jobs in the month of October are gone. Mills and factories that support families across this country are gone. They have lost high-paying jobs that are the bedrock of our communities. Manufacturing jobs are now at their lowest levels since records started getting kept in 1976. They are even worse than the Liberals.

    So, why does the government not have a real jobs plan, why is it asleep at the wheel, and why does it not care about losing all these well paying jobs?

Why don’t they care about Canadian families?


    The Speaker: Order, please.

    The hon. Minister of Finance.


    Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, he talks but does not vote. When we bring in measures that encourage creation in this country, the accelerated capital cost allowance, the tax credit for small businesses, they stand in their places and they vote against every one of these measures. This member has the nerve to stand in the House and say the job creation is inadequate when he votes against every measure that would create jobs in the country.