IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on jobs and the Canadian economy

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

    M. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NPD): Monsieur le Président, 72 000 Canadiens ont perdu un emploi à temps plein le mois dernier. Le ministre des Finances, lui, réagit en augmentant les primes d'assurance-emploi.

    Les familles ne réussissent pas à payer leurs factures présentement. Alors, gruger le chèque de paye des travailleurs en pleine crise de l'emploi, et alors qu'on baisse l'impôt des grandes entreprises, n'est pas raisonnable et n'est pas intelligent.

    Pourquoi ce gouvernement s'entête-t-il à piger dans les poches des Canadiens au lieu de les aider à trouver du travail? Ce sont des emplois que les Canadiens veulent; et c'est eux autres qui devraient faire ce travail pour trouver des emplois pour les Canadiens.

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, I guess that outlines the difference between this government and the NDP. We recognized a long time ago that Canadians want jobs. That is why we put in place an economic action plan that actually placed jobs in front of Canadians. We put stimulus money into the economy that helped provide jobs and infrastructure.

    It is every time we bring something forward that helps the unemployed, for example, extending EI, the NDP voted against it; the EI hiring credit in the last budget, the NDP voted against that as well.

    Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, gosh, it looks like the Conservatives have not even seen the most recent job figures: 72,000 full-time jobs evaporated last month because of Conservative inaction. Also, it has blown its own deficit forecast yet again. The government has no plans to create jobs. It sounds an awful lot like a repeat of 2008 to me. That means Canadian families are going to pay the price.

    The question is very simple: When will the out-of-touch government get to work so that Canadians can get back to work? We have lost 72,000 jobs last month. Get to work.

    Hon. Ted Menzies (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, I wish that hon. member would have shown the same passion and voted with the last three budgets that actually put in place something that helped Canadians.

     It is a little late to the game to say that we should do something about increasing Canadian jobs. Our economic action plan did just that.

    There are 600,000 more Canadians working today than there were at the end of the recession, and 81% of those are full-time jobs. That matters to those people.